DisneyToons Review: Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World

Disneytoon's 7th film.

Disneytoon’s 7th film.

http://putlocker.is/watch-belles-magical-world-online-free-putlocker.html

My opinion right after watching movie

My overall opinion right after watching the film is that I did not like it. The storylines made no sense,  I felt some anger towards it, and it is clear that there is little to no effort put into this film. It is one of the worst things I have ever seen in a long time.

Production

The only info I found about this film is that there was supposed to be a Beauty and the Beast TV series, but when that was scrapped, they put 4 segments together to create this film.

Story

The Perfect Word

Belle's Magical World

The first short feature starts with everyone in the castle planning for Belle (Paige O’Hara) and the Beast (Robby Benson)’s dinner together, but Belle decides to take the dictionary Webster (Jim Cummings) to the dinner. Belle is telling the Beast about the Cinderella story, and Beast is really nervous. Because of this, he asks Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers) to open the window, which causes everyone to get cold. Belle tells him that everyone is getting cold, and he tells them that they should leave, since he does not care and because it is his castle. Belle calls him rude, and the dictionary tells him synonyms for her insults, and the Beast slams Webster and the entire table over in a tantrum. Why in the HELL are they arguing over something so small? If they argue about things like this, than they must argue over everything. And he gets really violent. I am getting more and more discouraged by their relationship.

The others tries to get them to apologize to one another, and Belle tells them that she will apologize only after he apologizes, but when Lumiere (Jerry Orbach) and Cogsworth tells the Beast that, he lashes out (which causes them to fly out of the room), yelling that he will never apologize. Webster decides to forge a letter that is Beast apologizing to Belle, which Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury) overhears. She gets the letter, and runs to apologize to the Beast, which makes things settled between the two.

So everything is revealed when Belle and the Beast are hanging out, and Cogsworth mentions the letter he sent. Beast says that he never sent a letter, which astounds Belle, and it is found out that Webster forged a letter, which causes the Beast to throw him out of the castle, and to demand everyone to never speak to them. Belle goes after them, and the Beast eventually apologizes for his behavior, and Belle apologizes for not apologizing earlier.

Fifi’s Folly

Belle's Magical World

I really, really dislike this short. So Fifi (Kimmy Robertson) tells Belle castle that it is her and Lumiere’s 5th anniversary of their first date tomorrow. Lumiere is told about this by Belle, and is nervous, since he did not remember, and now has to plan a big event in one day. He is so nervous that he starts a fire in the library, only for Belle to enter the library, and dim the fire.

Lumiere is saddened that he cannot be able to express his feelings to Babette, since she is nervous. Babette walks past the room that they are in, and takes their conversation the wrong way, causing her to think…… that…… Belle… and… Lumiere… is… having… an… affair. Wait, WHAT? Are you FUCKING SERIOUS? HOW in the HELL can a CANDLE have a relationship with a human? This is LITERALLY the DUMBEST idea that I have ever seen in a film in….. forever? She continues to spy on them, and takes all of their conversations the wrong way, thinking that the date they are planning for is for him and Belle.

After flirting with Cogsworth fails the next day, Babette grabs her stuff to leave the castle, only for Belle to stop her. Babette calls her all types of names as she leaves, only for Lumiere to block her, to take Babette on her date. They have a good time, but they end up in danger, and is saved by the entire castle. What makes this even worse is that Babette DOES NOT EVEN APOLOGIZE to Belle for her actions. Ugh.

Mrs. Potts’ Party

Belle's Magical World

Because of the bad weather, Mrs. Potts is not feeling well (it runs in her family that the weather affects her behavior), but she continues on with her work, and when she pours a glass in Belle’s cup, she forgets the tea in her. She decides to get some rest, which inspires Belle and the others to throw a party for her, since she is always there to support them, and is the heart of the castle.

So as they start with the planning, Mrs. Potts gets up, and when she sees them with flowers, they have to lie to her, and say that they are for the Beast (who has been sleeping because he has been up from fixing a leak in the roof), so they put all of the flowers in his room. Cogsworth and Lumiere’s rivalry gets in the way, and causes all of them to start fighting about what the party should be like, and what food they should bring.

The two end up sabotaging one another, and when Mrs. Potts finds out about the party, she says that it only made her feel worse, since it started all of the fighting in the castle, which Belle agrees with. They all realize that they should work together and learn the lesson of cooperation to make this party happen, and to help Mrs. Potts feel better. All goes well and successful, as well as the weather growing more sunny and light.

The Broken Wing

Belle's Magical World

So Belle and Beast are going to share lunch together, but when a bird crashes into the castle, it sprains a wing, and Belle knows that she has to help repair its wing. The bird is put in Armoire the Wardrobe (Jo Anne Worley) right as Bast enters, and demands that Belle will join lunch for him, which he refuses. He then politely asks her, and only then Belle accepts. She misses the lunch date to fix the wing, which pisses off the Beast (he was waiting for a while for her to show up).

Beast finds out about the bird, and demands that it leaves the castle, since it does not make him Belle’s priority. WHY are they arguing about something SO DAMN SMALL AND STUPID? The bird runs away from the Beast and down the stairs, and of course Beast follows it and falls down the stairs. He hears the noise of the bird, and all of a sudden wants to keep it all for himself, since he likes the sound of the chirping bird.

The bird is now licked up in the cage in Beast’s room, and the beast is demanding and yelling that it sings to him. Belle enters to see this, and they get into another huge argument about it, with the Beast being appalled that she is speaking to him like that. Beast overhears her voice in his head, which causes him to release the bird, and somehow, him and Cogsworth fall off the cliff, only for them to eventually save themselves.

This is supposed to take place after Enchanted Christmas, and one of the biggest issues I have with all three of these films is that MOST OF THE EVENTS TAKES PLACE WHEN MAURICE IS IN THE FOREST. The stories in this film were grating, stupid, or both all at the same time. Flanderization with the characters, Belle and Beast's relationship looking more abusive and damaging than it is supposed to be, and there is clearly no effort in this film. Off with this franchise.

This is supposed to take place after Enchanted Christmas, and one of the biggest issues I have with all three of these films is that MOST OF THE EVENTS TAKES PLACE WHEN MAURICE IS IN THE FOREST. The stories in this film were grating, stupid, or both all at the same time. Flanderization with the characters, Belle and Beast’s relationship looking more abusive and damaging than it is supposed to be, and there is clearly no effort in this film. Off with this franchise.

Characters

Since this is a package film, I will not go in depth about separate characters under the pictures in this section of the review. Belle seems a bit more like herself in this film, but she has a “holier than thou” and “perfect” attitude that is annoying. Beast is a bigger baby and an out of control freak, and it is for stupid, small things in this film unlike the first film. The others are the same I guess, and the new characters are not impressive.

Animation

The animation is atrocious. There are a lot of derp faces, the quality is cheaper than the normal Disneytoons film, and the movements of the foreground and the backgrounds are really off and unsettling. The character designs are not appealing, and the coloring is not strong either. Not impressed at all.

Music

There were not any songs in the film (or at least from what I remember), and the score is not memorable. You will not be able to remember anything about the music in this film.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on February 17th, 1998, the film received negative reviews, with some critics legitimately calling it a piece of trash and disheartening. Many felt like Disney slapped something together, since the TV series they did not go well.

Reception Today

So today, it is known as the worst Beauty and the Beast film, and one of the worst films in the Disneytoon canon.

Final Score

Story: 4/10

Characters: 5.5/10

Animation: 4/10

Music: 6/10

19.5/40 = 49%

Next time…

Review: February 23rd, 2015

Review: February 23rd, 2015

DisneyToons Review: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

Disneytoons 6th film.

Disneytoons 6th film.

http://disneymovie4u.blogspot.ca/2014/07/watch-beauty-and-beast-enchanted.html

My opinion right after watching movie

My opinion right after the film is that while the music is nice, I do not like that it almost completely distorts the continuity of Beauty and the Beast, and it makes both of the main characters worse without even intending to do it. There is a great concept somewhere, but the poor execution held it back.

Production

After seeing how much revenue The Return of Jafar, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, and the TV series was bringing, the studio decided to milk off of Beauty and the Beast next. This film was made in Vancouver, only for the studio to be closed down 5 years after this film’s release.

This film was supposed to be a sequel with Gaston’s brother being a villain (so a rehash of the first film), but since no one cares to see human beast and the human ornaments, they changed the story to what we know it is now.

Story

The film starts off with people entering the castle, and I can tell that they got most of the outer and inner exterior of the castle incorrectly. It is Christmas evening, and the workers Lumiere (Jerry Orbach), and Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers) are arguing about saving Christmas the year prior, and Chip (Haley Joel Osment) wants to hear the story, which causes Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury) to recap it.

So this is apparently supposed to take place after the wolf incident in the predecessor, and during the Something There segment (which was only really a day or 2) *eye roll*.

Belle (Paige O’Hara) goes outside to skate, and the Beast (Robby Benson) falls when he sees her. Belle is overly nice and is trying to get the Beast to skate with her. Wait; wasn’t she still a bit annoyed with the Beast, and it was HIM reaching out to her at around this time?

So an organ named Forte (Tim Curry) gets news from his assistant Fife (Paul Reubens) that Beast and Belle are getting close, and because Beast likes Forte's gloomy music (now that he is a beast) he wants Fife to break up Belle and Beast, so they do not become human.

So an organ named Forte (Tim Curry) gets news from his assistant Fife (Paul Reubens) that Beast and Belle are getting close, and because Beast likes Forte’s gloomy music (now that he is a beast) he wants Fife to break up Belle and Beast, so they do not become human.

Belle and Chip are talking about Beast’s grumpy attitude, and then she speaks to Chip about Christmas, and the concept that everyone gets presents. She soon comes up with the idea of creating a book for the Beast for Christmas, and sings a song called “Stories”m which is actually a nice song, and connects the Belle in the movie from its predecessor. So she wants to kill his demons, and so he can get away from the troubles of his life. The animation in this song is really nice too. It is really bothersome that Belle left the castle in her first day in the castle, and like…..a day or two later, she wants to get to know him.

Cogsworth is not pleased with Belle’s plan to revitalize Christmas, since it was Christmas when he was cursed and turned into a beast. Cogsworth eventually gives up, and tells them to plan Christmas quietly, so the Beast will not find out and complain.

Belle and Lumiere go to the attic to get some Christmas decorations, and we are introduced to the former castle director, and current angel Angelique (Bernadette Peters), who does not want to help prepare for Christmas, since there is no hopes, and is sure Beast will shut it down, crushing her spirit again.

Belle and Lumiere go to the attic to get some Christmas decorations, and we are introduced to the former castle director, and current angel Angelique (Bernadette Peters), who does not want to help prepare for Christmas, since there is no hopes, and is sure Beast will shut it down, crushing her spirit again.

Belle gets everyone to sing As Long as There’s Christmas, which will get their spirits about capitalism and Corporate America up, and even I have to admit that this is another good song. The entire castle is decorated now, and soon enough, Beast finds out. I am assuming that Fife told Forte, who told him.

We get a badly animated scene, that actually showed how the Beast turned into a beast. So the brat with no parents and no sort of monarch opened the door, and snubs the old hag, causing him to turn into a beast. At least they established that he was a preteen or a teenager.

The Beast storms into the wood room, and lashes out at Belle for planning Christmas behind his back, and that her stupid wishing logs won’t work, since he is sure last year, she did not wish to be here. He tells her that there will be no Christmas, and she runs off, saying that she will never give up.

Beast enters his room, and sees that there is a present on his table, but Lumiere tells him that he cannot open it, since it is not Christmas yet. Lumiere convinces Beast to do Christmas, because he tells the Beast that Belle is giving him a present because she cares for him. It is annoying that Beast only says she is beautiful.

Beast enters his room, and sees that there is a present on his table, but Lumiere tells him that he cannot open it, since it is not Christmas yet. Lumiere convinces Beast to do Christmas, because he tells the Beast that Belle is giving him a present because she cares for him. It is annoying that Beast only says she is beautiful. He demands Forte to make a song for Belle, which pisses him off, since it is making Beast happy, which Forte hates.

As Belle and Chip are out cutting trees, Forte plays a solemn song, and Fife plays a whistle, which gets the dog to enter their room. She meets them, introduces herself to Forte, and they talk about her plans. He convinces her to go to the Dark Forest, which she has doubts about, since she is not supposed to leave the castle, but Forte tells her that the beast loves big trees, and tells her that he will not tell Beast that she left.

So the Beast set up a date for Belle, and is waiting for hours. Eventually, he snaps, and asks Mrs. Potts where Belle is, but she refuses to answer the question, but eventually tells him that they cannot find her. He looks in the mirror to see her not in the palace, and loses it. Forte tells him that Belle affected him, and that love is a bad thing.

So we have the rehash of the wolf scene in the last movie, where Belle is falling in the water, cracking under the ice, and needs to be saved by the beast. Looks like she did not get her tree. Anyways, she is back in the prison because he thinks she broke her word, and for that, she will rot in the cell forever. This movie is really not making their relationship look better.

So we have the rehash of the wolf scene in the last movie, where Belle is falling in the water, cracking under the ice, and needs to be saved by the beast. Looks like she did not get her tree.
Anyways, she is back in the prison because he thinks she broke her word, and for that, she will rot in the cell forever. This movie is really not making their relationship look better.

So all of the tools enter her cell, and Angelique sings a rehash of the Christmas song to cheer Belle up. Forte is trying to keep Beast in a crappy mood, but the Beast suddenly changes his mood when he sees the present that Belle got him. He opens it, and reads the book that she created for him, which gives him hope, and he leaves. Beast enters her cell, apologizes, and asks for her forgiveness, which she gives him, and they all want to give Belle the Christmas she wants. *eye roll*

So Forte loses his shit, and plays so the entire castle can break, and everyone can die. Fife tries to stop him, but when his solo (which Forte used on Fife to get him to do his dirty work), Fife cries, and Beast enters the room to lose his shit. We have this over the top climax, and the Beast does something to the keyboards to have Forte self-destruct.  I am going to make a list of murderers of the Disney Princes.

  • Prince Phillip
  • Prince Eric
  • Beast
  • John Smith
  • Shang (I am sure he killed some military people during the war)

We fast forward a year, where the human Beast and Belle come to the ballroom to celebrate Christmas with everyone.

My biggest issue with the film is hwo it flanderizes Belle and Beast, and literally makes Belle a Mary Sue. I think there is some inconsistencies with the timeline, and a lot of the characters (specifically the new ones) added nothing to the film. The story was not bad, and there was effort put into it, but the execution makes it suffer. Belle and Beasts relationship does not look good in this film.

My biggest issue with the film is how it flanderizes Belle and Beast, and literally makes Belle a Mary Sue. I think there is some inconsistencies with the timeline, and a lot of the characters (specifically the new ones) added nothing to the film. The story was not bad, and there was effort put into it, but the execution makes it suffer. Belle and Beasts relationship does not look good in this film.

Characters

Not impressed with the characters in the film. Flanderization, pointless characters, so on and so on.

While I had some concerns about her in the first film, she is legit a Mary Sue in this film. She is executed like the perfect person, she does no wrong, and it is about what she wants. And the way she ponders to Beast was completely pathetic and so not like Belle in the first film. Not pleased.

While I had some concerns about her in the first film, she is legit a Mary Sue in this film. She is executed like the perfect person, she does no wrong, and it is about what she wants. And the way she ponders to Beast was completely pathetic and so not like Belle in the first film. Not pleased.

He is the same in the first film. He loses it a lot, and then he might feel bad. Why do I feel like he is worse in this film? He was most likely flanderized as well.

He is the same in the first film. He loses it a lot, and then he might feel bad. Why do I feel like he is worse in this film? He was most likely flanderized as well.

This villain is creative. He is receiving attention now because the Beast is nothing but gloomy, and being human would take that power his music has over the Beast. Creative, but he cannot do much when he is stuck in one place.

This villain is creative. He is receiving attention now because the Beast is nothing but gloomy, and being human would take that power his music has over the Beast. Creative, but he cannot do much when he is stuck in one place.

He is the typical villain sidekick that because he is timid, shy, and a somewhat nice guy, gets away with everything. He does all of this so he can get a.......solo from Forte......Okay then.

He is the typical villain sidekick that because he is timid, shy, and a somewhat nice guy, gets away with everything. He does all of this so he can get a…….solo from Forte……Okay then.

He is the exact same, but not as memorable.

He is the exact same, but not as memorable.

He is the exact same, but not as memorable.

He is the exact same, but not as memorable.

She is the exact same, but not as memorable.

She is the exact same, but not as memorable.

She offers nothing to the story. Maybe if she had more importance and saw more of her, than there would be something for me to really say about her.

She offers nothing to the story. Maybe if she had more importance and saw more of her, than there would be something for me to really say about her.

Animation

The animation is not pleasing to the eye. The character designs are horrid, the continuity is a bit off, and it just looks……weird. The coloring is not as sharp as it needs to do, and the blend between the foreground and the background is not that good.

Music

The music is honestly not even really bad. The songs are pretty good, and have some clever lyrics, and while some of the songs are pointless, it does sound like something that would come from the world of Beauty and the beast. Probably one of the better things about the film.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on November 17th, 1997, it became the fourth highest grossing direct-to-video feature, right behind King of Thieves. This film made $186 million dollars.

From what I have seen around the internet, this film has received negative reception for derailing the characters, having little to no effort put into it.

It actually won 2 WAC awards for being the best direct-to-video film, so it has that going for it.

Reception Today

So………. people hate this film 18 years later, and I think the hate grew instead of diminished for this film.

Final Score

Story: 6/10

Characters: 4.5/10

Animation: 6/10

Music: 7/10

23.5/40 = 59%

Next time…

Review: February 16th, 2015

Review: February 16th, 2015

DisneyToons Review: Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin

DisneyToons 5th film.

DisneyToons 5th film.

http://disneymovie4u.blogspot.ca/2014/05/watch-poohs-grand-adventure-search-for.html

My opinion right after watching movie

My opinion right after the film is…………… holy shit Winnie the Pooh ripped off this film, and The Animation Commendation is correct. I personally think this film did that plot a bit better though. It was a bit boring and it was too dark for a Winnie the Pooh film, but I could not care less about this film either way.

Production

There is literally no information on the production on this film.

Story

So the story stars on the last day of summer, where Christopher Robin (Brady Bluhm) approaches Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings) about some sad news, but Pooh does not want them to speak about anything sad. They sing the song Forever and Ever, which is a sweet song about their good times that should last forever, and Winnie never wanting Christopher to tell him anything negative. So the bad news is that Christopher is starting his first day of school tomorrow, but he does not know how to tell Pooh that.

It is the next morning, Winnie leaves his home, and sees a honey pot with a note on it (which he can’t read from all of the honey residue). He sees Piglet (John Fiedler) on a tree, who eventually falls thanks to Tigger (Jim Cummings) trying to save him. Pooh asks them about Christopher Robin, but neither knew where he is. Pooh than goes to Rabbit (Ken Sansom) to ask the same thing, but he does not know where he is, though he does show Pooh the note on his honey pot.

They then go to Owl (Andre Skotja)’s home, since he is the bookaholic, but not even he can interpret the note properly, telling them that Christopher was taken to a place called Skulls, and was taken by a monster called Skullasaurus.

Holy crap This really was ripped off by Winnie the Pooh, but in that film, Chris was "taken" by the Backsons. I cannot fault this film, since it is 14 years older than the WDAS sequel, but it makes me lose some integroty for the Winnie the Pooh franchise, and a huge sense of disappointment comes over me.

Holy crap This really was ripped off by Winnie the Pooh, but in that film, Chris was “taken” by the Backsons. I cannot fault this film, since it is 14 years older than the WDAS sequel, but it makes me lose some integroty for the Winnie the Pooh franchise, and a huge sense of disappointment comes over me.

Owl is singing a sing about them capturing the Skullasauros, and ho they will take part in a huge adventure, where they can save Christopher Robin, and he hands them the map, so they can go to the Great Unknown of The Hundred Acre Woods (though Owl is no way in hell joining them). I notice that there is absolutely no Kanga and Roo in this film.

The crew go on their adventure, and when they hear a sound, they think that it was the Skullasaurus. Rabbit tries to be the leader of the group, and as they follow the map, the crew becomes more and more panic. There is a lot of creepy and scary (at least for children) imagery, and I do not know if they would like it. They are in the depths of the creepy woods, and ends up running out of the forest, and we get some filer with them enjoying a bunch of butterflies.

The crew continues to follow the map, and the narrator explains that Rabbit does not know that the map does not know where it is going. Rabbit ends up singing about how they should follow the maps, and how they are good……….zzzzzzzzzzzz……….

The film becomes extremely slow around this point, and I am trying hard to become engaged of the film. So half of the map is ripped, and they all decide to chase after it.

The film becomes extremely slow around this point, and I am trying hard to become engaged of the film. So half of the map is ripped, and they all decide to chase after it.

After Tigger tries (and fails) to get the map, Tigger falls off a gorge, and holds onto a tree that is about to fall. Everyone else is about to save him, but they all end up falling, though Eeyore (Peter Cullen) is holding them all by a small branch which he lets go, causing all of them to fall into the river. Rabbit finds the second half of the map, which he cheers about, and when another sound is heard, they run, thinking it is the Skullasaurus.

After they are dried up and left the river, Rabbit is still guiding them with the map, and Pooh asks him if he knows what he is doing, and where he is going, but Rabbit is in denial about not knowing what he is doing, before he outright admits it, and cries in defeat. Pooh tries to cheer him up with Christopher’s advice, but does not know the proper words.

They sleep in a cave for the night, but Winnie the Pooh is still up, and climbs on a tree to sing to the moon, hoping that Christopher Robin comes to find him, since he is lost without the little boy. Piglet wakes up, and screams frantically at something, which wakes them all up, causing him to tell them that Christopher Robin is deep in the cave…..wait; weren’t they sleeping in that same cave a few hours beforehand?

So the next 10 minutes or so consists of them all entering the cave getting scared from a bunch of scary imagery, falling, and not getting anything accomplished, since they are not finding Christopher Robin.

So the next 10 minutes or so consists of them all entering the cave getting scared from a bunch of scary imagery, falling, and not getting anything accomplished, since they are not finding Christopher Robin.

Pooh finally remembers what Christopher said, which is that he (referring to Christopher Robin) will always be with him (Pooh), which is the typical metaphorical saying, causing Pooh to think that this entire adventure was a entire misunderstanding, and it is nice that he finally realized the message.

They think a monster is approaching them, based off of the shadow, only for it to be revealed that Christopher Robin found them all, since he was looking for them, and they tell Chris what they supposedly learned (which is what happens to me the only characteristics that these characters have). Christopher Robin reveals that the message says that he went off to school, and that he will be back in the afternoon, but to enjoy the honey. Pooh joins them, and they all reunite happily, only to realize that the cave seemed bigger than it was, since they were all scared.

So....... this film was pretty much pointless. Winnie the Pooh is one of those franchises that has a bunch of pointlessness, and nothing is really gained or learned from it. The plot ended up being pointless, and all under a big misunderstanding. I guess the message was that Chris will always be with them? Clearly, I am not impressed with this film.

So……. this film was pretty much pointless. Winnie the Pooh is one of those franchises that has a bunch of pointlessness, and nothing is really gained or learned from it. The plot ended up being pointless, and all under a big misunderstanding. I guess the message was that Chris will always be with them? Clearly, I am not impressed with this film.

Characters

Honestly, I am too lazy to even add pictures for this section. None of the characters have changed whatsoever, and there is barely anything to say about any of the characters. Pooh is the same, Christopher is always absent for most of the story that is somehow revolved around him, Tigger is Tigger, Rabbit is Rabbit, Piglett is Piglett (except that he was a bit braver), Eeyore is Eeyore, Owl is too scared to join them on the adventure and never leaves his home, as usual, and Kanga and Roo are completely absent.

Animation

I have to say that the animation is almost exactly the same as the animation in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, though there is a bit more dullness (but I mean barely). There is a lot more dark imagery, and it is not as colorful, because they are constantly trying to scare the audience.

Music

The score is pretty good, and if there are songs, I honestly no not really remember them. The music is probably the last thing I am thinking about when it comes to the movie.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on August 5th, 1997, it garnered negative reviews, with most people criticism it for being too dark for children, and feeling as it is meaningless.

Reception Today

People today seem to either not remember it, or think it is boring and a bad film. No one really talks about this film much.

Final Score

Story: 5.5/10

Characters: 6.5/10

Animation: 6.5/10

Music: 7/10

25.5/40 = 64%

Next time…

Review: February 9th, 2015

Review: February 9th, 2015

DisneyToons Review: Aladdin and the King of Theives

 

DisneyToons 4th film.

DisneyToons 4th film.

http://putlocker.is/watch-aladdin-and-the-king-of-thieves-online-free-putlocker.html

My opinion right after watching movie

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is a lot better than The Return of Jafar, and it has a lot of creativity to it. It took a place that has not been explored in the other two films, which is exactly what a sequel should do. I do dislike that most of the other characters have little to nothing to do though.

Production

So after the success of The Return of Jafar, in 1995, they announced another sequel to the film. Joe Rath apologized to Robin Williams for the breach of contract for Aladdin, and he was forgiven, saying that he will return to this film. All of the recordings of Dan Castellaneta were cut from this film in favor of Robin Williams.

Story

So the film starts off with a bunch of clear bandits walking into a lineup, which eventually ends at the palace, since it is Aladdin (Scott Weinger) and Jasmine (Linda Larkin)’s wedding day. Razoul complains about them getting married, and Genie (Robin Williams) tells him to suck it up, before going on to sing Its A Party Here in Agrabah, which I have to say is a nice song. Everyone is singing about their opinion on the scandalous couple, Jasmine is thrilled about marrying her first friend, and Aladdin is excited, but is sad that he did not have a father to teach him how to be a man and to raise a family. He went to grab the knife that was his fathers, and tells Genie that he died a long time ago.

He reaches the wedding, and Jasmine walks down the aisle.Right as they were about to say their vows, the King of Thieves named Cassim (John Rhys-Davies) and his crew planned to steal the jewelry from the palace, though their main goal is to get the Oracle, which they put into motion, by poking an elephant to run and break up the palace.

So the crew quickly steal many of the possessions that the guests had on, and the gifts the couple received, though Aladdin had to fight Cassim for the Oracle. I have a slight nitpick about this; How did Cassim and his group of thieves know that the Oracle staff was at the palace? It seems like something that would have been important for them to elaborate on.....just a little.

So the crew quickly steal many of the possessions that the guests had on, and the gifts the couple received, though Aladdin had to fight Cassim for the Oracle. I have a slight nitpick about this; How did Cassim and his group of thieves know that the Oracle staff was at the palace? It seems like something that would have been important for them to elaborate on…..just a little.

The Oracle (C. C. H. Pounder) is activated, and she explains to Aladdin, that her power is the Rule of One, meaning that she can only answer one question. Iago wastes his question when eh asks her, but that is not really important. Aladdin is sure of his future (Jasmine), but he has a bunch of questions about where he came from, which the Oracle replying that he can ask his father those questions, causing him to stop in his tracks, realizing that his father is alive. She shows him who he is, and it is the King of Thieves.

They are back at his home on the rooftop, and he is shocked by the news. Him and Jasmine sing about how he will be a fine father, and how Sultan was a good man, and pretty much singing about the role of a father figure, which he never had, but Jamsine had the luck of having. I believe the title of the song is called Love Is Not Out of Thin Air or something. Aladdin asks her where Cassim is, and she tells him that he is trapped within the Group of Theives, and to follow their path to their hidden world. Jasmine tells him to take all of the time he needs to get the info that he has longed to know.

Aladdin travels with Carpet, Iago (Gilbert Gottfried), and Abu (Frank Welker), and follows their path. They watch the bandits yell the secret words “Open Sesame” to reveal their secret passageway, which leads to their liar. Aladdin and crew fly through the trail, and they see the lair of the 40 thieves himself. One of the thieves named Sa’Luk (Jerry Orbach) tells Cassim that his time is up, pissed that they still do not have the Oracle. Aladdin sees this, and attacks SaLuk, thinking that his father is trapped and is in real danger. The knife falls out of Aladdin’s pocket, and Cassim realizes that it is his son, knowing that his name is Aladdin.

Hold up, hold up, hold up. So a knife causes you to recognizse that he is your son (saying his name before he ever told you it, or said anything), but when youawere at the wedding (where MANy are saying Aladdin's name over and over again), you had NO inkling that he was your son form then? You fought him, and you did not know it was him> You knew his name, and were around him and his mother to know his name, but from gonig to the well publicized wedding, you did not know that the man who was marrying the princess was your son? This is an issue to me.

Hold up, hold up, hold up. So a knife causes you to recognize that he is your son (saying his name before he ever told you it, or said anything), but when you are at the wedding (where MANY are saying Aladdin’s name over and over again), you had NO inkling that he was your son form then? You fought him, and you did not know it was him? You knew his name, and were around him and his mother to know his name, but from going to the well publicized wedding, you did not know that the man who was marrying the princess was your son? This is an issue to me.

So they have a reunion, which is cut short when Sa’ Luk reminds Cassim of the rule that intruders need to be instantly killed. To get his son out of certain death, Casism demands him to do “The Challenge”, which is really the fight to the death, where Sa’Luk puts himself in the position to be the one to fight Aladdin. Al is getting destroyed by Sa’Luk, and falls, only for him to kick Sa’luk off the cliff, and to fall into the river. Aladdin is now deemed as the replacement of Sa’Luk, now officially a member of the 40 thieves (which they felt like needed to put into a song). Wouldn’t it be smart to return him to marry Jasmine, so she can ship them some money? I am sure she would not have an issue financially supporting her father in law.

Speaking of Jasmine, she is worried about Aladdin, since she thought he would be back by now. genie cheers her up by healing her plan her wedding (which has her dressing up as Snow White and Cinderella), which cheers her up for a bit. Again, I wish she does more in this film. Back at the 40 thieves, Aladdin invites his father to the wedding, but Cassim does not feel comfortable, since he is now of the best criminals around. Cassim then tells him that they are after the Hand of Mitis, which is why he left Aladdin and his mother, hoping that he could find it, and so they can receive a bunch of riches to get out of their rough lifestyle. Iago tells him that his son’s wedding is the last chance he has to get The Oracle.

Turns out that Sa’Luk is alive, and managed to make it back to Agrabah, where he sells out Cassim to Razoul (Jim Cummings), telling him about the secret hiding spot. The next day, Razoul  goes to the hideout, and tries to do all of the instructions that was given to him to get to the hiding spot, but fails. Cassim and Aladdin returns to the place, and Genie is ready to arrest him, though Aladdin tells him to stop. For some reason, Genie felt the need tossing a song about father and son bonding time.

So Cassim makes a good impression on Jasmine and the Sultan, as they see some similar characteristics that Aladdin has, and it is revealed that Aladdin and Genie decided to tell Jasmine and her father that Cassim is NOT the King of Thieves, and was a captive for years. Sigh he CONTINUES to LIE to her in this film too>? Are you serious? When will eh ever learn? I do not know if this is flanderization, but he still continues to lie to her, which is not growth. It is just frustrating.

So Cassim makes a good impression on Jasmine and the Sultan, as they see some similar characteristics that Aladdin has, and it is revealed that Aladdin and Genie decided to tell Jasmine and her father that Cassim is NOT the King of Thieves, and was a captive for years. Sigh he CONTINUES to LIE to her in this film too? Are you serious? When will eh ever learn? I do not know if this is flanderization, but he still continues to lie to her, which is not growth. It is just frustrating.

So Razoul manages to capture the other thieves, who are pissed off that Sa’Luk sold them out, only for him to not be persecuted as well. Sa’Luk tells Razoul that Aladdin is one of the 40 thieves, which causes him to rush to the palace, right in time to see and capture Cassim and Iago stealing the Oracle. They are arrested, and it is known that Cassim is the King of Thieves. Aladdin is extremely pissed off that his father screwed things up by his own greed, but is convinced by Genie that he still needs to support his father Aladdin decides to dress up (I have to say the arabian clothes in this film are very creative and an upgrade from what we saw in the past 2 films), break into prison, and to release his father, so they can part ways for good, since Aladdin sees that he is better off without his father.

The guards chases Aladdin (disguised as his father) throught he time, but when that is soon discovered, Cassim saves his son form being locked up by Razoul. The both of them run out of town, and Cassim tells him that he is sorry for everything he lost, but he cannot go back to Agrabah, with Iago telling him that they have the treasure of the Oracle. Aladdin dismisses them, and tells his father that he chose money over him again, and he will not abandon Jasmine, like his father abandoned him and his mother.

SaLuk goes to the hideout to see the remaining 8 thieves (the other 40 were locked up, and hates Sa'Luk), convincing them that Cassim sold out the other 40 thieves. When Cassim and Iago go to the hideout, they are ready to kill Cassim, but they tie him up to a boat, and they keep him hostage.

SaLuk goes to the hideout to see the remaining 8 thieves (the other 40 were locked up, and hates Sa’Luk), convincing them that Cassim sold out the other 40 thieves. When Cassim and Iago go to the hideout, they are ready to kill Cassim, but they tie him up to a boat, and they keep him hostage.

Aladdin is at the palace, and is sulking, still mad over his father, offering to turn himself in. Jasmine tells him to lighten up, since she would have done the exact same thing if it was her father……… I guess that makes him lying to her fine. Sultan says that he cannot overlook his father’s crimes, but brushes off Aladdin’s helping a criminal break hostage, since he was willing to take responsibility and the consequences for it, also revealing that they should not push back the wedding anymore. Iago flies to them, and tells them that Cassim is captured, and convinces Aladdin to go after his father.

The crew all go to the location where the Hand of Mitis is, and reunites with his father. Sa’Luk forces them to find the Hand of Mitis, which they do. Right when things are looking good, Sa’Luk shows up, and threatens Cassim to give him the Hand of Mitis, or he wil kill Aladdin. Cassim gives him the hand, since he is not willing to lose his son, but Sa’luk has the “fuck it” mentality, and goes after Aladdin anyways. The problem is that Sa’Luk directly touched the golden hand, causing him to turn into gold, and falls to plummet in the water. Cassim gives up the hand, and throws it, where it lands on the boat, causing the boat and the other thieves to somehow sink…… I guess.

Aladdin and Jasmine soon get married, where Cassim witnesses from the back with no mask or cover. Iago and him leave Agrabah, to go on a bunch of unplanned adventures, and the peddler that was was narrating in the beginning of Aladdin reappears to close out the story. The married couple fly by them, say goodbye to a horse ridden Cassim and Iago, and thee film ends with the couple having a naughty kiss.

I have always liked the Aladdin series, and I will continue to like it, because the worked is very interesting. For a sequel, it continued the story pretty good, though there were some loopholes that they could have better paid attention to that hurt the film. The film added something new to the series, and it was a pretty decent conclusion to the entire franchise. I just wish a lot of the other characters had more to do.

I have always liked the Aladdin series, and I will continue to like it, because the world is very interesting. For a sequel, it continued the story pretty good, though there were some loopholes that they could have better paid attention to that hurt the film. The film added something new to the series, and it was a pretty decent conclusion to the entire franchise. I just wish a lot of the other characters had more to do.

Characters

The characters were somewhat better handled in this film. While I did not like some of Aladdin’s actions, and I felt like most of the other characters had nothing to do, it is the same cast I fell in love with in the first film.

I liked how we got more backstory on his family dynamics, and insecurities about being a man thanks to having a lack of a father figure. You felt his pain, though I did not like how he always resorts to lying for an immediate solution.

I liked how we got more backstory on his family dynamics, and insecurities about being a man thanks to having a lack of a father figure. You felt his pain, though I did not like how he always resorts to lying for an immediate solution.

He is a bad father, as he let his greed take over, since he thought he had no family. He acknowledged that he wronged his son, but the sense of adventure is too good for him to become completely domesticated. He was a decent character, though there is a lot questionable about him.

He is a bad father, as he let his greed take over, since he thought he had no family. He acknowledged that he wronged his son, but the sense of adventure is too good for him to become completely domesticated. He was a decent character, though there is a lot questionable about him.

Sa'luk was one of Cassim's allies, but it is clear that he was always jealous of Cassim. As a villain, eh was just plain gutter, and acknowledges that he is the lowest of the low, who will do the lowest of the low to get what he wants.

Sa’luk was one of Cassim’s allies, but it is clear that he was always jealous of Cassim. As a villain, eh was just plain gutter, and acknowledges that he is the lowest of the low, who will do the lowest of the low to get what he wants.

She had a....... bit more of a part in this film? She stayed back at the palace fro most of the film, and told Aladdin to support his father. She feels like much more of a side character than a deuteragonist in the later additions of the franchise.

She had a……. bit more of a part in this film? She stayed back at the palace fro most of the film, and told Aladdin to support his father. She feels like much more of a side character than a deuteragonist in the later additions of the franchise.

Even with Robin Williams being back, Genie's jokes were still stale, and he still had no use in the film.

Even with Robin Williams being back, Genie’s jokes were still stale, and he still had no use in the film.

The other characters are too useless to even mention in this section.

Animation

The animation is still animation only for television, but you can definitely tell that there are some improvements. The character designs match much more closely to the original film (there is still huge differences),  and there is more detail and color in the overall film with the animation department. It is not a complete sore to the eyes.

Music

The music for this film is actually original music (while The Return of Jafar just reused many scores from Aladdin), and I felt like the songs were definitely better placed, had more significance, and was more soothing to listen to in this movie.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on August 16th, 1996, it was reportedly outselling its immediate predecessor, but Disney refused to actually say if it did (it probably did), and garnered around $130 million.

Critically, it was panned, but many agreed that it was better than The Return of Jafar, which does not really say much.

Reception Today

Well today, some people say that this is one of the only good DisneyToons films, and is much better than The Return to Jasfar, though many do realize that it is severely flawed.

Final Score

Story: 6.5/10

Characters: 5.5/10

Animation: 6/10

Music: 7/10

25/40 = 63%

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Review: February 2nd, 2015

Review: February 2nd, 2015

DisneyToons review: A Goofy Movie

Review: January 19th, 2015

DisneyToons 3rd film.

http://freedisneycartoon.blogspot.ca/2013/07/a-goofy-movie-1995-watch-online.html

My opinion right after watching movie

My opinion on the movie right after watching is that it is not that bad. Sure, it is not that good either, but the animation is almost WDAS quality, the story is not overly ridiculous (emphasis on overly), the characters are not that bad, and you won’t get irritated or bored with the film. I will say this movie is mediocre.

Production

The info I found about the production of this film is that it was directed by Kevin Lima, who directed Tarzan and Enchanted. The people on this film wanted to give Goofy more depth than he has received in the past installments of shorts and films he was in, and many of the characters in this film are from the TV series Goof Troop, but many of them are aged up. This film was worked on by both Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Animation France. The film was supposed to be released in late 1994, but production issues with this film pushed it back to 1995, causing them to put up The Lion King in theaters…again.

Story

The film starts with Goofy (Bill Farmer)’s son Max Goof (Jason Marsden) dreaming about being with a girl named Roxanne (Kellie Martin), and just when they are about to have some fun in the grass, he transforms into her father, which creeps her out. He wakes up late to the last day of school, and rushes to the school. Max is embarrassed of his father, and sings some awful song called After Today, where he is singing about Roxanne being his after today. A choir sings with him, and I cannot get into this song.

So after he fails to speak to her, he decides that during an assembly, he will dress up as some famous person and dance to impress her. It works, and he gets busted in front of the entire school.

So after he fails to speak to her, he decides that during an assembly, he will dress up as some famous person and dance to impress her. It works, and he gets busted in front of the entire school.

He is sent to detention, and Roxanne soon shows up to tell him that she likes his dance. They are both nervous, and he nervously asks her if she wants to go to a concert with her, which she easily accepts. Max is happily singing and jollying through the  town, on his way home, only yo be told by Goofy that they are going fishing. The principal (Wallace Shawn) called him earlier to tell him that his son is a bad kid, and that he needs to raise him better, which prompted Goofy to take him on the fishing trip, though of course Max is extremely pissed off about, since he has, like, you know a life, and apparently this trip will run everything.

Max forces Goofy to take him to Roxanne`s house to say goodbye to her. He tells her that he cant take her to the concert, which saddens her, though her mood changes when he lies and says that his father is taking him to an LA concert…..that will be on TV. So he hops back in the car, and the father and son are having trouble choosing which music to listen to.

I have to say that it is nice to see Goofy in a  different role, and as a single father. I wonder who Max`s mother is. SO they sing about the trip, and how much Max hates it, and it is another bad song. Goofy is reading the map, which almost gets them into a car crash.

I have to say that it is nice to see Goofy in a different role, and as a single father. I wonder who Max`s mother is.
So they sing about the trip, and how much Max hates it, and it is another bad song. Goofy is reading the map, which almost gets them into a car crash.

Goofy takes them to some country bumpkin place, and I have to agree with Max that it is a hot ass mess. Max walks out, and slaps the mascot that tries to speak to him. Bish………you need to get your damn act together. Goofy acts like a fool in the country bumpkin place, and when they are in the car, Max lashes out like he has no sense. That would not be tolerated if I was Goofy.

So the two camp at some forest to rest, and soon enough, neighbors Pete (Jim Cummings) and his son P.J. (Rob Paulsen) join them with a nice camp setup (with a bunch of technology and stuff). P.J. tells Max that everyone knows that he is going to be on TV at the LA concert, and Pete tries to teach Goofy how to have his son under the palm of his hands, by being commanding and bossy. Pete later hears a conversation between the two sons, and tells Goofy that Max has tricked him into going to California.

A Goofy Movie

You know Max, if you just told your father that you had a date, he might have put this off, or cancelled it altogether. You need to tell your parents you have plans. Anyways, Goofy discusses what him and his father used to do, and Max feels a bit bad. They then discuss what the two of them used to do in the past, which causes Max to apologize, though his mind is still on the concert.

They are at the diner the next morning, and Goofy decides that it is time they discuss the map, and publicly dubs him the navigator of the trip (it is a trick). They drive to many locations and actually start to have a good time, though Goofy finally realizes what is happening with his son, and him being fully tricked.

The next morning, they are driving, and there is a junction ahed, so the navigator has to tell him where to go, according to the map. Goofy needs to know if they should go left or right, and when Max tells him to go left, Goofy is rightfully pissed off. He parks the car, and storms off. Max tries to sepak to his father, who is pissed, since he is “too stupid to understand”. Max kicks the car to drive off, and the two of them run after the car. The two argue about Goofy ruining everything, Max ruining the trip, and says that he never wanted to go on the trip, and he has his own life now. Uhhhhhh, how about this; as long as you live under my roof, you follow my rules. Isn’t that how parenting goes? They hop up on the car that is floating on the river, and sing a song about them sticking together, and they are stuck together. Probably the best song in the film.

So they are in a life to death situation, where they are about to fall off a waterfall, and Max uses Goofy’s fishing technique that he taught him, saving his father’s life. Goofy decides to take them to the LA concert (which they sneak onto backstage), and Max ends up on TV, which Roxanne sees. He later goes to Roxanne’s house, where he tells her the truth, all is forgiven, and the film ending with her meeting Goofy.

I had to remove the fact that if this was not a Disneytoons film, I would not think so negatively about it. There is not much wrong with the film, and while it is predictable, at least it is not predictably bad. I definitely do not see myself watching this again though.

I had to remove the fact that if this was not a Disneytoons film, I would not think so negatively about it. There is not much wrong with the film, and while it is predictable, at least it is not predictably bad. I definitely do not see myself watching this again though.

Characters

The characters are………….alright. Not really that memorable, but not horrific either.

It was refreshing for me to see him in a fatherly, more mature role than he usually is. I thoroughly enjoyed him, and I like how he still maintained his personality.

It was refreshing for me to see him in a fatherly, more mature role than he usually is. I thoroughly enjoyed him, and I like how he still maintained his personality.

As you can tell, he was irking me at points in the film, but he did take responsibility for what he did, and is not horrible. He does seem like the typical teen though.

As you can tell, he was irking me at points in the film, but he did take responsibility for what he did, and is not horrible. He does seem like the typical teen though.

Pete was not an outright villain, but it does seem like he was stirring trouble with Goofy and his son. He was not there that much, but he was decent and more toned down than usual.

Pete was not an outright villain, but it does seem like he was stirring trouble with Goofy and his son. He was not there that much, but he was decent and more toned down than usual.

I am confused if he is Max's friend, or just a classmate. Did not remember much of him.

I am confused if he is Max’s friend, or just a classmate. Did not remember much of him.

Roxanne seems like the nice girl, but she is legit just a satellite love interest. I cannot  say anything else about her.

Roxanne seems like the nice girl, but she is legit just a satellite love interest. I cannot say anything else about her.

Animation

The animation is very clear and bold. You can tell that it is still TV animation from how the character movement and the lines are, but the colors are so bright, and you can tell that there was a lot more effort put into the animation of this film. It won’t make your eyes hurt.

Music

The music is…………..very 80s. I swear this movie is supposed to take place in the mid 90s, but they are playing music from the late 80s. The songs are not really memorable or good at all either. They are just kind of a distraction to me, though the score is not that bad.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on April 7th, 1995, it opened at #2 in the box office, and ended up earning $35,348,597 domestically. I could not find any info on the international gross. It is apparently the 51st most profitable film of 1995.

The film received mixed reviews, with many liking the technological advancements and sharpness with the animation, though the music was panned, with many also seeing the film as too short as bland. Goofy’s reception in the film was mixed as well.

Reception Today

When it comes to the reception, many people still like it, and see it as one of the better DisneyToons film (though some think it is a WDAS film), but it is also not remembered to a lot of people, and some see it as just plain boring.

Final Score

Story: 7/10

Characters: 7/10

Animation: 7/10

Music: 6/10

27/40 = 68%

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Review: January 26th, 2015

Review: January 26th, 2015

DisneyToon Studios review: The Return of Jafar

DisneyToon Studios 2nd film.

DisneyToon Studios 2nd film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion on the film is that while I do not hate it, it is not a good movie in any sense. The songs are unbearable, the animation is not good, there is a confusion with the who the protagonist is, and there is a lot that is rehashed from the first film. This was a cash in from Aladdin, and a lead into the TV series.

Production

Apparently the film was meant to be a TV special (it sure feels like it), and there was even questions for it to be theatrical, though they chose for it to be direct-to-dvd for a few reasons. One is that it would take them 5 years to put a movie in the theater lineup, and it would take longer for the film to be made. Two, Disney was pressuring the studio to make more television items for the growing Aladdin franchise, needing a speedy follow up.

There was the fallout with Robin Williams and Disney over the contractual deals over the first film (I covered it more there), which is why he did not return for this film.

Story

So the film starts off with a group of bandits running to their hideout, with Arabian Nights being played. They return to their hideout from stealing a bunch of treasure, and are clearly not impressed with their lackluster leader, Abis Mal (Jason Alexander). Aladdin (Scott Weigner) and Abu (Frank Welker) are stealing their stolen treasure, only for Abu to get them caught. Aladdin manages to steal their loot, and run out like the boss he is.

So here is our protagonist Iago (Gilbert Gottfried), and he escaped fm Jafar's lamp, sick and tired of all of his bullshit, since Iago came up with the plans, so he thinks that he can take over Agrabah himself. I do not know if he was supposed to be the protagonist of the film, but it was a really bad choice for him to have so much focus. He was tolerable in Aladdin, but gets really annoying in this movie from being in it so much. It is not even like he is the protagonist in a spinoff.

So here is our protagonist Iago (Gilbert Gottfried), and he escaped from Jafar (Jonathan Freeman)’s lamp, sick and tired of all of his bullshit, since Iago came up with the plans, so he thinks that he can take over Agrabah himself.
I do not know if he was supposed to be the protagonist of the film, but it was a really bad choice for him to have so much focus. He was tolerable in Aladdin, but gets really annoying in this movie from being in it so much. It is not even like he is the protagonist in a spinoff.

So Aladdin and Abu are pulling off a Robin Hood, with the whole stealing from the rich and undeserving, and giving back to the poor. He makes Agrabah rain with jewels, and they all love them. Abu wants to keep some treasure for himself, but Aladdin only keeps a jewel flower to give to his fiancee Jasmine (Linda Larkin), and when he gives it to her in her room, she is very pleased, and I see that they are still very touchy touchy with one another.

She tells him that her father Sultan (Val Bettin) wants them to go to a dinner with him, since he has a message for him. Aladdin thinks he is in trouble, only for her to assure him that it is good news. Abu tries to steal the flower, but Rajah (Frank Welker) is not about that.  Aladdin and Abu decide to change into royal clothes (for some….reason) to walk the streets of Agrabah, and Iago decides that here is where he can create a ploy to get inside the palace. They bump into one another, and Iago tells him that Jafat hypnotized him, but Aladdin and Abu refuse to believe him. They bump into Abis Mal and co (who are mad that he stole their treasure), and after a chase, Iago saves them from the crazy group. Iago tells him that he owes him, and to get him in the palace, only for Iago to be put in a cage, much to the parrots’ chagrin.

We get the rehashed plot of Aladdin's lying affecting his relationship with Jasmine. He lies to Jasmine about not hiding something (though he is hiding Iago in the palace.....which is right behind him, and she should see from her viewpoint). HOW in the HELL does she not see Iago? Jasmine KNOWS for sure when he is lying.  The character designs for Aladdin and Jasmine are awful......mostly Jasmine's design. She barely looks like herself.

We get the rehashed plot of Aladdin’s lying affecting his relationship with Jasmine. He lies to Jasmine about not hiding something (though he is hiding Iago in the palace…..which is right behind him, and she should see from her viewpoint). HOW in the HELL does she not see Iago? Jasmine KNOWS for sure when he is lying.
The character designs for Aladdin and Jasmine are awful……mostly Jasmine’s design. She barely looks like herself.

So Genie comes back, and sings a song about how he traveled, and it was a bit lonely since he likes them all, and missed them, which is why he came back. Apparently he has less power now that he is free from the lamp (though he still has his shackles on….the shackles that were removed at the end of the first film. The bandits are sick and tired of the pathetic Abis Mal and his useless, causing them to attempt to kill him please do it, but Abis Mal finds the lamp, and he rubs it to reveal the genie Jafar, which creeps all of them the fuck out.

After his former bandits left him, he demands that he gets 3 wishes, with Jafar tricking him to waste his 2 wishes on pointless things, only coming to the agreement that he will get his final wish after Jafar is returned to Agrabah. So Abis Mal is a plot device to get Jafar to Agrabah.

Aladdin is at the dinner with Jasmine and the Sultan, and he is completely shocked when the Sultan offers him a job as his royal vizier, which Jasmine knew about as well. Things take a turn for the worst when Rajah finds Iago, and they end up brawling where the dinner is. Aladdin tries to cover his tracks about Iago being there, but Jasmine and Sultan are not about it initially, but he convinces them to let him stay. Jasmine is furious with him because there are a lot more lies, and she thought that he had changed. I am just gong to interrupt here. There is legit no benefit that Aladdin would have with lying about Iago. How in the hell did he expect to hide a parrot in THEIR (not his, but their) palace? And is this really that big of a deal to tear apart a relationship? Aladdin already proved himself in the last film. I do not konw why they had to rehash that Aladdin knew something, and it affects his credibility.

Aladdin is at the dinner with Jasmine and the Sultan, and he is completely shocked when the Sultan offers him a job as his royal vizier, which Jasmine knew about as well. Things take a turn for the worst when Rajah finds Iago, and they end up brawling where the dinner is. Aladdin tries to cover his tracks about Iago being there, but Jasmine and Sultan are not about it initially, but he convinces them to let him stay. Jasmine is furious with him because there are a lot more lies, and she thought that he had changed.
I am just going to interrupt here. There is legit no benefit that Aladdin would have with lying about Iago. How in the hell did he expect to hide a parrot in THEIR (not his, but their) palace? And is this really that big of a deal to tear apart a relationship? Aladdin already proved himself in the last film. I do not know why they had to rehash that Aladdin knew something, and it affects his credibility.

So Aladdin is all mopey dopey, and Genie uses his psychology to get Iago to do something good for Al, since he did put himself in trouble to cover for him. Iago uses reverse psychology through the song Forget About Love to get Jasmine to forgive Aladdin, since she wants to feel good like she always does, and she can’t forget about love. The two have some alone time, and Aladdin is suddenly in his normal clothes (the inconsistencies are pretty notable), but everyone tries to cockblock them, only for Iago to finally tell everyone to get lost.

Iago goes to his quarters, and talks about his plans to have an important role in Agrabah’s politics, only for Jafar and Abis Mal to suddenly show up. Iago thinks he wants his head, but Jafar reveals to him that he wants him to help with his big scheme, which Iago is reluctant to do, and is disgusted when Jafar said that he is friends with Aladdin and co.

The next day, Aladdin and Sultan go on a carpet ride to clear the air between them, causing Jasmine to be stuck with Abu and Genie, which she is not about to spend alone time with them. Another issue I have with the film is that all of these characters have nothing to do, and they are legitimately  sitting there to do nothing.

Jafar sings a bootleg song called You're Only Second Rate, which is his villain song of the film. He is saying that he is so much better than Genie. Soon after, he manages to capture the Sultan, Genie, Abu, Carpet, and Jasmine, with Iago unwillingly helping.

Jafar sings a bootleg song called You’re Only Second Rate, which is his villain song of the film. He is saying that he is so much better than Genie. Soon after, he manages to capture the Sultan, Genie, Abu, Carpet, and Jasmine, with Iago unwillingly helping.

Aladdin is taken by Abis Mal, and is thrown into the river, so he can look roughened. When he returns to the palace, Razoul and “Jasmine” (Jafar in disguise) show Aladdin the Sultan’s ripped up hat, and accuse him of killing the Sultan. Aladdin is confused, and is taken to jail where he will soon be executed. In another chamber, everyone is mad at Iago, but he saves Genie by breaking the glass ball he was trapped in, with the two then saving everyone else.

It is sunrise, and "Jasmine" decides to pay a final visit to Aladdin, as he is about to be headed. He reveals himself to be Jafar as he is saying goodbye, with Aladdin realizing that thiis is all Jafar's doing, seeing his face. HOW IN THE HELL DID THE GUARDS NOT SEE JAFAR'S FACE? They were legit right behind Aladdin, and they were looking towards the direction anyways. So right before his head is about to get chopped off, Genie saves him.

It is sunrise, and “Jasmine” decides to pay a final visit to Aladdin, as he is about to be headed. He reveals himself to be Jafar as he is saying goodbye, with Aladdin realizing that thiis is all Jafar’s doing, seeing his face.
HOW IN THE HELL DID THE GUARDS NOT SEE JAFAR’S FACE? They were legit right behind Aladdin, and they were looking towards the direction anyways. So right before his head is about to get chopped off, Genie saves him.

I am gong to wrap this up pretty quickly. Abis Mal is hesitant on wishing Jafar free, since he does not want all of his wishes to turn into nothing, like they never happened. Jafar threatens his life, and the crew tries to take it. They all end up in the palace gardens, where Jafar turns it into a bunch of fissures with lava in it, and uses a bunch of his powers to stop them from getting to the lamp to destroy him, since Genie tells them that they can kill a genie if their lamp is destroyed. THEN WHY DID YOU NOT DO THINS IN THE LAST FILM, INSTEAD OF FLICKING JAFAR’S LAMP AWAY? An injured Iago kicks the lamp into the lava, causing Jafar to die. Everything returns to normal, and when Sultan asks him if he wants to be visier, Aladdin refuses, since he wants Jasmine to continue to be the suga mama and provide for him wants to go on an adventure around the world (cough cough, an excuse to have a TV series). Iago thinks he is crazy, and Jasmine reveals that she is going on adventures with him. Is this what they got out of everything? Nothing really…….changed for any of the characters except….Iago.

There are a lot of questionable things with the plot, like.....why is the film only an hour and 2 minutes long? Why is Aladdin lying over something so small? Why does so much make so little sense, and why is the execution for everything so poor? I still do not hate this film, or dislike it as much as everyone else, but there are some notable issues.

There are a lot of questionable things with the plot, like…..why is the film only an hour and 2 minutes long? Why is Aladdin lying over something so small? Why does so much make so little sense, and why is the execution for everything so poor? I still do not hate this film, or dislike it as much as everyone else, but there are some notable issues.

Characters

A lot of the characters were pretty useless and flanderized in the film. I am still confused whether Aladdin or Iago was the protagonist of the film. I get excited every time I see these characters, but they are not the same.

He is pretty much the amin character, but was very annoying. I like the idea of him getting redemption, but it is pretty contrived.

He is pretty much the amin character, but was very annoying. I like the idea of him getting redemption, but it is pretty contrived.

He started to lie again, and just when he had the chance to earn his own income, he refuses it for.....adventure. I feel like he went absolutely nowhere in this film.

He started to lie again, and just when he had the chance to earn his own income, he refuses it for…..adventure. I feel like he went absolutely nowhere in this film.

She was pretty much reduced to the love interest in this film, with nothing to do other than to be mad at Aladdin over Iago. She was a lot more prominent in the first film, and she was just....there.

She was pretty much reduced to the love interest in this film, with nothing to do other than to be mad at Aladdin over Iago. She was a lot more prominent in the first film, and she was just….there.

I do not knwo why, but I did not take him seriously at all in this film. He appeared pretty late in the film, and there was a lot of notable flaws with his rushed plan. A bit disappointed.

I do not knwo why, but I did not take him seriously at all in this film. He appeared pretty late in the film, and there was a lot of notable flaws with his rushed plan. A bit disappointed.

He was utterly useless in this film, and his jokes were not funny in the slightest. Just there.

He was utterly useless in this film, and his jokes were not funny in the slightest. Just there.

Does not do anything, like usual. Still greedy.

Does not do anything, like usual. Still greedy.

He is extremely pathetic and annoying. I know he was not the main villain, and is barely a sidekick, but he is the plot device to get Jafar to Agrabah. There was nothing endearing about him.

He is extremely pathetic and annoying. I know he was not the main villain, and is barely a sidekick, but he is the plot device to get Jafar to Agrabah. There was nothing endearing about him.

Animation

The animation is……..not good. Worse than DuckTales.  There are many flaws with the character designs of the characters, especially by Princess Jasmine and Jafar. There are a lot of animation mistakes, and overall, it is low quality animation.

Music

The one tolerable song is Forget About Love, but the others are not pleasing at all. Jafar’s villain song sounds foolish, and all of the others are just blech. The score is decent (though it sounds a bit juvenile), but it does sound similar enough to the music in the first film……kind of.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on May 20th, 1994,  it sold like hot cakes, and it made $150 million in profits. The idea for Direct to DVD releases were proven to be successful, which caused DisneyToons to only make more.

It was ripped to shreds by the critics and fans, receiving negative reviews. Many called it out for having a repetitive storyline, the bland, forgettable, and grating songs, the bad animation, and the flanderization of the characters, seeing this film as complete trash, and a useless addition to the franchise.

Reception Today

Well, after 20 years, people still do hate it, and they see it as one of the worst DisneyToons films, the worst Aladdin film, and hate it even more now than they did all those years ago, since it is one of the reasons why Walt Disney Animation Studios rarely makes sequels.

Final Score

Story: 5.5/10

Characters: 5.5/10

Animation: 4.5/10

Music: 4/10

= 19.5/40 = 49%

Next time…

Review: January 19th, 2015

Review: January 19th, 2015

DisneyToon Studios review: DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp

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DisneyToon Studio’s 1st film.

 

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that while it was theatrically released, you can tell that it is more suited to be a TV movie. There was no development with the characters, and it felt like an episode of a show. Despite all of that, it is very enjoyable, the plot is actually paced really well, and it is a fun and likable film, though there is like no depth in it at all.

Production

So all that I know about this film’s production was that most of the production was in Paris, and was filled with Europeans working on the film. There is a quote from animator Larry Ruppel about his time working on the film:

“I was the sole American working at the Paris studio during this production, the other creative artists hailing mostly from France, Denmark, Australia and Italy. I’d like to add that this little movie ended up being quite important because of the many notable animation professionals who got their start on this project. Besides myself (I’ve animated numerous Disney projects, also Classic Warner Bros. shorts), there are, among others, DreamWorks animators Sylvain Deboissy and Nicholas Marlet, French animation director Pierre Lyphoudt, and ILM‘s James Baker and Daniel Jeannette. For all the Europeans working on this Disney feature, it was a dream come true, and because most of us were working on a feature for the first time in our lives, in a way it was our Snow White. As the only American on staff, there were many occasions when I had to explain to supervisors or other animators the exact meaning of some American slang phrases used in the dialogue of the script.”

At this point, the studio was called MovieToons instead of DisneyToons.

Story

The film starts with the crew Scrooge McDuck (Alan Young), Huey, Louie, Dewey, and Webby (Russi Taylor) being flown to the Middle East by Launchpad McQuack (Terrence McGovern), and they have a rough landing. They are looking for the treasure of the “Collie Baba and his Forty Thieves”. Webby gives Scrooge a map of the Collie Baba.

A huge rat and magician named Merlock sees this from above, and tells his assistant Dijon to steal the map for them, and that he should be Scrooge’s guide, before he takes the map, and Merlock will be following them in a disguise. The ducks find a hidden pyramid, where the Map ends up being. They go through many of the booby traps, before they finally get the map.

I am starting to realize how miserable and greedy Mr. Scrooge is. He makes Donald Duck look nice in comparison.

I am starting to realize how miserable and greedy Mr. Scrooge is. He makes Donald Duck look nice in comparison.

So they gather bag fulls of the treasure, as they take all of it, so some can be in the museums, and others for themselves. A bunch of scorpions approach them, and Merlock flies in and transforms to take the bag with the lamp in it, before lighting the ladders, so the ducks can be killed. Merlock and Dijon soon realize that they do not have the lamp, and that the ducks too.

They make it back to Duckburg, and 2 days later, it is confirmed that the kids have the lamp. They rub it, and a genie (Rip Taylor) comes out.

The genie reveals that his last master was a horible master (I am sure you can figure out who this master was), and he explains to the kids that they each have 3 wishes. One of them wishes for an elephant, and it causes chaos.

The genie reveals that his last master was a horible master (I am sure you can figure out who this master was), and he explains to the kids that they each have 3 wishes. One of them wishes for an elephant, and it causes chaos.

Scrooge comes home, and is told by Mrs. Beakely (Joan Gerber) that there is an elephant in his house. He runs to the kids, and is pissed off that they are playing tricks on her. He sees that there is a kid named Gene (who is really the genie in an anthropomorphic duck disguise), and the kids asks if he can stay over for the night, which Scrooge approves of.

We get some filler with the kids wishing for a huge ice cream bowl, and when they come home, they are about to be grounded by Mr. Scrooge (thanks to Mrs. Beakely), but they make a wish for him to forget what he was about to say, which causes him to hug them.

Merlock and Dijon travel to Duckburg to get the item, and Merlock transforms to a rat, so he can sneak in the house. Question. How in the hell does he know where they live? Is it well known where these people live? Anyways, Mrs. Beakely sees the rat, and loses her shit, grabbing a broom, and swinging around the house to kill it. Webby takes Gene into her room to play with all of her dolls, teddy bears, etc, and she wishes for them to come alive, which causes even more chaos.

When one of the male ducks (the one in the green) wishes for everything to go back to normal, Scrooge figures out that they have the lamp, and that they have a genie. He realizes that this can make him even more profitable, so he takes the lamp with him, right before he goes to the museum for an event.

When one of the male ducks (the one in the green) wishes for everything to go back to normal, Scrooge figures out that they have the lamp, and that they have a genie. He realizes that this can make him even more profitable, so he takes the lamp with him, right before he goes to the museum for an event.

Scrooge takes Genie and his lamp to the event at the museum (he sells his findings at the museum), and Genie wants to leave the lamp, only for Scrooge to tell him to shrink and watch the party inside a tree. When Scrooge is about to be presented to everyone, Genie runs up to him, as he sees Merlock and Dijon enter the museum. Scrooge thinks it is a good idea to run to him, and things get crazy. Genie forces Scrooge to hide in a room, and after a long story short, Scrooge returns home ti find out the lamp he has is not the real lamp, and he enters his office only to see Dijon and the Genie there; Dijon wished for his fortune.

So Scrooge ends up getting arrested for "trespassing" on Dijon's party, and his entire crew bails him out.

So Scrooge ends up getting arrested for “trespassing” on Dijon’s party, and his entire crew bails him out.

Merlock (who was outside the house as an eagle) turns into a cockroach to enter the house, so he can get the lamp. The ducks are on their way back t the house, and they formulated a plan to stop Dijon and Merlock. The three of them end up in the same room, right as Dijon is about to make a wish. Merlock puts the talisman and the lamp together, which gives him unlimited wishes.

His first wish is to turn the home into his old home, and all of the ducks run to the Money Bin to reverse everything they did with the lamp  but Melrock catches up to them. He wishes for Scrooge to go far away, and when he is leaving, Scrooge gets a hold of the lamp. This causes Merlock to turn into an eagle to fly after him. He is fighting with Scrooge over the lamp, only for Scrooge to knock his talisman out of his hand, causing Merlock to change (being powerless), and to fly to his death. Scrooge has the lamp, and wishes that him and his family were in Duckburg, and soon enough, everything is returned to normal. Scrooge uses his final wish for Genie to be a real boy (where would we get that from?). Dijon is still at the house trying to steal money, and the film ends with Scrooge chasing after Dijon and his money in the street.

This is not a bad film to start off the canon with. I was not annoyed, insulted, or infuriated with anything in the film at all. Though I was not wowed by it, I will say that it is decent. Maybe it is because I am overall unaware of the Ducktales franchise, but this movie is fine by me. Just a bit simple and mediocre overall.

This is not a bad film to start off the canon with. I was not annoyed, insulted, or infuriated with anything in the film at all. Though I was not wowed by it, I will say that it is decent. Maybe it is because I am overall unaware of the Ducktales franchise, but this movie is fine by me. Just a bit simple and mediocre overall.

Characters

The characters in this film are alright. There is no development with any of them, and they don’t really have depth, but you don’t need that for every…..film…….right?……..maybe? Probably not. The characters are likable in their own way, and they will not irritate you.

He is a successful but greedy man. He still has morals and stuff, and is not bad, but his greed is definitely the prominent character flaw. He is kind of like an older, more miserable Donald Duck.

He is a successful but greedy man. He still has morals and stuff, and is not bad, but his greed is definitely the prominent character flaw. He is kind of like an older, more miserable Donald Duck.

He is the villain who uses talismands, genies, and magic to thrive. He just wants more power. Nothing else to say really.

He is the villain who uses talismands, genies, and magic to thrive. He just wants more power. Nothing else to say really.

Dijon is the sidekick to Merlock, though he is only the sidekick so he can have his hands on the genie to become wealthy, so he is not a loyal sidekick at all.

Dijon is the sidekick to Merlock, though he is only the sidekick so he can have his hands on the genie to become wealthy, so he is not a loyal sidekick at all.

I know the three boys names are Duey, Huey, and Louie, but I do not know who is who. I only know who the girl is...because she is a girl. Sorry. They do not really do much other than befriend Genie in the film.

I know the three boys names are Duey, Huey, and Louie, but I do not know who is who. I only know who the girl is…because she is a girl. Sorry. They do not really do much other than befriend Genie in the film.

Genie is a mix of Pinocchio, and Genie (only this film came out 2 years before). He wants to be free and have a normal life.

Genie is a mix of Pinocchio, and Genie (only this film came out 2 years before). He wants to be free and have a normal life.

I am not including Mrs. Beakley and Launchpack McQuack because they were way too minor, and did not really do anything in the film.

Animation

The animations is the typical TV animation. It is not to say that it is bad, since it is pretty good, but you can tell at least by the quality that it is TV animation, though……it was released theatrically.  I could not find any major inconsistencies, and it looked nice enough, so I do not have any issue with the animation.

Music

The music is the typical adventure music with an Arabian themed score. There are no songs, but the music does establish the setting and the adventure theme well enough…… when I remember there is music in the film.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on August 3rd, 1990, the film id not make a lot of money, and it was a financial disappointment to Disney, as it made a domestic amount of $18,115,724 (there is no international gross). Because of this, Disney cancelled all of the planned Duck Tales films.

It was well received by critics, but some felt like the film dumbed down the quality of the original comics of DuckTales.

Reception Today

From what I have seen, many people do not even know that this is technically the first DisneyToons films, but thinks that The Return of Jafar is. I do not hear many people discussing this film, and I do know that the show is more popular than the film.

Final Score

Story: 7/10

Characters: 6.5/10

Animation: 7/10

Music: 6.5/10

= 27/40 = 68%

Next time…

Review: January 12th, 2015.

Review: January 12th, 2015.

DisneyToon Studios review: Introduction

Well, I just finished off reviewing the Walt Disney Animation Studios canon, so it only makes sense to tackle the studio that has made many of the spinoffs and sequels of the films in the WDAS canon for 2015, right?

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This studio has been known to make……shitty movies after shitty movies to say the least, and it has been about a decade since I watched most of these films, so it will be interesting to see the now that I am older. When it comes to the list, I do not have a fresh memory of most of them, and I have not watched many, so this will be very interesting. Things have apparently changed since Lassetter took over, and stopped the sequels, but…….that is debatable. Here is the list of the canon:

  • DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
  • The Return of Jafar
  • A Goofy Movie
  • Aladdin and the King of Thieves
  • Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
  • Belle’s Magical World
  • Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
  • The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
  • Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving
  • The Tigger Movie
  • An Extremely Goofy Movie
  • The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
  • Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure
  • Return to Never Land
  • Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
  • A Very Merry Pooh Year
  • 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure
  • The Jungle Book 2
  • Piglet’s Big Movie
  • Atlantis: Milo’s Return
  • The Lion King 1½
  • Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo
  • Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
  • Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
  • Mulan II
  • Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
  • Tarzan II
  • Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
  • Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
  • Kronk’s New Groove
  • Bambi II
  • Brother Bear 2
  • The Fox and the Hound 2
  • Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
  • Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning
  • Tinker Bell
  • Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  • Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  • Pixie Hollow Games
  • Secret of the Wings
  • Planes
  • The Pirate Fairy
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue (covered)
  • Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

Well, this will take a year to do, so I will post my conclusion blog at around Christmas of this year. Is Disneytoons as horrific as people say it is? Are there a lot of effort in their films? Are they improving for the better? Are they underrated? Do they show the Disney spirit that we all love? This year will be an interesting year for the Animatedkid blog. That is for sure.

Wish me luck

Animatedkid’s Best and Worst Animated Film list of 2014

First post of the year on New Years. So just like last year, I am covering the Best and Worst animated films of 2014, and since I reviewed all of the films on the list already, it will be easier for me to write this, and there will be more reference for you to click onto, as to why a film is placed somewhere, since I am only going to summarize my opinions on these films, instead of going in depth about it, like I did in my reviews of these films.

So the format is going to be me discussing the 5th Worst, then 5th Best, then 4th Worst, then 4th Best and so on until I get to the Worst and Best of the year. There are 11 theatrical films (and I am only doing the theatrical ones), and this is the list:

  • The Nut Job (released on January 17th 2014. Produced by Gulfstream Pictures, Red Rover International, and Toonbox Entertainment. Distributed by Open Road Films.)
  • The Lego Movie (released on February 7th, 2014. Produced by Animal Logic, and Warner Brothers Studios.)
  • Mr. Peabody and Sherman (released on March 7th, 2014. Produced by DreamWorks Animation.)
  • Rio 2 (released on April 11th, 2014. Produced by Blue Sky Studios.)
  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (released on May 9th, 2014. Produced by Sumemrtime Entertainment) 46%
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (released on June 13th, 2014. Produced by DreamWorks Animation). 83% 
  • Planes: Fire and Rescue (released on July 15th, 2014. Produced by Disneytoons.)
  • The Boxtrolls (released on September 26th, 2014. Produced by Laika)
  • The Book of Life (released on October 17th, 2014. Produced by Reel FX)
  • Big Hero 6 (released on November 7th, 2014. Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • Penguins of Madagascar (released on November 26th, 2014. Produced by DreamWorks Animation)

I forgot to watch, review, and to add The Wind Rises to the list, but it is too late to worry about that. *shrug*

6th Worst and Best (6th place): Penguins of Madagascar 70%

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Overall Opinion:

My opinion right after watching the film is…….it is not good……but it is not as horrendous as I thought it was. I like how they made one of the penguins the baby, and gave him more focus, and they attempted to give the film heart, but it seems like it is one of those 1920s shorts with little plot, and a lot of filler and meaningless pacing.

Story:

I am going to summarize the story instead of going in detail with the plot. So, 3 penguins named Skipper, Kowalski, and Rico were with the herd, and left after the herd did not want to save a penguin egg. They go after the penguin egg, and the egg hatched to reveal that it is Private. Right after the events of the third Madagascar movie, it is revealed that it is Private`s 10th birthday, so they went into a vending machine, to be kidnapped by an Octopus named Dave. This octopus hates penguins because they overshadowed him in every single amusement park, and zoo, so he wants to go after all of them, and turn them ugly with a Medusa serum. Another group called the North Wind show up, to help the “defenseless” penguins and other creatures, and there is a battle from the penguins and the North Wind, to see who is in the most control. Private feels like he is not a valuable member of the penguin team. They split up, and the penguins go after Dave, only for Private to be kidnapped. They reunite with the North Wind to try to get Private back. Long story short, a lot of penguins were kidnapped (it became international news), and eventually, Dave is defeated.

This film is in the middle of the list because while there is more heart than I expected, and there is not a lot wrong with the story, but there is a lot of predictability to it, and the pacing could have been a lot better. The story is deal-able, but you could easily feel a bit underwhelmed by it.

Characters:

This section is gong to be really, really small. The penguins were not strong enough to be the main characters of a full length film, but I like that they added more to Private`s character.  The North Wind were not the most likable, nor the most hate-able. I do not know if they were supposed to be almost as important as the main characters (if that is the case, they needed more to them, like the circus animals in the third movie), or to be more minor characters with not much focus. Dave is decent enough, but too silly to be taken seriously.

Music:

The music is the typical spy adventure music you would see in the film. There are no songs in this film, an the score does give off the sense of adventure really well, though it is definitely not the first thing that is on your mind.

Animation:

The animation is just as good as the other three Madagascar films (and I actually got a good quality video to see it), though it is not as fast paced. When they do all of the technological scenes, it makes the film look so much more sophisticated than the other films, but it makes sense, since we are not in zoos, and this is a different type of film than the others. While I wish the locations were more memorable, I am impressed.

5th Worst (7th place): Rio 2 65%

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Overall Opinion:

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.

Story:

So Blue and Jewel had children since the first film, and apparently their owners found that there are more Spix Macaws int he world (they are on an expedition in the Amazon). The birds decide to go there, and Jewel is reunited with her father, her family, and all of the people that she was raised with. We get the typical story of the father not really liking the daughter’s husband, and Blue is trying to get along with him, also hating the Amazon (he is a city bird), while his wife and kids adjust as well. This plot would have been good enough, but there is also the useless talent show plot (so the side characters can have something to do), Nigel, and his frog assistant wants revenge on Blue, and there is an environmental message to it, with a group of people wanting to illegally cut down the Amazon trees. There is a lot that gets jumbled up, and the pacing suffers because of it. They needed to cut out the useless stuff, and simplify the story.

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.

Blue does not develop at all in the film (though the writing tries to trick you into believing he did), Jewel is reduced to a love interest, and a lot of her personality traits from the first film are minimized, and all of the other characters are either unimportant, grating, or not the most memorable. They are still kind of tolerable, but the jumbled feeling in the film does cause the characters to suffer.

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.

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.

5th Best (5th place): The Boxtrolls  71%

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Overall Opinion:

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is not a bad film, and it is not one of the worst films of this year but…………..it does not stop the film from being utterly boring. I struggled to watch through the entire thing, and there was not too much that I could really invest in with the characters. Maybe it is just because this film (and films like these) are not my taste.

Story:

So the story consists of a boy named Eggs is taken to a group of creatures called Boxtrolls after his father is “killed”, and is raised with them for about 10 years before he goes in the real world, and the town of Cheesebridge. Archibald wants to get rid of all of the Boxtrolls, so he can get a white hat (which signals being top class in that area). Eggs soon bumps into the mayor’s daughter named Winnie (who is hatefully obsessed with Boxtrolls, and is ignored by her father). During some large adventure, she ends up being taken to where Eggs (and the Boxtrolls) live, and she realizes that he is the missing baby that the town talks about. There is A LOT more to the story, but it all wraps up nicely.

While the film did bore me, I liked how they focused on the society of the town, and I liked how there was a lot happening in the film (though it did not interest me much). Once you understand the story, you will get more engaged into it. This is a film that you cannot watch once, and expect to catch everything.

Characters:

Now that I look back on it, what dragged the film down for me was the characters. It was not that they were horrible, but the characterization was not strong in almost every character. Eggs is an extremely flat protagonist, who is only the person to be trapped in 2 worlds, Winnie is somewhat of a brat, and I cannot really say anything about the others, because I cannot remember them all. Wait, Archibald is a pretty good villain.

Music:

The music……………..there is nothing special about the music. It was kind of fitting for the film and the theme of the film, but there was nothing that would make it stand out. The music and the score is the thing you will be thinking about the least when it comes to this film.

Animation:

The animation is very detailed for a stop-motion film. There is definitely a Victorian era style to the film, with some very nice textures. But I do wish that there was not so much grays and other plain, bland coloring in the film, because it did help add onto my boredom.

4th Worst (8th place): Mr. Peabody & Sherman 64%

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Overall Opinion:

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

Story:

So the story starts with the dog Mr. Peabody adopted a kid named Sherman, and when he takes him to his first day of school, he gets into it with a girl named Penny. Peabody invites her and her parents over to their house, and Penny and Sherman somehow ended up being cool, and went to their time capsule. Sherman told Peabody that Penny went into the time capsule, and the two have to go after her. They have to go through a bunch of places in history. I also forgot to mention that Sherman’s teacher Mrs. Grunion called social services to take Sherman away, because he is being raised by a dog, and is prejudice against it. There is also the issue that Sherman wants to be his own person, and is sick of his father telling him what to do, and they deal with that, and then there is the troubles that every time travelling film has.

There is a lot going on, an the storylines are not executed well at all. It seems very disjointed, unorganized, and while there is some great emotion, and an attempt to have a good story, the pacing is off. And the ending is VERY bothersome to me.

Characters:

All I am going to really say is that I ma not impressed with the characters. Sherman is the generic boy who has nothing else to him, Peabody is a likable Gary Stu, Grunion is an unnecessary villain, and Penny is annoying.

Music:

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

Animation:

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

4th Best (4th place):  The Lego Movie 73%

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Overall Opinion:

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

Story:

So there are 2 people called Virtruvius and Business that are fighting, and when the former goes blind, he tells the latter that there is a prophecy that will beat him. Our main character Emmett is completely ordinary in every single way, which is why no one cares for him. He is working at the construction site, and sees a girl named Wyldstyle, who saves him from being captured by Business’ assistant, Bad Cop. She thinks he is “The Special One”, who will fulfill the prophecy against business. They soon reunite with her boyfriend Batman, and the wizard Virtruvius to train Emmett into being able to build anything, so he can defeat Business. At the same time, Bad Cop Business, and their affiliates are chasing after them. Turns out that this prophecy is fake.

I know that my opinions on this film is kind of controversial, but it is in this position because I felt like the film was going way too fast at time,s and that they could have explained certain things though. Despite that, the action is really good, the plot is full, and there is character development that the story offers.

Characters:

My biggest fault with the movie was that the characters were not memorable. Emmett is generic and blah (and intentionally so), but it still does not make him engaging, I felt very disappointed with Wyldstyle, as I thought she was going to be cooler, Batman was a bit more of a jerk, Business was a cool villain, and his sidekick was cool, and Virtruvius was not that memorable.

Music:

The music is very similar to the music in Wreck-It Ralph, but nowhere near as good. There is somewhat of a game-y vibe to the soundtrack, and the song Everything is Awesome is fun at firs,t but because it is repeated so much, it does get annoying. I am not going to lie. It has its good and indifferent.

Animation:

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

3rd Worst (9th place): Planes: Fire and Rescue 54%

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Overall Opinion:

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

Story:

So Dusty is now the hottest racer in their civilization, only to almost crash. It is soon found out that he is destroying his engine by racing (which he should have known beforehand, and would have saved us from the first film and this film), and that he needs a new engine, only for it to never come. He tries to race again, but he fails, and realizes that he cannot be a racer anymore. He also causes a fire, and he wants to help with the firefighting. We are soon seeing him train to be an official firefighter, and…………….that is pretty much it.

Not only is this film utterly boring, but the plot is unbearingly simple, and they legit copied the formula of the first film, and used it here, but they replaced him wanting to be a racer with being a fire fighter. The story did not add depth to any character at all. This film was like an hour long, but I could legit barely stay awake, and it felt like 5 hours.

Characters:

There are A LOT of characters in this film, but 90% of them have no impact on the plot at all, and are less than half dimensional characters; or jokes. The two characters that do have relevance are almost as boring as the side characters. Dusty is still the bland, flat, generic hero who has still not gotten any development, but a rehashed plot, and while Blade is a bit better, as he actually has personality, and we learn that he was an actor turned strict firefighter, he is not that much better.

Music:

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

Animation:

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

3rd Best (3rd place): The Book of Life 78%

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Overall Opinion:

My opinion right after watching the film is that I like it and it is entertaining. The animation is really great, and right out of those spanish art books, there are some strong characters in here, and the music is good enough. While the story is predictable, and some of the twists in the film is a bit questionable, it is really nothing worth stressing over. This is the first film I liked this year since…….. How To Train Your Dragon 2, and that was the only film I really liked this year.

Story:

There are 3 children that are close friends; Manolo, Joaquin, and Maria. The two guys have a crush on Maria, but after she causes trouble in the town, she is sent away to boarding school until she is an adult. The two boys drift apart, and Joaquin is the town hero, whole Manolo is forced to be a bull fighter, though he wants to be a musician. I forgot to mention that the Lady of the Land of the Remembered and the Lord of the Land of the Forgotten made a deal as to whichever of the boys marry Maria, they will get the Land of the Remembered. The two boys compete for Maria’s affection (with her father pressing her to choose Joaquin), but she falls in love with Manlo, when he serenades her with music. She is bitten by the snake (really the Lord of the Land of the Forgotten), which causes him to make a deal with the Lord of the Forgotten to die, so he can be with her. Turns out that Maria survived, and she reluctantly goes to marry Joaquin. Manolo has to find a way to live again to reunite with Maria.

There are some other plot elements in the story that adds a lot more to the film, and there is a lot of focus on the Mexican culture, especially explaining how the Day of the Dead functions and works. While there is some predictability to the story, it is always enjoyable, and always interesting to watch.

Characters:

The characters are very enjoyable. While they are not the most original, there is some depth to each character, and they do have a lot of personality. Manolo is the musician who is being forced to be a bull fighter, and is the underdog in the town, which is not that original, but still likable. I was every impressed with Maria, and found her to be a lot more interesting than the main 2 guys  characters, since there is a lot more to her than being just the love interest in a triangle. Joaquin is a bit jerkish, but not a complete arrogant douche, and is seen to have some heroic qualities. The Lord of the Dead and the Lady of the Remembered are cool too.

Music:

When it comes to the music, I really like the score of it. There is a lot of latin roots in it, and you can tel that they put effort in it, wanting to establish more of the culture. When it comes to the song, they are fine, but they are not ones that I will remember a month from now. I do not like the pop covers that some of the cast sung, and I do feel like it distracted from the film, and distracted from the setting a lot. It was not pleasing.

Animation:

The animation is simply brilliant. They took it right out of those mexican art books, where they got those wooden designs, and they incorporated them really nicely. The colors are extremely vibrant, and this film really stood out in CGI. I was definitely impressed with it.

TIE for Worst (10/11th place): The Nut Job  46%

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Overall Opinion:

My opinion right after watching this film is that it is unlikable to generic. While most of the characters are unlikable and dull, with the story being simple, and the animation being disturbing, I was never really bored by it; still does not mean it is good. It is like a worse version of Over the Hedge.

Story:

So the story is about a bunch of animals who lives in a park are suffering because they do not have enough food for hibernation. A squirrel named Andie (a girl) decides that she is going to go out and look for some food, but things go awry when a pariah squirrel named Surly crashes a nut train (he was trying to get food) into the tree that all of the animals live in. Andie bumps into Surly and his rat “friend” Grayson, and when they find a nut shop, she wants them to share half, so him and Grayson can get their nuts, and so she can feed her animal herd. She gets her animal herd to join in on the heist to get all of the nuts from a building, and……yeah.

This movie is a colossal mess, but that is an understatement. The plot is ridiculously thin, filled with a lack of a coherent and well paced story, a bunch of filler, no build up to anything, useless events happening in the film, and it is contrived in every sense of the word.

Characters:

The characters are also a mess. All of them are unlikable, boring, or both (with the main character Surley being the worst offender), and it is near impossible to feel any sort of sympathy for any of them. The voice acting was an issue, because I recognized many of them, and it was a distraction to me. And this is getting a sequel because?

Music:

The music in the film makes no sense. We are in the world of an urban 1950s-1960s, and I am hearing the bad Gagnam Style? Are you serious? It would have been somewhat acceptable if the time was never confirmed, but they confirmed it to be in the mid 20th century. The least they could have done is to play music from that era. We have a bunch of random modern music that is used for pop culture jokes or a cheap laugh that is not funny. Bad choice. I have legit NEVER seen a film with such bad choice for music….oh wait, the films tie for the worst animated film of this year MIGHT have even worse music.

Animation:

The animation in the film is a mixed bag for me. Sometimes it is good and the coloring and the light is good, but the textures on the animals and materials are terrible. I have seen A LOT better animation though. Not the prettiest to look at.

2nd Best (2nd place): Big Hero 6 79%

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Overall Opinion:

My opinion on the film is that it is pretty good. I still like Wreck-it Ralph better, and it is definitely one of the best films in this year. I like the characters, and I like how they handled the topic of death , and I really like the characters. While the film is predictable, it is still an enjoyable film.

Story:

The story of this film involves a 14 year old kid named Hiro Hamada, and he is wasting his life, since he is doing nothing with his gifted brain. His brother Tadashi convinces him to sign up to his science program in college, and when he goes there, Tadashi’s teacher Professor Callaghan tells him that he will decide if Hiro should be in the program after he completes the science fair. After the science fair, Hiro is put in the program, but there is a fire that ends up killing his brother Tadashi. Hiro isolates himself from everyone, and wants revenge. His brothers invention named Baymax comes alive to aid Hiro, and he wants to get the person who caused the fire. He gets Tadashi’s 4 other friends, and they form Big Hero 6 to catch the guy responsible for Tadashi’s death, and I am sure you can guess what will happen from there.

What I like about the story is that there is a lot of detail in the plot, and that there is a lot of plot. It is very well paced (though the pacing in the third act is questionable), and it focuses on he mourning process, and how to be a god person. The one thing I did not like was how predictable the film was, and how it really did not do anything new.

Characters:

I liked everyone in the cast to be very honest. I do like Hiro, and how he had characteristics that did not just involve being a child, and I like how he learned that the way he was handling Tadashi’s death was not a good way, and that he has others. Baymax is a funny and helpful character, who ties into the emotional heart of the film. From what we see of Tadashi, he was very heroic, smart, and level headed. It is sad that he had to die. I like Callaghan, and his motivation for being the villain makes a lot of sense, being unique and interesting to me. My one issue with the characters is that it did not feel like there was a “Big Hero 6″, but “Hiro Baymax, and their assistants”. The other members of Big Hero 6 do not develop, do not have a strong role in the film, and they have legit one characteristic to them. They were a disappointment to me.

Music:

Since there is no songs in the movie, there is not much to really say about the music. The score has that typical super hero theme, but it is definitely not the most memorable part of the movie. To be honest, the score is not really memorable at all.

Animation:

The animation is very good. I like how stylized the movie is, but you can still tell that there is the classic Disney style in it. The backgrounds are completely lovely, and it is new for Disney, since places like San Francisco and Tokyo are so rare to see in CGI. The characters definitely had better expressions than they did in Frozen, and it is a sight to see.

TIE for Worst (10/11th place): Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return 46%

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Overall Opinion:

I do not know if having little to no strong opinions about a film is better than having pure hatred for a film. I am not saying this film is mediocre at best at all, as the characters are flat, the plot is pretty thin, and there is nothing really special about it, but it did not even ignite a strong emotion out of me. This feels like a bootleg copy of a Disneytoons film.

Story:

So Dorothy soon comes back from her past journey, but is irritated and whining when her aunt and uncle tells her that they have to move because the tornado did too much damage. She runs off, and sees a rainbow, which takes her and her dog back to the land of Oz (the lion, tin man, and scarecrow sent the rainbow to get her). Apparently the Wicked Witch`s brother Jester took over Oz, and made it into ruins, turning everyone in his path into marionettes. She goes through town to town to pick up an own named Wiser, Marshal Mallow, and China Princess to join her journey, and long story short, they free everyone, and take down Jester. Dorothy gets back home, and exposes the contractor as a fraud, causing them to not move, but repair the town.

Issues with the story include a rehashed formula form the other Wizard of Oz, bad continuity from Wizard of Oz, not reminding the audience what happened in its “predecessor”, the plot being overly boring, simple, flat, unengaging, and lacking depth.  No creativity in the writing at all, and the script is a menace to listen through.

Characters:

The characters are not memorable in any sense, and there is almost no characterization at all with the cast. No development, no depth, and just a cast of overall blandless. Dorothy is one of the worst main characters that I have ever seen, since she is literally a mary sue. The new characters are literally there to replace the older characters (the Jester=his sister Wicked Witch of the West, and the 3 new sidekicks=older sidekicks).

Music:

The music is simply terrible. The orchestrations and the voices do not go well together, the lyrics are weak, none of the songs are catchy, and half of them have no purpose in the film. It is VERY frustrating to listen through the songs.

Animation:

The animation is………unpolished. While the character designs are pretty impressive on most of the characters, and a lot of the backgrounds are right, there is like no texture in this film, outside of the china dolls. Most of the characters look like they are as tough as bricks, and there is no light shining on them the way that they are supposed to shine in animation. Because of the issue with the textures, it is a rough looking film at times, and it makes the film look aged.

1st Best (1st place): How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Overall Opinion:

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.

Story:

So this film is 5 years after the first film, and Hiccup tells his girlfriend Astrid that his father Stoick wants him to be the new chief, but he feels like cannot do the job. Astrid tells him that he can of because do the job, cause everyone believes him and all of that stuff. The pair and their dragons are flying, only to be captured by Drago, Eret, and their crew. Astrid and Hiccup are told that they want to capture all of the dragons, which causes the couple to escape the boat, and to fly to Berk to tell them the news. When Stoick is told the news, he is ready for Berk to go to war with Drago and his crew, though Hiccup tells him that they should not resort to fighting, which causes the young man and Astrid to fly over to Drago to handle it peacefully. Hiccup does on make it to Drago, and somehow ends up with his long lost mother, who is a bigger expert on Dragons than everyone else in Berk. I am not going to write any more of the plot, because there is so much to it, and you need to watch it to understand it all.

There is so much to this film, and to the story, which I always like. It amazes me when there is always something happening, and when there are so many layers in a film, it astounds me. Because do this, it can get so clunky, but they pace it well for the most part. There was so many surprises to me, and this film is a lot more emotional than I ever expected it to be.

Characters:

With the characters, they retained the same personalities that they had in the first film, though there is a sense of maturity to all of them, which is really nice to see. I like that Hiccup is still Hiccup, but learns a different lesson in this film, and that avoiding war and confrontation is not always the way to handle things (this is unlike Shrek, where he learns the same thing over and over again). I cannot believe that Stoick died, but he died on a good note, and he was brilliant in this film. His woman (and Hiccup`s mother) was a good addition, as she is vulnerable, but it is clear that she has been through a lot. The characters did their roles well in this film.

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.

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.

Overall List

  •  11/10th. Legends of Oz: Dorothy`s Adventure/The Nut Job
  • 9. Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • 8. Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  • 7. Rio 2
  • 6. Penguins of Madagascar
  • 5. The Boxtrolls
  • 4. Th Lego Movie
  • 3. The Book of Life
  • 2. Big Hero 6
  • 1. How to Train Your Dragon 2

Well, here is my list. Overall, 2014 has been a mixed year (still a lot better than the mostly negative year of last year). A lot of good and bad films. I will see you all on the Disneytoons Introductions post in a day or so.