Review: Ralph Breaks The Patriarchy

Disney Animation carries a lot of weight as a brand when it comes to the age of reboots and remakes no one specifically asked for but everyone enjoys anyway. The studio that got famous on translating fairy tales and legends to the big screen, doesn’t enter the 21st Century for just any reason. Indeed, Ralph Breaks The Internet doesnʼt find its legitimacy with its almost … Lees verder Review: Ralph Breaks The Patriarchy

How Disney’s new Jungle Book corrects for years of troubling undertones

If mention of The Jungle Book conjures up warm childhood memories of singing bears and dancing monkeys, Disney’s new star-studded, live-action/CGI version, which hits theaters Friday, will delight you. But beyond the sheer aesthetic pleasure of Baloo and King Louie cavorting around on the big screen again, the new film is a surprisingly thoughtful attempt to modernize Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 novel, and the troubling racial underpinnings on which … Lees verder How Disney’s new Jungle Book corrects for years of troubling undertones

Zootopia (2016)

zootopia-movie-posterZootopia was inspired by Robin Hood and the idea of animals in tiny clothes. Thanks to a incredibly talented team under supervision of Tangled’s Byron Howard, Disney delivers its wildest movie ever. Doubling down on the social themes ignited by Frozen it matches every bu
ddy cop comedy and gritty detective with a story so fast-paced, rich and unpredictable it’s an absolute wonder it ever got made. But more than anything, Zootopia is a Disney movie that’s unapologetically topical.
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Cinderella (2015)

cinderella_ver2_xlgKenneth Branagh’s Cinderella (2015) probably won’t be the interpretation of the beloved fairy tale to end all interpretations, but for all intents and purposes it might certainly well be. Intentionally honoring the Disney animated classic as well as the original story, this Cinderella is obviously safe, but it does the unthinkable: it breathes life into an old dream.  Lees verder “Cinderella (2015)”

Treasure Planet (2002)

Treasure Planet posterTreasure Planet offers the daring concept of combining worlds. It launches Robert Louis Stevenson classic novel into space, forces traditional animation with computer animation and offers up the struggle of being a kid and a man. Not all of these combinations work to the movie’s benefit. Being one of the costliest movies of all time sentences any film to a life of shame, and yet, even for all of its flaws, Treasure Planet is a far better result than its box-office figures. Lees verder “Treasure Planet (2002)”

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

lilo and stitch one in every familyLilo & Stitch easily had one of the most memorable marketing strategies of all Disney movies. The character of Stitch clawed its way through classical Disney moments, thereby subverting the outside pressure on the creators to churn out exactly such fair. Despite its obvious task of creating a more modern, Shrek-like protagonist, Lilo & Stitch was produced far away from the corporate restraints that wanted more “boy movies” and more comedy. That shows. No marketing can hide the fact that Lilo & Stitch, is indeed another classic Disney feature. With a heart the size of a young Hawaiian girl, it’s also unique in its kind.  Lees verder “Lilo & Stitch (2002)”

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

Atlantis The Lost Empire posterAtlantis: The Lost Empire is one of the hidden treasures in the Disney Classics series. Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, the movie certainly is a diversion from their previous masterpieces like Beauty and the Beast. A definite template of the “aimed at boys” strategy of the Animation Studios, Atlantis mainly thrives in its beauty, action and imaginative story. In retrospective, it doesn’t just hold up well, it even outperforms the same story that frameworked the top grossing movie of all time.
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