Bad Boys II (2003)

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For awhile, I thought Bad Boys II was going to be better than Bad Boys.  It started promising.

Then it took a serious nose dive.

Corpses falling on to the road and being run over by cars during chases type nose dive.

Bad Boys II was every bit as juvenile, childish, dumb as its predecessor.  Maybe more so, even.

I have never been a fan of Michael Bay movies and this movie is everything that I hate about them.  It legitimately feels as if this is directed by a 13-year old.  There are a couple of interesting ideas in the film, but they are completely crushed by the immature and downright disrespectful insults of the plot, characters and dialogue.

Will Smith is still the strength of the film, showing his natural and easy chemistry.  If only he had something worth displaying that chemistry in.  Instead, he is covered with hatred toward homosexuals, fat people, women… just to name a few.  There is so much disrespect and hatred here that it chokes the movie.

When you also consider that this film is way too long, Bad Boys II is just a nightmare of a film.

I appreciate that there are some people who loved this movie and who find the Michael Bay-isms fun.  Some say it is just a big, action movie with some humor.  If that is your jam, so be it.  This is just not a film I enjoy.

I guess I am as prepared for Bad Boys for Life as I ever am going to get…

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Sick day.

I thought this would give me the opportunity to watch Bad Boys and Bad Boys II, preparing for Bad Boys for Life this weekend.  I had never seen either of these Michael Bay movies and I figured I needed to see them for the third film.

However, I am not sure that I can watch the second film because I am sick enough.

This was just stupid.  The story was ridiculous.  People do not talk like this.  It is loud, dumb and filled with Bay-isms.

I could not believe how much I hated this film.

Will Smith was good in this limited role.  Martin Lawrence was loud, obnoxious and clearly an influence on Kevin Hart because I have seen him play roles just like this.  Whatever positive could be said about this movie would be found in the chemistry between Smith and Lawrence, but a little of it went way too far.

What was the story?  It had to do with heroin.  Tea Leoni was here too for some reason.

The film was homophobic, misogynistic, violent all blended together.  I really disliked Bad Boys.  It makes me wonder if I should watch Bad Boys II or Bad Boys for Life.

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The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

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Following up the first Rescuers film that I watched the other day, this was the one I was looking forward to more.

I do not think I ever saw this one despite a definite pull for me.  Tristan Rogers voiced the kangaroo rat, Jake, and Rogers was one of my favorite people at the time.  He starred on General Hospital as Robert Scorpio and I loved him.  So hearing that he was voicing a character in the Disney film should have made me excited, but watching it today, there was nothing that I remembered.

Young Australian boy Cody (Adam Ryen) frees a golden eagle from a poacher’s trap, bonding with the bird in the process, but he winds up being snatched by the poacher (George C. Scott) in an attempt to get the location of the eagle’s nest.  Word heads out and eventually reaches the Rescuers in New York.

Bernard (Bob Newhart) is preparing to pop the question to his partner and love Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor) when they get the cry for help.  Chartering a flight on Albatross Airlines, new pilot Wilbur (John Candy) got the pair to Australia where they meet up with guide Jake (Tristan Rogers).  The trio of mice ventured into the Outback to try and rescue the boy.

I found this charming and fun.  A couple of the story arcs felt unnecessary, but I enjoyed the main story.  The voice work is strong.  The animation is the typically good style Disney films use.

There is a scene where Cody winds up with a bunch of animals in cages captured by the poacher, but they never returned to them.  My first thought at the end of the movie was “What about the other animals?  Are they gonna starve to death in those cages?”

Despite that plot hole, The Rescuers Down Under continued its strategy of simple storytelling and heroic action.  It is a wonderful family film that I think I like a little bit more than the original, though there may be a bias involved with Tristan Rogers involved.  I still enjoyed myself.

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The Rescuers (1977)

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A film that I have not seen since I was very little happened to be on Disney + and was one of the films that I was looking forward to revisiting on the streaming service.

Honestly, there was not a lot of The Rescuers that I remember.  It has been around 40 years since I saw this (if I actually saw it at all).

Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor voiced the main characters Bernard and Miss Bianca, two mice from the Rescue Aid Society, who responded to a help note in a bottle of a little girl named Penny (Michelle Stacy) who had been kidnapped from out of the orphanage she lived in.  The girl had been taken by the villainous Madame Medusa (Geraldine Page) and her companion Mr. Snoops (Joe Flynn) to force her to find the diamond that Madame Medusa has been searching for for years.

The story of The Rescuers is pretty simple.  There were things that I thought could have been developed more, such as the fact that Bernard was just a janitor and not an actual agent, but that fact did not seem to ever really come up in any significant manner.  There are plenty of examples like this scattered throughout The Rescuers.  Truthfully, these potential plot points would have cluttered this up too much.

The fact is this is a simple good vs. evil story, with one of the more cruel villains in Madame Medusa.  The design of the character in the animation reminded me quite a bit of Carol Burnett’s portrayal of Miss Hannigan from the Annie movie.

There was a very intense chase scene with a mosquito being chased by a bunch of bats that was excellent, which was something that I never thought I would type.

The music was nice, but not memorable. There are some scenes and moments that were pretty dark for a Disney film.  Especially the healing power of moonshine alcohol.

There are plenty of recognizable voices throughout the film as well. I heard George Lindsey (Andy Griffith Show), Pat Buttram (Mr. Haney from Green Acres), Bernard Fox (Dr. Bombay), John Fielder (Piglet) and John McIntire (Sheriff from Psycho).  The voices worked well.

The Rescuers was a quick watch and was a fun animated movie.  It is not a very deep story, but as a light and fluffy film, it is pretty good.  There are some scary scenes, but they help create tension for the viewer.

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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

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The last couple of years, I have had a tradition with my mom to watch a movie on Christmas Eve.  Last year we went to the theater and saw Mary Poppins Returns, but this year there was just not much that I thought she would enjoy at the theater.  Certainly wasn’t taking her to Cats.  So, since this year I got Disney +, I figured we could watch a film in the comfort of home.

Looking through the tons of films available on Disney +, I came across Saving Mr. Banks, the story of how the film Mary Poppins was made.  I loved this movie when I saw it and I figured this would be a great film to watch with mom.

P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) resisted selling the rights to her creation, Mary Poppins, to Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) for years, but a need for money put her in a situation she had not faced prior.  Travers went to Los Angeles to see if she could handle selling the rights or if giving them up would be too much for her.

The story of Mary Poppins was a very personal one for Travers as she wrote this book with her father Travers Goff (Colin Ferrell) in mind.  The film shows us flashbacks from P.L’s (her real name being Helen, nicknamed “Ginty”) childhood, revealing the traumas that influenced her life and her work.

She feared that Walt Disney would turn her deeply personal work into fluff and fantasy.  There have been debate on the ending of the film as Travers had claimed to have hated the movie, angered at how Disney treated her character.  Some say that Disney railroaded Travers into giving up the rights for Mary Poppins.  The film gives a different story, of course.  It is a film by Disney which makes you wonder about the correctness.  This is not a documentary though and the film brings some strong emotions to each scene.

The first time I saw this movie, I found the flashbacks a tad dull, but this time, I appreciated the importance of these scenes to the character of P.L. Travers.  Truthfully, Colin Farrell is absolutely astounding as her father.

There are other wonderful performances in Saving Ms. Banks as well.  Emma Thompson is excellent as the main character and the ever talented Tom Hanks seemed born to play the role of Walter Disney.  Paul Giamatti was great as the kind-hearted limo driver Ralph who bonded with Travers.  Bradley Whitford was writer Don DaGradi and Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak were the iconic songwriting pair, Richard and Robert Sherman.

The “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” segment in this movie is one of my favorite scenes in any Disney film.  There is just so much hopefulness in the scene and the actors look to be having a blast.

Those who see Disney as the evil overlords will see conspiracies throughout this movie and will not like it.  I thought it was lovely, filled with great performances and very emotional.

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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My memory of this movie was that it was my favorite of the prequels, but that it was not a film that I loved.  Looking back on Disney + at the film in preparation for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, I pretty much confirmed that opinion.

It was far and away better than the previous two Star Wars movies, but it still had big time problems that kept me from really loving the film.  Interestingly enough, The Last Jedi had some big time problems but that did not prevent me from loving it.  I wonder how much stench on this film was still being left by Attack of the Clones?

I will say the same thing about this film that I said about the previous prequels.  There is too many light saber fights.  Everybody is fighting with the light sabers and because of that, those cool possible moments (like Obi-Wan vs. General Grievous ) would have felt so much more special instead of just another CGI fight.

And the CGI continued to be a problem as everything lacked the realistic feel.  There was too many scenes taking place in a pristine world that just did not fit with Star Wars worlds.

I sis not buy Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side.  It felt as if it were coming out of left field and that he had not been pushed enough.  Hayden Christensen was better here, but he still had that whininess about him that took away from the overall character.  Then, slaughtering all of the Jedi children was much darker than I thought Anakin was.  It felt unearned… something that I just had a hard time believing Anakin would do.

The light saber fight between Obi-Wan and Anakin at the end of the film was well done, but it felt as if it were too long.  Much like the fight between Superman and Zod at the end of Man of Steel, I think if they had shortened this up, it would have been more effective.

This was the best Ewan McGregor was as Obi-Wan, and I almost wished this was the way Obi-Wan was for the full prequels.  His dialogue was still not great, but the character was much more interesting than before.

And there was the scene that was iconic…but for all the wrong reasons.  We see Darth Vader in full outfit for the first time in the prequels and what happened?  Noooooooooooooooooo!  You were not the only ones yelling that, Anakin.

There are plenty of plot holes and things that do not make sense here when you look at the original Star Wars trilogy, but that will just have to be ignored.  Like why does Obi-Wan, in A New Hope, says to Luke that he does not remember ever owning a droid?  I mean.. it is C3PO and R2D2.  Sure, maybe they wiped the C3PO memory, but did they wipe Obi-Wan’s as well?  How about when Yoda says, in response to Obi-Wan stating that Luke was thei rlast hope, “no, there is another.”  Should Obi-Wan know that since he was there when Luke and Leia were born?

But despite this lack of continuity, Revenge of the Sith was definitely a step up from the previous two films and, while it may have had its share of problems. it was a much more enjoyable film.  Maybe this looked as good as it did because of what it followed, but I do believe that they made some strides.

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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

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Star Wars Episode IV is under a week away now, and I got stuck after The Phantom Menace.  Two reasons:  one, I got busy.  Two, I really wasn’t looking forward to watching Attack of the Clones again.

Finally, as I was working on the In Memorandum for the 2019 Year in Review section of the web site, I put the movie on in the background.

You could tell that the movie was not my main interest.  And with good reason.

Episode II was the worst of the Star Wars movies when I first watched them back in the early 2000s, and time has not improved my opinion of this one.  In fact, by now, the CGI is so much better that the CGI in this film looked terrible.  I don’t know how many times I looked over to the screen and saw what was clearly a green screen.  I had to laugh a couple of times, and then I had to look away a couple of times.

The CGI in the prequels was one of the biggest problems because it made everything look too pristine. Star Wars was always dirtier, grittier.  That was gone in these movies and it was desperately missing.

Poor Hayden Christopher… he was terrible in these movies. I feel that he was tossed into the deep end of the pool too soon.  I know he is a better actor than what we saw here, but he was simply bad here. The dialogue was just shockingly bad.  I think some of my middle school students would write more realistic dialogue than this.

The whole romance between Anakin and Padme was so forced and so unbeleivable that it did damage to the entire idea of the prequels, which was to show the “origin” of Darth Vader.  To show how Luke and Leia’s father took the path to the Dark Side of the Force and became the most evil villain in the galaxy.

Even the action at the end is not good because all they have are a bunch of light sabers carving up some droids.  I found the whole fight boring.  Even the Yoda/Dooku showdown was lacking.  I found it hard to believe that Yoda was as active as he was in that fight.  Wasn’t he limping around with a cane?

There is just too much of the light sabers in this film (all of the prequels to be honest) and that makes those less special.

It feels as if these Jedi are not the Jedi that Yoda and Obi-Wan spoke about in Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back.  These Jedi are much more quicker to react violently, which I thought was a quick path to the Dark Side.

The whole Jango Fett and little Boba was a waste of time too.  Oh and Jedi Master Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) sure lopped off Jango’s head pretty fast.

This is the definitive low point in this series as Attack of the Clones was just not what anyone wanted.  You can tell that the creators wanted this to be the Empire Strikes Back of the prequels, but, unfortunately, it did not reach that goal at all.  It did so much damage that even a reasonably okay third film (we’ll see about that) could not save the franchise.

Revenge of the Sith is next up.

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

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I am about halfway through Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and I am not sure I will get through the rest.  This is way worse than I remember.

The goal, of course, is to watch the prequels in preparation for the final Episode of the Star Wars saga, The Rise of Skywalker, which opens on December 20th.

Still, this is tough.

There was more light saber use in the first 20 minutes of this movie than there was in the entire trilogy prior.  That is not a good thing.

Jar Jar Binks.  Ugh.  Just horrendous.

The dialogue?  Cringeworthy.  Actually, cringeworthy may be too kind of a description.

Poor little Jake Lloyd.  It really isn’t his fault.  He was doing his best, but Anakin Skywalker introduced in this manner was a huge mistake.  Of course, Jake was not the worst actor on the screen.  His mother was barely registering any emotion.  Jake did not deserve the amount of hate that he garnered for the role.

There are so many racist characters in this movie.  Completely unnecessary.

Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor could have done so much more than what they were given.  The villainous Darth Maul was wasted in the movei for, what was basically, one fight.  That fight with the Jedis was pretty decent, but there could have been so much more.

Oh, and these Jedis sure are quick to use violence to solve their problems.  I thought that was the quickest way to the Dark Side.  Maybe I misunderstood.

The inclusion of C3PO and R2D2 really felt awkward.  So C3PO was made by young Vader?  Hm, that sounds odd.

Midi-chlorians?  Quick way to take the power of the universe that surrounds us all and turn it into a weird blood virus.  To be fair, Star Wars realized that this was a huge mistake and kind of let these midi-chlorians fade away into the ether.

Hey, it is Greg Proops!  I knew that voice of the pod race announcer and, when I looked it up, I found the awesome Mr. Proops, one of the rotating regulars of Whose Line is it Anyway.  I have found a positive!

These movies miss that practical effect feel that the original trilogy had.  This is way too “clean” for what it should have been.  Too much green screen.  It makes these movies too artificial.

I had hoped to find something more than I remembered in this film, but, alas, there may be even less.

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Return of the Jedi (1983)

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Bringing George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy to a close is Return of the Jedi, Episode VI.  Return of the Jedi is a, mostly, satisfying conclusion to the original trilogy and kept the Star Wars fans happy for years after its release.

Return of the Jedi begins with one of the best action pieces in the entire series, the attack on Jabba’s compound on Tatooine.  With every new piece the movie sets up a tremendous battle over the Great Pit of Carkoon where the sarlacc lives.  All of our heroes are involved and we get to see both the new and improved Jedi Knight Luke and the recently out of carbonite Han.  Metal bikini clad Leia completed the trio with her mastery of choke chains.

The second part of the movie is less consistent as the opening scene, though it is still very compelling.  The whole Luke-Vader-Emperor angle of the film is just amazing, with Luke’s determination to save his father’s soul being a huge driving force for the film.  The confrontation between Luke and the Emperor is tense and nerve-wracking.  However, the section on Endor with the Ewoks feels too cute and cuddly.  It is believed that the main purpose of the Ewoks was to sell toys.

Of course, there are some good moments with the Ewoks too.  Rumor has it though that the Ewoks were originally intended to be Wookies, which would have been all forms of epic.  It would have made more sense to see the Wookies help take down the Imperial forces than it was to see the Ewoks.  Branches and rocks vs. blasters and AT-AT does not make much strategic logic.

Yet, the death of Nanta the Ewok is a very emotional scene, considering they are just teddy bears.

In the end, Return of the Jedi is am enjoyable end to the Star Wars trilogy.  The good parts are fantastic and the weaker parts are still decent.  Return of the Jedi leads into what seems like a happy ending for our heroes and its fans.

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The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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We are now about three weeks away from the conclusion to the Star Wars saga with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Episode IX.  Even though a bit of the polish has come off the series for some because of the divisiveness of The Last Jedi, I am still very much looking forward to the conclusion of this saga.

In order to prepare for the movie, I wanted to watch the films prior to the final episode and it makes it easy with Disney + available.  Since I have already done Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope for Doc’s Classic Movies Reviewed, I decided to start with the second Star wars movie in chronological order, The Empire Strikes Back.

In sense, I believe that the creators of Star Wars have been chasing Empire ever since it came out in 1980 because it is such a brilliant movie.  It is the best of the Star Wars films, period.  I know there are some who may not agree with that statement, but I have it firmly on top of my best Star Wars movies list.

It is such a dark time for our heroes.  The Rebellion is in trouble.  Han is preparing to go face Jabba the Hut.  Luke is struggling to become a Jedi.  The Empire is hot on their trail.  Vader has some kind of jones for Luke.

Yet there is joy in the little things.  Han and Leia are discovering their love, even if it is a rocky trip to get there.  Luke and Han are cementing their bromance as Han saves Luke from freezing to death on the ice planet of Hoth.  We meet Yoda and Lando.  The relationships in the film are note perfect and develop throughout the hardships that surrounded them.

Of course, we have some of the most iconic confrontations, not just in Star Wars canon, but in movie history.  The whole “I love you“… “I know” bit is a perfect encompassing of the Han & Leia relationship (which was an ad-lib by Harrison Ford).  And, of course, the iconic “I am your father” line blew the mind of everybody watching.  I remember when I first saw it as a eleven year old, I did not believe it to be true.  Even after searching my feelings, I could not comprehend that Vader was Luke’s father.

The feeling of defeat is all over this film, setting us up for a rousing return in Episode VI.  I plan on watching The Return of the Jedi next, perhaps tomorrow.  Then, I will go back to the prequels, something I have not done since seeing them for the first time.  Perhaps they will hold more for me this time through.

As for The Empire Strikes Back, it is one of the great movies around and a member of the EYG Hall of Fame.

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Pinocchio (1940)

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Holy cow.  It had been a long time since I saw Disney’s Pinocchio and I did not remember just how dark this thing was.

Man, this animated film was scarier than many of the horror movies that came out this year.

Legitimately, the scene where Pinocchio was turning into the donkey, especially the spot where the shadow was being shown was frightening. The entire sequence with the whale Monstro was as intense of a stretch as yo are going to have in an animated film.  The wicked creatures such as Stromboli, Honest John, and the Coachman never get any comeuppance for their foul deeds.

I am 100% certain that there were several nightmares induced from this film.

There is also a good message here about doing the right thing and not lying, but it is all encompassed with the nightmare juice.

I really enjoyed it.

Of course, I would not recommend you show your 8-year old this movie.  Wait until they are a little older.  But Pinocchio is an iconic film with some of the most well-known Disney songs of all time, including “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

Pinocchio was naive as could be, believing just about anything these characters told him.  One of those “born yesterday” things.  But his bravery in face of the raging Monstro helped lead him to becoming a real boy.

The animation for 1940 was beautiful and added to the entire presentation.  Considered one of the greatest animated movies of all time.

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Frozen (2013)

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My Disney Plus Binge continues and this gave me an opportunity to rewatch something I have only seen once, in the theaters, before the sequel comes out this coming weekend.

I saw Frozen just the one time in the theater and it was not my favorite experience.  I was not a huge fan of the movie, but I disliked the situation much more.  I was in a sold-out theater crammed full of little kids making things remarkably uncomfortable.  There are times when an uncomfortable viewing experience can affect the perception of a movie.  I know I had terrible situation all around me watching The Croods and I disliked that movie.  When I watched Dunkirk, I did not like the film because of how the sound made me feel physically.

So I pulled up Frozen on Disney Plus, since Frozen 2 is out this weekend, and watched it. I have to say, I still did not find it that great.  I did like the parts with Elsa and the conclusion was decent, but much of the dialogue felt immature and there was not a lot of depth to the story.

I especially liked how the trope of true love’s kiss is twisted here, avoiding the typical cliche that goes along with many of these fairy tales.  That ending with Anna saving Elsa was an awesome switch on the trope.

The music is a mixed bag.  While I find “Let it Go” to be a top notch song, much of the remainder of the soundtrack is forgettable.

The third act was pretty solid, but the first couple of acts were considerably weaker.  In retrospect, this felt like a film that would do a pretty good job of building a world and creating characters for the next movie.  Maybe Frozen 2 will really be a knock out.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

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Back to the Disney Plus Binge with an animated film that came at the outer edge of the Disney renaissance of films during the 1990s.  After Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Lion King, there were some other animated movies that were not as widely accepted or beloved.  The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of those, unfairly.

This film is the Disney adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo novel of the same name.  Paris 16th century.  Quasimodo (Tom Hulce) spends his days in the bell towers of Notre Dame, at the whim of his master, the wicked Judge Claude Frollo (Tony Jay), who, unbeknownst to Quasi, killed the hunchbacks mother when Quasi was but a baby and only spared the baby with the hopes of one day using him in his quest to kill all gypsies.

When gypsy girl Esmeralda (Demi Moore) showed up Frollo, he set upon a mission to find her no matter what.  Quasimodo had fallen for Esmeralda and had helped her escape from his master’s clutches a couple of times.  Along with the help of the noble Captain of the Guard, Phoebus (Kevin Kline), the trio hoped to prevent Frollo’s mad scheme to kill Esmeralda and rid Paris of all the gypsies.

This film is way better than people give it credit for as it is criminally underappreciated.  It is certainly the darkest of the Disney “renaissance” of films, and it has one of the worst antagonists (by which I mean cruelest and wickedest.  He is actually quite the awesome villain) around in Judge Frollo.  Tony Jay’s voice talents is perfect for the voice of the monstrous man.

There are a ton of major themes running through The Hunchback of Notre Dame, including the acceptance of those who are different than we, the fanaticism of religion, and the dangers of genocide.

There are also laughs to be had in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  The three gargoyle friends of Quasimodo (Jason Alexander, Mary Wickes and Charles Kimbrough) provides some typical Disney sidekick humor.

There is a definite vibe of Beauty and the Beast combined with Aladdin in this movie, but that does not make this subpar.  The action is top notch and the animation was as good as any during the time period.

Some may think that it is too violent and adult for little kids, and that may be true, but it is a compelling and dramatic animated movie nonetheless.

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Fantasia (1940)

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The Disney Plus Binge continues this Sunday morning with the classic Disney animated film Fantasia.

Fantasia is a piece of art, seamlessly blending together the skillful animation of the time with classical music from all-time great composers.  Disney is able to show that stories can be told in many different manners, not necessarily by words.

The artistic images in Fantasia are, even by today’s standards, beautiful and speak to the audience on their own.  When combined with the music, Fantasia brings these tales to life.

Of course, the most iconic of the parts of Fantasia is the Sorcerer’s Apprentice section, featuring Mickey Mouse magically recruiting brooms to help him carry water only to see that “magic always has a price.”

The greatest of classical composers were used in the soundtrack, mostly being performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Composers included Beethoven,  Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky.

The “Soundtrack” section of the movie was another one of my favorite parts of the film, again showing how sound can be shown in more than one manner.

Fantasia is a beautifully constructed animated film that brings together music and art in a wonderful way.  It shows how story can be expressed with music and is an inspiration of the future of music videos.

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Mary Poppins (1964)

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Browsing through the movies available to choose for the Disney Plus Binge, I saw that the lovely Mary Poppins Returns was available, and I thought, what a better film to continue the binge with than the original classic, Mary Poppins.

Julie Andrews stars as Mary Poppins, the greatest of all magical, flying nannies and Dick Van Dyke as Bert, the amazingly nimble, rubbery dancing chimney sweep.

Based upon the book series by P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins is filled with music and dance, animation mixed with live-action and some of the cleverest writing on screen.

Mary Poppins arrived because of a need in the Banks family.  At first glance, it appeared that Mary Poppins was there to help save the children, but in the end, we learn that she was there to bring Mr. Banks (David Tomlinson) back into his family with his children.

The music is splendid and I can remember as a child being thrilled with it.  I can remember having “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” as a spelling word.  The dance routine of the chimney sweeps in “Chim Chim Cheree” and “Step in Time” is a masterpiece.  Julie Andrews shows off her beautiful voice in what was her feature film debut in which she would win the Academy Award.

Pure magic.  Practically perfect.

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