Animated Movie Classic

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

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The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Director:

Ron Clements

Burny Mattinson

David Michener

John Musker

Writers:

Peter Young

Vance Gerry

Steve Hulett

Ron Clements

John Musker

Bruce Morris

Matthew O’Callaghan

Burny Mattinson

David Michener

Mel Shaw

Starring:

Vincent Price

Barrie Ingham

Val Bettin

Susanne Pollatschek

Blurb:

Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy maker and uncovers its link to his archenemy, Professor Ratigan.

Thoughts:

I love The Great Mouse Detective. It was one of my favorite movies growing up, and after all these years, it holds up. The art style is good 2D animation and leaves behind the dirty look of the films from the 70s and early 80s. It still has dark lines outlining the characters, but it doesn’t look grainy. It’s visually appealing, and the story is entertaining. The villain is over the top evil and the hero is flawed but surrounded by people who push him to be better.

It was the first Disney animated movie to use CGI at length, probably the most interesting fact in the Wikipedia article.

The Great Mouse Detective is another film I have few thoughts on. It’s fun to watch, and I highly recommend it. I just don’t have much to say about it.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Director:

William Cottrell

David Hand

Wilfred Jackson

Larry Morey

Perce Pearce

Ben Sharpsteen

Writer:

Ted Sears

Richard Creedon

Otto Englander

Dick Rickard

Earl Hurd

Merrill De Maris

Dorothy Ann Blank

Webb Smith

Starring:

Adriana Caselotti

Roy Atwell

Eddie Collins

Pinto Colvig

Billy Gilbert

Otis Harlan

Scotty Mattraw

Lucille La Verne

Blurb:

Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.

Thoughts:

What makes Snow White a movie to own is that it is the first full length animated film. It’s history.

They didn’t think that a full-length children’s animated movie would make money, or so the story goes. Walt Disney pushed to have this completed, creating a horrible work environment for his artists, and went so far as to mortgage his house to pay for it. It then became a critical and commercial success and is one of the highest-earning animated features, adjusted for inflation.

I’m not a big fan of the story of Snow White. It hasn’t aged well. The Huntsmen comes off as rapey, and there is at least one racist moment. There’s also a ton of jokes about women that are insulting. The music is fine, but nowhere near where we are now in terms of musical numbers in animation. The artwork is pretty, but it’s more of a look at how far we’ve come way. All in all, it’s not a movie that I need to own.

However, without Snow White, we wouldn’t have The Wizard of Oz as we know it. This, incidentally, is the next movie I’m watching. It’s also one of my all-time favorites. So, that alone keeps it in my library.