Wow. It has been a year since I posted my DreamWorks Review: Conclusion blog post, and a lot has changed since than, and what I mean by that is……….I have gained A LOT more viewers since last year. Literally hundreds more. I just want to thank all of you who have commented, shared, and read this blog, and the WDAS reviews I have been posting for the past year.
I will first show my ranking of each film and see which one I think is the best and the worst.
UPDATED SINCE THIS POST WAS PUBLISHED:
- 1. Zootopia: 86%
- 2: Beauty and the Beast: 85%
- 3: Tarzan: 84%
- Wreck-it Ralph: 84%
- 4:Pinocchio: 81%
- The Little Mermaid: 81%
- Aladdin: 81%
- Mulan: 81%
- 9: Lady and the Tramp: 80%
- Tangled: 80%
- Moana: 80%
- 12:The Lion King: 79%
- Lilo & Stitch: 79%
- Big Hero 6: 79%
- 15: The Hunchback of Notre Dame: 78%
- 16: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: 76%
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: 76%
- Treasure Planet: 76%
- 19:Fantasia: 75%
- Cinderella: 75%
- Peter Pan: 75%
- Bolt: 75%
- The Princess and the Frog: 75%
- 24: Sleeping Beauty: 74%
- The Jungle Book: 74%
- Frozen: 74%
- 27: The Rescuers: 73%
- Fantasia 2000: 73%
- 29:Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: 71%
- Make Mine Music: 71%
- Winnie the Pooh: 71%
- 32: Bambi: 70%
- The Rescuers Down Under: 70%
- 34: Melody Time: 69%
- 35: Pocahontas: 68%
- Hercules: 68%
- 37: The Great Mouse Detective: 66%
- 38: Dumbo: 65%
- The Fox and the Hound: 65%
- The Emperor’s New Groove: 65%
- 41: Fun and Fancy Free: 64%
- Robin Hood: 64%
- Meet the Robinsons: 64%
- 44: One Hundred and One Dalmatians: 61%
- Brother Bear: 61%
- 46: The Sword in the Stone: 60%
- The Aristocats: 60%
- 48: The Black Cauldron: 59%
- Atlantis: The Lost Empire: 59%
- 50: Alice In Wonderland: 58%
- Dinosaur: 58%
- Home on the Range: 58%
- 53: Oliver & Company: 55%
- Chicken Little: 55%
- 55: Saludos Amigos: 53%
- 56: The Three Cabelleros: 50%
Wow, there is a lot of ties up in there, but when there is over 50 films, in retrospective, it should have been expected. My list is definitely different than a lot of others, but I am sticking with it.
I knew that I would enjoy going through the canon, and I knew that it would bring a lot more people to my blog, and both turned out to be correct. In January, I wrote all of the reviews up to Lady and the Tramp, and with the Dark era films, it would take me months to finish them. This would cause a pattern for me; whenever a good era came on, I would write them in 2 weeks (Renaissance films and Revival Era). The Frozen review was written by late September, so I write a lot of these reviews months in advance.
I am going to go more into these eras in specific posts about the eras, but I will lightly discuss them now. The Golden Era was when the studio was still in the beginning stages, and while they have been famous for shorts, they were still not a corporate franchise like they are in now. The films in these eras had a lot of creativity, dark moments, and you could tell the studio made these 5 films for themselves, and it showed.
The WW2 Package film eras are very cheap, have almost no creativity, and you can tell that there were rushed products, and with all of the behind the scenes drama going on at the studio during the time, it makes sense. They needed quick and cheap products to give them some revenue to continue the studio, or they would probably close down. I was only a fan of two of these films.
While I like a lot of the Silver Era films, you can tell that after the first few films, these films were a lot more about…..continuing the mega corporation. This was the time that they branched out to TV, Disneyland was made, the studio were creating their own soundtracks, and when they started live action projects. These films seemed like they tended to the audience more than themselves (unlike the Golden Era films), but there is still a lot of heart. Maybe WDAS and the Disney company got too big for their bridges, which is why they entered their next era.
I disliked so many of these Dark era films, because while they tenses to the audience of the time more than the studio themselves, unlike the Silver Era, there was no heart, creativity, and these films were cheap. While the studio was not bankrupt, it is clear that the animation studio was not bringing in the money to the corporation that is Disney. A lot of the older people were dying and retiring in this era.
We all know about the Renaissance. A lot of the new people put their heart and effort into these films, creating films for themselves and the audience, using their creativity to create sensations, etc. They got a lot of money from this era, and a lot of awards, but they put themselves between a rock and a hard place; they continued to use the formula, until the public got sick of it, which would lead into our next era.
The Post Renaissance era is probably my least favorite era out of them all. Disney tried to be anything but what they were known for, to get themselves out of the bind they were in, but this only made things worse for WDAS. The consecutive critical and financial flops were apparent that things were getting worse and worse, and a lot of these films were just ridiculous and insulting to my intelligence. Things got better closer to the end.
This revival era that we are in now is a good er,a and I think that Disney needs to keep on this track; do some new things, but do not forget about the old and what made you WDAS in the first place. While it is sad that they moved from traditional animation, it is what it is. Many things are innovated, and animation is one of those things. I am kind of sick of them trying to be overly feminist, and trying to make fun of the nice, prince charming types. It is old.
So my overall advice is that Disney should continue with what they were doing, and to not waste their time making fun of themselves. If they continue on like this, they will prosper in many different ways. It was fun reviewing the canon this year, and it did expand the blog to a wider audience. I will be having a lot of fun when I cover Disneytoons Studios for 2015. Thank you all for everything.