Review of Alice in Wonderland

21st November, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Review of Alice in Wonderland

In some ways, Alice in Wonderland shared a lot of similarities with Fantasia. It was one of Walt Disney’s personal pet projects that he had been harboring for some time. Even before he had created his animation studio, he was interested in Alice in Wonderland. In fact, he produced some shorts that were animation/live action […] Read More

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes – Review of Cinderella

11th July, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes – Review of Cinderella

When Cinderella was released, it was hailed as returning to Disney’s successful roots with Snow White. Aside from the focus on a princess-fairytale story, it did have several other comparisons. For example, it was Disney’s reemergence into the full-length animated film scene, and it was perhaps just as risky as Snow White was. If Cinderella […] Read More

Merrily on Our Way – Review of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

17th June, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Merrily on Our Way – Review of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

I must say, Ichabod and Mr. Toad is definitely one of my favorites up to this point. Both segments are delightful and well-done. It’s nice to see the package films finally come to an end. The Wind and the Willows was initially going to be full-length. A Time Magazine article mentioned it in 1940—nine years […] Read More

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times – Review of Melody Time

30th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on The Best of Times, the Worst of Times – Review of Melody Time

As I’ve mentioned, I’m simply not a fan of the package films. Fun and Fancy Free was something of an exception, perhaps because it only has two segments and both are fairly developed. Nevertheless, Melody Time is a bit different. Some of the segments are completely boring to me, but many of them were quite […] Read More

Review of Fun and Fancy Free

9th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Review of Fun and Fancy Free

Fun and Fancy Free is exactly what the title purports it to be. It’s a very lighthearted piece, full of hilarious gags and asides (especially the “Mickey and the Beanstalk” segment). Both segments were intended to be their own full-length movie but got thrown together as a package film instead. I think that the shortened […] Read More

The Poor Man’s Fantasia – Review of Make Mine Music

22nd April, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on The Poor Man’s Fantasia – Review of Make Mine Music

Make Mine Music was released in 1946. World War II had ended, which was good, but Disney wasn’t able to pull the funds together for a full-length animated film. So to keep the feature film department up and running, it released several package films with multiple shorts that ran together. So while it is similar […] Read More

Two Too Many – Review of The Three Caballeros

13th April, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Two Too Many – Review of The Three Caballeros

I was excited for The Three Caballeros, but I was disappointed. The beginning segments were interesting, especially the penguin and gaucho minis. Of course, I was looking forward to José Carioca and Panchito Pistoles making appearances, but their segments weren’t so great. The ending especially disturbed me. What in the world was Donald doing, chasing […] Read More

Disney Crosses with Politics: Review of Saludos Amigos

4th April, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Disney Crosses with Politics: Review of Saludos Amigos

This was the first film in the series that I hadn’t previously seen, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I understood from reading around that it was going to have several clips rather than a single coherent plot, which helped prepare me a bit. I wasn’t expecting a narrator explaining things in a touristy […] Read More

Review of Bambi

21st March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Review of Bambi

Growing up, Bambi was the one Disney film that I simply didn’t like at all. It had too few words and actions. And the songs were all serious and somber. I returned now as an adult with both trepidation and excitement. I suspected that at the very least, I would be able to appreciate the […] Read More

What Big Ears You Have! – Review of Dumbo

9th March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What Big Ears You Have! – Review of Dumbo

Dumbo was made on a low budget to recoup the losses incurred on Pinocchio and Fantasia. And it worked. Despite spending far less on it, Dumbo was a huge success, both financially and critically. In fact, Time Magazine declared Dumbo to be “Mammal of the Year.” I think both the movie and the character deserve […] Read More

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