Thursday, January 30, 2020

Disney Animated Movie Challenge: Part II

We made it to part 2! I know for me the biggest struggle when I start a challenge is continuing on after completing the first part. If you want to know more about the details of the challenge, the rules and the first part, check it out here. These seven movies are more of an ode to animation in general. They're mostly full length movies with a few short animations put together to create some fun for children. A few of these movies aren't available on Disney+ currently, but hopefully that will change in the future.

Since these set of movies focuses more on animation and the fab 5, I thought I would create an ode to the OG's with this shirt I purchased at Disney world a few years ago of Walt and Mickey standing together on Main Street. I just love the retro feel of it, especially since on of the movies listed in this post is the inspiration behind the popular Disney ride Splash Mountain.

Enjoy the review below and let me know if you've seen these movies!

Victory Through Air Power (1943)

This movie is a documentary on the invention of airplanes and its use in the wars. This documentary was so fascinating to me that I told my dad that he should watch it since it's a subject that he is interested in. We also have family ties to this as both of my granddads were in the military as pilots, one f them having flown planes in both World War II and the Korean War. This movie is currently not available on Disney+

The Three Caballeros (1944)

This was a cute movie full of short animations. What I really enjoyed about it was how the characters would speak one or two words in Spanish in almost every sentence throughout the film as a way to expose another language to children early on. While watching the short animation on the geography lesson, I honestly could not stop thinking of Yakko's countries song from Animaniacs. I liked the choice of using Donald Duck for the film out of the fab five group. 

Make Mine Music (1946)

What I love about this movie and the other two coming up is the mix of music in it, especially the influence of the music from the 40s. My favorite part of this movie was the story of Peter and the Wolf, especially since we did this ballet my senior year of high school. It brought back a lot of memories from performing it. I enjoyed watching the "Blue Bayou" short because of the restaurant Blue Bayou at the Disney parks that is in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Of course the other short I liked were the two dancers doing a pas de deus. This movie is a great introduction to a wide range of music for children and has a lot of cute animation with it. This movie is currently not available on Disney+

Song of the South (1946)

This is another part live-action, part animation with more on the live-action. I have never seen this movie, but because of Splash Mountain, I was already familiar with the characters and the songs. I loved how they created the animated parts of the film as a story told by Uncle Remus as a way to teach the children lessons, especially the tale of Br'er Rabbit to teach Johnny about the consequences of running away. This movie is currently not available on Disney+

Fun and Fancy Free (1947)

This movie was one of out the three music movies that I'm watching for this part that I remember. The one that stood out in my memory was "Bongo" because who doesn't love a cute bear riding a unicycle. I also enjoyed the "Mickey and the Beanstalk" short and how it incorporated 3 out of the Fab 5. Because this isn't a full length movie but a bunch of shorts into one, it probably won't be high on my list of movies to watch again but I definitely would consider watching the shorts that I enjoyed on YouTub if they are on there.

Melody Time (1948)

This one had the most shorts out of the three. My favorite ones to watch were the shorts at the beginning. As we were watching it, I remembered some of it from when I was a child. I loved the one with the couple ice skating and the bunnies skating with theme and of course the Johnny Appleseed short. I also enjoyed the short that was set in Texas because I'm from the South. It reminded me of the old west films, especially the ones with John Wayne that are so popular. Overall, this one is also cute, but not my favorite out of the three.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

This is another first watch for me and it's one of the final movies that has short tales within it. While the story with Mr. Todd did not interest me much, I enjoyed watching the story with Ichabod Crane. Sleepy Hollow was always a story I was interested in, especially around Halloween, and it was fun to watch Disney's take on the story and how well it was narrated.

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