ATDis #13 Alice in Wonderland

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And a Very Merry Unbirthday to you all! (unless it’s your birthday, then happy birthday!)

Alice in Wonderland Mug

As you may have already guessed, this time I watched Alice in Wonderland.  I have always loved this movie to the point where I even have a mug of it.  I especially love the little bread and butterfly on the inside rim.  And that it’s shaped like a teacup.

This time watching it, I noticed something I hadn’t really put together before.  This movie never stops going.  I mean never! It just jumps from one part to the next to the next with no downtime whatsoever.  The pacing is just insane to me and watching it this time, I noticed how tired I was of trying to follow along with the whole thing.  I always have had trouble ordering the movie (i.e. was the mad tea party before or after we smoked the monster out? and wasn’t that after the first meeting of the Cheshire cat or did we not know him yet?).  But now I understand why, there is no connection between the parts.  She just wanders around and meets people with no rhyme or reason.

This makes sense with the book, of course.  But I will say that this movie lines up closer to “Through the Looking Glass” than it does to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”  But even in those insane books there was a reason.  In Through the Looking Glass, she is playing chess.  She starts as  a pawn, on the second square, and it trying to become a queen by getting to the eighth square.  There is motivation and purpose and a little bit of order, as on each new square she meets a new character/set of characters.  Here her only motivation is finding the white rabbit, which I won’t question for ease of discussion, and she is willing to talk to whomever it takes to find him.

Even though this movie is a bit of a headache, I do love it.  The characters are memorable and inspiring.  The songs are fun to sing and tell marvelous stories within them (The Walrus and the Carpenter is probably my favorite of the songs).  Fun Fact! It contains the most songs of any Disney movie with 18 total making it into the film (over 30 were written).

As for the Disney Legacy, I think this movie was made to challenge Walt and his team.  I think they got bored of making the same cute little stories and having a distinct beginning/middle/end.  This movie allowed the team to flex their muscles.  It gave them a chance to create something completely original while still following (roughly) the source material.  It allowed them to experiment with characters and setting, scale, and color.  You might think me wrong, but that’s exacatically why I have a comments section ;).

Don’t lose your shadow! The next episode is coming soon!

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ATDis #12 Cinderella

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Cinderella
Me and Cindy, just hanging out, casually.  Yeah, we’re friends 😉

Welcome back to the well known! We are finally out of Lost Disney and into what I’m calling “Classic Disney.” This category will go from Cinderella through The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.  This time, I’ve watched Cinderella.  The last time I watched this movie (besides now) was probably when the live action version came out, so it’s been a bit.  Watching it now showed me how well I know the movie.  I must have watched it a million times as a child because I’m at the point where I can pretty much say the lines with the characters.

I think I will start out with a couple of fun facts.

  1.  The “language” the mice speak was actually called “Mouse Latin” by the animators.
  2. Walt Disney’s favorite piece of animation ever is the transformation from the ripped dress into the ball gown.
  3. Cinderella actually loses 3 shoes throughout the film.  One when bringing up the breakfast treys, one (obviously) after the ball, and one at her wedding.

I found those interesting.  Also, I find it hilarious that the narrator calls the stepsisters “awkward” because that’s exactly what they are.  I don’t know why that made me laugh so much but it did.

Something I noticed throughout this movie was how positive Cinderella is.  No matter what, she always tries to find something positive.  Whether it be about missing the ball, clothing mice, or even Lucifer, she always attempts to find something positive to say.  I think that’s really admirable, and I think we should all strive to be more like Cinderella.  Not only in her positivity and kindness, but in her ability to carry a tray in each hand and also on her head.  #goals.

As for the Disney Legacy, this was the first full length film to be made by his studio since WWII.  That’s a big deal.  The fact that its as good as it is is extremely impressive.  His studio got back on its feet in a big way, creating one of the most known stories and characters ever.  This was his first step into continuing to create the brand he had started with Snow White, and it was an absolutely beautiful film.

Don’t be late! We’ve got a very important date on the next episode of Adventuring Through Disney!

ATDis #11 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

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We are almost out of Lost Disney! This is the last movie of Lost Disney, and then we’re headed straight into the lovely forests of “Classic Disney,” as I will call it.

As for this movie (or rather these two combined shorts) I have a varied relationship with them.  I believe I watched the Mr. Toad portion of the film within the last two years, likely because my brother was in a play version of the Wind and the Willows with his high school.  For the Ichabod portion, I read “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” for a short story class I was in during the beginning of last summer, so it was interesting to see how the movie version compared.

I really enjoyed the setup for this film.  For those of you who haven’t seen the film, the introductions to each are zooming in on a bookshelf, asking who is the most famous character of English literature and listing off a few of the greats, then claiming that Mr. Toad was the best.  Then for Ichabod, the narrator spoke about how American literature had some great characters too.  I loved it.  I loved the whole bookshelves and “whose the best literary character of …” introduction.  I thought it was an extremely clever way to introduce the two stories as they were originally written by other authors.  I was just blown away for some reason by the cleverness of it all.  Maybe I’m just easily impressed.

As for the shorts themselves, I enjoyed both.  For Mr. Toad, I was bothered by the issues of scaling between humans and …….. animals, I guess would be how to describe them.  The doors for Toad Hall are normal sized, but the animals are short so the doorknobs are low, but the doorknobs are also giant (human sized?) so why aren’t they the right height for a human? Anyways.  I also was slightly questioning the society in which a toad can be tried in a human-sized court room.  I mean, come on, even the Bee Movie during the courtroom scene Barry has his own little baby desk on top of the real desk.  I will let the whole “oh humans and animals talking to each other thing” because it is a children’s book and a Disney movie.  I just want the scale of the doorknobs to be fixed.

For Ichabod, I thought it was a good G-rated version of the story.  I won’t go into what makes the original version not G-rated, because its easily found on the internet and you can read it yourself, if you find it all that interesting 🙂  I also thought it was very true to the story.  Also, I will say that Katrina was Cinderella.  Actually though.  They could be twins.  Seriously it was freaking me out.

As for Walt’s Legacy, I think these two short films were a way of easing back into the full length feature film category of movies.  These allowed for him to have two separate, well known stories complete with a beginning, a middle, and an end.  They were contained, well adapted, and a good pushing off point to continue doing what he did best.

Tune in next time for “the sweetest story ever told!” But don’t forget your slippers 😉

ATDis #10 Melody Time

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For this blog, I watched Melody Time.  It was my first time watching all the shorts together as a whole, but I was definitely familiar with some of them (as will be discussed later).

This movie was one of the last to be made up of shorts.  The reason for this (as discussed in previous blogs) is that World War II was happening and a lot of Walt’s animators were out of office.  We are still in Lost Disney, but only for one more movie.

Of the shorts, I have a few favorites and a few I thought were pretty cute and then there were some I didn’t care for.

The first short was “Once Upon a Winter Time” and I loved the whole bunny-human parallel.  It was the story of a bunny couple and a human couple ice skating and the shenanigans that happen there.  I thought it was super cute.

The next short was Bumble Boogie (Flight of the Bumblebee animated) and I liked it, it was cute, but it isn’t the gold of this movie.

Then came Johnny Appleseed.  So I have a story with this one.  My momma grew up in south Georgia and with that comes a sort of Georgia charm.  We always prayed before we ate, and so whenever it was just my brother and I (or whenever we weren’t sitting down to a family meal) we would sing the “Johnny Appleseed prayer” (“The Lord is good to me and so I thank the Lord for giving me the things I need, the sun and the rain and the apple seed, the Lord is good to me! Hallelujah Amen).  We added the “Hallelujah Amen” part but other than that, this short is where that came from.  I didn’t know that until watching this movie here.  But now I know and I also loved this short.  The Guardian Angel and Johnny and all the “apple sass.”  It was a lot of fun.

Little Toot was adorable as well.  Andrew sisters singing about a trouble-making baby tug boat.  Go watch it.  It’s cute.  Trees was fine, I was bored but it was pretty.  Blame it on the Samba was cute with the complicate-name bird and Donald and Brazilian bird whose name escapes me.  Pecos bill was good because it gave me a story to associate with the restaurant in Magic Kingdom, but also the story was cute too.

Overall, this was a super cute movie, and I suggest it to anyone for sure.  It is (to me) the best of the “Lost Disney” so far (and probably in total).  As for Walt’s legacy, I think this movie is just further strengthening Walt’s storytelling ability.  It also reached out into some folklore that it hadn’t before.  In the last movie, we had a Jack and the Beanstalk story.  In this one we have Johnny Appleseed, a more American folktale.  I wonder if Walt knew that his version would become the most well-known in the future… Just goes to show the affect of his efforts.

Bring your pumpkins and your motorcars, we’re headed out to our next movie!