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Disney 53 Marathon: The Rescuers Down Under

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.

Directed by Hendel Butoy and Mike Gabriel

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.
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Disney 53: The Rescuers

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 we join The Rescuers.

1977/ 77 minutes

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, Art Stevens

One of the last films Walt Disney himself was involved in, albeit several years before production began, The Rescuers marked a return to dramatic storytelling, rather than the lighter, more comic films of the 1970s, and is also notable for a few technical innovations. Advancements in the xerographic process (which transferred pencil drawings directly from the page to the animation cel,
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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Rescuers’

The Rescuers

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, Art Stevens

Written by Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Burny Mattinson, Fred Lucky, Dick Sebast, Dave Michener

Starring Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, Pat Buttram, George Lindsey

One of the most fascinating aspects of our podcast is watching the struggle within the Walt Disney Company to blend reality and fantasy. From the beginning, Disney had stated that he wanted movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to be perceived as films for adults, as opposed to films for children or families. I’m always heartened to see that comment brought up in modern conversation, because the stigma that animation is specifically for children hasn’t ever dissipated in popular culture. What frustrates me is the film Disney refers to, and how it became a template of sorts for the animators and filmmakers who work at the Walt Disney Company.
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Disney's 50 Finest: In Order of Awesome

Just days before the release of "Tangled," Disney shocked the world by announcing the film would be their last fairy tale princess story. But while there was much wailing, another, more positive milestone has been somewhat overlooked: "Tangled" marked the studio's 50th animated feature.

We know what you're thinking: Surely Disney has made more than 50 movies, right? And it's true, they have. But if there's one thing Disney knows even more than animation, it's how to protect their brand, which is why they've designated some of their features to be official classics and others -- like "The Jungle Book 2" or "Pete's Dragon" -- to be, you know, just something they do on the side for giggles and grins.

To celebrate the release of "Beauty and the Beast 3D," we review and rank all 50 official Disney animated features. Let the subjectivity begin.

50. 'Brother Bear' (2003)

Hey guys, remember "Brother Bear,
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Animated Disney movies inspired by English literature

With Alice In Wonderland arriving on disc next week, we look back at the English literature that's inspired previous Disney productions...

Disney has used mythology, historical characters, fairy tales and fables as the foundation for some amazing animated films. But, curiously for such an American icon, its also drawn on the diverse world of English literature for some of its most successful projects.

Alice In Wonderland (1951)

Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland became the first animated Disney feature to use classic English literature as a bedrock. In the Disney version, elements from both the original Alice adventure and the sequel Through The Looking-Glass were combined to give a strong flavour of the Carroll's perversely warped universe.

Unfortunately, UK reviewers weren't kind to it, and it was one of the first Disney productions to be accused of 'Americanising' a literary classic.

In retrospect, Alice In Wonderland represents some amazing work in animation,
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