bobcatmoran: (yay books)
I finished my Yuletide story yesterday, and it's being beta'd right now (hopefully). As a reward to myself, I went to go see Tangled, and I just have to say, wow, I haven't seen a Disney movie that good since the golden days of the early '90s. It really hearkened back to the Broadway musical sensibilities of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Alan Menken was back doing the songs and score, so it had that familiar sound to it, but unlike Hunchback or Hercules, I didn't feel like any of the songs fell flat or were awkward.

Overall, the tone reminded me the most of Aladdin — fast-paced, funny, and with a sort of endearing irreverence. Also, unlike Princess and the Frog which, don't get me wrong, was a good movie in its own right, Tangled pushed the envelope visually. Seriously, it's worth the price of 3-D admission just for the scene with the lanterns. It's beautiful and impressionistic and magical in a way that I don't think I've seen in a CG film before.

It makes me really sad to see that apparently Disney's next animated release is going to be Mars Needs Moms which, from the preview, looks like it's going to be right smack dab in the middle of the uncanny valley, using the same rotoscope technique from The Polar Express. Ewwww, creepy.
bobcatmoran: (al/toaster)
Well, it looks like my Great Disney Movie Watching Crazy Thing isn't going to be quite complete. Granted, library DVDs aren't always in the best of shape, especially if they're children's DVDs, but a couple movies are proving notably hard to watch.

I had to skip over Fantasia 2000 since there are two copies in the county library system, one which is so scratched that I was only able to watch part of the Beethoven butterfly thingummy and a little of the flying whales. The other has been out since February. I suspect someone has lost the DVD and doesn't want to admit it.

The Atlantis DVD manages to top that, though. I've never come upon a DVD so scratched that it can't even bring up the menu screen. Not even on my computer, which can work wonders with DVDs that look like someone gave them a whirl on a concrete sidewalk. Hopefully I can get it from another library.
bobcatmoran: (al/toaster)
I just finished watching Mulan, in my ongoing quest to watch ALL of the Disney animated features (just eight more to go!), and got seriously distracted by the fact that, in addition to the usual English, Spanish and French language tracks, you can watch this movie in Mandarin Chinese. Now, granted, my Mandarin vocabulary consists of, "Hello," "Goodbye," "Thank you," "I love you," "[word which roughly means 'not' but isn't used the same way]," "Big Bird," and the ability to count to eight. So I can't speak to the quality of the dub from a lingusitic standpoint. But from a lip sync standpoint, it's quite impressive, especially considering that English and Mandarin are ridiculously dissimilar in terms vocabulary and how they're structured.

The DVD also has a music video with Jackie Chan singing "I'll Make a Man Out of You" in Mandarin. He's a surprisingly good singer. :)
bobcatmoran: (Default)
I have decided — possibly because I am a huge geek when it comes to Disney animation, possibly because I am really in touch with my inner eleven year old, and possibly because I am freaking insane — that, since The Princess and the Frog is coming out for the holidays this year, and since it marks the return of traditional 2-D animation at Disney, I am going to try and watch every single one of Disney's 2-D, full-length animated features before it comes out. What's more, since this project/idea isn't crazy enough already, I'm going to do it in chronological order, according to this list.. This will work out to about a film a week.

So I made sure that I can actually get all forty-four movies from the county library system, checked out a couple books on animation history and the documentary Frank and Ollie to get myself pumped up (Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston were part of the "Nine Old Men" core group of animators at Disney for a good portion of the company's animated features, and they've also written several fabulous books on the subject), and put a hold onSnow White since Local Library doesn't have it.

We'll see how I feel about this idea a few months from now, but for now I'm super excited.

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