Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Disney Animated Movie Challenge: Part X

 

Hey Y'all! I know it's been a long time since I posted one of these. Honestly, my ADD has been through the roof when it comes to reading and watching TV Shows and Movies. I've honestly probably started watching at least 10 TV shows and started like 3 different movie challenges. It probably also doesn't help that the sections of the movie challenge we're in are movies that I haven't seen and what I consider to be some of the slump of good Disney movies. 

However, I made it through the movies for this section and I was honestly more impressed with some of them than I thought I would be, so without any more delay, here are the next seven movies of the challenge. 



Valiant (2005) 

This movie was actually really hard for me to watch. I really wanted to enjoy it because of the history nerd in me, as it's set during World War II and is based on actual events. I found myself dozing off a few times watching it. This will be a good movie for kids to watch to learn more about World War II and a part of the history of the war that we don't learn about often. 

The Wild (2006)

My first thought when I started watching this movie was this is the Disney version of Madagascar. Unfortunately for this movie, I have seen Madagascar a few times and really liked that movie and kept comparing this one to it. The biggest difference in this film is the father and son relationship with the main characters that I really enjoyed and you see the development of the young lion finding his voice and trying to solve the problems. There's a little mix of The Lion King where the dad goes to sacrifice himself in a stampede to save his son, but Ryan is able to save the day and they can work together to stop the stampede. 

Cars (2006) 

I remember when this movie came out. I don't remember why we watched it, but I remember the radio stations blowing up the Rascal Flatt's song, "Life is a Highway". While it was a movie that wasn't a top favorite of mine, I do acknowledge that it was one of the better movies of this time period and I do like that it focuses on another sport. I also enjoy how Pixar takes inanimate objects and make them have a personality and as a kid, I would totally think that our cars could talk to each other and have their own dreams and goals. The Pizza Planet truck can be seen in the parking lot at the Piston Cup and and John Ratzenberger voices Mack, the truck that transports Lighting McQueen to his races.  

Ratatouille (2007) 

This is one of my favorite Pixar movies. I think part of it is that it's set in Paris, but I also love that they show a rat possessing amazing cooking talents. The storyline shows how hard it is for someone to go against the mold of what is expected of you, but that you should follow your passions and what you love to do. This is probably one of the best Disney/Pixar movies made in the late 2000s. I feel like there's not much I could write about this movie because of how much we all love it, but it's definitely a movie I can watch over and over again and never get tired of it. 

Meet the Robinsons (2007) 

This was my first time watching the movie all the way through, but I was excited to watch it. This movie is based off a children's book by William Joyce, who grew up and still currently lives in my hometown. I grew up reading his books, his most famous one being Rollie Pollie Ollie. I think what's very special about this movie is that Lewis gets to see how great his life turns out and it makes it easier to make it the hard times he grew up with and was currently going through. I was shocked with the plot twist of who the villain actually was, but it also shows how just changing one second or decision in your life can change not only your life, but someone else's too. 

Tinker Bell (2008) 

I'm not going to lie, when this movie first came out, I became a major fan of the Tinker Bell world. I watched all the movies, had the video game and even bought a notebook and pencil case with Tinker Bell on it. I love that it explores Pixie Hollow more and even turns into a prequel to Peter Pan. I honestly believe this is the most successful spin off of a TV show or movie series Disney has ever done and if you were a fan of Tinker Bell or even the Peter Pan films, I highly suggest watching this film and even the entire series that I will cover in future parts. 

Bolt (2008) 

This is another movie that I remember hearing about it and watching the music video of the main song on Disney Channel, but never got around to watching until now. As you know, I'm a huge dog fan so the fact that this movie had a dog as the main character was a plus for me. The way I interpreted this film was the downside to sheltering someone at an extreme level, such as having Bolt believe he possessed super powers and were actually in crime fighting situations, and then they end up being exposed to the rest of the world without any preparation and seeing the struggle of having to adjust. There was also the side plot line of how Mittens thought that because her family ended up abandoning her because they didn't want her anymore, all humans were like that and how one situation that happens when you're young and impressionable leave a lasting impact on you. 

That's all for this part of the Disney challenge. Next part has us moving back into some of the Disney Princess movies and into more Pixar sequels. Let me know what your'e thoughts are on these Disney/Pixar films in the comments below. 

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