Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Brother Bear

Walt Disney Animation Studios 44th feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studios 44th feature film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B80VKbxZs6E

http://putlocker.is/watch-brother-bear-online-free-putlocker.html

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion of this film is that it is not horrible. The beginning and end are decent, but the film is VERY slow and boring in the middle. It also suffers from unengaging and some unlikable characters, great animation, and weird music for a soundtrack.

Production

I could not find much info on the production of the film. What I do know is that they went to Wyoming to study western landscape, and to fortresses for inspiration as well…….but yet the film takes place in northern Camada. They also observed live fish and cubs.

Apparently, Denahi was supposed to be Kenai’s father, but that changed, and Kenai was supposed to have a bear named Grizz, but he was scrapped. The film was titled Bears in 2002 before it was changed to Brother Bear.

This is also the final traditionally animated film to be animated before the 2D area shut down in the studio (Home on the Range finished production before Brother Bear, and the latter was supposed to be released in April of 2004, but they swapped dates, pushing Brother Bear to November 2003).

Story

So the film starts with an elderly Denahi (Jason Raize) telling his tribe the story of him and his brothers Stika (D. B. Sweeney) and Kenai (Joaquin Phoenix) when they were 3 young men (or teens), and he establishes that the youngest Kenai wanted to so bad be a man. We immediately get some insight on their world, their culture, and how they believe, which they did not do so well in Pocahontas.

So we first see Kenai being chased by a bunch of Moose (who he probably harassed), and which causes him to argue with his youngest younger brother Denahi, with Stika being the middle man. We then learn that today is Kenai`s  ceremony of becoming a man, where he will be given a totem which will represent what will make him a man. Before they do that, they have to go fishing, and we get a song sung by Tina Turner (though I do not know what she has anything to do with this) called Great Spirits. It shows the three brothers having fun as they catch fish, and their interactions are very genuine but also too 2003, if you know what I mean.

So this dumbass screws up catching fish the entire time, and makes it harder for his brothers to do so. When they finally get fish, Denahi tells him to tie the basket on a high part of a tree so the bear won`t get it. So the basket full of fish falls, and fish is all over the place. What does Kenai do AFTER he sees the fallen basket? HE LEAVES IT and runs off with everyone else in his village. I am going to get into why I cannot invest into or like Kenai as the review goes on. This is one of the reasons why, fyi.

So this dumbass screws up catching fish the entire time, and makes it harder for his brothers to do so. When they finally get fish, Denahi tells him to tie the basket on a high part of a tree so the bear won`t get it. So the basket full of fish falls, and fish is all over the place. What does Kenai do AFTER he sees the fallen basket? HE LEAVES IT and runs off with everyone else in his village. I am going to get into why I cannot invest into or like Kenai as the review goes on. This is one of the reasons why, fyi.

So when he gets to his totem ceremony, he gets the totem of a bear from the shaman Tanana (Josn Copeland), as he represents Love, which he does not like. Denahi teases him about it, and Kenai gets overly angry at this, and he almost fights with Denahi, before Stika separates it. Apparently bears have no feelings, emotions, don`t know what love is, and love has nothing to do with being a man; according to Kenai. Denahi is told to check the fish, which they come to realize that Kenai left the basket on the floor, and the fish is gone. So after the brothers continue to exchange in modern 2003 slang and talk, Kenai goes to get more fish.

So instead of taking responsibility for the screw up that he KNOWS about, he goes and throws a rock at the bear, which causes it to lash out at him. Because it is the bear`s fault that you willingly left the basket on the floor and screw up. SO is brothers save him, and this ends up in a fight.

The bear is about to go after Denahi and Kenai, so Sticks breaks the ice they are in, causing the bear and him to fall int eh water, but the bear is the only one to escape. They soon realized that Stika drowned to his death. Since everything is the bear`s fault, Kenai swears revenge on the bear HE provoked.

The bear is about to go after Denahi and Kenai, so Stika breaks the ice they are in, causing the bear and him to fall in the water, but the bear is the only one to escape. They soon realized that Stika drowned to his death. Since everything is the bear`s fault, Kenai swears revenge on the bear HE provoked.

So after they have a funeral for him, Kenai tells his brother that they are going after the bear to kill it, but Denahi refuses, as he feels like Kenai is to blame for Sitka`s death and not the beat. Kenai still thinks the entire thing is the bear`s fault. I think Stika`s death is the fault of Stika (he cracked the ice, knowing he would die) and Kenai (he LEFT the basket knowingly, blamed the bear for him getting caught, provoked the bear, and causing his brothers to follow him to clean up his mess). Kenai goes after it, and kills the bear couldn`t Kenai be the one that got killed, or at least beat the fuck out of?

Now the spirits and most of the viewing audience is mad and annoyed with Kenai, so he is suddenly turns into a bear by the spirits, so he can learn his lesson. Denahi climbs up the cliff to see the bear (Kenai; the bear looks NOTHING like Kenai) before it falls into the river.

To NOW have an antagonist, Denahi goes abck on his words of wisdon (that is his totem) he gave to Kenai about how killing a bear will do nothing but make things worse, guess what he does? THE EXACT SAME THING. Wanna know why? Because apparently Kenai`s words about killing makes you be a man is correct. Didn`t Denahi acknowledge for the first 20-30 minutes that Kenai had NO SENSE? Apparently he now sees it as the bear`s fault for everything, though again, KENAI knowingly left the basket, KNOWINGLY harassed the bear, causing him and Stika to chase after it, and after KENAI willingly chose to kill the bear, though Denahi thinks that the best killed it.

To NOW have an antagonist, Denahi goes back on his words of wisdom (that is his totem) he gave to Kenai about how killing a bear will do nothing but make things worse, guess what he does? THE EXACT SAME THING. Wanna know why? Because apparently Kenai`s words about killing makes you be a man is correct. Didn`t Denahi acknowledge for the first 20-30 minutes that Kenai had NO SENSE? Apparently he now sees it as the bear`s fault for everything, though again, KENAI knowingly left the basket, KNOWINGLY harassed the bear, causing him and Stika to chase after it, and after KENAI willingly chose to kill the bear, though Denahi thinks that the best killed it.

So Kenai the bear runs into Tanana who tells him that in order to be a man and to become human again, and she tells him that the spirit of Sitka (I have been calling him Stika the entire time; shows how forgettable this movie can be at times) did this to him, and that he needs to go to the Northern Lights on a mountain to make a plea bargain with him for the crime he did, but Kenai refuses to see that he did nothing wrong.

He struggles with being a bear, and bumps into the brother mooses our failed, stereotypically Canadian comic relief Rutt and Tuke (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas), and soon bumps into a cub named Koda (Jeremy Suarez), after he is stuck in a rope. He gets out, only to find a vengeful Denahi ready to kill him, though he thinks Denahi is there to kill him. He runs into a crack of ice, where Koda follows him. Koda and Kenai somehow make a deal to go to the Northern Lights with one another, so Kenai can become a human again, and so Koda (who is so fucking annoying, almost as annoying as Kenai`s voice) can reunite with his missing mother.

We get a song sung by Phil Collins (who again did a lot of the soundtrack) called I`m On My Way, and it is a decent song, here we supposedly see Kenai and Koda grow closer, as they cover a lot of distance to get to the Northern Lights. The moose follow them. Kenai talks about Sitka to Koda to give us some failed character redemption  and Koda thanks Sitka for letting him and Kenai meet. These two then annoy me with a bunch of useless talking, and their annoying personalities and voices. as they eventually leave the moose.

So they look at a writing on the wall and Koda explains that the man pointing an arrow at a bear is how he lost his mother, which causes the audience and Kenai to realize that Kenai killed Koda's mother.

So they look at a writing on the wall and Koda explains that the man pointing an arrow at a bear is how he lost his mother, which causes the audience and Kenai to realize that Kenai killed Koda’s mother.

So we are forced to engage in another scene of Denahi chasing Koda and Kenai, and as they walk across a log to get across the river, Denahi tries to make them fall to their death, but fails. How predictable. Koda is finally reunited with the other bears (as he argues with Kenai about bears being heinous and who will attack at anytime, but Koda tells him that the human attacked them). They make it to a group of welcoming bears that Koda knows, and Kenai tells Koda that he is leaving for good, but the other bears force Kenai to stay, as how everyone is welcome. We get another montage song called “Welcome” where Kenai and Koda have fun and belongs with the other bears. It is a pretty good song, but it is not like Kenai was unhappy, and did not belong with his tribe, so I don’t see the really big difference as to why he would be more happy with the bears than his tribe.

So the bears exchange the stories of what happened in the past year, and when it is Koda’s turn, he tells them about the experience of his mother battling the 3 humans (which only CONFIRMS that it is the scene where Sitka dies). Kenai NOW feels bad and runs off. Koda of course follows him, and Kenai finally tells Koda the truth, just as Phil Collins sings a song titled No Way Out, and we can still hear Kenai tell Koda that he killed his mother, without actually saying he killed his mother. Koda runs off to cry, and he wants to make the little boy feel better.

So a final showdown between Kenai and Denahi takes place, and because he so suddenly forgot about his mother and the murderer means SO much to him, Koda saves him, and just as the fight is about to get epic on the Northern Lights, the lights go off, and Kenai is restored to a human.

So a final showdown between Kenai and Denahi takes place, and because he so suddenly forgot about his mother and the murderer means SO much to him, Koda saves him, and just as the fight is about to get epic on the Northern Lights, the lights go off, and Kenai is restored to a human.

So Denahi becomes a human, and the first thing he does is to go to Koda. He chooses to become a bear instead of living his life as a human with his ACTUAL brother #SlapInTheFace. Denahi and Koda are in the same predicament; both have no family, are relatively young, and would have to live with a tribe of non family members, but you CHOSE TO LIVE WITH A BEAR YOU HAVE KNOWN FOR A FEW DAYS OVER A BROTHER YOU HAVE KNOWN FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS? Apparently it makes him a man and everyone is happy about it because the plot requires it to, but would NEVER happen in reality. He gets  his paw on the wall on his tribe at the end of the film

This film is boring and confusing. A lto fo what happens does not really make much sense, the characters are hypocrites and unintentionally unlikable, and the plot is actually kind of thin. It is generic at best, and bad at worst. And the modern talk does NOT help, especially when it takes place in the first few centuries after common era. This film was not enjoyable.

This film is boring and confusing. A lot of what happens does not really make much sense, the characters are hypocrites and unintentionally unlikable, and the plot is actually kind of thin. It is generic at best, and bad at worst. And the modern talk does NOT help, especially when it takes place in the first few centuries after common era. This film was not enjoyable.

Characters

Let’s get this over in a nutshell. I already said how most of them are unlikable and one dimensional, so let’s just move on with this as quickly as possible, with 10 words for the characters each.

Stupid, annoying to hear, ungrateful, delusional, and an unpleasant protagonist.

Stupid, annoying to hear, ungrateful, delusional, and an unpleasant protagonist.

Overly annoying, brute, cocky, ridiculously loud, stereotypical one note child.

Overly annoying, brute, cocky, ridiculously loud, stereotypical one note child.

Alright and sensible at first, but became a HUGE hypocrite.

Alright and sensible at first, but became a HUGE hypocrite.

Reasonable, sensible middle man. Shame he died early and young.

Reasonable, sensible middle man. Shame he died early and young.

Useless, failed comic relief, eye rolling worthy, and complete filler.

Useless, failed comic relief, eye rolling worthy, and complete filler.

She was only in 3 scenes, but is very pleasant.

She was only in 3 scenes, but is very pleasant.

Animation

I have to say that the animation is pretty good. It is nothing special, but the traditional animation looks really good in this film, and the CGI is not as noticeable, and actually aged well. The colors are very vibrant and eye drawing. I like how the native characters do not have fully caucasian features with just the darker skin on the characters.

Music

I have a bit of an issue with the music. While there is a song that somewhat has the Inuit and native music in it, I also hear songs that are “typically canadian” or have nothing to do with the native feel of the movie. Some of the songs are also weirdly and wrongly placed in the movie. There is no overall theme in the soundtrack, and it is a problem.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on November 1st, 2003, it did better than many of its immediate predecessors in this era, but that still does not mean that Brother Bear was a big success in it’s box office. It made $85,336,277 domestically, and about $164,700,000 elsewhere, with a total amount of $250,383,219. It did decently on DVD.

When it came to reviews, it received mixed reviews. While some said that it had a more serious theme than its predecessors and had some heart, others criticized it for its thin and unengaging story and characters.

The film was nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Picture, but lose to Finding Nemo. I have not mentioned this in the previous feature reviews, but around this time, Pixar was becoming the dominant studio for animation, as they had 5 critical and financial hits under their belt; Toy Story, A Bugs’ Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters. Inc, and Finding Nemo.

The soundtrack made it to 52 on the Billboard charts.

Reception Today

Well, it has been almost 11 years since it has been released, and today, not many people remember it. And the people that do remember it does not really have the nicest things to say about it. They either say it is mediocre at best, or horrible at worst. It is not THE worst film in the canon, but ti is definitely near the bottom. Disney NEVER talks about this film.

Final Score

Story: 5.5/10

Characters: 4.5/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 6.5/10

= 24.5/40 = 61%

Next Time…

Review: October 20th, 2014

Review: October 20th, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Treasure Planet

 

Walt Disney Animation Studios 43rd feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studios 43rd feature film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4K_pjwPZLQ http://www.cornel1801.com/disney/Treasure-Planet-2002/movie-film.html

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is in the middle of the canon to me. There is a lot of good in it, but there is a lot that I did not really care for as well. This is not a favorite of mine, and I do feel like some of this film reeked of Marketing or Executive Meddling, as some parts were a bit gimmicky. Overall, it is a very decent film that holds up. Just not my type of flavor.

Production

Production started in 1997, after they finished their work on Hercules. They have been pitching the idea since 1985, but John Musker and Ron Clements were forced to do The Little Mermaid instead, since Katzenberg was not interested in the idea. It makes sense why they greenlit this project in 1997 because by then, Atlantis: The Lost Empire was getting out of pre-production, and they wanted to change their audience.

They were having a bit of trouble with the film at first, as they had a hard time trying to update many things from the novel to a space setting, and they had to modify many things to suit the audience of the early 2000s which I am sure the producers had a HUGE involvement with the many changes in this film. Later in production, they again made many changes to the story and characters. The crew had a law of 70/30, meaning 70% of the film, whether it is animation, sound, and story would be of traditional telling, while 30% of it was sci-fi.

Story

The story starts with a narration from Tony Jay about us being in another world, and about Captain Flint raiding ships that float in the sky, and stealing their treasure, as they are approaching Treasure Planet. We soon realize that a 5 year old (I only say this because it says so on Wikipedia) Jim Hawkins (Austin Majors, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is reading a book about Treasure Planet, and when his mother Sarah (Laurie Metcalf) goes in his room, she initially tells him to go to bed, but she soon reads with him when he begs her.

So we are introduced to Older Jim, and we skip 12 years, meaning he is 17. I am 17, and I thought he was 15 at the most. Anyways, he is sky........surfing? Anyways, this scene reeks of "look little boys, Jim is so cool. Look boys, we could make a bunch of toys off of this", and it just REEKS of marketing people's influences on this film. He soon gets caught by the police because he is flying in prohibited land.

So we are introduced to Older Jim, and we skip 12 years, meaning he is 17. I am 17, and I thought he was 15 at the most. Anyways, he is sky……..surfing? Anyways, this scene reeks of “look little boys, Jim is so cool. Look boys, we could make a bunch of toys off of this”, and it just REEKS of marketing people’s influences on this film. He soon gets caught by the police because he is flying in prohibited land.

He is dragged to his mother’s home and restaurant, as she is talking to her good friend Dr. Doppler (David Hyde Pierce) about how she thinks Jim is doing better since his father left, only for him to be escorted in the house by the police. They warn her about him potentially going to jail if h continues, and everyone in the restaurant is watching the scene. She lectures him about him needing to do better, and he goes outside to find a ship crash, and someone dying, muttering about the Treasure Planet, and Beware the Cyborg. Jim is given a sphere, and when a group of people attack their home, they flee to Doppler’s house.

Jim plays around with the sphere, to only find out that it is the map to Treasure Planet. His mother and family friend witness this, and he wants to go. He apologizes to her about screwing up all the time, but this could make it up to her. Doppler is overly cheery and excited, as he pushes Sarah to make him go, which she eventually does, because she has nothing else to lose.

Apparently, this is where the main town is, where they have to fly to i. There are so many questions about this world, how it functions, the biological and the issues with the physics which almost never get answered. It is very hard for me to understand certain things in the film, because the world and the atmosphere only gives me a lot of questions instead of answers.

Apparently, this is where the main town is, where they have to fly to it. There are so many questions about this world, how it functions, the biological and the issues with the physics which almost never get answered. It is very hard for me to understand certain things in the film, because the world and the atmosphere only gives me a lot of questions instead of answers.

They reach the boat-ship, and they meet the commanders and crew they hired for, meeting Captain Amelia (Emma Thompson) her aide Mr. Arrow (Roscoe Lee Browne), and she takes the map to keep it safe, and she demands Jim to work with the crew, where he meets the chef John Silver (Bill Murray). Jim is very suspicious of him because he took in the warning the person told him about Cyborgs; which John Silver is.

So they sail the ship into space, and for no reason, Jim almost gets beat up by John Silver’s colleagues, but is saved by Arrow. John Silver loses it on his crew when thy almost blew their cover. So Silver and Jim talk, and we learn that his father abandoned him and Sarah for reasons unknown, and never came back. He did not die, but just left. We get a montage song of I’m Still Here.

So the song is showing is that Jim is looking up to John Silver as a fatherly figure, and we also see that when his father was there, he did not pay much attention to Jim. Their relationship is done well enough.

So the song is showing is that Jim is looking up to John Silver as a fatherly figure, and we also see that when his father was there, he did not pay much attention to Jim. Their relationship is done well enough.

A Supernova takes over, and it causes everyone to try to go through it with as minimal damage as possible. They tie themselves to a rope on a ship, so they can make it, but Arrow’s is cut off by a worker of Silver’s named Scroop (Michael Wincott) and he flies to his death. After they make it all through, Captain Amelia calls for him, and when she realizes what happened, she is visibly distraught. Scroop frames Jim to make it seem like it is his fault that Arrow died and the ten does not take it well at all. When Silver tries to assure him, it does not work, as he continues to freak out. Silver gives Jim a pep talk about having greatness in him, bu he needs to believe in himself.

The next morning, he wakes up to go to his work area to hear Silver’s crew confronting him about having a soft spot for Jim, which of course John Silver denies and says that he only cares about the treasure, which hurts Jim’s feeling, and reassured that he is the cyborg that the guy that died warned him about.

They land on Treasure Planet, and Jim makes it known  that he now hates Silver. He tells Amelia and Doppler that the entire crew are pirates, which causes them to prepare to escape the ship. We engage in this long chase scene with the crew and Jim trying to get the map, with him escaping to Treasure Planet with Amelia and Doppler.

When they land, we soon realize that Amelia is injured, and that the invisible sidekick of Jim and Silver's left the map of Treasure Planet on the ship. It is around here when the rest of the film becomes an extremely long chase between Silver and Jim. It becomes really slow, and the plot becomes a bit thin at this point. I always get bored and unengaged from this point on in the film.

When they land, we soon realize that Amelia is injured, and that the invisible sidekick of Jim and Silver’s left the map of Treasure Planet on the ship. It is around here when the rest of the film becomes an extremely long chase between Silver and Jim. It becomes really slow, and the plot becomes a bit thin at this point. I always get bored and unengaged from this point on in the film.

The pirates land on Treasure Planet to look for Jim, and he bumps into a robot called B.E.N. (Martin Short). The robot does not have a memory, since his owner took it out. He takes Jim, Amelia, and Doppler to his house. Jim thinks it is a good idea to go outside and to confront John Silver. He tells Jim that he did not mean a word that he told his crew about not caring for the lad, as they thought he was going soft. Silver asks Jim for the map, which causes them to argue, and the cyborg makes an ultimatum; get him the map by dawn tomorrow, or he will kill everyone. Back at the house, Amelia compliments Doppler’s eyes, and we realize that they have feelings for one another.

Jim goes back onto the ship and looks for the map, when he comes face to face with Scroop. They fight for a little bit, and Jim is about to be cut into the sky to die (like Arrow was), but he jumps to the pole, and pushes Scroop to fly to his death. He returns to B.E.N.’s house to see Doppler and Amelia tied up by John Silver and his crew, and he demands Jim to open the map (after he fails to open it himself). Jim opens it, which reveals where the treasure is, but closes it soon after, and tells Silver that he has to go with them as well.

So the map shows a bunch of portals, and reveals that the treasure is in the middle of the planet, and is only accessible via portal.

So the map shows a bunch of portals, and reveals that the treasure is in the middle of the planet, and is only accessible via portal.

When they reach the treasure, they find B.E.N.’s memory, and when it is installed in his head, B.E.N. reveals that his master set a bunch of booby traps so no one could take his treasure, which is also why he ripped out B.E.N.’s memory. While the booby trap goes on, Amelia and Doppler untie themselves, and Silver goes after Jim, who falls and ends up in a position where he may die. Silver saves Jim over the gold, and they all try to escape and head towards the portal. Jim skysurfs to open the portal to take them home, and they escape just in time.

Silver decides that he needs to leave, so he takes a boat, and right as he is about to leave, Jim stops by, and he offers the lad to join him on a never ending look for treasure, but Jim declines, saying that he needs to chart his own course (I swore this message was already in Pocahontas). So they have a warming goodbye, which you can tell that they both realize that they will never see one another again.

So the ship lands in the town, and Jim reunites with his mother. A few years (or months) later, Captain Amelia and Doppler have quadruples, Sarah opens a new restaurant, and Jim returns with a nice haircut, and as a military cadet. They all have a party, and Jim sees Silver’s face as a cloud, and he smiles.

Do I think this film is bad? No. Do I think this film deserved it's abysmal flop in the box office? No. Is this film the major reason why traditional animation is pretty much obsolete in WDAS? Yes. Do I think this film is mediocre? Yes. The story gets overly slow in the last half of the film, the characters are decent, but I have seen better, the setting is not that well explained, and a bit scientifically impossible, but there is a charm and heart this film has, which lacks in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Emperor's New Groove, Dinosaur, and it's immediate predecessors. This is so not what Disney is used to doing, and while it is better than I thought, I do not see myself watching this movie much (if at all) after this review.

Do I think this film is bad? No. Do I think this film deserved it’s abysmal flop in the box office? No. Is this film the major reason why traditional animation is pretty much obsolete in WDAS? Yes. Do I think this film is mediocre? Yes. The story gets overly slow in the last half of the film, the characters are decent, but I have seen better, the setting is not that well explained, and a bit scientifically impossible, but there is a charm and heart this film has, which lacks in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Emperor’s New Groove, Dinosaur, and its immediate successors. There is a lot of gimmicks in this film though. This is so not what Disney is used to doing, and while it is better than I thought, I do not see myself watching this movie much (if at all) after this review.

Characters

The characters for the most part are likable, and they do have some depth to them, but for some reason, a lot of them has a gimmick to them. I cannot really fully engage in them or like them for some reason. They are just eh, and I do think I might forget some of them.

Jim is the typical troubled, rebellious teenager, but there is something that makes him different. He does hear what authority figures are saying, wants to change and do better, and is not overly obnoxiously rebellious and troublesome. He is a good enough lead for me, but he does not really stand out to me compared to other characters. He does have a cool design though. He learns his lesson, and his development is nice to see.

Jim is the typical troubled, rebellious teenager, but there is something that makes him different. He does hear what authority figures are saying, wants to change and do better, and is not overly obnoxiously rebellious and troublesome. He is a good enough lead for me, but he does not really stand out to me compared to other characters. He does have a cool design though. He learns his lesson, and his development is nice to see. His voice actor did a really good time with Jim.

For some reason, a lot of people do not like John Silver in this film, and I cannot really see why. It is probably because I have never watched or read the original or any other Treasure Island adaption. He is deceptive, sympathetic, a bit soft, but aggressive and intimidating. With what they need to do with his character is done well. As an antagonist, he does his job well, without losing his bad side as well as seeing a good side to him. A lot of villains do not get that.

For some reason, a lot of people do not like John Silver in this film, and I cannot really see why. It is probably because I have never watched or read the original or any other Treasure Island adaption. He is deceptive, sympathetic, a bit soft, but aggressive and intimidating. With what they need to do with his character is done well. As an antagonist, he does his job well, without losing his bad side as well as seeing a good side to him. A lot of villains do not get that.

Doppler is pretty funny. He is eccentric, smart, a bit naive, a bit cowardly, but can be quirky and a bit of a badass. His relationship with Amelia is definitely rushed, but as a character, he is an entertaining character, who has a vibrant personality.

Doppler is pretty funny. He is eccentric, smart, a bit naive, a bit cowardly, but can be quirky and a bit of a badass. His relationship with Amelia is definitely rushed, but as a character, he is an entertaining character, who has a vibrant personality.

She is very funny. She is chirpy and energetic, but bossy and a bit controlling. It would have been nice if we saw more of her though. She is brilliantly voiced though.

She is very funny. She is chirpy and energetic, but bossy and a bit controlling. It would have been nice if we saw more of her though. She is brilliantly voiced though.

She is the typical mother, but you do sympathize with her, and she is likable.

She is the typical mother, but you do sympathize with her, and she is likable.

Animation

The animation is……..very good. The character designs are very good, the backgrounds (which are mostly CGI) are very detailed, intricate, nicely designed, and aged really well. The animation adds a lot to the theme and the feeling of the film. I have to say that it is very fluid, and the CGI and traditional animation blends really well together. They really pull off the 18th century/futuristic settings and bringing them together, though I do not understand why they merged the two styles in the first place.

Music

There is only one song in the film called I’m Still Here, and……..it is okay. It does have a typical pop-rock style, instead of the adventure and pirate-y theme that the entire score has for itself. The score is good, but for some reason, I kept on thinking that it sounded familiar, and that I heard it from several other films.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on November 27, 2002, it was a box office bomb, and is still known as one of the biggest flops in existence. It only made an embarrassing amount of $38 million domestically, and $71 million overseas, leaving the amount of $$109,578,115 worldwide. This is an issue because the budget was $140 million, and the marketing was another $40 million, meaning they lose over $70 million on this film. This is what officially sunk traditional animation. With this and the underperformance of Sinbad a few months later, WDAS and DreamWorks soon stated that traditional animation is dead. Disney made plans to close off their traditional animation studios almost instantly. They took a huge hit with this. The failures of Atlantis and Emperors already made the first 2 years of the 2000s rough, but this was a huge hit to the company.

Critically, it got favorable reviews. Many praised it for it’s action, story, and visuals, liking how it did not completely ignore the book, while others criticized it for having a crappy script, and the fact that it had an overly gimmicky feeling to it.

It surprisingly was nominated along with Lilo and Stitch by the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature, but both lost to Spirited Away. It was also nominated for a bunch of Annie awards.

Reception Today

Out of all the Disney canon, I would say that this is the film that the company hides the most (actually, The Black Cauldron might fight with this film for the one that is deeper in the Disney Vault). Despite that, many has mixed thoughts of this film, as a lot do not see it as bad, but not good either. It does have a big fanbase and a cult following nonetheless.

Final Score

Story: 7/10

Characters: 7/10

Animation: 9/10

Music: 7.5/10

= 30.5/40 = 76%

Next Time…

Review: October 13th, 2014

Review: October 13th, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Lilo & Stitch

Walt Disney Animation Studios 42nd feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studios 42nd feature film.

http://viooz.co/movies/2929-lilo-stitch-2002.html

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is very good. I like how this film is one of the most realistic films in the canon, and it had a lot of heart and care in it. It is very creative, and they pulled off the half sci-fi, half family storylines and combined them together. The characters are very well developed, and this is another example of how simplicity is sometimes better. I wished that the studio tool note of this, since this film alone was not enough to stop the downhill pace of this era.

Production

Production started in the mid 90s, and they wanted to make a film that was cheaper to make after the big budget films of the mid 90s, as they were inspired with how they did the same with Dumbo all those decades ago. Storyboard artist Chris Sanders was approached to pitch an idea for a film, and he did about a character named Stitch (which he wanted to make a children’s book of in 1985, but failed).

The film was supposed to take place in Kansas (how boring), but they changed it to Hawaii for some reason. The production crew for this film was relatively small, as many were focusing on the big budget films like Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Treasure Planet and Tarzan. They took a trip to Kaua’i, and studied the concept of Ohana, which they added to the film.

Chris Sanders had almost complete control over the character designs and backgrounds, as he decided to use water coloring for the coloring in the animation. They had to edit quite a bit of the film after the September 11, 2001 incident in the United States.

Story

So the film starts in a galactic space ship, and Dr. Jumba Jookiba (David Ogden Stiers) is on trial for creating an illegal and unethical experiment, and when he tries to lie about not making anything, they bring out Experiment 626, which would be soon known as Stitch (Chris Sanders). Uumba tells them that Stitch is only there to destroy, and the Grand Councilwoman (Zoe Caldwell) and Gantu (Kevin Michael Richardson) has Jumba arrested, and for Stitch to be “taken care of”. Stitch escapes and ends up on a ship, which is crashing to Hawaii, and Councilwoman tells Gantu and Earth expert Agent Pleaky (Kevin McDonald) to get Stitch, since they cannot wipe out Earth to get him, and it is a reserve to make the population for Mosquitos grow.

We have the first song of 2 called He Mele No Lilo, and it is very nice. It shows some Hawaiian culture, and Lilo rushes to her dance after feeding the fish that controls the weather. It is established that she is not all there, and......is a normal child.

We have the first song of 2 called He Mele No Lilo, and it is very nice. It shows some Hawaiian culture (which is nice to see in these minority themed films, unlike Aladdin), and Lilo rushes to her dance after feeding the fish that controls the weather. It is established that she is not all there, and……is a normal child.

So her sister Nani (Tia Carerre) is called, and she tells Lilo to wait for her at the dance studio, but for some reason, Lilo chooses not to do that. She is rejected by her classmates to join them in playing dolls, so she goes home and locks the door. Nani rushes to the studio to find that Lilo is not there. This makes her upset because the Social Worker is on his way to her house, so she rushes back home to find Lilo listening to Elvis, and locking the door with nails. When the social worker named Cobra Bubbles (Ving Rhames) arrives to their home, Nani is in the doghole cursing at Lilo, as she takes the nails out of the door. He enters her home, and she does not make a good impression on him, as she left the food on, the kitchen filled with dirty dishes, and Lilo was home alone. Bubbles tells her that the meeting did not go well, and she has 3 days to turn things around.

So Nani loses it on Lilo for screwing things up, and they get into an argument about Lilo screwing the meeting up. She yells at her older sister that she should sell her to make her (Nani happy), which she replied that a rabbit would be a lot quieter than Lilo, who does not understand the severity of their issue. Lilo goes to her room, and some time passes before Nani goes to her room. They reunite and they say that they like one another as siblings better than parent/child, which is when a “star” (which is really Stitch and his ship) crashes on Earth. The relationship between these 2 are really good, and it is not like the outright cookie cutter happy sibling relationships, or the pathetic family feud relationships, which one of the two being in these films typically.

The film took a bit to start up, but when it starts up, things get good.

The film took a bit to start up, but when it starts up, things get good.

So for some reason, Nani and Lilo think it is a good idea to buy a pet, and for some reason, the pet workers bring what they think is a “dead dog” to the store with the other pets. Lilo chooses Stitch as a pet, and when he realizes that Jumba and Pleaky are outside and waiting to shoot him down, so he uses Lilo as a shield, so they cannot do anything to him. When Lilo and Stitch are in town, this conflict between him and them only increases. For some reason, an Elvis song plays as Lilo is trying to train Stitch, but it fails, as he is miserable and destructive, with Jumba and Pleaky ready and waiting to capture him at any moment.

We go to Nani’s job, where we are introduced to her date/friends-with-benefits David (James Scott Lee) who is a fire blower at the beach restaurant, and he asks her on a date, but she says that she has a lot on her mind at the moment. After she leaves, Lilo tells him that she likes his hair and butt.

So because of dumbass Jumba's impatience (I am gonna rip him apart in his character analysis), Nani gets fired, which only makes the situation with the Social Worker worse, as she now has no income, and he does not respond well to Stitch.

So because of dumbass Jumba’s impatience (I am gonna rip him apart in his character analysis), Nani gets fired, which only makes the situation with the Social Worker worse, as she now has no income, and he does not respond well to Stitch.

Nani wants to take Stitch back as he is a menace and has not been there that long, but we learn that Lilo has recently moved in with Nani, and that their parents died in a car crash thanks to the rain, which is why she goes to feed the weather fish; to control the weather. This is a very interesting fact to add in, and those small lines add a lot of depth in movies, and this film has a lot of those moments. So after Stitch wrecks Lilo’s room and scares Nani (who calls an animal expert to find out what type of animal Stitch is), he finds a book called The Ugly Duckling, and has Lilo read it to him, which he relates to. This is re-establishing the theme of Family, and that everyone needs a family.

So Nani goes to find a job the next day, and Lilo trains Stitch after the social worker tells them that Stitch needs to be trained. This causes Lilo and Stitch to bond, and while they are training, they ruin every opportunity Nani gets art finding a job, and things take a turn for the worst, when he ruins her chance of getting a job at the beach.

They are in a funk until David appears, and encourages them to go on a surf, which leads to the song Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride. It is a very nice song, and it shows how Stitch is secretly lonely, as the three of them phay. Like all things, Jumba has to ruin it, and almost causes Lilo to drown, as he catches stitch. Of course Cobra Bubbles has to see this, which he tells Nani that he will pick up Lilo tomorrow, though he knows she is trying her hardest but sometimes that is not enough.

They are in a funk until David appears, and encourages them to go on a surf, which leads to the song Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride. It is a very nice song, and it shows how Stitch is secretly lonely, as the three of them phay. Like all things, Jumba has to ruin it, and almost causes Lilo to drown, as he catches stitch. Of course Cobra Bubbles has to see this, which he tells Nani that he will pick up Lilo tomorrow, though he knows she is trying her hardest but sometimes that is not enough.

Stitch decides to leave, because he has caused so much trouble, and he gets lost, and is alone because he has no family. This is a pretty sad scene, and you really feel for Stitch. I forgot to mention the Ohana message; in Hawaiian, it means nobody gets left behind, which is why Nani kept him for as long as she did. Councilwoman calls and tells Pleaky and Jumba that they are fired, which causes him to lose it and run like the crazy man he is, and shoots all over the place to kill Stitch.

David goes to their house the next morning to tell Nani about the job opportunity at a grocery store. It is SO not a smart thing to leave your sibling at home, when they are going to be taken by the Social Worker. So Stitch and Jumba end up in the house, and they have an epic fight that ruins the home.

With all of this bullshit, I don't even blame Bubbles. I have officially switched to #TeamCobraBubbles.

With all of this bullshit, I don’t even blame Bubbles. I have officially switched to #TeamCobraBubbles.

So Gantu shows up to Earth (after Councilwoman sends him) and he soon captures Stitch and Lilo (who escaped the car as Nani and Bubbles were arguing), and flies off. Stitch manages to escape right before the ship akes off, which leaves Lilo being taken to space (which Bubbles is soon aware of, and does nothing). Nani loses it on Stitch, Jumba, and Pleaky, which causes them all to go on a ship, and chase after Gantu. To wrap this climax up, Stitch saves Lilo.

Since Councilwoman (my bae) ain’t bout the bullshit she has been dealing with, so she goes down to Hawaii herself to capture Stitch. She awaits for all of them to come back to the beach, but she is convinced that Stitch is a compassionate thing with feelings, and she lets him stay for his “punishment” on Earth, since Lilo legally owns him. She does not let Pleaky and Jumba on the ship back home I do not blame her one bit, but it sucks we have to deal with Jumba for the TV series and all of those sequels, and we get a montage of them fixing the house, and Lilo, Nani, Stitch, Jumba, Pleaky, and David acting like one huge family.

You know, I watch each film twice whenever I do the review (one to watch the film only, and the second time to summarize as I am writing the review), and I usually get minorly sick of the movie....for a bit, and I never felt like that with this film. I could eatch it again right now if I wanted to. Anyways, I am glad that they went with the cheaper budget film this time, because it left the workers a lot more creative freedom and less executive meddling, and it really shows in this film. I think that is why the other films in this era are so bleh, because it REAKS of executives. About the story, it is entertaining, full, slowly pacefd at first, but it picks up, develops more than the main character, and blends the two plots into one really nicely. It is weird how no one questions why there are aliens in 2002 Hawaii.

You know, I watch each film twice whenever I do the review (one to watch the film only to get an overall feeling, and the second time to summarize as I am writing the review), and I usually get minorly sick of the movie….for a bit, and I never felt like that with this film. I could watch it again right now if I wanted to. Anyways, I am glad that they went with the cheaper budget film this time, because it left the workers a lot more creative freedom and less executive meddling (which plagued this era, and even a bit of the Renaissance era), and it really shows in this film. I think that is why the other films in this era are so bleh, because it REAKS of executive meddling for marketing purposes. About the story, it is entertaining, full, slowly paced at first, but it picks up, develops more than the main character, and blends the two plots into one really nicely. It is weird how no one questions why there are aliens in 2002 Hawaii.

Characters

The characters are very entertaining….for the most part. The main characters are good characters, and even the side and minor characters are very entertaining and are full of personality. I will say that Councilwoman is boss, and Cobra is deliciously careless and heartless.

 

Not only is she an engaging child character, she is an engaging character overall. She is abit of a brat in the beginning, and it annoying, but I am glad they toned it down by a lot, and explained that it is because she has no friends, recently had to move into her sister's house, has the social workers on her ass, and that she is still dealing with the mourning of her parents. That is a lot for a 6 year old to handle. She is quirky, weird, smart, and witty for her age. She is a great character.

Not only is she an engaging child character, she is an engaging character overall. She is abit of a brat in the beginning, and it is annoying, but I am glad they toned it down by a lot, and explained that it is because she has no friends, recently had to move into her sister’s house, has the social workers on her ass, and that she is still dealing with the mourning of her parents. That is a lot for a 6 year old to handle. She is quirky, weird, smart, and witty for her age. She is a great character.

Stitch is.........alright. I do not love him, nor do I hate him. He is a bit too much in the beginning, and I did not find him that charming, but th animation on him is great, and gives him some great emotion. You just feel so bad for him at certain moments. I need to warm up to him as the film goes on, but when I do, I get to like him a lot.

Stitch is………alright. I do not love him, nor do I hate him. He is a bit too much in the beginning, and I did not find him that charming, but the animation on him is great, and gives him some great emotion. You just feel so bad for him at certain moments. I need to warm up to him as the film goes on, but when I do, I get to like him a lot.

People usually say Stitch or Lilo are the standouts in the film, but to me, it is Nani. She is only a young woman, but she is clever, witty, sarcastic, a bit bitter, warming, loving, protective, and is so many things wrapped up in one. She has so much on her mind, and we do see her lose it a few times in the film. She has the social worker issue, the job issue, her love life suffering because of everything, and handling a house with a brat in it.  She goes through a lot in this film, and most of it is not even her fault. She is one of the strongest characters that I have EVER and will probably ever see in a Disney movie. She is awesome.

People usually say Stitch or Lilo are the standouts in the film, but to me, it is Nani. She is only a young woman, but she is clever, witty, sarcastic, a bit bitter, warming, loving, protective, and is so many things wrapped up in one. She has so much on her mind, and we do see her lose it a few times in the film. She has the social worker issue, the job issue, her love life suffering because of everything, and handling a house with a brat in it. She goes through a lot in this film, and most of it is not even her fault. She is one of the strongest characters that I have EVER and will probably ever see in a Disney movie. She is awesome, and completely realistic.

The entire conflict that happened in the film is because of this incompetent fucker. HE did something that he was NOT supposed to do, feels NO remorse for breaking the law, eats paper like a mental person in jail, and then blames everything on Stitch, and has NO remorse for ruining a family?  He has NO reason to be mad at ANYONE in this film; at all. He is so unlikable, and such a pain that he makes me grate at times. He does have a good line, where he says "Do not bring my mother into this" when him and Stitch are fighting. He should have gotten SOME punishment. You would think with 4 eyes, you would get to see more things, but he is so one-sided with all of his thoughts and sights. I do not like him.

The entire conflict that happened in the film is because of this incompetent, deranged mother fucker. HE did something that he was NOT supposed to do, feels NO remorse for breaking the law, eats paper like a mental person in jail, and then blames EVERYTHING on Stitch, and has NO remorse for ruining a family? He has NO reason to be mad at ANYONE in this film; at all. He is so unlikable, and such a pain that he makes me grate in disturbing anger at times. He does have a good line, where he says “Do not bring my mother into this” when him and Stitch are fighting. He should have gotten SOME punishment, and taken SOME accountability. You would think with 4 eyes, you would get to see more things, and have more insight, but he is so one-sided with all of his thoughts and sights. I do not like him.

Pleaky is very level headed, educated, and calm. He is the one who has more of a conscious, and wants to keep things as non chaotic as possible. He is very feminine though.

Pleaky is very level headed, educated, and calm. He is the one who has more of a conscious, and wants to keep things as non chaotic as possible. He is very feminine though.

Cobra is the social worker. He is tough, and a bit intimidating, but he doe shave a heart, and feels a bit bad , knowing what he will do will tear a family. I am glad he is not one sided.

Cobra is the social worker. He is tough, and a bit intimidating, but he doe shave a heart, and feels a bit bad , knowing what he will do will tear a family. I am glad he is not one sided.

David is the calm, collected, wild surfer dude. He is likable for what he is, but he is only in like 3 or 4 scenes at the max, so there is not much to say about him other than that and he likes Nani.

David is the calm, collected, wild surfer dude. He is likable for what he is, but he is only in like 3 or 4 scenes at the max, so there is not much to say about him other than that and he likes Nani.

Animation

The animation is very simple, but very stylistic. I like how they gave the film a special look with the water-colors, and I like how they designed the human characters, with the big noses, and the eyes that are so far apart from one another, not looking like the typical Disney human characters, or the typical cartoon human character, and the imagery of the entire film is brilliant. It makes the film stand out.

Music

There are only 2 songs in the film (not including the Elvis ones), and they are very Hawaiian. They kind of show the culture of the Hawaiians, and they have some purpose to the story. What I am confused about is why are there songs by Elvis in this film? What does he have to do with anything? The score is decent enough, but it is not really that memorable.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on June 21st, 2002, it opened at #2 behind Minority Report, and dropped to number 3 the next week. It is the biggest success in a few years, since most of the films in this era were flops, but it is still not a big success, with $145,794,338 domestically, and $127,349,813 overseas, with a total of $273,144,151.

It was critically praised when it was released, as many said that it has more heart than the others, and more adult than it’s immediate predecessors and successors; without trying to be. The soundtrack made it to #11 on the Billboard 200 charts; the first to make it on since Tarzan 3 years prior. It is funny that they did not have high hopes for this film, but this is the one that is the most remembered and liked in this era.

It was nominated for a few accolades, like Best Animated Feature, and won a few awards. and it did really well in the Home Video releases.

Reception Today

It managed to garner 3 sequels, and a television show. It is not THE biggest advertised film, but in a way, it is a Disney classic. You will see Stitch in the theme parks, and there being many merchandise off of him. It is seen as the best of the Post-Renaissance era.

Final Score

Story: 8/10

Characters: 8.5/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 7/10

= 31.5/40 = 79%

Next Time…

Review: October 6th, 2014

Review: October 6th, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Walt Disney Animation Studios 40th feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studios 41st feature film.

http://www.veoh.com/watch/v19729432JpdRJBxQ

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion is that I thought I was going to be extremely angry right after watching this film, but all I feel is disappointment. Disney tried to do something completely different, and it failed. The characters are flat (with a Gary-Stu for a protagonist), the logic behind Atlantis and some other plot points either do not make sense, or has some holes to it, and it just does not have as much heart as it wants to have. While the animation is extremely stylized, and the score is good for the theme, there are some issues with this story,  and it seems like they wanted to put the style and action first.

Production

Production for this film started in 1996 when Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, and the entire Hunchback of Notre Dame crew met up for a lunch. The production crew wanted to do a film and bring back the entire group of Hunchback (after it was recently released in theaters) based in an Adventureland setting, with them setting on the location of Atlantis. I have my own theory as to why they started with this project……and WHEN they started this project. Hunchback and Pocahontas has already under-performed to the studio, and it is known that the audience was getting tired of the repetitive formula, so….they decided to go with the complete opposite route; ala this film.

They went to countless seminars and museums to study early 20th century technology and gear, for the style of the film. They wanted to dismantle the idea of Atlantis having Greek architecture, so they got Mayan and South Asian designs for the look of Atlantis as well. They created their own language “Atlantean” for the film.

Milo was going to be related to a pirate, but they made him related to an explorer, so his thirst for exploring and thirst for Atlantis would make more sense. The designs of the film were based off of the man from Hellboy; Mike Mignola’s drawings. There were also a bunch of new programs created for this film, as they replaced the epic songs with epic action scenes. This is the third (including Dinosaur, The Black Cauldron, and The Rescuers Down Under) to have absolutely no songs.

Story

The film starts in at least before 360 BC with a large tidal wave, that is about to destroy Atlantis, and when a blue light calls Kida (Cree Summer)’s mother, it takes her up, and it somehow protects Atlantis from the wave, but it does end up underwater.

It then switches to 1914, when we are introduced to our protagonist Milo (Michael. J. Fox) who is a cartographer and linguist. He is preparing for a presentation which if successful, it will prepare him to fund to go find Atlantis. Atlantis happens to be extremely advanced, and instead of it being in Ireland, there is a mistake, which means Atlantis is near Iceland. He already has a route to find the journal by Iceland, but he gets a note at 4:00 that his meeting was pushed back to 3:30, and then another one that says he missed his meeting. This is an excuse for his council to avoid seeing him, as they think he is crazy for wasting so much time on a “myth” about Atlantis.

So the uber sexy Helga (Claudia Christian) sneaks into his house to tell him that his dead grandfather Whitmore (John Mahoney) has a proposition for him. When they meet up, they talk about this journal, which leads to me many questions.

So the uber sexy Helga (Claudia Christian) sneaks into his house to tell him that his dead grandfather Whitmore (John Mahoney) has a proposition for him. When they meet up, they talk about this journal, which leads to me many questions. Anyways, Whitmore says that Milo’s grandfather (who taught him almost everything he knows, and raised him) found the journal, and then in another breath he says that his crew found it when they went to Ireland. When did the grandfather die? Did they find the book many years ago? No, because Audrey (Jacqueline Obradors) says she never met his grandfather, but she was there….when they found it……which was also founded by his grandfather…..It is all a confusing mess.

So Whitmore prepared this expedition for years, and since Milo is now ready and old enough, they take off. Milo goes on the submarine Ulysses with the team Whitmore sets up, and he is excited, but nervous. The crew is Vinny (Don Novello), a demolitions expert; Mole (Corey Burton), a creepy, irritating geologist; Dr. Sweet (Phil Morris), a black, talkative medical officer; Mrs. Packard (Florence Stanley), an old lady for a  radio operator; and Cookie (Jim Varney), a cook. Milo has some weird first meetings with them, but we are interrupted when a large root attacks them underwater, which is an excuse to have an action scene.

So some people die in the battle, and their submarine is destroyed, but they proceed with Milo leading them with the book (though NO ONE has ever been to Atlantis before, but….the person that wrote the book has a route of it….). They reach a bump in a road, but since Milo is apparently a mechanic, he fixes it.

Here is another reason as to why I cannot get with in this film; Milo is a Gary-Stu. I am not even joking. He has NO flaws, everything he does is the right thing, he suddenly has great social skills, and he does not even develop. He goes through no struggles, changes, or does anything that is less than perfect (though there is one scene with the fire). Point is, he is perfect. Not a good thing.

So the group decides to ask Milo to join them as they eat, and this leads to a scene where we find out a bit about the side characters, that is not really that important to go through, but it is a bit nice to see them TRY give depth to some of their characters. It is not enough, but at least they tried. The crew go to sleep, and Milo goes to use the washroom, but these fireflies (that literally turn into fire when they touch anything) causes a fire; forcing them to evacuate in a rush, with most of their gear ruined.

Milo is separated from the others, and these foreign humans (wearing huge masks) are intrigued by him. One of them (Kida) heals a cut he got, and then disappears. As his team recruits, he follows Kida, which leads all of them to finally reach Atlantis. Him and Kida exchange in a conversation, which leads him to discover that Kida can speak French and Spanish.

I learned this just a bit ago that English was based off of Latin (which was the main language of Ancient Rome), and it, French, Spanish, etc were not created until centuries after the fall of Rome. Atlantis already sunk in the water in BCE, and Rome fell in CE. So, what I am trying to say is that it makes no fucking sense for the Atlanteans to understand English IF IT WAS NOT INVENTED FOR CENTURIES AFTER ATLANTIS SUNK. Not only how Milo knowing Atlantean is stupid, but he does not speak it to the Atlanteans, since they somehow understand English.

I learned this just a bit ago that English was based off of Latin (which was the main language of Ancient Rome), and it, French, Spanish, etc were not created until centuries after the fall of Rome. Atlantis already sunk in the water in BCE, and Rome fell in CE. So, what I am trying to say is that it makes no fucking sense for the Atlanteans to understand English IF IT WAS NOT INVENTED FOR CENTURIES AFTER ATLANTIS SUNK. Not only how Milo knowing Atlantean is stupid, but he does not speak it to the Atlanteans, since they somehow understand English.

She takes them to her father, and the king of Atlantis Kashekim Nedakh (Leonard Nimoy), which he refuses and demands them to be killed, as no one lives and sees Atlantis. Kida tries to tell her father that they could help the Atlanteans, but he refuses. Commander of the expedition; Captain Rourke (James Garner) convinces the king to let them stay for a night, so they can regroup their supplies to leave. The king tells his daughter that she would have killed them on spot a thousand years ago, and they argue about the Atlantians suffer.

Milo is forced to talk to Kida, and they end up going on a walk, when she grabs him. He asks how Atlantis became in the ocean, which she replied that the gods were jealous of her, and she could remember people screaming, and that it was the last time she saw her mother. He soon realizes that she remembered because she was there. So apparently, she is thousands of years old. How and why do the Atlantians age slower than everywhere else in the world? Never explained. He tells her that they would have never went to Atlantis without the book he has, which he soon realizes that she cannot read or write in her own language. Okay, not only is it stupid that non-Atlanteans that have never went to Atlantis can read Atlantean, but how are the Atlanteans (who have been stuck in their word, and clearly living for thousands of years) NOT be able to read or write their own language? It does not really make sense.

So they tour around Atlantis, and he then starts to tell her about his crew mates. So farm they seem like they have a nice friendship, but only that. They go for a little swim to read a mosaic, only for.....

So they tour around Atlantis, and he then starts to tell her about his crew mates. So far they seem like they have a nice friendship, but only that. They go for a little swim to read a mosaic, only for…..

The entire crew that we have gotten used to, and Milo has been working for are suddenly villains,who wants to kidnap the crystal and all of Atlantis' belongings. They are going to be rich anyways, since they found Atlantis. I just wish that they had a film with no villain, but they could still have those action scenes. For some reason, I do not feel shocked or angered by the sudden switch.

The entire crew that we have gotten used to, and Milo has been working for are suddenly villains,who wants to kidnap the crystal and all of Atlantis’ belongings. They are going to be rich anyways, since they found Atlantis. I just wish that they had a film with no villain, but they could still have those action scenes. For some reason, I do not feel shocked or angered by the sudden switch.

They capture Kida, and they go to the King’s room to see where the crystal is, and punches him when he did not give any information. Rourke realizes that the crystal is right by the King’s eye, so him, Milo, Helga, and Kida make their way to the crystal. Kida ends up sacrificing herself to the crystal, and tells Milo in Atalantian that everything will be fine. This sequence is pretty cool. Despite this, Rourke puts her in a metal crate, which angers Milo, as they will kill the Atlanteans if they take the crystal, and goes on some speech, which convinces all of them but Helga and Rourke to change their minds.

Rourke has had it with Milo, so he punches him in the face before taking off. He checks on Kida’s father, who suddenly trusts him enough to tell Milo to save his daughter and Atlantis, before he dies. That must be a crappy way to die; with your daughter potentially being killed by the crystal, and Atlantis potentially dying. They all go on the machines to chase after the villains, which Rourke of course knew about, so he has people to shoot them down. He betrays Helga by pushing her off the hot air balloon, only for her to shoot it down. Milo gets to him, and uses a broken glass (which has Kida’s crystal stuff on it), and causes Rourke to turn into stone before dying.

So Kida and Atlantis is saved, and the crew mates decide to head back, with Milo staying with his love Kida (which I have mercilessly torn apart on this blog post right on here). Milo and Kida become King and Queen of Atlantis (wouldn’t he die off in 60 years, for her to have thousands of other husbands afterwards?), and the crew return to Whitmore, who tells them to make up a story on how Milo, Helga, and Rourke disappeared.

The plot is a mess. There is a lot that does not make sense, contradictions in the film with certain facts, many things being inserted to only be unimportant, the pacing being a bit off, and it does not give the chance to develop the characters. Plotholes are a pain, and I cannot say it is a Style over Substance case, but you could tell that they tried. Disney tried SO hard to save themselves from the downfall of the Disney Renaissance with this film, and wanted to be more adult and different, but it really failed.

Characters

I am not going to go through all of the characters, since almost half of them are just useless sidekicks. The crew members are just stereotypes really. We get a bit of insight on them, but it is not enough, as they are still not that likable or funny. The mains? I have a bit of an issue with them.

He is a Gary-Stu as I already mentioned. We have the nice tidbit of his grandfather and his relaitonship with him, but that does not really impact all of his actions in the film. Everything goes his way, he has no flaws, and is not really an engaging lead.

He is a Gary-Stu as I already mentioned. We have the nice tidbit of his grandfather and his relationship with him, but that does not really impact all of his actions in the film. Everything goes his way, he has no flaws, and is not really an engaging lead. Pathetic and lame as he did not even develop or grow.

He is a really lackluster villain. He is supposed ot be intimidating, but he never really is. We do not know much about him for the first 2/3 in the film, so when he does become a villain, there is no emotion or feeling that arises in me. His motivation is a bit eh, since he would have became rich just by finding Atlantis. He did not need to kidnap the crystal and to kill all of Atlantis.

He is a really lackluster villain. He is supposed to be intimidating, but he never really is. We do not know much about him for the first 2/3 in the film, so when he does become a villain, there is no emotion or feeling that arises in me. His motivation is a bit eh, since he would have became rich just by finding Atlantis. He did not need to kidnap the crystal and to kill all of Atlantis.

She is the deuteragonist of the film, but is barely in the film. All I know about her is that sh eants to protect her people, and that is only from her first 10 minutes. For the rest of the film, she is a crystal.

She is the deuteragonist of the film, but is barely in the film. All I know about her is that she wants to protect her people, and that is only from her first 10 minutes. For the rest of the film, she is a crystal. She is not a good character either.

Animation

The animation is actually pretty good. While the background characters are pretty dull, the CGI is better in this film, and ages better. The character designs was a very unique way to stylize the film, as they are very angular, and boxy. Mignola even worked on the film to help with the animation and the style that they wanted to base of his work on Hellboy. The backgrounds are very detailed and pretty to look at; especially when the scenes are in Atlantis.

Music

There are absolutely no songs in this movie, which makes sense because this is an adventure sci-fi film. Well, the score is pretty good and very. It has a unique, foreign sound to it, and when things are fast paced, the score makes the action scenes more exciting. The music is fitting for the sci-fi theme, and fits the film well. You are not going to instantly remember it though.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on June 3, 2001 (premiere), and June 15th, 2001 (theatrically), it did not do so well. I explained in my Shrek review that these two films were in theaters at the same time. Before Atlantis was even released, reporters, bloggers, and theorists predicted that Atlantis would have a struggle competing with Shrek at the box office, as people’s interest in CGI was only increasing, and this was a creative gamble, especially when this film is so Anti-Disney with what is in the content of the film, and what WDAS is typically known for. It was in theaters for 25 weeks, and it made only $186,053,725 internationally, with $84 million coming from North America. This is a bigger issue because the budget is $100 million, and it was the third flop in a row (after Fantasia 2000 and The Emperor’s New Groove).

Not only that, but they got mixed reviews for this move. Many praised it for it’s visuals and fast pace, but it was panned for not having a coherent plot, bad character development, and just a lackluster Disney film overall. Thomas Schumacher, president of Walt Disney Feature Animation, said about the failure of this film, “It seemed like a good idea at the time to not do a sweet fairy tale, but we missed.”

This was the moment when people knew that Disney was in a Post-Renaissance era, and that they are about to reach rock bottom, but they would still continue down this experimental, anti-Disney path.

Reception Today

Today, it is forgotten by the general public, and is only remembered by hardcore Disney fans who know the canon list. It does have a cult following, but the Disney company does not speak about this film, as it is known as one of Disney’s worst and biggest failures.

Final Score

Story: 4.5/10

Characters: 4/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 7/10

= 23.5/40 = 59%

Next Time…

Review: September 29th, 2014

Review: September 29th, 2014

Elsanna Rant

This is an issue that has been bothering me since the movie came out, and as I am speaking to you about this matter, I am also currently writing the Frozen review (yes, I am that far ahead), so it popped into my mind. For some reason, this pairing is the most popular shipping in the Frozen fandom, and it is very disturbing.

Literally. Type Elsanna on Google Images, and the nasty imagery you would get involves most of them engaging in fellatio and all of that stuff, and.......blech. And I do not dislike this couple because they are two girls, and I am in no way a homophobe, so I did not want people accusing me of that.

Literally. Type Elsanna on Google Images, and the nasty imagery you would get involves most of them engaging in fellatio and all of that stuff, and…….blech. And I do not dislike this couple because they are two girls, and I am in no way a homophobe, so I did not want people accusing me of that.

People can ship yaoi/yuri couples, and I have no issue or conflict with that, but the big issue about this couple is that THEY ARE SISTERS. That is a fact that CANNOT be ignored. We live in a world where incest is not only disgusting and illegal, but it completely immoral, and the thought of being with someone who you are family by blood with is just so creepy and mind-blowingly nauseating. It is actually very disturbing with the amount of people who are supporting incest, and I have heard many say in defense “there is nothing wrong with it, and we are being prejudice. Homosexuals were hated and looked down upon, but now they are accepted”, but homosexuality and incest are two completely different things that should not even be compared to one another, because liking someone who is the same gender is completely different than liking someone who came out of your relatives having sex one way or another, and are very close in the gene pool.  Just the thought of someone you love on a sibling or a cousin level, and you watched grow up being a part of the family, and then the entire….ugh.

Not only is incest completely disgusting anf vile, but it completely misses the point of the movie; focusing on sibling and family love being just as strong as romantic love.

Not only is incest completely disgusting and vile, but it completely misses the point of the movie; focusing on sibling and family love being just as strong as romantic love.

The directors wanted to focus on something different, like family love, and a strained relationship between two family members, but with a bunch of people twisting that to fit their need for romantic love is completely slapping the film in the face, and ignoring what it is about to fit that perception. Apparently, the “way they look at one another and act is reminiscent of lovers and a couple.” HOW? WHY? WHAT? So because a sister wants to speak to her sister, and they have a natural relationship means that they want to shag one another? Not only is that ludicrous, but it is also a slap in the face to sibling relationships. Point blank, it is deluding something into something that it is not. I am trying are not to lose it, but…..I feel so nauseous as I write this.

I think that many animation fans feel the need to insert romance in very single aspect of a film, especially when there is little to no romance in a film, because face it; a lot of us are romantics. But inserting to these two as a romance? I…….I can’t respect it, as it literally makes no sense, and nothing can convince me otherwise. There is literally no rational reason as to why this pairing makes any sense or is a good idea.

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And you know the most disgusting thing about it all? As soon as you go on Tumblr, DeviantArt, Fanpop, and especially Fanfiction, almost ALL of the work on the Frozen sections are for this romantic pairings. Like over 80%.

It is just really mindblowing that incest is really being supported, and at the end of the day, that is EXACTLY what this shipping is doing. I get it that there are no homosexual relationships on Disney, and I feel you for that, but to turn sisters into lovers is taking it too far. And even if you separate that fact, their personalities really do not compliment one another romantically, but the fact is, YOU CANNOT SEPARATE THE FACT THAT THEY ARE SIBLINGS AND GREW UP TOGETHER.

So overall, this ship makes me nauseous, disturbed, groan, and also engage in the utter confusion that the internet continues to show me. I do not mean to disrespect the fans themselves, as I am not attacking you individuals, but I am expressing MY opinion on the matter. This pairing has almost no logic to me, and does not give me a good feeling at all.

 

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: The Emperor’s New Groove

Walt Disney Animation Studios 39th feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studios 40th feature film.

http://www.cornel1801.com/disney/Emperors-New-Groove-2000/movie-film.html

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is mediocre. Not really good, and not really bad. I say this because the story is really basic, the animation is basic, the music is basic (and does not have an Incan theme to it), and the main characters are decent. What I do like are the villains though. I think the fourth wall was very unnecessary and does not make much sense in terms with the plot, and overall; you could tell that this was all done last minute, and Disney was trying hard to be modern and hip (as a last ditch effort to get this film off the ground, and to still be the top company).

Production

This film started production in 1994 (with Hercules and Mulan also starting development), and it was going to be an adaption of the Prince and the Pauper. The original project was called Kingdom of the Sun and was about the Emperor switching places with a peasant that looks just like him (and voiced by Owen Wilson), and learns to be compassionate and ends up falling in love with a peasant woman. They hired Sting to replicate what Elton John did with The Lion King.

While Mulan and Hercules were moving on the production schedule with no ease, and being released in the late 90s, this film went deeper into development hell. The studio was having issues with the story being extremely unoriginal like the final version is SO original, so they hired Mark Dindal (who wanted the film to be more of a comedy) to work alongside with original director Roger Allers (who wanted an epic film), but those two’s clashing ideas only caused more issues. The film was on life support around the time Mulan was released, with the execs extremely close to shut down the film, as it would not make the summer 2000 release. Allers asked for 6 months to a year to finish the project in early 1999, but they refused, which left him, Sting’s songs (but 1), the Prince and the Pauper story, Owen Wilson, and the Sun God idea tossed out of the window.

They ended up pushing the date back to December 2000 anyways, and with Dindal in full control of the film, he changed everything into the comedy he wanted it to be. At the end, Eisner was worried that the film would be like Hercules (performing decently in the box office). I think one of the other reasons why we got the film we did today was because it was becoming more and more apparent that the normal animated film was changing into the pop-culture, goofy movie, and the studio wanted to change with the times.

Story

So the film starts with a depressed and sad llama crying in the middle of the forest, and we get the fourth wall broken by Kuzco (David Spade) explaining how he is the ultimate victim, and to see what he is talking about, to rewind the tape back. We see for a few moments that he was always a spoiled brat, before it fast-forwards to the 18 year old, human, emperor Kuzco ordering everyone around, and dancing to his own theme song. This automatically shows us what an entitled, selfish, self-loving person he is, and it also shows that this film is going to be one of those that tries to establish that the humor is the most important part of a film. As he tries to choose a wife, he insults every single one of them, and one is about to beat him up. Onto better things………

The emperor's advisor Yzma (Eartha Kitt) and her assistant Kronk (Patrick Warburton) are the best things in the film. They are hilarious, and are actually well rounded characters. I could watch a spinoff with these two. THEY are who I find comedy gold, not Kuzco.

The emperor’s adviser Yzma (Eartha Kitt) and her assistant Kronk (Patrick Warburton) are the best things in the film. They are hilarious, and are actually well rounded characters. I could watch a spinoff with these two. THEY are who I find comedy gold, not Kuzco.

She tries to handle the peasant issues (pretending to be ruler), and when Kuzco sees her doing his job, he fires her on the spot. He gets her and Kronk to leave the room, with the peasant Pacha (John Goodman) showing up to discuss a matter with him, bu never gets a chance to because Kuzco tells him that he is going to build a summer palace on Pacha’s village for his birthday, and that they need to leave, causing Pacha to angrily leave.

Yzma lashes out about her firing, as she in a way raised him, but then comes up with the idea to kill him. When her and Kronk take the comedic ride to her liar, they come up with a plan to poison him. Kuzco for some reason joins them for dinner (why would the people he fired not too long ago STILL be in the palace, and why would he entertain that if he wanted them gone so bad), and is soon poisoned, but Yzma and Kronk soon realizes that the poison does not really work, as he wakes up, and eventually turns into a llama. They are freaked out by this, but Yzma tells Kronk to hit him in the head. It is soon realizes that Kronk got the wrong potion, and she demands him to take the emperor out of town to finish the job of killing him.

Kronk feels bad for what he has done, so he goes to saev Kuzco, but to onyl lose him anyways. I really want to know why Yzma hired him, and why Kronk even works for her. That would be some great information to kno, since he is clearly a good guy, and he knows she is evil and crazy.

Kronk feels bad for what he has done, so he goes to save Kuzco, but to only lose him anyways. I really want to know why Yzma hired him, and why Kronk even works for her. That would be some great information to know, since he is clearly a good guy, and he knows she is evil and crazy.

Kuzco is in a bag, and ends up falling with Pacha’s bag, causing him to be dragged to the peasant’s house. We are introduced to Pacha’s wife Chicha (Wendie Malick) and their children Chaca (Kellyann Kelso) and Tipo (Eli Russell Linnetz), and Chicha wants to know what happened with Pacha and the emperor. She gets really mad when she is told that Kuzco never talked to him (a lie), and is ready to march over there herself. Since the scene becomes about Pacha, Kuzco in the fourth wall yells for the scene to be changed.

Okay, I have to complain about this. the fourth wall adds absolutely nothing to the film. Not only does is Kuzco NOT narrating it the entire film through (would stop 3/4 int he movie), but it makes no sense. How would he know about the camera crew being there? At least with Winnie the Pooh, we know it is all a fake world, and the anrrator is reading it TO him, but this? What si the point? I get it that it is a comedy, and that is apparently more important than logic in this film, but there needs to BE logic and reasoning for things.

Okay, I have to complain about this. the fourth wall adds absolutely nothing to the film. Not only does Kuzco NOT narrate the entire film through (would stop 3/4 in the movie), but it makes no sense. How would he know about the camera crew being there? At least with Winnie the Pooh, we know it is all a fake world, and the narrator is reading it TO him, but this? What is the point? I get it that it is a comedy, and that is apparently more important than logic in this film, but there needs to BE logic and reasoning for things.

So he wakes up, and freaks out when he sees himself as a llama, and lashes out at Pacha for accusing him of stealing him because he was going to build a summer home on his village. He tries to go back, but ends up insulting a squirrel for no reason, which causes it to blow a balloon and pop it, awakening a bunch of jaguars. They chase him around, but is saved by Pacha (who followed him because he is so good-hearted, and wanted to help Kuzco). One thing leads to another, and another, which is Kuzco and Pacha being stranded int he forest.

After his funeral, Yzma finds out that Kronk did not kill Kuzco, and the latter is still alive. It is the next morning, and Kuzco pretends to be a changed man to get Pacha to take him to the palace. He realizes that the emperor lied when Pacha got stuck on a  bridge. Kuzco ends up stuck, and they end up fighting.

So the bridge breaks off, and they have to climb these rocks, which leads to the usual bonding between the men that hate one another.

So the bridge breaks off, and they have to climb these rocks, which leads to the usual bonding between the men that hate one another.

So Yzma and Kronk are having a hard time looking for the llama Kuzco, but when they bump into a squirrel, it tells Kronk (who can speak squirrel) that he saw the llama go to the diner Mudka’s Meat Hut, which causes the evil duo to head there themselves. Kuzco goes to complain to the chef about the crappy food, which causes the chef to quit. Pacha overhears Yzma complaining about how she should have killed Kuzco a long time ago, which causes him to try to get Kuzco out of there. Kronk becomes the chef, and this leads to a funny but useless scene of Yzma and Kuzco constantly trying to change their menus. Pacha tells Kuzco that Yzma and Kronk are trying to kill him, which causes in the dreaded misunderstanding scene that are in so many films, but he overhears Yzma complaining about him being alive, and how she is going to kill him. This leads to the scene we saw in the beginning of Kuzco crying in the middle of a rainstorm in the night time, and he tells the narration of himself to leave him alone. WTF? Makes no sense.

So it is the next morning, and Kuzco bumps into Pacha again (who was talking to a bunch of llamas about him), and they make amends, and decide to head to the house to get some stuff, and then return to the palace. He is told by his neighbors that his relatives are at his house.

Chicha knows something is off with her husband`s "relatives" and tries to get rid of them. Her husband tells them that the relatives are frauds, so they get rid of Yzma and Kronk in a deceptive manner. I really like this family. They feel realistic.

Chicha knows something is off with her husband’s “relatives” and tries to get rid of them. Her husband tells them that the relatives are frauds, so they get rid of Yzma and Kronk in a deceptive manner. I really like this family. They feel realistic.

So it becomes a race back to the palace, and Pacha and Kuzco go to the not-so-secret secret lab of Yzma, to only find her with the potion they need in her hand. She throws a knife to Kronk to kill Pacha and Kuzco, but he refuses, which angers her. She calls him stupid, and that she never liked his spinach puffs, which angers him to turn on her.

He is soon tossed out of the building, and this leads into a climactic fight between Pacha, Kuzco, and Yzma for the potion. The emperor and old woman ends up turning into animals as they drink the potions. She turns into a kitty with the second to last potion, and they continue to fight over the final potion (the human potion). Pacha is saved by the emperor, and Yzma is defeated (but not killed) as Kuzco turns into a human again.

So Kuzco makes amends with the old man he has tossed out in the beginning of the film, and he gives Pacha his hilltop back because he feels bad. He tells the emperor that there is an empty home next door he can use for a summer home, which leads to them and their family party by the swimming hole, with Kronk becoming a squirrel talking teacher. Kuzco is a changed man to only be derailed in the spinoff series.

The film is entertaining. The characters are all likable (some more than others), but almost everything else is REALLY basic. It is done well, but I would prefer if there was a bit more to it, and if it was not so simple and basic. It is so not Disney, and I felt like they acknowledged that a lot in this film does not make sense, so they can have an excuse at the final product of the rushed final draft. Things will only get more non-Disney and worse.

The film is entertaining. The characters are all likable (some more than others), but almost everything else is REALLY basic. It is done well, but I would prefer if there was a bit more to it, and if it was not so simple and basic. It is so not Disney, and I felt like they acknowledged that a lot in this film does not make sense, so they can have an excuse at the final product of the rushed final draft. Things will only get more non-Disney and worse.

Characters

I have to say that this is a good cast. All the characters have a personality, and all of them have a role and do it well. Some of them are alright, but this is a really good cast, and they work really well together.

He is overly selfish, and over-the-top. He is not really that funny to me, and I barely laughed with anything he said. He learns his lesson at the end, but he is not the most engaging character to me. He is done decently.

He is overly selfish, and over-the-top. He is not really that funny to me, and I barely laughed with anything he said. He learns his lesson at the end, but he is not the most engaging character to me. He is done decently.

I like him; I really do, but...something is holding me back from him. Maybe it is because he is NEVER wrong, and seen as a freaking angel (too much so), but he is still a likable character, and he is very humble and grateful, which I can appreciate.

I like him; I really do, but…something is holding me back from him. Maybe it is because he is NEVER wrong, and seen as a freaking angel (too much so), but he is still a likable character, and he is very humble and grateful, which I can appreciate.

She is really funny, and a really good villain as well. She is a bit careless and not the most deceptive villain, but she is determined and power-hungry. She is not the best villain, but pretty good.

She is really funny, and a really good villain as well. She is a bit careless and not the most deceptive villain, but she is determined and power-hungry. She is not the best villain, but pretty good.

Kronk is hilarious. What I found a bit weird is that he has almost no issue or struggle going with the evil stuff., but he is such a good person, and never has an evil thought himself. He is more about his cooking than anything.

Kronk is hilarious. What I found a bit weird is that he has almost no issue or struggle going with the evil stuff., but he is such a good person, and never has an evil thought himself. He is more about his cooking than anything.

She is not jsut the generic wife. She is a bit pessimistic, loving but a bit emotional (probably has to do with being pregnant), and not all rays of sunshine. Her kids are decent enough.

She is not just the generic wife. She is a bit pessimistic, loving but a bit emotional (probably has to do with being pregnant), and not all rays of sunshine. Her kids are decent enough.

Animation

What I will say about the animation is that it does really well with the slapstick scenes. Some of the character designs are pretty decent, but otherwise, they do not really impress. You can tell that this was done last minute because there are no big scales, not much detail on…..anything in the film, the background characters being the same 4 people (thanks for the realization Unshaved Mouse), and it being one of most basic animation I have ever seen in a WDAS film thus far.

Music

With most of Sting’s work being gone (except for 2 songs), the soundtrack is a bit dull. I could not really find much of a theme, the score is pretty unmemorable. I wish they really took the time to embrace the Incan music, and really gave us something interesting, but we instead got something so generic, and the songs are just……….eh.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on December 15th, 2000, it was a box office failure. It only made $89,302,687 domestically, and $80,025,000 internationally, with a total amount of $169,327,687. This is an issue because the budget was $100 million, also with the distribution, etc costing many more millions, and Fantasia 2000 also flopping in the box office (Dinosaur was not considered canon at the time), 2000 was a disappointing year for WDAS, and the Post Renaissance era was going at a rapid decline. This would only be the start of the downhill spiral.

It did really well critically though. Many liked the humor, and the characters, with others criticizing for Disney escaping what they are good at and hating the basic-ness in the movie.

It did…..eh with the awards, only winning 3 awards.

Reception Today

Today, it is seen as one of the funniest (if not the funniest) film in the canon, and one of the better films in the Post-Renaissance era. It did well enough to garner a TV show in the mid-late 2000s (which I would watch everyday when I came home from school) called The Emperor’s New School, and garnered a Disneytoon sequel called Kronk’s New Groove. You will not really see this film or merchandise of it in the theme parks though, and is nowhere close to being a classic.

Final Score

Story: 6.5/10

Characters: 8/10

Animation: 6/10

Music: 5.5/10

= 26/40 = 65%

Next Time…

Review: September 22nd, 2014

Review: September 22nd, 2014

Planes: Fire and Rescue review

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2014’s 7th feature film.

http://watch32.com/movies-online/planes-fire–rescue-7779

My opinion right after watching film

Yyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnn. Oh shit, I need to wake up. Anyways, my opinion on this film is that it is an extreme bore. It is really predictable, with a flat cast, and it rehashes the story of the first one, with some tweaks in it (and it says a lot when I barely remember any of the characters from either this film or its predecessor). It is better than the first movie, and not the worst film this year, but that is not saying much. This franchise needs to die.

Production

As I was reading the info on the production of this film, I could not believe that they started production on this film 6 months before its predecessor started production (not even after Planes was done production or premiered in theaters). It shows how desperate Disneytoons was.  And apparently, they have been working on this film for 4 years.

They went to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and to the US Forest Services to study more about that type of fire lifestyle, and how Cropdusters were initially used to take out forest fires in 1955 and all of that.

Story

So the film starts, and Dusty (Dane Cook) is a successful air racer; actually the most successful, hottest one at the moment. He decides to go on another race, and he is doing well at first, but his engine fries up, causing him to spin around crazily, with no control of himself, and his heading for the floor really fast.

If only the film ended with this crash......if only...

If only the film ended with this crash……if only…

So his mechanic Dottie (Terri Hatcher) tells him that while he is her biggest customer, she hates what he is doing to himself, and Dusty thinks he is going to be fine. Wait, I know I watched the first film all those months ago, but I DO remember them saying something along the lines of him not being able to physically handle it. ALL OF THIS could have been avoided IF HE LISTENED IN THE LAST FILM. Dottie tells him to make sure he runs on low gas, because the engine part that he needs replaced is low on production, and there is a good chance that he will never be able to fly properly.

Dusty tries to fly again, but he failed and ended up causing a fire, causing the plane fire fighters to come, and apparently the safety airport people come and tell a firetruck Mayday (Hal Holbrook), who failed to put out the fire, and is on jeopardy to lose his job. Dusty says that he will become a firefighter so he can reopen the airport.

New plot device; his goal for the movie is to become a firefighter. So they will mostly reuse the formula they did in the last film, but replace everything from a racer, to a firefighter......how creative.

New plot device; his goal for the movie is to become a firefighter. So they will mostly reuse the formula they did in the last film, but replace everything from a racer, to a firefighter……how creative.

He flies to the training area and is trained by an experienced firefighter named Blade Ranger (Ed Harriss), and the training is not going as smoothly as it should, with Dusty being overly optimistic, ignorant, and a bit too careless. We get some filler with Dusty and the other cars, before he is told that there is a gearbox piece, which excites him.

Dusty somehow finds out that Blade was an actor on a popular TV show, but then he somehow disappeared, which he has failed to explain to anyone about the matter. He continues training  like proceeded, but is told that they ordered the wrong one, and that there is no one that has the gearbox he needs, because it is obsolete.

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I know I am supposed to care and feel bad for him, but all I am feeling is boredom and agitation of not getting out of this film and review fast enough.

So him and Blade are out to put the fire, and while Blade tells him to lay low and to not use all of the extinguisher thingy, Dusty disobeys him, and does all that he can (despite being inexperienced). He does this because he only replays the negative things and news he was told in the film, about how his racing career is over, and all of that. He goes back to reload, since he used up all of his extinguisher stuff, and drove too fast, causing him to crash in the water, and almost fall down a waterfall, but Blade saves him.

They get into an argument about Dusty always fucking up and disobeying him, where he reveals that he never wanted to be a firefighter. Blade tells him to win another trophy, where Dusty tells him that he can’t because his gearbox is done and his career is done. Blade feels bad for him, and tells him not to give up, but Bade ends up getting injured when they hide from the fire, and the fire gets to them, as he protects Dusty from the fire, and having Blade be taken to the mechanic to get fixed.

So long story short, Blade gets fixed, everyone goes to put out the fire, Dusty has to use max speed to stop the fire, causing him to go unconscious (for a plane). He is lifted up, and they all get a happily ever after, as he becomes a fire fighter. Yawn…..wait, I am supposed to say yay.

Planes 2

Holy fuck. I think this film is more boring than the first one, and I NEVER thought that would happen. The plot is still overly simple, and gave the characters nothing to develop or work with, and brings nothing new, with a rehashed plot from the first film. Yes, this film has a better plot, but we still barely know anything about the characters, or make them seem like characters. PLEASE DISNEYTOONS, DON’T MAKE ANOTHER SEQUEL TO THIS.

Characters

There are A LOT of characters in this film, but 90% of them have no impact on the plot at all, and are less than half dimensional characters; or jokes. The two characters that do have relevance are almost as boring as the side characters.

Dusty

He is the generic, bland hero, who does not grow as a character or have us learn more about him. He is NOT a good main character. He needs more to him, and not have a rehashed plot, with a different career.

He is the typical, strict leader and trainer, but we do learn that he was an actor and stuff. Still not that engaging.

He is the typical, strict leader and trainer, but we do learn that he was an actor and stuff. Still not that engaging.

Animation

Well, because of the crappy quality video I watched, it is not the best version, but I can tell that the animation is pretty decent. Disneytoons has improved with their CGI from the Tinkerbell films. I can’t say anything else though.

Music

The music is……………………………………………generic, and nothing more. There is no songs in the film, and the score is nothing special. Even the first Planes had some memorable and creative score sounds, but this film has nothing. If anything, the music put me close to sleep.

Reception at Release

When this film was released on July 15th, 2014, it opened at #3 (behind Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and The Purge: Anarchy) on its first week, and then dropped to #5 on the second week, and #6 on the third week. So far, it has domestically made $57 million, and internationally made $37.5 million, with an overall total of $94.4 million (as of August 24th, 2014).

It received mixed reviews with many saying that it is flat and lacks substance, but it has a lot more heart and effort than the last film did, but it is still for little kids instead of a family audience.

Final Score

Story: 5/10

Characters: 4/10

Animation: 7.5/10

Music: 5/10

= 21.5/40 = 54%

I am SO SORRY that this review is so short, but with this film, I had nothing else to work with, and this was a HUGE struggle to get through.

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Fantasia 2000

Walt Disney Animation Studios 38th feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studios 38th feature film.

http://www.cornel1801.com/disney/Fantasia-2000/movie-film.html

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it started and ended well. What I mean by that, is that……. the middle of the film drags and it is a bit of a bore. I like how they somewhat modernized it (I am not talking about the celebs), and I like that they did not make this too long (which I criticized the first movie of being), and it holds most of the integrity of Fantasia. The celebrities did not bother me as much as I thought it was going to be, but they do somewhat signify to me at least, that this was the start of the dreaded Post-Renaissance era, and they were doing too much to appeal to the public, and try to be modern.

Production

Roy E Disney pitched the idea of a Fantasia sequel in the mid 70’s for it to only be shelved for the 1980s. It officially started development in 1990, with conductor James Levine, Roy Disney, Thomas Schumacher, and Peter Geld building this from the ground up. It was going to be released in the mid 1990s, but they pushed it back to 2000. It went under many names. First it was called Musicana, then Fantasia Continued, Fantasia 99, to finally Fantasia 2000. 2 shorts from Fantasia were  going to be in the film (like how Walt Disney intended it to be), but only the iconic Sorcerer’s Apprentice made the final cut.

Story

So, I am just going to ignore the celebrity introductions, since they are not worth analyzing, but there were people like Steve Martin, Angela Landsbury, Pen and Teller, James Earl Jones, Better Midler, and more.

The first short is called Symphony no 5. It is about a bunch of light triangles (which I believe are supposed to represent butterflies) floating or flying around happily, until the dark triangles (which I think are bats) completely take over as the light triangles try to run away, but the dark ones almost kills and attacks all of the light triangles; causing attack wherever they touch. Because Light always prevails, all of the dark ones are defeated. I have to say that I found this one to be very enjoyable, and flows with the music very well. It captures the essence of the song really well.

Pines

 

I like Pines of Rome as well, though it is a bit too long for my liking. The music is very soft and smooth. This short is about a bunch of flying whales, and a little one reuniting with his mother I believe. What I also find a bit eerie about it is that the whales are very awkward to look at over a minute or 2. This is pretty good, but a bit boring to me.

Fantasia 2000

Rhapsody in Blue has to be my favorite short in the entire film. I believe it is the longest one out of them all, but this one REALLY works well with the music. Whenever the music is at a fast beat, we get some extremely fast and action packed animation, and it does well with the slower movements. We see about 4 stories. One about a man working as a construction worker, another man who is struggling as he is broke, a little girl going through a normal day, and a man who has a bitchy wife who spends all of his money. All of their stories are concluded well, and it is really fun to see the extremely stylized animation move around.

Fantasia 2000

The Piano Concerto no 2 is where I start to get bored of the film. This short is just not really engaging to me. It flows with the music well enough, but it is the typical guy who falls in love with a girl (who is being forced to be with the bad guy), saves the day, and gets the girl. It does not do the best job that a Fantasia short is supposed to do. I really like the animation, as it was supposed to look extremely glossy, as they are dolls.

Fantasia 2000

The next short is called The Carnival of Animals Finale, and it is just so silly. The entire concept is what a flamingo would do with a yo-yo. What I will say is that it works well with the fast-pace of the track we are listening to. It just makes Fantasia seem a bit amateur and silly. It does get old fast, but I am glad that this short is…you know…..short.

Fantasia

I will copy what I said from my Fantasia review:

The next scene is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and with the amount that is hyped up by everyone, I thought it was mediocre. Don’t get me wrong, the animation is great (though lacks compares to the other ones), and it is one of the others that have a consistent plot. The apprentice Mickey is trying to do magic from the sorcerer’s book and cannot control it, and in the end, he has to learn patience……and…… I don’t really know. This scene did enough for me though.

Fantasia 2000

While the Pomp and Circumstance scene does have the music that EVERY graduation plays, this is a very strong short. It is the story about Noah’s Ark and Donald (or Noah) has to build the arc, with Daisy wishing him good luck it is about time they use these two than the lovable duds Mickey and Minnie Mouse. When the arc is finished and they have to lave, both of the ducks enter at different times, thinking that the other has died, and they walk past one another so many times without even realizing it. When they sadly leave the boat, Daisy forgets the locket Donald gave her, which they both pick up and realize that they were always together, and they reunite before they leave. One of the best in this film.

Fantasia 2000

The final short of the film is the Firebird Suite. The Spring Sprite is happy encouraging and helping the forest grow and bonds with an elk, but they accidentally awaken a Fire Spirit, who wrecks havoc among-st the forest, and almost kills the Spring Sprite. She barely makes it and her elf encourages her to restore the forest. It flows well with the music, and has really great animation (one of the best in the canon). The music is slow, but powerful.

This is another good installment of Fantasia. While I may prefer this one, there is some issues. I feel like they could have replaced some of the more boring ones with other shorts, they could have minimized or completely taken out the celebrity appearances, but those are really nitpicks. There are times where it fails to be modern but classic, but other times, it does it really well.

This is another good installment of Fantasia. While I may prefer this one, there is some issues. I feel like they could have replaced some of the more boring ones with other shorts, they could have minimized or completely taken out the celebrity appearances, but those are really nitpicks. There are times where it fails to be modern but classic, but other times, it does it really well.

Characters

I again cannot say anything about the characters in the film. Most of them I cannot even consider characters (as they are props, have no characterization, and do not speak), but the ones that are characters (Donald, Daisy, etc) were pretty good.

Animation

This film probably has the most variety of animation out of the canon. It would go from extremely detailed and stylized CGI to overly cartoony and 1940s traditional animation, and you could tell that Disney worked their asses off in the animation department, making this film almost an artistic orgasm. What I will say is that it is weird looking at the whales in Pines of Rome for too long.

Music

The entire point and base of this movie is to show off the classical music, and the classical music is great, and there is a variety of slow and fast tunes for the animators to give us some brilliant variety of animation.

Reception at Release

When it opened on January 2000 (its premiere for critics was in 1999),  it was the first animated film to open in IMAX. It opened well enough, but during it’s 6 month run, it only managed to make $90 million in the box office. With an $80 million budget, and having to pay off the theaters, distribution, etc, you could say that it is a flop; which has not happened since The Rescuers Down Under, and only re-establishing that the Renaissance is over. It was a critical success, with many liking it for the same reasons they liked Fantasia, but they still think that this film does not hold up to the original film. It won 3 Annies for Storyboarding, Character Animation and Production design, also being nominated for a few other awards.

Reception Today

Today, it is not seen as one of the better classics, but it is not seen as one of the abominable flops that should be never mentioned. Fans like it enough, but most agree that it is the start of the treacherous Post Renaissance era, where the company was doing anything to break out from the Musical-type film, and to grab any audience they could to catch up with competing animated companies.

Final Score

Story: 7.5/10

Characters: 4/10

Animation: 7.5/10

Music: 10/10

= 29/40 = 73%

Next Time…

Review: September 8th, 2014

Review: September 8th, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Tarzan

Walt Disney Animation Studios 37th feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studios 37th feature film.

http://putlocker.bz/watch-tarzan-online-free-putlocker.html

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