Kids Movie

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

Burny Mattison

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 Rescuers Down Under (1990)

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The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

Directors:

Hendel Butoy

Mike Gabriel

Writers:

Jim Cox

Karey Kirkpatrick

Byron Simpson

Joe Ranft

Starring:

Bob Newhart

Eva Gabor

John Candy

Tristan Rogers

Blurb:

The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a little boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher.

Thoughts:

I like Rescuers Down Under better than the previous movie. The story is mostly the same, a child is in danger, and they save it, but I like the art style better. The Rescuers still had that dirty-looking art style that I’m not a fan of, and Down Under doesn’t. It’s got a nice anti-poaching message too.

My kids actually watched this one with me, my husband too. This was his movie and one that he’s watched enough time that he can apparently quote. It was adorable.

I have no nostalgia attached to this film, no memories other than the one I just made, and so I don’t have any thoughts about it. Well, thoughts that aren’t just questions about the entire idea of mice saving kids on the other side of the world.

They can’t all be long posts.

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