Re-Disney: Week 3 Progress Report

Disney Animated Classics:

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  2. Pinocchio
  3. Fantasia
  4. Dumbo
  5. Bambi
  6. Saludos Amigos
  7. The Three Caballeros
  8. Make Mine Music
  9. Fun and Fancy Free
  10. Melody Time
  11. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  12. Cinderella
  13. Alice in Wonderland
  14. Peter Pan
  15. Lady and the Tramp
  16. Sleeping Beauty
  17. One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  18. The Sword in the Stone
  19. The Jungle Book
  20. The Aristocats
  21. Robin Hood
  22. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  23. The Rescuers
  24. The Fox and the Hound
  25. The Black Cauldron
  26. The Great Mouse Detective
  27. Oliver & Company
  28. The Little Mermaid
  29. The Rescuers Down Under
  30. Beauty and the Beast
  31. Aladdin
  32. The Lion King
  33. Pocahontas
  34. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  35. Hercules
  36. Mulan
  37. Tarzan
  38. Fantasia 2000
  39. Dinosaur
  40. The Emperor’s New Groove
  41. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  42. Lilo & Stitch
  43. Treasure Planet
  44. Brother Bear
  45. Home on the Range
  46. Chicken Little
  47. Meet the Robinsons
  48. Bolt
  49. The Princess and the Frog
  50. Tangled
  51. Winnie the Pooh
  1. Toy Story
  2. A Bug’s Life
  3. Toy Story 2
  4. Monsters, Inc.
  5. Finding Nemo
  6. The Incredibles
  7. Cars
  8. Ratatouille
  9. Wall-E
  10. Up
  11. Toy Story 3
  12. Cars 2
  13. Brave

Totals: 42 completed, 22 to go (+13 since last week)

Yippie! I crossed over the halfway mark earlier this week, somewhere between The Princess and the Frog and Ratatouille.

I think I’ll actually be able to pull this off in the next week and a half, though some films are proving to be more difficult to track down than others. Both Cinderella and Finding Nemo are being re-released on Blu-ray this fall, so I sold off my DVD copies months ago; unfortunately, you can’t rent these on Amazon Instant Video or iTunes. Similarly, I submitted inter-library loan requests for The Three Caballeros, Saludos Amigos, Cars 2 and Winnie the Pooh (2011) weeks ago, but still nothing has materialized. I might have to bite the bullet and just buy those–I can’t go all this way and come up four films short! (Obvious, a human travesty if such a thing were to happen.)

Good slate of films this week.  Re-cap observations time, focusing on some particularly awesome visuals:

  • Not the first time I’ve seen it, but I was reminded that Tarzan is WONDERFUL, right up there with some of the best, early-90s Disney Renaissance stuff, in my opinion. It’s only significant weakness is an underdeveloped villain. I can’t wait for this to come out on Blu-ray–the animation is simply gorgeous. One of the first scenes, as Tarzan “surfs” through the jungle, is really awesome stuff.
  • The animation in Mulan is also beautiful.  Like Pocahontas, though, I felt the film suffers from a serious case of “obligatory animal friend” syndrome.  Crickets, dragons, horses, puppies…yeesh!
  • If you’ve never seen Sleeping Beauty or Lady and the Tramp on Blu-ray, do it. You wouldn’t think that hand-drawn animation would justify a hi-def release, but you’d be wrong. Consider this: you can actually see the shadows between the animated cel and the painted background on these films–you really experience the animation in as true a form as its ever been presented, even in theatres.
  • I understand that Ratatouille is a “good film,” critically and everything, but I just don’t have any particularly strong feelings about it.  I don’t love it, and I think it has to do with the fact that Linguini’s character is pretty obnoxious.  Still, I could watch this film on loop for days on end because it’s just that stunning, and probably the first Pixar movie that I would say that about.  Sure, Toy Story and A Bug’s Life and the earlier films are great stories with groundbreaking animation, but Ratatouille goes out of its way to be beautiful.
  • Can anybody argue that Up is, by far, Pixar’s best overall film (though I think Monsters, Inc. is criminally under-appreciated and is actually Pixar’s most creative work)? That Grape Soda badge gets me every time. Oof.

Alright, folks, we’re nearing the home stretch.  If anybody has a copy of one of the following I could borrow to wrap up this project, let me know!

  • Saludos Amigos
  • The Three Caballeros
  • Cinderella
  • Finding Nemo
  • Cars 2
  • Winnie the Pooh (2011)