It’s been an unexpectedly crazy week at work, which explains the lack of posts. However, it has (somehow…?) not slowed down my Re-Disney progress. Let’s recap:
Disney Animated Classics:
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Pinocchio Fantasia Dumbo Bambi Saludos Amigos The Three Caballeros Make Mine Music Fun and Fancy Free Melody Time The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Cinderella Alice in Wonderland Peter Pan Lady and the Tramp Sleeping Beauty One Hundred and One Dalmatians The Sword in the Stone The Jungle Book The Aristocats Robin Hood The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh The Rescuers The Fox and the Hound The Black Cauldron The Great Mouse Detective Oliver & Company
- The Little Mermaid
The Rescuers Down Under
- Beauty and the Beast
- The Lion King
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Hercules Mulan Tarzan Fantasia 2000 Dinosaur The Emperor’s New Groove Atlantis: The Lost Empire Lilo & Stitch Treasure Planet Brother Bear Home on the Range Chicken Little Meet the Robinsons Bolt The Princess and the Frog Tangled Winnie the Pooh Toy Story A Bug’s Life Toy Story 2 Monsters, Inc. Finding Nemo The Incredibles Cars Ratatouille Wall-E Up
- Toy Story 3
Totals: 56 completed, 8 to go (+14 since last week)
Special thanks to Christie for loaning me Finding Nemo and Cinderella!
Thoughts on this week’s films:
- Chicken Little isn’t that bad. This is the first time I’d ever seen the film, which I’d previously dismissed as “Disney’s weak attempt to fill the Pixar hole” which was almost created when the companies were at an impasse about a decade ago (and before Disney bought Pixar outright). The worst aspect of the film is that it feels very early-Dreamworks, and not Disney. What I mean by that is that there are a lot of cultural references (like Barbra Streisand…?) which feel shoehorned in here. Ugh, I hate Shrek for a reason, folks. Still, Chicken Little is cute, if forgettable.
- Also the first time I’d seen either Saludos Amigos or The Three Caballeros. I honestly can’t believe Saludos Amigos is even considered a Disney Animated Classic film–it’s less than 45 minutes long, and I’d say at least a third of that isn’t animated. My understanding is that these two films were thrown together as propaganda pieces for the US Government’s Good Neighbor Program during World War II (basically, Disney was going to win over the South Americans from joining the Axis or something). Anyway, the video transfers on the combo DVD that came out a few years ago are really terrible, especially on The Three Caballeros. I’d only recommend watching it for the last, extended sequence in TTC, which is about as trippy a scene as I’ve ever seen Disney produce. And you thought Dumbo‘s pink elephants were something…! I hope you have some munchies ready.
- Tangled is awesome and visual treat, and nearly a return to form, except the songs are so dreadfully dull that it sorta ruins the rest of the film.
- Sometimes the timing of events in Disney movies really throws me. Okay, so Ariel only has three days to get Prince Eric to kiss her. Geez, that’s like an eternity compared to Cinderella, who has the prince fall in love with her during, what, one dance without any conversation? Or in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, where the bulk of the story seems to happen within a 24-hour period. Are these characters just not as cynical about love as I am??
- Cars 2 and The Black Cauldron really are that bad, both lifeless films obviously put together by committee to try to appeal to demographic X or Y.
Given that, I’m excited for the remainder of my slate (I’ve started watching Pocahontas, and I was really excited…up until Grandmother Willow shows up. UGH!). Who’s going to see Brave this weekend? I have my Merida costume all ready for a showing on Sunday!!!!!