Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Disney Animated Movie Challenge: Part VII

Hey y'all! I don't know about you but I've been flying through new tv shows on Netflix and Hulu in the past month and a half. This stay at home order has given me the opportunity to conquer more of the Disney animated movie challenge. 

This weeks movies include the end of the Renaissance era for Disney animation but the beginning of Toy Story. I felt that it was fitting that Hercules is included in this weeks challenge after the announcement that it will be the next live-action movie created by Disney. 

A Goofy Movie (1995)

I slightly remember this movie growing up. I just remember the road trip that Goofy and Max took. What I love about this movie is how they expanded more on one of the Fab 5's life. This movie is relatable to everyone. Parents can relate to Goofy, while the children relate more to Max and the characters are going through struggles in life that most people go through. Goofy is struggling to let go of Max and acknowledge that Max is growing up and becoming his own person, while Max is struggle with wanting to be more independent and not be with his dad all the time.

Toy Story (1995)

I never realized that Toy Story was the very first Pixar film and boy what a start to a dynasty that is now such a strong part of the Disney family. I found it very interesting in the book Disney Wars that Michael Eisner wasn't that big of a fan of Pixar and actually didn't want to buy them. Toy Story is such a classic movie that can never get old, as seen with three sequels and its representation in the theme parks. I remember watching this as a kid and hoping that my toys became alive  whenever I left the room because I thought it was so cool. Also who doesn't love a film with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as the stars. For a fun fact, the actor John Ratzenberger has actually appeared in every single Pixar film, starting with his role as Hamm, the piggy bank in the Toy Story franchise. The pizza planet truck, which was created in this film also appears in all Pixar films.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

This movie is so underrated, but it deals with so much content. It's really on the darker side of Disney movies but that's why I love it. The music is completely underrated from the choral music to Esmeralda's ballad "God Help the Outcasts" to Quasimodo's "Out There". Don't think I forgot about Frollo's "Hellfire". I know I said "Be Prepared" is my fav villain song, but this song is my jam and Patrick Page's version from a pre-Broadway run (also why hasn't this come to Broadway yet??? I will fund all my savings into getting this show and Prince of Egypt to Broadway). Everything about this movie is incredible, from the story line to the animation of the burning of Paris. This movie is a Disney movie that is more appreciated for the older age group than for children and is for sure underrated as a classic Disney movie. Easter egg: Puma shows up as a gargoyle during a scene between Quasimodo and Frollo.

James and the Giant Peach (1996)

Not going to lie, I definitely procrastinated on watching this movie because I figured I would be bored by it. I thought it was just a story about a boy finding a giant peach. I don't remember reading the book at all. However, that being said, I really enjoyed the movie. I love the mix of live action and claymation. Anyone associated with the peach is in claymation, which the real world stays in the live action medium. It almost seems in that the peach and its inhabitants were created as a figment of James's imagination as a way to escape the abuse of his aunts. This is a really cute movie and the voice cast is fire with Susan Sarandon and Richard Dreyfuss.

Hercules (1997)

At this point it's no shocker that this movie is another one of my favorite Disney movies. I'm a huge greek mythology nerd and I love how they created this animated movie with a twist on the mythological story of Hercules. I love how the past two animated movies featured strong independent women with Esmeralda and Meg that aren't also princesses, but are considered to be just regular people. This is another Disney movie that I'm waiting for them to put on Broadway because it's just that good. Pegasus was one of my favorite Disney animal sidekicks and was so cute as the baby version. Easter egg spotting: a throw of Scar shows up when we see Hercules at his mansion after finding fame.

Mulan (1998)

This movie is a fan favorite. You can't go wrong with Eddie Murphy as Mushu and the ever classic song "I'll Make a Man Out of You". What I love now watching this movie, is the fact that Mulan was willing to risk her life because she wanted to protect her father. There's also the relatability of the character in how most people feel like they are letting down their parents or not living up to the image that we have created in our minds. I love the amount of effort they put into this movie to show the culture correctly

A Bug's Life (1998)

This movie was never a favorite of mine, honestly most likely because I'm just not a big fan of bugs in general. I just remember being terrified of Hopper as a kid. However, what's cool about this film is that it's the first Disney/Pixar movie to not have any humans featured in the movie at all. It's also one of the first movies that Hayden Panettiere, of the tv Heroes, voiced as a child. This is the first movie from Pixar after Toy Story, so I'll say it's the movie to start the pizza planet truck tradition. It's featured next to the trailer just outside of Bug City. Also John Ratzenberger voiced the role of P.T. Flea, the head of the circus group.

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