Pixie dust, nightmares, and buying out the whole world. A week of Disney movies! Did I really type that?
Movie 134: Mon Oct 24th
Beauty and the Beast
Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Starring: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Angela Lansbury
I don’t know what else to say. It’s a classic. I watched the new Blu Ray set and it looks amazing. The only thing is that I am not a huge fan of “Human Again.” I am a huge fan of the musical version of the movie and there are plenty of songs I would have rather them include before that song. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite Disney movie, but it is up there.
Movie 135: Tues Oct 25th
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Directed by: Henry Selick
Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, Ken Page
I really enjoy this movie, sure I think it is a little over-rated, but I still enjoy watching it around Halloween-time. Henry Selick is great at this craft, but I have to say I enjoy Coraline movie. The music, however, is phenomenal. I definitely think Oogie’s song is the best. I also remember playing the sequel game on PS2 and they are always a fan-favorite levels in the Kingdom Hearts series. All-in-all, this is a movie that has a huge cult following that it deserves, but as time passes by, Laika has been blowing it out of the water and this was a great accomplishment that helped stop motion be where it is today. Long sentence. Now go kidnap Mr. Sandyclaws.
Movie 136: Wed Oct 26th
Directed by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwyn, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate
This is easily one of the greatest Disney films and I firmly believe that. This is one of my favorite movies this year, as well. I have seen this movie so many times, especially since it’s been on Netflix. I have it on a lot whenever I am working in the background. If you have yet to watch this movie, you are clearly missing out. I know I say that a lot, but I mean it when I do type it. Ginnifer Goodwin made me believe that she deserves better than that shitty Once Upon a Time crap, Jason Bateman shocked the hell out of me with his voice-over skills, and I am so happy whenever Jenny Slate is in anything. I had no idea going into the theater to see this movie would really affect me the way this movie does. My only complaint: that crappy Shakira song. But, I also hate Shakira’s voice.
Movie 137: Thurs Oct 27th
The Emperor’s New Groove
Directed by: Mark Dindal
Starring: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton
This is just a hilarious movie. So entertaining. However, every time I watch it, though, I always wonder how the original movie, Kingdom of the Sun, would have been. After all the research, it makes me sad that we will never get to see it. The animation is fun and cute, but animation like Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas, and Aladdin would have been great. I think it was a tragedy when we got animation like this, Hercules, and a few more. It always looked cheap and lazy. But, that’s just me. I do love this movie regardless and Kronk is easily one of the best Disney characters and it’s sad they don’t use him in any capacity in the parks.
Movie 138: Fri Oct 28th
Pooh’s Grand Adventure The Search for Christopher Robin
Directed by: Karl Geurs
Stars: Jim Cummings, John Friedler, Ken Sansom, Peter Cullen
I am a Winnie the Pooh fanatic. Laugh all you want, but this was my favorite group and stories as a kid. Every time I watch anything Winnie the Pooh related, I feel like a kid and get all giddy. Haley has witnessed my child-state revert as I watched this movie. After all these years I know the songs in this movie word-by-word. This movie made me tear up as a kid during “Wherever You Are” and it still happens today. I don’t think I could come up with a number of how many views this VHS had by me. Thank god for Netflix.
Movie 139: Sat Oct 29th
Winnie the Pooh
Directed by: Stephen J Anderson, Don Hall
Starring: Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, John Cleese, Bud Luckey
God. Damn. This. Movie. I love this movie so many times. I was so excited to see it in theaters, which I did, and was so happy to have the whole theater to myself. It was great, however really sad. Why? Because Disney thought it would be a good idea to put it out the same weekend as Harry Potter 8 (Part 2) and two weeks after Smurfs. This movie is pure brilliance. It is essentially a bunch of sketches rolled into a Winnie the Pooh movie. It’s like SNL, but for all ages and actually funny (low blow, I know, but come on). Craig Ferguson is fantastic as Owl, Travis Oats is great as Piglet, Kristen Anderson-Lopez is a great Kanga, and Tom Kenny is so good as Rabbit, however, the newcomer I loved the most was Bud Luckey’s Eeyore. I will say that Luckey’s Eeyore is my favorite of any voice-over actor to take the role. He really encompasses the sadness so well. Also, this is the last 2D animated film from Disney and it is so fucking beautifully animated.
Movie 140: Sun Oct 30th
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney
Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson
Man, Peter Pan is a jackass piece of shit. I really don’t like this movie now I after watching it as an adult. Pan fed Hook’s hand for fun, is a sexist asshole, and is a jackass to anyone around him. I feel bad for Captain Hook the whole movie. Man… I am not a fan of this film. No wonder Walt Disney wasn’t too thrilled with it.