Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Disney Animated Movie Challenge: Part VIII

Tomorrow HBO Max is launching which now brings us another streaming service full of classics and new shows. I don't know about you, but I was just starting to feel less overwhelmed by Disney+ and know there's more options to choose from. 

I actually read an article that said those who have anxiety prefer to watch the same shows over and over again because they know what's going to happen. I think that it is true, but I also think that we rewatch movies and tv shows because it brings back certain feelings we had when we first saw it. 

This weeks Disney animated movie challenge includes one of my all time favorite Disney movies, The Emperor's New Groove and we start moving into the rise of Pixar movies. Check out what I thought of these movies below!

Tarzan (1999)

I've never been the biggest fan of Tarzan, but we can all agree that the music is the best part of the movie. Phil Collin's music for this movie is iconic and the whole score is popular, from "You'll Be in My Heart" to "Two Worlds" and my personal favorite "Trashin' the Camp". This movie is the perfect movie to end the decade and Renaissance era. Just the top three billed cast is fire from Tony Goldwyn voicing Tarzan (best known from Scandal), Minnie Driver voicing Jane (I know her from her role in Ella Enchanted) and Glenn Close as Tarzan's adopted mother (known for her performance of Cruella De Vil from the live action 101 Dalmatians). The animation is really cool during the scenes when Tarzan is moving through the trees, especially when skating down the branches at a rapid speed.

Fantasia (1999)

This is the Fantasia film that I remember the most from my childhood, but reading more into the production of this film it's really touching. Roy Disney fought tooth and nail to get this film created because it was a film that Walt Disney wanted to make before he died. I loved how they honored the original Fantasia by bringing back the popular "Sorceror's Apprentice" animation and even going further by building the iconic hat that sat in the center of MGM park for over 10 years. The one clip that I remember the most from this film growing up was the clip featuring "Rhapsody in Blue". What an iconic composition and the story that went with it was fantastic. Again, I just love how visual the whole film was while also introducing people to iconic and popular classic music.

Toy Story 2 (1999)

Okay so we all know that Disney isn't the best at creating sequels, but Pixar is another story. Our favorite toys are back in action and what I love the most about this movie is how it goes more into Woody's world and how he became one of the most popular toys for kids to want. What was special about that was how Woody found out he had a second family he never knew of through Jessie and Bullseye and while he struggled with thinking that Andy growing up and forgetting about him and wanting to feel like he belonged with people like him. I'm not sure what it is about some of these movies, but I really enjoyed them more watching them most recently and really watching them. The Pizza Planet truck can be found to help Andy's toys cross the street to go rescue Woody.

Dinosaur (2000)

This film was hard for me to watch because I have never been a huge fan of dinosaur films, except I did watch my fair share of The Land Before Time movies. The beginning plot line is similar to Tarzan in that this family of lemurs adopting a baby dinosaur after it was abandoned. The biggest message I got out of this movie was the strength of true leadership. Just because someone says they're the leader doesn't always mean they're the best leader for the job. You have to earn their trust and people have to believe you're the best for the leadership role. I don't know, maybe I got that out of this movie because I'm currently reading John C. Maxwells book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Overall this is a great movie for all kids and not the classic Disney princess movies that most people think of.

The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

Okay honestly this wasn't one of my favorite movies when it first came out, but in the past few years this has become one of my favorite movies. The memes that have come out of this movie in the past years are classic and we can all agree that Yzma is one of the best Disney villains and Kronk is the best villain sidekick. I could be wrong, but I also believe that this is the first movie set in South America for Disney and I loved that they created a movie in a new culture. I can go on and on about how much I love this movie, but I won't, but I'll also include how much I also enjoyed the tv show spin off they created, The Emperor's New School. 

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

This was actually my first time seeing this movie that I can remember and I wasn't the biggest fan of it. A lot of it just felt kinda weird but I did enjoy the Disney created representation of the myth of the lost city of Atlantis. The robot lobster monster was a little too weird for me. I kinda got Tarzan vibes from this movie with the villain of the movie. Overall, probably won't watch it again, but I do like that Disney took on the Atlantis lost city mythology and made it an animated movie that children can enjoy.

Monsters, Inc (2001)

Okay, with the exception of The Emperor's New Groove and Lilo & Stitch, Pixar was the true star of the 2000's and Monsters, Inc. is no exception. I loved how they created this story from the point of view of the monsters under the bed. Watching it as an adult, I liked how they showed the greed of the corporate world that big companies try to get. I loved the story between Boo and Sully and how they created an almost family and how Sully and Mike started to see how they should get the energy in a different way than scaring children. This is a movie that I didn't watch much growing up, but I would definitely watch more now with the Disney+ subscription. 


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