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Yankee Doodle Cricket (1975)
Yankee Doodle Cricket (1975)
I'll have to agree with F Gwynplaine MacIntyre from Wales..BTW, C.C.Krieg, Wales and England are in (Great) Britain, NOT England..anyway,on Chuck Jones reusing too much of the house style and a very tiny voice talent pool reusing over and over again the same voices, I'm afraid that, having watched all of his specials, with all great due respect to Chuck for his much earlier better work, I'm very inclined to agree.
Which is all the more reason for me to be irritated by later Chuck Jones and equal him with Tim Burton, right down to the narrow talent pool (Mel Blanc=Johnny Depp; June Foray=Helena Bonham-Carter), and the use of composers with the "D.E." initials. Dean Elliott=Danny Elfman, and the distinct house style.
Let me introduce you to the ingredients of this here action here flick "Deadpool"
It has:(you should know these top ten facts, a la David Letterman if he were still on TV) 1. CGI character (the credits promise this) 2. A moody teen 3. Open credits that which promise these and others 4. A fourth wall breaking hero played by Ryan Reynolds 5. Ryan Reynolds was also a producer 6. A very creditable job by the entire cast is in the film 7. Ryan puts in a very telling amusing after credits scene. 8. It has sex and sick things 9. It has songs on the soundtrack (though with all due respect to Juice Newton, whose 1981 remake of "Angel of the Morning" (written by Chip Taylor, who also wrote "Wold Thing" by The Troggs (1966)!0is heard, the earlier though not original 1968 Merilee Rush and the Turnabouts version owns to me) Oh yeah 10. It has an R rating, superhero comic world's worst.
All of these mean a very well rounded movie with a fourth wall, wisecracking superhero with an unusual message from getting the girl (relatively unknown MORENA BACCARIN, who raiseth the relationship with RYAN REYNOLDS way about SACCHARIN). We get a lot of surprise abilities of Deadpool sitting on precarious, acrophobia-causing high level places and calm admitting it to us, the audience.
All of this, and the announcement by the character of a sequel, makes this a film waiting in a long line, still in its first weekend, for.
7th Heaven (1996)
Surprsing no mention of Stephen Collins's sex scandal
Never really watched it a lot, but it did give us Jessica Biel and a few others.
ONE thing..Stephen Collins.
I'm surprised no one mentioned the now known and famed sex scandal when he was caught as a child molester!
Haven't seen it for years if it all, and after Stephen Collins's horrible crime, but may decide to see if it was really worth watching (content wise, it really was heaven for a lot of people)
Anyway, Jessical Biel is one of the memorable things to come out of the show, with movies such as her costarring role in "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry', 2007, opposite Adam Sandler & Kevin James.
Anyway, hard to judge a show by the real life scandals (which Biel herself in the 1990s had been involved with, a nude picture)..
The Astroduck (1966)
Even the title was misbegotten..
The strange combination of Daffy & Speedy was never a good thing at but this is really odd..
Daffy goes and keeps Speedy In Spain or someplace like it out of Daffy's new adobe hacienda.
What makes the whole thing a :misgotten thing" is, as another reviewer wrote, the whole "Astroduck" title?
That doesn't even happened until the end!!
(anything more will spoil it and the only other reviewer to notice the inaccurate title already cited it.)
There has to be a lot of these made at this time that are eyeball rolling but they picked an unfitting title (conversely, 1948's Porky Pig cartoon "Nothing But The Tooth", has almost no relevance except at the open.)
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Two geniuses meet
This is Walt Disney's first "biography", in a way of speaking--more specifically, it is how Mary Poppins flew to Hollywood. Emma Thompson (who also played an earlier nanny in the short lived Nanny McPhee franchise some years early) really conveys P.L.Travers's frequent reluctance and selfishness yet also her talent and magic, with Tom Hanks, no less as "Walt" (he didn't require titles to address him. Everyone was on a first name basis with him), fitting right into the role... You;ll see supporting plays like Paul Giamatti as the kindly limo driver who has the only true friendship with P.L.Travers, B.J.Novak & Jason Shwartzman as the famed Oscar winning songwriting Shermans, Bradley Whitford as Disney scribe Donald Da Gradif and even the famed Disney secretaries,(unsung actresses Kathy Baker as Tommie and Melanie Saxsson, who is real funny, as Dolly, the one who is in the sessions and brings snacks.) No fancy snacks, no animated Penguins or anything, no songs...you've heard all the (generally considered impossible to deal with) P.L.Travers requests. You'll see childhood Australian 1906 flashbacks of P.L., and you'll find out her real name and the reason for her temper later, in 1961. You'll also see that P.L. was both nice as a kid and only human as an adult, and that Walt Disney could be practically (to use Mary Poppins's obviously favorite adverb there) stubborn as P.L. was. You can hear the songs that the Shermans play, even an actual tape recording as P.L.Travers in real life and on screen insisted on. So, have a spoonful of sugar and see this. And Mr.Banks, of course, was the dad, both in real life and in the movie.I won't spoil what P.L.Travers real name is but the discussion board would have the answer.:)
The Daydreamer (1966)
The Daydreamer (1966)
Forget what another reviewer (back in 2000) said about modern audiences having no ability to embrace the musical numbers in the older films. This was a longtime staple of both theatrical and television viewing. Rankin/Bass's experimental, and unusual combination of live-action and the animation that they themselves trademarked as "animagic" are both featured, with the AnimagicTM illustrating the daydreams, where our young hero (Paul O'Keefe of THE PATTY DUKE SHOW-speaking of Patty, she also appears in this as seen below) as 13-year old CHris has some dreams about his later storybook characters, with the Little Mermaid with Hayley Mills as the Mermaid, the Emporer's New Clothes with Ed Wynn in his final appearance as the emperor with VIctor Borge and Terry-Thomas as the con-man tailors (warning: NEVER buy your clothes from these guys] who take Chris with them to make the clothes), and (SPOILERS)(in the only dream not shown to us as one at first, despite the Animagic, Thumbleina with Patty Duke (whose appearance in the opening titles by Al Hirschfield may just well be the best done animation of her character] headlining this, and also the only dream that had two stories, the former and "Garden of Paradise". Chris eventually wakes up, returns to his normal life only to create the characters and stories we now know and love.And.."Isn't it Cozy...Here".
I think this is one of the more underrated TV special. This, which actually comes from 1970 and not 1971, debuted the week of March 31-April 7,1970 on NBC under the sponsorship of Armstrong-Evans Carpets.
It's actually an extended take on the tale (think the more recent "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" from this year, for example), with Papa Bear and his Paul Winchell-voiced buddy, a feisty and easily frustrated bobcat (perhaps a Bob Crosby and his Bobcats reference) who goes by just plain Bob (clever.:))playing golf when Junior (Nathan Crosby) warning both of ... PEOPLE.
As we see the story unfold, with the Human Race song taking the three bears, then the Goldilocks part with Mary Frances Crosby (channelling SHirley Temple and anticipating Dakota Fanning and Maggie Elizabeth Jones and others by years with her persona) coming in (with her own song, "Never accept lest than the best") and the bears returning, the famed "stuff is too hot,etc." and "Someone's been sleepin' in my bed", and then the acceptance of Goldilocks, Bob (what a nasty little sourpuss!) warns the animals, getting a rally against "peoples", which Papa tries to counter (with the official signatura song, "Take a Little Lok around you", IMO the best song of the special), but the Bobcat having to leave alone--he'd rather leave the "Peoples" to the animals! LOL.
If you ever catch THIS be sure to see the surprise "animated" surprise ending (writer for this is A.J.Carothers, and the Sherman Brothers wrote the songs, with Friz Freleng and Bing Crosby involved, a LOT of Disney talent--Friz was at first a Disney person before WB existed as an animation unit!).
A long underrated special effects company, best known for science fiction and Star Wars projects, Vand Der Veer Photo effects (now long defunct, apparently) did the effects like Mary Frances Crosby's "Goldilocks" transistions. THe use of her family as the bears, of course, makes it very "Wizard of Oz" like, and this may have a place as much of an odd "TV family special cult" as Hanna-Barbera's 1966 "Alice in Wonderland" starring the voice of Janet Waldo, Sammy Davis,etc. Some other odds and ends about this, one of the character designers is jack of all trades and Playboy regular cartooonists Marty Murphy ("Wait till your Father gets home" for Hanna-Barbera). Cast is well rounded by Kathryn, Bing;s wife, and Avery Schreiber who played Bob Bobcat's pal the Deer and rabbit.-Avery Schreiber and Paul Winchell also did incidental animal voices.Finis.
Wandâ surî (1965)
This was formerly a 1965 Japanese cartoon, "Wonder Three". Names were all distinctly different between these two versions. As both writers write: Bonnie=Bunny Ronnie=Horse Zero=Duck
Bonnie was white with black tipped ears, and if retro-colored (it was B&W) no doubt that Zero would be a green mallard duck (he had a Daffy like ring), and Ronnie would be orange/brown. Character design of the humans was pretty much the same as the other anime/manga cartoons of the sixties, as far as eyes are concerned. The characters, in the open credits especially, were really cartoony, in the scene where they're transformed. Recommend....!! "Bonnie Bunny...and Pony Ronnie laughed when Zero, had no luck..and became a duck"!LOL Classic..I'm the same age as the first poster (lots of time between these three posts, huh?) and second, I think, and saw this in 1967, when "Erika Film Productions,Inc." dubbed and sent this here. From the same folks that brought you Kimba and Gigantor.
The Three Stooges (2012)
N'yuk N'yuk Nyuk!
AN excellent tribute to THE influence on the Farrelly Brotherss this latest in a long, long line of movies from them shows that....once...once....once....ONCE and for ALL...the Three Stooges, Larry, Moe, and...not Joe Besser..NOT Shemp...but Curly...NOT De Rita bu HOWARD...CAN indeed with new actors and ...EVEN survive in a moder n "Jersey Shore
This has an orphanage setup with Jane Lynch and Jennifer Hudson and some others playing Catholic nuns, and some very important kid characters.
Sofia Versarga's cast as a girl who sets things in motion with the three stooges, with her husband and the father in law, her being the hot villianess. Oh., and the Jersey shore.
Three "shorts", and a disclaimer by the Farrellies themselves make this fun..even in COLOR!!
We Bought a Zoo (2011)
This is year for zoo movies, I guess--Mr.Popper's Penguins. The Zookeeper. This one. Based on a real story in my part of the country, this had a newcomer to zookeeping (Matt Damon as Benjamin Mee) and his youngest kid (Maggie Elizabeth Jones as Rosie) attending the place that they suddenly become a zookeeper-a while after the mother dies. The aggressive older kid (Colin Ford as Dylan) and zookeeper (Scarlett Johansen as Kelly Foster), and her younger cousin (Elle Fanning as Lilly) complete what apparently will be an immediate family, along with some other people, and they try to reopen an animal zoo while trying to save as much money, and while the dad tries to get along as a widower.
I'm with poster David Ferguson and others who adore every moment that 7-year old Maggie Elizabeth Jones is on the screen, and unlike some in the responses forum, I enjoy that Elle Fanning and Scarlett Johansen were cast.
And the seeming surprise entry in the coffee shop is worth it.