Disney Silver Age #8: The Jungle Book

And so we've come to this: After 18 theatrical animated features, a slew of live-action features, countless shorts, TV specials, and exactly one theme park later, we arrive at the last movie Walt Disney produced before he passed away in 1966 from lung cancer. The last work of famous artists is frequently a footnote to …

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Disney Silver Age #7: The Sword in the Stone

The run was never going to last. After more than a dozen years of near-unparalleled creativity starting with Cinderella in 1950 the well had to run dry at some point. Regrettably The Sword in the Stone, the last movie to be released in Walt Disney's lifetime, is the movie to break Disney's hot-streak. The movie's problems begin …

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Disney Silver Age #6: One Hundred And One Dalmatians

As is often the case in the earlier half of Disney Studio's existence, the quest for artistic excellence without any consideration of cost often came back to bite them hard later. This happened early on where the artistically superb Pinocchio and Fantasia proved to be such financial flops as to ultimately cripple the studio for a good decade. History …

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Disney’s Silver Age #5: Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty came during a time of tumultuous change for the Walt Disney company. Walt himself was quickly being pulled away in multiple directions by the company's forays into live-action films, documentaries, the TV-division, and a little project called Disneyland. In addition the animation division itself was starting to get serious competition from new upstarts like …

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Disney Silver Age #4: Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp was a first for Disney for several reasons. After a series of fantastical stories it represented Disney's first domestic picture based not on a fairy tale but in a more realistic human setting (with Bambi of course being a realistic movie set in the wilderness). It was also Disney's first feature film not …

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Disney Silver Age #2: Alice in Wonderland

Within five minutes of Alice in Wonderland opening Alice has followed a frantic rabbit down a hole and fallen into a zany portal of sorts with floating household objects only to land in a room reminiscent of a set from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari in which she encounters some biscuits that either shrink her to a mere fraction …

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Disney’s Silver Age #1: Cinderella

The fruitful Golden Age of Walt Disney Studios in the 1930s and 40s is a period of critical success unrivalled by most studios. In the space between 1937 and 1942 they released five powerhouses in a row in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi. Each of those movies are iconic in their own right and instrumental …

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Coco (Big Screen Review)

First things first: One should not take one's daughter to this movie on a daddy-daughter date without mentally preparing oneself for Pixar's penchant to deliver devastating emotional gut punches. Otherwise that same hypothetical person should also be prepared to give an explanation for why her daddy is a blubbering mess. Speaking entirely hypothetically and not …

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