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5 items from 2012

Editorial: What Happened to Sports Movies for Kids?

24 April 2012 1:38 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The baseball season has begun, the NHL is in the middle of the race for the Stanley Cup, and the NBA is about to begin its endless playoff season.  But at the multiplex, it's always the off-season for kids' sports films.  When I was growing up, there was a boon of sports movies for kids.  From 1991 to 1995, studios released a steady stream of movies featuring kids playing sports.  Films released in these four years included (in chronological order): The Mighty Ducks (1992), The Sandlot (1993), Rookie of the Year (1993), D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994), Little Big League (1994), Angels in the Outfield (1994), Little Giants (1994), and The Big Green (1995). There were other sports movies that kids could go see (like A League of Their Own), but these movies in particular featured kids playing sports and/or being die-hard fans of the sport.  These movies don't get made any more, but it's not like kids stopped playing sports. »

- Matt Goldberg

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‘D2: The Mighty Ducks’ still resonates after all these years

31 March 2012 11:04 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

D2: The Mighty Ducks

Written by Steven Brill

Directed by Sam Weisman

USA, 1994, imdb

Listen to our Mousterpiece Cinema D2:

The Mighy Ducks podcast or read Josh‘s extended thoughts about the film.


For any critic, opinions about a particular piece of art are influenced by your life experiences.

I grew up loving hockey in general and the Montreal Canadians in particular. The first hockey game that I ever saw was “The New Year’s Eve Classic” on December 31, 1975 between the Red Army and the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens out-shot the Red Army 38-13, but every Soviet shot was a planned dagger designed to confuse and destroy Montreal goaltender Ken Dryden, while Vladislav Tretiak batted away shots from every conceivable angle. The game, which many considered at the time to be the unofficial World Championship ended in a 3-3 tie.

Some call it “The Greatest Tie Game Ever Played »

- Michael Ryan

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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 35: ‘D2: The Mighty Ducks’

3 March 2012 2:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s time to return to the ice again, as Josh and Michael delve back into the world of Gordon Bombay and his ragtag team of lovable underdogs, the Mighty Ducks. Yes, friends, we’re talking about 1994′s D2: The Mighty Ducks this week and make no mistake: if you are expecting a normal episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, you are in for a wild ride. This episode is so crazy, breaking the rules of past episodes left and right, that Skype could barely handle our discussion. (Don’t be shocked if there are a few sound glitches!) Within the madness, you’ll find out about knucklepuck, short actors, how good of a hockey team Iceland would really have, and what Josh’s impression of cartoony special effects sound like. Take a listen to this duckstra-special episode of Mousterpiece Cinema!

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- Josh Spiegel

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Extended Thoughts on ‘D2: The Mighty Ducks’

3 March 2012 2:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

D2: The Mighty Ducks

Directed by Sam Weisman

Written by Steven Brill

Starring Emilio Estevez and Kathryn Erbe

Making a good sports movie can be a difficult prospect, no matter what sport’s in the spotlight. Not everyone seeing your movie is an aficionado of the game. For every great baseball movie, someone may be in the audience and completely lost by whatever minutia is being presented to them. The same goes for basketball, football, and hockey movies. What’s more, if a filmmaker targets their sports movie specifically to die-hard fans of the game, they may find themselves at a bit of a loss when the movie sails over most people’s heads. I don’t deny that it’s potentially more difficult to target a movie about something so narrowly focused to a wide audience. But it’s something filmmakers should try.

This goes double for family movies. »

- Josh Spiegel

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Mousterpiece Cinema Calendar

7 January 2012 8:21 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

This is the Mousterpiece Cinema schedule for the first six months of 2012:

January 7th, 2012: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs(1937)

January 14th, 2012: The Mighty Ducks (1992)

January 21st, 2012: The Love Bug (1968)

January 28th, 2012: Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)

February 4th, 2012: Mary Poppins (1964)

February 11th, 2012: The Black Cauldron (1985)

February 18th, 2012: Herbie Rides Again (1974)

February 25th, 2012: The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

March 3rd, 2012: D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)

March 10th, 2012: Lady and the Tramp (1955)

March 17th, 2012: John Carter (2012)

March 24th, 2012: Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)

March 31st, 2012: The Wild (2006)

April 7th, 2012: D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)

April 14th, 2012: Fantasia (1940)

April 21st, 2012: Cool Runnings (1993)

April 28th, 2012: The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006)

May 5th, 2012: Chimpanzee (2012)

May 12th, 2012: The Avengers (2012)

May 19th, 2012: Fantasia 2000 (1999)

May 26th, 2012: Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)

June 2nd, 2012: Wall-e (2008)

June 9th, »

- Josh Spiegel

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