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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The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King (1994)Films don’t often generate the kind of unequivocal, universal appreciation the way The Lion King has. Much more than a simple animated feature the movie defines a generation, through nostalgic songs, gorgeous backdrop and an epic coming of age story. Lees verder “The Lion King (1994)”

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)Filmmakers generally make films for the sake of art. Sure, there’s the whole putting bread on the table part, but most of the people on the floor working on a movie put their heart and soul into it. For a considerable part of the audiences, films are art too. There’s something quite unique about pictures capturing an essence unattainable through other platforms. But for the most part, people go to the movies to be entertained. There’s not always a need for relevant social criticism or revealing subjects. One does not exclude the other, art and entertainment can perfectly blend together. Unfortunately, not too often are movies that solely aim for entertainment considered to be ‘great films’ or even ‘good’ for that matter. There’s a taboo on praising purely entertaining films for their value. Somehow blockbusters that aim for the masses simply by focusing on spectacle or comedy, are easily taken for granted. Which is ridiculous, especially when it comes to one of the smartest, fast-paced and deviously entertaining films of the all time: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl’.

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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)There are few films that transcend beyond art, scope and financial success. They’re set free into the world and quickly stop being the work of their creators. They fall into the lap of the audience that embraces them like they do a dear pet. They become a part of their lives and remain that way forever because they defy time or pop cultural skepticism. They’re classics. True genre defining films whose few flaws are forgiven for the entertainment, and consequently sentiment, they bring. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for its few flaws, is a classic. It only just became an adolescent, with the fine age of twenty-one, but much more like a person this masterpiece, that confirmed Disney’s return to the throne of animation, is like a rose that never ages. Fresh, romantic and magical. Lees verder “Beauty and the Beast (1991)”