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The Parent Trap

Directed by David Swift

Written by David Swift

Starring Hayley Mills, Maureen O’Hara, David Keith

Maintaining, or even attempting, realism in a Disney movie is a Herculean task, far more than being realistic in a movie that isn’t tied to the Mouse House. People don’t demand realism from Walt Disney; they expect or demand the exact opposite. The reason why the Disney theme parks do so well is because of their heightened version of reality, from a turn-of-the-century small town in middle America to its retro vision in the future. And Disney movies aren’t typified by kitchen-sink realism. The first think people think of in regards to Disney movies is their animated output, which is populated mostly by talking animals. Even when there aren’t talking animals at the forefront of their movies, Disney and realism don’t mix, and rarely try to. »

- Josh Spiegel

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