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9/10
The Triumphant Return of the Star Wars Saga
15 September 2017
Warning: Spoilers
In October of 2012, almost five years ago next month, there was an announcement made in regards to Star Wars. George Lucas, the visionary creator of the Star Wars universe, struck a deal with Disney where they would acquire Lucasfilm for around $4.05 billion and that there would be a new Star Wars movie set to be released in 2015. This brought an immense amount of joy and excitement to me as a life-long Star Wars fanatic! For the first time in over ten years, I would be able to see a new Star Wars film on the big screen! From late 2012-early 2013 to several days before it's December 2015 release, I read as many articles I could about pre-production, production, what the movie would actually be about, whether or not material from the Expanded Universe would be the basis for the next trilogy, etc. With that being said, here is my review of the first movie of the sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens.

Directed by JJ Abrams ("Star Trek" 2009), this seventh entry of the Star Wars saga is set thirty years after the Battle of Endor and the defeat of the evil Galactic Empire in Return of Jedi, the galaxy has undergone significant changes. While several of our favorite characters from the original trilogy we grew up knowing and loving such as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), R2-D2 (Kenny Baker), and C-3P0 (Anthony Daniels) all return, a new generation of heroes and villains are introduced in this episode such as Rey (Daisy Ridley) a scavenger from the planet Jakku (which is very similar to Tatooine with it's desert-like climate), Finn (John Boyega) a former First Order Storm Trooper turned ally of the Resistance, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) commander of the Resistance starfighters, BB-8, an astromech droid similar to R2, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) Sith Lord in training under Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) commander of the First Order of Storm Troopers. In this film, the conflict is centered around the Resistance of the New Republic, (led by General Leia Organa) waging war with the First Order, a legion of Storm Troopers risen from the remaining ashes of the fallen Galactic Empire. In the midst of all of the widespread galactic conflict and turmoil, Leia is also seeking to find her long lost brother, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, (our hero and main protagonist from the original trilogy that redeemed his father, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader by bringing him back to the light side and reestablishing balance to the force, fulfilling the prophecy of Anakin/Vader being "The Chosen One") who mysteriously went into hiding not long after the events of ROTJ.

While not as good as the original trilogy in terms of story, acting, and character development, it still had several strong elements present in the film. Now, I'm going to give what I liked about the movie and where I think (and hope) they can improve in the next two ST entries starting with The Last Jedi in December. Here's what I thought JJ Abrams did a good job of: Unlike Star Trek where he made a lot of changes to the main characters (which is one of the things I feared the most when I found out that he would be directing TFA), I thought that he did a great job of re-introducing our favorite characters and keeping them the same as they were in the OT, just older. I also liked his use of flashbacks, specifically the scene where Kylo Ren is talking to the decaying mask of his grandfather, Darth Vader, by making the claim that as a (future) Sith Lord and leader of the First Order, he will finish what he started with the Galactic Empire. Along with keeping the action consistent throughout the course of the film, I also thought he did a good job of building up the tension towards the climactic showdown at the end. Now, here's what I think they can (and hope) improve on in the next two films: Whiled we all know the backstories of our returning heroes from the OT, the character development was a bit lacking in the new characters introduced in TFA. Rey is basically a "Mary Sue" like character (think Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: TNG) in that she's basically presented as being perfect, all strengths and no weaknesses. This frustrated me to no end in one scene where Kylo Ren basically did as he wanted with her blaster when he used the Force on her but, in her duel against him during the film's climax, claiming to have had no Jedi training, they portray her as a "great" wielder of the Force that is (somehow) able to defeat him! How does this make sense??? I also hope they flesh out more of Finn and Poe's backstories and I really hope they show more of Captain Phasma in the next movies. I firmly believe she has the potential to be an iconic character in the vein of Darth Maul and Boba Fett. I also hope they cash in on the opportunity they have with Kylo Ren by making him the next great and powerful Sith Lord as he continues to complete his training with Snoke. All of that aside, It was an enjoyable film for me and I can't wait to see how great The Last Jedi will be!!! Rating: 9/10!!!
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Hercules (1997)
10/10
A Familiar Greek Hero Gets a Hilarious 90's Twist from Disney
19 April 2016
Warning: Spoilers
Hercules is a 1997 animated feature film and the 35th full-length animated feature in the Walt Disney Animation Studios Canon. The film stars James Woods, Charlton Heston, Danny Devito, Tate Donovan, Rip Torn, Matt Frewer, and Bobcat Goldthwait. Loosely adapted from the Grecian legend Heracles, son of Zeus and Alcmene and great-grandson/half-brother of Perseus, this incarnation of the Greek hero is given a hip, modern-day, 90s Disney vibe to it! The plot of the film starts on Mount Olympus, where all of the legendary Greek gods live. Hercules (voiced by Joshua Keaton/Tate Donovan), the son of Zeus and Herra, is born possessing god-like strength as a young toddler. In fact, he is so strong that when Hades (voiced by James Woods from "Any Given Sunday"), lord of the Underworld visits Olympus bearing a gift, he gets his finger crushed by Hercules. This infuriates Hades so much that he, along with his hilarious and loyal henchmen Pain and Panic (voiced by stand-up comic Bobcat Goldthwait and Matt Frewer from "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"), devise a plan to kill the immortal Hercules by turning him into a mortal human being after Hades gets insight from three bizarre and grotesque characters known as the Fates who can reveal the past, present, and future that Hercules could prove to be a threat to Hades taking over Mount Olympus in the future. While they were successful in turning him mortal, they didn't kill him as Hades wanted so as he was planning his uprising, Hercules lived his life on earth after being rescued and taken in by two humans, where he would grow up. After various circumstances caused Hercules to realize that he was different than everyone he was around, he, along with his trusty friend and sidekick since birth Pegasus, seek out Zeus, who then tells him to find Phil (voiced by Danny Devito from "Batman Returns"), the trainer of a lot of "would-be" heroes so he can prove himself to be a true hero and rejoin Zeus on Olympus. Once he does this, he then goes out to prove to Zeus and everyone else that he has what it takes to become a true hero. Along the way, he meets the snarky, sarcastic, and free-spirited Meg (voiced by Susan Egan), who goes on to become Hercules' eventual love interest and will later cause our hero to have to make a critical decision and prove that a "true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." From the opening narration by the legendary Charlton Heston to the rapid fire comedy delivered by James Woods' portrayal of Hades to the gospel-like numbers written by Academy-Award Winning Composer Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin") and David Zippel and sung by the Muses, this movie is a worthy addition to the Disney Renaissance and a more light-hearted themed departure from the dark and grim themes seen in The Hunchback of Notre Dame the previous year. I honestly don't see why this movie gets so much flack for being the weakest film of the Disney Renaissance when personally I think that Pocahontas was the weakest film of the Disney Renaissance because of the lack of a strong story and strong antagonist (which are two things that Hercules has). The characters are great (my favorite is Hades) and the animation, story, and music done in a way that can only be done in the grand tradition and innovation of Walt Disney. If you haven't seen this movie and you're looking for a good movie to watch for family movie night, go to your local movie store or Netflix and watch it! You won't be disappointed! This was released during Disney's most profitable era to date and I still pop this in the VCR every once in a while! My rating: Two thumbs way, way up!!! 10/10!!!
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10/10
Another Delightful Winner from the Disney Renaissance!!!
29 December 2013
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1996 animated film released by Walt Disney Pictures and was the 34th animated feature film in the Walt Disney Classics cannon. Set in 15th century Paris, this "Disney-fied" version of Victor Hugo's classic novel is the story of Quasimodo (voiced by Tom Hulce), the lonely bellringer and hunchback who lives in the bell tower of Notre Dame with his evil guardian Judge Claude Frollo (voiced by Tony Jay) who assumes the responsibility of the parental figure to atone for his sin after Frollo killed Quasimodo's mother and unsuccessfully attempted to drown him as a baby, seeing him as an "unholy demon." Twenty years later, Quasimodo, being isolated from the rest of the world, soon gets the desire to want to go to the Festival of Fools after being told that "life's not a spectator sport" by a trio of gargoyles named Victor (voiced by Charles Kimbrough), Hugo (voiced by Jason Alexander from "Seinfeld"), and Laverne (voiced by Mary Wickes), who are Quasimodo's only true friends. Once he gains the courage to go to the festival, he meets the gypsy Esmeralda (voiced by Demi Moore) and her pet goat Djali (voiced by Frank Welker), who helps Quasimodo from being further humiliated by the townspeople against Frollo's orders. After this, Frollo, having a seething hatred for gypsies, orders for the soldiers of Paris led by the noble Captain Phoebus (voiced by Kevin Kline) to make sure that she stays in the bell tower (serving as her prison) and that if she escapes, Frollo will have her killed. When this movie was released to theaters back in the summer of '96, it was promoted and advertised as another typical Disney movie aimed at kids. However, this film tackled a number of heavy religious topics and remains the only Disney film ever made to tackle the subject of religion. In fact, this movie nearly became the second Disney movie following "The Black Cauldron" to receive a PG rating from the MPAA because of the dark and grim themes of the film. Still, this movie holds up well and is definitely a Disney classic. While a lot of material was altered and left out of Hugo's novel, it still has a good story, good characters, and another great music score from 4-time Academy Award winning composer Alan Menken ("The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin"), and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. The soundtrack to this film is a must have if you love Disney music or Orchestral music as this is by far one of the best Disney soundtracks of all time. Frollo's song "Hellfire" is right up there with Scar's "Be Prepared" and Ursula's "Poor Unfortunate Souls" as the best Disney villain songs of all-time. If you haven't seen this movie by any chance and you are looking for a good movie to watch with the entire family then I highly recommend this one! Great movie with an even greater message of looking inside a person's heart rather than judging the outward appearance. Rating: 10/10!!!
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Aladdin (1992)
10/10
Solid Gold Disney Classic!!!
1 May 2013
Warning: Spoilers
Aladdin is Disney's 31st full-length animated feature film released in 1992. Based on the popular Arab folktale, the film follows a young peasant boy named Aladdin (voice by Scott Weinger) and his sidekick Abu (voiced by Frank Welker) who are in search of a life outside of the streets from stealing food and dodging guards every day. Then one day, they meet the beautiful Princess Jasmine (voiced by Linda Larkin) in the marketplace and after they save her life, they take her to their place and realize that she wants the exact opposite of what they want; a normal life outside of the palace walls. Then, after Aladdin is thrown into prison by the evil Sorcerer Jafar (voiced by Jonathan Freeman), he is unknowingly taken to the Cave of Wonders by Jafar (disguised as an old beggar man) and his wisecracking sidekick Iago to find an ancient magic lamp that unleashes a genie that grants three wishes. After Aladdin and Abu find the lamp and narrowly escape the Cave on the Magic Carpet, they are thrown back into the cave as it crumbles in the ground. In the process however, Abu grabs the magic lamp, gives it to Aladdin and he accidentally rubs the lamp and unleashes the energetic, hilariously funny Genie (voiced by Robin Williams from "Good Morning, Vietnam", "Mrs. Doubtfire") and chaos ensues!!! This was Disney's fourth film of the Renaissance Era and it's has every element of a classic Disney movie present: great story, unforgettable characters (including one of the best Disney villains of all-time, Jafar), great animation, suspense, great climax, and an awesome score/songs composed by famed Disney composers Alan Menken and Tim Rice (stepping in place of Howard Ashman). The best songs in the movie are "One Jump Ahead", "Prince Ali", and "A Whole New World", played during the magic carpet ride scene. This is yet another one of my favorite Disney movies and my favorite character is the Genie! If you by any chance haven't seen this classic American animated film in the last 20+ years it's been out, all I have to say is: WATCH IT!!! If you need a good Disney film to watch with the family, then I highly recommend this one! Rating: 10/10!!!
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Lilo & Stitch (2002)
10/10
Very Entertaining Film About a Dog Who's Really an Alien
16 February 2013
Lilo and Stitch is a 2002 animated film released by Walt Disney Pictures. Set on the beautifully lush, tropical island of Hawaii, the story is about a girl named Lilo (voiced by Daveigh Chase) who can't seem to make any friends. Then one day, her cousin takes her to the Pet Store and she adopts a "dog" who she names Stitch that is really an alien experiment named 626. Once Stitch (626) escapes the space station, his jailed creator Jumbaa (voiced by David Ogden Stiers) and accomplice Pleakley (voiced by Kevin McDonald) are commissioned by the Grand Councilwoman to bring him back and reward Jumbaa his freedom in return for Stitch's capture. Underlying in this plot is Captain Gantu (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson), who, once Jumbaa and Pleakley fail to capture Stitch numerous times, is sent to capture Stitch. When this movie was released back in 2002, there were numerous teaser trailers placing Stitch in some of the most memorable moments in Disney films like "The Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin", and "The Lion King", which just happen to be films in the Disney Renaissance Era. Those previews were what really made me say "Wow! This is gonna be a great Disney movie!" Sure enough, it was, and still holds up 10 years later. Stitch, by far has got to be one of the funniest characters in Disney history. There was even a great message in the film: Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind. The scene at the end where Stitch almost had to leave Lilo behind is one of the most emotionally filled scenes I've ever seen in any Disney movie. All in all, Lilo and Stitch is one of the better films in the Disney cannon and to be honest, (aside from the brilliant Toy Story trilogy, Up, and Monsters, Inc.) is better than most Pixar movies that get way too much attention in my opinion. It has all elements of classic Disney with a touch of Elvis Presley! Like many Disney movies, this is one that I have in my ever-growing movie library! This is a film that should not be missed by anyone who's a Disney fan or that has children. Despite the PG rating, it's a great, entertaining film for the entire family!!! Rating: 10/10!!!
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10/10
Perfect Execution of Live Action and Animation!!!
27 December 2012
Warning: Spoilers
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 film released by Disney affiliate Touchstone Pictures combining the use of animation and live-action. The film stars Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future Trilogy"), and Joanna Cassidy as the human actors and the films cartoon characters are Saturday morning favorites that are some of the most popular cartoon characters of all-time like Looney Toons favorites Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Yosemite Sam; Disney favorites Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pinocchio, and Dumbo; Tex Avery classics like Augie Doggie and Woody Woodpecker; and the black-and-white favorite Betty Boop. The plot is very well executed as it is set in 1947 Hollywood during the time that is regarded as the "Golden Age of Animation." When Roger Rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer), the main character of the story, is shown pictures of his wife Jessica Rabbit playing "patty-cake" with Marvin Acme, owner of Acme cartoons, Acme is murdered and Roger becomes the prime suspect, thus bringing in reluctant private-eye Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to investigate the mysterious murder. While investigating the murder, he runs into the evil Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) and his wisecracking laughing weasel henchman, who are most likely to be the culprits behind the murder. Then, Valiant soon interrogates R.K. Maroon, owner of rival company Maroon Cartoons and he confesses that he blackmailed Jessica into doing what she did with Acme because Maroon wanted to sell his studio to Cloverleaf but then soon after telling the truth, he is mysteriously murdered as well, leading Valiant into Toontown, where he comes under the impression that Jessica is the suspect when he thinks she is trying to shoot him, but she was trying to shoot Judge Doom instead, who is the real mastermind behind the mysterious murders of Acme and Maroon because he wants to take over Toontown. This movie, at the time of its release, was regarded as a film that regained interest in the art of animation and sparked the beginning of the Disney Renaissance. While Disney oversaw much of the film, this film was released under the Touchstone banner mainly because of the numerous innuendos in the film and the amount of language there is in here thus giving it a PG rating (although nowadays there's things in this movie that were considered PG then in 1988 that are considered PG-13 in 2012). All that aside, I grew up enjoying this movie and it is the definition of a classic in every way: amazing plot, great characters, and a great music score by Alan Silvestri that fits the film perfectly. If you have not seen this classic piece of American film yet; what are you waiting for? Watch it when it comes on TV again (it usually airs on Cartoon Network) or rent the movie! It's coming out on DVD/Blu-Ray to honor the 25th Anniversary of the movie next year so if you like it enough, buy it!!! Be sure to watch with your kids though as this is not your normal "family movie" like "The Lion King" or "Aladdin." Jessica Rabbit is quite the revealing cartoon character in dress style and Baby Herman looks like a two-year old, but acts like a fifty-year old and has the mouth and characteristics of one either as he smoke cigarettes and swears. Still one of the more enjoyable films to watch with the family compared to some films being released today. Rating: 10/10!!!
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9/10
One of the Few Sequels that's Superior to the Original!!!
1 September 2012
The Rescuers Down Under is Disney's 29th full-length animated motion picture released in 1990, 13 years after the original "Rescuers" was released and was the first sequel to a Disney animated movie. Instead of the continuation of Penny's story, Disney's smallest (and unlikeliest of heroes), Bernard and Bianca (voiced by Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor respectively), after receiving an urgent distress signal, are sent by the Rescue Aid Society to the "land down under" of Australlia to rescue a young boy named Cody and his magnificent eagle Marahute who've been kidnapped by the dangerous, wanted local poacher McCleach (voiced by George C. Scott) and his sidekick Joanna, who are after the eagles eggs. Together with their new friends Wilbur, the maniacal pilot (voiced by John Candy, who replaces his brother Orville) and the small-rough-and-tough Aussie Jake (voiced by Tristan Rogers), they'll overcome some of the most dangerous and insurmountable odds to rescue the boy from McCleach's evil clutches. Here are the following reasons why I think this movie is superior to the original: The animation was brighter, bolder, and more detailed than the sketchy-style of the original "Rescuers" as this was the first movie to experiment with Disney's new form of animation, CAPS (which was fully used in "Beauty and the Beast"); The setting and plot was better developed; the Devil's bayou in the original has nothing on the wonder and majesty of the Australlian Outback which created real danger and some tense situations (the opening sequence where Cody flies with Marahute over Australlia is absolutely amazing and pure Disney magic!!!), and the villain is much better in this one. Medusa was pretty nasty, but McCleach is ten times more dangerous, evil, violent, and nasty than Medusa as he threatened to kill Cody with his gun, threatened him with his knife and even threatened to feed him to the crocodiles!!! He is not the right guy to mess with and to me, he's one of the greatest Disney villains ever (definitely in my top 10!!!). This is one of Disney's most underrated films of all-time! When people discuss the Disney Renaissance and 90's Disney, movies like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Aladdin" are always mentioned; this one is rarely ever brought up. This movie is just as much of a classic as those!!! There was even going to be a third film set in either the Amazon or Africa but because of the death of Eva Gabor, the project was cancelled. It has all elements of true Disney: action, suspense, and drama!!! It was just re-released on Blu-Ray/DVD with the original so if you haven't seen this, check it out (especially if you're a Disney fan). Rating: 9/10!!!
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Toy Story 2 (1999)
10/10
The Rare Sequel that's Just as Good as the Original!!!
12 June 2012
Toy Story 2 is a 1999 computer-animated film and sequel to the 1995 groundbreaking blockbuster hit "Toy Story," released by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios (now Disney/Pixar). This was Pixar's third full-length computer-animated film and after the successes of "Toy Story" and "A Bugs Life," Toy Story 2 was expected to do the same. And it did, becoming the second highest-grossing film of '99 (behind the much anticipated "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace")!!! In this sequel, Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen), Rex (voice of Wallace Shawn), Slinky (voiced by the late Jim Varney), and the rest of the gang are back!!! This time, our heroes face an even greater challenge!! When Andy (voice of John Morris) goes off to summer camp, Woody becomes the subject of interest for greedy toy collector Al (voice of Wayne Knight), owner of the local toy store. Once he sets his sights on Woody, he begins to think of a plan that will make him rich. After Woody is kidnapped, Buzz and the gang devise a daring plan to rescue him. When Woody arrives at Al's place, he meets some new toys including Jessie the Yodelin' Cowgirl (voice of Joan Cusack), Bullseye the Horse (voice of Frank Welker), and Stinky Pete the Old Prospector (voice of Kelsey Grammar), all of whom starred on an old show called "Woody's Roundup" with him back in the day. Can Buzz and the gang rescue Woody in time? Like I said in the title, this sequel is just as good as the original! It has great animation, great story, great new characters, and a memorable song ("When She Loved Me" almost had me shed a tear when I first saw this). This is truly the greatest film trilogy in animation history!!! Rating: 10/10!!!
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10/10
Awesome Baseball Movie!!!
7 June 2012
Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 baseball movie released by Walt Disney Pictures starring Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon Series," "Operation Dumbo Drop") Tony Danza (T.V.'s "Who's the Boss,") and Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future Trilogy," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"). This 90's remake of the 1951 classic is the story of a Southern California foster boy named Roger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt from T.V.'s "3rd Rock From the Sun") who is in search of a family and longs to be united with his dad. His only hope is to pray that the last place California Angels (now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) win the pennant. When he prays for them, "real" angels actually help the team start winning and make an eventual believer out of cynical manager George Knox (Danny Glover), who becomes a mentor and friend to Roger and his best friend JP (Milton Davis, Jr.). Back in the summer of '94 around the time this movie was released, Major League Baseball went on a players strike, cancelling the second half of the season and the World Series, which was and still is the only time in baseball history that the World Series was cancelled. In fact, this movie was released the same week that the All-Star Game was played! The bad part of the strike is that Ken Griffey, Jr. was well on his way to breaking Maris's single-season home run record; he had 40 homers going into the break!!! Too bad that in '98 that McGwire and Sosa had to take "performance enhancing drugs" to break Maris's record!!! You can definitely tell I'm a die-hard baseball fan!!! Anyways, this movie captures the spirit of our national pastime almost as good as "Field of Dreams," "The Natural," and "A League of Their Own." Disney really did a good job of making you feel apart of the action, even though certain scenes weren't the most realistic in some cases!! This movie pretty much turned me into the baseball lover I am today!!! The story is good, the characters are funny (especially Al), the music adds to the intensity, and it has a great message in it! This is one movie that you don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy! If you haven't seen this movie yet, go out and buy it or rent it! This is one of many 90's kids movies that defined my childhood and I recommend it to every Disney and baseball fan! Rating: 10/10!!!
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10/10
20+ Years Later and it's Still one of the Best Disney Movies!!!
31 May 2012
Beauty and the Beast is Disney's 30th full-length animated feature released in 1991. Following the successes of "The Little Mermaid" and the much underrated "Resucers Down Under," Beauty and the Beast succeeded all expectations and made motion picture history by becoming the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1992 (it lost to Silence of the Lambs). Even though it didn't win Best Picture from the Academy, it's still a classic Disney film that is a favorite of many (including myself). It is the story of Belle (voice by Paige O'Hara), a beautiful young girl who, after her father is taken captive and imprisoned by the Beast (voiced by Robby Benson), goes to find him and take his place as the Beast's prisoner. While imprisoned, she meets a whole host of enchanted objects that were all once human but, because of the Beast's stubborness, he and the entire castle were placed under a spell that could only be broken if the Beast learned to love another and earn her love in return before the last petal on the rose fell. Some of the characters are: Lumiere the lovestruck candle (voiced by Jerry Orbach), Cogsworth the pompous clock (voiced by David Ogden Stiers who was also narrator), Mrs. Potts the kind-hearted teapot (voiced by Angela Lansbury), and Chip (voiced by Bradley Michael Pierce) who is your typical 8-year old boy. Every Disney movie has its antagonist (villain). Here it's Gaston (voiced by Richard White) an arrogant, heartless hunter who wants Belle at all costs. Once Belle falls in love with the Beast, Gaston's jealousy grows and Belle realizes that he's the true monster and Beast is more humane. This is a true classic: great story, great characters, great animation, and great music score/songs composed by Academy-Award Winning composers Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, who sadly died of AIDS six months before the film was released and never got to see how successful the film would become. I love the tribute to him at the end of the credits: "To our friend Howard, who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul. We will be forever grateful." The song that will stick with you is "Beauty and the Beast," sung during the ballroom dancing scene (Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson did a good job singing it too). This is a movie that can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of gender. I grew up loving this movie (and all the other Disney classics on VHS), and I'm a guy who loves sports! All that being said, this is definitely one of my top 10 favorite Disney movies!!! Rating: 9/10!!!
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DuckTales (1987–1990)
10/10
Best Disney Cartoon Ever!!! WOO-HOO!!!
21 May 2012
DuckTales is another one of the many great Disney (and overall) cartoons that came on in the late 80's-90's. It is about the adventures of Scrooge McDuck, millionaire tycoon of Duckburg and his three nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie who are always getting into trouble and out of it thanks to friends like Webby Vanderquack, Gyro Gearloose, and Launchpad McQuack. As a kid, I didn't watch this until the re-runs came on Disney Channel in the mid-to-late 90's, and I loved every episode! It has all the elements of "true" Disney: action, adventure, suspense, mystery, great stories, great characters, great animation, great villains like Magica de Spell and the Beagle Boys, great music, and an awesome theme song which I often find myself humming at the randomest times!!! As a kid, I also enjoyed "Darkwing Duck," "Chip and Dale's Rescue Ranger's," "Goof Troop," "TaleSpin," and all the other great Disney Afternoon cartoon's the 90's had to offer! This was, (and still is) however, my favorite of them all and easily one of my all-time favorite cartoons!!! I recently bought Volume 1 of this great show and since it has brought back so many nostalgic memories of childhood, I plan on getting Volumes 2-3 and Volumes of the other classic Disney Afternoon cartoons cause the garbage that Disney (with the exception of "Phineas and Ferb"), Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon is shoving down kids throats nowadays is brainwashing and it makes me sick!!! Anyways, back to the awesomeness of DuckTales; some of my favorite episodes are: the one where Scrooge and the boys have to save Donald from the spell of an evil mummy, the one where Launchpad and the boys accidentally get launched into space, the one where Gyro made those giant robots designed to help the city and the Beagle Boys use them to destroy it and, well, you get the idea!!! I love this cartoon!!! The movie "DuckTales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp" was pretty cool too!!! Rating: 10/10!!!
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10/10
Great Conclusion to the Star Wars Saga!!!
17 March 2012
Warning: Spoilers
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the third and final chapter of the prequels in the Star Wars Saga. WAR!!! In this episode, the Clone Wars, which have been fought for three years, are underway,(which is how the movie starts out!), Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) is the General of the Clone Wars and his apprentice Anakin (Hayden Christensen), is stronger than ever before (even though he is married to Padme, something that the Jedi are unaware of and which is forbidden). But, unaware that Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is behind the Clone Wars and is also the evil Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious, Anakin,(prophecied throughout the entire saga to be "The Chosen One," the one to bring balance to the Force), begins to succumb to Palpatine's mind-twisting ways, which will eventually lead him to kill Mace Windu, turn to the Dark Side, and aid Palpatine in hunting down and killing every single Jedi (except for Yoda and Obi-Wan), thus allowing Palpatine to turn the clones against the Jedi (which is the epic turning point of the movie and the entire saga), and become the evil Emperor and destroy the Republic to make way for the Galactic Empire. Like the other two prequel episodes, Episode III did everything it was supposed to: Show us the epic Clone Wars, reveal Palpatine's true identity, show us Luke and Leia's birth and their fates, and tragically show us how Anakin turns to the Dark Side and transforms into the evil Darth Vader! Out of all the duels in this movie, the best one was Anakin vs Obi-Wan (which is the second best in the entire saga)!!! Loved that George Lucas wanted the fight to take place on a fiery planet! The awesomeness of John Williams once again shines with "Battle of the Heroes," the theme of Episode III!!! With all that being said, this movie deserves nothing less than a 10!!! This and Episode I are my two favorite episodes of the entire saga!!! Never grow tired of them! Rating: 10/10!!!
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8/10
Pretty decent sequel, but still not as good as Episode I
17 March 2012
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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is the second installment in the prequel trilogy of the Star Wars Saga, released back in 2002. Set ten years after Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is the apprentice to Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), the former apprentice of Qui-Gon Jinn, Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman), the former Queen of Naboo, is now a Senator of the Galactic Republic, and Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. In this episode, Anakin and Obi-Wan are commissioned by the Jedi Council to protect Senator Amidala from an assassination plot. In the process, Obi-Wan is sent to the mysterious world of Kamino, where he will learn of the Grand Army of the Republic that will assist the Jedi in the Battle of Geonosis and encounter the dangerous bounty hunter Jango Fett and his son, Boba; Anakin must go with Padme to Naboo as her protector and, eventually, they end up falling in love, something that is forbidden for Anakin. Like I stated in my review for Episode I, once again, Episode II did everything it was supposed to: introduce us to the Clone Troopers (who will eventually become the Storm Troopers), reveal the epic beginning of the Clone Wars, and show Jedi Master Yoda in action vs Count Dooku (Christopher Lee)!!! I'll say this though, the thing that I don't like about this episode is that there is no real action until Obi-Wan engages in combat with Jango Fett. The love story really slows things down. Other than that, Episode II was pretty enjoyable. John Williams' "Across the Stars" was a great theme for the movie. That was probably the one thing that kept me interested the first half of this movie when I saw this in theaters. Lack of action throughout and poor acting by Anakin Skywalker is why this doesn't get a 10 from me! Rating: 8/10!!!
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10/10
The Beginning!!!
29 January 2012
In the excitement of the return of the Star Wars Saga to the big screen, this time in 3-D, I thought "Why not review the greatest film saga of all-time?" I can't believe I haven't, but since Star Wars has also been out for 35 years, I'm finally am! I'm starting with 1999's Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the first of the prequels and probably one of the most anticipated movies of the 20th Century. I can remember all the hype and advertisements like it was yesterday: Pepsi, Pizza Hut, and KFC Ads, Toy Commercials (still have all of them, action figures, podracers, lightsabers, you name it!), T-shirts, Lunchboxes, TV Spots that were shown just about every day, etc. I saw Episode I in theaters and being a 5 year old at the time, I was so blown away like some of you were when Episode IV: A New Hope came out! In this one, Qui-Gon-Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his apprentice Obi-Wan-Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) are secretly sent by the Supreme Chancellor to probe the mystery of the mysterious blockade that the Viceroy and the Trade Federation have over the planet of Naboo. While doing so, they'll meet and rescue the hilarious Gungan Jar Jar Binks, join forces with the Queen of Naboo, Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) who is fighting to save her people, land in Tatooine where they meet Anakin Skywalker, who is unaware that he will eventually become Darth Vader, and Senator Palpatine (also known as Darth Sidious/The Evil Emperor) who is determined to become Supreme Chancellor. They will also encounter an enemy; the evil Sith Lord Darth Maul (who wields an amazing double-bladed lightsaber) whom they will have to face. Amidst what the cynics and critics say about Episode I, it did everything it was supposed to: remind us of how awesome Star Wars is and give fans new thrills! From hearing the hum of a lightsaber, introducing us to C-3PO and R2-D2, the awe-inspiring Rome-like feel of the Podracing scene, the epic 4 part climax featuring the Gungans battle the droids, the Naboo starfighters fighting to destroy the Trade Federation battleship like the X-Wing fighters did with the Death Star in Episode IV, the Queen battling the Viceroy, and the epic lightsaber duel we were longing for (which is my personal favorite in the series)!!! Let's also not forget the amazing score by John Williams! I think "Duel of the Fates" and "Anakin's Theme" is John Williams at his best!!! With all that being said, I can't wait to see Star Wars Episode I in 3-D! Just a little over a week left! Those scenes I just mentioned are likely going to be ten times better in 3-D! Rating:10/10!!!!
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10/10
Another Classic 90's Animated Feature
27 October 2011
Warning: Spoilers
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 1993 animated motion picture released by Disney affiliate Touchstone Pictures that, at the time, decided to use a new form of animation: stop motion. The story is about Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon/Danny Elfman), the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown who, being tired of tricks and treats and all the scary elements that make up Halloween, decides, while walking with his trusty sidekick Zero (whom I affectionately call the Orange-Nosed Ghost Dog!), to explore a new world. That new world was Christmastown! After being enchanted by the wonders and joys of Christmastown, Jack devises a plan to take over Christmas and fill Santa Clause's shoes (or as Jack calls him, "Sandy Claws"). In doing so, he get's the entire town involved by putting a Halloween-like twist on Christmas (making ducks with razor-sharp teeth, dolls with no heads, etc.), and he get's the mischievous prankster trio of Lock, Shock, and Barrel to "kidnap the sandy claws." At first, the trio hillariously kidnaps the Easter Bunny, but the second time, when they do kidnap Santa, they send him to Oogie Boogie, the villain of Halloweentown, and then, more chaos ensues! This movie, even though it's animated and might not exactly be scary, it's very dark and creepy compared to most animated features that were made before and around that time frame. That being said, it was so dark that Disney, who originally produced and was going to release this film, had to back out and release it under Touchstone Pictures. Even though it's not slated under the Disney canon, it still has all the elements of a Disney classic: great story, great music score/songs composed by Danny Elfman (my favorites are "This is Halloween," "What's This," "Kidnap the Sandy Claws," and "Making Christmas,"), and some of the most amazingly imaginative characters ever animated such as the two-faced Mayor of Halloweentown (voiced by Glenn Shaddix), the mad scientist of Halloweentown Dr. Finklestein (voiced by William Hickey), and Jack's rag-doll of a girlfriend Sally (voiced by Catherine O'Hara). My favorites are Lock, Shock, and Barrel! If you by any chance haven't seen this amazing motion picture classic in the last 18 years it's been out, what are you waiting for! Watch it when it comes on T.V. again this Holiday season or rent it if you come across it! I love this movie and it's one of my favorites! Definitely a Classic! Rating: A scarifying 10/10!
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Pure Country (1992)
10/10
You don't have to be a fan of Country Music to enjoy this film
3 June 2011
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Pure Country is a 1992 film released by Warner Bros. Pictures starring George Strait ("The King of Country Music"), Lesley Ann Warren, and Isabel Glasser. The film is about fictional country singer Dusty Wyatt Chandler (George Strait), who has had enough of the light shows and smoke at his concerts and to him, he feels like a "dancing chicken" as he talked to his best friend Earl (John Doe). Tired of feeling like a "dancing chicken" he decides to "take a walk" back to his hometown to rediscover his country roots and along the way he finds true love in Harley Tucker (Isabel Glasser). While he was gone, though, one of the members of his friend Lula's (Lesley Ann Warren) road crew, Buddy Jackson (Kyle Chandler), takes over and moonlights as Dusty at one of their shows and gets the idea to present the video to a record producer. Now, it's up to Dusty to set things right. With a little help from his Grandma and his friends, there's nothing this cowboy can't handle. I first saw this on CMT last July and I loved every moment of it! I am a fan of country music. While George Strait isn't my favorite singer, he's in my top 5 for sure! My favorite songs from this movie are "Heartland", "Where the Sidewalk Ends", and "Cross My Heart", which is one of Strait's best songs and possibly the song that'll be played at my wedding (haven't decided on this or "Forever and Ever, Amen" by Randy Travis). Every song in the movie is great though and the soundtrack is worth the buy! This in my opinion is great entertainment for the whole family. It has a great love story, great country music, and good lessons. It's rated PG, but there's very little swearing in this movie. If you're a country fan and haven't seen this yet, watch it! Even if you're not a fan of country music, check it out anyways! Rating: 10/10!!!
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9/10
Disney's Under the Sea Classic
4 December 2010
The Little Mermaid is Walt Disney's 28th Animated masterpiece released in 1989 and has been hailed by many as "The movie that saved Disney" and began a new era in Disney animation known to Disney fans as the Disney Renaissance. This, like many other Disney movies is based off of a classic story. It's the story of Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson), a beautiful, fun-loving, adventurous mermaid who dreams of living life on land even though her father, King Triton (voiced by Kenneth Mars), forbids her of having any contact with the human world. But one night a fierce sea storm destroys the ship that the man of her dreams Prince Eric (voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes) is on and he falls underwater and Ariel has no choice but to save him. She fell in love with him at first sight and in order to see him again, she makes a deal with the evil sea-witch Ursula (voiced by Pat Carroll) and gives up her voice for a pair of human legs. In order to regain her voice and break Ursula's spell, she must kiss Eric within three days and if she doesn't, she'll remain a mermaid. This movie has everything a Disney movie should have: great story, memorable characters such as Flounder (voiced by Jason Marin), Sebastian (voiced by Samuel E. Wright), and Scuttle (voiced by Buddy Hackett), a great villain (Ursula is by far one of Disney's greatest villains), and an Academy Award winning music score composed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman with songs such as "Under the Sea", "Part of Your World", "Poor Unfortunate Souls", and "Kiss the Girl." If you haven't by any chance seen this movie in the last 20+ years it's been out, please watch it. It in my opinion is a movie that can be enjoyed by anyone, boy or girl. This, like many Disney Classics is one I own and is definitely one of my favorite Disney movies. The reason why I did not give this movie a 10 is because Musker and Clements could've done a better climax. Other than that, this movie is great family fun!!! Rating= 8 out of 10!
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Toy Story (1995)
10/10
To Infinty and Beyond!
24 March 2010
Like Snow White forever changed animation in 1937 by becoming the world's first animated film and Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988 (the world's first successful combination of animation and live-action) in 1995 Disney once again left their mark in animation history by giving us Toy Story: the world's first fully computer animated film. Toy Story is about a boy named Andy who, like most of us, had many toys as a kid, but there was always that one special toy that we just played with all the time. For him, it was cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks from "Big", "Apollo 13", "Saving Private Ryan") who feels he'll never be replaced. That all changes on Andy's birthday when he gets a cool spaceman toy, Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen, from the hit 90's sitcom "Home Improvement") and all of a sudden, Buzz is his new favorite toy. After ending up stuck in a game machine where "The Claw" picks both of them up and a dangerous boy named Sid (voiced by Erik von Detten), has some pretty evil plans for them. This movie has everything a good movie should have: great story, amazing, unforgettable characters, good music score and songs composed by Randy Newman, and some great messages on friendship. Other voices talents include Jim Varney as Slinky, John Ratzenberger as Mr. Potato Head, Don Rickles as Ham, and Wallace Shawn as Rex. Will Woody and Buzz learn to coexist? Can they with the help of some mutant toys foil Sid's evil plans? The only way to find out: Watch Toy Story. You should and I hope won't be disappointed if you haven't seen it. Rating:10/10!
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10/10
If you love Star Wars, then you'll love Treasure Planet
2 February 2010
Warning: Spoilers
Treasure Planet is an Sci-Fi animated film released by Walt Disney Pictures in November of 2002. When I first saw the previews of this great film, I said "Wow, this is going to be the best movie ever." While it isn't the best movie I've ever seen, it certainly is one of the best Disney movies ever and sadly, it is so underrated. It is the story of a young boy named Jim Hawkins (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt from "Angels in the Outfield") who is very adventurous and yet constantly in trouble. But then, after a space pirate named Billy Bones (voiced by Patrick Mcgoohan) arrives at his mother's inn, he gives Jim the map to an old treasure stashed away by Captain Flint, "The Loot of a Thousand World's." Now, accompanied by Dr. Doppler (voiced by David Hyde Pierce), Jim is determined to find it. He then sets sail aboard the RLS Legacy (named after Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island) and meets a cyborg named John Silver (voiced by Brian Murray) who is made out to be a villain (when I first saw this, I thought he was) but actually turns out to be the father figure Jim never had. I found a few similarities to Star Wars: the comical robot B.E.N. (voiced by Martn Short) is similar to C-3PO in quite a few ways and the concept of a Solar Surfer (which was an amazing sequence) is similar to the Podracers from "Phantom Menace." My favorite character is definitely Jim. Treasure Planet has everything: action, explosions, suspense, stunning, out of this world animation that combines 2-D and 3-D, a thrilling treasure hunt, lessons of self discovery, and yet another amazing Disney score composed by James Newton Howard. It also stars Emma Thompson (Captain Amelia), Michael Wincott (Scroop), and Roscoe Lee Browne (Mr. Arrow). This is a movie I own on DVD (I have a lot of Disney movies) and if you haven't seen it yet, rent it. Rating: 10/10!
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Dinosaur (2000)
10/10
Possibly the Most Visually Stunning Film of All-Time!
18 January 2010
I first saw the trailer for "Dinosaur" on my previews of my "Tarzan" VHS and I immediately said "Wow" and begged my parents to go see it. I saw it about a month after its May 19 (a year after the release of "The Phantom Menace") release in theaters and it was so good I wanted to see it again. It's the story of an iguanodon named Aladar (voiced by D.B. Sweeney) who, when he and his lemur family, Plio (voiced by Alfre Woodard), Zini (voiced by Max Cassela), Yar (voiced by Ossie Davis), and Suri (voiced by Hayden Panettiere) were almost extinct from an eye-popping meteor shower, they follow a herd of the remaining dinosaurs lead by the stubborn and unreasonable Kron (voiced by Samuel Wright). Along the way they'll befriend a feisty triceratops named Eema (voiced by Della Reese), a courageous brachiosaur named Baylene (voiced by Joan Plowright), a carefree stegosaurus named Url, and an iguanodon named Neera; they'll also dodge blood-thirsty carnotaurs on their voyage to the nesting grounds. This movie has just about everything: great story, great characters, action-packed climax, suspense, stunning, unbelievable graphics, and a great film score composed by James Newton Howard. I recommend this to anyone who loves dinosaurs, a fan of Disney, or looking for a movie to watch with the whole family. Rating:10/10
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Heavy Weights (1995)
10/10
My favorite movie of all time!
18 November 2009
Heavyweights is a 1995 comedy released by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Steven Brill, the creator of the also hilarious Mighty Ducks movie (which is another favorite of mine). It is about overweight kids who are sent to a camp run by a fitness fanatic named Tony Pekis (Ben Stiller from "Meet the Parents") who is out to make their summer a nightmare. I first saw this movie when it came on Disney Channel about 3 or 4 years ago and since then I have bought and watched this movie over 12 times and I plan to see it many, many more times because this movie is absolutely hilarious and I think it is a Classic movie. From the very beginning to the end credits where the Camp Hope song is sung (which will have you laughing even more) and where Perkis becomes a door-to-door salesman (which is also hilarious) Heavyweights is (if you have a sense of humor) a great movie which I love to quote. One of my many favorite quotes is when Josh, (Goldberg from The Mighty Ducks films) says to Perkis "I know whose candy it is, okay. The candy belongs to seymour butts." Then Perkis replies, confused "Seymour butts?" "Seymour butts?" "Who's seymour butts, huh who's seymour butts?" then Josh says "Nobodys seen more butts than you Uncle Tony!" If you haven't seen this movie yet, the next time you are in a video store, consider renting this one. You shouldn't and I hope you won't be disappointed. You will laugh harder than you probably ever have at a PG film. Rating: Over the scale! (if you've seen the movie you get my joke).
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Tom and Huck (1995)
9/10
A great adaption of Mark Twain's classic novel
3 October 2009
Tom and Huck is a 1995 movie released by Walt Disney Pictures starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas (T.V.'s "Home Improvement", "The Lion King")and Brad Renfro. It is based from Mark Twain's Novel about two mischievous boys Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn who, after witnessing the murder of Doc Robinson, the town's undertaker by the evil, knife-throwing Injun Joe (who will remind you of Indiana Jones if you've seen it), they must sware in blood not to tell anyone. If they don't, they will remain alive and not die; but, if they do tell anyone it was Injun Joe, he will kill them. The morning after the murder was committed, Injun Joe blames the whole thing on the town drunk, Muff Potter, saying that Muff committed the murder when Tom knows it was Injun Joe. I first saw this movie when I was a kid and recently, I have viewed it over and over again because it is one of my favorite movies. It has everything a good movie (like I have stated in reviews of other movies) should have: awesome music score composed by Stephen Endelman ("The Hunt for Murrell's Map" is a theme that fits the movie perfectly) amazing climax (being set in a huge scary cave, it makes one of the best you'll ever see), and a lesson for both boys; "When a friend's in trouble, you don't run away." One of my favorite parts in the movie is when Tom says "Last week Aunt Polly whipped me for swiping a pie, but it wasn't me. Figured it was Sid." Then Huck replies "He wanted it, but I beat em' to it." Then Tom says "I ought to punch you in the nose." Huck answers "You're welcome to try." Then Tom's says "Maybe later." The only reason I didn't give the film a 10 is because the accents could have been a little bit more country. Other than that, this film was great family fun. Rating: 9/10!
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The Lion King (1994)
10/10
A Crownig Achievement for Disney
30 September 2009
Warning: Spoilers
From the amazing sunrise for Simba's birth to the incredible and breathtaking climax, Disney's The Lion King is not just an amazing animated film, it is one of the greatest movies ever made! It is the story of a young lion cub named Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas from "Home Improvement") who is destined and "Just Can't Wait to be King" of the jungle. After his father and king at the time Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones from "Star Wars", "Field of Dreams"), is thrown into a wild stampede of wildebeests and killed by his evil uncle Scar (voiced by Jeremy Irons from "The Time Machine"), Simba is thrown into exile by him and believed to have been killed by the hyenas. Then, he meets two hilarious characters that provide the comic relief to this dark film; a zany meerkat named Timon (voiced by Nathan Lane from "Mouse Hunt") and his kind warthog companion named Pumbaa (voiced by Ernie Sabella)and he adopts the "Hakuna Matata" lifestyle, while forgetting his true destiny; go back to Pride Rock, defeat Scar and restore the Circle of Life. Along the way, he reunites with childhood friend Nala (voiced by Moira Kelly) and meets a wise old baboon named Rafiki (voiced by Robert Guillame) that remind him of his true destiny and leads to one of the greatest climaxes you will see in any film. The Lion King has everything an animated feature should have: great story, nice songs, dynamic music score, amazing animation, memorable characters (my favorite is Pumbaa), an edge of your seat ending, and a life lesson that anyone can apply to their life. This movie also has in my opinion the best voice cast for any animated film. Lion King is a film that everyone should see and own for you and your family to enjoy (I still have my VHS Copy of the film). Not my favorite animated film (the honor goes to "A Goofy Movie") but definitely in the top 5! Rating: A roaring 10/10!
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Wild America (1997)
10/10
Terrific!
4 August 2009
Warning: Spoilers
Wild America is a great movie! It is the story of three brothers, Marshall (Johnathan Taylor Thomas), Mark (Devon Sawa), and Marty Stouffer (Scott Bairstow) who go on the road in various locations across America putting their lives in danger as they learn to depend and trust each other while filming endangered wildlife with the dreams of becoming nature filmmakers. All kinds of animals are filmed in this movie from alligators, wolves, deer, wild horses, moose, a cave of raging grizzly bears and more! I saw a little bit of this when it aired on WGN one Saturday afternoon and the parts I saw made me want to watch the whole movie. I first saw the whole movie on Encore Wam about two months ago and I loved it. Since then, it has become one of my favorite movies. I don't have this one yet, but I hope to get it soon. If you're looking for adventure, action, love nature, or you need a movie to watch with the whole family, I highly recommend this. This is not a Disney movie; it is from Warner Bros., so just to warn you, there is some language in this film despite its PG rating. Rating for Wild America: 10/10!
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The Mask (1994)
10/10
A Jim Carrey Masterpiece!
4 August 2009
Warning: Spoilers
"The Mask" is another reason why Jim Carrey is a comedy legend. It is about a nerdy guy named Stanley Ipkiss who works as a banker and loves his dog named Milo. Then one night he finds an ancient mask derived from Loki (Greek god of mischief) that brings his innermost desires to life and turns him into a wisecracking green superhero that's basically a real-life cartoon character before our very eyes. This movie has everything from groundbreaking special effects, references to cartoon characters such as Tazz (when he puts on the mask, he spins around like a tornado), the Roadrunner (he dashes) Tex Avery cartoons, a great climax, and blonde bombshell Cameron Diaz (her first film role). This is a movie that I have, and if you like Jim Carrey, go out and buy it. I have watched it several times, and if you haven't seen it yet, please do. If you are looking for a movie to watch with your whole family, go rent this one. It's great fun for the whole family despite its PG-13 rating (should've been rated PG and you'll see why). My rating for The Mask:10/10!
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