Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Beauty and the Beast

Walt Disney Animation Studio's 30th feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 30th feature film.

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My opinion right after watching film

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

Production

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

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

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

 

Story

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

Remember this image and remember what age he looks like.

Remember this image and remember what age he looks like.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is such an unpleasant first meeting.

This is such an unpleasant first meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Characters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Animation

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

Music

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

Reception at Release

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

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

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

 

Reception Today

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

Final Score

Story: 7/10

Characters: 9/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 10/10

= 34/40 = 85%

Next Time…

Review: July 14th, 2014

Review: July 14th, 2014

 

 

Is DreamWorks Animation in trouble?

Dreamworks Animation

I have recently heard of the box office failures of their recent outputs in the past 3 years, like Rise of the Guardians, the underperformances of Turbo, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and How To Train Your Dragon 2 not doing as well as we were all expecting, and dropping as the weeks go on rapidly, many are wondering what is going on at DreamWorks.

Rise_of_the_Guardians_poster

Well, there was the massive layoffs in early last year because of the failure of Rise of the Guardians, as they laid off 350 people, and they wrote an $83 million writedown for the first quarter of 2013. I discussed this in my review of said movie, and how after the release of that film, DreamWorks switched their distribution from Paramount Pictures to 20th Century Fox, and The Croods being the first film under that distribution.

The_Croods_poster

After The Croods was released, we all thought that DreamWorks was fine, as it made $587 million in the box office, having a decent fanbase, and garnering a franchise. It was not a How To Train Your Dragon, but it was decent.

Turbo_(film)_poster

Then Turbo was released in July of last year, and it did not really do too well with either the fans, critics, or the box office, as it only made a bit more than $280 million dollars, and it came and went with no impact, as people were still praising over Monsters University and Despicable Me 2. In February of this year, the company took a $13.5 million writedown after the disappointment of Turbo; which happened a year prior with Rise of the Guardians.

Peabody

With their next film Mr. Peabody and Sherman, they made $260 million in the box office, and even though it made that much money, DreamWorks took a $53 million writedown in May of this year (I did not know any of this when I was writing the review for said film). This is the third flop from DreamWorks animation in a year and a half, with only The Croods making some money. Let’s add it up.

83,000,000

13,500,000

+53,000,000

___________

$149,500,000

This means that from the duration of early 2013 to now, they lost almost 150 million dollars. That is HUGE.

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And with How To Train Your Dragon 2, it has been almost a month, and it has made $240,000,000 so far. It never hit #1 on the weekend box offices, and is performing worse than it’s predecessor. Many are worrying about why this film never really took off, though this is the first film since Kung Fu Panda 2 to really hit critical acclaim.

There is a desperation from this company to have another hit franchise that will take off in the box office and with the fans, but they have been having trouble with that. Are we seeing another bad era from DreamWorks? Why is this happening to them? Maybe it has to do with them releasing too many films in a year, and maybe because people are getting tired of the gimmicks from DreamWorks. What  do you all think of the reasoning of the downward trend of DreamWorks? Does anyone have high hopes for their next projects Penguins of Madagascar and Home? I don’t know what is going on in that studio, but there are some serious issues they need to work out. I wish the best for DreamWorks.

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: The Rescuers Down Under

Walt Disney Animation Studios 29th feature film.

Walt Disney Animation Studios 29th feature film.

http://www.cornel1801.com/disney/Rescuers-Down-Under-1990/movie-film.html

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the movie is that I do not feel like it is a successful sequel. I say this because the protagonist’s presence in the film is very limited and they do not have a very active role in it. The narrative is not as tight as it’s predecessor is, and has weird pacing. The characters are likable, the score being more memorable than it’s predecessor, and the CAPS (while not the best here) is a blessed welcoming. I just feel like the integrity of the original is lost and it is TOO different from it.

Production

I could not find much information on the production of this film except for the fact that they fully developed the digital CAPS system, which they used to make traditional animation on using computers; so this means no Xerography and scratchy looking films like the ones we got from One Hundred and One Dalmatians to The Little Mermaid. 415 artists and technicians went to the Australian Outback to draw for inspiration (this would be common for the studio from hereon out). The computer work cut down production by 6 months. This is Eva Gabor’s final film before her retirement in 94 and death in 1995. There was a Rescuers 3 planned to release in 1996, but the former’s death caused them to scrap the project. It started development in 1987.

Story

So the film starts with a close up, speeded up view of many flowers, which eventually lead up to the house of Cody (Adam Ryen). He is an 8 year old who spends his free time running through the Outback and forest with no supervision. Anyways, a bunch of animals (how can they be able to perfectly communicate with him, and this is the real world?) tell him that a golden eagle named Marahute (Frank Welker) got caught in a trap, and that he is the only one who can get him.  Cody sets the bird free with a knife (how in the hell does an 8 year old have a knife), and gets knocked off the tall cliff he climbed to get the bird.

Honestly, I am only thinking about the fucked up home training and upbringing this kid must have had. Neglectful parents who condones a little kid wandering off in the middle of nowhere with a knife.

Honestly, I am only thinking about the fucked up home training and upbringing this kid must have had. Neglectful parents who condones a little kid wandering off in the middle of nowhere with a knife.

So the bird catches him and takes him on a 3 minute ride, and eventually to her nest, where her eggs are laying Cody bonds with the bird, and is taken back to land. He is running around like he is a bird, which makes him unaware of his surroundings, causing him to fall in a trap. Percival McLeach (George C. Scot) goes to the trap he set, expecting to catch an animal, but is shocked and disappointed to catch a little boy. He is about to let Cody go free, but he then sees the feather of the rare eagle, which in a nutshell, causes him to kidnap Cody and throw his bag of a ledge. to make it look like he was killed by alligators.

So the message finally gets to New York, where Bianca (Eva Gabor) and Bernard (Bob Newhart) are having a romantic date. Here is the issue; we are a little less than a quarter way through the film, and our protagonists have just appeared. The pacing is really slow. So Bernard goes through his only arc of the film and tries to propose to Bianca, but fails.

I have to say Bernard and Bianca, I am LOVING the updated look the CAPS system is giving you two. This is such a nice shot. They are so much more easier on the eyes, and the colors are much more bold.

I have to say Bernard and Bianca, I am LOVING the updated look the CAPS system is giving you two. This is such a nice shot. They are so much more easier on the eyes, and the colors are much more bold.

Bianca is told by a messenger that they are given a task about saving a little boy in Australia. Bernard and Bianca are having a conversation, but it is one sided, as both are talking about different things. Bernard is discussing that the messenger told Bianca about the proposal, while Bianca is discussing the case that the messenger told the both of them. Thy go off to the Rescue Aid Society for Bernard to finally realize that she is not talking about marriage, but a case.

So they go to Albatross Airlines (I don’t know the real name, I just created this one) to go to Orville, but the Airlines is changed because Orville died like his voice actor they are under new management, ala his brother Wilbur (John Candy). They tell him that they need to go to Australia ASAP for a case, which Wilbur refuses because they are under a major snowstorm, but changes his mind when they tell him the details on the case.

So Wilbur only flies half way for a cheap comedic laugh him getting too tired, and hopped on the cargo hold on a plane to Australia. When they get there, the RAS’ local regional operative Jake (Tristan Rogers) struggles to get Wilbur to park properly, but manages to make the landing space large enough for an albatross. He gets a ladder and becomes attracted to Bianca as soon as he sees her. He says something about helping her husband with them correcting him on not being married. As soon as he hears this, his hormones shoot up and pushes Bernard to make a move on Bianca. 

The Rescuers Down Under

So we suffer from more annoying humor from Wilbur when he breaks his back, and we have to suffer from a scene of him being in the hospital, bitching and moaning as nurses stuff random needles in him. As the trio carry on their journey without Orville Wilbur, McLeach decides to play knife darts, with Cody being the target. He does this to scare the living crap out of him to get him to tell where the Eagle is, which Cody refuses to do. Bernard and Bianca  end up in the middle of the forest, and as she picks prickly things off him, he decides hat it is time to propose to her, but is interrupted when Jake saves them from a snake. He uses an intimidation tactic on the snake to get it to be their ride. Bianca is impressed and goes with Jake at the front, as Bernard is holding onto its tail to keep up. I feel bad for him.

We have this filler scene of Cody being locked in a room with a bunch of animals, and they just ramble on and on and on. They all want to escape and we have some annoying humor in it, and it becomes useless because....they are never seen again or released. I think this film was trying too hard to be funny, wild, and cool that the story became sloppy as a result.

We have this filler scene of Cody being locked in a room with a bunch of animals, and they just ramble on and on and on. They all want to escape and we have some annoying humor in it, and it becomes useless because….they are never seen again or released. I think this film was trying too hard to be funny, wild, and cool that the story became sloppy as a result.

So Orville Wilbur is released from the “hospital”, and goes to look for Bernard, Bianca, and Jake. Percival McLeach is trying to find a way to get Cody to tell him about Marahute, and realizes that her eggs are his weak spot, so he tells Cody that Marahute has been shot and taken by someone else. He releases Cody, and does this to follow Cody and trap the bird and to capture it. The mouse trio FINALLY arrive to the scene, and realizes that Cody is being tricked. This entire third quarter feels like filler. As they follow Cody and Percival, Bianca and Jake ends up being trapped, and Bernard is the one to save the eggs.

Cody gets trapped (along with Marahute) and tied above a crocodile river, and is about to fall. Wilbur ends up bumping into Bernard and after Bernard switches the eggs with rocks (he did this because Joanna (Frank Welker) is supposed to drop the eggs into the river, which he does, but realizes that the eggs are rocks). Wilbur spends the rest of the film sitting on eggs. Bernard uses the technique that Jake did to get an ostrich to take him to where the others are.

The Rescuers Down Under

Bernard gets the key, which causes the car to stop and for Percival to stall drowning Cody. He throws the keys to Bianca to release her and Jake. Percival takes a gun and shoots the rope Cody is hanging on, causing it to almost break. Bernard tricks Joanna  into jumping on McLeach, causing both of them to fall in the crocodile infested river. Cody’s rope breaks as well, but gets saved after Marahute (who was released by Bianca and Jake) catches him as he falls from the waterfall. Joanna manages to escape, and Percival drowns to his death as he falls the waterfall. Marahute catches all of them, and Bianca congratulates Bernard on being a hero. He proposes to her, which she accepts. Jake congratulates them, and Cody tells Marahute to fly home, which is how the film ends.

This is a weird ending. We do not get to see Bernard and Bianca return home, Cody reunite with his mother and for everyone to know he is alive, and the other animals are never released. Non of these are properly closed off.

Do I think this film deserved to flop? No. Why do I think it did? Well, it was very different for a Disney output, and it did not help that it was released the same time as Home Alone was. Anyways, I think the story is a bit sloppy and unfocused with weird pacing, but I have seen a lot worse, and the film is not really bad. While I am disappointed with how it continued The Rescuers franchise, it holds its own with a brilliant animation and soundtrack, likable characters, and an interesting theme.

Do I think this film deserved to flop? No. Why do I think it did? Well, it was very different for a Disney output, and it did not help that it was released the same time as Home Alone was. Anyways, I think the story is a bit sloppy and unfocused with weird pacing, but I have seen a lot worse, and the film is not really bad. While I am disappointed with how it continued The Rescuers franchise, it holds its own with a brilliant animation and soundtrack, likable characters, and an interesting theme.

Characters

I am disappointed in how our protagonists are handled in the sequel, but most of the characters are still likable and enjoyable.

Bernard

I like that they remembered that he is very superstitious. While he is still enjoyable, he was only trying to propose to Bianca. He did somewhat save the day, but he suffers from not developing at all and from having limited appearances in the film.

Bianca

I am disappointed in how they handled Bianca in the film. In the first film, she was extremely active, useful, and saved as much as she needed to be saved. I still stand that she is a BIG improvement for feminism in Disney films. In this film, she was only a tool for the two men to battle over, and barely took part in things other than that. Very disappointing.

Cody

He is alright. He is adventurous, curious, and aware for his age. He is not irritating or bland, so you know, I guess he is more than alright.

Percival C. McLeach

He is actually a pretty unique and good villain. He is uneducated, but he is deceptive, embraces his cruelty, and knows he is gutter trash, and just does not give a fuck. I think he is one of the better villains, but the under performance of the film leads him to be underrated.

Wilbur

Oh lord do I find him irritating. He is not funny, helps with literally nothing, and is just painful to watch. While I am sad that John Candy died, I imagined him being a talking comic relief turkey in Pocahontas would have only made that film worse.

Jake

He is pretty cool. He is ruggish, adventurous, chauvinistic, and a joy to watch. I am glad that they did not make him unlikable as he is kind of Bernard’s rival. He is extremely resourceful.

Animation

The animation is better than it has been in years. I like the updates that they did to The Rescuers world, the bold coloring, and the fluidity. While I do like it, I do feel like I have seen better, and it is not the most memorable animation. It is a bit disappointing with how Australia looked, since I was expecting more.

Music

I like the Australian score. It does give the film an adventure journey theme. Since there is no songs……that is it for this section.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on November 16th, 1990, it opened 4th behind Home Alone, Rocky V, and Child’s Play 2; opening with $3.5 million. Because of this, Katzenberg decided to stop promoting the movie on television (sabotage much). It ended up making $27,931,461 domestically, and $47,431,461 overall, making it an extremely minor success.

Critically, it got favourable reviews. Many did not like the absence of our protagonists in the film, and the fact that it was made off of the Western World’s obsession with Australia at the time.

Reception Today

Because of it’s underwhelming performance, it has been tossed in the Disney vault for many years, is overshadowed by it’s predecessor and all the other films in the Renaissance. The company has decided not to make sequels ever again, leaving that to another studio called Disneytoons. Many people have forgotten about or do not know what this film is.

Final Score

Story: 6/10

Characters: 6.5/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 7.5/10

= 28/40 = 70%

Next Time…

Review: July 7th, 2014

Review: July 7th, 2014

 

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Review

2014's 6th feature film.

2014’s 6th animated feature film.

I know that I did not do Legend of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (the 5th animated film of this year), but so far, I honestly cannot find a link to watch it, and it has almost been 2 months. I heard the film s doing horribly, so that is why.

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My Opinion right after watching movie

My opinion right after watching the movie is that it is a good sequel. It gave me everything I needed in a film, it built on the world and the characters (which I said that I wanted to see in the review of its predecessor), a lot of action, a darkness and seriousness that are not in DreamWork’s films, but I have to admit that the movie can be a bit clunky at times. I still prefer the Kung Fu Panda franchise, but this is some good stuff.

Production

Dreamworks announced a sequel to the public and to start development literally a month after How To Train Your Dragon aired in theaters, and they even started drafting in February of 2010. They planned this sequel before it’s predecessor was even released.I think this was done because their first franchise Shrek was ending later that year.

There is not much else to really discuss about it, as all I know that they got a new animation program for this film, and all of the actors returned. I think there is not much info because the film was released a bit over a week ago.

Story

So everyone is in their early 20s and we are 5 years after the first film (they never give us a date in either film as to how old they are), and Astrid (America Fererra) and her crew are playing some dragon game, where a black sheep is a ball, and Stoick (Gerard Butlar) is cheering on his future daughter in law. While this is going on, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is flying his dragon Toothless as they are trying out a new flying trick, which gives us a great flying and motion sequence. They land back on a land, and Hiccup and Toothless play around with one another, which is how many boys interact with one another. He takes note of the new land that he is observing (as he has started to draw a map of what is around Berk).

His girlfriend Astrid finds him, and asks why he is by himself, where he reveals that his father told him that he is going to be a chief. He of course does not believe in himself, and she of course tells him that he is a great chief because of his heart; so everything that every movie and parent tells us. They then start flying and see a cross fire, which causes them to land, and they bump into Eret (Kit Harington), who is the leader of Drago (Djimon Hounson), and he tells them that Drago is planning on taking all of the dragons that Berk “took”, and the two rush off to Berk (after they tried to kidnap the couple`s dragons).

I really do not want to upload images of these poor quality videos, but I do want to give you readers some imagery as you are reading the review.

I really do not want to upload images of these poor quality videos, but I do want to give you readers some imagery as you are reading the review.

He tells his father about Drago and his crew ready to fight and to steal their dragon which causes the older man to get really nervous, and tells berk to get ready to fight. Hiccup does not want them to fight, and decides to go to Drago and Eret to try to make piece (with Stoick objecting). Astrid goes with him (I like how proactive she is in the film, without rubbing “Ooh, we are so feminist” in our faces). They go on the boat, and gives themselves up so they could leave Berk alone, but their sidekicks follow them, and Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) lusts over Eret when she sees his muscles, and sacrifices herself to him, only for Hiccup to save her. Long story short, Hiccup flies away, and Astrid kidnaps Eret.

As Toothless is flynig with Hiccup, the latter is taken by another dragon rider and is placed on their land. The dragon rider reveals herself to be Valka, his long lost mother. She said that she picked him up because “A mother never forgets”.

It is very smart for them to add her in the film. Not only does it give more depth to Hiccup, but also Stoick, and continue the plotlines in the series without rehashing constantly. But I am doubting her remembering him when she left him when he was months old. Did he look like young Stoick or a young her to recognize him?

It is very smart for them to add her in the film. Not only does it give more depth to Hiccup, but also Stoick, and continue the plotlines in the series without rehashing constantly. But I am doubting her remembering him when she left him when he was months old. Did he look like young Stoick or a young her to recognize him?

So he is confused about the bomb she just dropped, and demands an explanation. She tells him that her marriage to his father became strained because he was too obsessed with hunting and killing dragons, and she  had the very unpopular opinion of dragons, which made things worse. One night, a dragon came, and was about to touch Hiccup, but she sacrificed herself and went with the dragon, causing the entire town to think that she was killed.  So she tells him that he does not know as much about dragons as she does, and they start to bond. You can definitely tell that she is a bit over eccentric and loony.

As Valka and Hiccup bond with flying dragons, Astrid and crew (along with a kidnapped Eret) goes to Drago`s boating area, and as they approach there, they are captured by Drago`s helpers, and the dragons have darts shot into them, as they are hypnotized by Drago to be under his control. Astrid and crew tells them that if they are not released, then Hiccup the ALMIGHTY Dragon master will take them down, which angers Drago.

I know that this picture is not a good representation, but Astrid`s newer design is a bit too soft and delicate for me. She just seems a bit unfamiliar, and ti is weird how ALL the others are ugly but her  and Hiccup, as they are dolled up to be overly attractive.

I know that this picture is not a good representation, but Astrid`s newer design is a bit too soft and delicate for me. She just seems a bit unfamiliar, and it is weird how ALL the others are ugly but her and Hiccup, as they are dolled up to be overly attractive.

Stoick and his BFF Goober (Craig Ferguson) tracks his son down (after he finds his helmet) and he realizes that his ex wife is still alive. She is nervous to trust him, but he shows her that he has changed int he past 20 years. It is so nice to see these 2 couples reunite and interact so softly and genuinely. Their scenes together are so heartwearming, but it sucks that it is short lived because Drago and his crew set an attack right outside Valka`s living area, to bring out Valka`s Bewilderbeast (which can control all dragons), so it can be killed and Drago`s Bewilderbeast can be the one in control.

So Valka and Drago bring their dragons to duke it out, the two Bewilderbeasts (Alphas) battle it out, only for Valka`s Bewilderbeast to be killed by the other one. Drago fights Valka, as he says he has been waiting for years to kill him, but Stiock takes over and starts to fight him. Drago`s Bewilderbeast brainwashes all of the dragons (including Toothless) and Drago (who controls the Bewilderbeasts, who controls the dragons) tells Toothless to kill Hiccup, and as Stoick sees this happens, he runs to protect his son and……

NOOOO. You KILLED STOICK. This actually made me pretty close to tears. For 2 whole movies, we have seen him grow and develop as a character, and we have gotten used to him, for us to only have him killed off. It is definitely sadder than Mufasa`s death to me.....only by a bit though. I do have to say that without this move, the movie would have been a bit generic.

NOOOO. You KILLED STOICK Toothless. Right as he was getting ready to blast Hiccup to death, Stoick gets shot. This actually made me pretty close to tears. For 2 whole movies, we have seen him grow and develop as a character, and we have gotten used to him, for us to only have him killed off. It is definitely sadder than Mufasa`s death to me…..only by a bit though. I do have to say that without this move, the movie would have been a bit sugar-y.

Hiccup lashes out at Toothless (after he comes out of his trance) and tells him to leave the area, which after realizing what he did, the dragon does, as he is filled up with guilt. Drago controlls Toothless again, and uses him as his ride to invade Berk. After the crew has a scandinavian funeral for Stoick, Hiccup finally learns that you cannot always make peace with someone and to avoid war. While I do not like his father`s death, it finally got him to learn that you cannot always create a peace treaty, and that sometimes war is inevitable.

So we get a final battle, and Drago has Toothless brainwashed into shooting Hiccup, but he tells Toothless that it is him, and to break out of his trance (which he tried to do right before Stoick was killed), but succeeded this time, and puts a blindfold around Toothless so he could not be controlled again. Drago has the dragons shoot them up, and the duo are stuck in the ice for a moment, before they break out and completes the trick that they were trying to work out in the beginning of the film to cause the dragons to break control from the Beast. The Beast and Drago end up getting injured and fleeing off.

So Hiccup becomes Alpha, they all celebrate, he kisses Astrid passionately, and we get a closing sequence of  Hiccup again narrating how the village of Berk is like, as the young Dragon Riders play the game they were in the beginning of the movie.

This film is very good and enjoyable (though it would have been better if I watched it on a better copy). Hiccup learns a different lesson, almost everyone contributed to the plot, the humor was more adult and funny, the plot was eventful and all tied together well, and from what I can tell, it has glorious animation. I heard that there is a good chance of there being a fourth film in this franchise, but I think they should stop soon, or else it will be as disastrous as another franchise. This has a good chance of being Best Animated film this year.

This film is very good and enjoyable (though it would have been better if I watched it on a better copy). Hiccup learns a different lesson, almost everyone contributed to the plot, the humor was more adult and funny, the plot was eventful and all tied together well, and from what I can tell, it has glorious animation. I heard that there is a good chance of there being a fourth film in this franchise, but I think they should stop soon, or else it will be as disastrous as another franchise. This has a good chance of being Best Animated film this year.

 

Characters

The characters in this film are pretty likable, though not all of them are developed. The ones from the first film have the same personalities as they did beforehand, but they do have a sense of maturity to the, while the new characters are decent, though do not stand out much, except for a few of them.

Hiccup

I remember when everyone saw the first peek of grown up Hiccup last summer, and the women went crazy. Despite that, I am glad that they did not make him a Superman-type hero, and he is still the smart, quirky, individualist that we have all grown to care for in the first film. in that film, he needed to learn confidence, and in this film, he learns that he cannot always avoid war and make peace with others who don’t want peace (especially with Stoick kind of being the villain in the last film).

Stoick the Vast

NOOOOO. I CAN’T BELIEVE HE DIED. Anyways, he is still shown to be his tough side, but he is a lot more vulnerable and fun in this film, especially when he has his short lived reunion with his wife. R.I.P Stoick The Vast.

Toothless

Toothless………is a bit forgettable to me in this film. He does not really get a whole lot of focus in the film outside of killing Stoick, but I honestly do not really remember much about him in this film. He has the same personality, but he was a bit underwhelming in this film.

Astrid

I am also going to discuss Astrid’s friends under her. Outside of Astrid, we do not get to see them interact with Hiccup in this film, but I like how they always have his back, and it amazes me how wherever Hiccup went, Astrid was getting ready to join him. Not ONCE did she sit around and let him go do something (like many other girls that are either Damsels or Amazons do). I like how Tuffnuff had her lust for Eret, and it was the funniest thing to me in the film. The side characters were good comic relief.

Valka

Valka is a good character. Though she came around in the middle of the film, we find out that she is a lot like her son. I do think it is ridiculous how she never even once tried to see her son in 20 years. She is decent.

Drago

I know a bunch of people are praising him online, but he is honestly one of the most forgettable DreamWorks villains. He really does not get much screentime, and he is just a bit boring to me. He was not really too threatening where I wanted to love to hate him, but I just felt nothing. He is just bland to me.

Eret

He is alright. He was a worker of Dago, but soon started to side with Astrid and co. He has some funny lines, and the gags with his muscles were funny. He could really be a good character if they built on him a bit in the third film.

Animation

Though I watched the film through a bad copy link, I could tell that the animation is pretty good. I like how the humans look a bit more realistic, but they still have the origins of their younger designs. They atmosphere and backgrounds are amazing, and they did really well with the textures. They definitely improved over the first film with their animation.

Music

The music is the same as the first movie. I literally remember hearing some of the same scores, which is not a bad thing. I would not say they improved the music in this film, but it is the same, and the music in the first one is good, so overall, the music in this film is pretty good.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on June 11th, 2014, it has (by June 25th, 2014), made $97,719,301 domestically, and it made $80,188,371 overseas, causing a worldwide amount of  $177,907,672. It opened on #2, and dropped to #3 on its second week (last weekend), and I am a bit surprised that it did not open as strongly as expected. With how things are going, I think the film is going to make around $500 million (around the amount the first film made).

Critically, it is received critical acclaim and praise. I have to agree with DeBruge, when he saysBraver than Brave, more fun than Frozen, and more emotionally satisfying than so many of its live-action counterparts, Dragon delivers.Many praised it for not rehashing the story of the original, having a bit of an edge, and not playing it completely safe. Many are impressed with this film, and that they have another hit franchise on them.


Final Score

Story = 8/10

Characters = 7.5/10

Music = 8/10

Animation = 9.5/10

=33/40=  83% 

 

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: The Little Mermaid

Walt Disney Animation Studios 28th feature film

Walt Disney Animation Studios 28th feature film

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is great. I like that there is more characterization in the characters and pretty much all of them serve a purpose, the plot is perfectly paced and full, and while the animation is not the best I have seen, it is a nice goodbye to Xerography, and the soundtrack speaks for itself. One issue that I do have is that Ariel learns nothing in the end, and is selfish and entitled, and her relationship with Eric is bleh.

Production

This film started production in 1985; the same time Oliver and Company was, and they were both big projects for the studios, but Oliver and Company was seen as the one that will make more money, and was more important (as well as Who Framed Roger Rabbit). Directors Ron Clements and John Musker was interested in the idea of this project as The Great Mouse Detective was in development, and brought it to a “suggestion meeting”. Work was found in the old files that Walt Disney had, and were designs for a 1930’s adaption of The Little Mermaid, and used it for inspiration.

Alan Menken and Howard Ashamn joined the project in 1987, and the latter decided that it would be best to change the film into a broadway formula, and change Clarence the crab to Sebastian, which is why we have the style of music that is in the film.

This is the last film in the canon to have traditional celled animation and Xerography, as the rest would either be in CGI or use CAPS (which this film had a little of).

Jim Carey auditioned to be Prince Eric, Bea Arthur was first in mind to be Ursula, but she turned it down. Elaine Stritcch was cast as Ursula for a while, but she was removed from the project when she clashed with Ashman and his music style, leading to Pat Carroll getting the part.

Story

So the film starts with Prince Eric (Christopher Daniel Barnes) and his sailors talking about King Triton and the mythical mermaids, as they are sailing the sea. A fish escapes the grasp of one of the sailors and swims back to sea, where we are seeing everyone going to Triton (Kenneth Mars)`s castle for a musical dedicated to him, and Ariel (Jodi Benson) is the star, but ends up missing it,which shocks everyone and angers Triton. She is instead dragging Flounder (Jason Marin) with her on adventures of capturing human artifacts, where they are almost killed by a shark. As they pay a visit to Scuttle (Buddy Hackett), she realizes that she missed the performance and gets into a yelling match with her father about her disobeying him and forgetting her responsibilities.

If you are expecting me to praise Ariel for all the bullshit she does in this film, well.........that is not going to happen.

If you are expecting me to praise Ariel for all the bullshit she does in this film, well………that is not going to happen.

Triton says that she has done this before, so she had been disobedient for a while now. She runs off to her grotto with her right hand bitch  best friend Flounder following her, and she sings Part of Your World, and I will give credit where credit is due; this is a great song, and it establishes the theme of the movie perfectly. Take note that Ariel just wants more, right? This will set the stage for………..about a decade to 2 decades in animated film.

So it is Eric’s birthday and he is having a jam on the boat. What I find interesting is that there is absolutely no royalty there whatsoever. The studio (Word of God) confirmed that he is 18 years old, and it is his birthday. This means he is actually the youngest Disney Prince, since Aladdin was 18 for the entire film. Anyways, Ariel swims to shore and likes the hot piece of stud she sees. She goes on and on about how beautiful he is, only for his dog to run up to her.

His father figure Grimsby (Ben Wright) gives him an obnoxious present of a statue of Eric, and then mutters about him wanting to give it as a wedding present.

I actually feel bad for Eric. He is being taunted about marriage the day he becomes a legal adult. He is not about that life right now.

I actually feel bad for Eric. He is being taunted about marriage the day he becomes a legal adult. He is not about that life right now.

He goes on to explain that he will find his girl and fall in love when he is ready, and when he finds the girl, it will hit him like lightning, with lightning erupting, and causing a fire on the ship. They all escape except for Max, whom Eric goes after. Max is tossed in the sea, and the boat blows up with Eric on it. Ariel does something that is uncommon for Disney Princesses at the time; actually save someone. She brings Eric on the shore and asks Scuttle if he is dead. She sees Eric breathing, and she sings about wanting to be a Part of His World, and he opens his eyes to see a hot girl singing above him, and is now determined to get with the girl who saved him.

So the next morning, Ariel is humming like a lovesick mermaid, which grows curiosity from her 6 sisters and father. Sebastian (Samuel E. Wright) (who Triton deemed as her personal supervisor) goes to talk to Ariel, who is trying to meet with Eric. He tries to convince her about staying in the sea via Under The Sea. He brings up some good points; he TELLS HER that they eat fish and their kind, but she does not even listen. He is having too much fun to realize that Flounder got her ungrateful ass to leave. Flounder somehow gets Eric’s statue in her grotto, and she is happy with glee.

Sebastian accidentally spills the beans to Triton when he is asked about who Ariel likes, and he storms over there and gets into ANOTHER fight with her, which ends with him blowing Eric’s statue to pieces. She is crying, and lashes out at Sebastian when he sees her following the eels to go to Ursulas.

I forgot to mention that Ursula (Pat Carroll) has been watching Ariel and plotting to take down Triton so she can return to the castle and rule. She is working her role.

I forgot to mention that Ursula (Pat Carroll) has been watching Ariel and plotting to take down Triton so she can return to the castle and rule. She is working her role.

So the broad knows that the witch is trouble, but she goes anyways. Ursula convinces her to a deal of trading a voice for 3 days to get Eric to give her the Kiss of True Love,  via the amazing Poor Unfortunate Souls. I guess this is to show Ariel’s riskiness and determination, and her being naive, but….I will get to it later. We are midway through the film, and we have action and good pacing.

So Eric is playing Part of Your World on his recorder, but is interrupted when his dog runs to a newly legged Ariel. Sebastian is flipping out, but decides to help her because she will be miserable for the rest of her life (insert eye roll). Eric follows his dog to automatically forget him for the hot tamale in front of him.

#LustAtFirstSight.

#LustAtFirstSight.

So it is time for lunch or dinner and when Ariel comes out in her pink dress, Eric’s jaw dropped and eyes widened. I am a guy, so I know EXACTLY what he was thinking. She is trying to fit in at the dinner, but fails when she combs her hair with a fork and blows a smoker. Eric is encouraged to take her out to town tomorrow, which she happily accepts.

On the second day, they go out to town. They dance, ride the horse, walk around town, and just have a good old time. He thinks she is a bit crazy, but he apparently likes it somehow. They are at the canoes, and Sebastian and the other animals decide to sing Kiss The Girl to get them in the mood. I never knew humans could understand crabs, birds, amphibians, and fish, but whatever. They got close to kissing many times, but Eric gets nervous. When they are finally about to smooch, they are pushed over by Jetsam and Floatsam (Paddi Edwards). Ursula decides that things got too close, and she needs to get dirty.

The Little Mermaid

Grimsby convinces Eric that he need stop give up on the girl that saves him and go after Ariel (who is on the terrace blushing at him) like falling for a girl that can’t talk and you only want to bone is any better. So on the third morning, Scuttle rushes to Ariel’s room congratulating her on getting married. She rushes downstairs to only see Eric (with Vanessa on his side) demanding things for their wedding that needs to be done for the wedding that will take place ASAP. Like it makes sense for you to rush downstairs for your wedding when he did not put a ring on it. #Dumbass.

Ariel runs off and cries at the dock as everyone goes on the ship to see Eric and Vanessa’s wedding. Scuttle sees Vanessa singing about crushing Ariel and seeing Ursula in the mirror, causing him to realize that Vanessa is Ursula. He swims over to Ariel and the other animals to tell them, and they all swim over the ship. The wedding is stopped and the amulet that holds Ariel’s voice is broken and her voice is hers again.

Her and Eric are about to kiss, but the deal is done, and she turns into a mermaid again. Ursula grabs Ariel and drags her ass to the sea, and then shit gets real when Triton sees them. Because she got caught, she apologized that all of this happened, NOT because of what she did.  Ursula offers Triton to take Ariel’s place, and he does, making Ursula queen. So her, Eric, and Ariel gets into a heated battle, but when Ariel is about to get killed, Eric stabs Ursula to her death.

Because Triton feels bad, he turns Ariel into a human, and she rushes into Eric in her sexy silver metallic dress, and he scoops her up to kiss her. They get married with Ariel saying that she loves him and then hops right back to her husband. My issue on the ending is that Ariel never takes full responsibility for her actions or learned anything. They were building up to this, and they barely touch on it. She gets exactly what she wants, despite causing all of this trouble.

I know I roasted Ariel, and somewhat her relationship with Eric, but it is not the worst, and it  is kind of an improvement form their predecessors. This film is fast paced, action packed, engaging, and everything makes sense about it. The music and animation really helps the movie, and I can see why it brought new life to the studio. While I think this film does get a bit too much credit for starting the Renaissance, it is a big improvement, and it holds it`s own.

I know I roasted Ariel, and somewhat her relationship with Eric, but it is not the worst, and it is kind of an improvement from their predecessors. This film is fast paced, action packed, engaging, and everything makes sense about it. The music and animation really helps the movie, and I can see why it brought new life to the studio. While I think this film does get a bit too much credit for starting the Renaissance, it is a big improvement, and it holds it`s own.

Characters

While I am not a fan of the main characters, they are not the worst, and I guess it is personal taste. The side characters are pretty good though, and most of the characters are developed enough.

Ariel

I think I covered my opinion on her above. I think she is a brat, selfish, entitled, ungrateful, and I do find her unlikable, and I am not sorry about it. She learns nothing, and does not actually own up to what she did. She did not go to the land just for a man, but that was her biggest motivation. I know you all are going to attack me in the comments, but I am ready.

Eric

Eric is very generic. We do not know much about his background, and what he does on screen is not particularly interesting. His idea on love is shallow, just like hers is. We do not see anything from his perspective, and he is used as a prop in the film. We do know that he likes music and…..dogs, and is not over the top.

Ursula

She is boss. She is doing it out of revenge, which makes sense, and it is said that she was at the palace, but was kicked out. She loves being evil, and she enjoys what she is doing. Her charisma makes her a lot more interesting. She makes sure her sidekicks gets shit done.

Sebastiam

I do not really see the point that he had to be Jamaican. He is clearly the most logical one in the entire movie, and he is cool enough. I feel sorry for him.

Flounder

He is like one of those sidekick friends who does not have a backbone. They are cool people to hang around with, but they are so willing to be a follower.

Triton

He is really the first parent who was developed. HE is the one who got development, HE is the one who had to learn something, but EVERYTHING he did makes absolute sense, unlike his daughter. He is stubborn and has an ego. I would have been a lot more strict if I was raising Ariel.

Animation

The animation is pretty good. It definitely improved over the past Xerography films, but I also heard that the animators from Who Framed Roger Rabbit worked on this film after that film was finished. The colors were nice, and the animation is very fluid. I am still thankful that CAPS was created. I am praising the animation, but I have seen a lot better, and it does not stand out the most.

Music

Do I even need to discuss the music? The only filler song I can say there is, is the Poissons song. Under the Sea describes the ocean life perfectly, Part of Your World is so emotional and explains the main theme about the movie. All the other songs are great, and Poor Unfortunate Souls explains Ursula`s motivation perfectly, and established the Villain Song more than World`s Greatest Criminal Mind did. The broadway, sea-like theme worked perfectly. The soundtrack charted to 32 on the Billboard charts in 1989.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on November 17, 1989, it made $84,355,863 in the North American box office. What I realized beforehand is that ALL of the predecessors box offices only counted the domestic sales. While initially, this film was seen by the studio to make less money than its immediate predecessor, things changed as the film was concluding production, with Katzenberg thinking it will be the first to make $100,000,000.

It was critically praised. Many said that it deserve to compete with the earliest releases in the canon, and it brought life back to Disney. Many liked that Ariel is the first not true female to be proactive, as Aurora, Snow, and Cinderella were not proactive. The animal females are NEVER included, since Bianca kicked ass. It was automatically deemed a masterpiece.

It was nominated for 3 Academy Awards in 1990, and the first since The Rescuers to be nominated for an Academy Award, and won for Best Song (Under the sea), and Best Score. The soundtrack won a bunch of awards between 1990-1991, charted at 33 on the charts and the soundtrack was deemed as 2 times Platinum (6 times today)by September 1990, which was a record for animated films.

Reception Today

Well today, it is still as praised as it was in those days. It is the official start of the Disney Renaissance (though it did need help), and one of the first animated films to make $100 million (thanks to rereleases) overall. It broke some records, and it is given credit for bringing a new style of storytelling for animated films. There was a broadway show, many rides in Walt Disney theme parks, 2 sequels, and I am sure I am missing a lot more. This film does really well in merchandise.

Final Score

Story: 8/10

Characters: 7.5/10

Animation: 7.5/10

Music: 9/10

= 32.5/40 = 81%

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Review: June 30th, 2014

Review: June 30th, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: Oliver & Company

Walt Disney Animation Studios 27th feature film

Walt Disney Animation Studios 27th feature film

http://www.movie4k.to/Oliver-Company-watch-movie-5188428.html

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is one of the most half assed, commercialized, marketing devices I have EVER seen. This makes DreamWorks look good. The heart and plot is so contrived, the music is barely memorable, animation is unnecessarily rough, and the characters are either flat, annoying, or both. Thank the lord this era is done with.

Production

This film started production in 1985 after the flop of The Black Cauldron, and the crew met to pitch ideas for upcoming animated features, called a Gong Show. During this pitch, The Little Mermaid was brought up, but so was Oliver and Twist, which would become Oliver & Company. Katzenberg approved of it, since he wanted to make a live action version of Oliver at his old job Paramount, and the original title of the film was called Oliver and the Dodger. By this time, all of the 9 Old Men and the crew that were there in the earlier days were out of the studio, and the newer generation officially ran the studio.

It would have been a sequel to their biggest hit in 2 decades The Rescuers, where we would see Penny in her new life, but they scrapped it Thank the lord she and The Rescuers did not have to go through this torment. This film (NOT The Little Mermaid) was the film that started the broadway musicals, and decided to return to musical form, which they did by hiring the duo Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, and all of the Renaissance films would follow this formula.

This film is also the first in the canon to have advertising products from the real world in their film. They had Coco Cola, USA Today, Sony, and more.

Story

The movie opens in the 1980s with the song Once Upon A Time in New York City, which is showing Oliver (Joey Lawrence) being in a box with a bunch of kittens, and all of them get sold but him. His box ends up getting destroyed and he is now homeless. This song establishes that he wants to be adopted, and that is his overall theme. This song should have been the theme sing instead of Why Should I Worry.

Speaking of Why Should I Worry, it is the next morning, and Oliver is trying to get food from a hot dog man. Dodger (Billy Joel) comes along and decides to “help him” because he is a rad, badass who is the cool one and gets what he wants (insert many eye rolls). Anyways, they team up to get the hot dogs, but Dodger abandons him and sings about how he does not give a crap because he is cool, and as the movie goes along, we are supposed to go along with that.

This song had me realize how.......bottom barrel they were. I egt it that this film is about the 80s, but this song is everything that Disney is not. It saying that he should not care because he is street-savy, cool, can get ladies, etc What is worse is that THIS song is established as the theme song (you know, the one that always plays at the end of Disney movies). It does not help establish Oliver or the dream he has, and this song being a main focus of the movie showed that they were about marketability, and what is "cool". The execs actually thought this film would be better and make more money than The Little Mermaid.

This song had me realize how…….bottom barrel they were. I get it that this film is about the 80s, but this song is everything that Disney is not. It saying that he should not care because he is street-savvy, cool, can get ladies, etc. What is worse is that THIS song is established as the theme song (you know, the one that always plays at the end of Disney movies). It does not help establish Oliver or the dream he has, and this song being a main focus of the movie showed that they were about marketability, and what is “cool”. The execs actually thought this film would be better and make more money than The Little Mermaid.

Sorry for the rant. Anyways, Dodger outmaneuvers Oliver, and escapes, with the cat to follow him to his house, where we meet his dog crew. For the love of everything sacred, these mother fuckers are irritating at the least. So we have a filler scene of Dodger bluffing his own ego about the story of how he got the hot dogs, and the other characters who do not deserve to get attention rants on with their dumb, stereotypical “jokes”. We are supposed to think these characters are cool and funny as well.

So their owner Fagin (Dom DeLuise) borrowed money from a successful shark and shipyard agent Sykes (Robert Loggia) who is determined to get his money back, and tells him he has 3 days, 3 nights.

So he returns home to have his dogs comfort him and beg him to read a book. He does that, but all of them ends up asleep, with Oliver ending up snuggling against Dodger, with no indication that they got that close.

Oliver & Company

So, the dogs and Oliver go out to steal a few things to give to Sykes, and now suddenly Dodger and Oliver are buddy buddy. They sing about Streets of Gold, which is about Oliver having to earn his stripes to get in the gang. Oliver goes with the spanish dog that refuses to be named by me (Cheech Marin), and Oliver screws it up, getting the dog shocked yes  and ends up being taken by Jenny (Natalie Gregory), who was in the back seat of the car.

We are taken to Jenny’s home and meet Georgette (Bette Meddler), who sings Perfect Isn’t Easy, which is a mere filler song. When she meets Oliver and gets the news that he is staying, she does not like it, and tension grows between them. Oh, and the dog crew are looking for a cat that they knew for about 18 hours.

Jenny has to practice her song Good Company on the piano, and as Oliver joins them, they have a montage of them bonding and having a good time all day.

You see; THIS si how you have genuine buildup in a relationship with a limited amount of time. I do see aprallels between this movie and The Little Mermaid as the film goes on.

You see; THIS is how you have genuine buildup in a relationship with a limited amount of time. I do see parallels between this movie and The Little Mermaid as the film goes on.

Unfortunately, the dog crew has to be brought back in the movie, and as Penny Jenny leaves, they come up with a plan to kidnap Oliver back to them. This is the 2nd day to get whet they need for Sykes. The spanish dog has a lust for Georgette, and she is glad that they are there to take the cat away. When Oliver realizes he is back at the gang house, he is mad that they kidnapped him from his home, which was his goal the entire time.

Anyways, Oliver and Dodger get into an argument when the former says he wants to go back to his own home, and the latter says that he is a part of the gang and Oliver acts like they are not good enough, blah, blah, blah. I am still not invested in their relationship.

As the film goes on, Oliver is used more and more as a prop and a plot device than an actual character. Kind of like Mowgli from The Jungle Book.

As the film goes on, Oliver is used more and more as a prop and a plot device than an actual character. Kind of like Mowgli from The Jungle Book.

So Fagin sends a letter to Jenny’s house about them giving them money if she ever wants to see Oliver there, causing her and Georgette to go to the slums of new York at dead night. Fagin goes to Sykes to tell him the plan, and then he goes on to say that tonight is the deadline; WHAT? He said himself, that he had 3 days and 3 nights, and it has only been 2 days and 2 nights. Sykes then gives him an extra 12 hours, but it would still be only 3 days and 2 nights. Plothole much?

So Penny shows up, and then Fagin realizes that this little girl is the owner of Oliver. Sykes is waiting in his car and kidnaps Jenny. Unshavedmouse brought up a good point; if you are a successful businessman, wouldn’t doing all of these undercover deals and kidnapping little girls tarnish his reputation and business?

We are at the 60 minute mark, and the climax starts. Another issue with the film is that it is way too short; 70 minutes. Anyways, the dogs and crew save Penny, and there is this long chase that the animators use to show off their CGI skills. Fagin leads them to a train track, where Sykes eventually does from crashing to a train and blowing up.

They celebrate Penny’s birthday (I forgot to mention that her parents could not make it because of business), and they all have a good time. Fagin and his crew leave, and Georgette gets dumped because she wanted to dress up the spanish dog, who I still refuse to name. Dodger says that there is still a spot open for Oliver, and the dogs sings Why Should I Worry for the closing scene. Usually, the last song that is played in a movie (whether it is a score or lyrics) establishes the theme of the movie, and this song fails at that.

A lot of things in this movie are either rushed or does not make sense. The humor and the CGI was the main focus in this movie, instead of the story, which was very blatant. This movie DID try though, and it tried to give heart, but everything was so hollow that it failed.  This film has aged horribly, and it is one of Disney's weakest.

A lot of things in this movie are either rushed or does not make sense. The humor and the CGI was the main focus in this movie, instead of the story, which was very blatant. This movie DID try though, and it tried to give heart, but everything was so hollow that it failed. This film has aged horribly, and it is one of Disney’s weakest.

Characters

The characters are infuriating, bland, or both. I do not like a single character in this film.

He is more of a tool than an actual character. Many are arguing over what to do with him, and OTHERS are worrying about the plot that is going on instead of Oliver. As a character, he is just the cat that wants to have a home and loved. He is really naive, but that is really it.

He is more of a tool than an actual character. Many are arguing over what to do with him, and OTHERS are worrying about the plot that is going on instead of Oliver. As a character, he is just the cat that wants to have a home and loved. He is really naive, but that is really it.

Dodger

He is the person (dog) that we are supposed to think is cool, but he is so not. He is so obnoxious, douche-like, unlikable, and such a show off.  His motivation and relationship with Oliver is so rushed and contrived, as one moment, he is ditching him and thinking he is a pest, but in the next moment, he looks at Oliver as a son? All of his 80’s references to be cool, and his entire mannerisms throw me completely off, and he was a big miss on Disney’s part.

She is an animal and a lonely girl. While she is bland, she is a sweet girl, and her love for Oliver and Georgette are genuine. I still like Penny better, but Jenny is alright and at least does not bore or irritate me.

She is an animal lover and a lonely girl. While she is bland, she is a sweet girl, and her love for Oliver and Georgette are genuine. I still like Penny better, but Jenny is alright and at least does not bore or irritate me.

He is so forgettable. He somewhat has the scary vibe to him, but he needs mroe characterization and more of a presence in the film. He is barely in it. Anyways, if he is a successful boat shipper, why would he think it is a good idea to steal a little rich girl, and because he is successful, it would reach media and tarnish his rep. I thought for so long that he was a gangster.

He is so forgettable. He somewhat has the scary vibe to him, but he needs more characterization and more of a presence in the film. He is barely in it. Anyways, if he is a successful boat shipper, why would he think it is a good idea to steal a little rich girl, and because he is successful, it would reach media and tarnish his rep. I thought for so long that he was a gangster.

He is just an ugly looking character. He is slimy and crude, but has a heart. He is decent I guess.

He is just an ugly looking character. He is slimy and crude, but has a heart. He is decent I guess.

Oh my fucking goodness, the dog crew are THE most annoying sidekicks I ever had to suffer througha s of yet. Yes, mroe tan the ones in Alice and Wonderland, more than the ones in The Black Cauldron, and yes, more than the ones in Robin Hood as well. They are racial and gender stereotypes, who do not shut the hell up. They also blurt out a bunch of pop culture atchphrases and stuff, and are failed ocmic relief. They contribute almost nothing to the film, an they are the ones that infuriate me in the film. Disney reached the bottom of the barrel with these crappy characters.

Oh my fucking goodness, the dog crew are THE most annoying sidekicks I ever had to suffer through as of yet. Yes, more than the ones in Alice and Wonderland, more than the ones in The Black Cauldron, and yes, more than the ones in Robin Hood as well. They are racial and gender stereotypes, who do not shut the hell up. They also blurt out a bunch of pop culture catchphrases and stuff, and are failed comic relief. They contribute almost nothing to the film, an they are the ones that infuriate me in the film. Disney reached the bottom of the barrel with these crappy characters.

Animation

There is a lot of CGI in this film, and I do think it was used to show off. The backgrounds do not have as much detail and dimension that I think it should have, giving it a sharp and ugly feeling to it. The characters and the designs are decent, it does look like New York, and the colorings are very bold though.

Music

The music in this film is 80’s broadway. I like how they used the broadway formula, but it is not really used well. Why Should I Worry is clearly THE song in the movie that we should remember, but under the context of the overall plot, it should not be the theme song. Some of the songs are useless, and most of them are unmemorable. It really does date the film, but it does work with the setting.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on November 18, 1988, it was a success, and the biggest hit in the 80s. It made $53 million at the budget, and was re-released in 1996. This success inspired the company so much, that they decided to release a film every year, and that still stands today, as the only years that did not have a release were 1993, and 2006. This squashes any rumors that The Little Mermaid started the yearly trends.

When it comes to the critical reception, it received mixed to negative reviews, which it still does today. Many called it episodic, lacking charm, is not as good as the others, a gimmick, unappealingly animated, and so on and so on. People like Roger Ebert liked it and said it is not offensive and harmless.

It was nominated for 3 awards, A Golden Globe for Best Original Song “Why Should I Worry”, A Golden Reel for Best Sound Editing, and a Young Artist Award for Best Family film. While this film is not the best, it did bring a lot of attention to the studio that has been missing for a decade.

Reception Today

Today, this film is known for being the final film in the Dark Era, and somewhat helped establish the Disney Renaissance, with starting the musical format, the first to have Alan Menken and Howard Ashman on the team, and the first film to heavily use CGI/ While it was a transitional film in many, it is also seen as one of the worst films in the era, and in the canon for being flat, contrived, and style over substance, and it is not deemed as a classic. Not many like it today.

Final Score

Story: 5/10

Characters: 4/10

Animation: 6.5/10

Music: 6.5/10

= 22/40 =55%

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Review: June 23rd, 2014

Review: June 23rd, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: The Great Mouse Detective

Walt Disney Animation Studios 26th feature film

Walt Disney Animation Studios 26th feature film

http://www.cornel1801.com/disney/Great-Mouse-Detective-1986/movie-film.html

My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is entertaining. Yes, it is cheap looking, and yes, it is not the most memorable, but for what it is, it has a lot of charm. The characters are likable, though not really developed, and the plot is decent enough. The film, does suffer in the animation and music department though.

Production

The studio was focusing more on The Black Cauldron at the time, and Michael Eisner became head when this film was in production. He slashed the budget for this film in half; leaving $10 million to make the film. 2 animators that were dropped from The Black Cauldron, their names being Ron Clements and John Musker (who would be the famous duo that would go on to make movies for the studio for 30 years) produced this film.

Olivia was going to be an older character, and to most likely be a lover of Basil, but they aged her down to a child to gain more sympathy. This film was in development for 4 years, starting production in 1982.

The fight on the big Ben is one of the earliest examples of early CGI, but it was still only used for minor effects.

Story

So we are in 1897 London, and a little girl named Olivia (Susanne Pollatschek) celebrates her birthday with her toy-maker father named Hiram (Adam Young) and she gets a doll. She claims she is having the best day ever, but a rat named Fidget (Candy Candido) kidnaps her father as she hides in the cupboard. Dr. David Q. Dawson (Val Bettin) returns to England after a tour of duty in Afghanistan, and finds a crying Olivia in a boot, and she explains that she tried to look for her father, but can’t find him.

The decision to make her a child instead of a love interest is a really smart one, cause I feel extremely bad for her.

The decision to make her a child instead of a love interest is a really smart one, cause I feel extremely bad for her.

She tells him that she is looking for Basil Rathbone (Barrie Ingham). They go to his house, where a disguised Basil practically ignores them telling him the situation of her father as he is working on an experiment. It failed, and he is acting so melodramatically, as he never beats Ratigan (Vincent Price). He soon enough takes the case, when he realizes that the rat she is talking about is Ratigan’s worker. Her father is refusing to do the task that Ratigan asked for (to build a robot) but he threatens him by saying that his daughter will get hurt.

He goes to the lair of his, where all of his henchmen are there. He tells them to kiss his ass, head, dick, toes, armpits, and all the other places, which leads them to sing the wonderfully catchy The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind, and gets his cat to kill a henchman when he drunkingly calls him a rat.

The Great Mouse Detective

So Dawson, Olivia, and Basil go to the toy shop via Sherlock’s dog Toby. Basil tells him to watch Olivia (who ends up touching a bunch of stuff), and she eventually gets kidnapped by Fidget (with Ratigan probably knowing they will go there). This scene does drag on for like a good 12 minutes, and I realized around here that the story is very simple, though it is not badly executed.

Ratigan then tells Hiram that he has Olivia, and if he dos not make the robot, Olivia will get taken out and injured. They go back home to do more research, and the research leads them to a bar, where a go-go dancer sings Let Me Be Good To You.

I have to say, I think this is worse than the pole dancing in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It is weird to see a strip-teasing mouse.

I have to say, I think this is worse than the pole dancing in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It is weird to see a strip-teasing mouse.

The drinks Basil and Dawson got were drugged, but Dawson drinks too much of it already, and is acting like a wild, horny man. Fidget appears, and they follow him (which Ratigan wants), to only be trapped by Ratigan. The duo are tied to a mouse trap, with the bottle Olivia is in is right beside them. Ratigan chooses not to stay at the sight to make sure they are dead, but he leaves to go on with his plan. They manage to get out of it and to save Olivia. I just noticed what a crappy birthday she is having.

Queen Mousetoria (Eve Brenner) is about to go to her Jubillee, but she is kidnapped by Ratigan, and a robot version of her (the one Harim made) was used to replace her. He used the robot to deem him as ruler, but that gets ruined when Basil, Dawson, and Olivia arrive, and the Queen is saved from being eaten by the cat. Olivia is kidnapped by Ratigan, with the others following, and the three of them end up in the clock mechanisms of The Big Ben.

One of the earliest examples of CGI.

One of the earliest examples of CGI.

So Basil is getting his ass whooped, but Ratigan’s cape gets stuck on some gears, which the other two take that time to escape, and end up outside. Olivia is tossed to her father and to safety, while Ratigan escapes to beat Basil’s ass again. The 10:00 clock rings, causing them to fall, but since animated movies have the “bad guy falls to his death, and good guy gets saved” formula, Basil ends up making it.

Olivia and Hiram say their final goodbyes at Basil’s house and after they leave, Dawson gets ready to leave, but Basil is sad because he will miss him. When someone comes to the door for another case, Basil deems Dawson as his trusted associate. You would think this would be an opening for a sequel, but…….it is not. Probably because of its lukewarm box office numbers.

The plot is simple, but well executed. I did not find it dragging excessively, or anything, but it could have I wish a bit more happened. It is not really a classic, but it holds it's own. Not the best, not the worst.

The plot is simple, but well executed. I did not find it dragging excessively, or anything, but I wish a bit more happened. It is not really a classic, but it holds its own. Not the best, not the worst.

Characters

The characters are good; the main ones, but the supporting ones are forgettable. They are engaging though.

Basil

He is very egocentric, a bit selfish, and cocky, since he only took the case because it related to Ratigan. His traits above are not overly done though. He embraces in his intelligence, and it is so fun just watching him glee ass he rumbles about something smart.

Ratigan

He is comedic and threatening; it is so rare for both to mesh so perfectly. His annoyance of being called a rat is never explained though. He is just so heartless about everything, but he has a lot of charisma. He is one of the strengths in the movie.

Dawson

He is…alright. Not too memorable, but he is a bit careless, but he is a lot more warm and nervous than Basil is.

Olivia

She is cute and easy to relate to, but she is the stereotypical little girl.

Fidget

Annoying and irritating.

Hiram

He is smart, cautious, and will do anything for his daughter. He is very eccentric.

Animation

The animation is not bad, but it looks really cheap. The dimension is not that good, a few minor consistency issues, and the designs being overall generic, but it did enough to not make me want to hurl.

Music

The music is absolutely nothing special. Sure The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind is catchy, but there is no overall theme to the music. The score is nice enough I guess, but the soundtrack….needs more.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on July 2nd, 1986, it did modestly. Out of it’s $14 million budget, it made the acceptable  $38,625,550, and it was well received. Since it made almost double the amount that it’s predecessor did, it gave the studio hope for animation (as they were considering to close it after the abysmal failure of The Black Cauldron), and started the development of The Little Mermaid. It was also overshadowed by Don Bluth’s film An American Tail, which was released almost 5 months after this film.

Reception Today

As of today, it is one of the most forgotten films in the canon. Almost no one talks about it unless it is about which film helped the Renaissance, and when The Black Cauldron is talked about. It is seen as one of the best (if not the best) film in the Dark Age.

Final Score

Story: 7.5/10

Characters: 7/10

Animation: 6/10

Music: 6/10

= 26.5/40 = 66%

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Review: June 16th, 2014

Review: June 16th, 2014

 

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: The Black Cauldron

Walt Disney Animation Studios 25th feature film

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it has many issues. The characterization is weak, the “adventure” takes place too late in the film and it is too short; with it being CLEAR where the 12 minutes that was taken out was. There was not much to engage in with the bad humor, characters, and the decent story, and especially when many of the characters do nothing. What I will say is that there IS creativity.

Production

This film is the first WDAS film to be rated PG, first to use the Walt Disney Pictures logo, first to use computer generated animation (CGI on the bubbles, effects, and the cauldron), and the first to not have a “The End” at the end of the film (The Great Mouse Detective, Aladdin, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame would be the final WDAS films to have a titled The End after it). The newer generation had complete control of this film, with most (if not all) the originals dead, left, or retired.

This film had a long production, starting from 1971. Joe Hale joined the production in 1980, and completely changed everything about the movie; The Horned King was promoted, and the script was re-written. Things were extremely challenging with trying to get a low rating, and to work the issues in the film, and a new face to the company named Jeffrey Katzenberg ruined the film even more, by removing and editing out 12 minutes out of an 80-90 minute film, and they STILL barely got a PG rating. This film was in development hell, and should have STAYED in development hell….meaning that it should never have been released.

Story

So the film starts with some dialogue, explaining how the Horned King (John Hurt) was a king of a mystic land, and that the gods even feared him. Does this make him a god? Just immortal? Never explained. Apparently his demonic spirit was captured and put into the Black Cauldron, and he has been finding it ever since.

This is apparently common knowledge, as Dallben (Freddie Jones), our protagonist Taran (Grant Bardsley), and others know about it. Taran is too distracted by the illusion of being a war hero, and imagining beating The Horned King. Dalbeen tells him that he needs to focus on his work as an assistant pig keeper, which causes Taran to complain about his worthless life and wanting to be a hero, and when he is not complaining, he cockily treats the others like they are below him, as he interprets a hero.

And the issue with this is that it is all of his character, and that he does this for the entire film. It also helps that he does not do jack squat in the film, which is almost never dealt with.

The Oracular pig Hen Wen starts to freak out as he is about to have a vision, with Taran trying to calm him down. Taran is told the truth about Hen Wen when he is brought inside. The vision reveals that The Horned King knows about Hen Wen (though only Dalbeen knew before a few seconds ago), and commands Taran to bring Hen Wen to another cottage to hide him, which he takes with content.

The duo walk, and take a break so Taran can play Hero with his imaginary friends, long enough for Hen Wen to wander off and to get captured. Hen Wen is so cute and the most likable character in the film. I feel really bad for her.

Gurgi (John Byner) appears, and irritates us all (including Taran) with his….voice and actions. He tries to steal from Taran, but then switches it up to where he wants to be his friend; this is extremely odd. Anyways, Taran and Gurgi (who soon ditches him) finds Hen Wen, to only see her get kidnapped by the dragons. When Gurgi returns, Taran tells him off.

#Coward #GTFOH

#Coward #GTFOH

Taran makes it to the Horned King’s castle, and sees Hen Wen with the knights/servants/other occupants at the castle. He fucks it up, which causes them to notice and almost beat him up. The Horned King tells Taran to get Hen Wen to find where the Black Cauldron is, but refuses, After Hen Wig is almost beheaded, Taran gives in, to only back out of it.

Taran throws the pig over in the lake and as he hops, Taran is captured and put in a cell. Elionwy (Susan Sheridan) and her magical ball arrive in the cell as they try to escape. She says Taran can come along if he wants to, and they both discuss how they were there because Horned King wants to find a way to the Cauldron, (he did this with her magical ball; which never appears again after this scene.

We have this old man that joins the duo as they run off from the castle. We are about 40 minutes in, nd the so called adventure just starts. We waste so much time off in the beginning, and the scenes in beteween was so rushed. I heard it was supposed to be 10 minutes longer, and it is clear that the edited out 10 minutes were around here. There was no way that the "journey" and "mystery" pat of the movie would start so late.

We have this old man named Fflewddur Fflam (Nigel Hawthorne) that joins the duo as they run off from the castle. We are about 40 minutes in, and the so-called adventure just starts. We waste so much time in the beginning, and the scenes in between was so rushed. I heard it was supposed to be 10 minutes longer, and it is clear that the edited out 10 minutes were around here. There was no way that the “journey” and “mystery” pat of the movie would start so late.

They are in the forest, and Gurgi soon joins them; to the chagrin of Taran. The little boy is so excited about saving the day, and Elionwy points out that his sword saved the day, and not much him. They get into an argument, and he insults her by calling her a girl (slaps hand on forehead). Didn’t they learn from the last film? This is SO a step back from the subtleness of the Golden and Silver Age.

So she loses it on anyone who sides with Taran, and cries. Everyone makes up soon after, and this will never be mentioned again in the film. Gurgi leads them to follow Hen Weg’s footsteps, and they end up in some fairy place where Hen Weg went after he was released. An issue with this movie is that Hen Weg is used as a plot device. She has SUCH an important role in the film, and has a presence in the beginning , but as the film goes on, it is like they have nothing to do with him, so he is almost always off-screen in the second half, though the entire story revolves around her.

We are taken to these witches because they have the cauldron, and they are atrociously grating to look at, to watch, and to suffer through. We have like 7 minutes of filler with these failed ocmic reliefs. They get the magic sword Taran has so they can get the cauldron.

We are taken to these witches because they have the cauldron, and they are atrociously grating to look at, to watch, and to suffer through. We have like 7 minutes of filler with these failed comic reliefs. They get the magic sword Taran has so they can get the cauldron.

So they end up at a campfire, and they are bummed. Taran says he is nothing no debate here but Elionwy disagrees, and the young teens show their belligerent attraction. They are soon captured and arrested back at The Horned King’s castle.

So The Horned King gets the Cauldron, and creates his skeleton army, as he is going to use them to take over the world (I don’t really get his motivation and goal). They were told that in order for the Cauldron to be down with, someone has to willingly sacrifice themself. Everyone is rescued by Gurgi. and Taran is ready to jump in the Cauldron, but Gurgi beats him to it. For some reason, it is not enough for the Cauldron, and then the most anticlimactic climax in the history of WDAS happens. No one defeats the villain, but he is swallowed by himself. The villain does not do anything during the entire film, and neither did any of the characters.

Anyways, they leave the castle and the Witches meet up with them. They make a deal to give them the cauldron, and the crew to get Gurgi. That ends up happening. I am confused by this; wouldn’t all the stuff that was caused by the cauldron have to be reversed or anything? Anyways, he gets Taran and Elionwy to awkwardly kiss and they live happily ever after, as they are all going “home”, where they do not live together, and we never see Taran go back home.

This film is weak, and lacks focus in not only storytelling, but also in characterization as well. The story has stuff going on, and is told decently, but the characters are not really doing anything. The "journey" part in the film takes place too late in the film, and only lasts for 20 minutes. It is too short, and I feel that the focus was moreso on the quantity instead of the quality.

This film is weak, and lacks focus in not only storytelling, but also in characterization as well. The story has stuff going on, and is told decently, but the characters are not really doing anything. The “journey” part in the film takes place too late in the film, and only lasts for 20 minutes. It is too short, and I feel that the focus was more so on the quantity instead of the quality.

Characters

The characters in this film are either stale, unlikable, or accomplishes nothing, or a mixture of both. There is no real character development, I do not really know these characters, and they are duds overall.

He is annoyingly confident, and wants to live up to the illusion about being a hero, but the thing is; he never does anything. The film acknowledges it, but they do nothing about it. He literally learns nothing but that he is a pig farmer. He is just stale and annoying.

He is annoyingly confident, and wants to live up to the illusion about being a hero, but the thing is; he never does anything. The film acknowledges it, but they do nothing about it. He literally learns nothing but that he is a pig farmer. He is just stale and annoying.

He is stale and extremely boring. You need to have more than a deep voice to be a kickass villain, but he is not He never really does anything either, and his defeat was very eh. He is very disappointing.

He is stale and extremely boring. You need to have more than a deep voice to be a kickass villain, but he is not He never really does anything either, and his defeat was very eh. He is very disappointing.

She is alright, but underdeveloped and underused. She escaped her cell herself, but she is reduced to being Taran's love interest, and is extremely forgettable. She had potential though, but she did virtually nothing in the film either.

She is alright, but underdeveloped and underused. She escaped her cell herself, but she is reduced to being Taran’s love interest, and is extremely forgettable. She had potential though, but she did virtually nothing in the film either.

I dont know why the fuck he exists, as you will forget about him 5 seconds after he is introduced.

I don’t know why the fuck he exists, as you will forget about him 5 seconds after he is introduced.

Oh lord, he needs to not exist.

Oh lord, he needs to not exist.

The only character in this film that I really like. I felt extremely sorry for her, but though she is almost central to the story, she appears less and less as the film goes on. I don't know why that is.

The only character in this film that I really like. I felt extremely sorry for her, but though she is almost central to the story, she appears less and less as the film goes on. I don’t know why that is.

Animation

The animation is actually kind of good, The character designs are pleasing, and the backgrounds are really great. You can definitely tell that the newer generation were still having issues with the Xerography, but it is not as obvious as it was in the previous two efforts. One thing that I will say about it is that the animation is kind of dull because the color scheme has a lot of greys and dark colors.

Music

This is the first film in the canon to not have ANY songs. The score is pretty good, but it is done by the guy that did the score for Ghostbusters, but it is too similar, and the score is too 1980s.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on July 26th, 1985, it flopped hard. It was the most expensive animated film, and the third most expensive film to be made (behind Cleopatra and  Heaven’s Gate), with $44 million as its budget, and it only made half of its budget, with $21,288,692 in the box office, putting them in a bigger financial disaster than they already were (and have been for many years).

To make things worse, it got mixed reviews, with some praising it for its visuals and entertainment (what entertainment?), and with others panning it’s bad characterization, storytelling, and ignoring many things from the book.

Reception Today

The reception of the film is probably the worst in the entire canon. Fans of this movie had to wait over a decade to get a VHS on it, and Disney mentions it as their worst moment ever, but many see it is a wake up call. This film is at the absolute bottom of the barrel; and yes, even lower than Home on the Range and Chicken Little.

Final Score

Story: 6/10

Characters: 3.5/10

Animation: 7/10

Music: 7/10

= 23.5/40 = 59%

Next Time…

Review: June 9th, 2014

Review: June 9th, 2014

Rio 2 Review

2014's 4th feature film.

2014’s 4th feature film.

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I am SO sorry that this review took about 2 months to complete. Since I was not going to watch this in theaters, I had to wait for a copy to go online. They would usually make their way on the internet in about 3 weeks, but that did not happen. I waited a MONTH AND A HALF for a link to pop up on the internet, only for the one above for me to watch.

My opinion right after watching movie

My opinion right out of the film is that it is mediocre at best. The characterization is not that strong, the story overly and unnecessarily complex with bad pacing and focus, leaving a bit of unorganization. I do not like how over the top and so……Blue Sky-ish, with the bad humor, pop culture, and so on and so on. The film is not a complete bore, and the animation and score are nice to listen to. I was not that irritated watching this, but I was not that entertained either.

Production

So the production managed to start in early 2012, after the first film mad a decent amount in the box office in 2011. All of the people involved quickly signed on to reprise their roles in making this film. Screenplay writer for the first film (named Don Rhymer) passed away from head and neck cancer on November 28th, 2012 as they were continuing with the writing of this film.

Story

So the film starts with Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway), are partying it up at another Rio de Janero street party, when many of their babysitters are at the party, and tells the couple that their three children Carla (Rachel Crow), Bia (Amandla Stenberg), and Tiago (Pierce Gagnon) are being babysat by a random babysitter, causing them to rush home. The children tie their babysitter to a rocket, and are about to launch it, for Blu to save the babysitter; getting caught in the rocket and shot up in the sky.

Meanwhile, Blu’s owner Linda (Leslie Mann) and her now husband Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) are on an expedition in the Amazon, and then discover that there are other Spix Macaws in the world (outside of Blu and Jewel), thanks to the flying bird dropping a feather.

Rio 2

This makes it’s way on the Brazilian news, which Blu and his family see. Because Jewel realizes that they are not the only Macaws in the world left, she and their kids end up convincing him to go down to the Amazon to find them. The loggers (a set of our antagonists) do not like that they have environmentalists that are about to stop their illegal project by selling the trees to the amazon, they have people ready to….take them out. So the two birds voiced by will.i.am and Jamie Foxx (I do not care to find the character’s names) are hosting a talent show for filler and cheap laughs to entertain 3 year olds no known reason. When they see the blue bird family fly, the duo decide to join them as well.

As they are flying through the city, we are introduced to the antagonist of the last film Nigel the cockatoo (Jermaine Clement) who has a new assistant in the form of a poison dart frog named Gabi (Kristen Chenoweth). They are at a stall as he is a fortune teller/con artist, and gets mad in rage when he sees Blu (as he is the reason why he got caught in the plane crash. He survived it, but he is unable to fly again).

We then get this worthless, pointless song from the frog about how much she loves Nigel, and while it is nicely sung, we are only delaying the film with this. Also, this entire plot that Nigel has is wortless, as it adds almost nothing to the story. You can take it out, and almost nothing would change. They could have been kept out of the film.

We then get this worthless, pointless song from the frog about how much she loves Nigel, and while it is nicely sung, we are only delaying the film with this. Also, this entire plot that Nigel has is worthless, as it adds almost nothing to the story. You can take it out, and almost nothing would change. They could have been kept out of the film.

So their assistant Anteater Charlie is supposed to wake them up at midnight, so they can go on the boat and attack the family with poison, but that plan totally fails for many reasons. They all get off the boat and arrive at the Amazon. The loggers organize for some of them to take out Linda and Tulio, which ends up in a chase.

So Rio and his family bump into a Mackaw named Eduardo (Andy Garcia), but as Jewel approaches to argue with him, they both realize that they are related, and that she is his long-lost daughter, and that he is her long-lost daughter. They fly into the Mackaw village to see that there is a whole herd of them. Jewel starts to reunite with her family, and her father does not connect with Blu`s domesticated nature and behaviour. They end up staying in Jewel`s ex boyfriend and current friend Roberto (Bruno Mars)`s bachelor pad.

Her ex even goes as far to say that he would not have ANY issue raising Rio`s children as his own, if there was.......a tragic accident. I can`t stand men like that; who are so willing to kick a man out to hop into his wife and kids.

Her ex even goes as far to say that he would not have ANY issue raising Blu`s children as his own, if there was…….a tragic accident. I can`t stand men like that; who are so willing to kick a man out to hop into his wife and kids.

Eduardo shows up the next morning to tell Blu that he needs to get rid of his fanny pack (since it is human), and the two eventually go on a fly together, so he can train his son-in-law to be a normal mackaw in the tribe. This fails horribly. Also, will.i.am and Jamie Fox are told that they are not allowed to take their talent from the tribe to the talent show in Rio de Janero, so they are forced to hold auditions and the show in the Amazon and we are forced through pathetic, painful pop culture references and gimmicks. Nigel is accidentally launched to the audition show and when he hears the word “show” he bursts into a useless song for the audition. As you can see, the only sung songs are done by Nigel and Gabi. All this movie taught me so far is that Epic did not have Beyonce and Sean Paul sing a bunch of useless songs, and the fact that it took itself seriously.

Blu and Jewel has a conversation about wanting to go home, and that he found Linda and Tulio`s sight, but she says that they should enjoy the sunset and the tribe. She thinks that the tribe in the Amazon should not be found, and when Jewel leaves, he complains to his sidekick about her wanting to enjoy her family. Blu is really getting on my nerves. Did I always forget to mention that this movie has a SEVERE case of sidekick-itis.

Blu accidentally starts a war between the Parrots and the Mackaws when he goes on their turf to get a nut. Roberto thinks he is a traitor (to only be saved by said "traitor", and the entire tribe does not think so highly of him. This causes the Parrots to be able to use their land, and for the Mackaws to not eat nuts (which is a part of their diets.

Blu accidentally starts a war between the Parrots and the Mackaws when he goes on their turf to get a nut. Roberto thinks he is a traitor (to only be saved by said “traitor”, and the entire tribe does not think so highly of him. This causes the Parrots to be able to use their land, and for the Mackaws to not eat nuts (which is a part of their diets).

So Blu sees Linda and Tulio clutching a tree (as they know the loggers are about to kill them),  and saves them. Roberto gets the other birds to come with him and tells them that Blu is not a traitor. I will wrap this up quickly; the loggers (that barely made an appearance in the second half of the film) appear to cut down the trees, and Nigel and co. are ready to kill Blu with Gabi`s poison, with the loggers being quickly defeated by the parrots and mackaws, and Gabi accidentally poisoning Nigel (causing her to poison herself to have a Romeo and Juliette death). They soon realize that she is not a poison frog, but they are taken to be locked in a cage for investigation. he talent show commences, and Blu and Jules agree to stay with the tribe every summer.

While Rio 2 wraps everything up decently, it had sloppy execution, and a lot of stuff and scenes that are not important to the main story. It has some heart and some emotion, but the writing is not very strong. It is overly complex, there are too many characters, and let`s just say.....it has the typical Blue Sky touch. It is unoriginal, and it does not really add to the characters. Not that bad, but not good either.

While Rio 2 wraps everything up decently, it had sloppy execution, and a lot of stuff and scenes that are not important to the main story. It has some heart and some emotion, but the writing is not very strong. It is overly complex, there are too many characters, and let`s just say…..it has the typical Blue Sky touch. It is unoriginal, and it does not really add to the characters. Not that bad, but not good either.

Characters

The ones that were in the first film are reduced to generic roles, and their originality and uniqueness is dulled down….A LOT. And the new ones do not really add anything refreshing or new. The human characters are even more one-dimensional than they were in the first film, the sidekicks are even more grating, and the others are just not engaging.

Blu

While he is supposed to develop in this film, Blu…..does not really develop…at all. He became a lot more irritating in this film, as he whined and complained for a good amount of it. He just was not interesting in this movie.

Jewel

While she was this spunky, badass, free-spirited, and a bit cynical in the first film, in this film, she is only reduced to being a mother and a love interest. She does not do much, and while we learn about her family, it still does not really focus on how she deals with everything that is going on.

Nigel

I do not see why he needed to be in this film, and to have a less than minor part. It also does not help that he is not the main villain almost made him seem like he is there just to be there.

Eduardo

He is Jewel`s father who is a bit tough, protective, defensive of humans, and….I cannot tell you more than that.

Gabi

She is Nigel`s assistant, and is in love with him.

Blu`s kids

These are Jewel and Blu`s kids. One is smart, another is in love with music, and the other is a free spirit. Very one-dimensional and do not do much in the film.

The others are too minor or irritating to mention.

Animation

The animation in this film is very colorful. The textures are a bit better than in the first film, and the backgrounds and animal designs are really great to look at. The human designs are always disturbing to look at though. I really like how they bring South America to life, and the scenery of the film is really big.

Music

It is the same type of South American music in the first film. There are also some pop moments in the music that does get annoying. Many of the songs are pretty useless, silly, and are meant to shove some stupidity and pointless gimmicks at children’s way. The music is in no way bad, but other than the score, it does not add to the movie.

Reception Today

When the film was released on March 20th, 2014 overseas, and April 11th, 2014 in North America, it opened at #2, but dropped as the next few weeks rolled by; never having a strong opening. Aside from this, it managed to gross $121,598,000 in North America, and $319,900,000 internationally, causing a worldwide total of (as of May 25th, 2014) $441,498,000.

With the critics, it managed to receive mixed reviews. Many called this film out for being the typical Blue Sky sequel; over the top, lacking in quality, characterizations, a flow-y narrative, lack of effort, and taking everything from the first film, but barely tweaking it around, but also said that the bright colors, and the music is entertaining enough, and the little children will like it.

Final Score

Story: 6/10

Characters: 5/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 7/10

=26/40 =65%

Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: The Fox and the Hound

 

Walt Disney Animation Studios 24th feature film

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching it is that it had potential. The first half was well done (with some filler), but things fall apart in the second half. The music is not that memorable and does not have a recurring theme to it, the animation is a bit better than The Rescuers, but it needs a lot of improvement, and you can tell that some mess was happening during production.

Production

Production started in 1977 (around the time The Rescuers was released. Take notice that around the Dark Era, only 1 film was in production at a time), and the Nine Old Men, Wolfgang Reitherman, and the crew from when WDAS was started worked on the film in the beginning of development (and this would be the last film MANY of them would work on before death or retuirement). The new generations (John Lasetter, Ron Clements, Glen Keane, John Musker, etc) would eventually take over, with fall outs and arguments about the film caused many of the older generation to leave.

Don Bluth took about 17% of the animators with him, as they claimed that Disney was losing their creativity. Apparently, the newer generation wanted to sugar coat the film and not have Chief die (like Balloo in Jungle Book and Trusty in Lady and the Tramp).

Story

We start the film off with a mother fox running from a dog, with her kid Todd (Keith Mitchell and Mickey Rooney) in her mouth. The chase is getting hectic, and she hides Todd behind a fence, as she runs off to only be shot. I have a theory that the killer was Amos Slade (Jack Albertson), and the dog chasing her was Chief (Pat Buttram). So Big Mama (Pearl Bailey) takes him to Willow Tweed (Jeanette Nolan).

I really like their relationship.

Todd is a bit careless, too much so for my liking. He goes outside for us to suffer filler with 2 birds trying to eat a caterpillar, and this joke is ongoing for the entire film, and it only causes more filler, and is barely funny.

Anyways, we are introduced to Chief and Copper (Corey Feldman and Kurt Russell), who smells something  intriguing to him, so he follows the smell, which leads him to Todd. They soon started playing hide and go seek, and bonded quickly.

Big Mama sings We’re the Best of Friends as Todd calls Copper over to play in the lake. Slade calls for Copper, as he is annoyed with the dog wandering off. The pair promise to be BFFL (Best Friends For Life), and to meet tomorrow. Tomorrow comes, and Copper is tied to his barrel. Todd thinks it is a smart idea to play beside a huge dog, and especially when Copper says he can’t He is even stupid enough to go into Chef’s barrel to touch him.

This is what I do not like about Todd; He does not fricken listen. Are you that stupid to try to mess with a hunter dog? Are you that dumb to decide to play reckless with the owner right in his house? You wanna know what he says? They don’t scare him and how he is a tough guy. It would be one thing if he does stupid shit like this once, but he does it during the entire film. He does not know when to stay in his lane, and it is hard to feel bad for someone who SHOULD have the common sense to not do something.

So Slade sees him on his property, causing him to shoot all over the place. Todd hops into Willow Tweed’s truck, which causes Slade to shoot it up. Tweed ain’t about that life, so she gets out of her car, yells at him, and shoots his car with his own gun. That is a boss. Slade promises that he will kill Todd the next time he lays eyes on him, and insults her by calling her a female -_-. This pathetic insult is used more than once by more than one character in this film.

So Copper leaves for the Winter to be trained to be a dog hunter, with Big Mama singing a bad song about education and elimination, with her telling him that their friendship won’t last because Copper is obedient, while Todd is not. Copper quickly becomes the better dog hunter, and gets to ride back to town in the spring with Amos Slade.

And because Copper is an obedient dog, and wants to have no drama, he tells Todd that while he is looking good, they need to never communicate again #ByeTodd #GTFOH before Amos shoots your ass

He is spotted on his property, and Slade and Chief chases Todd down the forest to kill him. Copper tries to save Todd as much as he can during all of this. Todd runs on a train track, and Chief follows him, to only get hit by a train, falls down a 60 feet distance, hits a rock, and is emotionless. Copper finds him, and thinks he is dead, so he is hellbent on killing Todd. This pat makes sense…….for now.

Amos Slade barges in Willow Tweed’s house, preparing to shoot him right there, but Willow Tweed shuts that down, and tells him to fuck off. He yells that Todd cannot hide in the home forever, when she realizes that he cannot stay there anymore, and needs to go to the forest. As she drops him in the forest, he is about to burst into tears, and we hear her thoughts, with sad music playing in the background. It is very bittersweet.

Todd is alone, and traumatized from all that happened, and ends up living with a suspiciously gay animal. While this is happening……

After all he went through, he only has a broken leg, which he barely feels pain on, but acts like he is going through excruciating pain, just to get attention. Instead of treating Chief and spending their time to make sure he is recovering, they dismiss him, and spend the time planning to kill Todd. This makes no sense.

So Big Mama finds the satellite love interest in the form of Vixey (Sandy Duncan) so foxes won’t get extinct, and she hits it off with Todd at first, but then she laughs at him at his failed attempt to fish. He insults her by calling her a female. This is extremely annoying, and not even the older films do this, and disses genders like this. So Vixey tells him off, and Big mama sings a song about Natural affection, causing them to forgive one another without speaking.

So as they take the Bella Notte and Can You Feel the Love route, Slade and Copper set traps to kill Todd. Vixey senses something is off, and tells him to not go through a certain path, which he of course does not listen to, until he sets off a trap. He runs off with Vixey, Copper and Amos chase him around, to only be knocked out by a bear, who ends up attacking Copper.

So Todd runs back to save Copper, only for the bear to attack him, and Copper tries to save him, but Todd and the bear falls down a water the bad guy of course dying and the good guy living. Amos Slade runs to Todd with his sprained ankle, ready to shoot, but Copper steps in, daring him to shoot, with Slade taking him home and leaving Todd.Tweed is tending Slade’s ankle, with the dogs watching it, and the foxes hovering over them in the forest.

 

The film does have some pacing issues, with there being some filler with the bad comic relief, and everything falling flat with the logic in the second half. I think the climax took place too soon in the film, and things could have been organized better.

Characters

The characters are not horrible, but they are not really that memorable.

He means well, but is too careless, obnoxious, and sexist for my liking.

He is the more humble, and obedient one. Nothing else to say.

She is so sweet and likable. I feel bad for her.

Pathetic and silly.

Unlikable, dramatic, and a bit irritating.

She is called Big Mama because she is a huge and good mother figure.

Satellite love interest, but at least she is not passive.

Animation

The animation is an improvement over The Rescuers. The color Xerography is a lot smoother, bolder, and the backgrounds are a lot better and creative, but the movement is a bit problematic. They are a bit stiff, and it makes the issues with the cells extremely noticeable. I hate it when you can see white at the outlines, or when the movements of the animals are not touching the floor.

Music

There is no running theme through this movie. There is some country, some ballad 70’s, and some other weird themes. The songs are not really memorable, and the lyrics are not the strongest. Some of the songs are very weird.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on July 10, 1981, it was a success, which is all I can find out about the financial box office, but the fact that it only made $63,456,988 including it`s 1988 release, it was not a big hit. It received mixed reviews, as many called it familiar, or did not like what this movie was trying to do. Others did not like the overly cuteness of it.

Reception Today

It was re-released once in 1988, but it is not a Disney classic. Many either forget about it, or think it is eh-bad. It is not seen as one of THE worst films in the canon, but it is not one of the better ones. You will barely find merchandise from this film, and it only continued the downward spiral of the studio at that time. It does suffer from the midquel called The Fox and the Hound 2 (being one of the final DisneyToons sequels) released in 2006.

Final Score

Story: 6.5/10

Characters: 7/10

Animation: 7/10

Music: 5.5/10

= 26/40 = 65%

Next Time…

Review: June 2nd, 2014. Shit. I wish I was legal enough to drink through this mess.