Posts Tagged ‘disney’

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#1: Mulan

January 1, 2011

First movie of the year, so why not make it a guaranteed winner?

So what’s it about?: A not so typical Disney princess, who has dishonored her family, grows a pair and goes off to war in place of her father.  With a little help from her animal sidekicks, chaos ensues.

The Good: What’s not to love about Mulan?  You have catchy song numbers, the most badass Disney princess of them all, and the perfectly magical Disney blend of humor, action, romance and universal lessons.

The Bad: Animation wise, it’s definitely not the fairest of them all.  It just doesn’t have the beauty of, well, Beauty, but really, what does?

The Verdict: Hands down a great Disney film.  It’s sad to see that this is not considered part of the elite “Disney Plantinum Series”, but on the bright side, that means it won’t be locked up in the vault!  Yay!

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#26: Hatching Pete

October 19, 2009

hatchingpeteOkay, okay, I’ll admit it.  I have a total soft spot for Disney Channel Original Movies.  Yeah, most of them are really bad, but every once in a while you get a gem of cheesy, feel-good perfection.

So what’s it about?: Shy wallflower does a favor for a friend and secretly takes over the job of the school mascot.  Turns out he’s really good at it, but he can’t give away his real identity.  Chaos ensues.

The Good: This movie actually has some genuine laughs and genuine “Oh crap!” moments.

The Bad: I could go on about an overused “Be Yourself!” plot, the annoying over-the-top adult characters, the typical Disney ending, but hands down the worst thing in the movie was Mitchel Musso’s hair.  Jason Dolley can pull off the long hair but you seriously looked like a girl.  CUT IT!

The Verdict: Your typical DCOM.  If you like the others, you’ll like this one.

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#25: Pete’s Dragon

October 16, 2009

petesdragonSo what’s it about?: An orphan boy runs away from his mean new home with the help of his animated and invisible dragon.  Chaos ensues.

The Good: I love this film for one reason, and that is the amazingness that is “Candle on the Water”.  Hands down the greatest song ever to come out of a Disney film.  In fact, this movie has some great musical numbers in it as a whole.

The Bad: Well, it’s really cheesy at times.  Most Disney films walk the fine line between charming and cheesy, but this one at times has enough cheese to give you a heart attack.  There’s a reason it never really got as much acclaim as it’s animated/live action predecessor Mary Poppins nor is it even as good as Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

The Verdict: Watch for the musical numbers and then go watch your cholesterol.

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#23: Sleeping Beauty

October 16, 2009

sleepingbeautySo recently I moved to LA and maybe it was due to the close proximity of Disneyland, but all of a sudden I got a itch to watch some classic Disney films!  And decided to start with the film that I’ve probably only seen once, Sleeping Beauty.

So what’s it about?: A mean ol’ witch curses a baby princess with everlasting sleep on her 16th birthday via a finger prick.  Some fairies manage to soften the curse to allow true love to prevail and decide to take raise the princess.  As the big day approaches, chaos ensues.

The Good: You gotta miss the classic 2-D animation.  It’s just stunning!  And this story has everything: action scenes, musical numbers, your classic case of mistaken identity comedy, dragons, and a happily ever after ending.

The Bad: Sleeping Beauty is not a bad film yet it flopped at the box office.  Why?  There’s too much in it!  It really does have everything and that is just too much for a short little animated film.  And when it takes longer to decide what color to make a dress than it does to kill a dragon, you know something’s wrong.  And character development?  Yeah, not in this film!

The Verdict: Sure it’s beautiful, and it has Disney written all over it, but there’s a reason Aurora is the least memorable Disney princess.

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#3: Ponyo

August 21, 2009

ponyoFinally, to finish off today’s triple feature, I saw the brand new Miyazaki film Ponyo.  And first off, I would like to say that this film was nothing like what I expected because frankly I had no idea Noah Cyrus was a girl!  Seriously, though, who names their daughter Noah?

So what’s it about?: Basically it’s a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid with a Disney ending… in anime.

The Good: Well, it’s a Miyazaki film so naturally it’s beautiful with a touch of fantasy.  And overall it’s a nice retelling of a classic fairytale without being too morbid or super sweet.  And it had some genuine laughs and pretty much kept me entertained, which is always a plus.

The Bad: There are a lot of problems I have with the films produced by Studio Ghibli and that is their take on love.  I had this in Spirited Away and I have this problem with Ponyo especially as it’s gotten worse.  5 year old children can not, nor should they be expected to, fall in love with each other.  Seriously.  Maybe this is just a case of translation problems, or maybe culture differences, I don’t know.  Also, Liam Neeson’s voice did not fit his character and was really distracting.  And what’s with girls in Miyazaki films SCREAMING ALL THE TIME.  And don’t stay for the end credits because that song is annoying.

The Verdict: If you are a fan of Studio Ghibli, it’s worth seeing, but if you’ve already waited a year to see it dubbed in English, I recommend wait another 6 months until you can rent the DVD.