The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)Disney’s most mature and epic animated feature excels in complex characters, visuals and storytelling. The Hunchback of Notre Dame does everything right, packing in perhaps Disney’s most important moral lesson in a captivating film that is shamefully underrated.

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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)”

The Little Mermaid (1989)

The Little Mermaid (1989)As one of the most important films in animated history, ‘The Little Mermaid’ has some weight to carry as the years progress. The film that rejuvenated the Disney brand and ringed in a new era of animation certainly should hold up as well as some of the other classics. It both does and doesn’t. Ariel and her friends are still a prime example of the musical/animation hybrid that now defines Disney. However, in a increasingly more savvy, post-Shrek and Pixar world, the tale of the red headed beauty might be a little too sweet.
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The Rise and Fall of Traditional Disney Animation

The Rise and Fall of Traditional Disney Animation With great pride I present to you my essay on the demise of Disney’s traditional, hand-drawn animation. A look back on how the artists, the executives and the industry influenced an art form that thrived and derailed at the biggest entertainment company in the world. The link will send you to SugarSync where you can download the … Lees verder The Rise and Fall of Traditional Disney Animation