Cinderella’s Significance

20th July, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Cinderella’s Significance

Cinderella marked Disney’s reemergence from package films to full-length features. Of course, it was a somewhat risky venture considering the adding cost, but it ended up being a great success. In order to save on cost, they used live actors to film the sequences and then used them as references for animation. One interesting fact […] 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

Fantasia’s Significance

3rd March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Fantasia’s Significance

Fantasia has been critically acclaimed since its beginning. The animation quality was unprecedented. Disney also had a special sound system invented called “Fantasound,” making it the first film ever shown in multi-channel sound. Its originality and bold new features left a lasting impression in critical reviews. However, the expense put into such an endeavor couldn’t […] Read More

Classic Music Meets Classic Animation – Review of Fantasia

25th February, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Classic Music Meets Classic Animation – Review of Fantasia

Simply put, Fantasia is a different kind of movie. Growing up, I thought it was extremely boring. When I got into high school and was a member of the band, classical music was more interesting to me. The movie wasn’t so bad then. All these years later, I wondered if my viewing would revert to […] Read More

Pinocchio’s Significance

22nd February, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Pinocchio’s Significance

I suspect that Pinocchio’s original significance lay in its animation techniques. In an environment where animated feature films were a novelty, every improvement was revolutionary. Its existence at all was significant. And while not originally the financial success that Snow White was, Pinocchio was received well critically. In a 26 February 1940 article in Time […] Read More

No Strings Attached – Review of Pinocchio

16th February, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on No Strings Attached – Review of Pinocchio

I’ll be honest. After being pleasantly surprised by how delightful I found Snow White, I thought that Pinocchio would be the same. Not so. I found it a little dull and boring. This is in opposition to most critics, both historic and contemporary. Nevertheless, I was impressed by the improvement in the animation between the […] Read More

Snow White’s Significance

9th February, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Snow White’s Significance

Of all the Disney movies, Snow White may be the most important of all. It was the first full length animated film produced by any studio in the world. Its success fueled the fire that gave way to numerous more. Indeed, now we have thousands of animated films. Just like the movie itself, the songs […] Read More