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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Directors:

Gary Trousale

Kirk Wise

Writers:

Linda Woolverton

Brenda Chapman

Chris Sanders

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Kevin Harkey

Brian Pimental

Bruce Woodside

Joe Ranft

Tom Ellery

Kelly Asbury

Robert Lence

Starring:

Robby Benson

Jesse Corti

Rex Everhart

Angela Lansbury

Paige O’Hara

Jerry Orbach

Bradley Pierce

David Ogden Stiers

Richard White

Blurb:

A prince cursed to spend his days as a hideous monster sets out to regain his humanity by earning a young woman’s love.

Thoughts:

Beauty and the Beast is the best Disney 2D animated movie. Fight me.

It was always my favorite, but the remaster done to it is phenomenal. The colors pop, especially in the opening story. It’s visually beautiful and has some of the best songs Disney has ever produced.

Yes, Belle is a bit of a bitch. She’s all I’m better than these country folk. I want adventure. Then complains during her entire adventure and in a massive castle only wants to go to the one place she’s not supposed to. The Beast basically buys her love with the library that I judge all libraries against. I’m not aware of many women who wouldn’t love him after that gift.

Gaston and the blond triplets are a bit of a yikes too. Gaston makes an excellent villain because he wants to control Belle completely and has no concept of people having their own wants and desires. The triplets are, well, let’s be honest, they’re heaving bosoms in a kid’s movie. Personally, I enjoy looking at them, but it doesn’t teach our children anything good about women.

The ending where the Beast turns back into a human is a bit of a letdown since the man isn’t as attractive as the Beast. Why is he so smooth?? Gaston has chest hair. Why can’t the Beast???? Come on, please, he was a beast, surely in human form he’d be closer to a lumberjack than a pretty boy.

There’s lots to love about Beauty and the Beast. It’s one of my favorite movies and currently sits in the top ten of my favorite movies in the list I’ve been making through my re-watch. I should probably share that list at some point…

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

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The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Director:

Ron Clements

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David Michener

John Musker

Writers:

Peter Young

Vance Gerry

Steve Hulett

Ron Clements

John Musker

Bruce Morris

Matthew O’Callaghan

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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.

The Rescuers (1977)

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The Rescuers (1977)

Directors:

John Lounsbery

Wolfgang

Reitherman

Art Stevens

Writers:

Larry Clemens

Ken Anderson

Frank Thomas

Vance Gerry

David Michener

Ted Berman

Fred Lucky

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Dick Sebast

Starring:

Bob Newhart

Eva Gabor

Geraldine Page

Joe Flynn

Blurb:

Two mice of the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters.

Thoughts:

The Rescuers was the first movie on my list that’s not technically mine. When I made my list of owned movies, I included movies that my husband owns as well. We’re one household, so it made sense. There are a couple of movies that he owns that I won’t be watching for various reasons, but I’m including most of them in my re-watch.

The Rescuers was a dark movie. There were hardly any light moments in the entire film. A little orphan girl is kidnapped and forced into a dangerous situation repeatedly so the villain can get a giant diamond, for crying out loud. Current kid’s movies do not have a monopoly on darkness.

While reading the Wikipedia entry for a children’s movie, something you love to see is “nudity scandal.” It sounds like a disgruntled or stupid employee decided to sneak in a shot of a topless woman. It was only in two frames and pretty much impossible for someone to notice on ordinary viewing, but of course, someone spotted it. After seeing the image, I feel like it was more amusing than anything else.

Reviews at the time seem to be mostly positive, saying it was a return to old form for Disney. Since I got rid of most of the movies that came out at that time, I only have my memories to compare it too. The only time I had issues with the animation were when the villain was appeared, and there was a ton of black outlining. I thought she looked pretty bad.

The songs were mostly forgettable, they were nice at the time, but thirty minutes later, I forgot they were even there. I did love the voice cast, though. Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor sounded perfect together.

The film is also a bit dated. Bianca was smart and capable, but since she was a woman, she was often babied. However, she seemed to take it in stride and use it to her advantage, so that was nice.

The Rescuers isn’t necessarily a movie I feel like I need to own, but there are worse movies to have on my shelves.

Classic Christmas Movie: Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

Mickeys Christmas Carol

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

Director:

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Starring:

Alan Young

Wayne Allwine

Hal Smith

Plot:

The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Review:

Mickey’s Christmas Carol was a movie I use to watch every Christmas, it was recorded on a VHS tape along with several other TV specials. Re-watching it with my daughter was so much fun.

It’s a lot shorter than I remember at only 26 minutes for the actual Christmas Carol. Filling up the rest of the Blu Ray are a few Disney shorts, none of which are anything remarkable.

All in all, the Christmas Carol is the best part, and even though it isn’t as faithful to the source material as The Muppet’s Christmas Carol, it’s a much easier introduction to the classic Dickens’s story.

4/5