Kids Movie

The Little Mermaid (1989)

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The Little Mermaid (1989)

Director:

Ron Clements

John Musker

Writers:

John Musker

Ron Clements

Howard Ashman

Gerrit Graham

Sam Graham

Chris Hubbell

Starring:

Christopher Daniel Barnes

Jodi Benson

Pat Carrol

Paddi Edwards

Buddy Hackett

Jason Marin

Kenneth Mars

Samuel E. Wright

Blurb:

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain in an attempt to become human and win a prince’s love.

Thoughts:

Beauty and the Beast is peak Disney 2D animation, but The Little Mermaid is when things started to take off. 2D animation done well is a pleasure to watch. The songs in The Little Mermaid are also some of the best Disney has done. The story is the biggest point against the film.

Ariel is sixteen when all of this is going on, and that’s a bit young for me. You could argue that things were different back then or that she’s a mermaid. We don’t know their lifespan, but I don’t accept those excuses. The movie was made for kids, human 1980s kids, so she should have at the least been eighteen. It wouldn’t have aged her out of a kids viewing interest. It’s just a throwaway line, after all. It was a simple thing, and they erred on the side of creepy.

Watching The Little Mermaid post #MeToo also brings up a whole consent argument. Ariel wasn’t able to speak, and yet Eric was supposed to kiss her. However, I have no issue with it. Ariel is very clearly indicating with her body language that she’s receptive to a kiss. Eric never forces himself on her, quite the opposite. So I don’t think there was a consent issue. Just the whole sixteen thing cause how old is Eric?

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

Burny Mattinson

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.

How To Train Your Dragon (2010)


How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

Director:

Dean Deblois

Chris Sanders

Starring:

Jay Baruchel

Gerard Butler

Christopher Mintz-Plasse

America Ferrera

Plot:

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

Review:

Vikings fighting dragons, this sounds really cool, but for whatever reason I just could not get into it. I liked the idea, but I just couldn’t get into this kids movie lol.

A boy Viking can’t bring himself to kill the dragons, ends up befriending them, and saves them all in the end.

I thought it was cool that he lost his foot in the end. I also liked that there were female Vikings fighting. Other than that, don’t really have much to say.

3/5

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Director:

Chris McKay

Starring:

Will Arnett

Michael Cera

Rosario Dawson

Plot:

A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.

Review:

This was definitely a Lego movie first. I found the humor fun at the beginning, but by the end of the movie it wore on me. It was just too many references and snide comments. I’m not sure how my daughter found it entertaining because of that, but she’s three and the dialog is probably the least of her concerns.

It was entertaining and sometimes fun but overall not something I need to see again.

3/5

Moana (2016)

Moana (2016)

Director:

Ron Clements

Don Hall

Starring:

Auli’i Cravalho

Dwayne Johnson

Rachel House

Plot:

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

Review:

So I did not get to see this in theaters, I look forward to the time when my daughter is old enough to sit through movies cause I would be fine with going to see all the cartoons. Until then Red Box is my friend.

Moana was a beautiful movie. I loved that she was able to save the day without needing to fall in love and without her parents having to die. I thought that was pretty awesome. I also really liked the music, though I don’t know how much of it I’ll be able to sing, we’ll see.

I’m actually kind of hoping that my husband gets this for our daughter for Easter. I might have to drop some hints about what Mommy thinks she might like. Though, honestly it didn’t hold her attention as much as I would have hoped.

4/5