Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Tarzan

Walt Disney Animation Studios 37th feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studios 37th feature film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is a good film to end a great era with. It is enjoyable, a bit tense at times, emotional, and a film that is for adults and little children. The break from the musicals is an extremely smart move for this film, the animation is brilliant, and the characters are extremely likable. It is sad that this film is somewhat forgotten because of when it is released, because this is easily one of the better films in the canon.

Production

Production started in 1995, and at this time, the studio was breaking away from the Renaissance style, so they were incorporating more “tom boyish” aspects in their films (which won’t really surface for another few years), and meaning they were cutting down on the songs as well. They created a program called Deep Canvas, which practically produces CGI backgrounds, but to make them look 2d, and this is one of the reasons why it was the highest grossing animated film for a while. This technique would be used again for Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet.

Glen Keane’s son was very into skateboarding, so he studied his son and Tony Hawk’s skate moves, and would interpret then into the movie, with Tarzan sliding through the branches of the tree. They also had a professor of anatomy enter the studio to draw the muscles on Tarzan, to exemplify a young man at the peak of his physical strength and prowess.

Patrick Stewart and Ina McKellen were considered to be Clayton, but they chose Brian Blessed, after liking his deep voice. Terk was supposed to be a male in the movie (like in the book), and many men tried out, but they were not impressed, giving the role to Rossie O Donnel (who always wanted to be a film), saying that a best friend does not have to be a guy.

Story

So in the late 19th century (1880s), a couple and their newborn son Tarzan (Alex D. Linz and Tony Goldwyn) escape a ship on fire, and land in an African jungle. To start over, they build a hut to stay in, with Kerchack (Laace Henrikshen) and his mate Kala (Glenn Close) enjoys their newborn song. This is a small prologue, with the theme song Two World, One Family playing. At the end of the song, both of Tarzan’s parents, and Kala’s son is killed by a jaguar, with Kala running to get a baby, where she meets Tarzan for the first time.

This film is probably one of the best in the canon when it comes to silent scenes. There is an automatic bond between Kala and Tarzan, and when the subtle music plays, it makes the scenes so strong and powerful.

This film is probably one of the best in the canon when it comes to silent scenes. There is an automatic bond between Kala and Tarzan, and when the subtle music plays, it makes the scenes so strong and powerful.

The jaguar Sabor shows up for more, and interrupts their moment. Kala has a hard time trying to save herself and Tarzan, but manages to do so. When she returns to her troop, they ask if she is okay, which she shrugs off and tells them that she found a baby. Kerchack looks at him and tells her to put him back, with her refusing to do so. It makes sense why Kerchack would want Tarzan put away. Kala assures him that there are no others, so he lets her keep him, but tells her that he will NEVER replace the one they lost and will NEVER be his son. She then starts singing You’ll Be In My Heart, which of course Collins could not let her finish so he could use it as a single. This song won a few awards. It is a nice song, but it is not the standout one to me.

It skips to a few years, and Tarzan is now an adventurous, reckless child who wants to fit in. His cousinhalf sister Terk (Rossie O Donnel) ditches him and refers to Tarzan as a pest to her friends. What an ass. Anyways, she told Tarzan that he cold come along with her if he could catch up  His friends are like wtf when they see the hairless Tarzan, so to ditch him, Terk tells him to get an elephant hair. This causes him to jump in the river that the elephants are in, scaring them shitless to run in the jungle bad break shit up. Kerchack lectures Tarzan as he gives him a cold look, with the human apologizing. We also meet the hygienic elephant named Tantor (Wayne Knight).

After Kerchack says that Tarzan is a menace and will never fit in, we get a ncie scene of him trying to cover himself with mud to look like them. Kala tells him that they both have 2 eyes, a nose, 2 ears, and 2 hands. I am glad that they have a relationship involving a mother being a part of a Disney film. It is so rare. And it is nice that it is a mother/son relationship. This leads into a pep talk, that will lead us to Son of Man, which is a montage for Tarzan to adapt in the jungle with tools, and his own strengths, leading him into the adult badass we knew now.

After Kerchack says that Tarzan is a menace and will never fit in, we get a nice scene of him trying to cover himself with mud to look like them. Kala tells him that they both have 2 eyes, a nose, 2 ears, and 2 hands. I am glad that they have a relationship involving a mother being a part of a Disney film. It is so rare. And it is nice that it is a mother/son relationship. This leads into a pep talk, that will lead us to Son of Man, which is a montage for Tarzan to adapt in the jungle with tools, and his own strengths, leading him into the adult badass we knew now.

Now that Tarzan can beat up Terk (who always beat him up), he sees a bigger predator in Sabor, who has come back for another round of Gorilla. Kerchack goes to fight this jaguar, but the jaguar is too strong for Kerchack. When Sabour is about to finish him off, Tarzan jumps in, and the action kicks off by 10. He is swinging through vines, surfing through branches, and the animation is so well done, with the fast pace, and all the cool movements. Anyways, Sabour is soon dead.

Tarzan

So all the gorillas are cheering for him, and Tarzan goes to approach Kerchack, almost asking for his approval. As Kerchack is about to say something, a gunshot is heard, signifying that Clayton (Brian Blessed), Professor Archimedes Q. Porter (Nigel Hawthorne), and his daughter Jane Porter (Minnie Driver) have made their debut in the film. The 3 are looking forward to study (or sell in one person’s mind) Gorillas. Jane gets left behind (as Tarzan is checking her out) to draw a picture of a baby baboon. The baby takes her picture, but she steals it back, which leads into an epic battle with all the baboons chasing after her. This entire scene is comedy gold as she is freaked out by being chased by a herd of baboons, and being dragged around by a semi naked man. They finally avoid the herd and gets stuck on a tree.

She is trying to escape from Tarzan, as he speaks to monkeys, but has nowhere to go. After he tries to cop a feel looks to see if they are similar, she kicks him off. After listening to her heartbeat, and put their hands on one another, he realizes they are similar. He then imitates her (causing her to think he can speak English), and fins him extraordinary (in many ways).

I am glad that they did not do no "Listen With Your Heart" bullshit to get them to automatically understand one another.

I am glad that they did not do no “Listen With Your Heart” bullshit to get them to automatically understand one another.

Terk, Tantor and co. look for Tarzan, and bump into the Porter’s camp, and they end up singing Trashing the Camp, which is not really song, but it does make you want to dance and shake for a few seconds. When Jane and Tarzan arrive, she is fascinated with them. Her and Terk look at one another, right before Kerchack makes her fall, and about to whoop that ass, but decides he has no time for her, so he demands everyone to leave. Tarzan is stuck as he looks at Jane, but his mother drags him away.  Jane is thrilled from the man in the loincloth (of course she would).

There is a gorilla meeting, where Kerchack tells everyone to not go near them again. Tarzan does not like this and tells him nothing is wrong. Now that Tarzan is worthy, Kerchack tells him if he wants to protect the tribe, he needs to listen. He does not understand why Kerchack is afraid of anyone different from him, and Kala tells her son to listen to Kerchack for once. He bitterly asks his mother why she never told him there were people like him, before he runs off.

Jane describes her interest and lust in Tarzan, which her father weirdly encourages, and Clayton rolls his eyes at her girlish fantasy. Tarzan shows up, and Clayton tries to get him to tell him where the gorillas are, but Jane says that he cannot speak English, and sit would be best if she teaches him.

This leads us into another montage in the form of the song Strangers Like Me. We see a lot in this segment. We see Tarzan learn English, how to walk like a human, Astrology, how to ride a bike, and more. We also see him spend more time with the humans, with Kala and Terk feeling abandoned. His relationship with Jane blossoms and reaches its peaks when he takes her to the parrots, and teaches her how to swing on a vine. This is kind of a shortcut to deal with and develop their relationship.

It is time for them to leave and because Jane was too busy living out her fantasy, they did not get to see the Gorillas (Kerchack is to blame for that as well). She asks him to come to London forever, which he refuses, so he asks her to stay with him, an she runs off crying because she has to choose between interacting with humans, air conditioner, proper food, etc, and a man who is 7/8 naked and has a body to show for it. Clayton tricks Tarzan into letting them see in the gorillas (with him thinking Jane will stay if she sees the gorillas). He takes them to meet Kala, who runs off. Soon enough, all of the gorillas are around them when Tarzan teaches Jane to speak Gorilla.

So the Porters and Tarzan are having fun with the Gorillas and the pair talk about her having to leave, until Terk and Tantor return (Tarzan asks them to dress up as Jane and her father, so they can distract Kerchack from them hanging with the Gorillas) with Kerchack losing it from the fact that they are with humans, and is about to attack Clayton, but Tarzan holds them off, as they run. Kerchack tells him that he betrayed them all, causing the confused man to run.

Kala takes him to the home his birth parents lived at ad tells him everything she knows about his past. He tells her that he is going to go to London with Jane, as he wears his father's clothing.

Kala takes him to the home his birth parents lived at ad tells him everything she knows about his past. He tells her that he is going to go to London with Jane, as he wears his father’s clothing.

Terk and Tantor show up too late to say goodbye to their friend, causing Terk to lash out at him for not even saying goodbye to him. As Jane, her father and Tarzan hop on the ship, they talk about how everyone in London is going to like him, but as soon as they hope on the shop, they are trapped by Clayton’s men. Tarzan tries to escape, and when Clayton shows up, he realizes that Clayton set this all up, and thanks Tarzan for his help. He reveals that he came to Africa to trap all the gorillas to sell them off. Did we really need a villain for this film? Clayton was so half assed and boring at being a villain, and a villain is not even needed for this type of story. Tarzan’s psychological battle with gorilla life and human life is a conflict on it’s own, so I do not think Clayton was needed. He only slows down the movie.

Tantor hears Tarzan’s scream, causing them to head over to save them from the ship. Clayton and his crew trap all the gorillas, and he is about to shoot Kerchack, but Tarzan saves him. He sets free most of the gorillas, but Kala (who is saved by Jane). Tarzan helps Jane, but Clayton shows, up, ready to kill Tarzan. He proceeds after he pushes Jane off, causing them to climb the trees and has a battle in the vines, causing Clayton to cause his own death, by not chopping the vine around his neck.

Tarzan

So Kerchack (who was shot) dies as he tells Tarzan to lead the pack, causing him to walk off with his tribe. Professor Porter is about to follow them, but Jane stops him, as it is not their place to do so. It travels to the next morning I believe, and Jane and Tarzan share a painful goodbye, causing her to run off to the boat with her father, who convinces her to stay with Tarzan. She runs to kiss him, which she apologizes, but he grabs her and kisses her again. Her father tells the ship captain to tell England that he never found them, as he joins his daughter. The movie ends with Two Worlds, One Family, with everyone (all the humans in loincloth clothing) swinging through the forest and Tarzan yelling his caveman yell.

Like I said before, this film knows when to be emotional and slow, and when to be fast paced and action packed. It does not try too hard with being funny, the characters are likable and developed, and this not a bad film at all. The music really helped this film, whether it is by montages, or re-establishing the theme of the movie. While the villain is not good at all, and unneeded, there is not much to complain about in this film, though many could say that they use the montages as copouts. This is a good way to end an era.

Like I said before, this film knows when to be emotional and slow, and when to be fast paced and action packed. It does not try too hard with being funny, the characters are likable and developed, and this not a bad film at all. The music really helped this film, whether it is by montages, or re-establishing the theme of the movie. While the villain is not good at all, and unneeded, there is not much to complain about in this film, though many could say that they use the montages as copouts. This is a good way to end an era.

Characters

The characters that we need to focus on is good. They have enough to them that is entertaining and relatable, and most of the interactions between the characters are really good as well.

I think the biggest thing about him is that he wants to belong (at first), and hen he wants to find his place. He is reckless often not thinking of the consequences of his actions, always willing to learn, and he wants to have fun. He is likable and relatable enough, so we feel his pain and understand why he does the things he does. I have to say, he is not the strognest when it come to characterization, but there is something there. I guess the biggest thing about him is his heart.

I think the biggest thing about him is that he wants to belong (at first), and that he wants to find his place. He is reckless often not thinking of the consequences of his actions, always willing to learn, and he wants to have fun. He is likable and relatable enough, so we feel his pain and understand why he does the things he does. I have to say, he is not the strongest when it come to characterization, but there is something there. I guess the biggest thing about him is his heart.

She is very entertaining. She is quirky, artistic, knowledgeable, and she is proactive in her own way. Some say she is more comedic relief than a character, and I can see some points. I wish we got to know a little bit more about her, because she is kind of an asset. She ihas her own flavour, and she stands out amongst the heroines (even though she is a brunette with a yellow dress).

She is very entertaining. She is quirky, artistic, knowledgeable, and she is proactive in her own way. Some say she is more comedic relief than a character, and I can see some points. I wish we got to know a little bit more about her, because she is kind of an asset. She has her own flavor, and she stands out among-st the heroines (even though she is a brunette with a yellow dress).

He is very serious, and a bit cold, but it makes sense because he is a leader in a crazy jungle, lost his child to a jaguar, and has to be the protector and provider. I m glad that they did not paint him off as the type we are supposed to hate.

He is very serious, and a bit cold, but it makes sense because he is a leader in a crazy jungle, lost his child to a jaguar, and has to be the protector and provider. I m glad that they did not paint him off as the type we are supposed to hate.

She is a very supportiev, calm, level-headed, and understanding mother. Her relationship with Tarzan was really great to watch, and she is really one of the first (I believe she IS the first mother) to have an important role in the film. Though she is not unique compared to the other mothers, she is a good character.

She is a very supportive, calm, level-headed, and understanding mother. Her relationship with Tarzan was really great to watch, and she is really one of the first (I believe she IS the first mother) to have an important role in the film. Though she is not unique compared to the other mothers, she is a good character.

Oh lord. It was really obvious that he was a villain, and he proved to be unneeded. There was already conflict in the film, and if you really look at it, not much would have changed if he was not in the film. He was pretty weak, his motivation was eh, and he was not interesting. Kind of a dud.

Oh lord. It was really obvious that he was a villain, and he proved to be unneeded. There was already conflict in the film, and if you really look at it, not much would have changed if he was not in the film. He was pretty weak, his motivation was eh, and he was not interesting. Kind of a dud.

Terk is plain old annoying. Sure, she could have been worse, but that does not mean she is good. Her relationship with Tarzan is decent enough.

Terk is plain old annoying. Sure, she could have been worse, but that does not mean she is good. Her relationship with Tarzan is decent enough.

There is really not much to say about him. He is likable, but I think that is only because he contrasts Terk. I like that he is a clean freak though.

There is really not much to say about him. He is likable, but I think that is only because he contrasts Terk. I like that he is a clean freak though.

 

Animation

The animation is very good. The Deep Canvas technique is brilliant and efficiently used, and I can barely tell that it is CGI instead of traditional animation. The character designs are brilliant. Tarzan (character) captures how well the animation is. How he has the ape-like and human movement and posture in him, how his muscles move and shift in detail, and his expressions. The backgrounds are great to look at, and the colors are perfect.

Music

The music is pretty good. I like the fact that they did not make it a musical, but had a person sing the songs all the way throughout. Some of the songs are used as montage songs, and does get the overall message of the montage pretty well. All of the songs (except for Trashing the Camp) serve a purpose, and very entertaining to listen to. It has a jungle-esque score, which is very memorable and enjoyable to listen to.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on  June 18th, 1999, it opened at #1, which has not happened since the release of Pocahontas. It was the biggest success since The Lion King, and would go on to gross $171,091,819 domestically , and $277,100,000, with a worldwide total of $448,191,819, with a budget of $130 million. Toy Story would be released 5 months later, taking the focus off this film, and start the increasing image in CGI, as the latter grossed a bit more.

Critically, it did really well (about the level that Mulan was). Many liked the animation, characters, the Phil Collins soundtrack, and liked that Disney was not trying too hard to be too exceptional. Some complained about Tarzan’s physique, and thinking some of the characters are boring, but overall, the positives were A LOT more than the negatives.

It won a bit more awards than it’s last 3 predecessors, but not as much as the early Renaissance. It won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for You’ll Be in My Heart, nominated for 11 Annies, and winning an Annie for the technical achievement of the Canvas system.

Reception Today

Well, this film is not really that forgotten about, but Disney does not talk about it much, and I do not know why. It was one of the company’s biggest financially, and it received critical acclaim; something tells me it is because it was released after The Lion King. It had a musical for a few years after it was released, but it was eventually closed down. You will see some merchandise all over the theme parks if you look hard enough. Jane was to become a Disney Princess in 2000, but they dropped it after a few magazine shoots. This film is known for being the biggest box office success until Tangled 11 years later, and the last to stick to the Disney formula and have heart for many years to come, as the company did everything Disney was not for the Post Renaissance era.

Final Score

Story: 8.5/10

Characters: 7.5/10

Animation: 9/10

Music: 8.5/10

= 33.5/40 = 84%

Next Time..

Review: September 1st, 2014

Review: September 1st, 2014

D Couples: Milo and Kida

I decided to start a series of analyzing the DP Couples in depth (and later, the other Disney Couples) after I got bored one day, and wanted to write a series of articles. I will first explain my overall statement about the couples in a paragraph, and then I will analyze each scene to look at the inner and outer feelings of the characters individually and the couple itself. I also have a request, just for a little while; please do not recommend a Disney Renaissance couple? I say this because I have gone through half of them, and I want to even out through some of the eras. At least for 1 analysis.

Here is the first DP Couple Analysis: Pocahontas and John Smith
Here is the fourth DP Couple Analysis: Ariel and Eric

First thoughts right after watching the Movie
My thoughts after watching Atlantis: The Lost Empire is not a good one, so if you do not want to hear me say a lot of negative things about these two, than click off the article. This couple is one of the most contrived, underdeveloped, and ridiculous couples to ever surface media. Why do I say this? Everything I said about, Pocahontas and John Smith is even worse here. We do not know why they like one another, most of their conversations are about the Atlantians, and he chooses to stay with her less than a day after meeting her. I find the development of these two absurd, since Kida is inactive for half of her screen time. They come off as friends instead of lovers. Disney could have done a lot better.

Summary

Okay so the group find a resting spot, and Milo goes out. He accidentally starts a fire, practically burning down the camp and tents. They all gather their things and leave the site. He ends up running on foot and gets injured. A disguised group of people approach him and examine him. One of them (Kida) takes off her mask, pulls down his shirt to see the cut, and uses her light that contains power to heal his cut. They stare one another for a bit and then she takes off with her people. He follows them as he is interested in them, but he ends up at an ocean view with no masked people to be found with the crew member behind him on the hole digger.

As the entire crew look at the ocean view, Kida and her masked comrades approach behind them, and apparently starts to talk to Milo in Atlantean. He starts talking back, though we have no idea what they are saying. He says that their language must be some sort of mixed dialects. He then asks her in French if she can say french, and she says Oui. Both groups interact and greet one another in interest, and Kida welcomes them to Atlantis. She says that they must meet her father, and she grabs Milo to come with her. So at this point, they are INTERESTED in one another, but are barely introduced to one another. There is not much for me to analyse here.

Atlantis The Lost Empire

This part gives me more to work with. Kida is talking to her father in Atlantean about letting the crew stay. After her father tells them to leave, both Milo and Kida share a disappointed gaze at one another (this could possibly be because they had a small crush on each other). After they leave the King’s quarters, they all tell Milo that he has to talk to her to get the secrets about Atlantis out of her because she seems to like and is engaged in him. He ends up back at the quarters and practices what he has to say, so he can sound intimidating. He spotted her earlier, but after practicing ” I have questions and I am not leaving until I get them”. He could not spot her afterwards because she snuck up behind him. She grabbed him and said exactly what he was practicing to say to her. This is failed humor.

They go to a secluded area in Atlantis and she says that there is so much to talk about, since she has so many questions. She grabs his glasses and puts them on to see what is the big deal. Milo says that he has some questions as well, and tells her that they should ask one question each and then let the other ask, and so on, while getting his glasses back. He asks how Atlantis got underwater, she tells him about what happens in the prologue, including how it took her mother. He says he knows how he feels, since he lost his parents too. I am sorry, but I am getting more irritated as I write this. This is a nice moment, I give them that, and this is the most they know about one another’s lives in the entire movie. He then recalled back to when she said “from what I remember”, since the event took place thousands ago.

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She says she is 8500 years old, and he tries to flirt like a charmer, saying she looks good. How in the hell would their relationship even work? He would age so quick, and she will still look the same. She then asks him how him and his crew found Atlantis, and he says it was not easy and got there because of the book he used as a guide. She grabs the book and tries to reads it, and starts to yell in frustration that he could read this, since no one in Atlantis can. He says he can just like any other Atlantean, not realizing that they cannot until later. He helped her read a passage in the book which says “Follow the path and then you will find the fifth marker”. She then asks him about helping her read the instructions to a fish-looking vehicle that she showed him, saying that she tried to get it to work, but can’t. He tells her she forgot to do a step, and says that she is lucky to get as far as she did, slightly offending her. They get it to work, but it crashes. He asks if anyone is hungry; (sighs) the humor is bad.

So they climb this statue and look at the view. He says they have never been introduced properly, and he give her a nickname because her name was too confusing. He is thrilled of the view but is sad because his grandfather could not witness it. They tour around Atlantis, and he is thrilled by it. He starts to tell her about who is who in his crew. So, they constantly talk about the history of Atlantis and their people, little to no interaction about themselves, almost no indication of them liking one another other than a subtle stare and a bad attempt at humor. At least Pocahontas and John Smith had chemistry, obvious signs of attraction, and seemed like more than friends. This couple is minor friends at best.

Atlantis The Lost Empire

So some time has passed since they were eating at someone’s house?, and they are back at the secluded area. Milo is going on and on about how fascinating Atlantis is now that he saw the people live, and how they are thriving, which she disagrees about because their culture is dying, and they are barely making ends meet, and she came here to ask him for his help. He agrees to do so, but gets nervous as she takes off her skirt. She asks if he swims, since he is going to need to, to help her. He takes off his shirt and shorts, and they swim. They go over the water so she can as him if he is okay. He says yes, and they swim to read the script on the side of the ocean. They go over water again, and he tells her it is the history of Atlantis, and about how the blue power is the power source for Atlantis.

They swim back to the secluded area, and sees his crew there, loaded with guns and materials. Rourke asks him about what he found, and Milo realizes that he has been tricked, since they are going after the power source/crystal. When Kida swims up, they grab her and hold her for hostage. They go to her father and asks where he is, but Rourke figures it out, and him the couple and Helga go underground to where the crystal is.The crystal calls Kida and as she goes forth, Milo tries to stop her, but Rourke stops him from doing so. She merges with he crystal and is trapped in the metal contraption. What is there to analyse here? Nothing. I could say he liked how she looked without her skirt, and they are interested about Atlantis’ history. This is a mild friendship, but we are supposed to believe that they are hopelessly in love? Oh my goodness.

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So Milo decides to play hero and convinces his crew members (minus Helga and Rourke) to do the right thing. They all go on the fish-looking machine to save her. After Rourke and Helga are defeated, he cuts the metal box she is in from the ship, and drags it with him. When he cracks the box open, the power from Kida is used to create a shield and fix Atlantis somehow. She comes from the air and he catches her. She moans his name in a tired tone, and shows him the bracelet her mother took from her when she was sacrificed. They hug each other in happiness and exhaustion. They go to look at the surface, and holds hands. As his crew members are about to leave, the ash him if he still wants to go back home with him, he says no. WHAT. What reason would he have to stay other than the fact that he is in “love” with her? I guess he could teach the Atlanteans about how to read again, but he is holding her hand while saying this, signifying that it is for his interest in her.

Atlantis The Lost Empire

They knew each other for less than a day, and now he is willing to give up his career, home, and everything he ever knew about Earth to live with a girl he met and saved less than a day prior? If this is not contrived, that I don’t know what is. In the epilogue, the new Queen Kida, and most likely King Milo set up a rock into the air, and climb up the same statue they did before to watch the rock float, holding hands.

Final Thoughts

After analyzing them, my final thoughts is that they are probably the most underdeveloped, contrived, ridiculous couple who do not know crap about one another, but are willing to live the rest of their lives together after knowing one another for less than 24 hours. It would be one thing if it was in older times (like the Renaissance, Dark Ages, etc), but no; this is 1914. What do they like about one another? Let me guess. He likes that Kida cares about her culture, which he is fascinated by, and is passionate I guess, and she likes that he is obsessed with Atlantis and smart? Other than that (which is a stretch), nothing. This has been the most frustrating analysis I ever did. I am sorry I was extremely harsh with these two, but I did not want to half-ass my feelings about this quarter-assed couple. Thank you for reading if you managed to read all the way through.

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Mulan

Walt Disney Animation Studios 36th feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studios 36th feature film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is pretty good. I do not really see much wrong with it, as I do think the simplicity in the film worked really well, and helped it quality wise over it’s 3 predecessors. While I do think that Mulan needed a bit more characterization that makes her stand out a bit more, and some of the ch in the movie, and it is well paced. There is a lot to like about this movie.

Production

Production for this film started in 1994, and it was intended to be a China Doll straight-to-video short about a Chinese woman falling in love with a British man. The studio was also interested in the Chinese poem called “The Song of Fa Mu Lan”, so they decided to combine the 2 projects. The studio went to China in the same year for 3 weeks to complete drawings and get inspiration.

This is also the first of 3 movies in the canon (Brother Bear and Lilo and Stitch being the others) to be primarily animated in the Orlando, Florida studio. The studio decided to use a simpler design compared to its predecessors to give the Chinese feeling. Many programs and softwares were created for this project.

Story

The film starts with The Huns and it’s leader Shan Yu (Migual Ferrer) invading China, and a guard lighting The Great Wall of China to alert the entire country that they have been attacked. This causes General Li (James Shigeta) and a few other officials go to the Palace to speak of the matter with The Emperor (Pat Morita), and offers to have soldiers surround the temple to protect the Emperor, bu he refuses and tells them to get Soldiers to protect China, and that he will have a conscription notice sent around his kingdom.

We are then introduced to our protagonist Mulan (Ming-Na Wen), who is writing cheat notes on her arm as to how to pass her matchmaking test. From this and having her dog feed the chicken already established that Mulan is lazy. When she goes to her father Fa Zhou (Soon-Tek Oh) to give him tea, she almost breaks everything, and he tells her that she is late. We are then shown Fa Li (Freda Foh Shen) and her mother in law Grandmother Fa June Foray) worrying about Mulan running late, since the matchmaker is not patient, and she has to take a bath and get a makeover first. Wait. Isn’t that stuff that is supposed to be done AT THE HOUSE?

We are introduced to the first of 4 (the smallest amount of songs in a movie since......The Great Mouse Detective).  Anyways, this is a really good song. This gives us insight on how the entire stmosphere of the world she is living in thinks like, and both genders feel strongly about honor being the most important thing, and that passing the matchmaker test is extremely important to females. Honor is a running theme throughout this movie. I like that they have Mulan willingly go along with this instead of the (why can't I choose who I want to be in love with? Like the past 2.......3 Disney princesses.

We are introduced to the first of 4 (the smallest amount of songs in a movie since……The Great Mouse Detective).
Anyways, this is a really good song. This gives us insight on how the entire atmosphere of the world she is living in thinks like, and both genders feel strongly about honor being the most important thing, and that passing the matchmaker test is extremely important to females. Honor is a running theme throughout this movie. I like that they have Mulan willingly go along with this instead of the (why can’t I choose who I want to be in love with? Like the past 2…….3 Disney princesses). This song also shows what the typical girl in that era and area should be; calm, demure, and obedient, and is great to see how much she contrasts from that.

So she is the first to go to the Matchmaker, and gets a mark deducted when she says “here” for talking without permission. The cricket Cric-Kee (Frank Welker) that she is given by her grandmother decides to hop around, which somehow ends with the matchmaker being put on fire, and Mulan having to put it out by throwing the tea on her. She quickly leaves with the woman yelling that she will NEVER give her family honor, no matter how much she looks like a bride. She is disappointed, which leads into the song Reflection.

I think Reflection is okay. She is singing about how she does not recognize herself and that if she acts like who she is on the inside, her family would be disappointed, but during the movie, it is made clear that she does not really know who she is. Not one of the stronger Renaissance songs.

Anyways, her and her father share a nice moment of him comforting her, but then the Army shows up and tells all the families that they have to conscript one man from each family to fight the war. This is an issue because Fa Zhou is too old and injured to fight. Mulan tries to stop her father from going, but Chi Fu (James Hong) tells him that he needs to teach his daughter to stay in a woman’s place and shut the fuck up (their words, not mine), with her father saying she dishonored him. After a tense dinner, she decides to run off, and……

This little moment is the defining moment of the movie. The score, animation, action, and everything is perfectly executed, leaving a lasting impression, all without words. I do not even know I have the courage to do this for my family, so I give her props.

This little moment is the defining moment of the movie. The score, animation, action, and everything is perfectly executed, leaving a lasting impression, all without words. I do not even know I have the courage to do this for my family, so I give her props.

So Grandmother Fa gets a vision from……who knows what; about Mulan leaving the home, which she runs to tell her son and daughter in law. Fa Li is worried because she will be killed, but there is nothing they can do.

In the Fa  Ancestry…….Ghost Residence, Mushu (Eddie Murphy) is ordered to wake the spirits of her ancestors. Okay, I have to say this; Eddie Murphy is pretty annoying and out of place. He does not grate me, but I think that hiring an African American man who is known for being a comedian, in a film about Ancient China is an issue for me. I liked so much that most of the cast was asian, which was rare for Disney at this point to actually cast a voice actor that is the ethnicity of the character (Aladdin had an all white cast, and all of the films beforehand), but it is just a nitpick-ish. So he is told to wake up The Great Stone Dragon to protect her, but after he screws that up, he decides to run off and protect her himself.

We then see 2 soldiers run into he Huns, and Shan Yu tells them to tell The Emperor to bring it on. He then subtly tells one of his men to kill a soldier, since you only need one person to send a message. So Mulan meets Eddie Murphy Mushu and she realizes that he is the ancestor supposed to protect her.

So at the campsite, Shang (BD Wong) is promoted to  a Commander by his father (who soon abandons him.......forever.....for......you know how Disney can almost never avoid a parental death), and it is revealed that he is fresh off of school. Now I am going to get all the hearsay ab out Shang out of the way. There IS a possibility that Shang is a bit attracted to Ping, and there is a possibility that his attraction shot up when he found out she was a girl. Let's just come to a consensus that he is bisexual. Next...

So at the campsite, Shang (BD Wong) is promoted to a Commander by his father (who soon abandons him…….forever…..for……you know how Disney can almost never avoid a parental death), and it is revealed that he is fresh off of school.
Now I am going to get all the hearsay ab out Shang out of the way. There IS a possibility that Shang is a bit attracted to Ping, and there is a possibility that his attraction shot up when he found out she was a girl. Let’s just come to a consensus that he is bisexual. Next…

So he goes outside to see everyone beating one another up, but it all goes back to Mulan. When she interacts with Shang for the first time, she is nervous, and her Dragon Murphy tells her to name herself Ping. Th entire camp now hates her because they have to clean up all the mess they made when they fought. It is the next morning, and Mulan is late, so she rushes to the other soldiers. She manages to barely beat Shang, who takes his shirt off, causing Mulan to restrain from having an orgasm right there and then (have you looked at her face?). This causes us to lead into our third excuse to not waste much time on the development on the training site song I’ll Make a Man Out of You. I have to say; I like how this song not only develops Mulan, but the sidekicks Yao (Harvey Fierstein), Ling (Gedde Watanabe), and Chien-Po (Jerry Tondo), and Shang. Actually, I think this song focuses more on Shang, as it shows his struggle, persistence, and impatience with the training, since this is his chance of proving he is something.

The boring, pathetically colored villain Shan Yu finds a doll, and decides to return it to her, which will lead him to kill General Li and all of the soldiers there. So Mulan decides to take a bath, and the 3 sidekicks join in, and apologizes for how they acted to her, and offers to start over. They then stare at Yao’s dick like it is the heavenliest sight they have ever seen.

Wooowwwwwy.

Wooowwwwwy.

So Mushu saves her, as he bites Ling, causing all of them to run. As she returns from her shower, she sees Chi Fu and Shang getting into an argument about whether the men are ready to fight or not. Shang says they have completed their training, but Chi Fu thinks they are incompetent ninnies, and that they will never see battle with the notes he wrote to the Emperor. After that is situated, Mushu and Cri-Kee sneak into the tent to change the letter, so they will go to war.

This leads us to our final song A Girl Worth Fighting For, and it is here when I realize that Shang is not straight. ALL of the men (including Chi Fu) are singing about how they want to bang a girl out after they are done war, and cause a Chinese version of the baby Boomers. Why the hell is Shang not singing? Isn’t he sexually frustrated as well? MAJOR side eye Shang. Anyways, the song ends with….

Mulan

Shang has a moment where he gives condolences with his father before he demands everyone (who feels sorry for him) to keep it moving. Thanks to Mushu and Cri-Kee, they blow a cannon, giving the Huns (who are watching their every move) a signal to attack. They shoot the canons at the mountains, where only some of the Huns are. After they defeat that set, a bunch; no….hundreds of Huns are waiting on the upper hillside. They run to them like little children trying to catch the Ice Cream truck and attack. We get a long, intense, climatic fight scene between the two sides, and Mulan takes the last canon to shoot at the mountain (so it will fall on them). During the process, Shan Yu cuts her, and the others have to save her and Shang (who she grabbed onto, as he was about to fall) from the avalanche. When they are saved, Shang tells her that he owes her his life, but she soon passes out.

After a doctor shows up, it is revealed that Ping is a girl, and Shang enters, and is somewhat relieved (yall cannot tell me no different) , angry, and hurt by the deception. Chi Fu orders him to kill her like the law provided (so this must have happened beforehand if there is a law for it), but he spares her, as his debt is repaid. They all leave to head back to Imperial China, and leave her by herself. She sees the Huns reappear from the snow to make it back to Imperial China, and after she has a pity party for herself about being a failure, she rushes back to her team to warn them.

So when she makes it, all of the soldiers but Fu are saddened, and when she tries to warn Shang, he s pretty much saying “Girl, bye” to her, but she refuses, as it is important. When he ignores her, she tells the others to watch out, as she knows they are here. She is upset that no one is listening to her, with Mushu saying that it is because she is a girl. Speaking of Mushu, I forgot to mention earlier that he was a Protector of the family, but after he failed with a soldier, he was demoted to an assistant, so he is helping Mulan to get his job back.

I am tired, so I am going to wrap this section up pretty quickly. the Huns show up and kidnap the Emperor, the soldiers listen to Mulan (with Shang following her lead), Shang gets his ass whopped by Shan Yu, and Mulan and Yu go at it, beating him with her wit and quick logic; trapping him on the roof for Mushu to light a canon to kill Shan Yu. The Emperor honors her, all of China bows to her, Shang is too nervous to make a move, he follows her to her house by the encouragement of the Emperor, she reconciles with her father, and Shang joins them for dinner, which excites Fa Li and Grandmother Fa (I am sure they did not want Mulan to be a prude). She thanks Mushu for all of his help, as they end with Eddie Murphy singing. Really?

The story is very engaging. It is well paced, action-packed, heart warming, and knows when to take itself seriously. Yes, Eddie Murphy does distract from the movie, but does not destroy it. I wish they took a but more time with them being trained, but it is a nitpick. I cannot really say anything that is wrong with the story. It  is subtle, not over the top like most of it's predecessors in the era, and sticks with what it is. It handles Chinese culture well enough, and it makes the characters and sexes seem equal in portrayal, meaning, and execution.

The story is very engaging. It is well paced, action-packed, heart warming, and knows when to take itself seriously. Yes, Eddie Murphy does distract from the movie, but does not destroy it. I wish they took a but more time with them being trained, but it is a nitpick. I cannot really say anything that is wrong with the story. It is subtle, not over the top like most of it’s predecessors in the era, and sticks with what it is. It handles Chinese culture well enough, and it makes the characters and sexes seem equal in portrayal, meaning, and execution.

Characters

What I will say is this; the characters are likable. Are they the deepest and the most engaging? No. But they so have some depth, and are almost always a joy to watch….most of them.

Mulan is a different case for the Disney females. She is very laidback, and go-with-the-flow. She is not really adventurous, very family oriented, outspoken, and lazy, but the issue is that almost all of these traits are downplayed, which does not make them the most interesting person to watch. She is still one of my favourite characters, but I have to be fair. I like that she has to find confidence in herself, and will only succeed when she is herself; not a girly girl, or a tomboy, but just herself.

Mulan is a different case for the Disney females. She is very laidback, and go-with-the-flow. She is not really adventurous, very family oriented, outspoken, and lazy, but the issue is that almost all of these traits are downplayed, which does not make them the most interesting person to watch. She is still one of my favourite characters, but I have to be fair. I like that she has to find confidence in herself, and will only succeed when she is herself; not a girly girl, or a tomboy, but just herself.

The issue I have with him is that he does not seem like an actual character; but just Eddie Murphy as a dragon. He does have his own arc of trying to prove that he can be a guardian again, and it is done decently, but he suffers form what Genie suffers from. He is too closely identified with his voice actor.

The issue I have with him is that he does not seem like an actual character; but just Eddie Murphy as a dragon. He does have his own arc of trying to prove that he can be a guardian again, and it is done decently, but he suffers from what Genie suffers from. He is too closely identified with his voice actor.

I like how he is not really romantic (he is not in the position to), and that is his main focus. He is actually one of those boys who have been focused in their training and stuff and comes off as hard, but underneath, are a little boy. In his first scene, he is overly enthused about his new position, and he has something else to prove as well. He is serious, strong, determined, heroic, selfless, and is a character that is relatable. I am glad that they did not make him perfect and one note. When you actually look at him, there is more to him than being a stick in the mud.

I like how he is not really romantic (he is not in the position to), and that is his main focus. He is actually one of those boys who have been focused in their training and stuff and comes off as hard, but underneath, are a little boy. In his first scene, he is overly enthused about his new position, and he has something else to prove as well. He is serious, strong, determined, heroic, selfless, and is a character that is relatable. I am glad that they did not make him perfect and one note. When you actually look at him, there is more to him than being a stick in the mud.

He is generic, and not even a character, but a plot point. What is his motivation? Can we get a SMALL backstory? He is just so dull and forgettable. I get that he is all like "Let's kill them", bu in order to be an engaging villain and character, you need to be more than that. He is not bad, but just forgettable, a bit bland and flat.

He is generic, and not even a character, but a plot point. What is his motivation? Can we get a SMALL backstory? He is just so dull and forgettable. I get that he is all like “Let’s kill them”, bu in order to be an engaging villain and character, you need to be more than that. He is not bad, but just forgettable, a bit bland and flat.

They are funny and likable. I like how...the fat one is the pacifist type, the short one is all muscular and macho, and I like how the scrawny one is an ego-maniac wanabee. They work off really well together.

They are funny and likable. I like how…the fat one is the pacifist type, the short one is all muscular and macho, and I like how the scrawny one is an ego-maniac wanabee. They work off really well together.

While Shang is the likable stick in the mud, he is the unlikable stick in the mud. He is always so negative about everything, grouchy, and extremely prejudice. Just a miserable soul.

While Shang is the likable stick in the mud, he is the unlikable stick in the mud. He is always so negative about everything, grouchy, and extremely prejudice. Just a miserable soul.

He is a likable father. Not too traditional or modern, loving, honorable, and supportive, though he does have his limits. His relationship with his daughter is done really well;, and I like how it is not so overexaggerated like the father daughter relationships in the early renaissance.

He is a likable father. Not too traditional or modern, loving, honorable, and supportive, though he does have his limits. His relationship with his daughter is done really well;, and I like how it is not so over exaggerated like the father daughter relationships in the early renaissance.

She is the typical mother.

She is the typical mother.

She is the hip and funny grandmother.

She is the hip and funny grandmother.

Animation

What I will say about the animation is that it is simple. That is not a bad thing; but a good thing, because it gives off that Ancient Chinese art feeling in the animation, which works off really well. I do think some of the character designs are somewhat dull, but that is just me. Pretty good, but not the best I have seen.

Music

The score is awesome. It has the epic, adventurous theme, but it is very Chinese, meaning that it sounds like the instruments and music that they play in China. You do not feel a 1990s pop feeling to any of the songs or the score. Speaking about the songs, I like how they cut it down to 4 songs, since this film would not benefit from the grand 7 musical numbers. Not the best songs, but they do hold their own.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on June 19th, 1998, it opened at #2 behind the X-Files, making 22.8 million on opening weekend. Overall, it made $120,620,254 domestically, and $183,700,000 internationally, making $304,320,254 overall. This is one of the lower-grossing films of the Renaissance, making more than Hercules, The Rescuers Down Under, and The Little Mermaid, but being outgrossed by all the others.

This is the highest critical reception the studio received since The Lion King. Many liked how they handled gender roles and stereotypes, the engaging story, likable characters, and that it is a small film that acknowledges it, and it’s simplicity makes it stand out.

It won many Annies (including Best Animated Feature; first to get that award since Pocahontas), and has a record breaking amount of Annie nominations and wins. It also got many nominations for Best Score, by places like the Golden Globes, and the Academy Awards. Reflections also got a few nominations, and Christina Aguilera’s cover launched her career.

Reception Today

Today, it is seen as one of the better films in the canon and the best of the Late-Renaissance films (some even saying it is as god as the Big 4). Mulan is in the Disney Princess lineup, but she (and her film) has not been really marketed in theme parks and merchandise after it’s release. Disney still acknowledges it, and it is not seen as a failure, but it is not one of the Top films in the canon.

Final Score

Story: 8.5/10

Characters: 7.5/10

Animation: 8.5/10

Music: 8/10

= 32.5/40 = 81%

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Review: August 25th, 2014

Review: August 25th, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Hercules

Walt Disney Animation Studio's 35th feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 35th feature film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching this film is that it is mediocre at best. The animation is not spectacular, the musical format really fails in this movie, the characters (while enjoyable) are not the best, and the story is….pretty sloppy and has holes like it is swiss cheese. It is one of the weaker films in this era, and for many reasons. I still like it though, but again, I am not biased.

Production

So after the success of Aladdin, Musker and Clements were working on Treasure Planet until the fall of 1993, but it was rejected by Katzenberg. They made a deal with him that they would do another animated film ONLY if they could make Treasure Planet afterwards, which he accepted. They chose the project of Hercules officially in 1994, which they were excited by, because it was their chance to make a superhero movie.

Danny DeVito initially refused to audition for Philoctetes, so many others auditioned, but they knew that the studio wanted DeVito. They approached him during the taping of Matilda, where he finally joined the project. There was also an issue with casting for the role of Hades,  with Jack Nicholson refusing to do it for the financial issues with the payment, so they casted John Lithgow in the fall of 1994, for them to only toss him after 9 months. They hired James Woods in the fall of 1995.

The character designs and art were based off of Gerald Scarfes work.

Story

So the film starts with the Muses (Lillias White, Cheryl Freeman, LaChanze, Roz Ryan, and Vaneese Y Thomas) introducing the story of Zeus beating the Titans through the first song called Gospel Truth. It is a bit weird to see 5 sassy black women telling us about an Ancient Greek story, but I will roll with it.

We are then taken to Mount Olympus to celebrate newborn Hercules (Tate Donovan and Josh Keaton)’s birth. All of the gods are having a good time, but when Hades (James Woods) shows up, a different vibe is given to the party.

It is weird that when Hades and Zeus (Rip Torn) talk, it does not seem like there is tension and distance in it. In this area, it fails compared to Mufasa and Scar in The Lion King, because you could feel the tension.

It is weird that when Hades and Zeus (Rip Torn) talk, it does not seem like there is tension and distance in it. In this area, it fails compared to Mufasa and Scar in The Lion King, because you could feel the tension.

Hades leaves the party as soon as he came, because he has a meeting with The Fates (Amanda Plummer, Carole Shelley, and Paddi Edwards). While Hades is making his way back to the Underworld, the Muses sings Gospel Truth II, which basically reminds us that Hades is the evil one and he has an evil plan. He meets with The Fates, who TELL him his plan, which is that he will get the Titans out from under the Ocean and together, they will defeat Zeus, but if Hercules fights, Hades will lose. It is a bit pathetic hat Hades has to be told his plan to defeat the good guys. So he goes to get this pink liquid, which is used to turn any god into a mortal. I do not understand this. Where did he get that from? Couldn’t he just put that in a drink of Zeus? Couldn’t he have made more? Who made it?

Anyways, so it is night time, and his minions Pain (Bobcat Goldthwait) and Panic (Matt Frewer) kidnap a baby Hercules, who is sleeping beside his Pegasus (Frank Welker), and feeds him the mortal spell, but because he did not drink the last drop, Hercules still has his super strength, but is mortal. He is found by an aging couple named Amphitryon (Hal Holbrook) and Alcmene (Barbara Barrie) who adopt him.

I am not even going to get into the inaccuracy of the Mythology, not only because I do not know what the hell I am talking about most of the time, but because I also know that they messed with and changed A LOT, which I am actually kind of sad by. They could have made it into the comedy it is, but still keep some of the mature content of the myth. It would have given it a lot more depth.

I am not even going to get into the inaccuracy of the Mythology, not only because I do not know what the hell I am talking about most of the time in that aspect, but because I also know that they messed with and changed A LOT, which I am actually kind of sad by. They could have made it into the comedy it is, but still keep some of the mature content of the myth. It would have given it a lot more depth. Oh, and they skip over the part with Herc being raised by his parents, which I think kind of sucks, because we really do not know who he is outside of his Hero plot.

So teen Herc goes to town with his father, and tries to play with the other teens, but they snub him. His strength accidentally causes the city to be wrecked, with everyone snapping at him, and telling his father that Hercules needs to never leave his house. He has a talk with his father about what happened, and how he tries to fit in, but can’t. He realizes that he does not belong in the farm town, which leads to the “I Want song” Go the Distance. It is about him wanting to find where he belongs, and for everyone to cheer his name. It is a decent song, but it is not strong enough to be a standout. During the song, they tell him that they adopted him, and they found the Symbol of the Gods medallion around him. He decides to leave to find who he is, and where he comes from.

He reaches the Temple of Zeus to pray his soul out, but is freaked when the statue comes to life. Zeus tells Hercules that he is his son, which makes the lad overly confused. He then asks why didn’t they want him, and Zeus responded that he was an illegitamate child of a mortal kidnapped and his parents found him. He is reintroduced to Pegasus, and they suddenly remember one another.  How in the hell could they remember one another if Hercules was DAYS old, and he is about 16-17?

So Zeus tells them to go to Philoctetes (Danny DeVito) to train to be a hero, but Phil refuses, as he has lost hope after Achilles. Zeus strikes him, so he agrees. This leads to the development from a dud to stud montage. DeVito should not sing in a musical. Yowzy.

So Zeus tells them to go to Philoctetes (Danny DeVito) to train to be a hero without ever being one himself, but Phil refuses, as he has lost hope after Achilles. Zeus strikes him, so he agrees.
This leads to the development from a dud to stud montage. DeVito should not sing in a musical. Yowzy. Hercules also gets a spinoff series about going to high school during this time in the film.

So with Hercules getting rid of his clumsy strength with a controlled one, he passes all the tests, and they are on their way to Thebes, but before they can get there, they hear a DID (Damsel in Distress), which causes them to go to the scene. We see Megara (Susan Egan) getting manhandled by a blue monster Nesseus, with Hercules trying to be the hero, which she replies telling him to keep it moving. He “saves her” anyways, and while he is fighting Nesseus, Phil tries to make a move on Megara, causing her to push him off. I never knew half-animals and humans – with humans. Phil and Pegasus who has a crush on Herc hates on Meg, and especially when Hercules tries to flirt with her. She somewhat compliments his rippling pectorals, while he likes her sassy and dry attitude. She walks off, and it is revealed that she is  working for Hades.

He does not like it that she could not get Nesseus to be on their side for the battle with Zeus, but she explains that a farm-boy guy ruined it, and she says she is not impressed with his “act”. Hades loses his top, which leads to a HUGE plothole.

Let me get your ass together Hades. You are the God of the Underworld, correct? You SEE THE SPIRITS PASS YOU, yes? You KEEP TRACK BY NUMBERS AS TO HOW MANY DIED CORRECT? So HOW in the HELL could you NOT KNOW THAT HERCULES WAS ALIVE? And for 18 years as well. You are a failure. So you are that incompetent of doing your job? This is not a minor hole, but it has an affect on the plot and the story in a bad way. It also makes Hades seem like a weaker villain.  You are pathetic Hades.

Let me get your ass together Hades. You are the God of the Underworld, correct? You SEE THE SPIRITS PASS YOU, yes? You KEEP TRACK BY NUMBERS AS TO HOW MANY DIED CORRECT? So HOW in the HELL could you NOT KNOW THAT HERCULES WAS ALIVE? And for 18 years as well. You are a failure. So you are that incompetent of doing your job? This is not a minor hole, but it has an affect on the plot and the story in a bad way. It also makes Hades seem like a weaker villain. You are pathetic Hades.

So the crew arrives to Thebes, and we see it is like Canada’s Toronto, and the US’s New York; but in Greece. They are complaining about needing a hero, and Hercules tells the people that he is a hero, but the commoners push him off with needing a professional hero -_-. And how would they know what a professional hero is? Megara conveniently runs up to tell them that 2 little kids (Pain and Panic in disguise) are attack under a rock, with Hercules grabbing her and riding on Pegasus to the sight. He saves them easily, for one of Hades’ monsters to attack him, and we get this intense battle (with the worst GGI yet). Megara is smirking wishing he would lift her up and down like that, and he won over the town, when he is finally able to beat it.

I swear this sequence set back CGI by a good 8 years.

I swear this sequence set back CGI by a good 8 years.

His first victory leads to the song Zero to Hero, which shows him becoming a no one, to the biggest and most famous person in Greece. He even gets an epic mansion out of it, a sponsor for many businesses, and gives the execs and producers an excuse to shove in many pop culture references. Hades is freaking out because he has 24 hours to defeat Hercules and Zeus, and loses it when his sidekicks is wearing Herc’s merchandise. Meg is enjoying the battle, until she is told to “take care of Herc as a man” and she tells him that she swore off Man-handling a while ago. Hades is telling Megara to engage in sexual advances on Hercules to make him weaker. Take that in for a moment………… We then learn that she made a deal with Hades to save her ex, who only abandoned her for another babe…..Wait. If she was brought down to and trapped in the Underworld, she should not have expected her ex to stay with her, so I do not know why we should really feel bad for her about this.

Hercules is wearing Scar for a picture, and loses it because he just met with the statue of his father and was told that he is not a hero yet because of the fame. A bunch of thirsty fangirls want some of the stallion that is Hercules, but Phil tricks the girls into leaving (with him getting taken with them). Megara managed to sneak in the house, with Hercules revealing that it has been a while and he missed her. She tells him to go hooky with her, which he easily does.

They go out for the entire evening, and manage to go to a garden, where they both clearly had a good time. A disguised Pain and Panic tells her to start with her seduction, causing her to intentionally fall in his arms. He says she needs to rest, so he carries her to the bench, which puts her plan into motion. She slowly and seductively moves closer to him, talking to him with a bunch of innuendos, and he moves away nervously, which showed off his innocence.

I am still confused by this. Did she expect them to have sex right in the VERY open and VERY public garden? Either way, she ends up disappointed that she is not getting no play with Hercules, because he is not trying to break a girl in public; if you know what I mean.

I am still confused by this. Did she expect them to have sex right in the VERY open and VERY public garden? Either way, she ends up disappointed that she is not getting no play with Hercules, because he is not trying to break a girl in public; if you know what I mean.

So they talk about them thinking the other is perfect, and we see an insecure side from both of them. This is a really genuine conversation between the two. So he says that she makes him feel alive and whole, and she is not pleased that he wanted to be petty and dishonest like everyone else. He tries to assure her, and she is unconsciously leaning to get more, and she says that they should stop this dalliance they are having (while moving to make out with him), but they are cock blocked (interrupted) by Phil and Pegasus who is glad that she got no play from his lover. He is in trouble from Phil, but he does not care, even when she apologizes. He gives her a kiss on the cheek. which leaves tingles all over her.

After they leave, she sings I Won’t Say I’m in Love, which is actually the best song in the movie. This got me into the film when I first saw it on YouTube, as I never grew up with this film until a year or 2 ago (same with Hunchback). This really shows Meg’s insecure but tough character. The Muses are encouraging her to admit that she is in love with Hercules, with Megara singing she wont say she is in love out loud.  Hades soon shows up and asks her what is Herc’s weakness. She says to get another girl for the deal because she is done with it, even if her only chance at freedom will be gone.

Phil (who fell when he was on Pegasus) and heard some of Hades and Megs conversation, causing him to run to Hercules to tell him that Meg is a fraud. When he gets to Herc’s outside gym, the young man is too gleeful, lovestruck and happy to listen to anything Phil has to say. Phil has to yell it out that Meg is using him, which Herc does not like or believe because he knows his trainer does not like Megara. While this happens, Pain and Panic disguise as a sexy female horse to tie and trap him. Herc knows Phil is mad about today, but thinks he is overreacting. He gets mad when Phil continues on with the conversation and says that she does not love him, which causes him to backhand Phil so hard that he flies across the room, yelling SHUT UP.

Oh DAMN. This is why you do not fuck with Hercules. Uhhh Meg, take note of this to know to never anger Hercules..........or this story will be a lot closer to the myth, which does not look good for you girl.

Oh DAMN. This is why you do not fuck with Hercules. Uhhh Meg, take note of this to know to never anger Hercules……….or this story will be a lot closer to the myth, which does not look good for you girl.

Phil decides to leave because Hercules does not need him anymore, and Hades shows up with Meg to make a deal; give his powers to save Meg. Herc (for the pussy whipped fool he is) takes the deal, and because Hades is….Hades, he drops the bomb that Meg has been working for him. He feels betrayed, and Meg feels bad. Hades leaves with both of them on the floor, sad, depressed, and most likely crying.

So Hades releases the Titans, and Herc goes out to fight them (with Meg trying to stop him). When she finally gets that he will not listen to her, she goes on Pegasus to get Phil, and they rush back, to see mortal Hercules getting his ass whooped. They rush back to him, and give him a pep talk that he is a hero (which the man says dreams are for rookies as he gives Meg the dirtiest and coldest glare), and all of that bullshit, which inspires him to defeat one of the Titans. As the Titan falls, it causes one of the pillars to tumble, and it almost falls on Hercules, but Meg pushes him aside, with it falling on her. He regains his powers, since Meg got hurt, and she is slowly dying. He asks wtf did she do that, which she says that people do crazy things when they are in love. Phil says he will watch her as he goes to defeat the Titans and Hades.

So the other gods are helpless, as they are captured, but Herucles comes to save the day. Hades cackles as he knows Meg is about to die in seconds (so NOW he knows who and when someone is dying). Herc races back to Thebes and when he gets there, the Fates cut her life cord, meaning she is dead. So he rushes to the Underworld o make a deal with Hades; he takes Meg’s place if he gets her dead spirit, which Hades expects. So Herc goes and swims through the dead spirits, and he is about to die from old age, and the Fates are about to cut his life chord, but cannot because he turned into a god, as he grabbed her.

You made a deal with Hades to free her and for YOU to stay Hercules. You backed out of your deal. I thought you were heroic, honest to his word, and courageous. This act of him punching Hades to get out of his deal contradicts what this movie is supposed to be telling us. Oh, and I have to say that Hercules is a pretty boring lead. He is just the person who wants to be the Hero, and everything he does is seemed as right; INCLUDING THIS.

You made a deal with Hades to free her and for YOU to stay Hercules. You backed out of your deal. I thought you were heroic, honest to his word, and courageous. This act of him punching Hades to get out of his deal contradicts what this movie is supposed to be telling us. Oh, and I have to say that Hercules is a pretty boring lead. He is just the person who wants to be the Hero, and everything he does is seemed as right; INCLUDING THIS. Hades is stuck in the dead spirit pond, and he is just there; stuck because gods cannot die. The underworld will be fucked up forever.

So when he revives Meg back to life, she asks him wtf did he do that, to which he replied that people do crazy things when they are in love. They are all taken to Mount Olympus (since Hercules was turned into a god for reviving Meg, which he unheroically backed out of his deal from….), to where he is celebrated. Meg is sad that they will be separating, but he saw the look on her face, and could not bear to separate from her, so he declines being a god. I have to say that I do feel sorry for Zeus and Hera; they never got a chance to raise their son, and when they had the chance to reunite, he rejects them for a girl.

So the quartet (Herc, Meg, Phil and Pegasus) returns to Thebes to reunite with his adoptive parents, and they look happily as Hercules gets his own constellation. The muses closes the film with the song A Star is Born.

This film is enjoyable and there are a lto of likability to it. Some characters are eh, and sme are good, but none of them annoyed me. The story is contradictory, a few plotholes and things that do not make sense, and I just feel like they did not put any risks with it. Many say this is a Superman movie, and I do see why they say that. It is not really a bad movie, but not really a good one either. This film was way too safe, and has no substance.

This film is enjoyable and there is a lot of likability to it. Some characters are eh, and some are good, but none of them annoyed me. The story is contradictory, a few plotholes and things that do not make sense, and I just feel like they did not put any risks with it. Many say this is a Superman movie, and I do see why they say that. It is not really a bad movie, but not really a good one either. This film was way too safe, and has no substance.

Characters

There are really only 4 important characters that needed to be discussed. Some of them are good, while others are meh or pathetic. Let’s get to it.

Hercules is extremely generic. The only personality he has to him is that he is the naive and innocent hero, and that is only because we are supposed to really feel for him that he was a loner, and wants to prove that he is worth something. This is done better on Aladdin because he is given more personality traits. I am not saying Herc has no personality, but he only has the ones that are needed for this type of story, and it makes him not original, and not very engaging. He needed something more to him.

Hercules is extremely generic. The only personality he has to him is that he is the naive and innocent hero, and that is only because we are supposed to really feel for him that he was a loner, and wants to prove that he is worth something. This is done better on Aladdin because he is given more personality traits. I am not saying Herc has no personality, but he only has the ones that are needed for this type of story, and it makes him not original, and not very engaging. He needed something more to him.

He is pretty decent. He does have a hot temper on him. and is a bit Grumpy (who was  inspiration for this character), and really does want the best. He is the typical grumpy, older coach who flirts with any female he can. There is a genuine bond between him and Hercules that is nice to watch, and I like it that he has a dream and a goal as well, that is actually focused upon.

He is pretty decent. He does have a hot temper on him. and is a bit Grumpy (who was inspiration for this character), and really does want the best. He is the typical grumpy, older coach who flirts with any female he can. There is a genuine bond between him and Hercules that is nice to watch, and I like it that he has a dream and a goal as well, that is actually focused upon.

Hades is not as good of a villain as I thought he was beforehand. He has to be told his plan by the Fates, failed to make sure his minions got shit done for 18 years and that Hercules was not dead, and could have done things a lot better. He is funny, but I do not think he was meant to be in a role like this with what he was given.

Hades is not as good of a villain as I thought he was beforehand. He has to be told his plan by the Fates, failed to make sure his minions got shit done for 18 years and that Hercules was not dead, and could have done things a lot better. He is funny, but I do not think he was meant to be in a role like this with what he was given.

She is the most engaging character in this movie. She is sarcastic, a bit miserable, and has a dry humor, but she is really vulnerable and insecure as well. There is a nice balance to her, and I wish she had a bit more to do. Her development was really nice, and she is a pretty good character. She actually has a past, is not squeaky clean, and I think women need that in film to make a female character more relatable and.....realistic.

She is the most engaging character in this movie. She is sarcastic, a bit miserable, and has a dry humor, but she is really vulnerable and insecure as well. There is a nice balance to her, and I wish she had a bit more to do. Her development was really nice, and she is a pretty good character. She actually has a past, is not squeaky clean, and I think women need that in film to make a female character more relatable and…..realistic.

Animation

The CGI is so fucking awful in this film. Anyways, the designs are good at times, but otherwise, it looks weird. I do not know if the Scarface design was the best thing, but they did their best. I do like the backgrounds though, and the bright colors that are given to every object in the film. I was not blown away with or disgusted (outside of the CGI) with the animation. It is in the middle with me.

Music

I do not think the Broadway approach was good for the film. I somewhat touched on about it in my last review, but I will explain more here. From The Little Mermaid to Hunchback, the broadway approach benefits it, and helps move along the film, with giving it depth, with a new theme every single time. Here, they are really shoehorned in, and it is not really adding much to the story. This is what caused the Renaissance to start to die, and they needd to switch things up with this film. It switches from Gospel (which was a unique choice, since Gospel are all about gods), but there are also smooth ballads. I do not really remember much of the songs, and I do not think they developed the characters the best they could have. The soundtrack is not that memorable, and I wish we had more of a Greek score.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on June 27, 1997, it opened at the #2 spot, making $21,454,451 on opening week. It ended up under-performing even more than it’s past 2 predecessors, with $99,112,101 domestically, and $153,600,000 overseas, with a total of $252,712,101.

Critically, it was panned by Greeks, but it overall received positive reception. People liked the high-energy, Woods performance, with the animation being great, while others did not like it for thinking it is like a circus gone wild.

Things were even weaker with the awards. It was nominated for 7 awards (many for Best song Go the Distance), and only won 4 Annies for Individual Producing, Directing, Character animation, and Effects animation. The soundtracks still did decently, charting #17 at the Billboards.

Reception Today

Today, it is seen as an imitation of Aladdin, not deemed as a classic, and is considered one of the weaker (if not the weakest) film of the Renaissance. It is growing a following, but there are still many that hate this film for being too obnoxious. Disney does not talk about this film much at all.

Final Score

Story: 5.5/10

Characters: 7/10

Animation: 7.5/10

Music: 7/10

= 27/40 = 68%

Next Time…

Review: August 18th, 2014

Review: August 18th, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Walt Disney Animation Studio's 34th feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 34th feature film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is a lot better than Pocahontas is. I do think that it has a lot going for it, and there is a lot of good stuff in it. The animation is good to look at, the music is phenomenal, the characters are likable, and there is a lot of story, but the tone of the movie is an issue, and I do feel like they made a mistake with the protagonist. This movie is definitely at a crossroads.

Production

I think this film started development in around 1993. Executive David Stain was reading the comic book version, and was inspired to make an animated film off of it.  Beauty and the Beast directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise were working on minor projects (finished off BatB as while ago), so they easily took up this project.

There were many issues that took place adapting this film. Frollo was hard to get done, and they had to change his role a lot, as he was changed from the Archdeacon to the Judge, and his song Hellfire was almost cut from the film. I know that God Help the Oucasts had some issues as well. They made the song Someday to replace it, only to stick with God Help the Outcasts.

I could not find anything else on the production of this film.

Story

The film starts in 1482 Paris with The Bells of Notre Dame, which is narrated by Clopin (Paul Kandel), who sings about how Quasimodo (Tom Hulce)’s parents snuck into Paris, but was caught by Judge Claude Frollo (Tony Jay), and she was chased all across town, to only be kicked and cracked her head on Notre Dame, dying in front of Archedean (David Ogden Stiers) ‘s eyes, who also stops Frollo from throwing baby Quasi in the well. Frollo has to raise him as debt for killing on Notre Dame, and the old man decides to raise and leave Quasi at the attic to raise, so he can visit him whenever, and to hide him so no one will see him.

20 years later, Quasimodo is a grown, deformed redhead, who is encouraging a bird to fly, to which it eventually does. The gargoyles eventually wake up and immediately ramble obnoxiously and Hugo (Jason Alexander) farts with his armpit. I will just get this out of the way. I hate the gargoyles. I get it that they need comic relief, but they did not need to make them so damn obnoxious and over the top. They completely ruin the dark tone of the film, and distract the main plot. They mean well, but they are really grating. Them interrupting the plot is a HUGE issue in the movie. Let’s move on. Quasimodo does not feel like watching the Festivals this year because he is never allowed to go, and knows that Frollo will HATE that he wants to go to the festival, so he does not bother asked.

The gargoyles convince him to go to the festival, but as he leaves, Frollo arrives, and works with his manipulation. He almost always make Quasimodo feel like shit without really saying so. He has Quasi remembering the alphabet by making him say insults and negative words. He accidentally says Festival for F, which makes Frollo lose it.

Out There is another good song. It gives more depth to Frollo and Quasimodo's relationship, and he does get his "I Want" song. Some people say Quasimodo is bland because he is only his story of being an outcast and ugly, and.........that is kind of all he is, but they do make him a flawed, overly naive, and inexperienced character, who does go through issues....unlike Rapunzel. He wants to roam around with the normal people. Hucle did a REALLY good job with the song.

Out There is another good song. It gives more depth to Frollo and Quasimodo’s relationship, and he does get his “I Want” song. Some people say Quasimodo is bland because he is only his story of being an outcast and ugly, and………that is kind of all he is, but they do make him a flawed, overly naive, and inexperienced character, who does go through issues….unlike Rapunzel. He wants to roam around with the normal people. Hucle did a REALLY good job with the song.

So we go in the town to see war hero Phoebus (Kevin Kline) making his way back into town for being gone for “a couple of decades”. A few gypsys dancing catches his eye, and is stunned when he lays eyes on Esmeralda (Demi Moore). They share a glance, but some of her gypsy crew give the signal whistle, meaning the guards are coming. They grab her and accuse her of stealing money (that she earned from dancing), and she manages to escape. Phoebus moves his horse so the guards will fall and not get to her. She sees this and blushes. He apologizes, and they are about to curse him off, until they realize he is the Captain Phoebus.  They take him to the Palace of Justice, and he passes by a disguised Esmeralda to pick up her coins and give it back to her, leaving her shocked.

So he goes to the Palace of Justice, and Frollo is enjoying watching someone get whipped. Phoebus is not pleased that he is called to Paris to take care of “palm readers and fortune tellers”. Frollo is hoping he will be a good captain and not disappoint his last one (who I think is getting whipped for the villain’s enjoyment). They go to the festival (because it is his job as a council member) as Quasimodo sneaks out, which leads us to or third song Topsy Turvy.

 

This is another good, fun song. We see Esmeralda pole dance, making all the men want to "make it rain" if they had bills, and it explains how out there Gypsies are. It is to celebrate the opposite. So Quasimodo wins after Clopin forces him up to stir trouble, and he is praised, but for some reason, a guard throws a tomato at him, which everyone joins. This is a sad scene, and Frollo feels no way about it.  I have to call out a plohole. How did a random commoner know about the Hunchback of Notre Dame? I thought no one ever saw Quasimodo, and ti was a big secret. This makes absolutely no sense. This is easily Esmeralda's best scene in the film.

This is another good, fun song. We see Esmeralda pole dance, making all the men want to “make it rain” if they had bills, and it explains how out there Gypsies are. It is to celebrate the opposite. So Quasimodo wins after Clopin forces him up to stir trouble, and he is praised, but for some reason, a guard throws a tomato at him, which everyone joins. This is a sad scene, and Frollo feels no way about it.
I have to call out a plohole. How did a random commoner know about the Hunchback of Notre Dame? I thought no one ever saw Quasimodo, and it was a big secret. This makes absolutely no sense. This is easily Esmeralda’s best scene in the film.

Quasi ends up being covered in food, humiliated as he was tied up. Esmeralda comes out from changing, and stops the madness. Frollo tells her to stop, but she refuses and yells “JUSTICE”. This gets her into shit with Frollo, and orders Phoebus to get the guards to capture her, but she escapes with her kick ass moves and her parlor tricks, putting them to shame, and everyone cheering weirdly for her. I think they did this because everyone hates the guards so much. Quasimodo rushes inside, regretting ever leaving the attic, and realizing that Frollo is right.

Phoebus sees Esmeralda’s old person disguise enter Notre Dame, so he curiously follows her in. She senses that someone is following her, and without instinct, she grabs his sword and throws him down to the floor with no ease. He tries to calm the situation, but she is more than angry. He trips her to the floor, and they end up exchanging witty commentary as they….swordfight….with her using a candle stick. What I will say about their relationship is that Phoebus treats her like a human being. He does not praise her (Quasimodo) or treat her like a bad toy (Frollo). He says that he does not want that to happen and wants them to properly introduce themselves. She gives him an extreme side eye when he tells her his name means sun god, and when she tells him her name, they go closer to one another, before Frollo shows up.

Captain tells her to claim sanctuary, but she thinks he set her up. He tells Frollo that she claimed sanctuary, and Archdeacon tells all of them to leave. Frollo hides as everyone leaves before grabbing her by pulling her arm behind her back, and sniff her hair. He threatens her that gypsies do not do well in stone walls, and he will be waiting for her as soon as she leaves. She has a little chat with the Archedeacon, disgusted by Frollo’s actions and no one stopping to help Quasi. This leads too…

This song shows her extreme selflessness (compared to the others praying about fame, wealth, and for glory to shine on their name). It is sad that she says that she is not supposed to talk to God. Fucked up stuff.

This song shows her extreme selflessness (compared to the others praying about fame, wealth, and for glory to shine on their name). It is sad that she says that she is not supposed to talk to God. Fucked up stuff.

Quasi comes down to listen to her angelic voice, but a villager yells at him for being down there after causing enough trouble, causing him to run off and for her to follow him. She arrives at his attic, and is stunned by his sculpture of the town. They bond over not being outcasts, and they tell one another that they are good people (as he thinks every gypsy but her is ad, and he is an abomination. She realizes that Frollo is his master, and she asks him to escape with her, which he refuses. He instead offers to help her escape (as she helped him), and they do this by climbing down the outside of the church, and are almost caught by guards She gives him an artifact that holds the map of Paris in his hands, and she walks off. As soon as he manages to get back inside, he is approached by Phoebus, and the hunchback is ready to drag his ass like a gangsta so they could fight in the stairwell.

Look at that? Tell me that is ot impressive. I dare you. Anyways, Phebus came there to apologize to Esmeralda for trapping her there, and tells Quasimodo he is a good friend.

Look at that? Tell me that is not impressive. I dare you.
Anyways, Phoebus came there to apologize to Esmeralda for trapping her there, and tells Quasimodo he is a good friend.

The Gargoyles make things worse as they put in a bunch of crap in his ear, like how Phoebus was stealing his girl pretty much already happened before Quasi and Esmeralda ever met and how she likes him, which leads to the smallest and probably the weakest song Heaven’s Light, which is really only there to contrast Frollo’s burning lust and hatred for the gypsy girl, which he sings about in Hellfire. He really believes he is doing something right, and that he is being tempted by the devil. He is begging Mary and the lord to have mercy on him. It gives him a lot more depth than most other villains do not manage to get. He and Gaston are why I like the more realistic, magic-less villains. The guards tell Frollo that Esmeralda has escaped.

The next morning, Frollo goes on a bloddy rampage to look for Esmeralda, and burns houses, drowns carriages, and arrests/or kill gypsies and anyone who he thinks would help gypsies, which Phoebus slowly starts to dislike and wants no part of. This comes to a climax when he refuses to burn an innocent miller family’s house, which causes Frollo to do it himself, and the military hero to save the family. This causes him to be ordered to be beheaded by Frollo, but is saved by a disguised Esmeralda, who throws a rock at Frollo’s horse, which distracted everyone, and Phoebus managed to escape and steal Frollo’s horse. The guards shoot him down, causing him to fall over a bridge into the river. Esmeralda goes down to save her budding crush (it is amazing as to how proactive she is in this movie and how many people she saves).

I am just going to say what I think many would have been a better option and payoff from the movie; Esmeralda should ahve been the protagonist. It would have developed her romance with Phoebus better, and her friendship with Quasi as well. We could have seen more of the gypsy life. I understand he directors and company wanted to tell an Ugly Duckling story, but at around this point in the film, the plot and action centers around her instead of Quasimodo.  I know she is more interesting than our actual protagonist (as SHE was the protagonist in the book), but you need to have the majority of the focus on the main character.

I am just going to say what I think many would have been a better option and payoff from the movie; Esmeralda should have been the protagonist. It would have developed her romance with Phoebus better, and her friendship with Quasi as well. We could have seen more of the gypsy life. I understand he directors and company wanted to tell an Ugly Duckling story, but at around this point in the film, the plot and action centers around her instead of Quasimodo. I know she is more interesting than our actual protagonist (as SHE was the protagonist in the book), but you need to have the majority of the focus on the main character.

So Quasimodo is in a sad mood, and the Gargoyles do not want him to worry anymore. He approaches to look at the city gone wild, and wonders if she will be okay. Hugo says that she will be fine, with Laverne (Mary Wickens in her final role, to be replaced during the song by Jane Withers) and Victor (Charles Kimbrough) singing A Guy Like You, which is about how he will be a good boyfriend, and how Esmeralda cannot resist him, which is building him up to only get crushed, when she and her gypsy friend bring a barely conscious and injured Phoebus to the room. She asks to look out for him, and as she sets him down (and they are alone) she and Phoebus end up kissing, as he says he is not sure if his heart is pierced (and if anyone did, it is by her).

I know many people hate this kiss and Esmeralda and Phoebus as a couple, but......I do not. I think they work well together. Their relationship is underdeveloped, but they KNOW that and do not pretend like it is anything else. I do feel bad for Quasimodo in this scene, and it makes it only the more emotional. I actually like how he is a bit bitter when he talks to Phoebus later on in the film for "stealing his girl". It is clear that he is not ready for a relationship, and there is no chemistry with him and Esmeralda.

I know many people hate this kiss and Esmeralda and Phoebus as a couple, but……I do not. I think they work well together. Their relationship is underdeveloped, but they KNOW that and do not pretend like it is anything else. I do feel bad for Quasimodo in this scene, and it makes it only the more emotional. I actually like how he is a bit bitter when he talks to Phoebus later on in the film for “stealing his girl”. It is clear that he is not ready for a relationship, and there is no chemistry with him and Esmeralda.

Esmeralda and her friend have to leave, and Frollo (who realized Quasimodo is how she escaped) arrives to pay his adopted son a visit right after his lust target has left. He loses it on Quasimodo, throws the food off the table, and burns the mini statue he made about Esmeralda, telling Quasi that she is manipulating him with her dirty, gypsy spell. He reveals that he and his men found the Court of Miracles, and is planning to attack at dawn, and leaves. Phoebus (who was barely conscious) got out of the table and asks if he is going to go to the Court of Miracles with him. Still bitter, Quasimodo refuses to help Phoebus, as she has her knight in shining armor.

The two struggle to work together as he shows the captain the map, but there is smooth sailing after that. Phoebus realizes that they made it too far without a trap, which leads to the Court of Miracles song, where Clopin and the gypsies are so willing to kill them, knowing they are innocent. I am glad they are not portrayed as angels, and do get dirty. Esmeralda stops this, and tells them that her man and friend are their allies, with Phoebus warning them about Frollo coming. She runs and hugs him, and Phoebus looks at Quasimodo and pushes her off to not make the deformed man feel awkward.

Frollo and his men show up to arrest all the gypsies + Phoebus, and to tie Quasi to his room with a bunch of chains.  He cuts the gargoyles off (who was trying to encourage him to save the day), as he felt like he caused all of this. Esmeralda refuses an offer to be with Frollo (and spits in his face), so she is about to get burned, but Quasi breaks through the chains and jumps from the sky, swinging on the chain to grab her and to bring her back to his room. Phoebus and the other gypsies are released and the fight off the guards, with the Gargoyles throwing lava through the church (which proves these pests are real and not in Quasi’s imagination).

So Frollo is willing to stab Quasi as he realizes that Esmeralda “died”, but when he sees that his father is ready to stab him, he realizes everything the old man told him was a lie, and he is the bad one. Esmeralda wakes up, causing the deformed man to rush to her, and for Frollo to pick back up his sword. They end up in this long chase, with Frollo swinging the sword like a mad man. Quasi and Esme end up at the edge, and she is holding him up, with Frollo ready to kill them both, but he loses his balance and grabs onto a piece of the architecture, which breaks and smiles devilishly.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

 

Esmeralda loses grip of Quasi, causing him to fall, but to only be caught by Phoebus , who is a few levels down. She rushes down the floors to see her two men hug one another, which makes her feel warm inside and give off a genuine smile. She runs straight to Quasi and hugs him, right before he grabs their (her and Phoebus) hands and merges them, with them eventually kissing. I have heard many complain about this ending, but I do not see the big deal about it (though it would have paid off better if Esme was the protagonist). The couple runs outside to be cheered, but she runs back to grab a nervous Quasimodo, and brings him with everyone, to only be embraced by a little girl lifted up into everyone’s arm and cheered. The film ends with Esme, her goat and Phoebus cuddle together, and Quasi being carried through the town…by the entire town as Clopin sings a small reprise of Bells of Notre Dame.

This film does have it's issues. There is too much focus shifted away from Quasimodo and given to Esmeralda (which suffers form having the wrong character as the protagonist), and the tone form dark to comedic is done horribly. We still have great (though not the deepest) characters, an engaging and full plot, and some good animation. I would not call this a bad movie, and I am glad that it is going to be on Broadway, and growing a bigger following. I think this suffered financially from being released right after Pocahontas and Toy Story, and for it being something that a general audience would not attach to again.

This film does have its issues. There is too much focus shifted away from Quasimodo and given to Esmeralda (which suffers from having the wrong character as the protagonist), and the tone from dark to comedic is done horribly. We still have great (though not the deepest) characters, an engaging and full plot, and some good animation. I would not call this a bad movie, and I am glad that it is going to be on Broadway, and growing a bigger following. I think this suffered financially from being released right after Pocahontas and Toy Story, and for it being something that a general audience would not attach to again.

Characters

The characters are for the most part likable. While some of the characters are not the deepest and could have been better, some of the characters are standouts, while others (you ALL know who) are grating, which is the nicest thing to say about them.

I like him. I feel like he is an artistic, sympathetic character, who we can easily relate too, but that is also kind of a problem..... I do see the criticisms that his character is ONLY to feel sorry for, but nothing else. I think he is fine enough, but I do think he was built to be a tritagonist and a deuteragonsit. He cannot carry a film.

I like him. I feel like he is an artistic, sympathetic character, who we can easily relate too, but that is also kind of a problem….. I do see the criticisms that his character is ONLY to feel sorry for, but nothing else. I think he is fine enough, but I do think he was built to be a tritagonist and a deuteragonsit. He cannot carry a film.

She is one of the most proactive females; especially up to this point in the canon. She is a bit defensive, and overly violent, but she does have a big heart, and wants to be better than the typical dancer. She fights for what she likes, and fights hard, and that is relatable. Oh, and if any of you are willing to rip her to shreds in the comments about choosing Phoebus, I will be ready, and we could talk about it down there.

She is one of the most proactive females; especially up to this point in the canon. She is a bit defensive, and overly violent, but she does have a big heart, and wants to be better than the typical dancer. She fights for what she likes, and fights hard, and that is relatable. Oh, and if any of you are willing to rip her to shreds in the comments about choosing Phoebus, I will be ready, and we could talk about it down there.

I think I already covered as to why he is such a good villain. He is overly realistic, and one of those really old school, overly religious, prejudice christians, and will do anything to "cleanse the town". He is really dark, and you see him struggle to not release in his deepest fantasies. He is really good, and goes after what he wants, with any issue.

I think I already covered as to why he is such a good villain. He is overly realistic, and one of those really old school, overly religious, prejudice christians, and will do anything to “cleanse the town”. He is really dark, and you see him struggle to not release in his deepest fantasies. He is really good, and goes after what he wants, with any issue.

I really like him. He is snarky (just like Esmeralda), tough, really heroic, but he does have a naughty, semi perverted side to him. He is not prejudice about sex, race, or anything. He is very go with the flow, and does help out with the plot and the characters. He is one of the guys who will be good to kick it with a beer. He is funny and relatable without trying to be.

I really like him. He is snarky (just like Esmeralda), tough, really heroic, but he does have a naughty, semi perverted side to him. He is not prejudice about sex, race, or anything. He is very go with the flow, and does help out with the plot and the characters. He is one of the guys who will be good to kick it with a beer. He is funny and relatable without trying to be.

He is......alright. Kind of funny, and VERY anti-hero-ish. He knows everything about everyone, and does not really care about anything.

He is……alright. Kind of funny, and VERY anti-hero-ish. He knows everything about everyone, and does not really care about anything.

Treacherous, grating, and unfunny at best.

Treacherous, grating, and unfunny at best.

Animation

The animation is pretty good. The details in the town and the church is very 16th or 15th century, and the character designs are less cartoony, but not Pocahontas-level realistic, as they can give wide expressions. I do not like the CGI though, and I do think it makes the film look a lot weirder.

Music

The music is very good. It has a french, catholic theme to it, which is PERFECT, and all of the song (except Court of Miracles) have use and expand on the story and characters. They are not songs that are going to make you dance like the Aladdin soundtrack, but it is more sophisticated, and really works on the musical formula. This film should have been the last of the musical format, as the others after this did not use it well, and you could do without it.

Reception at Release

When the film came out on June 21, 1996, it was clear that the Renaissance was past its peak, and things were beginning to simmer.  A part of this had to do with it being released right after the disappointing Pocahontas, and this was no less controversial than that film. it opened to the #2 spot, but saw a decline as the weeks came on, making a disappointing, but bearable $100 million in the domestic box office. It made $225 million overseas, with a total of $325,338,851. It is still the 5th highest grossing film of the year, so there is still success.

Critically……I do not know if I would call it mixed to positive reviews…yeah, I will call it that. Most liked it more than Pocahontas, and there were not too many complaints. People liked it for its deep story, great music, and more adult themes, while others hated it for ruining the book, and confused as to why this is a children’s film.

When it comes to the accolades, it went on a HUGE downhill spiral since Pocahontas. It was still nominated for many awards, like Best Music (Academy Awards), An annie for Best Animated Film (Toy Story was its only competition, and this film suffered from being released a few months after this film), many other Annies for the individual achievement, voice acting, and won 7 awards from minor award ceremonies.

The soundtrack did do well; it reached 11 on the Billboard charts.

Reception Today

It is growing a bigger reception today, but it is still not seen as a classic. There is a musical that Disney is adapting off of this film, so it is a bigger improvement. It is known as being one of the darkest films in the canon, but many do not like this film for ruining the book. It is managing to age better since 1996.

Final Score

Story: 6.5/10

Characters: 7.5/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 9/10

= 31/40 = 78%

Next Time…

Review: August 11th, 2014

Review: August 11th, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Pocahontas

Walt Disney Animation Studio's 33rd feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 33rd feature film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is not very good. There is worse in is canon, but I think so much in this film is hollow. The plot is EXTREMELY slow paced to the point where barely anything happens in the first half, the characterization is not very strong, and I do not feel like they took much risks with this film. If it REALLY wanted to be a serious movie, it needs to have depth, and stuff that makes sense. It does have good music, pretty animation, and likable characters, but this film jumped the shark. While I do think this is the beginning of the end of the Disney Renaissance, it is not the beginning of the end of traditional animation (this film is not to blame for that, as Toy Story was released AFTER this film).

Production

Production for this film started on late 1990 when The Rescuers Down Under was about to be released. Down Under directors Mike Gabriel and Eric Golbeg created the idea on Thanksgiving about 2 people from clashing worlds falling in love, and Katzenberg immediately picked up the project because he was interested in a Romeo and Juliette-ish type of story. They travelled to the Algonquin tribe and Jamestown to accurately represent the natives in the movie, and for landscaping ideas for the film. The Powhatan Tribe would later release a statement about Disney refusing their input or suggestions for the film, and they are PISSED about it.

Things changed in 1992; right after Beauty and the Beast was nominated for Best Feature. Katzenberg saw Pocahontas as the next film that would be nominated and possibly won) Best Feature, so many changes were made to the film. The characters would be stylized more realistically, Pocahontas and John were made to be older, and A LOT more changes took place.

This was the hardest time for the studio, as Pocahontas and The Lion King were side by side the biggest projects they were working on, Aladdin was going through the theaters, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame was being picked up and starting development. Many worked on this film because as the years this and Lion King went through production, this movie was the A project, which will make them more money and awards.

The animals were supposed to talk, but John Candy died in 1994, having his character of a turkey removed, and all of the animals silent. Richard White was cast as Ratcliffe, but they were scared of him sounding too much like Gaston, so he was replaced by Stiers.

People say that the Renaissance and this film went down the drain because of Frank Wells dying in a crash in 1994; right before The Lion King was released, as he was the middle man between Roy Disney, Katzenberg, and Eisner. Another event that happened was that Katzenberg quitfired, left the studio in the fall of 1994 after he was not allowed to take Wells’ jobs. These 2 events are what is one of the reasons why things went downhill, and I disagree. Pocahontas was already in post production when Katzenberg left and most of the bad choices in this film were made BEFORE either of these events took place.

Story

The film starts with the song Virginia Company, which is about the men going on the boat journey “The Virginia Company” to get gold for their families. A young man named Thomas (Christian Bale) and 2 other men (Bill Connolly) are excited about getting gold and blasting Indians, and are excited to be joined by the head explorer, hero, and captain; John Smith (Mel Gibson). This quest is being led by government member Governor Ratcliffe (David Ogden Stiers).  A few weeks or months later, they are caught in a storm, and Thomas sails overboard, for John to heroically save him like a boss.

Ooh, the thrilling, dashing, and sdaring action this scene is giving would give anyone hope that this film would have a lot of action in it.....so not the case.

Ooh, the thrilling, dashing, and daring action this scene is giving would give anyone hope that this film would have a lot of action in it…..so not the case.

The men sing attempts to on Gibson’s part a reprise of Virginia Company, which they are all excited about so they can kill Indians (which John says to leave that to him), and to make money. John does not really see the big deal, because he has been to hundreds of other new worlds, and they are all the same.

So 4 months later, we are introduced to the Powhatan tribe via the song Steady as the Beating Drum, which is a very nice song, that wraps up their culture nicely. Chef Powhatan (Russel Means) and their form of military come back from defeating the Massawommacks, and he goes on to brag that a young soldier Kocoum (James Apaumut Fall) being the best of all. He wonders where his daughter is, and we are introduced to our heroine Pocahontas (Irene Bedard) by the wind and leaves swirling around her, as she stands on a high cliff. Nakoma (Michelle St. John) tells her that her father has returned, which excites her, and instead of taking the easy way down, she wants to be dramatic, and very the top, causing her to jump off the cliff and into the water.

After they play around for a bit, she tells Nakoma about a constant dream she has been having about a spinning arrow. They return to their tribe to see her father announce that there will be a feast for Kocoum’s bravery in the war. Nakoma fawns over him, but Pocahontas does not because he is so….serious. She reunites with her father, and they talk privately in his hut for a bit. She tells him about having a weird dream, and that she feels something exciting is about to happen, to which he replies that something is because Kocoum asked for her hand in marriage, and he agreed to it. She reacts like this…

I do hear the criticisms of the characters not being allowed to have facial expressions, and it is clear here. If this was Jasmine, there would have been A LOT more facial expression because of the character animation. Anyways, she does not like this because he is so serious, and she wants to be able to choose her own path. Didn't we go through this with Jasmine?

I do hear the criticisms of the characters not being allowed to have facial expressions, and it is clear here. If this was Jasmine, there would have been A LOT more facial expression because of the character animation.
Anyways, she does not like this because he is so serious, and she wants to be able to choose her own path. Didn’t we go through this with Jasmine?

Her father tells her that she needs to settle down and to play her role as the daughter of a chief. He gives her her dead mother’s necklace, as she wanted Poca to wear it when she got married. One thing I WILL give this film, is that they do address the deceased or missing parent. He sings about how the rivers last so long because they are steady (like what she needs to be). She then jumps in a canoe and sings Just Around the Riverbend, and this is one of the best songs in the movie. It expresses her being indecisive, not knowing what to make out of her life, and what to do. She likes to follow her instincts and to explore, but she does not know what she is exploring for.

She pays a visit to a tree named Grandmother Willow (Linda Hunt) and why the fuck do we have talking trees in a realistic world but in the 1600s? she tells Pocahontas to Listen to her Heart, which is so coincidental when a boat shows up. John Smith is up and out of the ship as soon as possible to explore the new land, and we learn that Ratcliffe is using the boys to get the gold, and to steal it from all of them. We know that this is his last chance to not be a laughing stock in council too late. Poca follows the ship, and has an eye orgasm when she sees the unfamiliar and attractive blonde and pale man in front of her.

Mmmmmhhhmmmm. You notice that it has been 20 minutes, and nothign has happened yet/ You have to wait another 20 minutes (the MID POINT) of the film for them to meet up. Herewould have been the perfect time for them to meet and develop their relationship omre, giving the extra time to developing the other characters and developing the other conflicts, but what do we get....20 minutes of gold digging (literally), John runnigng around lie he has ants in his pants, and Pocahontas stalking him like a thirsty fangirl.

Mmmmmhhhmmmm.
You notice that it has been 20 minutes, and nothing has happened yet? You have to wait another 20 minutes (the MID POINT) of the film for them to meet up. Here would have been the perfect time for them to meet and develop their relationship more, giving the extra time to developing the other characters and developing the other conflicts, but what do we get….20 minutes of gold digging (literally), John running around like he has ants in his pants, and Pocahontas stalking him like a thirsty fangirl.

So Pocahontas’ raccoon Meeko (John Kassir) runs in to John, which causes him to whip out his sword out of first instinct. He ends up liking the animal, but soon returns to Ratcliffe to only be told to handle and to get rid of the Indians that are nearby. So we get to the mediocre at best and the silliest song of the movie, Mine, Mine, Mine. Governor sings about wanting to glitter in riches, and hoping to be lord, as his greed for the gold and wealth takes over. John also sings about wanting adventure and land. Really? This is our villain? If we are going to have a serious movie, we need a serious villain, and Ratcliffe is SO not a serious villain. Why couldn’t we have 2 groups of people’s prejudice being the leading conflict, and not a greedy, unaccomplished fat man be the SOLE person responsible?

Pocahontas has been following John for hours, and he senses that something is following him. He prepares his gun, and as soon as Pocahontas goes to follow him, he jumps on a rock, and ready to shoot the thing up, but as he is a muscle away from shooting, he stops because he sees a beautiful girl. How shallow.  Pocahontas has this fear overcome her, so she runs away from him, but he aggressively (not trying to be so) grabs her, so she will not leave.

While Poca and John are getting more than comfortable with one another, the Natives and Settlers get into a full out shoot fight, with one of the natives getting shot, and they found the treatment unknown, and did not know how to treat him. So, did they let him die?

While Poca and John are getting more than comfortable with one another, the Natives and Settlers get into a full out shoot fight, with one of the natives getting shot, and they found the treatment unknown, and did not know how to treat him. So, did they let him die?

John and Pocahontas are talking about how they find their names weird, and how to have a handshake and…..oh shit, I almost forgot. When Pocahontas comes out of the canoe, she listens with her heart, and is SUDDENLY able to speak English. What the fuck? This is the most pathetic cheapshot I have ever seen to get out of a language barrier in film. So anyways, this boring conversation ends up with John calling her people uncivilized, savages, and that they are going to build a bunch of buildings and to teach them how to use their land and how to live. I already discussed their relationship here so I do not need to recap everything about their relationship. She walks off from him, but he follows her, and this leads to Colors of the Wind.

Ichabod and Mr Crane

Suddenly everything he based his lengthy and successful career off of, and how he was raised to be prejudice against Natives is changed because he caught feelings for a girl, and a few hours will undo EVERYTHING YOU KNOW. Right……. -_-. This is extremely contrived, and it only makes his character come off as flatter and more unrelatable. Colors of the Wind is a nice song, though it is really preachy.

So she hears the emergency horn, and is about to leave, but he grabs her, begging, needing to see her again. You could feel the lust (and nothing else) between them. A few days has gone by, and they are both a bit down, which their people notice. John has had enough and randomly goes to look for Pocahontas, and finds her at the corn fields. Nakoma loses her top, and Pocahontas asks her to cover for her right before they go off. Kocoum arrives and asks Nakoma where his fiance is? He says that she needs to stop running around, and that Nakoma is the only one she will listen to.

The couple walk around the forest, and John is fascinated by it. He soon realizes that there is no gold on the land (as Pocahontas thought Corn was gold). He chuckles as he knows some of the settlers will lose it and might go home, causing her to ask sadly if he will go home. He reveals that he has nowhere to call home. This shows a different side to John that could…no, SHOULD have been explored by to make him more relatable, but they never do. He soon enough meets Grandmother Willow.

Our reaction to some of the weirdness that is in this film. I want to bring up that many complain about Belle being inconsistently animated, but if oyu look at John Smith, he is inconsistent too. One moment, his face is really squinty, and his eyes and nose are thin, but then he had very bluw and wide eyes, with a huge nose. Really look at him, and you will see different character looks.

Our reaction to some of the weirdness that is in this film. But with better and more varied facial expressions.
I want to bring up that many complain about Belle being inconsistently animated, but if you look at John Smith, he is inconsistent too. One moment, his face is really squinty, and his eyes and nose are thin, but then he had very blue and wide eyes, with a huge nose. Really look at him, and you will see different character looks.

So Willow ends up liking him, as he has a good soul. His 2 older settlers go looking for him, but Willow soon gets rid of them. Realizing that the entire group will look for him, he parts ways with Pocahontas and tells her to meet him there tonight so he can poke her hontas, as he caresses her cheek. Poca is very indecisive about whether she should be with him, though she knows her father will not approve, but she feels like she is doing the right thing.

They both go to their groups to tell them that they do not need to fight one another, but Ratcliffe refuses and tells Smith (who reveals he met a native) that if anyone does not fight with them, they will be tried for treason. Pocahontas tries to convince her father (who brought many of the neighboring tribes to help them fight the settlers off) to talk to one of them, but he refuses and says that she needs to learn to stay in her place. This of course leads to them meeting later that night to warn one another and in the worst time, they end up making out.

Kocuom and Thomas followed them and the former attacks Smith in a crazy outrage, and pushes Pocahontas to the floor when she tries to separate them. Thomas (who has been seen as a disappointment the entire time) loads his gun and kills Kocoum.

At least my hair is still laid like a boss.

At least my hair is still laid like a boss.

John tells Thomas to bounce, and he takes the cover for him, as the natives run to the sight. Smith gets captured to be beheaded in the morning, and Powhatan yells at his daughter for her foolishness and her recklessness. You see, she is not perfect. Whens he does something wrong, it is acknowledged as wrong. Nakoma tells Pocahontas that she told Kocoum to go after her as she was worried about her friend. Feeling bad, she takes Pocahontas to the tent John is in, where they sing If I Never Knew You (which was cut because children thought it was boring in an early screening, but it is an important song).  In the song, They both practically say that they found their other half in each other (which is kind of strange, since we almost never see them talk about themselves instead of their culture, but maybe that was off screen). During the song, they are caressing one another, leaning on each other, and inches away from one another’s face. Neither one has regrets about meeting each other, as they would be empty if they never knew each other.

Thomas returns to camp to tell everyone that Smith was captured. Ratcliffe uses this as an opportunity to kill off the Natives to get the gold. This leads to the song Savaages, with both sides singing their hatred for one another (the lyrics are very weird in this song),with Pocahontas joining in the song to sing about what to do. She eventually runs as she looks at an arrow (the one in her dream), and she realizes her path; to stop a war and save John Smith’s life. As soon as Powhatan is about to club Smith, Pocahontas lays over him and demands her father to stop.

At first, he does not, but she yells at him about letting hatred take him over and with it leading them to a path that is not good. He is convinced and lifts his club up. Ratclife tells them to shoot Powhatan, but they do not because he did not kill Smith. He does not care, and grabs a gun; ready to shoot at Powhatan, but Smith jumps in and takes the bullet. He ends up having to go to Britain, and everyone prepares to send him off. Pocahontas and her tribe return to the sight (with food), and as John is about to go tho the boat, she approaches and gives him some medicine. Apparently, it will be more safe and better if he is on a ship for 4 months than to be treated in Virginia. He is welcomed by Powhatan, and Smith asks Pocahontas to go with him. She realizes that they have to be apart, as her people need her, and he needs to be taken care of.

They have a steamy make out session before he is put on the boat. It is too emotional for her, so she runs as close as she can to the ship, and they wave Wingapo style, and we end with a portrait of Pocahontas watching him leave on a cliff.

I admit it; this movie has some issues. The characterization is not that good, the story is almost plotless in the first half, and overly fast and contrived in the second half. It suffered from adding nothing new to the formula (as I do think being a musical benefits it), and was a lot shallower as it was supposed to be. More needed to happen, and more depth needed to be given. It does have a few standout and optional moments, with the characters being somewhat likable, but......they tried too hard to make it Oscar worthy, and made it worse. Those exec and company meetings (where they would have advertisers criticize things during development) really backfired.

I admit it; this movie has some issues. The characterization is not that good, the story is almost plotless in the first half, and overly fast and contrived in the second half. It suffered from adding nothing new to the formula (as I do think being a musical benefits it), and was a lot shallower as it was supposed to be. More needed to happen, and more depth needed to be given. It does have a few standout and optional moments, with the characters being somewhat likable, but……they tried too hard to make it Oscar worthy, and made it worse. Those exec and company meetings they had (where they would have advertisers criticize things during development) really backfired. The Disney Renaissance never really recovered from this, though some of it’s successors hold up just as well as the “Big 4″.

Characters

The characters in this film are………..decent at best. While I do like a majority of them, I have to admit…they are pretty flat. There is not much to these characters, and I felt like they were too afraid as to how to handle them, just in case they offend people.

Like I said above, she is not the typical adventurous girl who wants mre. She is also not secure about herself (which is rare), and I do relate to her in the part that she wants to find her place in the world. She is a bit carefree, but knows when to drop things, and is very passionate about the environment and the envoromnent. I do wish there was more depth to her and more for her to work with.

Like I said above, she is not the typical adventurous girl who wants more. She is also not secure about herself (which is rare with Disney heroines), and I do relate to her in the part that she wants to find her place in the world. She is a bit carefree, but knows when to drop things, and is very passionate about the environment and her people. I do wish there was more depth to her and more for her to work with.

Oh my goodness. He is at first a cocky, ruggish, confident man who proves to be masculine and is proud of being known as the Savage killer, but as soom as he meets Pocahontas, he changes ENTIRELY #pussywhipped. He know is disgusted when his men mention harming the savages. and taking the gold. His development is incredibly rough, and we barely know much about him. He says a line about being lonely, but they NEVER focus on it. If they did that, and gave him a bit more explanation as to why he needs to be macho, then he would be much more likable, though I...do...like....him.

Oh my goodness. He is at first a cocky, ruggish, confident man who proves to be masculine and is proud of being known as the Savage killer, but as soon as he meets Pocahontas, he changes ENTIRELY #PussyWhipped. He is now is disgusted when his men mention harming the savages. and taking the gold. His development is incredibly rushed, and we barely know much about him. He says a line about being lonely, but they NEVER focus on it. If they did that, and gave him a bit more explanation as to why he needs to be macho, then he would be much more likable, though I…do…like….him.

He is a pompous joke. He is not that good of a villain, and he is desperate for fame and wealth, as he ahs been proven to be a fool. I can't even love to hate him,. I do not even see why we need a villain, and he is such a half assed one too.

He is a pompous joke. He is not that good of a villain, and he is desperate for fame and wealth, as he has been proven to be a fool. I can’t even love to hate him. I do not even see why we need a villain, and he is such a half assed one too.

He is the typical naive youth, who wants to be seen as a man. He is decent, but not important enough o be given much focus.

He is the typical naive youth, who wants to be seen as a man. He is decent, but not important enough to be given much focus, and is only a plot device to kill Kocoum.

She is very practical and serious. especially compared ot Pocahontas. She is unfortunately only a plot device to get Kocoum to go to John and Pocahontas, which will get him killed.

She is very practical and serious. especially compared to Pocahontas. She is unfortunately only a plot device to get Kocoum to go to John and Pocahontas, which will get him killed.

He is...very...eh. He is the typical leader who wants to do the best for his kingdom. He is very traditional, but very....eh.

He is…very…eh. He is the typical leader who wants to do the best for his kingdom. He is very traditional, but very….eh.

She is the mother figure that Pocahontas needs. I do like her, and is the side character that is worth remembering.

She is the mother figure that Pocahontas needs. I do like her, and is the side character that is worth remembering.

Animation

The animation is beautiful. The backgrounds have the most lush details and colors, and it really looks fascinating. I do like the realistic touch on the character designs (though the native girls needed more of a nose). What I do not like was that they were not allowed to be given emotion through their animation, unlike Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and all of the film’s predecessors and successors. Everything else about it is amazing.

Music

The music is pretty good, but not as good as I thought it was. The lyrics in some songs are very weird (Savages, some in Colors of the Wind). The score is really good, as it either has the 1600s British score, or the native score. Most of the songs in there do have purpose, and add something to the characters. About the musical format, I do think it mostly worked here, but this is one of the reasons why the Renaissance ended. I think they should have ended the musicals with Hunchback, because the 3 after that movie did not benefit from the musical format.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on June 23rd, 1995, it was a financial success. It has the hugest premiere for ANY movie, and it made roughly around the same that Beauty and the Beast did 3 and a half years beforehand; with $141,579,773  domestically, and $204,500,000 overseas, with a total amount of  $346,079,773 worldwide; $5 million less than Beauty and the Beast. The issue is that they expected this film to be a huger success than The Lion King, and it made a lot less than that film and Aladdin (though more than The Little Mermaid).

When it came to the reviews………..it received mixed reviews; which was shocking to the studio. It got criticism for being an overall plotless film with bland characters, an offensive portrayal of American history, and SO MUCH MORE. It was praised for it’s soundtrack, as it is the only soundtrack other than Lion King to top the charts, and currently sold the same amount as BatB and Aladdin’s soundtracks.

It won the pattern of 2 Academy Awards (Best Score, and Best Song for Colors of the Wind), and this wold be the last film in the Renaissance to win as many awards, and to get the duo awards that was given to all 4 of it’s predecessors. It won a few Annies (one for Best Animated Feature which took place before Toy Story was even released, and was nominated and won countless of other awards, either for technological achievements, or the soundtrack.

Many people started to catch on that Disney was using and reusing a formula in each of the films, which would cause all the films that were developed since 1995 (Tarzan and the films after) to have a different style.

Reception Today

The reception today is not….really….good. It is seen as being the beginning of the end of the Renaissance. the beginning of the downfall of WDAS, and to a few, the beginning of the end of traditional animation. The studio does not have this film mentioned much, not much merchandise on it (though she is a Disney Princess, who appears the least on that merchandise). It is not buried like The Black Cauldron, and it is remembered, but most of that is for its music and animation. Many are offended about how it gave a slap in the face to the American history. Oh, I forgot to mention, it did well enough to spawn a sequel in 1998.

Final Score

Story: 5.5/10

Characters: 6/10

Animation: 7.5/10

Music: 8/10

= 27/40 = 68% (It only got this high because of the animation and music)

Next Time…

Review: August 4th, 2014

Review: August 4th, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: The Lion King

Walt Disney Animation Studio's 32nd feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 32nd feature film.

http://www.cornel1801.com/disney/Lion-King-1994/movie-film.html

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it has never been one of my favourites or first picks, and it still is not. Something about this film always…….bored me, and now I realize what it is; Simba. The plot is really good and establishes the theme of Circle of Life, though I do think it gets a bit too choppy. A great film, sure, but I do not really see how this is the Magnum Opus.

Production

The idea for this film was conceived in late 1988 when they were promoting Oliver and Company. Katzenberg, Disney (Roy), and Schneider came up with an idea of a film in Africa. In November of that ear, a story called King of the Kalahari was brought to the company, and from then, it was confirmed. The story was going to be very different from the one we got now; with Timon and Pumba being Simba’s childhood friends, Scar being the leader of the baboons, and Simba turning into a horrible character after Mufasa’s death.

Around 1991/1992, the film was changed to be a musical, which caused conflicts amongst the crew, and caused some of them to leave. Disney’s B team was working on this film at the time, as everyone else was more excited for Pocahontas, as they thought the latter would be the bigger success. They took a trip to Africa in 1991 for inspiration in the drawings and the script.  The real development of the film started when Pocahontas did in 1990 (as in the 88 board meeting, Aladdin was chosen over The Lion King). In 1992, many changes were made to the film, which ended up being the final product that we have now.

Many of the workers did not want to be working on this film, and it was seen as a secondary project; like The Rescuers Down Under. They brought lions in the studio (like they did with Bambi in the 40s) to study animal movement and behavior.

Story

So the movie starts with the entire Pride Land going to Pride rock to meet Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and Sarabi (Madge Sinclair)’s newborn son and future king Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Matthew Broderick), and this all carries through the song of Circle of Life (which is the theme of the entire film), which is a good song. Rafiki (Robert Guillaume) walked up to the baby to put some fruit juice on him, and raising him for the entire Pride to see.

Uncle of Simba and distant brother of Mufasa, Scar (Jeremy Irons) missed out on his nephew’s presentation to the kingdom. Mufasa’s messenger Zazu (Rowan Atkinson) lets Scar know about Mufasa’s arrival, for him to be almost eaten by Scar. When Mufasa shows up, he demands his right hand ass kisser man to be let go. He is pissed that his brother was not at the event, and Scar retaliated by him being the first in line, before the hairball was born, and they have an exchange about not turning their back on one another. They almost fight, but Scar throws a passive aggressive remark of Mufasa getting the strength of the family, while he got the brains.

I love how you can feel the oozing tension and disdain between the two of them. They interact like siblings who have an intense rivalry.

I love how you can feel the oozing tension and disdain between the two of them. They interact like siblings who have an intense rivalry.

Years later, Simba runs to his father in dawn to obnoxiously wake him up for their lesson. Mufasa spends the morning teaching Simba about the rise and fall of a king, with Mufasa telling his son that he will fall tomorrow for Simba to rise, and also about the Circle of Life, and how everything has a balance and cycle.As Zazu explains to the older man about the status of the kingdom, they share another father-son moment, when Mufasa teaches Simba how to hunt. Mufasa has to leave to get rid of the Hyenas, causing Simba to go to Scar. It is so clear that Scar dislikes Simba in this little scene. Scar accidentally reveals to the cub about the Elephant Yard, and to never go there; knowing he will go there (he made a plan for the Hyenas to kill Simba there).

Simba runs to his satellite love interest who is only in 3 scenes friend Nala (Nikita Calame and Moira Kelly) who is getting a bath from her mother Sarafina (Zoe Leader) who was probably having a gossip session about how their prophet Mufasa is really good providing for them and the tribe; if you know what I mean. He is the only man in the tribe, and the sole male lion conceives with all the other female lions. Simba is forced to take a bath, and when he asks them for him and Nala to go to the “waterhole”, his mother agrees, only for Zazu to go with them.

You see, children in films in general fits in under 3 categories: 1. Unbelievably bland 2. Unbelievably obnoxious 3. An actual realistic, complex child Simba falls under the second category, and that shows in I Just Can't Wait to be King. He is ot overly irritating, but he talks about how he wants to be a "main event", and everythign about him. Poeple say that ALL children act liek that, but that is a stereotype to children, as I amd most of the other children do not act like this. I am glad they toned the obnoxiousness of Simba down after this.

You see, children in films in general fits in under 3 categories:
1. Unbelievably bland
2. Unbelievably obnoxious
3. An actual realistic, complex child
Simba falls under the second category, and that shows in I Just Can’t Wait to be King. He is to overly obnoxious, but he talks about how he wants to be a “main event”, and everything about him. People say that ALL children act like that, but that is a stereotype to children, as I and most of the other children do not act like this. I am glad they toned the obnoxiousness of Simba down after this.

Simba and Nala manage to ditch Zazu, and they play around aggressively, only for Nala to constantly pin him to the floor, They end up falling into the Elephant grave, and getting into trouble with the Hyenas. Zazu catches up to them, and the hyenas taunt Simba. Soon enough, Mufasa shows up to beat their ass. He is pissed at Simba for disobeying him and for dragging Nala into a dangerous situation as well. I do understand Simba wanted to do this to be brave, but COMMON FUCKING SENSE. He demands Zazu to take Nala home so he can teach Simba a lesson about the Kings being in the sky after they die, and that you are not brave for looking for trouble. They end up playing around, while Scar is planning their deaths, who is not pleased that they failed at killing Simba.

He has planned to kill his nephew for 2 consecutive days now. Has he been doing this from the day he was born?

He has planned to kill his nephew for 2 consecutive days now, and tried it for 2 consecutive days. Has he been doing this from the day he was born?

So Scar gets Simba to come with him to the gorge, and for him to wait there because his father has a surprise for him. I am confused; it seems like Simba and Scar see on another often, which is weird since Scar clearly hates Simba, and Mufasa knows that. Anyways, Scar has his hyenas on the grass fields to scare the crap out of the wildebeests to run into the gorge to trample BOTH Simba and Mufasa. The plan is successful, as Simba is running from the herd, and Scar tells Mufasa that Simba is in the gorge where the stampede is, leading the older lion to go there.

Mufasa manages to save Simba, and clutch onto a cliff for dear life, but his brother shows up and takes out the King with this quote “Long live the king”, throwing him off to his death by being trampled by all those wildebeests, with Simba screaming as he saw his father fall to his death. After the gorge is empty, Simba runs to his father to attempt to wake him up, only for Scar to show up and to blame everything on Simba.

PLOTHOLE. There is an issue with this. Scar BROUGHT SIMBA to the gorge, and TOLD HIM to wait there. He did as what he was told. How is this his fault? Simba is not that young to forget the events? This is not a small issue, because the rest of the film is based off of this error.

PLOTHOLE. There is an issue with this. Scar BROUGHT SIMBA to the gorge, and TOLD HIM to wait there. He did as what he was told. How is this his fault? Simba is not that young to forget the events? This is not a small issue, because the rest of the film is based off of this error.

So Scar tells Simba to run off (with the hyenas trying to kill him), and hat causes him to pass out and almost get eaten by vultures, to be saved by Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella). Oh lord; I am going to say that these two are not as funny as they were when I was younger. They keep him because it will be good to have a lion on their side -_-. So they get Simba, and get him to stay with them. He is soon revealed ot have learned the lesson of Hakuta Matata (no worries; leave your past behind, have no responsibilities), and spends half of his life with this lesson. So Simba is an adult, who eats worms, has no cares, and practically no personality from when he was a child or at all.

Timon and Pumbaa end up coming cross a lioness, who is extremely hungry, but is stopped when he get a fight with Simba (who went to protect his friends). Because he lost to a girl and got pinned, he realized that it is Nala. Timon gets jealous that their trio has turned into a quartet…to only turn into a duo, when Nala and Simba want to talk and hang out on their own. Pumbaa has no issue with this, but is convinced by Timon that their trio will be down to two; via the song Can You Feel The Love.

There is a big chance that they consummated their love during this song.

There is a big chance that they consummated their love during this song.

While all of that is happening it is revealed that there is a drought in the kingdom, causing many to die off, or leave the pride. Scar is not doing anything about it because he is king, and wants his title. So after Simba and Nala pulled a Lady and the Tramp Bella Notte move, they get into an argument about him abandoning his duties as a king, and he tells her to screw off because she does not understand something about an event, that…never happened the way he thought it happened.

Simba walks away from Nala to only bump into Rafiki; who he thinks is a nut. He practically tells Simba that his father lives in him, and that he needs to learn from his past after facing it. Mufasa comes from the sky (like he told him all the previous kings are there when they die) to tell him to go and fulfill his destiny. So he runs, runs, and runs to the Pride Rock, and to return when Scar and Sarabi get into an exchange about the Pride needing to leave the rock because there is no food, and Sarabi spitting out that Mufasa is twice the king Scar is, resulting in a slap in the face.

Simba goes to confront Scar, for his nerves to only settle in as Scar reveals that Simba is the “reason” why Mufasa is dead, causing for everyone to be shocked. Simba is about to fall, and Scar is ready for the kill, but he reveals moments before he is about to throw Simba off that he tells the young man that his old uncle is the reason why Mufasa is dead, causing him to leap and yell “MURDERER”. So here is how it goes down; the hyenas fight the lionesses, Simba and Scar go at it, and when Simba has the advantage, he tells Scar to leave, but only for Scar to throw s crispy fire dust at him, leading into an epic battle. Simba kicks Scar off the cliff, to be eaten by hyenas (to cower out of being killed, he blamed everything on the Hyenas).

Simba reclaims his throne, and his daughter Kiara is born a few days/weeks/months after.

I think the theme is good, and for the most part, it is pulled off very well. Most things that happen in the film has a reasonable explanation, but the plothole of Simba thinking it is his fault makes no sense. No way of getting around it. I do think the pacing of certain things were a bit too jarring, but  have seen a lot worse. I do not think this film is the best, and could have been a bit smoother in pacing and a bit stronger in characterization. I think it is a bit overrated.

I think the theme is good, and for the most part, it is pulled off very well. Most things that happen in the film has a reasonable explanation, but the plothole of Simba thinking it is his fault makes no sense. No way of getting around it. I do think the pacing of certain things were a bit too jarring, but I have seen a lot worse. I do not think this film is the best, and could have been a bit smoother in pacing and a bit stronger in characterization. I think it is a bit overrated.

Characters

The characters in this film are likable and do their job well enough. The cast work well with one another, but I wish some of the characters have better characterization.

Simba

Simba is……….eh. I could never really get into his character; even when I was little. He is the typical, spoiled child (which ALMOST becomes too much), but then in the second half, he becomes this passive, boring adult. I get that he is traumatized, but you do not lose ALL of your personality beforehand. I wish there was MORE to him than his plot. Not the best, and not a very strong or engaging  main character.

Mufasa

It is sad that he died. He is a clearly strong leader, and will get to scrapping if someone tests him. He admits that he does have fears, and likes things in the right order. He is a good lion.

Scar

Scar is a good villain. He is desperate to be a king, but it is clear that he does not have the traits to be one. When he becomes a king, he does not really do all the necessary things he has to do to run a successful kingdom , as he only rubs the title of the job, but not do the duties. He got what he wanted, and is overall lazy person, but is motivated by hate and jealousy to get what he wants.

Nala

She is in the film to be a satellite love interest. She is shown to be physically strong, and willing to have fun sometimes, but she has little to no importance in the film, and can be removed from it with little to nothing changing.

Timon

I never realized how over the top and irritating he is. He is actually pretty selfish. I could do without him.

Pumbaa

He is less over the top and more sympathetic than Timon.

Sarabi

She is the typical supportive mother. She has a lot of dignity which is shown when she is dealing with Scar.

Animation

The animation is pretty good too. The CGI has not aged as bad as its predecessors and successors in the era. The colors are really nice, and the backgrounds are not overly detailed but the perfect amount to give it the lush African feeling. It is the most consistent CAPS animation yet.

Music

The music is pretty damn good. I like the African theme, and they went ALL THE WAY with it, which is shown in the score and the songs. No modern day songs. It was interesting that they had some songs with the characters singing it, and the others are sung by musicians that are not characters in the movie.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on June 15th, 1994 (limited), and June 24th 1994  worldwide, it was HUGE. It had the 4th biggest opening EVER, and grew to make $312,855,561 domestically, and $455,800,000 overseas, causing them to make a RECORD BREAKING $768,600,000 internationally. Not to take anything from the smash success of this film,  but it came out of theaters………a bit before Pocahontas came out. I am not joking. 

Anyways, it received universal acclaim, just like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid. Many considered it to the the animated lion version of Hamlet, for being so deep, and many said that it was the Magnum Opus of the studio. They found Mufasa’s death very ballsy, and many thought that it was more mature than the previous films.

When it comes to the awards, it was nominated for 4 Golden Globes and Academy Awards (Best Song for Hakuta Matata, Circle of Life, and won for Can You Feel the Love). Like Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, it won an Annie for Best Animated Feature. Just to sum it up, it was nominated and won a bunch of awards.

When it comes to the soundtrack, it is the first (out of two) to TOP the Billboard charts. It became a Diamond record as well.

Reception Today

Today, it is seen as the Best Disney film to many people at least until Frozen was released; though I do not know why. It was the highest grossing film of the canon (until Frozen about 4 months ago), and is still the highest grossing traditionally animated film. There are 2 sequels, a VERY successful broadway show. There was a TV show about Timon and Pumba, many rides on theme parks, and many games for it. It has been rereleased many times, boosting its box office to $900 million. It is pretty much the biggest cash cow in the company.

Final Score

Story: 7.5/10

Characters: 7/10

Animation: 9/10

Music: 8/10

= 31.5/40 = 79%

Next Time…

Review: July 28th, 2014

Review: July 28th, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Aladdin

Walt Disney Animation Studio's 31st feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 31st feature film.

I just wanted to say first off, that it has officially been a year (to the day) since I have started this blog. I would like to think everyone who has supported me from the beginning (Animation Commendation, Swanpride, others) for giving me the motivation to go on, and for assuring me that I am doing something right, and I would like to thank all the other commenters and viewers who have joined me over the year. This has been a fun ride, and I am glad that the review of Aladdin will be on the first anniversary of AnimatedKid’s blog. I will post an Anniversary blog, since I know you clicked this post for my review of Aladdin, so let’s get to it.

http://www.tubeplus.me/movie/28147/Aladdin/

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is pretty great. It has a really strong romantic relationship, engaging and characterized characters, a fast paced plot, and it is good to look at. While I do not like the holes that Genie brings to the films and all the aged pop culture references, this film still has heart more than the DreamWorks bullshit that Katzenberg tried to rub in this film.

Production

Production for this film stated in 1988 (a year after BatB did, and 3 years before TLM did) as Howard Ashman brought it to a pitch, with a few songs that were helped completed by Alan Menken, and a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton, and the animators John Musker and Ron Clements chose this out of the 2 other sketches; The Lion King, and a Swan Lake adaption. A full screenplay was brought to Katzenberg (I do not know if it was before or after Ashman passed away), and he told them to rework it. Aladdin was changed from 13 to 18 (to add sex appeal) and to be rougher in personality, his mother was cut out, Jasmine is a stronger character and has much more prominence in the film, a british parrot was turned into Iago; so practically, make it more 1992 and celeb voices.

Agrabah was inspired by the town of one of the crew members; the city being named Istafan, Iran. Genie was created with Robin Williams in mind, and he accepted the job, though he was working on 2 live action films at the same time. He went on the project for SAG pay ($75,000) so he would not be used for promotion (since he was going to sell the film Toys), but of course Disney refused and did the opposite, having Robin Williams #Anti-Disney for about 5 years, and after Katzenberg got the boot.

I mentioned in the Beauty and the Beast review that Howard Ashman died of AIDS in early 1991, but while the former could go on with no problem, Aladdin went through MANY changes. Aladdin (the character) was changed to be older and sexier (being based off Tom Cruise and Calvin Klein models), the main focus of the movie was the romance of him and Jasmine, mother was cut out, many of his songs were cut, since they went a different direction with the film, and having to replace the lyricist with Tim Rice, who wrote 3 songs for the film. They pretty much started over. The Thief of Bagdad was used for inspiration for this film as well.

Story

So the film starts with the song Arabian Nights, which is talking about how the people there will fuck you up if they do not like your face, and it is hot in a lot of good ways (wink wink, nudge nudge). We get a peddler (Robin Williams) who is trying to sell the lamp, and tells that it changes a boy’s life. People thought this scene was useless, but the execs always planned to make sequels from this film (which is why he closes King of Thieves).

We meet Jafar (Jonathan Freeman) and Iago (Gilbert Gottfried) and we automatically gel with how well they work off one another. They are trying to find the diamond in the rough to get the lamp, and grow frustrated, when another man fails to get the lamp, as he is gutter trash instead of a diamond in the rough.

We meet Jafar (Jonathan Freeman) and Iago (Gilbert Gottfried) and we automatically gel with how well they work off one another. They are trying to find the diamond in the rough to get the lamp, and grow frustrated, when another man fails to get the lamp, as he is gutter trash instead of a diamond in the rough.

It is morning and we are introduced to our hero Aladdin (Scot Weinger) through the song One Jump Ahead, which shows him running from the guards for stealing a loaf of bread. It is established that he is the bottom of the social chain in town, has no parents, is broke, and he only steals to eat, so he can live. It is a fun song and a good enough intro. Him and his BFF/pet Abu (Frank Welker) are about to eat their bread, but then they see 2 orphaned children looking through the trash to get food, so he gives the bread to them, as he feels bad for them.

The children run to the street where a prince is about to go to the palace of Princess Jasmine (Linda Larkin) to be her suitor. He is about to whip the children, but Aladdin steps in and tells him that he has no manners, to only be kicked to the ground and into dirt. Everyone laughs at him, and he eventually sings a reprise of One Jump Ahead, which is about there being so much more to him, and that he is not just a street rat. We see he has some serious insecurity issues that he needs to work out. He foreshadows about being rich and living in a palace.

The next morning, Jasmine sends the prince packing, with his underwear revealed thanks to a bite her tiger Rajah left in his pants. The Sultan (Douglas Seale) sighs from his daughter’s badassery disobedience, and talks to her about needing to get married, since the law is she has to be married to a prince by her 16th birthday; which is only 3 days away. She thinks the law is wrong, and wants to be able to make her own decisions, as she is extremely sheltered and has never done a thing of her own.

I have to say, out of all the Father-daughter relationships that have been forced amongst us in this era, I think I prefer them the best. They are all the individuals have, and they never really argue and fight, and they seem more considerate of one another and calm, unlike Ariel and Triton. I also realized that Jasmine and Pocahontas have the same goal; to choose their own path.

I have to say, out of all the Father-daughter relationships that have been (and will be) forced amongst us in this era, I think I prefer them the best. They are all the individuals have, and they never really argue and fight, and they seem more considerate of one another and calm, unlike Ariel and Triton. I also realized that Jasmine and Pocahontas have the same goal; to choose their own path.

The Sultan rants to his vizier Jafar, who secretly despises him. He gets the Sultan’s ring by hypnotizing it, so he can find the diamond in the rough. Him and Iago go to their lair to look for the diamond in the rough, and it is revealed that they are plotting behind The Sultan’s back to take over. Jasmine sneaks out to leave, and has a saddening goodbye to her pet tiger and her only BFF.

The morning after, Jasmine is wandering the Agrabahin streets, and she is really curious and a bit overwhelmed with how the other people are interacting, and how the town is. Aladdin takes notice of her, and realizes that she is a hottie. Abu already knows he is lust-struck, but things get crazy when Jasmine gives a little boy an apple from the Market, not knowing about needing to pay. She is about to get her hand amputated, but he comes to her rescue and she goes along with his plan to trick the merchant out of the apple situation she managed to get into. This scene shows that they work great together and both adapt really well in any situation.

Since she has no home, she decides to go to the hot ass’ house, and they start talking which only really happened in a disney princess couple for….Belle and Beast, and even that was half assed. They make it through the slums of Agrabah, and they are already staring at one another lustfully. So she thanks him for saving her, and he says it is no problem. He tries to get to know her, and compliments her on standing out. She refuses to tell him anything about her past life, but he becomes more turned on as she hops between houses through a stick, and says she is a “fast learner”.

So they talk about how they feel trapped, and they feel sorry for one another. Aladdin tries to make a move on her by any means necessary, and she has no issue as she encourages him to take his move. Thy are about to make out before the guards show up. I wonder what the hell would have happened if they were not interrupted.

So they talk about how they feel trapped, and they feel sorry for one another. Aladdin tries to make a move on her by any means necessary, and she has no issue as she encourages him to take his move. Thy are about to make out before the guards show up. I wonder what the hell would have happened if they were not interrupted.

So they run away from the guards and soon enough, he is captured. Jasmine decides to release herself to save her potential lover, but it fails. Aladdin is shocked that she is a princess, and Razoul (Jim Cummings) ignores her request because Jafar (who has more power than her) told them to bring the street rat in the slammer. She rushes to Jafar to tell him off for arresting her potential lover for no reason. He tries to spin it by saying Aladdin kidnapped her, which fails because she reveals he ran away. Jafar tells her that he received the death penalty, and she runs off crying. Jasmine is actually really depressed and sad for most of the movie.

Abu releases Aladdin from the chains in the jail, and the 18 year old goes on and on about her being a princess. Abu rolls his eyes, since he let pussy distract him, which the street rat replies that it was worth it how is it worth it if they did not get any play? So Jafar disguised as an older old man is in the jail, and tells Aladdin about a lamp and a secret passage, and because he is the helpful boy, he goes after it. They bump into Carpet (who is ALL CGI), and were told that only the lamp is supposed to be touched, but of course the money hungry kleptomaniac monkey could not do that.

Aladdin (film)

The Cave of Wonders is about to collapse because of this, and we have a weird, badly aged CGI chase scene on the carpet. They are about to escape, but when Jafar tells them to give the lamp, he betrays them, causing the trio to stay stuck in the defunct cave.

Jasmine is locked up in her room, crying and sulking about her life sucking overall, and Aladdin being “killed”. Her father goes to her to comfort her, and it is nice that she finds it so easy to talk to her father, showing that they really are close.

So Al rubs the lamp to introduce us to Genie (Robin Williams) who randomly sings Friend Like Me, which explains everything Genie could do. It is really catchy. So Aladdin gets Genie to let them out without actually wishing for it, but when Genie does ask him to make a wish, he decides to be a prince because he wants to have a chance with Jasmine. Unlike other couples, he actually states that he likes her because she is smart, fun, THEN beautiful. The teen asks Genie what would he wish for, with the blue man saying that he would wish for freedom. They make an agreement that he will use his last wish to free Genie.

So while this is going on, Iago tells Jafar that he could marry Jasmine and after the wedding, to drop her and the Sultan off a cliff, which Jafar decides to do next, since he has no lamp.

He really did not need to do this. It is clear that Jasmine would not have minded, but I guess it is to show his insecurity. Well, I will say this about the racism., Do I think they portrayed the Arabian culture the best in this film? No. Do I think it was horrible? No. Are Aladdin and Jasmine a lot lighter than Jafar? No. They are all pretty tanned.

He really did not need to do this. It is clear that Jasmine would not have minded, but I guess it is to show his insecurity.
Well, I will say this about the racism. Do I think they portrayed the Arabian culture the best in this film? No. Do I think it was horrible? No. Are Aladdin and Jasmine a lot lighter than Jafar? No. They are all pretty tanned.

There is also the plot hole about the Prince wish, since Genie gets him a parade, and for him to be a prince……he needs land, a kingdom, and people to rule over, but he never gets that. So; Aladdin is playing dress up.

Right after Sultan tells Jafar he is too old for Jasmine (I love this old man Sultan) , we go through Prince Ali, which only turns Jasmine off, and when he meets The Sultan and Jafar, talking about how he will win her, and Jafar is trying to convince the Sultan that he shall marry her, but when Jasmine arrives, she is furious at all of them for deciding her future without her input. It is the end of the second night, and while Jasmine is sighing on her balcony about tomorrow being a sucky birthday, Aladdin is ranting and worrying about Jasmine not letting him talk to her. Genie tells him to tell the truth, which the Arabian refuses to because in his mind, she would laugh at him if she ever found out he was a street rat.

Yeah.....She would totally laugh (insert eye roll).

Yeah…..She would totally laugh (insert eye roll). Those eyes are fucking bed eyes.

So he decides to fly up to her balcony to talk to her, and decides to be suave, and confident. That totally fails when he goes up to her. She instantly recognizes him as the boy from the market place as his hat falls off and is shooing her tiger away. He tells her no, and tries to give an explanation, which she finds pathetic. He tells her she is beautiful, and she goes on to say she is rich too, and is a fine prize. This was a trap that he fell for, causing her to lose her top, since he is apparently like all the other cocky, arrogant losers she met. He says she is right, and jumps off the cliff, which she is worried about. He shows her the carpet, and asks for a ride. She is fascinated, and immediately recognizes that it is the boy from the marketplace, when he offers his hand and asks if she trusts him.

They go on a magic carpet ride, and sing A Whole New World, which is to sum it up; about them wanting to go on adventures and new, thrilling, shimmering experiences with one another. Since his guard is down during the song, she actually likes spending time with him. They end up on the rooftop of a Chinese palace when Mulan is probably being celebrated, and as they converse, she brings up Abu, which only confirms it is Aladdin.

Aladdin (film)

He admits that she is smart, but thinks he could pull this off. Anyways, he comes up with another pathetic lie about being in disguise so he can have freedom, and she accepts because……she did the exact same thing a day and a half ago.

So they make it to her balcony for her to wish her handsome prince goodnight, and him wishing his princes to sleep well. They are nervous, but forced to have one of the best kisses thanks to Carpet. When he makes it to the ground, Jafar has the guards tie Ali up , knock him out and throw him in the river. Sultan needs to be on his shit when it comes to these guards. So Genie is accidentally rubbed, and sees that Aladdin is drowning in the sea, so he uses a wish to save the boy.

Jasmine is humming like she has had the most pleasurable experience as she combs her hair, and when her father arrives in her room, she twirls happily to him and reveals she had the best time. The hypnotized Sultan tells her that she is marrying Jafar. Before she can even fully react to the news, her boo Aladdin shows up and exposes Jafar for a traitor, and sees that he is using the staff to hypnotize her father. After Jafar is gone (he sees the lamp in Aladdin’s hat), the Sultan sees that she has chosen a suitor, and unintentionally interrupts them every time they are about to kiss.

It is Jasmine’s birthday, and Sultan tells him that he has a good chance of being Sultan, which makes Aladdin feel bad and tells Genie for a moment that he cannot wish him free, because he will not be able to pull the lie off. After lashing out at the others, he realizes he needs to tell Jasmine the truth. Iago imitates Jasmine’s room to get Al to leave the room, and he steals the lamp. The boy sees Jasmine in her purple outfit and is about to tell her the truth, but she rushes him to be introduced to the kingdom as her suitor, not giving him any time to talk.

So Jafar gets decked up as he becomes the Sultan and the most powerful sorcerer, exposing Al as a fraud, shipping him off to who knows where, making Sultan a joke, Jasmine a server, and Rajah a small tiger that is more equivalent to a cat.

So Jafar gets decked up as he becomes the Sultan and the most powerful sorcerer, exposing Al as a fraud, shipping him off to who knows where, making Sultan a joke, Jasmine a server, and Rajah a small tiger that is more equivalent to a cat.

So of course Aladdin comes back, and when Jafar offers Jasmine to be his wife, she throws a glass of wine at him, causing her to fall as he almost slaps her. He wishes for her to fall in love with him, but Genie says he cannot do that. Seeing her boo hiding above, Jasmine tries to seduce Jafar long enough for Al to steal the lamp, and she is forced to kiss him. It is comedic with her trying to find ways to compliment him.

So the climax approaches as Jasmine is trapped in an hourglass, Abu turned into a toy, and Carpet turned into a ball of rope. The street rat is trying to kick Jafar’s ass and to save Jasmine at the same time, but is only successful when he uses Jafar’s ego against him, saying Genie will always be more powerful than him. He uses his final wish to become a genie, causing him to be trapped in a lamp (but he makes sure Iago gets stuck with him as well), and Genie tosses it to who knows how far.

Jasmine and Aladdin are torn about loving one another, but being forced to break up. Genie says he can make him a prince again. HE IS ALREADY A PRINCE; or did you Genie just give him prince clothes? Is Genie as powerful as he says he is? This is a plothole that is very strong in this film. Anyways, it is the moral that counts, so Aladdin wishes Genie free. Because Al will be a good ruler, and knowing he will not hear the end of her hatred for him for taking her only love away for as long as he lives because he wants her happy, he says that any prince(ss) can choose their own suitor.

So Aladdin and Jasmine are in purple outfits, and they are singing A Whole New World, and fly off on the carpet. Where are they going? We know they are not married. Are they going on a date? Paying a visit to Belle, Ariel, Megara’s kingdoms? Birthday sex? Who knows.

This is a good movie. I realized that Jafar is not the strongest villain, but we have a very strong couple, a great cast that works of well on one another, creative and vibrant atmosphere (Agrabah is such an interesting place), and we have an engaging and full fast paced plot. The soundtrack could definitely be stronger though. There is a reason why this is considered one of "The Big 4".

This is a good movie. I realized that Jafar is not the strongest villain, but we have a very strong couple, a great cast that works of well on one another, creative and vibrant atmosphere (Agrabah is such an interesting place), and we have an engaging and full fast paced plot. The soundtrack could definitely be stronger though. There is a reason why this is considered one of “The Big 4″.

Characters

The characters are pretty likable, and work off well with one another.

Aladdin

He is actually one of the first protagonists to go through something called character development. He is witty, a bit cocky, a bit suave, adventurous, and has a good heart. It is established that he is an emotional mess and is not perfect. He is relatable and owns all of the shit he does. You cannot compare him to anyone before him, and he takes control of the plot and is a unique case.

Jasmine

I like her a lot. I like that she is very vocal about he opinions, and tries to do something about it. She does not push things too far to the point of a breaking point when it comes to her father (ala Ariel). She is sassy, witty, a bit manipulative, but is genuine, a romantic, and a girl who is depressed throughout the whole movie. She is one of those girls who are sheltered, but when they are released, they go crazy.

Jafar

He is a good villain, but I would not put him in the top 5. He forgets a few steps many times through the film, and gets some of his good ideas from his sidekicks. He does have the charisma, is a huge ego-maniac, and extremely power hungry. He is likable, and gets stuff done. He does things dirty and underhanded, which I like.

Genie

I am not a huge fan of him. His jokes are really dated, and kind of distracts the film, though he does have a purpose and is more than comic relief. He is the only level headed one in this film.

Iago

I love how cranky he is. He is very smart and sarcastic.

Abu

He cares for Aladdin a lot, and it is cute how he was jealous of Jasmine in the beginning. He is VERY greedy. That is all I will say.

Sultan

I really like him. He is a bit stupid, but his heart is in the right place, and is a much stronger person than what meets the eye. I love that he is a child at heart.

Animation

The animation is pretty good. I like the caricatured, Arabians style they were going with, and how everything from the backgrounds to the characters were so shapely and had interesting lines and curves. The character designs and movements are extremely fluid, and the colors are really bold, and is what you will remember most about the animation. I do think the CGI has aged worse than the other Renaissance films though.

Music

The music is good; I will give it that. Some of the songs had the Arabian style to it, but others had a carnival-y theme to it. I do not know why Genie got to sing so many songs by himself, as I think it could have been given to more important characters (Jasmine, Jafar, Aladdin). There are a few filler songs that are not really needed, but all of the songs are really entertaining.

Reception at Release

When this film was released on November 25, 1992, it opened to number 2 right behind Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and managed to stay there for a few weeks, before climbing to and staying at #1 for 5 weeks (only reaching #1 in 1993), and was in theaters for 22 weeks. It is the highest grossing film of 1992, with $217 domestically (a record at the time), and $286 worldwide, leaving the box office to be $504,050,219, with a $28 million budget.

It was praised just like BatB and The Little Mermaid was, being praised for Robin Williams which is getting a bit of backlash now from the pop culture references dating now, the adventure, fast pace, romance, comedy, and for appealing to a wider audience and doing so successfully. There were the handful of people that considered this film racist, and found that they Americanized the Arabian culture and made it like a joke. Disney has had to deal with a lot of racist accusations with their ethnic films.

This film received many nominations and wins (like it’s 2 predecessors) for its music. It was nominated for too many awards to count, but I do know that it won an Annie for Best Animated Film, 2 Academy Awards for Best Song (A Whole New World) and Best Score, and Robin Williams won a few awards for his performance.

The soundtrack was extremely successful as well. It charted at #6 on the Billboard charts, and has become 3x Platinum records.

Reception Today

It’s reception today is still great. It actually launched a successful Broadway show this year (which won a few Tonys), had the FIRST honor of having the first sequels produced by DisneyToon Studios; The Return of Jafar, and The King of Theives. Apparently, they had a plan to make a few sequels to Aladdin before the film was even released. It had a successful TV series from 1994-1996, and is very prominent on merchandise and theme parks. Many see this as the start of celebrity voices (which is SO wrong) and the first modern film.

Final Score

Story: 8/10

Characters: 9/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 7.5/10

= 32.5/40 = 81%

Next Time…

Review: July 21st, 2014

Review: July 21st, 2014

Animatedkid`s First Anniversary

Thanks for remembering WordPress.

Thanks for remembering WordPress.

Well, it is that time to announce that today is Animatedkid blog`s first anniversary. I honestly did not imagine I would make it this far, and it would all happen so quick. This is a very good and fulfilling accomplishment I acheived, but before we get to all the mushy goodness, I think it is important to discuss how I created this blog, and what led me up to create this blog.

I got really interested into animation and all the history in 2012. Before that, I was not involved in the fandom to the point of creating accounts, commenting on blogs, and having all of these accounts, but things changed when I made a Fanpop account (now defunct) in early 2013. While I had a good time on Fanpop, I still felt like my opinion was not heard. I did not find WordPress until April 2013 when I read the blogs of Unshaved Mouse, which is where I met many of my followers. I engaged into conversations with many people at the time, and I was thinking of making a blog,. but never having the courage to.

Then on July 12th, 2013, I decided that I will create a blog, where I would discuss about animated films. I noticed that there were many bloggers who would review the entire Disney and Pixar canon, but never DreamWorks, so I decided that DreamWorks will be my very first project. I created my very first blog post ever on July 13th, 2013, announcing the debut of this blog.

I was in the middle of summer school when I first started this journey, and at first, I thought that no one liked the blog (to only find out that it was VERY unorganized). So, I went through the DreamWorks project within time, and I noticed that as every month passed by from July to December, my views went up. Around October or November, I decided that I would take on Walt Disney Animation Studios, and went on with it as soon as this year started. As soon as I started that project, my viewership went up by A LOT, and it is higher than ever right now.

I accomplished a lot with this first year, and met some brilliant, insightful, nice, and intellectual people, like Animation Commendation and Swanpride (who were my biggest supporters and were there from Day 1), and met other people like The Disney Odyssey, Taestful Reviews, BTW07, and so many more. And even the viewers that don`t comment; I am eternally grateful to you all as well, and I TRULY would not have lasted a year on WordPress without you all. The bloggers on WordPress are all respectful, and we are in a circle, where we view and comment all of our work, and it is not a competitive field. We all encourage one another, and support one another.

My most popular posts are my Shrek, Shrek 2, Chicken Run, Shark Tale, Prince of Egypt, Antz, Madagascar, Sinbad, Flushed Away, and Road to El Dorado reviews (and in that exact order). My Revival Era and Frozen Rant post is the 11th most viewed.

Out of the WDAS reviews, Bambi, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Aristocats, The Little Mermaid (it has only been out for 3 weeks), The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, Robin Hood, and Sleeping Beauty are my most viewed in that order.

So, what do I plan on with the next year? Well I am going to finish up my Walt Disney Animation Studios reviews, post the 2014 and 2015 animated films reviews, and come animated couples reviews as well. The options are endless. Thank you all for being another family to me. God bless.

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Beauty and the Beast

Walt Disney Animation Studio's 30th feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 30th feature film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRlzmyveDHE

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My opinion right after watching film

You all are going to chew me out on this one. Anyways, my opinion right after watching the movie is that I like it; but it is SO not the best Disney film, at least when it comes to the plot. While the characterization and soundtrack is strong, the story has quite a few holes in it, which I think are more than minor. It has a good message, and the pacing is really good, but….I cannot ignore the holes and issues with it.

Production

While they tried to do this film in the 1930s and 50s, it never picked up, but the official production of this film started in 1987 as Who Framed Roger Rabbit was about to premiere. Originally, this film was going to be a non musical (as they still thought Oliver and Company was going to be a bigger hit than it was at the time), and the first film in the canon to have a screenwriter, which was Eisner’s idea; meaning they wrote the script before the storyboards, which was NEVER the case in the decades beforehand. In 1989, Katzenberg saw the storyboards, and demanded that they start over from fresh. Issue is that they had less than 2 years before it was set to premiere.

So the director Purdum quit a few months later, and Musker and Clements was offered to replace him, but they said that they were tired as The Little Mermaid was just released (to only join production on Aladdin a few months later), so the job went to Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. Ashman (who was trying to get Aladdin off the ground) and Menken joined the production to turn it into a musical. With their help, the furniture characters were added, and the script was successfully retooled. Ashman was dying of AIDS, so they did production in New York as they watched him die, which eventually happened on March of 1991.

I forgot to mention in my Down Under review that the CAPS program was pulled off by a small company named Pixar.

 

Story

So the film starts with a stainglass introduction of how the Beast (Robby Benson) was a selfish, cold, bratty boy, man, teen male who lived in a castle. An old beggar came to give him a rose and asks to stay the night since there is nowhere else, but he is disgusted by her ugly appearance and tells her to go fuck off. She tells him that beauty is found within, but he dismisses her again. This causes her to get mad, and she reveals herself to be a beautiful, young enchantress. He then apologizes, but because she realizes that he is a dick and has no love in is heart, she turns him into a beast and curses the entire castle until his 21st birthday. If he does not love another and receives their love in return, he will remain a beast and the castle will be cursed forever.

Remember this image and remember what age he looks like.

Remember this image and remember what age he looks like.

So we skip to years later, and introduced to our heroine Belle (Paige O’Hara), villain Gaston (Richard White), his ass kissing best friend LeFou (Jesse Corti), via the song Belle. I have always liked this song . It establishes the french theme, and gives us insight on the heroine and villain’s goals, with giving us insight on both of them, and we learn a lot about the setting and atmosphere about the town, who are very gossipy and believes that the men should run everything. They all think Belle is odd, but the town hero and hunter Gaston wants to marry her because she is hot (and all the other boys think so as well). Gaston tries to woo her by tossing her library book in the mud, but she is not impressed and calls him primeval. She sings about being bored by the town as well.

Gaston and his sidekick start dissing her father Maurice (Rex Everhart), which causes her to get mad at them and says her father is a genius. When something blows up in her house, she runs home, with them laughing at her. Her father is pissed that the stupid machine is still not working. He is about to give up, but she says he always says that and he will be a worldwide inventor. Spoilers, he never becomes an inventor, it is forgotten about, and he just lives at the castle, probably having a dalliance with Mrs Potts (Angela Lansbury). They have a talk about Gaston, and she reveals that she is disgusted by him. Maurice gets the invention to work, and is off to the fair.

The man gets lost, as he WILLINGLY CHOOSES to go through the dark and scary path. So they end up getting chased by wolves, and the horse abandons Maurice. He ends up going to the castle, and is fascinated when he sees talking home decour like candle Lumiere (Jerry Orbach)  and Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers).

The man gets lost, as he WILLINGLY CHOOSES to go through the dark and scary path. So they end up getting chased by wolves, and the horse abandons Maurice. He ends up going to the castle, and is fascinated when he sees talking home decor like candle Lumiere (Jerry Orbach) and Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers).

Well the Beast finds him and loses his top about having a guest. He does not care that Maurice is lost in the woods and has nowhere else to stay, so he tosses him in the dungeon. I am confused with the castle; what does he own? It is not clarified that he is the ruler of the little town or anything. I did hear from one of the comments on Unshaved Mouse that parents built castles for their reckless and undisciplined children to live at, so maybe that explains it.

It is the next morning, and Gaston literally has a wedding right outside Belle’s door. He knocks on the door (where she rolls her eyes to when she realizes it is him) and opens the door for him to put his dirty feet on her table, and attempt to ravish at her aggressively into marriage. She tosses him out of her house and into the mud, for him to be humiliated by the entire town. This bruises his ego a lot and makes him DETERMINED to marry Belle. After a hell of a morning, she goes outside to sing about wanting more than a provincial life like living in a castle is an adventure or much better . Her horse arrives and takes her to the castle. THE HORSE ABANDONED MAURICE WAY BEFORE HE EVEN GOT TO THE CASTLE. WTF. I hate dumb inconsistencies and plot holes like this.

So word travels fast in the castle that a girl is there, and when she finally finds her father she comes face to face with the Beast.

This is such an unpleasant first meeting.

This is such an unpleasant first meeting.

So she offers to switch with her father, which the beast accepts, and sends off Maurice without letting them say goodbye. When she sees the beast in the light, she is shocked. Lumiere offers him to give her a better room, which he initially scoffs by, but realizes it is a good idea. When he visits her, she hates him because he did not let her say boy to her father, and he feels bad for it. He tells her that she is getting another room, and when they are on their way, Lumiere offers him to invite her to dinner, which the beast does, but the way he does it, he demands her to and says it is not a request before slamming the door. She falls on her bed and cries that she gave her life away.

We learn a lot about Gaston and the town in this song. He is depressed about his ego being taken down a notch by Belle, and LeFou sings a song about kissing his ass, and how he is the best. Gaston gets cheered up from all of them bragging about him, and he joins to gloat about himself. They all like him and praise him because he is the stereotypical male; strong, handsome, heroic, and likes to drink with the guys, and fucks the girls. When Maurice comes in (to only be tossed out) when he tells them about Belle being taken by the Beast, they all think he is crazy, and him and LeFou come up with a plan. LeFou says "A dangerous Past Time", to which Gaston replies "I know", so he has done dangerous stuff and got rid of people to get what he wants. And you know what, the town KNOWS and dis OKAY with it. Maurice decides to go after Belle and get her himself.

We learn a lot about Gaston and the town in this song. He is depressed about his ego being taken down a notch by Belle, and LeFou sings a song about kissing his ass, and how he is the best. Gaston gets cheered up from all of them bragging about him, and he joins to gloat about himself. They all like him and praise him because he is the stereotypical male; strong, handsome, heroic, and likes to drink with the guys, and fucks the girls. When Maurice comes in (to only be tossed out) he tells them about Belle being taken by the Beast, and they all think he is crazy, and him and LeFou come up with a plan. LeFou says “A dangerous Past Time”, to which Gaston replies “I know”, so he has done dangerous stuff and got rid of people to get what he wants beforehand. And you know what, the town KNOWS and is OKAY with it. Maurice decides to go after Belle and get her himself; remember that.

The alive home decor has already evolved a plan to hook up Beast with Belle, and he is worried about her breaking the curse as well. They all tell him that they need to control his temper. Cogsworth tells them that she refuses to join him for dinner, which causes him to lose it. They get into an argument, and Beast is pretty close to being physically abusive. He demands that she will not eat if it is not with him.

Belle sneaks down to get something to eat, and Lumiere and Potts are more than willing to serve her, which leads them to the awesome Be Our Guest. While it is a good song, it is pretty much pointless. It does tell us that they have been objects for 10 years. Hold the hell up; they have been objects for 10 years, meaning Beast was about 10-11 when he was cursed. Then why does he have the photo (the one that I showed in the beginning about his human picture) like he has not aged since he was in the end of the film? They should not have had the 10 years line if it was insignificant. Plothole much? And it is not the only one. It is nice to see how much they want to entertain her and got them optimistic, but this song is useless because she is already their guest.

So she bails on the tour Cogsworth and Lumiere are willing to take her on to go to the West Wing, when she knows she is not supposed to be there. She sees the pic of the prince and likes what she sees. When the beast gets there, things turn almost physical.

Look at this picture. He was about to hit her. She is in the same spot he is aiming for. You cannot tell me he was not going to hit her.

Look at this picture. He was about to hit her. She is in the same spot he is aiming for. You cannot tell me he was not going to hit her.

So she runs away to only be almost killed by wolves, and is saved by the Beast. They are both grateful for saving one another (she took the beast back to the castle when he was scratched up) and some of the ice between them is broken. Maurice just left to get Belle, and Gaston is ready to set his plan to get Maurice in the Asylum, but no one is there and sends his bitch best friend LeFou to be the watcher of the house, in case Maurice and/or Belle comes back.

So we then get 3 songs back to back; Something There, Human Again, and Beauty and the Beast, which takes about 10-15 minutes. So it is the next morning, and Belle is wearing Green (signaling her comfort and happiness) and Beast gives her a library because he suddenly wants to do something for her. It switches to another day (the final day to break the curse. And I know it is another day because Belle is wearing Pink), and they are playing with snow and eating, when they realize that there is something else between them, though their situation is not the typical Prince Charming type.

While Belle is reading Beast Romeo and Juliette like it is a romantic epic that couple(Romeo and Juliette) makes the Classic couples look like geniuses, the objects are singing Human Again, which gives us a bit more insight on the side characters and what they want to do when they were human again, and what they were doing before the I realized that they waited until the last 3 days to actually do something. This film does not take place in months because…we will get there.

We get into the third song, as Beast is getting prepared for their dinner date, ready to confess his love for her to her. Beauty and the Beast starts with Belle and Beast meeting one another as they go down a long step of stairs. Mrs Potts is narrating their feelings about how they are both scared to love one another, and it was a surprise to them, and a big change for them. I think this expresses their relationship in a nutshell, and it is a magnificent song. So the couple goes outside and he asks how she likes it here, and she says she enjoys herself. She then drops a bomb about missing her father, and then he goes to get her mirror, where we see her father laying in the forest.

Another plothole. Maurice went after Belle the day he was released and she took his place. It has been approximately 2 days. So he has been laying here for 2 days, and is not dead yet? And for the people who think this film takes place in months, this proves otherwise. This also means that LeFou has been waiting in the snow for 2 days straight. Messy.

Another plothole. Maurice went after Belle the day he was released and she took his place. It has been approximately 2 days. So he has been laying here for 2 days, and is not dead yet? And for the people who think this film takes place in months, this proves otherwise. This also means that LeFou has been waiting in the snow for 2 days straight. And even if it took place in months; HOW THE HELL WOULD MAURICE SURVIVE OUTSIDE IN THE COLD FOR MONTHS? Messy.

So she leaves the castle (which saddens everyone) to take her father home. Soon enough, there is a knock at the door, and Monsieur D’Arque (Tony Jay) arrives to pick up her father. She refuses to let that happen, and Gaston offers a bargain; she marries him for her father’s freedom. Not even that will get her to marry him, which shows that she always thought Gaston was worse than the Beast. She shows them the mirror that the Beast does exist, which leads to the Mob Song. I forgot to mention that Gaston and the town have a lot of similarities to Grom and Sleepy Hollow in Ichabod and Mr.Toad.

They go to the castle and all of the men get their asses kicked by the furniture and abandons the castle. Beast vs Gaston takes place and Gaston is whooping his hairy ass since he is too depressed from Belle leaving. When Belle shows up, it gives him motivation to drag and throw Gaston like a rag doll, and has him begging to let him go and will do anything like a bitchass. Bele goes to Beast, and he demands Gaston to get out. As the couple reconcile, Gaston pulls a punk move and stabs him, and the villain falls to his death by bad balance.

So the beast does, and is revived into a human by Belle saying she loves him. So everyone turns back into a human, and it takes her a few seconds to recognize it is the Beast, and they share one of the most passionate kisses in the canon. They are later in the castle celebrating and dancing, with Lumiere about to chase Babette (Mary K Bergman), but ends up fighting Cogsworth, and Chip (who got Belle and Maurice out of the truck and to the castle in the climax; also voiced by Bradley Michael Pierce) talks with his mother with Maruice standing right beside them. The films ends with a stainglass picture of the couple.

The film is really good. The characters are the strongest we have seen yet, the theme of it is executed really well, the soundtrack has a coherent theme to it, the animation is eye candy, but the loop and plot holes (while not really major but not minor) holds this film back for me.

The film is really good. The characters are the strongest we have seen yet, the theme of it is executed really well, the soundtrack has a coherent theme to it, the animation is eye candy, but the loop and plot holes (while not really major but not minor) holds this film back for me.

Characters

The characters are awesome in this film. I like that they have more characterization and depth (more than ever at this point), and they all are really fun. It is rarer for me to not hate or dislike at least a character in a movie, but I honestly cannot say that I dislike a character in this movie.

Belle is a great protagonist. She is relatable, likable, and logical. She wants more, but does not know what it is, is booksmart, and is aware that she is odd for her atmosphere.  While I think she should have a bit more flaws (though they are there) it is almost always excused. I understand why some like her, and understand why others dislike her. I like her enough.

Belle is a great protagonist. She is relatable, likable, and logical. She wants more, but does not know what it is, is booksmart, and is aware that she is odd for her atmosphere. While I think she should have a bit more flaws (though they are there) it is almost always excused. I understand why some like her, and understand why others dislike her. I like her enough.

He has never been one of the more memorable princes to me. I know that he is the first one to be an actual character than a prop, and I know he is an emotional mess, which is relatable. He goes from the angry beast to the mushy beast, and it was kind of a bit weird. I do not know, he just does not really stick out to me to be honest. You need to be more than a loner and an emotional mess to be memorable to me.

He has never been one of the more memorable princes to me. I know that he is the first one to be an actual character than a prop, and I know he is an emotional mess, which is relatable. He goes from the angry beast to the mushy beast, and it was kind of a bit weird. I do not know, he just does not really stick out to me to be honest. You need to be more than a loner and an emotional mess to be memorable to me.

I never realized what a good villain he was before I watched this film for the review. He is very arrogant and egotistical, and expects everything to go his way. When he does not get what he wants, h goes to drastic measures, and listen when LeFou says "A dangerous Pasttime" when Gaston comes up with a plan to get rid of Maurice. He has done this stuff before, and it is no like it has been a secret. He really is just as devious and deceptive as the other villains. He will do anything o get Blele, and you can tell that he is really hurt when his ego is taken a hit; like when Belle chooses Beast and when he is rejected a proposal.

I never realized what a good villain he was before I watched this film for the review. He is very arrogant and egotistical, and expects everything to go his way. When he does not get what he wants, he goes to drastic measures, and listen when LeFou says “A dangerous Pasttime” when Gaston comes up with a plan to get rid of Maurice. He has done this stuff before, and it is not like it has been a secret. He really is just as devious and deceptive as the other villains. He will do anything to get Belle, and you can tell that he is really hurt when his ego is taken a hit; like when Belle chooses Beast and when he is rejected a proposal.

He is really entertaining. He really likes being hospitable and welcoming to people, which might not always be the best idea long term. He is a womanizer, and just loves to loves.

He is really entertaining. He really likes being hospitable and welcoming to people, which might not always be the best idea long term. He is a womanizer, and just loves to loves.

He is entertaining too, but I like Lumiere better. Cogsworth is just the stuck up British guy. Entertaining at tomes, but a lot more boring than Lumiere.

He is entertaining too, but I like Lumiere better. Cogsworth is just the stuck up British guy. Entertaining at times, but a lot more boring than Lumiere.

She is the nurturing one out of the entire group. She is the most wise, and the one people looks up to. She has the respect of everyone at the castle, even the Beast. I am glad that not all of the sidekicks are male (like so many other animated films). She is definitely the one that runs things right after the Beast.

She is the nurturing one out of the entire group. She is the most wise, and the one people looks up to. She has the respect of everyone at the castle, even the Beast. I am glad that not all of the sidekicks are male (like so many other animated films). She is definitely the one that runs things right after the Beast.

Maurice is the first of the short, and gimmicky parents, but unlike his successors, he s not overly goofy, and is actually quite wise and level headed. I like that he has something else going for him (his inventing), but it is kind of dropped. From the end, I am assuming that he is going to go out with Mrs. Potts and live at the castle.

Maurice is the first of the short, and gimmicky parents, but unlike his successors, he s not overly goofy, and is actually quite wise and level headed. I like that he has something else going for him (his inventing), but it is kind of dropped. From the end, I am assuming that he is going to go out with Mrs. Potts and live at the castle.

LeFou is one of those wannabe ass kissers that no one really likes, but is around to give an ego boost, and so there is always someone worse looking or worse personality wise than everyone else. I don't hate him, but I could do without him.

LeFou is one of those wannabe ass kissers that no one really likes, but is around to give an ego boost, and so there is always someone worse looking or worse personality wise than everyone else. I don’t hate him, but I could do without him.

Animation

I have to say that the animation is an improvement over both The Rescuers Down Under and The Little Mermaid. The CAPS looks more organic and like they know what they are doing. The character designs are brilliant (though Belle does look different in certain scenes) the background settings look exquisite, and the coloring is perfect. The settings are really well done, but sometimes, some things are really choppy and weird looking, but this is with the background characters and minor objects. They did have like a year and a half to animate this film.

Music

The music is awesome. Most of the songs give extra depth to the characters, extremely catchy, and smartly lyric-ed. I like the french Broadway theme, and I think it is perfect for the pacing and the setting of the film. Show-stoppers like Be Our Guest, Gaston, and so many others will be forever stuck in your head. They are perfectly placed, and I honestly have mo complaints against it.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on November 13, 1991 internationally and November 22nd, 1991 domestically, it broke records. It is the third highest grossing film of 1991,and the first animated film to gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, making $145,863,363. It made $206,000,000 internationally, with a worldwide total of $351, 863, 363 I do not know why they complained about Pocahontas‘ box office, when it made $5 million less. This was a HUGE and overwhelming success for the company, and this caused them to officially make musicals their thing.

When it comes to critical reception, it was praised even more than The Little Mermaid. It was compared to being as good as or even better than the films in the Golden Age, liking it for being relatable to modern times, but still keeping the classic fairy tale theme. People went crazy over this film in early 1992, so much that it was nominated for Best Picture, which was unheard of for an animated film. Because of this, they would make massive changes to a project that was just getting into production: Pocahontas.

Well, the songs Belle, Be Our Guest, and Beauty and the Beast (which won) was nominated for Best Original Song in the Academy Awards, and that was rare for 3 films of a film to be nominated, which only happened to The Lion King, Dreamgirls, and Enchanted. It was nominated for 2 other Academy Awards, a Golden Globe (as it won the other 3 it was nominated for). The soundtrack charted #16 on the Billboard charts, and is deemed 3X Platinum.

 

Reception Today

Do I even have to say it? It is still a mega-classic. Some see this film as the best Disney film to be ever put out, and it is still a huge money maker. It is extremely successful on Broadway, spawned 2 sequels from 1997-98, is very prominent on merchandise and theme parks. This movie is one of the first things that pop up when Disney is mentioned or seen.

Final Score

Story: 7/10

Characters: 9/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 10/10

= 34/40 = 85%

Next Time…

Review: July 14th, 2014

Review: July 14th, 2014