DisneyToons review: Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time

DisneyToon's 27th film.

DisneyToon’s 37th film.

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My opinion right after watching the film

My opinion right after watching the film is that I enjoyed it just as much as I did when it came out. While there are some questionable aspects to the magical element in the film, but I like how self-aware the film is about the franchise.

Production

This film was produced around the time where John Lasseter got promoted in his position at Disney, so they were slowly shutting down many of the DisneyToon studios. Disney Australia was closed down and auctioned off after production completed in the summer of 2006. Many of the studios DisneyToons used were starting to close down.

Story

The story starts with Cinderella (Jennifer Hale) and Prince Charming (Christopher Daniel Barnes) having their one-year anniversary, while Lady Tremaine (Susan Blakeslee), Drizella (Russi Taylor), and Anastasia (Tress MacNeille) are miserable in their current state.

So while The Fairy Godmother () is trying to make their anniversary a special moment, she loses her wand, and it ends up in the hands of Anastacia, who accidentally turns the Godmother to stone. After finding out the magical words, Lady Tremaine comes up with an evil plan to turn their fate around. She rewinds time to the moment where they knock down her house for the shoe. My issue with this is that if they rewinded an entire year, they should not remember all that they do about a year that they erased from history. It's convenient for the plot I guess.

So while The Fairy Godmother (Russi Taylor) is trying to make their anniversary a special moment, she loses her wand, and it ends up in the hands of Anastacia, who accidentally turns the Godmother to stone. After finding out the magical words, Lady Tremaine comes up with an evil plan to turn their fate around. She rewinds time to the moment where they knock down her house for the shoe. My issue with this is that if they did rewind an entire year, they should not remember all that they do about a year that they erased from history. It’s convenient for the plot I guess.

She makes the shoe fit when the Duke (Rob Paulsen) tries to put it on her huge foot. Cinderella breaks out after the shoe fits her stepsister, and Lady Tremaine handles it like a boss. She knocks the slipper she had to the floor, and threatens Cinderella to back the hell back, while holding her cane to Cinderella’s chin. Cinderella sings about how her happiness was taken from her, and she is going to fight for it. I guess that’s good.

Back at the palace, Prince Charming is dueling his father (Andre Stojka), and is lovestruck about the events of last night. His father tells him that he knows when true love has approached him when you touch the other’s hand. We learn a bit about The King’s deceased wife throughout the film, which gives them more character.

Prince Charming is told that his soon-to-be-wife has arrived, and is happy until he sees Anastacia. He instantly knows that she is not the one, and politely tries to escort them out of the room. As he is about to leave Lady TYremaine puts a spell on him to think Anastacia is the girl. The wedding is set for that night. While this is happening, Cinderella sneaks into the castle by pretending to be a mouse catcher -_-. They could not come up with anything better?

Prince Charming is told that his soon-to-be-wife has arrived, and is happy until he sees Anastasia. He instantly knows that she is not the one, and politely tries to escort them out of the room. As he is about to leave Lady Tremaine puts a spell on him to think Anastasia is the girl. The wedding is set for that night. While this is happening, Cinderella sneaks into the castle by pretending to be a mouse catcher -_-. They could not come up with anything better?

The rats Gus (Corey Burton) and Jaq (Rob Paulsen) soon tell Cinderella through acting that Lady Tremaine has access of the wand, and cast a spell to have Prince Charming love Anastasia and to forget about her. The Tremaines are shown the bakery for the wedding, and are asked by The Duke to try it out, but the sisters end up fighting, and ruin the bakery.

Charming and Anastasia start to dance, and she screws it up. After he touches her hand, Charming starts to realize that she is not the girl.

the King takes Anastasia up to his wife's dedication room to talk about how she reminds him of his dead wife by looks, and her horrible dancing. He gives her a shell that signifies his relatoinship with his wife, and that everyone deserves true love. It is nice to get this background on them, though it shows that the King really took a turn for the worse. He was so volatile in the original, and had no care about his son's well-being, other than getting a wife.

the King takes Anastasia up to his wife’s dedication room to talk about how she reminds him of his dead wife by looks, and her horrible dancing. He gives her a shell that signifies his relationship with his wife, and that everyone deserves true love. It is nice to get this background on them, though it shows that the King really took a turn for the worse. He was so volatile in the original, and had no care about his son’s well-being, other than getting a wife.

Cinderella looks through a peephole to see where Lady Tremaine put the key (the peephole is really small, and she can see the entire room), and to get the key, she disguises as a maid to clean the room. Lady Tremaine instantly knows it is her and exposes her, before calling the guards to arrest and banish Cinderella for thievery. I do not see how the Tremaines would have that much power yet to have all the guards go after this one woman. Anyways, the mouse help her run with the wand, but she is caught right after touching Charming’s hand, and Lady Tremaine retrieves the wand.

With Cinderella gone, the mice (and birds) force Charming into the room, so the former animals can explain to him (through acting again) that he was cursed, and that Cinderella was really the girl. His memories and heart are too powerful for Lady Tremaine’s spell, and he goes to the boat to retrieve Cinderella. After explaining everything to his father upon returning, the King orders the guards to arrest the Tremaines, but they are ahead of him, and disappear via magic.

While Cinderella is preparing for her wedding, Lady Tremaine, and Anastasia (disguised as Cinderella) go through with their plan, and magically puts Cinderella in another pumpkin, which is driven by a human Lucifer. With the help of her mice, she manages to escape, and makes it to the wedding right after Anastasia says she cannot marry him. Lady Tremaine appears at the wedding, and goes off on her for being an ungrateful brat. The King calls the guards to seize her, but she casts a bunch of spells, and is about to turn both Cinderella and Anastasia into frogs, only for Charming to block it with his sword, and hits Drizella and herself instead.

Long story short, Anastasia fixes everything by reforming the Fairy Godmother, reforming herself in her normal appearance, and giving back the wand. The Godmother is ashamed that she let this all happened, and asks the couple if they want to restore their old loves, but they don’t care, so things are left the same. Cinderella and Charming finally marry, and the two Tremaines end up as maids. Having them as maids is horrible, because I am sure they will try to poison and kill Cinderella. Kind of a weak punishment, but eh.

I did notice quite a bit of plotholes, and despite it being a movie that really did not need to exist, it told a strong enough story. We saw a lot more of Charming, both him and Cinderella have to fight for their happily ever after, the King and Anastasia are more humanized, and Lady Tremaine is at her very best here. There is something that you will like about the film. It is guaranteed.

I did notice quite a bit of plotholes, and despite it being a movie that really did not need to exist, it told a strong enough story. We saw a lot more of Charming, both him and Cinderella have to fight for their happily ever after, the King and Anastasia are more humanized, and Lady Tremaine is at her very best here. There is something that you will like about the film. It is guaranteed.

Characters

The characters in the film are for the most part improved from the counterparts in the first film. Not too much change, but small improvements made it easier to invest in the film.

Cinderella

Honestly, Cinderella is pretty much the same character, but she actually has to fight for her happy ending. Some may see this as a bad thing, but there was not much to her character in the first film that made her do much of substance. The focus was on her instead of the mice for most of the film.

Lady Tremaine

Lady Tremaine is a bad mother f*****. I cannot get enough of her. Seeing her without magic was good enough, but to see how she handled everything in the film is perfect, and puts her at the higher-end of the Villains in Disney, which is rightfully deserved.

Charming

He reminds me a lot of Prince Eric, which makes sense, since they are voiced by the same man. We see Charming take up some activities, obsessed with finding the one girl, and given something to do. He is not the most interesting, but had some humor and it was nice for him to do something.

Stepsisters

Drizella is a bit more snarky, but that is all I can say about her. We all know about Anastasia having a redemption arc, and it is nice. She wants to be loved for herself, and wants to live her own life. Many young people have to go through this.

King

I am SO GLAD that he was not a raging lunatic in this film, and was given some depth as to why he was so adamant about his son getting married. He was a lot more tolerable and more like a human in this film.

Animation

I like that they toned down a bit of the CGI that was very prevalent in the immediate predecessors of the canon. I did notice that there were some character design changes in regard to some of the characters. The colors were very bright and bold, and the shapes used in the film is wonderful to create atmosphere.

Music

There is no specific theme to the soundtrack that I could really pinpoint. I guess they wanted fancy music to focus on the royalty aspect, but the music was just in general really weak and generic at best. I cannot remember a score or a song in the film.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on February 6th, 2007, it seemed to have received mixed reviews (which is a step up).

Reception Today

Many people see this as one of the best (if not the best) film of the canon. There are still many people who do not care for it, or dislike the film still.

Final Score

Story: 6.5/10

Characters: 8/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 7/10

29.5/40 = 74%

Next time

Review: April 10th, 2016.

Review: April 10th, 2016.

Deleted Songs Analysis: Life’s Too Short

 

I am sure everyone has heard of this song, since everyone knows everything regarding Frozen nowadays. The song is of course a deleted song from Frozen, as it was replaced by For the First Time in Forever Reprise. As to why they potentially removed this song, I honestly do not know. Maybe they wanted stronger continuity, which is why it was replaced by a reprise, or they felt like this song was a bit too mean-spirited. I honestly have no idea, but I have to say that I prefer this version a lot more. After doing some brief research, they changed it for plot reasons, since this was in when production was going with a troll’s prophecy plot.

I like this song a lot more because it is more realistic. I interact with my siblings like this, and when we are good and when we fight, it is very reminiscent of this, and it is very natural. Anna starts with “We’ve been falling out for way too long, so let’s forget who’s right,” Elsa singing “And forget who’s wrong.” Both sing “Okay!” with Elsa singing, “Why don’t you stay, there’s room for family in my court,” and both concluding, “Cause life’s too short!” I know when I am trying to apologize to a family member, it goes like this.

When Elsa and Anna transition into arguing, it is something so simple. “What? I don’t believe you!” “I just assumed that you’d have to…” “That I’d shove on the gloves, that’s how your story ends!” “It does! It’s just like it was, except for we’ll be best friends” “So that’s been your plan ? To force me back in a cage!” A simple misunderstanding of wording from Anna instantly causes Elsa to be defensive, and they both return to their old forms. Insult after insult is thrown, and by the end of the song, neither wants anything to do with the other, and Elsa accidentally strikes Anna.

The score makes the song even more emotional that it already was, and I…… it is such a strong song, and it makes the film a lot more realistic, which I did complain about in the film. Just comparing it to For the First Time in Forever, this song seems more exciting, and leaves a bit of a bigger impact. Anna does have some resentment, and Elsa does have some issue with her sister as well. I understand why they cut it, but I was never really a fan of the reprise either, so a part of me wished that it was in the film. Either way, both songs do their job decently, but only one song can be in the film.

Well, another song is reviewed, and I should have the next post by Wednesday. Recommend a song if you want to, and I will see you all on Sunday.

Theories connecting all WDAS films through locations, and characters

DISCLAIMER: All of this is just for fun. None of this is by any means confirmed to be true or canon. A theory is for fun sake regarding this topic, and you should take less seriously than a birth certificate, but maybe a bit more than a grain of salt. It is not that deep. Also, I am posting this instead of the Deleted Songs Analysis, since I did not have a song to write about. It should be posted on Friday.

 

I was bored over the course of the week, and after watching a few videos on the popular theories (all of the Frozen theories, some involving Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and Aladdin), and I was thinking how the less popular films that don’t have many theories connect to these films (and I am not going to base much of them on Easter eggs). To set the base for most of this, I am going to post a map where the locations for the film most likely takes place.

Map

So I am going to start off with the most popular theory, which is the Frozen/Tangled theory. We all know what it is, and it holds some weight. There is really nothing else to mention. Even the one concerning The Little Mermaid holds some weight. I am going to debunk the theory that specifically connects to Tarzan, solely for the fact that his parents are English, and Frozen is based off Norway.

I was watching a video, which made a point to mention that Aurora/Phillip, and Tiana/Naveen are in the audience of Elsa’s coronation. I will post the picture that the video pinpointed.

Do you see people who look like Tiana and Naveen?

Do you see people who look like Tiana and Naveen?

While I do not think it is them, since Sleeping Beauty takes place centuries beforehand, and The Princess and the Frog takes place around a century afterwards. From that small picture, it does look like them, but it would not make sense if it would be them. If anything, it is Naveen’s royal descendants, and are probably his great grandparents, since Maldonia is most likely a European country.

World War 1

I do have another connection with The Princess and the Frog, and it is to Peter Pan. We know that Tiana’s father fought in the war, and Peter Pan takes place shortly before the first world war. Knowing how the conscriptions happened back in those days, and looking at the sequel, Wendy’s husband was recruited in the war. I believe that Wendy’s younger brothers (at least Michael) fought in the war, since they would probably be old enough, or lie to be old enough. Why? In the sequel we do not know the fate of either brother, and the both of them seem to be into the fighting, and honor, which was shown in the first film.  America and Britain fought together in the war, so there is a good chance that Tiana’s father fought with the Daring Husband and Brother(s).

One thing that I have always questioned is how does Big Daddy La Bouff have access to royalty? I know being a huge business man can give you a lot of strong connections, but that strong? This must mean that he travels to Europe quite a bit. Who else could he know.

Darling Porter Childhood friends

Tarzan is supposed to take place in the late 1880s, while Peter Pan is supposed to take place in the early 1900s. The one main connection that I could really make is that Jane and the Darling parents would be around the same age, and both families seem to be of the upper-middle class. Could Jane have potentially known Mr. Mrs Darling when the two were younger? There is some potential, but other than the connection of them living in London, give or take a few decades, this was it. Maybe Jane was childhood friends with Mr. and/or Mrs. Darling.

Gypsies and Agrabah

I have another connection between films, and I am shocked that no one has brought it up earlier. This connection is through The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Aladdin. As we know, gypsies originate from regions ranging from Egypt to India, and the Middle East is in between both areas. Hunchback takes place in the later decades of the 1400s, and Aladdin takes place in the earlier times (in the hundreds, and no, I do not believe in that post-apocalyptic theory). Have we ever seen Aladdin and Jasmine take part in any serious manner regarding to their royal titles in the films and the TV series? They got married, but it is very obvious that the Sultan is the ruler. He could have given it to them, but we both know that the both of them travel VERY much. Is it possible for their children (or themselves even) to leave Agrabah, and as the generations went on, their potential descendant (Esmeralda) ends up in France? I completely forgot about Quasimodo, but the same thing applies to him, since he is the son of gypsies in the book and the film.

Sleeping Beauty France Descendants

There is another theory that has been swung around about Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora being descendants of Prince Eric, which is due to a portrait of them being in the dining area of the castle. This is possible, but I do not know if I really buy it, because Eric is in Denmark, and Aurora and Phillip are in France. It is still possible, but I doubt it. Based on some of my research regarding the Medieval Times in France (which did end around the 15th century), Phoebus would be a part of the nobility, and nobility has been tied in with royalty in the past regarding relations. Honestly, I am just having fun with all of this, but it could be possible. Since the Medieval Times of Aurora and Phillip were many centuries before some of these films, there is a chance that Prince Charming from Cinderella, and the Beast could be descendants from them as well. Actually, that would be more likely than what I mentioned right above this, though Hunchback and Sleeping Beauty are tighter in years. Royalty married royalty, and both Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast look like they take place in France.

Fox and Bambi American Forest

Another connection that is very strong involves the films Bambi and The Fox and the Hound. There is no specific time to either film, but the forests in both films regarding the animals and forestry are very American. It also helps when we see Bambi’s mother in the film. I am only mentioning this point (since she is seen in most films) because the settings for both films are very similar. Amos Slade is a hunter who raises hunting dogs, where he takes them deeper in the forest to train when it is winter. Bambi’s mother is shot by hunters, and we have seen hunting dogs in the franchise. For the hell of it, we can assume that he is the one who shot the deer. We do not know what time this is, and we cannot automatically assume that they are in different times, because many people who live in rural areas do not dress the same as people who live in urban areas. The book also came out in 1967, and there is no specified time frame either. I never realized how strong the ties between the two films are, so there is a chance that these two can be extremely related.

Dark Ages England Knights

The Black Cauldron is taking place in the early Medieval Ages (like the 5th-8th century), which is when King Arthur lived his life. In both The Black Cauldron and The Sword in the Stone, there is a huge emphasis on knights, and wanting to become a knight. In both settings, the land does not seem the most pleasant, or a light atmosphere to look at. We know that Arthur was adopted, and we know nothing about Taran and Elionwoy’s backgrounds. The latter claims she is a princess (though there is no reason for her to be one), and Taran is a pig keeper. There is a lot that is unknown in either film, and I feel like there could be some connection there, but I cannot currently find it, or am stretching this way too much.

Darling London Heritage

Alice in Wonderland takes place in the late-Victorian era London, and Peter Pan takes place in the early-1900s London. We have heard the comparisons between the two films many, many, many times, but has it lead up to anything? Obviously, the human characters look alike, and they act alike. Obviously, both films have the same artists who were working on it. Just from a few minutes of Google, Alice in Wonderland the book was published in the 1860s, and Peter Pan was published in the 1900s. I know, I know it is another potential descendant theory, but this one makes sense. Could Alice, or even her sister be the Darling children’s grandmother? They all have a huge imagination like Alice does, and there is a strong resemblance. The location is the same, and the time frames are very tight.

Mouse Theory

Now this theory is not about the time frame, but it is about a specific series having their own society and organization. The Rescuers takes place in the 1970s, and The Great Mouse Detective takes place in 1897, so there is no immediate connection. What I did pick up on is that both films have mice for spies/agents, so I am wondering if the Rescue Aid Society could have potentially started from The Great Mouse Detective. Sure, Basil never interacts with humans, but him working with another mouse (Dr. David Dawson), and growing to be more trusting of others with his work could have been the platform for something a lot bigger. These mice are anthropomorphic, but they do still live in the human world, and live in places where we come to know of mice often inhabiting in both films. There is a lot of potential.

Germany Evil Queen Mother Gothen Kingdom theory

Everyone knows about the theory that the Evil Queen could be Mother Gothel, and that both Tangled and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs most likely takes place in Germany. In this comparison, it is noted that the Evil Queen’s castle was in the middle of the forest, and that it ends up being abandoned by the end of the film. We also know that Snow White ends up going to a farther off kingdom, and from that small picture of it in the end, it is at a place which looks more accessible, compared to the more isolated area of Snow White’s old castle. Is it possible that the tower Rapunzel and Mother Gothel reside in could be ruins from the old castle? And could Corona be the Prince’s castle, but centuries in advance? To be honest, this one is kind of a stretch as well.

Stupid Theory

This one is pretty obvious, and has been mentioned in some capacity. We know Hercules takes place in Ancient Greece, and there were people living in the Middle Eastern areas at the time, since Mesopotamia was before Ancient Greece. People have connected that while they were flying on the magic carpet, they passed Greece, and in Hercules, there is something purple that flies over it in a fast speed. It also helps that the Aladdin characters have actually been in the Hercules series, and they have actually interacted to the point where they consider one another friends. It is definitely possible that this could take place in the same world, with the times lining up. It could, or could not be a stretch, but all of this is in good fun, and there has always been a possibility. Especially in the case than when they do meet, the events in the Aladdin series is long done, and Hercules is still a teenager. This also fits in with real life, because the former was released four and a half years before the latter. There is also the fact that the Hercules TV show contradicts the movie with the plot anyways, so……..

 

Well, that is it for this foolish blog post. Post what you think of all of this. Note that I am not the creator of these theories, and I take no ownership. Sure, some I just randomly credited, but this is all in good fun, and there is no pride from claiming ownership of a lighthearted theory like this.

DisneyToons review: The Fox and the Hound 2

DisneyToon's 36th film.

DisneyToon’s 36th film.

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My opinion right after watching the film

My opinion right after watching the movie is that the tone and style of the original is completely removed in this film. There is literally no connection between the films outside of the characters. A franchise needs to have a similar theme and tone to hold it together, and this film falls completely flat.

Production

There is no information on the production of this film.

Story

The film starts with Tod (Jonah Bobo) and Copper (Harrison Fahn) chasing a cricket together, which becomes a pattern in the film. Copper ends up making a mess of a few situations, which causes him to think that he is good at nothing, and a screw-up. This causes Amos Slade (Jeff Bennett) and Willow Tweed (Russi Taylor) end up in an argument over this mess, and Copper feels poorly about himself. Tod goes to pay him a visit, and breaks out Copper’s restraints, so they can have some more fun.

So they end up at some sort of carnival, where w are introduced to the other main characters. Dixie (Reba McEntire) and Cash (Patrick Swayze), who are a part of a dog singing group, called The Singin' Strays. Dixie is pissed that they are performing in a run-down area, which causes her to be removed from the group. They perform anyways, and as Copper sings in the audience, Cash forces him to join them on stage to sing.

So they end up at some sort of carnival, where w are introduced to the other main characters. Dixie (Reba McEntire) and Cash (Patrick Swayze), who are a part of a dog singing group, called The Singin’ Strays. Dixie is pissed that they are performing in a run-down area, which causes her to be removed from the group. They perform anyways, and as Copper sings in the audience, Cash forces him to join them on stage to sing.

Apparently, only stray dogs are allowed to join the group, and Tod lies for him, telling Cash that he is a stray dog. Copper will only join unless Tod is hired, which Cash makes happen by telling Tod by being their personal cleaner. There is a huge plothole issue with this film. There is a montage song that makes it seem like the film takes place in days, but HOW are Todd and Copper stay in the carnival park for DAYS, and NOT have Amos Slade and Tweed look for them? Sure, they do eventually look for their pets, but it would not have taken days, like the song of the group getting famous is insinuating.

The relationship between Dixie and Cash confuses me. Are they lovers? Good friends? Just associates? There seems to be a lot of weird innuendo and hints towards one another, but nothing gets explained.

The relationship between Dixie and Cash confuses me. Are they lovers? Good friends? Just associates? There seems to be a lot of weird innuendo and hints towards one another, but nothing gets explained, other than the fact that those two started the group together.

Tod is mad at Copper for bailing on their plans to go to the fireworks, and right when they are going to hang out again, Cash recruits him back to work. Dixie walks to him, and they make a connection about being outcasted by the one they care about the most. She is doing this, so she can eventually manipulate Rod to oust Copper front he group, which he takes the bait, by revealing that Copper is not a stray dog.

Dixie and Tod execute their plan, but it goes too far when the entire carnival is ruined. There is a bunch of blame game because of this “liar’s revealed”, since Cash blames Copper for lying about his identity, Cash blames Dixie for her trifling ways, Copper blames Tod for ratting him out, and the other singers Granny Rose (Vicki Lawrence) and the twins Waylon and Floyd (Jim Cummings) blame Cash for not making the group fun anymore, and for being a stick in the mud.

Dixie apologizes to Copper and takes all respobsibility, which causes him to forgive Tod. They create a plan to get the group together (claiming to Dixie and Cash that the other is in trouble) to sing in front of the Talent Scout (Stephen Root). The initial group gets recruited and reunited, while Tod and Copper go back to their loves.

The thing with midquels, and especially one to The Fox and the Hound, is that you begin and end at the same place. The conflict and the main message in this film means nothing, because we KNOW that Tod and Copper do not remain friends. The tone of this film is something completely different. The first film was VERY serious in all aspects, but this crap is laughable at best. The plot and characters left a lot to be desired.

The thing with midquels, and especially one to The Fox and the Hound, is that you begin and end at the same place. The conflict and the main message in this film means nothing, because we KNOW that Tod and Copper do not remain friends. The tone of this film is something completely different. The first film was VERY serious in all aspects, but this crap is laughable at best. The plot and characters left a lot to be desired.

Characters

The characters from the original are more one-dimensional than they were, and the new characters are alright. Some of them are unimportant or unmemorable, but the two that were important are strong enough.

Todd

Tod was downplayed a lot in this film. He was a bit mischievous to get Copper back, but there is really nothing else to say.

Copper

Copper initially feels like he is talentless, and I wished they focused on that part a bit more as a character arc. He was the same otherwise.

Amos Slade

I feel like he was flanderized to show his more argumentative and foolish side.

Willow Tweed

Willow is kind of flanderized as well. All we see of her is bickering, and acting like a fool in regards to Amos Slade.

Cash

Cash was a strong enough character. He wants to succeed and to make something of himself so much, where he lost what made the group so fun to begin with.

Dixie

Yes, she is an upright bitch in the film, but she was not completely villainized, and showed to have some compassion.

Animation

The animation in this film is a mixed bag. Regarding the traditional animation, it is some of the best I have ever seen DisneyToons put on a film, but there is an UNNECESSARY amount of CGI animation. Like all of the cars, and most of the objects were CGI, and it looked so cheap. My eyes hurt a lot through the film.

Music

Regarding the music, I like that they wanted to have a country-theme soundtrack, but the songs did not make any connection to me. Some of it was blandly describing what we were already seeing, or it was a filler song.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on December 12th, 2006, there was a lot of negative reception received towards it.

Reception Today

The reception today that this film has is that it is one of the most disliked films in the canon. A lot of people try to forget about it, and it is not as memorable as the earlier ones, but when it is mentioned, a lot of hatred is shown.

Final Score

Story: 5/10

Characters: 6/10

Animation: 6/10

Music: 7/10

24/40 = 60%

Next time

Review: April 3rd, 2016.

Review: April 3rd, 2016.

Deleted Songs Analysis: Someday

The song from this week is titled Someday, which was deleted from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Esmeralda is in the cathedral after claiming sanctuary, pouring her heart out about the status of the society around her. The history of this song involves the directors deciding to cut God Helps the Outcasts for a bigger song (this one), but they changed their mind, since they wanted a quieter song.

Now that we know what the song is about, it is time to look at the lyrics.  It starts out with the same as God Helps the Outcasts, so I will skip that part. The chorus starts with these lines, “Someday, when we are wiser, when the world’s older, when we have learned. I pray, someday we may yet live, to live, and let live.” What I personally like about these lyrics is that she kind of knows nothing will happen in her lifetime, and using the world growing older as a hope that humans in general learn from the mistakes of their past, regarding history. People just want to live their lives in peace, and every person has that right. She then sings about life being fairer, and greed being punished and overthrown, and need will be rarer. This is briefly touching about poverty, which I noticed was briefly glossed over.

Another set of lyrics is sung, “Someday, our fight will be won then, we’ll stand in the sun then, that bright afternoon. Till then, on days when the sun is gone, we’ll hang on, and we’ll wish upon the moon.” Prejudice is obviously a main factor in the song, but it is never explicitly stated what type of prejudice is taking place. She can be singing about classism, racism, ableism, sexism, ageism, or all of them. I have never even noticed this, but the very last line is a tie-in to As Long as There’s A Moon, with the moon being used as a symbol of hope, positivity, and growth.

Now that covering some of the lyrics are over with, now it is time to think about plot convenience. This would have obviously fit in very well for the plot, with all the discrimination taking place throughout the film. It is interesting that in this song, Esmeralda is never singing about herself or gypsies, but about society and a hope for the future in general. This song would have been the “Colors of the Wind,” “A Whole New World,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and the “Part Of Your World,” as the big stand-out broadway numbers of the film. I do understand why they took it out, since the Esmeralda in the film is not really the dramatic type, and is more mellow in her thoughts. This song would be better in an adaption that is a lot more faithful to the book, since it is more grand. God Help the Outcasts is more religious, and touches on the fact that she is desperately trying something that people of her kind are “not allowed to do”, and is a bit more personal to her.

Another week gone by, and another song covered. If you want to recommend a deleted song for me to cover, than list them under the comments, otherwise I will just choose a random song. Thank you all for reading this post, and I will either see you on Sunday for a DisneyToons review, or if I publish my list of potential Disney  theories sooner than that.

DisneyToons review: Brother Bear 2

DisneyToon's 35th film.

DisneyToon’s 35th film.

Brother Bear 2 (2006)

My opinion right after watching the film

My opinion right after watching the film is that……… Hhmmmph, I do not know if it is better than the first film, and if anyone knows my thoughts on Brother Bear, well………. it is not good. I actually watched this film a bit when I was younger, and watching it almost a decade later has changed my opinion a lot.

Production

There is no information on the production of this film.

Story

The film starts with Kenai (Patrick Dempsey) and Koda (Jeremy Suarez) having fun with one another in their own world. It is automatically established that love with girls is going to be the main theme of the movie. Kenai has a dream about his childhood friend Nita (Mandy Moore), who he had to save from drowning in the river. He gives her some sort of amulet to remember him by, and they promise to be friends forever. We never really know what happened to their friendship since that moment, whether they remained in touch, or whether that was the last time they saw one another.

So it is Nita's wedding day, and she is supposed to wed Atka (Jeff Bennett), and..... we all know where this is going. She seems perfectly content with marrying him, but the land is literally split to signify that they should not get married. She goes to the elder advisor Innoko (Wanda Sykes), who tells her that she is tied to Kenai, and needs to burnhte amulet to be free, and get married to whomever she wants to. And then the plot starts.

So it is Nita’s wedding day, and she is supposed to wed Atka (Jeff Bennett), and….. we all know where this is going. She seems perfectly content with marrying him, but the land is literally split to signify that they should not get married. She goes to the elder advisor Innoko (Wanda Sykes), who tells her that she is tied to Kenai, and needs to burnhte amulet to be free, and get married to whomever she wants to. And then the plot starts.

She meets Koda and Kenai, to which the latter refuses to help out. Nita manages to trick him by  saying that the spirits might turn him back into a human if he does not help her. The moose Rutt and Tuke (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) get involved in their own love story, which is an obvious contrast to Nita and Kenai’s eventual relationship.

Koda and Nita officially bond over ripping Kenai a new one, which causes them to end up in a predicament, where Kenai is stuck in a beaver dam, and the amulet is in the water. They are about to retrieve it, but a raccoon snatches it, and this ends up turning into a long chase, which causes Nita and Kenai to bond like they did when they were children.

So they unknowingly start to isolate Koda, and blah, blah, blah. We know where this is going. He overhears Kenai saying that he sometimes wants to change back, and he whines and cries, lashing out at all of them. Nita is the one who ends up saving him, only to end up falling in some sort of avalanche. Things are all good.

So they unknowingly start to isolate Koda, and blah, blah, blah. We know where this is going. He overhears Kenai saying that he sometimes wants to change back, and he whines and cries, lashing out at all of them. Nita is the one who ends up saving him, only to end up falling in some sort of avalanche. Things are all good.

Nita revealed earlier that she has been afraid of water ever since she drowned, which is why she did not get the amulet. They grow even closer, and all of a sudden, they fall in love. There is the subplot of the two moose having two female moose fall in love with each of them, and the brothers get jealous of one another. WHO CARES.

The trio end up burning the amulet where Kenai and Nita used to hang out as children. The animal communication spell wears off, which causes her to return back to her tribe. Days later, Kenai is sad, and Nita is as well, despite it being her wedding day. Koda decides to go to her village, so her and Kenai can get together. This foes not go well, since the tribe is afraid of bears, and wants to hunt Koda and Kenai (who chases after him, thanks to the moose). HOLD UP. ISN’T THIS KENAI’S OLD TRIBE? NITA AND THE OLDER WOMAN KNEW THAT HE TURNED INTO A BEAR. They WOULD HAVE KNOWN who him and Koda are.

Since her fiance goes after the bears, she calls off their relationship, and wants to be turned into a bear which the spirits fulfill for her…….. Brilliant. The films with the two having a bear wedding, with humans and animals attending.

This film has most of the same flaws as the first film. A lot of stupid and weird decisions that are horribly excecuted, a thin plot, and characters who are decent at best. It is not the worst thing I have see, but it is for sure not good either.

This film has most of the same flaws as the first film. A lot of stupid and weird decisions that are horribly excecuted, a thin plot, and characters who are decent at best. It is not the worst thing I have see, but it is for sure not good either.

Characters

The characters range from neutral/numb-feeling, to annoying.

Kenai

He is not as irritating as he was in the first film. Emphasis on as.

Koda

He is the same, which means he is annoying.

Moose

I guess they had a bit more to do in this film, but I still could not muster a care in the world.

Nita

She is nice enough……. Pretty normal, has fears, and is nice…….

Animation

Something about the animation is just………. I don’t really know how to describe it. It seems like the foreground and background blend a bit too much……. like there is a lack of focus at times. The designs are fine enough, but it just seems like it is all in the same focus ground.

Music

You can definitely tell that there is no Phil Collins working on the soundtrack. Most of the songs were very generic, and a lot of the scores were decent at best. I could have done without the songs to be honest, and there was a hint of pop in the music.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on August 29th, 2006, it received mixed reviews and reception.

Reception Today

Honestly, when it comes to Disney sequels, people do not really mention much about this film at all. It seems like this film is one of the mid-tier rankings in regarding the canon.

Final Score

Story: 5.5/10

Characters: 5/10

Animation: 7/10

Music: 6.5/10

24/40 = 60%

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Review: March 27th, 2016.

Review: March 27th, 2016.

Deleted Songs Analysis: Dancing on a Cloud

The song I am covering today is titled Dancing on a Cloud, which is a deleted song from Cinderella. The scene that is taking place in the song is during Cinderella and Prince Charming’s dance, so this means that it was replaced by So This Is Love. Might as well start odd by pointing out the differences between the two songs. Well, the main difference between the two songs is that this song is a lot longer, which means there are more lyrics, and more things for the couple to think/say to one another. I believe the theme of them getting so lost, so they will “dance in a cloud” was eventually added into Sleeping Beauty.

Now going on to look at some of the lyrics, there is some type of repetition. Cinderella sings, “Dancing on a cloud, I’m dancing on a cloud, When I’m in your arms the world is a heavenly place.” Prince Charming then sings, “Dancing in a dream, I’m dancing in a dream. For how can I help but dream when I see your face, Before me.” They are not really singing about how the other makes them feel, and what they like about one another, but again, it is focusing on the magical and fairytale aspect, like dancing on a cloud. They keep reiterating that they are in a dream, and feel like they are on the cloud. After mentioning moons and stuff, now you hear them say that now that they have found one another, and are bewildered that this is true. Cinderella mentions something about being in his arms. So those are pretty much the jist of the lyrics.

As to why the song was deleted from the movie…… They have not mentioned it, but a theory of mine is that a huge part of the reason why the song was cut involves Prince Charming. We know that they were having trouble animating human men, and that they cut a lot of the other scenes involving the prince to avoid animating realistic looking men. This song is longer than So This Is Love by about 3 minutes, so cutting it would save a lot of time trying to animate the prince. So This Is Love is shorter, and more to the point. I would have liked if they kept the song in the film, since it is very nice, and I like it better than So This Is Love, but I understand why it is cut. It could have very well fit in the movie.

Thank you all for reading this blog post. Recommend another song, or I will just choose another one. It is fine either way.

DisneyToons review: Bambi 2

DisneyToon's 34th film.

DisneyToon’s 34th film.

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My opinion right after watching the film

My opinion right after watching the film is that I am shocked with how much I enjoy this film. I might enjoy it more than the first one. For the most part, they kept the same atmosphere and tone that the first film had, which was great, since it could have easily went the wrong way. The film seems organically structures.

Production

Once again, there is no information on the production of this film.

Story

Since the film is a midquel, it starts off right where the father (Patrick Stewart) of Bambi (Alexander Gould) tells him that his mother has passed away, and takes his son to his home. The father’s job as the Prince of the forest prevents him from being a hands on father, so he assists help in Friend Owl (Keith Ferguson) to find a suitable doe to raise Bambi. The season then turns to Spring to signal new beginnings and change, which was a nice touch.

Bambi is taken on a walk with his father, who has to do his job. He is learning about what he needs to do to become a prince, which involves leaving things in the past, looking out for the forest, and...... to have a life of no fun, or interaction with others. The relationship between the two is interesting enough to hold the film together. The father then tells Bambi to hang out with Thumper (Brendon Baerg), and most of the children go to watch the groundhog to see if the shadow will appear or not. It doesn't show, so it is Spring.

Bambi is taken on a walk with his father, who has to do his job. He is learning about what he needs to do to become a prince, which involves leaving things in the past, looking out for the forest, and…… to have a life of no fun, or interaction with others. The relationship between the two is interesting enough to hold the film together. The father then tells Bambi to hang out with Thumper (Brendon Baerg), and most of the children go to watch the groundhog to see if the shadow will appear or not. It doesn’t show, so it is Spring.

We are introduced to another deer who is about Bambi’s age, named Ronno (Anthony Ghannam) who tries to impress Faline (Andrea Bowen), and to start stuff with Bambi. Ronno is trying to act tough around the others, and is not fitting in, so he lashes out at Bambi. It is clear that he is just an insecure baby. Adding him is pretty unique, since I am almost sure that he is the reindeer Bambi fights in the second half of the original. The film did not need to pull something random out of their asses to add a new element to the film, unlike the other sequels I have covered.

In the next morning, his father tells him to stay by the den, and he feels a way, since his father is not letting him go on walks with him. Thumper and Flower (Nicky Jones) soon join him, and the former attempts to teach him how to be brave……. That fails when he messes with a porcupine (Brian Pimental).

Ronno soon shows up, and taunts him for hanging out with a rabbit and a skunk. Thumper soon pushes Bambi into him, which leads into a chase. Bambi ends up jumping over a large ledge, which his father sees. Things start to look up from here, as Bambi gains more confidence and their relationship improves.

Ronno soon shows up, and taunts him for hanging out with a rabbit and a skunk. Thumper soon pushes Bambi into him, which leads into a chase. Bambi ends up jumping over a large ledge, which his father sees. Things start to look up from here, as Bambi gains more confidence and their relationship improves.

Bambi learns how to be a prince, while his father learns how to be more laidback and….. a father. Owl returns to see them having fun, and asks him if he is still sure about giving Bambi up. This apparently causes some sort of epiphany in him, since he is not on his guard, so Bambi must go. His caretaker is Mena (Cree Summer), who was a good friend of his mother. Bambi pretty much tells his father to screw off when he finds out the truth, but when he is going to be taken away, he engages into an emotional embrace with his father.

Ronno finds them, and tries to pick a fight with Bambi, who gets physical. Ronno ends up unleashing a trap, which captures Mena. Bambi’s father overhears him screaming, and decides t show up to save Bambi. He sets Mena free, only to be chased down by a bunch of wolves. Bambi ends up defeating the wolves, and stays with his father. The film ends with Bambi getting his antlers, which he shows off to everyone before he is whisked off by his father, who tells him that they are at the location where he met Bambi’s mother.

This film is pretty clever, and is one of the best films in the canon thus far. Sure, the story is simple, but so was the original film, and it actually works out. The father and son relationship is very strong, and I like how the other characters fit in the story without feeling like they are filler. I am thoroughly shocked.

This film is pretty clever, and is one of the best films in the canon thus far. Sure, the story is simple, but so was the original film, and it actually works out. The father and son relationship is very strong, and I like how the other characters fit in the story without feeling like they are filler. I am thoroughly shocked.

Characters

The characters are decent. Nothing special in either direction, but not a bore either.

Bambi

Bambi is the same character that he was in the first film. There is a lot of naivete in him, and is not very interesting, but is a fine enough protagonist.

Bambi's father is surprisingly complex. He is forced to stick with his duty, and wanting to care for his father, and to see how he reacted to every situation is very interesting.

Bambi’s father is surprisingly complex. He is forced to stick with his duty, and wanting to care for his father, and to see how he reacted to every situation is very interesting.

Ronno is the deer from the first film, and I am glad they introduced him in this film. He is an annoying little s***, but he is also an insecure coward, clearly. He was a strong enough character.

Ronno is the deer from the first film, and I am glad they introduced him in this film. He is an annoying little s***, but he is also an insecure coward, clearly. He was a strong enough character.

Thumper

He is a bit more of a loudmouth and a trouble maker in this film to be honest. I don’t really know how I feel about it.

Flower

He is the same character, though is not as feminine.

Faline

While she is still the same love interest, I feel like we saw more of her in this film. She has a bit more courage and a voice than I thought.

Animation

I am actually very impressed with the animation. While it is not close to being as impressive as the original, it is the best that DisneyToons have ever done. There is a lot of textures within the forest and the waters that catch your attention. There is pretty much nothing to complain about within this film.

Music

There are some songs, which do its job, but you are not going to remember and sing out loud. The score is soothing and calming, which is perfect for the forest the film takes place in, and the story that is being told.

Reception at Release

The film came out on February 7th, 2006 in North America, but since it was released theatrically in some places, there is a box office result. The film ended up making $34,958,637.

Reception Today

From what I know, people say that this is one of the better films in the canon, but I do not think many like it though. Kind of like picking a mediocre film out of a bunch of travesties.

Final Score

Story: 8/10

Characters: 7/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 7.5/10

30.5/40 = 76%

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Review: March 20th, 2016.

Review: March 20th, 2016.

Deleted Songs Analysis: The Magic Key

The song that I am covering today is called The Magic Key, which is a deleted song from The Sword in the Stone. Apparently this song was replaced by Higitus Figitus, and………….. I honestly do not care for either song, or much of anything in the film. Fine, I will do better than that. I guess if I had to say one thing worthy about this song is that it is not as gimmicky and as foolish as Higitus Figitus. Since both songs are pretty short, I am going to do a bit of a comparison. Higitus Figitus is kind of like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, which is a song that is must there to take time, and to be catchy using jibbberish words. Unlike that song, The Magic Key has some importance, and has a lesson behind it.

So the lesson of the song involves how knowledge and education will give you the magic key, which is a lesson that everyone needs to know. Arthur is of course confused about what that means,  which Merlin explains that knowledge gives you more opportunities to do what you want to do and to be successful. This song is not one of the most standout songs, but I do think it is more important.

The lyrics are a bit basic and right to the point. An example of this is in this verse, “With a noggin full of knowledge, you’re bound to find;
The thrill of the ability to use your mind. Mathematics and philosophy and history; Are very necessary for the magic key.” Right to the point, concise, and blunt with what it wants to say. We learn that Arthur cannot read, which was a nice touch. There really is not much else to say about this.

Regarding the reason why it was deleted, I think they most likely wanted a more easygoing and catchy song to make the scene and the movie a bit more enjoyable.  Higitus Figitus would have done the job a bit better I guess. Honestly, a lot of the songs in this movie are kind of silly, catchier, and a lot more lighthearted, so The Magic Key might have stuck out like a sore thumb.

You all know the pattern by now. Thank you for reading this post.

DisneyToons review: Kronk’s New Groove

Review: March 6th, 2016.

DisneyToon’s 33rd film.

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My opinion right after watching the film

My opinion right after watching the film is that I really like it. A huge part of it might have to do with the fact that I watched the series every day during elementary school, so the world has a place of nostalgia for me. I am shocked with how generally well-handled things were in this film.

Production

There is no information on the production of this film.

Story

The film starts off with Kronk (Patrick Warburton) calling the day the worst ever, and is not pleased with himself, and where he landed up. We soon learn that Kronk is the head chef and delivery man in Mudka’s Meat Hunt, being seen as the hero of the town with his good attitude. All of this is recorded in song of course.

We are taken to earlier that day, where he learns that his father is coming by to visit. After getting a letter from his father about seeing his wife, and big house on the hill, he begins to tell his story to the waitress (Patti Deutsch) about how he was different, and his father disapproved of his cooking. This film somewhat becomes a package film after this.

The first story consists of Yzma (Eartha Kitt) tricking Kronk into helping her, by luring him with a coin to get him to her. The plan of hers is to sell a placebo to the people of the village, using Kronk's reputation to sell it to them.

The first story consists of Yzma (Eartha Kitt) tricking Kronk into helping her, by luring him with a coin to get him to her. The plan of hers is to sell a placebo to the people of the village, using Kronk’s reputation to sell it to them. She uses his need to have approval of his father to get Kronk to agree. So he sells this to the older people, who think they will become younger, but are only making themselves believe that without looking at the results.

Of course Yzma is using this scam to get rich, while she gives Kronk his big house. Kuzco (David Spade) stops the film to add his input on her being a scammer (we already knew this). So Kuzco is narrating a story that is already being narrated by Kronk….. Alright. The neighborhood sell everything to him so they can have more of this placebo, which is enough money to get Kronk his house. He soon realizes that the potion is nothing but a fake, and decides to give everything up to make things right. They all go after Yzma, and the elders realize that they were running around like young adults, and that they are only as old as they feel.

The next story is about how Kronk fell in love with another Chipmunk Scout leader named Miss Birdwell (Tracey Ullman). They start of hating one another, because she tries to jeporadize his position, but they end up in love after they told their students to fight as dirty as they can. One of Kronk's kids keep this memo even after they announce they are a couple, and pours itching powder in the hand chalking box. This causes Kronk to lose Miss Birdwell.

The next story is about how Kronk fell in love with another Chipmunk Scout leader named Miss Birdwell (Tracey Ullman). They start of hating one another, because she tries to jeopardize his position, but they end up in love after they told their students to fight as dirty as they can. One of Kronk’s kids keep this memo even after they announce they are a couple, and pours itching powder in the hand chalking box. This causes Kronk to lose Miss Birdwell.

So people get pissed off that the food is taking so long, bu Kronk is more focused on getting a fake wife, and having Pacha (John Goodman) and his family to pretend to be his wife, which gets out of control, since a bunch of people pretend to be his wife. His father (John Mahoney) demands an explanation, and Kronk tells him the truth. Miss. Birdwell randomly shows up, and reconciles with Kronk, who finally gets the approval that he always needed, since he sees how much the town appreciates his son.

Honestly, the plot is very, very thin, and it kind of seemed like a package film. I get what they were trying to do, but the execution was not good. The humor is not up-to-par, and the characters were still kind of enjoyable, but they were not that strong.

Honestly, the plot is very, very thin, and it kind of seemed like a package film. I get what they were trying to do, but the execution was not good. The humor is not up-to-par, and the characters were still kind of enjoyable, but they were not that strong.

Characters

The only major character in the franchise to make a huge appearance was Kronk, so almost everyone else is a weak supporting cast to be honest.

Honestly, we did learn a bit about his childhood, but it was nothing much. He is still Kronk, but I would be lying if I said he improved much.

Honestly, we did learn a bit about his childhood, but it was nothing much. He is still Kronk, but I would be lying if I said he improved much.

Yzma was abrely in the film, and was only in one segment. She was still funny, but was much more toned down and seemed like a shell of her former self.

Yzma was barely in the film, and was only in one segment. She was still funny, but was much more toned down and seemed like a shell of her former self.

Kuzco was in the film even less than Yzma was. His interruptions regarding the narration was kind of jarring, and was a poor attempt to include him in the film. Blech.

Kuzco was in the film even less than Yzma was. His interruptions regarding the narration was kind of jarring, and was a poor attempt to include him in the film. Blech.

The only thing we learned about him is that he is kind of strict.

The only thing we learned about him is that he is kind of strict.

She is a fine love interest of Kronk. She is pretty much like him, but a bit uptight, and more by-the-book.

She is a fine love interest of Kronk. She is pretty much like him, but a bit uptight, and more by-the-book.

She is so tired of the crap, and is kind of funny.

She is so tired of the crap, and is kind of funny.

Animation

Regarding the animation, it is almost the same quality as the animation in its predecessor. Very fast-paced, flashy, and animated (meaning over the top).

Music

There is no Peruvian music, but there was not any in the first film, so it is to be expected. Nothing really special, since there were some pop-themed scores and songs in the film. Nothing is really memorable regarding the music in the film.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on December 13th, 2005, people panned it for having a thin plot (which the original didn’t have?), and that Kronk is a weak main character.

Reception Today

From what I know, people generally do not talk about this film, and never mention it as being one of the worst films in the canon. It seems like its reputation is somewhat forgotten, as no one really cares to hate it enough to mention it.

Final Score

Story: 5.5/10

Characters: 6/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 7/10

26.5/40 = 66%

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Review: March 13th, 2016.

Review: March 13th, 2016.