Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Walt Disney Animation Studio`s 17th feature film.

http://www.cornel1801.com/disney/101-Dalmatians-1961/movie-film.html

My opinion right after watching movie

My opinion right after watching the movie is that it is dull. The plot is so thin and so dragged out, the characters have some charm, but flat and dull for the most part, and it is less than stellar. It just has little to no pacing or focus. I can definitely see how this can be seen as the beginning of the Dark Age, though I still stand that this is the Silver Age.

Production

Walt Disney grabbed the rights to the book in 1957, and decided to greenlight it. This is probably the first (or one of the first) where Disney had little to no involvement in the film. He claimed that director Bill Peet did a perfect job with the script, but it was well known across the studio that his interest died in the animated film segment in the late 50′s and considered closing the studio.

They decided to stop the cel animated films and went with the cheaper Xerography process, where they copied and pasted from the paper drawings, resulting in the sketchier look. This is the first out of the consecutive 7 films that had a huge involvement of Wolfgang Reitherman.

Story

So the film starts with Pongo (Rod Taylor) and Roger (Ben Wright) living the single but boring life. Pongo says in his head that he needs to hook himself and his songwriter “pet”, so he decides to go to the park, where they meet Perdita (Cate Bauer) and Anita (Lisa Davis). His scheme causes the humans to fall in the water. Anita is weeping over her ruined outfit, but ends up laughing with Roger, leading up to this…

Well; we did not see any buildup, but that is alright…….not the most important thing of the film. The xerography is alright, and things seem nice so far.

The ladies move into the small home with the boys, and Perdita soon ends up pregnant. Cruella De Ville (Betty Lou Garlson) and asks about the puppies, making them uncomfortable. Perdita is worried about her children being taken away; rightfully so. I am curious as to how Anita and Cruella became such close friends, since it is clear Cruella does not give a fuck about Anita.

Anyways, Perdita gives birth a few weeks later to 15 (then 14) then back to 15 dalmatians (they thought one was a stillborn, and they name him Lucky (MiMi Gibson). We see Roger and Anita interact and it is so cute and realistic. It is so quirky and fun to watch. Cruella comes by to visit, and Roger refuses to give her the puppies. She gets mad and insults them when they refuse to sell it, and storms off and plans to steal them. She really wants her coats.

So we waste 5 minutes with the dog family watching a television show (which adds to nothing) and things honestly start to drag and get boring here. Cruella’s minions Jasper (J. Pat O Mally) and Horace Badun (Frederick Worlock) to break into the house and to steal the dogs. The house nanny (Martha Wentworth) tries to stop them, but fails.

GASP. The only plot point takes place.

So the dog napping ends up in the front news (In the newspaper? Where I am from, there will be a few signs on the streets and that is all. Alrighty), which Cruella cackles about. The police tells the family that the chances of finding the dogs are not good, so Pongo and Perdita then decide to bark to the dogs in the area. This turns into all the dogs in London barking, and then the countryside barking. It is like the telephone; over 5 minutes long of filler telephone. The pacing is really bad here, and I believe it is about 40 minutes in the film -_-, which makes me engage less in the film.

Seargant Tibbs (David Frankham) and Colonel (J. Pat O Malley) finds the 99 dogs in Cruella’s abandoned estate, and they hear the two sidekicks talk about how they have to kill the puppies. Word gets back to Pongo and Perdita that their children are gonna turn into a coat, so they rush to the estate. Cruella visits and tells her incompetent minims that they have to kill the dogs tonight because the police are all over the place.

I just feel like nothing is happening and I am not getting engaged, Maybe it is because of the dark color scheme, flat characters, or the fact that scenes are dragged out, but it is not heightening my interest in the least bit.

So when the sidekicks continue to watch TV (after Cruella loses her top), Tibbs sneaks the puppies, which they realize too late. They meet with Pongo and Perdita, and take a rest at a farm to get food (sucking on a cow’s utters). S0 we get a good 10-50 minutes of them walking through the countryside to get them home (as Cruella and the sidekicks are looking for them in their cars).

They make it to the city, and Cruella is crazily driving to get her fur coats, but she gets into a car crash and arrested. It is Christmas and Nanny, Anita and Roger have a lot of money, as his song Cruella became a big hit (couldn’t she just sue for defamation?), but they are sad because they have no puppies. They cheer with glee when 101 dalmatians arrive at their door, which makes them decide to get a Dalmatian Plantation.

This film is not engaging. The plot is painfully slow and uneventful, the characters are not interesting in the least bit. It does have it’s charm, but it felt like it was stalling for a good amount of the film. It is extremely thin and lackluster. There are worse in the canon, but MUCH better as well. I understand why some people see this as the start of a Dark Era, though I think that is a few films away.

Characters

The characters in this film are flat and bring for the most part. While the human characters have charm and likability, the dogs and animals (the MAIN characters) are duller and flavorless than water.

We don’t learn anything about him except that he is protective about his family, does not like being single, and is built up to be the hero-type character. He is bland.

If Pongo is bland, than I don’t know what she is. She has no character, and is barely focused upon as a character. She is just there.

Easily the best character in the film. She is one of the best Disney Villains for a reason. She is ruthless, crazy, determined, unremorseful, and she makes sense as a character. Her villainy is great to watch.

They are quirky and goofy. I wish the film showed more of them because at least they are somewhat interesting.

Ugh. That is all these doofuses deserve.

Animation

The animation is clearly not the best; since they are still getting used to the Xerography. They have some good details, but the backgrounds can get extremely dull. Speaking of dull, the color scheme is very dark a lot of the time, as it gives a dark atmosphere to it. The character designs are kind of stylized, but the style int he film is appealing enough.

Music

The music is the typical jazzy 1960s type, but the few songs that it has are small but good. Not the best songs though. Here is where the jazz starts to make it in the Disney scene.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on January 25, 1961, it was a huge success; one of the biggest ones so far. It made $6,400,000 and it granted some great revenue from the loss of Sleeping Beauty (this had to do with the smaller budget). This caused them to continue the Xerography for almost 3 decades.

Reception Today

Well, it has became a franchise. It garnered a sequel 101 Dalmatians II: Path’s London Adventure, the 2 live action films, and the series that it won. It is not seen as a huge classic (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella), but it made some great revenue to the studio.

Final Score

Story: 5.5/10

Characters:4.5/10

Animation: 7.5/10

Music: 7/10

24.5/40= 61%

Next Time…

Review: April 14th, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Sleeping Beauty

Walt Disney Animation Studios 16th feature film.

http://www.free-tv-video-online.me/player/vidbull.php?id=mmr2o0e4nscx

My opinion right after watching movie

Well if anyone knows me, they know that I do not like this movie. Watching it a year later, and……….that still stands. I think it is extremely boring, and the pacing can be extremely choppy to extremely slow. While the animation is beautiful and the scores are nice, it is hard for me to care for anything in this movie and the characters are not that interesting. Some are good, and the animation and the songs move it along. Ehh.

Production

So production for this film started in 1951, after the massive success of Cinderella. The story was written in 1951, the voices were recorded in 1952, and the animation was from 1953-1958 (they probably upped their budget from the successes of Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp). Disney wanted this film to have a more stylized, detailed look to it compared to it’s predecessors.

He wanted the three fairies to be identical in looks, but Ollie Johnson and Frank Thompson told him that they would not be exciting, so they gave them different personalities, colors, and looks. When making Maleficent, they were afraid she would look too much like The Queen or Lady Tremaine, so they made her look more elegant.

Like most of the films in this era, all of the film was recorded in live action, so they could use it for inspiration on the animation. This film had a good amount of ideas in it that were dropped from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella.

This is the final film in the canon to use cell-animation, as it became too expensive to make a film with, risking losing money, and the films afterwards would be strictly animated via Xerox. This is also the first film to ever use the Xerox process as well (it is used minorly for the Dragon). Many see this as the final film in the Silver Era because of it.

Story

So we start the film with a storybook opening, explaining King Stefan (Taylor Holmes) and his Queen’s struggle to have a child, and finally gets blessed when Aurora (Mary Costa) is born. So they celebrate her christening, and invites everyone but Maleficent (Eleanor Audley). Flora (Verna Felton) and Fauna (Barbara Jo Allen) gives the child a gift of beauty and song, and when Merrywether (Barbara Luddy) is about to give Aurora her gift, but Maleficent shows up and curses Aurora to die on her 16th birthday.

You bitch.

So she makes a grand entrance, and Merrywether changes the spell, so she will be put in a deep sheep, and awakened by true love’s kiss. So far, great introduction. King Stefan burns all of the spindles in the kingdom, but the fairies meet up to find a way to get rid of Aurora. They know that she is always a step ahead of them and finds them predictable, so they decide to hide and raise Aurora int he forest like regular humans.

So 16 years pass, and Maleficent is stressing that they have not found Aurora. Her minions reveal that they have been looking for a baby the entire time, and she loses it out of incompetence.

Okay, let me get you together real quickly Maleficent. I understand that your minions are incompetent, but you should have been ON IT and MADE SURE they knew exactly what to look for. How in the hell could you ignore this for 16 years. And even THEN, you should have went out and look for yourself at times. You clearly lack control, and have been a bit careless with the entire thing. You are telling em the “baddest bitch” could not use her magic or looked for her herself, but spent all her time on incompetent minions doing the jobs; girl bye.

So we are introduced to the 16 year old Aurora, and I will say it right now; she is the blandest princess to ever surface Disney. The fairies send her off to look berries, so they can plan a surprise for her birthday. Aurora does so, and she is singing about her need for love and how she is lonely via I Wonder. The animals join her as she explains about how she met someone in her dreams, which leads to Once Upon A Dream. Phillip (Bill Shirley) happens to hear her voice, and follows it. He starts dancing with her, and they soon fall in love. She tells him indecisively that she will never see him again, but to only invite him to her house, which I have to admit is smart.

So she runs and tells her aunts about Phillip, and him coming over, but they drop the bomb. They tell her that she is a princess and is returning to her parents where she can marry Phillip. She starts to cry, but it seems more so because she cannot see Phillip than her entire life being a lie.

Then we spend a bunch of unnecessary time with the fillers of the Kings singing scrubs and fooling around. They get into a minor argument for no reason, and then the plot returns with Phillip telling his father his final lines; being that he is marrying the peasant girl he met, and for his father to become more modern.

So the ladies return to the castle, and Aurora is still an emotional mess, so they leave her for a moment, which is the perfect time for Maleficent to get her (thanks to her parrot). Aurora is hypnotized, and the fairies try to rush to her in time, but it is too late; she pricked her finger on the spinning wheel.

So the fairies decide to put a sleeping spell not he entire kingdom (I do not know why though), but they overhear King Hubert say something about Phillip meeting with a peasant girl, and they connect one with one. They rush to the palace to only find that Phillip is gone. This is because Maleficent and her crew ambushed him at their cottage. How did Maleficent know he would be there? Guess…… We do not know.

Something about…….this always disturbed me. The way she looks at him when he is tied up, and then when he is trying to get out of his chainlocks……. it was just unsettling. What would she do with him there for 100 years? This look says alone. She is…… kind of lonely….. And she says she has plans for her royal guest. It is very suspicious to me. Does anyone know what I am getting at here?

So the sexually frustrated woman mistress of evil whisks him to his dungeon, leaving his hat. When the fairies finally get there, they realize that she already took him. The fairies quickly go to her castle and go through some scary imagery. Maleficent pays her toy  guest a visit to tease and taunt him. After she leaves, the fairies sneak him out and explains everything to him; with him not muttering a word (some contractual mess him and Aurora’s actress had that caused them to not be able to record the rest of their lines).

So we reach to the part that was supposed to be in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We are at the epic battle, where Phillip whisks through many trials and tribulations, an epic battle with the mighty evil, and then kills her, and runs to kiss his treasure; but he needs help from the fairies and by help I mean they do almost all of the work.

So the sleeping curse is lifted off of her and the entire kingdom, she reunites with her family, and the third human couple dance Once Upon A Dream.

This film is not bad, but really boring. There are some things that are left unexplained, choppy scenes that are too short or too long, and filler that no one will give a fuck about. Some scenes are nice, and some characters are nice too. Overall, it works, but it just drags and is too hard to invest into for me.

Characters

The characters that I moderately care about in this film are a minimal. I feel like I barely know them and I can only invest myself into the fairies. Some of them are boring, others are annoying.

Aurora is the blandest princess to me. So from what I have seen, she cried because she cannot be with Phillip, she is lonely is she wants romance, and she is classy. She is my least favourite because she never has a positive and a negative thought or saying. We don’t see how she handles situations, and she is not as deep as the others.

The Kings are annoying.

Animation

The animation in the film is beautiful. I have never seen so much style and detail in a film, and there is so much in the backgrounds. For the most part, the humans look more realistic and they have sharper lines. While the hair color and eye color changes in Aurora, it is perfect. The movements are good, and you can tell that everything in the animation has purpose.

Music

The only memorable songs in this film are Once Upon a Dream and I Wonder. The others are very forgettable, and I barely remember anything about them. The score is nice and has that medieval theme, but it gets old soon enough because there is almost NEVER a time where there is no music. In most other films, there are breaks.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on January 29th, 1959, it made a lot of money, approximately $7.7 million dollars. The issue is, the production was so high (costing $6 million), that they barely made any money off of the film. It was the first box office disappointment since Alice in Wonderland. It also received mixed reviews, with some of the critics calling it out for it’s low pace and no character development.

The underperformance, coupled with the year 1959 not being that profitable for the company, it caused Disney to lose interest in animation and to put less effort into it, massive layoffs took place come 1960, and they switched to Xerography. They were back to lower budget films, and doing everything to save money with making cheaper films with bigger revenue coming in. It was never rereleased in Disney’s lifetime and became a big success in the 70s.

Reception Today

Well, now it is seen as an artistic masterpiece. It’s many re-releases in the later decades caused it to be the 2nd highest grossing film of 1959. I also forgot to mention that Sleeping Beauty’s castle is in Disneyland. The film is studied in by schools for animation, included in many AFI lists, and it seen as Walt Disney’s final masterpiece.

Final Score

Story:6.5/10

Characters:6/10

Animation: 9/10

Music: 8/10=

29.5/40 =74%

Next Time…

Review: April 7th, 2014

Mr. Peabody and Sherman Review

http://putlocker.bz/watch-mr-peabody-and-sherman-online-free-putlocker.html

My opinion right after watching movie

My opinion right after watching the movie is that it is a mixed bag. While it has a decent plot, and likable characters, the film lacks focus. It jumbles from plot point to plot point, and a lot of things are done for no reason. There are also the pop culture references, It has charm and beautiful animation, and I overall got what I expected.

Production

A Mr Peabody and Sherman adaptation was in the works since 2003, but it was live action/CG, but when the director Rob Minkoff went to DreamWorks in 2006, it became CGI fully and the development for the film as we knew it began in 2006.They tried to make the film with the same dignity that the series had during the entire production of this film. Story

So the movie starts with Mr Peabody the dog (Ty Burrell) who explains his life, and how he was different from the other dogs, causing him to focus more on his knowledge. He ended up graduating college, and inventing a bunch of things. He then found Sherman (Max Charles) who he adopted and raised to be his son. He taught his son almost everything about everything through a time machine he invented called the WABAC. They travel to the French Revolution.

So after we waste 10 minutes on them barely escaping the French Revolution, he takes Sherman to his first day of school. The popular girl Penny (Ariel Winter) sees  him getting dropped off by his dog father, and decides to tease him the entire day, since he proves that he is smarter than everyone.

He says he learned all of this on his time machine, which manes me wonder…… Why is this time machine not accessed to the world? Mr. Peabody has contributed so much, so wouldn’t they have known about this? Anyways, things escalate at lunch, which ends up in a fight, with him biting her, and she calling him a dog.

I am confused. I do not know why the teacher, Penny and the other students look at him weirdly because he is raised by a dog, when A DOG GRADUATED COLLEGE, ALLOWED TO SIGN ADOPTION PAPERS, AND INVENTED MANY THINGS FOR THE WORLD? This will be something that confuses me for the entire film.

So they end up in the office, and their teacher/social worker Mrs. Grunion (Allison Janney) who is prejudice against dogs tells Mr. Peabody that she will come over tonight, and to expect Sherman to be taken from him. This causes him to want to invite Penny and her parents  The Petersons over to squash the issue. Mr. Peabody gets along with her parents, and the children are not getting along.

Penny calls him a liar, which causes him to reveal the WABAC. This causes Penny to run to the WABAC, and to travel to Egypt. We are 30 minutes in the film, and barely anything happened. Something about how they executed it feels….off. So the perfect Mr Peabody knocks out her parents, and they go to find Egypt.

Penny is extremely annoying and unlikable. Even when we are supposed to like her, she just comes off really badly. She gets them into more trouble than necessary. There is a formula for minimum 20 minutes where they go to a new place, and Penny gets them into trouble. This happens in Egypt when she abandons King Tut, and in Renaissance Florence when her and Sherman go off to fly a wooden plane.

So they are about to return home, and Peabody is upset at the children for breaking an ancient artifact. The annoying Penny does not give a crap and then tells him that he should be proud that his son flew a plane. Such a bad influence. Anywyas, Sherman is going along with everything she saiys because apparently her opinion matters to him. She drops the bomb that their teacher is going to take Sherman away from Peabody And we have no idea how she knew this. They get sucked into a black hole, and Sherman lashes out at Peabody for not telling him.

Question: Why would you lash out (and not be sad) at the parent because someone wants to take them away. I would understand if the person is a teenager, but I would not outright lash at my parent for this. I just do not see why a little boy will lash out and insult the parent for this. Sherman also asks this at the WORST TIME POSSIBLE. THEY ARE IN A BLACK HOLE.

So he runs away when they land in Ancient Rome and join the Trojans. They get him, Penny needs saving, she gets saved, and Peabody somehow is “killed“.  The children return to present day and Sherman talks to Peabody (when he was entertaining Penny`s parents), and because the moment happened already, another Sherman shows up (the one who just came from Penny). This causes a casualty loop, and causes a mess. So everyone has to return things to normal, and Mrs. Grunion returns and is determined to take Shermans away. This is the usual sci-fi catastrophe that I am not going to go over in detail.

So this ends up with people from Ancient history showing up in the present day, a large chase scene into town, Grunion being taken to an older time (which is dumb, because it WILL alter the present day, but no one cares because she is the `villain that is half assedly inserted in the film). We get a bad ending of modern people and inventions being inserted in  the ancient world, which is supposed to be funny, but also stupid. So Penny and Sherman are friends, and Peabody gets to keep his kid.

While this film is not……a bad one, it could have been……a lot better. The storylines could have been executed and inter-merged better, but they are strong enough. It is predictable, but it does keep the integrity of the original series, and it has some great animation and action scenes. It is a mixed bad, and I am not seeing improvements from DreamWorks. I hope HTTYD 2 delivers.

Characters

The characters in this film are pretty flat, and somewhat likable. They pretty much only do and are only as deep enough to play a certain role in the film. While they are kind of entertaining, I could not get into them much.

Animation

The animation looks really nice. It is very detailed, and the movements are so fluid and captivating. Whenever the film went to a different location, half of the time, you are looking at the designs and the details instead of the characters. Speaking about the characters, they are probably the weakness of the animation; especially the human characters. It is not bad, but just generic and a bit weird. I also like the bold and bright colors.

Music

The music is utterly forgettable. All I remember about it is that there are no songs, and the score is the generic adventure score. DreamWorks should have gotten their regular Powell to handle the music.

Reception Today

Well the film was released in Britain on February 7th 2014 and North America on March 7th 2014, and it received positive reviews. Many called out on it’s weird and somewhat problematic plot, but they liked the voice acting, fun, animation, characters, and not ruining the dignity of the series…..much. With a $145 million budget, it made $184,296,595 so far. I think it will struggle to make $500 million.

Final Score

Story: 6.5/10

Characters: 5/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 6/10

=25.5/40 = 64%

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Lady and the Tramp

Walt Disney Animation Studios 15th feature film.

http://www.tubeplus.me/player/308245/Lady_and_the_Tramp/

My opinion right after watching movie

My opinion right after watching the movie is that I think it is one of Walt Disney’s best. Sure, the plot is not the tightest, but it’s decision to tell it from a dog’s point of view and it did kind of had a cycle of a dog’s life, and its theme prevails. There are no filler with the slow pace, and the characters go through more and they are more developed here.

Production

In 1937, Joe Grant met up with Walt Disney to discuss making a film about an English Springer Spaniel named Lady, and they started development on it. Disney was not too pleased with it because it was too sweet and needed some action, He was reading a book called “Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog” by Ward Greene, and was inspired to add a rebel dog named Tramp into the film. Tramp had many other names that were being thrown round in development.

On June 1943, they were ordered by the military to stop productions on all  of their features to make the package films and propaganda shorts. Work on the film started after the war, but Grant left the studio in 1949 and did not get any credits on it. Greene and Disney were working on it together through the 50s and Disney asked Greene to publish a book on it, and it was released that year. It was released so the general audience would know the story.

There were many changes to the story from when it was being worked on in the early 40s, to the final version. This is the first film to be distributed by their own company Buena Vista Distribution instead of RKO Pictures (who they have been with since the very beginning). This is the first animated film to be made in CinemaScope/Widescreen. They also had dogs come to the studio so they can study their movements and actions.

Musician Peggy Lee was used to promote the film, which disproves AGAIN that Robin Williams was the first celebrity to promote an animated film. It was also around here when Disney started to lose interest in animated films, and the high cost of them.

Story

This quote establishes the main theme of the film; affection and love. I like that they put this here in the beginning so it establishes what the film is about, and it is a sweet but subtle opening.

So we are taken to a home on Christmas, and Darling (Peggy Lee) a dog called Lady (Barbara Luddy) from a box. This actually happened as Disney gave his wife a dog in a box for Christmas. They love her and as they are trying to put her to sleep in a basket, she whines and cries to get them to let her sleep with them. They eventually let her sleep int he bed for tonight only, but this ends up being a normal occurrence.

Lady is older and she finally gets her collar, which her and the other dogs see as honor and officially belonging to someone. Lady and her friends Jock (Bill Thompson) and Trusty (Bill Baucom) are very proud of her, and she is enjoying being spoiled by her owner’s affections. This is all seen through a dog’s perspective and eye vision, which is smart.

We are introduced to Tramp (Larry Roberts), who is poor and has nothing, but thinks the world is his and he is free. He thinks because no one is affectionate of him and that he is free, that everything is better, and this clashes with Lady’s view, in a good way.

There is a law that there must be no stray dogs in the street, or they will be taken to the pound. Lady is telling her friends that Jim Dear (Lee Millar) and Darling are to being affectionate to her and striking her, but they explain to her that they are having a baby. Tramp randomly shows up and tells her that she is getting the boot when the baby comes, and she grows worried.

As you can see, not much has happened yet, and it has been 25 minutes. The plot is slow paced, but each scene is significant to the plot, if that makes sense, There is no filler. Anyways, this showcases the change through Darling’s pregnancy and how Lady is being more and more forgotten, until the baby is finally born.

Aunt Sarah (Verna Felton) comes to the house to watch over the baby as the couple leaves to go somewhere for a few days. She has a distaste for Lady and thinks she is causing trouble, so she goes to the pet shop to get a muzzle, but she flees. She gets herself into an issue with a bunch of dogs until Tramp randomly shows up and protects her.

She thanks him, and he wants to get the muzzle off of her. He searches through the entire zoo, and then gets a beaver to cut it off for her. She tells him about Aunt Sarah and all of her problems, and he feels bad for her. He tells her that her issue is that she is stuck with a family and does not have freedom. Since she does not want to go home yet, she goes with him all night, and they go to a restaurant where chefs cook a bunch of food (losing their income) feeding 2 dogs.

As Bella Notte plays, we see them walking around the park, and they lay down together under a tree, implicating that they had sex. GASP; a more than asexual Disney relationship. Awesome. So she wakes up and realizes that she needs to get home. He is shocked at this because of the good time they had (wink wink), but she is still loyal to her owners, so he takes her to them, but wants to have a bit of fun (aka messing with the chickens).

His reckless act causes them to be chased off by a gunshot, and she gets captured because of the law of no stray dogs.She ends up at the pound and was teased for being a kept owners, dog, but Peg (Peggy Lee) tells them to lay off, and this eventually leads up to Tramp.

So Peg exposes to cause drama  sings that Tramp is a man slut and all the girls want him, and Lady gets mad that he is probably trying to hit her and leave her. So she gets out of the pound because she is an owner, and is locked in her doghouse outside. She is extremely ashamed of all that she did yesterday. Having sex and getting knocked up getting pregnant.

Tramp comes by to visit, and she confronts him about his past and him trying to play her, and tell shim to get bent and to get lost. So he leaves sadly, and returns when he hears her bark, causing him to rush back. She tells him that a rat is going into a baby’s room. He goes to the baby’s room and he kills the rat, which only causes Aunt Sarah to call the pound on him.

So he is eventually rescued, and by Christmas time, everyone comes and we see Tramp happy to be claimed and shown real affection and care, receiving his collar. We see their 4 children (knew they had sex, just like Bambi and Faline, and Simba and Nala), ans it is a happy ever after, all of them being 1 big happy family.

Well, it did have a Circle of Life thing of a domesticated life of a dog thing, and the dogs either learn to appreciate what they have, or to learn to have affection and love for another. There are trials and tribulations with the characters, and there is no standard villain.

Characters

The characters are more developed here and goes through more challenges than we have seen yet. All of them are likable and understandable, in the situations they are in, and I don’t really have a bad thing to say about them.

While she is the sweet, innocent, classy heroine like…… all her predecessors, she is naive and it is almost seen as a bad thing. She is more likable than the others, and she is not bland. She is very loyal, which shows when it comes to her owners. She is a good character.

He is flawed and ….. is actually supposed to be, unlike Peter Pan. He had a reputation of being a manwhore because he believes that everyone and everything belongs to him since he is free. He is reckless, carefree, and a good character.

She is seen as an antagonists to the dogs, but she is not. She is just a worryrat and does not really like dogs. She is alright though. Not evil, but just a typical cranky old woman.

He is more so comic relief. His scottish accent and his rantings are funny.

His storytelling ramblings are alright. He is more calm and attempts to sniff were interesting.

Animation

The animation is very nice. The character movements of the animals are extremely realistic and the fact that we are seeing it from a dogs point of view, we almost never see above the waist of a human character, and we get some very close shots close to the ground. The color scheme and the detail is nice as well, but I have to call out the fact that Tramp changes from a dull brown to a grey.

Music

The music in the film is more relaxed and soothing. From the romanticized Bella Notte to the jazzy He’s A Tramp, it really works off the down to earth feel of the movie. There is some of those romantic Italian scores, and those jazzy scores as well. It is very nice.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on June 22, 1955, it was a HUGE success. It became the second highest-grossing film in the canon after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, making about $7.5 million, with a $4 million budget. With Disneyland opening the same year, the company making their way on television, and benefiting off the success of this movie and Peter Pan, the mid 50s were very good times for the company.

Despite all of this, it was panned for it’s animation of dogs……. I am not kidding, that was their only complaint. Don’t know what these reviewers were on. It was nominated for a BAFTA (Best Animated Film), and won another ward fro Best Foreign Producer.

Reception Today

Well as the years went by, ti is seen as a Disney classic and one of the most romantic films to ever exist. It garnered the blessed gift of a sequel called Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventure.

Final Score

Story:7.5/10

Characters:8/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 8.5/10=

32/40 =80%

Next Time…

Review: March 31st, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Peter Pan

Walt Disney Animation Studios 14th feature film.

http://viooz.co/movies/9521-peter-pan-1953.html

My opinion right after watching movie

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is pretty darn good. The plot is well paced and tightened, it has a string lesson that prevails throughout the film, it has a lot of charm, and it is a lot of fun. While some of the characters are unlikable, the ones we follow from start to finish are the ones that are likable.

Production

In 1935, the film was intended to be the second film after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but he could not get the rights to it until 1939, and it was then supposed to be the fourth film to be released after Snow White, Bambi, and Pinocchio, but it got pushed back because of the war and from problems with the story. There were many changes, like the backstory of Peter Pan, the parents coming home to find their children gone, Nana originally going to go to Neverland with the kids, and more. Production was put to halt on 1941, forcing this film, Alice in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, and Fun and Fancy Free to stall in production.

After the war ended, they were still broke and continued to make package films. After they started to make revenue shortly after Fun and Fancy Free was released in 1947, production for the film as we knew it started. Many of the voice actors for this film were also live action references for their characters.

Peter Pan is the final film in the canon to be distributed by RKO Pictures (the money from Cinderella caused them to make their own distribution company), and for all of the 9 old men to work together.

Story

So the narrator is telling us that a story of Peter Pan coming to kids house and taking them away has and will continue to happen, but this time it happens in London, where we are greeted to our main character Wendy (Kathryn Beaumont); I will discuss later as to why she is the main character and not Peter Pan. Her parents are going out and George Darling (Hans Conried) is looking for a part of his outfit, but is tripping on blocks, and found out that a part of his clothing has been colored as a map through Neverland. He loses it and lectures his kids, but his wife tells him he overreacted. He gets even more upset when they rush to Nana when they both tripped instead of him.

If this bullshit happened to me, I would have snapped and some major decisions would be made in the household. He sends the dog outside, because he is a dog and not a nanny, and tells Wendy that this is her last night in the nursery, and it is her time to grow up. Time to get more practical.

So the adults leave and the children go to sleep. Wendy chants to her mother that she has Pan’s shadow. Peter Pan (Bobby Driscoll) goes into the house to get his shadow, and Wendy wakes up. They are immediately attracted to one another and as she sows on his shadow, he says that girls talk to much and tells her to “get on with it girl” establishing what a prick this guy is. I will discuss him harshly in the Characters section.

Tinkerbell is jealous of Wendy because she and Peter have an attraction, so she tells Peter that she is ugly. So Wendy is taken to Neverland because Peter wants the Lost Boys to hear more stories about him, but she forces him to take her brothers with her. He gives them fairy dust to fly to Neverland, and we get the nice song of We Can Fly.

They reach to Neverland only for Captain Hook (Hans Conried) and his crew preparing to attack him. We find out that Captain Hook hates Peter Pan because he cut off his hand, which only establishes how much of a prick he is. So he shoots cannons at them, which ultimately fails. As Peter Pan tells Wendy to take the Darings to the land safely, she flies off to tell the Lost Boys to kill Wendy, establishing what a prick she is too.

So Peter banishes her forever (a week), and decides to take Wendy to see the mermaids. John (Paul Collins) and Michael (Tommy Luske) go off with the Lost Boys to find those Red Skinned Indians, and eventually get captured because they think the boys know where Tiger Lily is.

I don’t know if I should be offended by their description and their interaction with the Natives or not.

Wendy’s trip to the mermaids are not fun as the thirsty girls try to kill her because they like Peter Pan. He thinks Wendy is overreacting, EVEN when the mermaid tells them that they were going to drown her. He follows Captain Hook to a cave, where they see Tiger Lily (who Hook took to wonder where Pan’s hideout is). Pan starts to creep them out and gets so full of himself that he almost gets killed. They fight for a while, but Hook flees because the crocodile that wants to eat him came back.

So they return Tiger Lily to her people, and Pan is for some reason deemed as a Chief. During the party, Wendy gets mad at all the foolishness and childishness on Neverland, but walks off when she sees Tiger Lily give a very suspicious dance to Peter Pan. She walks off of the hideout and demands Pan to take her home. He is mad that she is not praising him like everyone else is (insert 1000 eye rolls here), and he goes into his room. She establishes her development and change in her brothers with her singing about Mothers, and how they need to be practical at times.

Oh, while all of this goes down, Tinkerbell tells them where the hideout is, and they are planning to drop a bomb fro Peter Pan to kill him. Am I supposed to root for her?

Hook kidnaps all of them but Pan and comes up with an ultimatum; either join his crew or walk the plank. Wendy decides to walk the plank, but gets saved by Peter Pan. Captain Hook is worried about the bomb going off, but Pan avoided it by Tinkerbell saving him it. The crews fight, Hook looses and is running from the Crocodile, and Pan decides it is time for the Darlings to go home. They make it back home and her father thinks that he is overreacted and is willing to let Nana stay in the home and for Wendy to stay in the nursery, but she tells them that she is ready to go home. We then have a nice ending of him looking at a boat cloud he saw when he was a little boy, with his wife, Wendy, and Nana looking at it together.

The story is very god. It establishes that it is time for us to grow up eventually, but we can still keep the fondness of childhood with us. It had slapstick at the right times, knew when to have action and when to have it’s serious moments. Something is always going on in the plot and you never feel as if a scene is unnecessary. Wendy and the Darlings come to a consensus, and it is a very warming film.

Characters

While I praise the plot, there are some characters that are too darn unlikable. A good amount of them are enjoyable, but the ones that are unlikable aren’t SUPPOSED to be unlikable. There is development (which seems to lack in the DP films so far, but in almost every single film otherwise). Most of them are not that developed though.

Some people call her bland, though I can see why, but she does have a personality. She is classy, graceful, curious, naturally mature, and is no nonsense. When Tinkerbell constantly insults her, she just says “and I think you’re beautiful”, Now as to why I consider her a main character over Peter Pan. SHE is the one we are introduced to first, SHE is the one who develops and has to accept that she needs to grow up, most of the film is in her perspective, SHE is the core of the theme of the movie. And in that way, she is a good character.

Ugh, now lets get to this prick. I think he is a prick because he only cares about others and to save others if it makes him look good. He is so arrogant that he goes to people’s houses to read stuff about HIM. Almost everything eh does is about him. He is actually very cruel with how he thinks dark actions are very light. I just cannot get cover how irritating he is. I guess an excuse for him can be the fact that he had no authority and had no need to grow up or mature.

He is a………decent villain. He is intimidating enough, and he is funny, but no one in the film takes him seriously or much of a threat. He does his job well enough, but he is mediocre.

She is a spiteful bitch. I have no reason to like her.

He is……. smart and useless.

Eh…. he is a baby.

The other characters like the Darling parents, Smee, and the Lost Boys are likable and entertaining.

Animation

The animation is good, but it does not stand out. I while it is alright to look at, the animation is the last thing on my mind. The colors don’t stand out the designs don’t stand out, the backgrounds don’t stand out. It just does not stand out, though there is no bad things to say about it.

Music

The music is good to listen to. Though half of them are useless like Following the Leader and What Makes a Red Man Red, the ones that are important are very good, and establishes the themes of the movie very well. Most of the soundtrack and the score has a calm, and mystical feeling to it, like it is symbolizing innocence.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on February 5, 1953, it was a HUGE success. It is the highest grossing film of 1953, and made $7 million out of it’s $4 million budget. This money would go into many things, like the film that was forever in Production Sleeping Beauty, and the upcoming Disneyland. Critics praised this film.

Reception Today

It’s reception today is HUGE. It is one of the most iconic Disney films, and started a franchise in the 2000s. A sequel called Return to Neverland, 5 Tinkerbell movies, and a Disney Fairies franchise. Tinkerbell is one of the most known icons.

Final Score

Story:8/10

Characters:6.5/10

Animation: 7.5/10

Music: 8/10

= 30/40 =75%

Next Time…

Review: March 24th, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Alice In Wonderland

Walt Disney Animation Studios 13th feature film

http://viooz.co/movies/9547-alice-in-wonderland-1951.html

My opinion right after watching movie

My opinion right after watching the film is that I feel like it is like a package film, and when a film is not a package film and SEEMS like one, that is an issue. There is no plot until the 50 minute mark and everything before that is an episodic segment. This film is not good storytelling.

Production

So Walt Disney had a long history with the source material. His first official work was a bunch of Alice shorts that he used as a part of his portfolio from the 1920s. In 1932, he was thinking about making an animated/live action hybrid film of Alice starring Mary Pickford, and he got the rights for it, but another live action Alice came out, and the studio eventually went to work on Snow White instead.

They revamped the project again after Snow White was released, and the storyboards were complete, but he did not like it. That along with the war and the productions of Pinocchio, Bambi and Fantasia got him to shelve the project again. In 1946, the production fro the film as we know it started, and the studio did not want it to be too close to the source material. A lot of the unused material for this film went into Peter Pan.

Story

The movie starts with Alice (Kathryn Beaumont) getting read a history book by her sister (Heather Angel), and she is extremely bored and starts to daydream. Her sister scolds her for daydreaming, and continues on reading her book. Alice sneaks off from the tree they were at and sings the song In a World of My Own, which establishes her curiosity and boredom of her world. She sees a rabbit (Bill Thompson) running about being late, and follows it, causing her to fall in a rabbit hole in a tree.

Okay, who in your damn mind gave you the right to walk out of your sister like that? And WHY would you go in a rabbit hole when you are supposed to be learning from your sister. That would not fly by with my siblings.

So she finally reaches down the rabbit hole, which is an excuse for the animators to show off their animation, and she sees the rabbit go through a door, but she can not get in. A bottle that says “Drink Me” pops off and she drinks it, shrinking. She starts crying and the door (Joseph Kearns) tells her to eat the cookie to make her grow to get the key. After all of that goes on, she shrinks into the bottle, and makes it through the door.

Now HERE is when the plot disappears and it turns into a package film. We have a bunch of dumb pointless segments that add ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. If it WAS a package film, then I would be giving props, but it is a FULL FEATURE FILM. What the hell is this? This is such bad storytelling. You could literally switch these around, and no difference would be made. And he had different directors for each segment so they can have each have a different flavour. BIG mistake.

So she goes to the Rabbit’s house, and grows to a giant in his house. He still continues to go off and run to go somewhere. She licks a piece of food and shrinks. We then suffer from a few more segments before we get to the Merry Unbirthday Tea Party. The Mad Hatter (Ed Wynn), March Hare (Jerry Colonna), and the Dormouse (Jimmy MacDonald) are acting like they are high off of LSD, and the rabbit finally show sup to ultimately get kicked out. Alice gets tired of the foolishness and runs off to find her way home.

So she sings Very Good Advice, and it is actually kind of a sad moment. Oh, and the plot returns around here.

So the Cheshire Cat  (Sterling Holloway) reappears, and gives her the shortcut to make it home by going to the Queen of Hearts (Verna Felton).  She goes to the castle, and after helping the cards paints the roses red, the Queen snaps and finds Alice. She asks Alice to participate in a golf like sport, and this leads to a funny yet ridiculous scene of the animal balls and the cards trying to make Alice lose and the Queen win.

So Alice somehow ends up in court and is given the verdict before the trial even begins. Alice loses it and snaps at the Queen. This causes the Queen to demand her head get cut off, and Alice runs from Wonderland, which ends up her waking up. She is woken up by the tree, by herself (she was not by herself and was not laying on the floor when she was at the tree in the beginning). The films ends with her, her sister and Dinah going home for tea.

It is like they did not know if they wanted to make a package film or a feature film. That should NEVER be an issue when it comes to making a movie. Alice does eventually learn her lesson, and I like how they made it all happen in her dreams, but if there was an ACTUAL PLOT, it would have been so much better. Not only does it barely have story, but the execution is awful, it feels like I am supposed to be on a drug trip (and I do not do drugs), and is just unpleasant to me.

Characters

There are so many characters that are in this film for 2-5 minutes, and never seen again. Even the so called supporting cast are barely in the film. Alice is a good enough character though.

Alice is curious, optimistic, and a smart girl. She learns that not everything can be nonsense…… that is all I have for her.

He is very mysterious and cool.

All she does is scream. It is like she is a little baby.

Ugh, I do not know why he is seen as a main character when he appears less than 10 minutes of the film. He is….. noisy, but fun to watch I guess.

Animation

The animation in this film is WONDERFUL. Mary Blair (who worked on Cinderella) made amazing, detailed and stylized backgrounds. The coloring is very vibrant and stand out. I could not find any inconsistencies when it came to the animation. The way they handled transformations (like Alice’s height varying) are so cool to watch. The animation is the thing that stands out the most about the film.

Music

The music is…..decent. Well, it is good, but there are too many songs to remember them, and they are not long shorts. Many of them very from seconds long to less than 2 minutes. These songs are very fast paced (which somewhat works for the film), but it does kind of make things seem crazier. Decent is the only word I can use for it. There was no need for all of these short songs.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on  July 26, 1951, it did not do well. It only made $2.4 million out of it’s $3 million budget, and it received mixed reviews. Many fans of the book did not like how it was Americanized, while critics thought it was a hot ass mess in writing. He was disappointed in the reception, and it was never rereleased in theaters during his lifetime. Many predict that if Cinderella was not such a huge success the previous year, Alice would have sunk the studio and they would have closed down; not making it through the 50s.

Reception Today

It became popular in the early 70s due to the hippie age and the drug culture (go figure), after Disney has passed away. I has been released many times since then, and has been deemed as a classic. It has a 2010 live action film called Alice in Wonderland, which went on to make over a billion dollars.

Final Score

Story: 3.5/10

Characters: 4.5/10

Animation: 8.5/10

Music: 6.5/10=

23/40 =58%

Next Time…

Review: March 17th, 2014

WDAS Revival Era and Frozen Rant

Hello everyone. It has been a while since I have just talked to you all and not just review something. Well, this article started because I heard yesterday that Frozen officially outgrossed The Lion King, made $1 billion dollars, and is only behind Toy Story on being the highest grossing animated film. I have mixed feelings about this for a few reasons, but let’s just talk about Frozen for a minute.

This movie has won a ton of awards from Oscars, to Annies, etc for it’s songs, directing, Best Animated Feature, etc. It has been PRAISED and compared to the Lion King and other Renaissance films, and do I think it is deserved? no. While the characters, animation and most of the songs are nice, the story has some crystal clear problems, and suffers from the same issues as Princess and the Frog, but done a bit worse. Plotholes, contrived story and plot elements, story not as deep as they want it to be.

While The Lion King has some issues as well (and I never got into it that much from when I was little), nothing felt forced and rushed about it, and I could invest into it more. Well, since this is not a review, I am going to change the topic to this so called Revival Era.

Just look at the picture, and there is a lot of truth to it.  Chicken Little and The Black Cauldron were both absolutely rock bottom garbage, and the studio was humiliated from the reception and the outlash  these films did to their brand name. Many thought that Disney could not come back and that there were officially done, then The Great Mouse Detective and Meet the Robinsons both came, and those were mediocre, but at least they were better than the previous output. The next comparison is very much an insult to Bolt, since it is way better than the style over substance Oliver and Company. hat I will say is that both films were more remembered than the other 2 films and gave the studio and the world some faith.

Now The Princess and the Frog’s place in things are very debatable; many see it as the start of a new era, adding more heart to their films, being nominated by a bunch of awards, getting critically praised. And then there are the other side that believe it is the end of the treacherous Post-Renaissance Era, as it still made around the amount of mo eh than those films, it being a disappointment financially, and not being CGI. I am more on this side, but then I remembered; The Little Mermaid only made a bit more than Oliver and Company in 1989, and the other films after out grossed it by A TON.

There are some comparability; they are both the first fairy tale to be done in years (TLM was the first since Sleeping Beauty, TPATF was the first since Aladdin). They both brought back the traditional classic feeling of Disney that everyone has been missing, and both heroines added a new flavour and depth to Disney Heroines. So I can definitely see why these two are compared to one another.
So now it is time to compare Tangled and Beauty and the Beast. They suffer from having a purity or mary sue as a protagonist.  Well, Beauty and the Beast got some credit for progressing CAPS, and is the first to have a CGI background (the ballroom), and Tangled had to go through many animation techniques to work through Rapunzel’s hair, so they both had some technological improvement and innovation. They both made A LOT of money for the studio, and it was unheard of for them to make that much money (for Tangled, it had just been 16 years, and in between then were mostly flops or disappointments). They are seen as classics and have helped out the studio become more recognizable.
With The Rescuers Down Under and Winnie the Pooh, they both barely made it past it’s budget, and are completely forgettable amongst fans. They are films that most skip over (The former for being a lackluster sequel and the latter being a package film). Both suffered from poor promotion, and for being different than Disney’s recent output, so they definitely have the forgotten spots in their perspective eras.
Now it is time to compare Wreck-It Ralph and Aladdin. One of them (the most obvious one) is that both are targeted to boys, and have a male protagonist. The male protagonist is seen as “below, gutter trash, etc” and wants to prove that he is more than what he appears to be, and ends up in this long adventure. That is another thing similar; both focus in the adventure side a lot in the movie, which was definitely used in the promotion in both movies. Another one is that they both made roughly around the same amount of money (Wreck It Ralph made $470 million, and Aladdin made $500 million). And here is another important similarity; both involve A LOT of pop culture references (at least compared to the average Disney film). Genie kept on rambling on and on and on about quotes, roles in movies at the times, and pop culture figures, but in Wreck-It Ralph, there were a lot of video game references (whether it were cameos like Sonic, or video game lingo and quotes).
And now we get to the big ones; The Lion King, and Frozen. Well if you compare them to the films in their perspective eras, they made A LOT more money than the others (close to or over twice as much). The Lion King WAS the highest grossing WDAS film until a week ago, and then it became Frozen to take that title. The Lion King is still the highest grossing traditionally animated film, and the highest grossing Disney Renaissance film, with it being the Magnum Opus of the Renaissance, and the most critically acclaimed film in the era. So far, that goes for Frozen as well critically and financially, and it is currently seen as the Magnum Opus.
Aside from for reception reasons,  there are still some similarities. One is that the main story involves some family drama, it is a coming of age film, and it involves a rushed relationship that is inserted in the second half of the movie.
We all know what is after The Lion King…
The infamous and controversial Pocahontas. Many people believe that this film killed the Renaissance, was the beginning of the end of the Renaissance, the beginning of the end of traditional animation (I don’t blame this film for that), and a slap in the face to American history. This film did well in the box office (same amount as Beauty and the Beast), but received mixed views. The films after this would not make as much money or get as great reviews as beforehand, but most of those films are GREAT, and better than this one. I will go more in depth when I cover the Renaissance films. So far, things have been following the Renaissance pretty damn closely, but we have to look at the next features being released.
  • Big Hero 6 (November 7th, 2014)
  • Zootopia (March 4th, 2016)
  • Giants (probably November 2016)
  • Moana (2018)

We do not know much about these next 4 films, but I will give you a synopsis of somewhat of each film.

Big Hero 6: “Set in a fictional metropolis called San Fransokyo (a portmanteau ofSan Francisco and Tokyo), Hiro Hamada is a 14-year-old prodigy who created a huggable robot named Baymax to fill the void after the death of his brother, Tadashi. To find the killer, Hiro formed a team named Big Hero 6, which included Wasabi-No-Ginger,Honey Lemon, GoGo Tomago, Fred, Baymax, and himself.”
Zootopia: “The comedic adventure film follows Nick Wilde, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big, who goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, the self-righteous rabbit Lt. Judy Hopps, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.”
Giants: The story revolves around the protagonist Jack, who fell in love with a higher merchant class, Angelina. However, Marco, a noble who loved to travel (based on Marco Polo), was part of the love triangle. They also met Inma, a tomboy teenage girl who fought for justice, but was never taken seriously due to her age.The humans made a pact with a family of Thunder Giants: Feebus, Fifen, Fogel, Fobert, and their leader, Faustus. They were villains with a relatable point of view. The humans agreed to give the giants a percentage of their harvest and livestock, they’ll prevent any danger that might befall the humans. However, as time passed, the giants seemed to forget their duties often, making the humans miserable and doubting the pact.One day, Jack ended up befriending a giant, which started an adventure.”
Moana: “The main character will be Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, she sets off on an epic journey. The film will also include demi-gods and spirits taken from real mythology.”
There is a King of the Elves in production, but it is frozen in production; not cancelled, but frozen. Do you see any resemblances of Hunchback, Pocahontas, Tarzan, Mulan, an/or Hercules? Do you think this Resurgence Era will only go downhill or continue to go up? What are your opinions about the future films and rumors about this era. I would love to hear your thoughts. See you next time, where I rip Alice in Wonderland apart.

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Cinderella

My opinion right after watching movie

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is better than I thought it would be. Sure, there is filler (less than SW, and it’s not all in 25 minutes), but while the plot is kind of simple, it is executed well. I love the scale in the film, and there are less plot devices and more characters.

Production

Production for this film started in 1948. They were about $4 million in debt, and if they had a huge failure, than that would be it for Walt Disney Studios. They did this as a gamble to really put them on a mark, or to be the official end of them. They only had 1 bonafide hit, with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with the rest being flops, or the others being so cheap that they made a profit (never a huge one), so they replicated the formula of Snow White into Cinderella.

Apparently, Prince Charming was supposed to have a larger part in it him playing with animals, him and Cinderella meeting up after she puts on the right slipper), but they still could not animate a realistic looking male, so he was reduced to a plot device.

About 90% of the film was shot in live action before they animated it, because it somehow saved the company money. Oh, and Cinderella is the first movie in the canon to have the soundtrack become marketable, meaning that the music was not sold off, and they were able to make profit off of the soundtrack. Disney also pioneered double tracked vocals when actress Illene Woods sung the harmonies for Sing Sweet Nightangale.

Story

So we start the film with a great introduction, with Cinderella (Illene Woods) being the only child of a widowed aristocrat. He spoils her with love and such, but he knows she needs the nurture of a mother, which is why he married Lady Tremaine (Eleanor Audley). Soon after, he dies, and the Tremaines torture her enough to the point where she becomes a servant in her own home, lives in the small room at the top of the house, and the home is in disrepair because the Tremaines spent all of the money. This is a great introduction. We are then introduced to Cinderella, who is woken up by the birds and the clock.

She sings A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, and it sums up her character nicely. She is very optimistic, an introvert, and though she is very annoyed and hurt, she continues to have positive faith and good things will come her way. King of like Snow White.

So she is told by the mice that there is another mouse in the mouse trap. I would like to point it out that it is clear she sets the traps so she can have more mouse friends. So she dubs the new mouse as Gus (Jimmy MacDonald). So she starts her chores, with feeding Lucifer (June Foray), the chickens and horse, Bruno (Jimmy MacDonald), the mice, and the Tremaines. There are some filler with the mice and Lucifer, which is like over 5 minutes, and results in Lady Tremaine yelling at her.

So we are about 23 minutes in the film, and this entire time was about introducing us the characters. Anyways, I love Lady Tremaine and how she handles Cinderella. She does not let her get a word in edgewise, and makes her do the stuff she did over and over again. This conflict is done well and adds more perception whereas in Snow White, we never saw her and the Queen interact and how they worked off each other. Cindy is drained in this scene.

So we are taken to the royal castle and the King and the Duke (Luis Van Rooten; for both) talk about how Prince Charming (William Phipps) is returning from…. who knows where, and the King is worried about not living to see his grandchildren. The funny thing is that we NEVER hear from Charming’s point of view on this. The film is more about the King than Charming himself. Prince Charming is just a plot device for his father to force him onto a woman so they can reproduce, and for Cinderella to leave the Tremaines.

At the Tremaines, Anastacia (Lucille Bliss) and Drizella (Rhoda Williams) are singing badly, and then we are seen Cinderella singing the same song of Sing Sweet Nightangale. The doorbell is rang, and Cinderella receives a note that all of the young maidens MUST attend the ball tonight.

She makes a snarky comment about interrupting the “music lesson”, which shows she is not all rays of sunshine.

So Lady Tremaine loses it when Cinderella interrupts, but she is told that there is a letter from the King. She takes it and tells her daughters that it the ball tonight is for a young maiden to wed Prince Charming, and they use this so they could get richer. Cinderella demands that she goes, since it is EVERY young maiden must attend, and Tremaine says she could go IF she finishes all of her chores, but she makes it so Cindy will never finish on time.

The mice then bring it upon themselves to remake Cinderella’s mother’s dress with an annoying song, since she will never get time to make it. Cinderella finishes her chores, but is sad because she has no dress, until she goes to her room and sees the surprise. She quickly dresses up and catches up to them as they are about to leave, and then this happens.

So Cinderella runs off crying, and the Fairy Godmother (Verna Felton) appears in her only scene. She makes Cinderella a dress, a new hair style, a carriage, horse, etc to make her go to the ball. She is in desperate need for help and because Cinderella kept on believing, the Fairy helped her. She does this in the most famous song in the film Bibidi Bobidi Bo tells her that the spell will wear off in midnight.

Cinderella is off to the ball, and Charming FINALLY appears and is bored and rolling his eyes from the girls he is presented with. The King is upset that he is not participating, but things change when Charming lays his eyes on Cinderella. They are suddenly singing So This Is Love, when they barely have a conversation (or one not deep enough where they do not even know one another’s names, and such.

And these royal people are really fucked up. When the King is told everything, he wants the Duke to bring ANY woman who fits the shoe, not even caring about his son’s happiness and just wants the woman to be a surrogate almost. It is sick.

So Cinderella is a lovestruck mess, and Lady Tremaine puts two and two together and locks Cinderella in her room, to make sure she will NOT escape the torturous life she made for her. The Duke comes to the house, and Anastasia and Drizella fail to fit in the slipper. Cinderella comes out of the room (via the mice stealing the key) and is about to try in the shoe, but Lady Tremaine trips the guy who has the shoe and breaks it.  Cinderella pulls out the other slipper and it fits. HOW does a shoe fit only one woman? Anyways, they get wed, and the film ends.

Alright, there is enough to go on to keep you engaged, and I was not bored at all. There is a subplot (the King), but the filler with the mice sometimes get in the way and stall the film, though it is not as bad as the dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It is a well told fairytale, though I felt it was too sugar-fied, which will be carried on for the rest of the Silver Era. Less risks were taken with this film.

Characters

The characters are alright in the film. Most of them are actual characters, but one is just a plot point with no personality, and it is Prince Charming. The others play their roles very well though.

Well, she is optimistic, but a more realistic type. You can tell she is sick of her treatment and makes some of these witty remarks that give her a bit of zazz. What I will say is that she is very patient. Putting up with all that she did without losing it.

It amazes me how she manipulates her daughters so fluidly. She is not the best villain, but she does do her job correctly. Very calculating.

He is a harsh prick.

He is like Prince, and if anyone knows how I feel about him; not good. At least he has some sort of a backstory and we see his family and castle.

They are mean, but pathetic altogether. They are more so used as comic relief than actual villains.

The others are not worth mentioning; especially the mice.

Animation

The animation is very good. The movements are perfect, but I know it has to do with them doing them in live action first. The designs are alright, but the backgrounds are really great. When you enter a castle or a home, there is so much space and the imagery is fantastic. Though there are the color schemes, which makes everything so light all the time, and it makes the animation look bland at times.

Music

The music is very melodic. The songs like So This Is Love and A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, Sing Sweet Nightangale, and etc have a similar sound, and it does add to the soft sound of the movie. While the songs are nice, the scores sound the same. It just moves on and on for a majority of the film (like almost 100%)

Reception at Release

When it was released on February 15th 1950, it was an instant classic. With a $3 million budget, it became one of the biggest successes in the 1950s. The money from the theatrical release, merchandise, and the soundtrack caused Disney to start his own distribution company, leaving RKO, and was the base of the production for many live action and animated releases of the 1950, and helped start Disneyland. It was here that Disney became a mega-corporation, and decided to go to the more commercialized, sugar routes, which shoes in his future releases.

Reception Today

It is still deemed as a classic and one of WDAS best films. It is one of the most popular and well known films EVER, and Cinderella became the leader of the mega successful Disney Princess lineup. It also garnered the blessed 2 sequels of Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time. It is one of Disney’s biggest classics.

Final Score

Story: 7.5/10

Characters: 7/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 7.5/10=

30/40 =75%

Next Time…

Review: March 10th, 2014

The Lego Movie Review

2014′s 2nd animated feature film.

http://putlocker.bz/watch-the-lego-movie-online-free-putlocker.html#

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is very good and entertaining. The animation is creative and beautiful, the pop culture references are not TOO dated, the characters are likable, and it has a strong story. One issue that I have to point out is that it is too fast paced, and we have no time to explain much, or to take a breather from the fast pace.

Production

The film had been in development at Warner Brothers since 2008, it was greenlit in 2011 with the directors from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Story

So the story starts with the old wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) battling it out with Lord Business (Will Ferrell), which causes the wizard to go blind. He warns Business that there is a prophecy of a “Special one” that will defeat him and Find the piece of Resistance to defeat the Kragle. 8 and a half years after that incident, we are  introduced to our main character Emmett (Chris Pratt),  who is a generic construction worker, and is extremely happy and by the book. At work, he ends up in a weird situation.

Sorry for the crappy imagery. This is a result of only the bootleg videos being on the internet.

Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) is the girl that he saw at the site, and she comes to save him from Bad Cop (Liam Neeson), who is Business’ assistant. Emmett knows that Business wants to destroy the world with the Kragle. So she tells him that she saved him because he is The Special One, to a prophecy, meaning he is the most special, talented, and interesting lego in the world and will save them. During the ride, she realizes that he is not the special.

So they make it to Vitruvius, who tests him, and they realize that he has no creativity, and cannot build everything without a handbook. They end up getting tracked down by Bad, Cop, so they have to go to their team, and is rescued by Batman (Will Arnett), and go to their hideout.

So Emmett gives a speech to the Lego team about how he is not smart, strong, creative, and pretty much a blank slate, which only angers them more and causes them to attack him, and boo him out of there. Also, Bad Cop attacks the hideout to capture most of the Master Builder, and Batman (Wyldstyle’s boyfriend) has to save Emmett, who he thinks is a pathetic person.

They are all confused as to what to do, so Emmet instructs them to pretty much make a double decker couch, which no one thinks would be useful, but it does.

He gives a speech about how they do not know how to work together, while he does, and how they did great when they worked together, blah, blah, blah, blah, the usual. This is a smart move, and it is a decent scene compared to the constant action themes.

So they sneak into Business’s lair, and Wyldstyle tells him that she wanted to be the special, and that her name is Lucy. This is supposed to be a heart to heart conversation, but they have no chemistry whatsoever. So soon enough, they are all captured, and Business kills Virtruvious, but in his last words, he reveals that the prophecy is fake.

So why the fuck did you make this prophecy up? Was there a need for you to do that just to get someone to defeat business? I just do not see the point in him making this up, especially when IT DID NOT NEED TO HAPPEN.

So I am gonna wrap this up in a nutshell. Emmett falls into a love action world with Ferrell and his son arguing about how they play legos, because the little boy has the construction worker is the hero, and Emmett realizes that this is his world. He somehow goes back in lego world, and talks to business about how special everyone is, and that is the end of it. Batman breaks up with Lucy because having an affair with Wonder Woman  she deserves someone like Emmett. In the live action world, Ferrell tells his son that his sister is going to play with the legos, which is a PERFECT opportunity for the sequel that is confirmed to be released in 2017.

The film is enjoyable. The humor for the most part is spot on, something is always happening, the characters are likable enough, the animation is pleasing, but it does seem like this film was made with one thing happening, and moving to the next, instead of a tight-knit flow to it. It is always, adventure, then a plot point, and so on and so on. There is no time to slow things down, and there is an obnoxiousness to it. It also does not help that the prophecy was so unnecessary for the plot.

Characters

The characters in the film are not memorable. They have their good moments, but I almost instantly forget about them and their names.

He is extremely generic and bland. I know he is supposed to be like that, but it does not make him an engaging main character.

He is a great and despicable villain, but I was too distracted by Will Ferrell’s voice.

I was expecting her to be so cool and so badass, but she kind of…..disappointing. She is kind of blah too, but she is more likable than most of the characters.

He is typical Batman, but he is more of a jerk. Also, Will Arnett’s voice brings me traumatizing and annoying behavior of many of the characters in The Nut Job.

He is an enjoyable sidekick villain.

I don’t have much of an opinion of him. He is just….there and unmemorable.

Animation

The animation in this film is very good. EVERYTHING in it are made of legos, and despite the bad pictures above, it is very colorful, bold, and detailed. They move like the toys we have, and the motion for something like thick, clunky legos are surprisingly and brilliantly fast.

Music

The music is very similar to the music in Wreck-It Ralph, but nowhere near as good.

Reception Today

When the film was released on February 7th 2014, it opened at #1, and stayed there for 2 weeks. So far, it has made $183,160,000 in North America, and $51,200,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $234,360,000. I predict that it will make $400-500 million. It might struggle to make it to $500 million though.

It is praised like no other, with 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics and audiences like pretty much everything about it, and liking the nostalgia touch to it.

Final Score

Story: 7.5/10

Characters: 6/10

Animation: 8.5/10

Music: 7/10

=29/40 = 73%

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Walt Disney Animation Studios 11th feature film.

http://viooz.co/movies/9565-the-adventures-of-ichabod-and-mr-toad-1949.html

My opinion right after watching movie

My opinion right after watching the film is that I love it. I love the darker themes of both of the shorts, and that there is ACTUAL CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. The characters are surprisingly developed for their short time spans, and the plots are so tightly and perfectly knit. This is one of the best package films I have ever seen. Their creativity was coming back.

Production

So production for The Wind in the Willows started WAY earlier in 1930. It was going to be a low budget film like Dumbo, and many of the animators from Bambi was on the project. About half an hour of it was already animated and the script was finished, but then WW2 ruined everything and they could not afford to make feature length films. The film was put on hold on October of that year. Disney realized that it was too cheap to be a full length feature, and it was going to be put in a  package film with Bongo from Fun and Fancy Free (thank the lord they did not). It started production again in 1945.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow started production in 1946, and then they soon realized that it was too short to make it in a full length feature, so they combined it with The Wind of the Willows fro the package film we know today.

Story

So we start the film in a library, being narrated a British Story by the British Basil Rathbone.

The Wind in the Willows

So we are introduced to the story, of Toad (Eric Blore) who is a wealthy, reckless, adventurous Toad who likes to travel and to have a good ride around town, often breaking many people’s properties. He is in debt, and his financial adviser Angus MacBadger (Campbell Grant) tells his friends that Toad needs to stop spending all of this money on his adventures and fads, and to pay back his debts.

When Toad returns, they tell him this, but he refuses to listen. They have to lock him into his room to make sure he does not do something reckless, but he sneaks out, and sells the rights to his home to get a car. The next morning, he is arrested and ordered for trial. The chinese looking guy who gave him the car said that he stole the car from him, and Toad is put to prison.

It is Christmas and he is allowed his one visitor per year, which is his horse in disguise. The horse puts him in a lady disguise and they sneak out (which is soon found out). After a massive chase scene, Toad is thrown underwater and almost drowns. He gets out of it and goes to his friends house. They decide to go to the Toad House to see the rats and the Chinese-ish man in the house. After a long battle scene, they get the lease that he signed to give them the house for the car, and they show that to the court.

He is deemed a hero, and his reputation is cleared. It is New Years and they are about to toast to see Toad and his horse recklessly ride a helicopter, showing he learned absolutely nothing (sigh).

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

So the american Bing Crosby narrates this story (and also voices Ichabod and Brom, which is very distracting because he does not even try to change his voice). Disney was too cheap to hire voice actors I see.

Anyways, the new school teacher Ichabod Crane arrives to the town of Sleepy Hollow, which is known for it’s ghostly sights and stories. The townspeople are curious about him (the ladies in a lustful/loving way), and the joker/hero Brom and the Sleepy Hollow Boys are just confused by him. When he arrives to his job, he tries to steal the children’s lunches and instead of beating them, he meets with their mothers so they can fawn over him and so he can eat their food. Therefore, all the women in his town are his sugar mamas.

He is doing alright, but wants to be richer. His opportunity comes when the daughter of the wealthiest farmer in town Katrina van Tassel meet. She does not speak but she is extremely manipulative. She has all of the guys carry her stuff for a picnic, and frolics around, pointing to a place where she wants it set up, but she mischievously goes elsewhere, liking that they follow her like a puppy. She shares a glimpse with Ichabod and leaves.

So from then on, he daydreams about Katrina, but mostly her money and he is thinking about replacing her father and taking all of his riches. This shows that he is a gold digger and not that good of a person. He is imagining the old mans death.

So a few days later, the yummy Katerina is shopping, with all of the lovestruck boys carrying her stuff, but Brom intimidates them to go away, and she is mad that her pets cant carry her stuff. Ichabod steps in, and it becomes a race for the two to win her over and bring her stuff into his house. Ichabod one ups Brom every time. Katerina is loving being a prize to be won by the way.

You can so tell that the studio was excited for Cinderella and both were in production at the same time. What theories can you think up about these two looking identical.

She sends an intimate letter to Ichabod about the halloween party she is throwing, and the entire town comes. He is planning to propose to her, and tries to win her over by dancing with her, and both of them are fighting to dance with her in a comedic dancing scene. Ichabod, Narrator, Brom sings about the Headless Horseman to scare Ichabod and to win over Katerina, which works. This is a pretty good song.

So Ichabod leaves the party and is a nervous wreck. He think every sound is the Headless Horseman until the realizes that he is going crazy. He laughs about t until he actually encounters the Headless Horseman and we get the awesome, dark, and suspenseful ending of Ichabod getting killed by the Horseman.

Brom and Katerina wed soon after, and everyone thinks that Ichabod is dead, while there are rumors of him marrying some woman and having many children far off from the land of Sleepy Hallow. And then we leave the story and end up back at the library we were at in the beginning.

I never knew a package film can have so much depth in their story and characters. Both of these stories have a darker theme to it, which connects the two. And I liked how they chose a British story and an American story. They started with a good short, and ended with an amazing short. It amazes me how they are half an hour, and the characters have more traits than some in the full length features. People who are making package films, take note.

Characters

The characters are great. In the Wind in the Willows, Toad is a carefree, reckless, but good hearted man, and his friends are entertaining enough. The rat is all pompous and stuff, and the mole is super forgiving and a bit naive. The characters here are interesting.

In The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow, they have some great characters. Ichabod is a gold-digging, frugal opportunist, and it is interesting to be in a not so good guy’s perspective. Grom is intimidating yes, but it is stated in the film that he does not tease for malice. I feel that Gaston was inspired by him. I was shocked with Katerina. While she is a prize to be won, she engulfs into that, and manipulates boys to get them to do whatever she wants. She was manipulating everyone with her charm and her grace.

Animation

The animation is not the best. While the color scheme is nice and the character designs are great, they feel like they lack any weight, and there are some inconsistencies with the characters, and the mouthing.

Music

The music has more of a jazzy, slow feel to it than what has been heard in most if not all of the other previous releases. It gives the film a darker edge to it, and it does express the atmosphere of the characters and the towns, and the situations they are in. Most of the songs do not even reach 2 minutes.

Reception at Release

When it was released on October 5, 1949, I found no information, but considering that it was such a success in the 50s, than it was a success. The two shorts were more successful individually, constantly airing on TV soon after it was released.

Reception Today

It’s reception today is that it is the most memorable  Package film form that era, and many actually like it. It aired a lot in the 50 to the 90s. People say that it is one of the first to have creativity in a long while for the studio.

Final Score

Story: 9/10

Characters: 8/10

Animation: 6.5/10

Music: 7/10

= 30.5/40 = 76%

Next Time….

When I can FINALLY review a full movie and get out of this treacherous era.
Review: March 3rd, 2014