ATDis #21 Robin Hood

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Welcome back to Adventuring through!

We have almost made it through “Classic Disney” (after today, we only have one more movie).  Then we will be headed straight into the “Disney Dark Ages” (i.e. the period before the Disney Rennaissance– from The Rescuers through Oliver and Company).  I am very excited for this next phase of Disney, as it is one I am not as familiar with.  But for now, lets continue on with this episode’s movie: Robin Hood.

I’d seen Robin Hood for the first time somewhat recently (in the past 4-ish years) and my opinion hasn’t changed since that time.  I don’t really like this movie.  It didn’t have anything that stood out to me, it had a couple of cute characters (the turtle, the little baby bunny, the older main bunny whose birthday it was), it made me smile a couple of times (but not quite so far as laugh) and yes, the love story was cute, but honestly, I was bored by the end.

The movie to me was depressing.

We have a little town, sad and overtaxed, whose only hope comes from someone stealing from the government.  The whole movie is dedicated to showing the characters sadness (and not in the fun way like Inside Out did) so that Robin Hood could come in with a little bag of coins and make things better.  Robin Hood is also honestly a bit of trouble to me because of his morally dubious endeavors.

Although, if you think about it, he doesn’t really help anyone.  The minute Robin leaves, the Sheriff of Nottingham comes right back in and takes the money again (shown by the poor dog with a cast on his leg).  So really, Robin hood just lets the Sheriff do more bad.

As for positives about the movie, I always love Phil Harris’ voice work.  I also enjoyed the scene with Badminton between Maid Marian and Lady Cluck, and the whole fake fight between the children and Lady Cluck.  It was cute, and the love story was also cute (albeit a little lacking in story, I mean come on, all we get is that they were in love in childhood and they are both still pining over each other, we see none of their actual love story).

And speaking of not seeing an actual story, the main source of action in this movie SHOULD have been the rightful King coming back from the crusades and claiming his rightful place (Lion King-style) but that happens off-screen and all we get is a repeat of a joke that was mentioned earlier in the film.

Overall, this movie was disappointing.  I got bored by the time the jailbreak was happening.  The main villain was more annoying and pitiable than evil, his henchman was just bothersome as well.

But that’s just my opinion.  Disagree? Let me know in the comments!

As for Walt’s Legacy, I would like to think that this movie is adding to the “stories I loved in childhood” genre.  I think the people at the studio saw the story of Robin Hood and knew that they wanted to take the character to the animated screen.  I think their animators were also quite used to drawing animals at this point, so they decided to go for it.  The characters are classics, and the story is a classic, and Disney did a good job portraying these things (in the amount of story we ended up getting).

Don’t let the Heffalumps and Woozles stop you from Adventuring Through the Hundred Acre Woods next time!

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ATDis #20 Aristocats

Bonjour internet friends!

Long time no see!

For this post, I watched Aristocats.  This movie was one I have seen many many times, and I still love it to this day.  My roommate has two cats (pictured below) and when choosing their names, my vote was for Duchess/Marie and Thomas/Toulouse but their names ended up being Cracker and Simba.IMG_3791.JPG

 

When watching this time, honestly I found Napoleon and Lafayette less funny than I should have.  It seems they were in the movie for comic relief, but to me, they just fell a little flat.  Maybe this is because I have seen it so many times, but I don’t know, their bit never really got me laughing.  Next point.  (Oh no, I’m the leader, so I say when we move onto the next point.  Ok next point.)

Roquefort is adorable.  And he’s also Winnie the Pooh.  I don’t like that his eyes are entirely black (no pupils) and I wonder why he is the only animal in the entire film to have fully black eyes.  Perhaps because mice are a “lower species” than cats and therefore don’t get pupils? Who knows.  If you have a different theory, feel free to comment or send me a message.

Spoilers warning below (Obviously)

Watching this time, I realized that for the first 10 minutes(?) Edgar was just a blundering butler, and was actually quite kindly, but (because I’ve seen the movie) I COULDNT STAND HIM.  I WAS SO MAD AT HIM BECAUSE HES EVIL AND A CATNAPPER.  He just bothered me.  Also another thing that bothered me (aside from stealing cats) is that he didn’t wait until Adelaide (the Madame) had died.  If he had waited, he would be guaranteed the money.  By doing it before she died, she had ample opportunity to change her will to include some other cats that she had plenty of time to go out and buy.  I suppose if he had waited, more people would be invested in the cats’ lives and if the will said he had to take care of them then he would be breaking the will by removing them, and may be out of the money anyways.

Also, to put in some of my legal knowledge (and study a bit for my Criminal Law class) IF the cats had died in the process of stealing them/shipping them to Timbuktu, that would be known as “Depraved heart” because he didn’t care if they died or not and was putting them at a great risk without just cause.  IF he had poisoned the cats the way that he did, it would be “cold blooded” (1st degree murder) and IF he had gotten angry when he heard about the will and gone and killed them out of anger, technically it would be called “Hot blooded.”  If you want to argue these with me, feel free to comment or send me a message and we can discuss.

Let me tell you, internet friends, law school changes you.

As for the Disney Legacy, this is our first movie where Walt is no longer with us.  However, he was working on a live action version of Aristocats for “The Wonderful World of Disney” Saturday morning show but it never came to fruition.  So Walt did have his hands on this.  If I had to give it my guess, I think “Lady and the Tramp” and “101 Dalmatians” gave dogs such a good name that the company had to fix the reputation of cats (especially after Lady and the Tramp’s Si and Am fiasco, although the cat in 101 did a good job of fixing that).  I think they were rounding out the animal kingdom so to speak.

Speaking of animal kingdoms, don’t miss out on the next episode of Adventuring Through where we finally get rid of the Phony King of England with the help of a lovely fox with a bow and arrow.

(I’m sorry that wasn’t a pun*, it’s been a long weekend)

 

***Edit: The Pun I should have said is as follows:

Don’t Oo-de-lally-gag, join us next time for Adventuring Through!****

ATDis #19 The Jungle Book

Hello Man Cubs!

Welcome to 2018!

Today I watched The Jungle Book for the first time in forever.  I watched the new “live action” version when it came out, and I remember I watched it as a kid, but I haven’t seen it again in a very very long time.

Since watching it the last time (or even since watching the live action version) I actually read Rudyard Kipling’s’ The Jungle Book (because I’m a nerd, just wait ’til we get to Tarzan) and so it was a lot of fun watching it again with that in my back pocket.

I really enjoyed Baloo and Bagheera.  (Honestly, I totally ship them as a couple raising Mowgli, but don’t tell anyone I said that).  They both played off of each other really well, each being strict and fun at alternate times (with Bagheera being the more strict of the two).  Each cared about Mowgli in their own way, and each wanted what was best for him and it was really cool to see that.

There was plenty of twerking in this movie, but not as much as in others so far (I’m looking at you, Bambi).

I would also like to address the girl with the water at the end (named Shanti in the sequel).  Throughout the movie, we see Mowgli (and others) being hypnotized multiple times, specifically via Kaa (the snake).  When we see Shanti, Mowgli gets the same exact look on his face, sans multi-colored eyes.  He’s hooked.  And while I think it a bit far-fetched to say a man-cub who said, no less than a million times throughout the movie, that he wants to stay in the jungle would just up and leave the jungle because of some pretty girl, I still think this shows the power us women have against the men in the world.

(Also, how does he know she’s pretty? He’s never seen another human! Earlier he says “I don’t even know what you’re talking about” when Baloo asks about marrying a panther, so we can assume he has no clue about relationships or anything, so why is he drawn to her so much?)—- But I have said before and I will say again, it is not my goal to poke holes here.

I also love how Shanti knows exactly right away that there’s a boy watching her.  She knows before he does.  She senses it, and all my ladies in the house know that feeling.  She also knows that he’s close behind her so that when she drops the urn(? Vase?) he picks it up and follows her.  (But wouldn’t that have been funny if he hadn’t? like she would have had to turn around and go get it and it would have been awkward and much more realistic, in my opinion).

As for Walt’s Legacy, this is the very last of the movies Walt himself saw to completion.  The next one he had a big part in, but this is his last full project.  This is shown by the “storybook opening” (i.e. a literal book opening at the beginning).  No other Disney movie will have this again (until Enchanted, but that’s mostly live action and the entire point of it is to refer to older movies).  I think, as far as movies go, this was  great one to end on.

I’m sure Everybody, Everybody, Everybody Wants To tune in next time for Adventuring Through Disney episode 20!

ATDis #18 The Sword in the Stone

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Welcome back to Adventuring through! Today, we are visiting the year before my father was born, 1963.  The Sword in the Stone was released on Christmas Day and since then it has been a lovely retelling of the classic tale of King Arthur (here consistently called Wart) before his knights of the round table.  I remember watching this movie as a child, but what I remember better is watching “That’s what makes the world go round” on my beloved Disney Sing Along Songs VHS.

Watching this movie this time, I realized Archimedes (the owl) is one of my absolute favorite characters in all of Disney.  Not only is he voiced by the same person who voices Rabbit in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (one of my absolute favorite childhood movies), but he is hilarious.  He’s grumpy in a cute way (not like Grumpy the dwarf who honestly just annoys me a little bit).  He is also far too smart for his own good, but he still cares about Wart nonetheless.  My favorite thing about him, however, is that whenever he wakes up he says “Who? Whatwhat?” and it’s almost as though he wants to say “who” but he can’t bring himself to be so stereotypical so he changes.  This phrase is said a bunch of times throughout the movie, and also moves over to Merlin who says it a couple of times as well.  I plan on adding this to my daily vernacular as soon as possible.

I think this story is much simpler than I originally remember it, and there isn’t really a villain in it.  Merlin finds Wart, they learn stuff together, they meet Mim, there’s a Wizard duel, Wart gets to be a squire, Wart pulls the sword.  That’s literally it.  The plot line is relatively flat, as compared to the “Traditional” plot line we learned in high school, and there isn’t really a climax to speak of, although technically I suppose it would be the pulling of the sword from the stone.

This movie shows many life lessons.  I think Walt’s Legacy (as it comes to a close) is him trying to teach more than entertain.  He may have had some inkling at the end of his life and he might have wanted to use this as a showing of teaching and entertaining at the same time.  There are soooo many big vocabulary words in this movie, in addition, there’s simply good lessons about life and love and squirrels and I think this movie is very underrated.

See you next time! Til then, I’ll just be looking for the bare necessities.

 

Also, new part of my personal life, I just finished my last final of my first semester of law school.  So Yay Me!!!!

ok bye.

ATDis #17 101 Dalmatians

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This time, I watched 101 Dalmatians.  When my brother was very young, he loved dogs.  He had a stuffed animal of Lucky (more on him later) and he would only watch movies with dogs and all his clothes either had to have a sticker of a dog or a dog itself.  So I remember watching the movie but I was very young and watching it now I did not understand a lot of the jokes.

Speaking of the jokes, the first 10 minutes of this movie are 100% hilarious.  Pongo is looking at a magazine and deciding what an attractive human looks like.  He specifically looks at legs.  He then proceeds to judge every human’s attractiveness based on their dog’s attractiveness.  I found this HILARIOUS.

When it came down to the characters, Roger and Anita are an adorable couple and I want to be them.  Pongo and Perdita are the same.  They are supportive of each other and each other’s flaws and they don’t overstep each other’s parental roles (“listen to your mother;” “listen to your father”).  I just love them.

I think the Twilight Bark sequence was wonderful (official cannon Lady and the Tramp is set in London or at least around London).  The Colonel and Sergeant Tibbs and the Captain are also wonderfully loyal and hardworking.  Valuable members to any movie.

As for Walt’s Legacy, I think he was capitalizing on a current fad.  This movie came out in 1961 and the book version came out in the mid-50s.  I think (and I’m just spit-balling here) that the book was super popular and he wanted to make the movie right away to take advantage of the situation.  The book is also on my to-read list.  I’ll keep you posted.

I hope I don’t have to magic you into coming on our next adventure! we’ll be between a rock and a sharp place 😉

ATDis #16 Sleeping Beauty

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This time I watched Sleeping Beauty.  I remember loving Sleeping Beauty as a child but I haven’t watched it for a VERY long time.  I meant to watch it before seeing Maleficent in theaters but I never did so it was even before then.

When watching Sleeping Beauty this time, I noticed many things.  First of all, I absolutely love this era of Disney (Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and probably the next couple coming up as well) and I can’t wait to watch the next ones.

Second, EVERYTHING IS MERRYWEATHER’S FAULT.  When Maleficent first showed up, she was the one who said “you weren’t wanted” when honestly she could have just been quiet and let the king and queen say it was an oversight.  (Also it seems to me like this wasn’t an invitation-only kind of event, being open to the entire kingdom and all, so she wouldn’t have even needed an invitation).  If she had let the King and Queen explain that it wasn’t something requiring an invitation, then the baby wouldn’t have been cursed in general.

Later, when they are in the cottage preparing for the birthday celebration, Diablo (the crow, raven? whatever) is circling the forest to no avail.  Then the fairies come together and use magic to make things nice.  Flora makes the dress pink.  Merryweather starts a fight by making it blue and its *this fight* that makes Diablo notice the cottage, come down and investigate, and find Aurora.

Her sass doesn’t quite make up for her causation of the grave harms, BUT she does have one saving grace.  She is not the final cause of the curse.  Flora comes in and says “lets give her a moment alone” and then we hear the scary Maleficent music and Aurora gets pricked and dies (sleeps).  Which is entirely Flora’s fault.  Also Flora came up with the idea to take her away to the Woodcutter’s cottage, and so she should have NOT BROUGHT HER BACK UNTIL AFTER SUNSET FOR PETE’S SAKE.

Something that I was always concerned about (before this watch) was how they burned all the spinning wheels prior to her 16th birthday.  I was like “where you gonna get your thread Stefan? Whatcha gonna do when that pretty shirt of yours wears out?” but then I actually listened to the spell.  Basically it only says “sometime before sunset her 16th birthday” and doesn’t specify on her 16th, or when or whatever.  So technically Aurora could prick her little baby finger that day and die/sleep.  So I understand the sentiment of burning them for forever.

I’m still concerned about the clothes though.

I love the little tidbit where Flora wants to turn her into a flower and Fauna wants to take care of her (humans are technically animals, work with me here) and Merryweather talks about how Maleficent will send a frost.  These patterns sort of continue throughout the movie as well.

As for Walt’s Legacy, I think this movie is going back to the roots.  We had Cinderella a while ago (10 years, 4 movies) and an even longer while before that we had Snow White (13 years, 10 movies from Cinderella).  Walt built his franchise on Princesses and I think he’s going back and doing what he knows he’s good at.

Overall, I love Fauna a lot more I remember.  I think this movie is excellent, I think Aurora (or Briar Rose) is a wonderful simple character, and I think she makes a very good addition to Cinderella and Snow White.

I hope I can spot you on our next adventure!  See you next time!

ATDis #15 Lady and the Tramp

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Welcome back to another excited day in our adventure through the Disney movies.  Today, we have reached Lady and the Tramp.  We have six more movies in what I’m calling our “Classic Disney” leg of the journey, so we will still be here for a while.

I remember watching this movie as a child, but I hadn’t seen it probably since middle school.  I actually remembered the second move (Scamp’s Big Adventure) more than I did the original because my younger brother loved it so much.  So I was mostly coming in with a clean slate.

Lady and the Tramp was made in 1955, so right in the middle of the 50s.  We are thoroughly out of WWII territory and we are getting back into the swing of movies.  Something I loved about this movie was that it was dedicated “to all dogs, be they ladies or tramps.”  I. Loved. That.

This movie is just plain cute. I loved how little baby Lady was.  She was adorable and cute and small and cute.  I also love how the names of her owners are “Jim Dear” and “Darling” which is adorable because that’s all she’s ever heard them call each other.  Its just a cute movie.

I also loved all the accents in the movie.  I liked when Jock called her “Lassie” instead of Lady because he’s Scottish (like a Scottish Terrier omg its so punny). And Trusty being all southern and hospitable.  And the Italian people.  And the accents Tramp does.  And the overall 50s kind of feel to the voices of the people.  Lady is just so Jazzy sounding (hm… I wonder why….. *cough cough her voice actor is a jazz singer cough*).  This movie is a voice actor’s dream.

Something I thought was a big part of  the “Walt’s Legacy” aspect of this movie was how fiercely loyal the characters are to one another.  Jock and Trusty were willing to marry Lady just so she wouldn’t have to sit outside.  Lady and Jock were so cautious about not hurting Trusty’s feelings.  Tramp was willing to be attacked by a bunch of dogs because he wanted to protect Lady, and Lady was willing to get in trouble for Tramp.  She was also willing to fight rats and cats and Aunt Sarah to help her family.  And even the humans were loyal to the animals, with Jim Dear defending Lady as soon as they got home.  Even the villains were loyal to each other, I mean Si and Am were basically the same person.  Loyalty was the most important aspect of this movie, and I think Walt made sure that it was the focus.

Don’t fall asleep!  The next exciting episode of Adventuring Through is coming soon!

ATDis #14 Peter Pan

Hello Internet Friends! Long time no see!

Starting law school has made my life hectic, but last week due to a hurricane I was given over a week of school off, giving me lots of time to watch movies! So get ready for an influx of posts in the next couple days 🙂

For this post I watched Peter Pan.  I have seen Peter Pan many times but it has been many many years.  I also admit to watching Peter Pan II Return to Neverland many more times than the original.

Ok, so I don’t want to bash this movies main characters, but they really are quite bash-able so I kind of have to go for it.

Let’s start with the title character, Peter Pan.  I am totally 100% ok with the fact that he’s a rambunctious scamp who loves playing pranks.  Go for it.  Prank those pirates all you want.  But when you totally leave Wendy to be drowned by the mermaids, that’s not ok!  Also, one of the first things he says is “girls talk too much” which, I admit, is quite true most times, but the tone he has! It’s just so rude.  And after he says that, he has obviously embarrassed Wendy and then he doesn’t even apologize.  He also totally eggs on a love triangle which is not appropriate behavior in my book.  Life Lesson: If you’re aware of a love triangle, address it and move on.  Tell how you honestly feel to each party, make your own decisions, and let them make their own decisions.

Anyways, now we get to Peter’s sidekick Tinkerbell.  I honestly don’t have much of a problem with her (besides the whole “kill the wendybird” thing, but that’s just kind of how Neverland works so…. ok).  She has a temper.  Many people do.  She was heartbroken and manipulated by multiple people (namely, hook, smee, and peter).

Wendy is also annoying for the most part.  Her and John both have this haughty better-than-you, smarter-than-you, attitude throughout the movie.  Luckily little Micheal is still pure and adorable.

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This is a drawing I did of Neverland many many years ago.

 

Something else I have a theory on: I think you can easily reattach body parts in Neverland.  Why do I think this? Mainly because when Hook is talking to Smee about how Peter cut off his hand, he says “not only did he cut off me hand, but he then fed it to the crocodile so that it would keep coming after me!”  He says the first part of the sentence like it was no big deal, I think(?) Smee even laughs at it or says something about boys and their pranks, although I may be wrong.  Later, when Smee is shaving Hook, he thinks he cut off his head, and goes looking for it to “fix it right up.”  Also, the pirates have no qualms with throwing knifes like darts at the first mate, which I feel like would only be the case if someone could heal severed parts easily.  If you think I’m wrong, make a comment or send me a message! I’d love to chat about it 🙂

 

As far as the Disney Legacy, I believe this was a passion project for Walt.  He played Peter Pan in an elementary school play, (which is a big deal because the part is normally given to a girl) and I think he’s loved it ever since.  I think this is him getting to fulfill a childhood wish of sharing this story with the world.

Join us next time to explore a great big hunk of world with no fences around it!

ATDis #13 Alice in Wonderland

Hello Friends!

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!

ATDis #12 Cinderella

Hello Friends!

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!