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Disney’s Tarzan opens with a stunning musical montage by Phil Collins featuring some absolutely spectacular animation. Disney animators have always gone the extra mile in avoiding corner cutting but the end results haven’t always been the most aesthetically pleasing. However, in the case of Tarzan the animation is a visual treat right from the start as Tarzan‘s birth parents escape from a burning boat that illuminates the night with crashing waves and Phil Collins’ song filling the air. It’s a spine tingling moment as their rowboat makes its way to the barely visible African coast and if visuals and music were all that made a movie this would be a masterpiece but we also have script and *shudder* voice acting.

It goes without saying that all Disney animated films get Disneyfied. What matters is whether the Disneyfication ruins the story it’s playing homage to. Anthropomorphizing animals is the bread and butter of Disney but in the case of Tarzan it creates a major problem. Burroughs’ Tarzan was raised by WILD apes taking on their traits. The tension of the Burroughs story was between the world of the wild and the alien world of man. Also, Tarzan was able to reach his full physical human potential BECAUSE he was raised by apes in a violent jungle. In the book the enormous ape Kerchak wasn’t just a grumpy surrogate dad who resisted accepting youngTarzan. He literally tried to beat Tarzan to death and nearly succeeded before being stabbed and choked to death. The main problem is that the animals in Disney’s Tarzan are indistinguishable from humans outside of their appearances. In the book Tarzan is able to communicate with the apes but only on subjects which the apes would have knowledge. His human intellect was higher than the apes which granted him thoughts and ideas which he could not communicate; it also gave him an intellectual edge to make up for his physical shortcomings in combat against powerful animals. Disney gives the apes a level of intellect equal to Tarzan‘s and the young apes even use phrases that only a modern human would have knowledge of. The safe, loving environment in which he is raised would be unlikely to produce the fierce warrior from Burroughs novels.

Disney does what Disney does. It takes a story, bleeds the life and most of the story out of it, repacks it with musical numbers and cute sidekicks, inserts new scenes and ships it. In this case it’s much better if the viewer has never read the Burroughs novel and in the case of the target audience that’s likely to be the case. Disney jettisons the racism, sexism and violence which is fine but the characters most notably Cecil Clayton and Kerchak are radically changed to the point where they’re unrecognizable.

I absolutely love the animation including the mixing in of CGI. The animation lines are very clean and I always enjoy seeing old fashioned hand drawn cells. The Disney Tarzan is the only version of Tarzan I’ve seen where the Ape Man actually moves around hunched over like an ape and in one scene when he brushes the dust from a photo he does it with his knuckles like an ape rather than with his finger tips. Those little touches are quite appreciated. I also particularly liked the character rendering of the lithe, muscular Tarzan including his piercing eyes. My biggest issue with the production can be summed up in two words… Rosie O’Donnell. If the thought of a Gorilla with a grating Brooklyn accent excites you your dreams have been answered. She sucks the oxygen out of every scene she’s in and that’s a lot of scenes. I could write an entire review on how horrible and miscast and just plain scene killing her involvement in this film is. In the end the film is a weak homage to Tarzan lacking much emotionality but it is a visual treat with wonderful music and writing that by and large avoids embarrassing itself.

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Sleeping Beauty was the last and most lavish of Walt Disney’s animated fairy tales. He told the artists not to hurry and to give him “a moving illustration”: Sleeping Beauty required almost four and one-half years and one million finished drawings. Instead of the 19th century storybook illustrations that had influenced the look of Snow White and Pinocchio, the artists adapted the flattened perspective and jewel-like colors of 15th century French illuminated manuscripts. The results remain unmatched for sheer visual opulence. However, Sleeping Beauty suffers from a weak story: the vision of an ageless princess slumbering in a vine-shrouded tower was replaced with elements of Snow White and a boy-meets-girl musical. The evil Maleficent and the three Good Fairies (Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather) dominate Sleeping Beauty, rather than Princess Aurora and Prince Philip. Sleeping Beauty was originally released in 70mm, and the Blu-ray edition restores the film to its original splendor. (Many earlier releases trimmed the wide-screen images and/or muted the glowing palatte.) The Bonus DVD looks good on a flat screen monitor, but it pales in comparison to the richness of the Blu-ray. In addition to the commentaries and a making-of documentary, Sleeping Beauty includes myriad extras that vary widely in quality. Nostalgia buffs will enjoy the recreation of the old Sleeping Beauty‘s Castle attraction in Disneyland, and the TV program “Four Artists Paint One Tree” provides a welcome showcase for key talents from Sleeping Beauty. But the CG animation of the dragon and the voice imitations of the Good Fairies fail to capture the magic of the originals in the “Dragon Encounter”; the “Maleficent’s Challenge Game”–a hi-tech Twenty Questions–sounds only vaguely like the redoubtable sorceress.

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Robin Hood is one hour and twenty-three minutes and was released in theaters on November 8, 1973. Basically it is the same story in live action films with the exception it is animated and uses animals instead of people. Robin Hood is simple; Robin Hood robs from the rich and gives to the poor, rescues Maid Marian from the evil clutches of Prince John, and rescues Friar Tuck from hanging and returns the stolen money to the poor people of Nottingham. Each character is protrayed by an animal. My biggest argument that not all the animals protrayed in the film hail from the forrest. Prince John is a thin lion, Sir Hiss is a snake, Robin Hood is a fox, Maid Marian is a vixen, Little John is a bear, Sheriff of Nottingham is a wolf, and Friar Tuck is an American badger. I am sure someone else wrote a more detailed version of Robin Hood story. My comments will be on the making of Robin Hood.

Robin Hood had a very small budget to begin and a lot of a lot of the scenes were reused from other movies. A good example is the dance scene with Lady Cluck and Little John. It mirrors the dance sequence from the Jungle Book where King Louie and Baloo dance to the song I Wanna Be Like You. Even the vultures in this movie were identical to the ones in the Jungle Book. Also the voice of Little John is identical to that of Baloo; even though Phil Harris provide both of the voices. Since Robin Hood movie is set in England six of the actors are from England: Peter Ustinov as Prince John, Terry-Thomas as Sir Hiss, Brian Bedford as Robin Hood, Monica Evans as Maid Marian, Carole Shelley as Lady Kluck, and J. Pat O’Malley as Otto the dog. Another thing with this movie is the ongoing goof of Skippy’s hat, the one giving to him by Robin Hood on his birthday, it starts off as a pale yellow and switches to green and back at yellow again. In 1974 Robin Hood was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song for the song Love, but lost to The Way We Were to the film with the same title. Despite some of it flaws, it is still a good movie to watch. Robin Hood gets an A-.

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Shrek The Third is one hour and thirty-two minutes and was released May 18, 2007. This picks up where two left off. King Harold is on his death bed and is nearly ready to croak. He informs Shrek (who does not want to be king) that there is one other, Arthur (Pendragon). Shrek, Donkey and Puss In Boots set off to retrieve Arthur. As the ship leaves, Fiona tells Shrek that she is pregnant. Shrek does look forward to being a father. He is worried that he would be a bad role model. The trio arrives at Worcestershire Academy where Arthur is a student. He is a sixteen year old kid who’s from the school bullies to the class nerds taunt Arthur. Shrek tell Artie (as he likes to be called) that he is the new king of Far Far Away. At first Artie is excited about being king. On the ship Donkey and Puss In Boots start talking about the responsibilities of being king and Artie begins to have second thoughts. Artie tries to turn the ship. Shrek and Artie are now in a battle of the ship wheel and during the struggle the wheel breaks and the ship crash on some rocks. Shrek, Donkey, Puss In Boots, and Artie make it to shore. The foursome find the home of Merlin; a retired wizard from Artie old school. Meanwhile Prince Charming and all of the evil characters hatch a plot to take over Far Far Away. Prince Charming and the gang capture Fiona, Queen Lilian, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Doris the Ugly Stepsister, and Cinderella. Prince Charming finds out through one of the three little pigs that Arthur is the next in line and Shrek went to get him. Prince Charming sends Captain Hook and some thugs to kill Shrek, Donkey, and Puss In Boots and bring back Arthur. Captain Hook and the thugs fail and Merlin cast a spell that would send all four of them back to Far Far Away. When they arrive at Far Far Away. Donkey is inside Puss In Boots body and Puss In Boots is in Donkey’s body. The four make it back to the castle and Shrek finds his way to Prince Charming and is about to clobber him, however, Prince Charming is able to call for his men and capture Shrek. Shrek manages to trick Prince Charming to take him and let Artie go. Shrek, Donkey, and Puss In Boots are thrown in the tower. Prince Charming plans to kill Shrek in a play tonight. Queen Lilian literally butts her head against a couple walls so the folks in the tower can escape. Once free the princess, Donkey, and Puss In Boots make plans to win back Far Far Away and save Shrek. At the theater Prince Charming is at the part in the play where he is about to kill Shrek until troops arrive and are about to save him until Prince Charming summing his thugs and captures the rescuers. Just as about Prince Charming is about to slew Shrek, Arthur arrives and reason with the villains to turn over a new leaf. The villains lay down their weapons and release the captives. Prince Charming is angry and picks up a sword to kill Arthur, but Shrek intervenes and is able to save Arthur and defeat Prince Charming. Arthur finally accepts the crown. Shrek and Fiona become parents of triplets. The first half of Shrek The Third is not bad, but fall about at the end. Shrek The Third could have a better ending and more story. I can only give Shrek The Third a C+.

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Not the egregious foul it seemed to be in theaters, Hercules stands up as an entertaining spritzer of an animated feature. The continual peppering of in-jokes and cultural references becomes less irksome on video. That there’s no majesty or awe invested in the beloved Greek legends also seems less of an error. Also on the plus side is the bounciest Alan Menken music since Little Shop of Horrors. With Zeus’s blood in his veins, young Hercules‘s amazing strength makes him an outcast (sorry, that still doesn’t fly), so he trains with a satyr named Phil to become a hero. Along the way Herc meets Meg, a common mortal who falls hard for him. They’re both against the jocular Hades, who has to destroy Hercules to take over Olympus. The hydra is the computer-animated set piece for this little number, a no-chance attempt to beat that wildebeest herd from The Lion King.

An outrageous odyssey of fun, fantasy, and adventure unfolds in the hilarious hit film HERCULES, Disney’s 35th animated triumph “brimming with comic surprise!” (Entertainment Weekly) Taken from the gods as a newborn, adopted on earth, Hercules becomes an awkward teenage pillar of strength. Trying to fit in, he discovers his dad is Zeus and home is Mount Olympus — if he can move from “zero” to true hero! Hercules teams with babyhood pal Pegasus, the flying stallion, and Phil — a feisty personal trainer — for the mission. But it’s no easy task as he must match wits with Grecian beauty Meg and a comical hothead named Hades. With the help of Pain and Panic, Hades plans to rule the Universe with only Hercules standing in his way! With a bold animation style, colossal voice cast, and spectacular music, HERCULES is unmatched in strength.

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A delightful undersea world unfolds in Pixar’s animated adventure Finding Nemo. When his son Nemo is captured by a scuba-diver, a nervous-nellie clownfish named Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) sets off into the vast–and astonishingly detailed–ocean to find him. Along the way he hooks up with a scatterbrained blue tang fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), who’s both helpful and a hindrance, sometimes at the same time. Faced with sharks, deep-sea anglers, fields of poisonous jellyfish, sea turtles, pelicans, and much more, Marlin rises above his neuroses in this wonderfully funny and nonstop thrill ride–rarely does more than 10 minutes pass without a sequence destined to become a theme park attraction. Pixar continues its run of impeccable artistic and economic success (their movies include Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, and Monsters, Inc). Also featuring the voices of Willem Dafoe, Geoffrey Rush, and Allison Janney.

From the Academy Award(R)-winning creators of TOY STORY and MONSTERS, INC. (2001, Best Animated Short Film, FOR THE BIRDS), it’s Finding Nemo, a hilarious adventure where you’ll meet colorful characters that take you into the breathtaking underwater world of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, is unexpectedly taken to a dentist’s office aquarium. It’s up to Marlin (Albert Brooks), his worrisome father, and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly but forgetful regal blue tang fish, to make the epic journey to bring Nemo home. Their adventure brings them face-to-face with vegetarian sharks, surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish, hungry seagulls, and more. Marlin discovers a bravery he never knew, but will he be able to find his son? Finding Nemo‘s breakthrough computer animation takes you into a whole new world with this undersea adventure about family, courage, and challenges. Take the plunge into Finding Nemo, a “spectacularly beautiful animated adventure for everyone”.

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Why am I not surprised that there is someone reviewing this classic who trashes it as if they had never seen it and were offended by the cultural sensitivity issues that are part of Dumbo. (See the Tallahassee reviewer titled “Do not purchase this video for children” January 21, 2003) For crying out loud, this script reflects what was normal at the time Dumbo was first released. It’s full of classic pieces that of course include a white dominated societal commentary on what was perceived as appropriate black cultural roots at that time. Is it outdated? Sure, so is nearly every other film from that era. Does this make it less of a classic? Absolutely not. In fact, this is the *real* Disney, long before it was sanitized for the Anaheim-Orlando crowd. Is the film inappropriate for a 21st century kid? That’s a parental decision, but if you plan to shelter your child from the real history of the U.S., they will have a rude awakening (with all the accompanying psychoses) that you *won’t* be able to control. My kids loved Dumbo when they were very young…..we talked about the cultural issues by the time they were in school…..in fact, I distinctly remember them coming home to ask why some kids treated others so badly because of the color of their skin, their accents, etc. We used Dumbo to show them what used to be, was is today, and how to deal with it. And there was never a place where the original empathy of the film was lost on them. They have repeatedly made personal decisions and stood up against improper cultural slurs their entire lives (they are all either in college or their final years of high school now). I’ve been pleased with how they can see a cultural slur coming and are not willing to put up with any of the culturally “acceptable” ways of trashing others’ ethnicity.

Now, what about Dumbo? This is a great Disney classic from the days when there was a full bodied, earthy smell to what they did. It’s release in this format provides a historical window on American culture from the 1950s that is true and clear. It loses nothing in the 21st century translation and in fact, gains considerably from it’s historical context. A great child’s film that every adult needs to understand!

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For another of its classic films, Disney delivers another dazzling DVD with a gorgeous, razor-sharp picture and 5.1 sound. (Note: the 1949 film is properly presented in full-screen format, 1.33 aspect ratio, because widescreen films weren’t made until the ’50s.) The best part of the supplemental features is the archival material, the absolute highlight of which is two unused songs, “Cinderella‘s Work Song” (in which Cinderella imagines multiplying herself à la the Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and “Dancing on a Cloud.” Because these numbers were never animated, they’re accompanied by stylish illustrations from the Disney artists, and they’re simply marvelous to look at. The artist of much of that material, Mary Blair, gets her due in a 15-minute featurette, while the better known “Nine Old Men” are the subject of a round-table discussion among some of today’s top animators. In addition, a 38-minute documentary covers their contributions to specific characters of Cinderella as well as the film in general and the vocal cast. Also on the historical side is “The Cinderella That Almost Was,” tracking the development of the project through decades of original Disney concepts, characters, and songs, including the 1922 silent “Laugh-o-Gram,” which is also included in its entirety.

Additional musical material includes three radio programs and a short promo of the movie by Perry Como, in which he summarizes the plot amid some songs by the Fontaine Sisters, star Ilene Woods, and the host himself. Seven other unused songs (17 minutes total) are available in audio-only. The material for kids is on the sparse side, consisting of two music videos, Disney Channel personality Sally (from “Mike’s Super Short Show”) learning how to become a princess with the help of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew and others, a minor dancing-princess feature, and a DVD-ROM design studio. Oddest extra: ESPN’s “top Cinderella stories,” including the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team and Joe Namath’s New York Jets, although stories on Mia Hamm and tennis’s Williams sisters should appeal to Cinderella‘s primary target audience of young girls.

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My grand kids and I loved Brother Bear. I think it shares many important lessons and has a great story line. In Brother Bear there are three brothers, Seka, Guiana, Keni. Brother Bear story starts out with preparation for Keni’s, coming out or totem animal ceremony. He is very immature and playful which is a constant source of annoyance for his brothers. He is supposed to tie the fish up for the ceremony and fails in his task and a bear gets the basket, After being reproached by his brothers, he starts out to find another basket and ends up making a bear mad. His oldest brother gets killed trying to save him from the bear but he is not killed by the bear. Keni sets out to kill the bear and his oldest brother’s spirit makes him change into a bear. The next to oldest brother thinks he has been killed by the bear also and he sets out to kill the bear, which is really Keni. Keni meets a young bear and finds that his mother has disappeared so he takes over the care of the baby bear. He has to save himself and the baby koda several times. He keeps trying to tell his brother that it is him but he can’t talk. So his brother stays after him. He meets other bears on his journey and finds hat he really likes them. They believe that the lights in the sky are magic because they are spirits of the dead and that they can change many things in the world. Koda tells Keni, that they need to go where the lights are and keni wants to go see his brother to get him to change him back. He ends up getting very attached to koda, especially after he finds out that he killed koda’s mom. In the end, his brother changed him back and then he realized that he could not leave koda, so he has him change him back into the bear, which was the most unselfish thing he could do. His brothers all accepted him and koda into their lives and he finally got his totem animal which was a bear, which is a symbol of love. Brother Bear is a very spiritual movie and tells how tribes used to view the connection between nature, animals and people and how everything is intertwined. Whatever befalls the beast, shall also befall the humans. We should all do our best not to harm the animals or the planet and I think all children should learn that, Brother Bear movie is a good way to teach about consequences.

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Brother Bear 2 is a direct-to-video sequel to the animated feature Brother Bear and was released on DVD on August 29, 2006. Melissa Etheridge contributed three songs to the film. In Brother Bear 2, the adventures of bear brothers Kenai and Koda continue. While the first film dealt with Kenai’s relationship with Koda, this one focuses more on his bond with a young human, Nita. Only five of the original characters return for the sequel including Kenai, Koda, Rutt, Tuke, and Tug. But only four of those actors came back to do their original roles which include Jeremy Suarez, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, and Michael Clarke Duncan.

The bonds of true friendship and love are powerful enough to persist through even the most extreme circumstances, but can even the strongest bond endure when a young man and a young woman are split apart by the spirits? Since being turned into a bear as punishment for his insensitivity in Brother Bear, Kenai has managed to find true happiness and a compelling sense of purpose in his new relationship with his adopted brother Koda. But when Kenai’s old friend Nita prepares for her wedding day with another man, the spirits send a sign indicating that a strong connection still exists between Kenai and Nita. The tribe Shaman suggests that the two join forces in a ritual to sever the bond between them and Nita, newly endowed with the ability to communicate with animals, seeks out Kenai in the woods. Even as the two friends resolutely journey to break the connection between them, the inescapable bond between them strengthens and threatens to disrupt not only Nita’s upcoming marriage, but the special relationship between Kenai and Koda. In the end, destiny may require that each of the three choose between his or her happiness and the happiness of the other two. Like its predecessor Brother Bear, Brother Bear 2 features lush animation; a nice blend of action, suspense, and comedy; and a powerful message.

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