What's up, guys? Tigerfan45 here and I'm back again. Today, we we'll be taking a look at the films from the Revival era. I know I might have already told some of you I would do the Dark Age after I did the Renaissance, but, I changed my mind. Keep in mind that this is all my opinion. So, without further ado, let's get started.
Let's start with the film that started this era, The Princess and the Frog. I must confess that I didn't see this in the theater, because I just missed my opportunity. But, when my mom rented it for me, I finally gave it a look. And you know what? It wasn't that bad! The animation was very good in this movie, and it was actually kinda nice to return to hand-drawn animation. The songs were also very good, like "Friends on the Other Side" I have on my iPod, that's how good I think it is. "Almost there" and "Dig a little deeper" were very good songs. "Going down the Bayou" is very catchy. It was kinda surprising that Randy Newman wrote the songs, since he's more of a Pixar guy. The characters are very likeable too. Tiana is one of Disney's best princesses (heck, she's a hard worker, and not just one who sits around and pines.) Naveen kinda remined me of a mix between Kuzco and Akeem from Coming To America. As for the comic relief, I remember that Ray was pretty funny, but my favorite one would have to be Louis. Mostly because he plays the trumpet, an instrument I like to play in my own spare time. The shadow man is a very good villain. He's crafty, he's powerful, and, in Naveen's words "He is very charismatic". His comeuppance kind of reminded me a little bit of Scar's. My only problem with the movie was that the story is a little too complicated. I just felt like there were too much subplots in the film. But honestly, this doesn't ruin the movie for me. Overall, I think The Princess and the Frog is a great movie for Disney fans of any age. I'd definitely say check it out.
Unlike The Princess and the Frog, I actually got to see Tangled in the cinema, and I decided that, while it does have its issues, I do like it. Let's start with the good stuff. First of all, the animation looks great. It really does look like they combined hand-drawn animation with CGI animation. Even some of the character designs look great. I also like a few of the songs in this. "I've Gotta Dream" has that same funny and catchy feel that "Hakuna Matata" had, and "I See the Light" has the same romantic feel as many other Disney love songs had. The characters were very likable too. Rapunzel is sweet, and sometimes her jumpy personality gets a laugh. Flynn was very much like Aladdin, only a lot funnier. Maximus is hilarious! It's almost like if you take Javert from Les Miserables and make him a horse. Every second Maximus is on screen, he makes me laugh hard. The pub thugs were also pretty funny. And, just like Aladdin and Jasmine, Eugene and Rapunzel do have chemistry. However, the movie does have some low points. I found Mother Gothel to be a very weak villain. My good friend, Ratigan6688 says that Gothel's voice and her song "Mother Knows Best" were annoying, and I completely agree with him. Another thing I agree with him on is that Rapunzel's short brown hair didn't look very good and looked boyish. When I last watched this film and I saw that scene I just said "Hey look, it's Penny from the new season of The Big Bang Theory, except a brunette!" But overall, I do like Tangled. The stuff that I like in this movie, I really like. I think that Tangled is a very decent family flick. I'd say if you're looking around the video store and you're looking for a good fairy tale, this is one to check out.
Winnie The Pooh
There's not really a whole lot for me to say about the 2011 Winnie the Pooh, so this one is going to be very short. This movie isn't bad, just not as memorable as the other Winnie The Pooh films. The songs I don't really remember. The plot of the film I just felt like it was recycling the plot from The Search for Christopher Robin while also including a plot about Pooh trying to get honey. I felt there should have been more stories than just 2. The only things that really stood out for me were the animation, and Tigger. Aside from all this, there's not really much for me to say.
I remember seeing this movie in the theatre with my Grandpa. And the result? Wreck-it Ralph is a lot of fun! I kinda see it as the Who Framed Rodger Rabbit of video games, what with all the famous video game characters appearing in it. I felt that a Disney movie about video games was a very clever and creative idea. I also really liked all the video game jokes in this movie. Ralph himself is a very likable character. Yeah, he starts out kinda envious of Felix, but, in time, just like Simba, learns to accept his role. Felix was also pretty funny, and his hammer fixing everything gets a laugh. King Candy is also a pretty good villain, appearing almost harmless and happy-go-lucky at first, but then becomes evil and diabolical by the end of the second act. Vannelope is a very sweet girl, and the scene where Ralph destroys her cart will go down in history as one of the saddest moments in all Disney. If I had to pick one problem with the movie, it would be that Sergeant Calhoun's backstory did seem kind of rushed. But honestly, that's a nitpick. Overall, I think Wreck-it Ralph is a great movie for kids and adults of any age. It's humorous, it's inventive, it's visually impressive, it has a good story, it has good characters, see it if you haven't already.
And now we come to the big one, Frozen. When this movie came out, everyone went nuts! We were talking about all the characters, singing all the songs, Holy Elephant Graveyard! I haven't seen a Disney movie get THIS much praise, money, and attention since The Lion King. And you know what? I love this movie too! It's almost like Disney was returning to its classic roots! The animation in this movie is beautiful! This is for CGI animation what The Lion King was for hand-drawn animation! I like how the form of true love in this movie is sisterly love and not boyfriend-girlfriend love. Anna was a very enjoyable character in how she cares for others and she gets a good line here and there. Kristoff and Sven were very good characters with their interactions with each other. It reminded me very much of Abu and Aladdin. Olaf is really funny. His desire for summer kinda reminded me of King Louie's desire to be human. Olaf's constant one-liners and naive personality always get a laugh. Hans was also a really good villain. He's kinda like if you shoved Gaston, Scar, and Stromboli into a blender. His betrayal completely threw me for a loop. My favorite character, however, even though I'm a guy, is Elsa. I feel like I can relate to her. Besides, when Elsa said "You can't marry a man you just met", I was like "EXACTLY! Thank you, Elsa for having a brain!" (Not that Anna was stupid, it's just that marrying a man you just met is not very smart thinking.) The songs were very good in this. Like many people, "Let it Go" is my favorite song in this movie. While it doesn't have my favorite Disney song (that would be I Just Can't Wait To Be King) I do love every single song. My problems with Frozen are really, just two. First up, the Duke of Weasel Town (Duke: Weselton! It's Weselton! Me: Shut Up!) I do not like that guy. His treatment of Anna and Elsa and his annoying voice makes me think negatively about Disney, the same way I suffered with Chi-Fu from Mulan. My other problem is that this movie is rated PG. Why? Not one thing in this movie would make Parents second-guess bringing their kids to this movie. But,If those are my biggest problems with this, I have very little to complain about. I can't think of anything else wrong with this film. Frozen is one of my favorite Disney films. I will be sure to watch it again in the future.
Here it is, the one you've been waiting for, Big Hero 6. I finally got my chance to rent it and watch it. And you know what? It wasn't that bad! This is the best film of the revival era, second only to Frozen. I must be honest though, one of the reasons I didn't see this movie in the theaters is because when I saw the trailer I just thought it looked cheesy. After watching it though, I find that it's anything but. I think the strongest aspect of this film is its story. I legitimately did not know where this movie was going. For example, at the bot fight in the beginning, at first, I was thinking " Ok, I got this figured. This is just gonna be Chicken Little all over again, Hiro is gonna be ostracized and only gonna have a few friends until he can save the day, blah, blah, blah". Actually, no. The story more focuses on the relationships with the characters, particularly Hiro and Baymax, whose relationship reminded me very much of The Iron Giant, another critically acclaimed animated film I love. Speaking of the characters, they are very memorable. My favorite one however, would be honey lemon. I like her design, and her jumpy personality was very enjoyable. I also really liked the humor in this movie. There were a lot of jokes that made me laugh. I also really loved the animation in this movie. It looks like almost nothing Disney has ever done before. This leads to a lot of great and fast-paced action scenes. These are great fun to watch. If I did have to pick one problem with this movie, it would be that the villain was kinda weak. I mean, his design was kinda neat, but I was kinda leaning towards someone more evil or more funny. Also, his reveal didn't surprise me that much. But, honestly, that's a nitpick. Overall, I really enjoy Big Hero. 6. I'm glad I saw it. In fact, I might even see it a few more times. I'd say it's definitely worth checking out.
Oh, Man! The revival era just keeps getting better as it goes! Zootopia is one of the most creative, interesting, funny animated movies I have ever seen! All the time I was watching this, I was just thinking "Hevi Kabisa! This is what Chicken Little should have been! What made this movie so good? Well, for starters, the humor in this movie is not only funny, but, it's creative! There's a lot of out-of-the-box jokes in this movie! You know how people say that the BMV is the slowest place ever? Well, the movie made fun of that by having all the workers there be sloths! Hilarious! I also really loved the scene where Judy and Nick run for not that shrew gangster that was kind of a parody of the godfather! That just cracked me up! I also liked a lot of the characters in this movie. Judy was a very likable character with her optimism, and her determination. I also liked how, much like Robin Hood, it chooses animals that suit the characters' personalities, like, a fox for Nick, because he's sly, a buffalo for Chief Bogo, because he's grumpy, the list goes on. I also liked how this movie covered the issue of prejudice and discrimination. I haven't seen a Disney movie cover an issue that serious since Hunchback. My only problem is that I find Bellwether to be kind of weak as a villain. The problem is that, Disney used the surprise villain thing again. I mean, it's not necessarily bad, but, I feel that since Wreck-It Ralph, Disney has been using that cliche too much. But, aside from that, I still say that this is a great movie. Believe me, it more than made up for that piece of junk that was Chicken Little. I'm glad I saw Zootopia, and I'll be sure to see it again. I'd say check it out and have some fun.
Well, after so much begging and prodding, I finally watched Moana. And, it's actually pretty good. I wouldn't call it a classic by any means, but, it was still good nevertheless. First off, the animation is absolutely amazing! The oceans, the islands, and everything else just looks amazing! It's right up there with The Lion King and Frozen as one of the best looking Disney movies! I also liked the cultural stuff in this film, it's arguably more interesting than the culture in Pocahontas. The prologue was very neat, and I like the animation style they went with. The songs were also very good, I really loved the song about how they were once voyagers. I also liked some of the characters. Moana herself is a very likable character, and Mau'i had some good moments. My only problems with the movie are that the comedy felt pretty forced. They could have done a better job with balancing out the drama with the comedy. I also thought that Moana's dad was kind of unlikable. Their people can't find any fish, and yet, he refuses to let them leave to find more. I mean, he didn't irritate me like Chi-Fu or the Duke of Weselton did, but, it still really bothered me. But, overall, I like Moana. I'd say it's definitely worth checking out.
And that's all I have to say about the revival era so far. Please don't feel like I'm making fun of you if you hate any of these movies. Stay tuned for my "Dark Ages" post. Please put any requests you have for what era I should cover after the Dark age into the comments. Until next time, this is Tigerfan45, see ya around! To be continued...