8 items from 2013
When it was released twenty years ago, The Nightmare Before Christmas was not an immediate success. However, over the following two decades, it has become one of the most beloved holiday movies, and composer Danny Elfman admits that autograph seekers inevitably have The Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise for him to sign above all other films he has worked on. When the 15th Anniversary 2-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD was released in 2008, Elfman joined in with producer Tim Burton and director Henry Selick to record a commentary track. This track, along with many of the other bonus features, is also included on the 3D Blu-ray, which was released in 2011 (and likely all other annual releases as Disney moves forward). Seeing as we’re at the half-way point between Halloween and Christmas, and since it is the 20th anniversary of the film’s release, it seemed appropriate to revisit the film and hear what the filmmakers had to say »
- Kevin Carr
News Simon Brew 13 Nov 2013 - 06:44
A couple of weekends back, three films converged on my eyeballs. I watched the apparent uplifting love story, An Officer And A Gentleman. The Spielbergian family adventure Batteries Not Included. And I caught a bit of Disney's The Fox And The Hound for the first time in a decade or so.
Each of these films, and the others I'm about to discuss, has a reputation of being something warm, cuddly, friendly and easy. But is that the minds of the consensus playing tricks? Because the truth is that there are films that we tend to remember as being one thing, that turn out to be far, far darker. Some of that is down how the film was originally marketed. Some down to how »
The Little Mermaid returns to your home theater again, this time in Blu-ray format and it’s a must-have for families, Disneyphiles, animation-lovers, music-lovers, and romantics with a soft spot for fairy tales and happy endings. It’s understandable that the good folks at Disney wanted to that ending to be a happy one. After all, in the Hans Christian Anderson source tale, the mermaid not only trades her voice for legs by having her tongue cut out… ouch!, but also loses the prince to another woman, so throws herself into the sea and dies (but at least she goes to heaven!).
With The Little Mermaid, released in the fall of 1989, a new wave of Disney films hit America both on the big screen nearly each year and in households on VHS (this was before DVD’s). This new generation of Disney movies was far from the old-fashioned Disney films of yesteryear – Snow White, »
- Tom Stockman
Tarzan was the final film of the so-called “Disney Renaissance”; after this, Disney movies suffered a slump in popularity. Some say quality, but that’s an unfair assessment.
In any case; based upon the novel Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (who also wrote the original John Carter stories), Tarzan was – at the time – the most expensive animated film ever made, until Disney’s own Treasure Planet three years later. From the outset, it was decided that animation was the perfect way to execute a Tarzan story because the character is so lithe and animal-like – it would have been nearly impossible to achieve those effects with live action. To create sweeping 3D backgrounds, a new 3D painting/rendering technique was developed, allowing the creation of CGI backgrounds that looked like a traditional painting, allowing the traditionally-animated characters to blend seamlessly into the environment. »
- Rob Burch
We at Thn love our Disney movies. And with Frozen, the 53rd animated feature film, looming ever closer, Thn takes a look back at its forebears, from 1937′s Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, through the wilderness years of the 1970s to the Disney Renaissance of the ’90s.
This week, we’re offering up three classic Disney films. Up first: The Rescuers Down Under.
1990/ 77 minutes
A sequel to 1977′s The Rescuers- The first Disney sequel to get a theatrical release, in fact, Down Under was also the first “proper” Disney movie that wasn’t based on an existing book, story or fable. The Rescuers had been based upon the novels of Margery Sharp, but Down Under wasn’t based on any of them.
It’s also notable for being the second Disney 53 movie (after The Black Cauldron (1985) not to have any musical numbers. »
- Rob Burch
As we march bravely on through 2013, Thn will take a nostalgic yet critical look at the 53 Walt Disney Animated Classics, from Snow White to Wreck-it Ralph, through the obscurity of Fun And Fancy Free to the Golden Age of Beauty And The Beast. These are the films the Walt Disney company are most proud of, the ones that hold a special place in our hearts, the ones that still cost a fortune to buy on DVD.
This time, a little later than planned… we join Basil, The Great Mouse Detective.
1986/ 74 minutes
Yet another in a long line of literary adaptations, The Great Mouse Detective was based upon the Basil of Baker Street stories by Eve Titus, focussing on a community of mice living beneath Victorian London. And much like Disney’s other literary adaptations, it plays pretty fast and loose with the source material, »
- Rob Burch
As we march bravely on through 2013, Thn will take a nostalgic yet critical look at the 53 Walt Disney Animated Classics, from Snow White to Wreck-it Ralph, through the obscurity of Fun And Fancy Free to the Golden Age of Beauty And The Beast. These are the films the Walt Disney company are most proud of, the ones that hold a special place in our hearts, the ones that still cost a fortune to buy on DVD. This time, things get a little dark with The Black Cauldron.
1985/ 80 Minutes
The Black Cauldron is considered to be one of the biggest box office failures in Disney’s history, and one can sympathise. This film is dark. It’s almost completely against what many people see Disney standing for; it cranks up the drama and the tension while dialling the cute-and-fuzzy factor down to almost nothing. »
- Rob Burch
Until their 34th animated feature, Disney had been primarily focused on fun, family-friendly kid fare. Happy musicals, with lovable characters and handsome or beautiful protagonists saving the day. Stories like Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty filled their filmography, with only the occasional The Black Cauldron. However, it wasn’t until 1996, with the release of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, that Disney finally released a truly different film. Unlike their previous works, Hunchback was a film with real emotion that dealt with more mature topics such as religion, damnation, and cruelty. Yet it was still able to remain an enjoyable kids movie due to the pompous musical numbers and child-friendly humor.
If you don’t know it, the story follows the character of Quasimodo. Born to gypsies, but highly deformed, his mother is killed and he is left in the care of her murderer Judge Claude Frollo. Now, all grown up, »
- Jason Pointek
8 items from 2013
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners