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Ranking The Disney Renaissance Films

While Disney may seem like an unstoppable juggernaut today, there was a time that this was not the case. During the 1980s, the studio released films to lackluster box office performances. Films like The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron failed to meet expectations, and the studio was in jeopardy.

And then, in 1989, Disney released The Little Mermaid, which started the decade now known as The Disney Renaissance. During this time, Disney produced ten of their biggest hits. Of those ten, nine were nominated for Academy Awards, and all were considered commercial successes. While many of these films are now beloved classics, there are some that truly manage to shine and rise above the others. Therefore, let's see which of the Disney Renaissance films has managed to stand the test of time.

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‘Nutcracker’ and 10 More of the Biggest Bombs in Box Office History (Photos)

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‘Nutcracker’ and 10 More of the Biggest Bombs in Box Office History (Photos)
Even though Disney is currently the king of the box office, they aren’t immune from a big misfire. With a $130 million budget and a $20 million opening “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is shaping up to be one of 2018’s biggest bombs. But will it be as infamous as some of these all-time flops?

Ishtar” (1987) — With reports of a rocky production and a budget that got way out of hand, critics and the Hollywood trades savaged Elaine May’s adventure comedy as it collapsed to just $14 million made. For years, it was considered one of the worst films ever made, but is now considered by some to be a stealth success.

47 Ronin” (2013) — Though Keanu Reeves was on his game in the action scenes, this Japanese fantasy was panned for its story and cost Universal big as it failed to make back its $175 million budget.

Cutthroat Island” (1995) – Geena Davis, still hot from “Thelma & Louise,
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Check Out Dark Souls Animated in the Style of Cuphead

This Dark Souls and Cuphead parody looks absolutely crazy. It has the look of a Monty Python-esque adventure made into a video game with elements of The Black Cauldron and then liberally infused with other random bits and pieces that don’t make a lot of sense but seem to come together as a cohesive unit. This just reminds me that there are a lot of video games out there that aren’t so well known that are just waiting to be discovered and possibly given some attention. Have you ever happened to notice that from coast to coast and country to

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Looking back at 1985: The Black Cauldron

Tim here. This month at the Film Experience, we're celebrating the year 1985 in movies, and in the chronicles of animation history, that can mean only one thing.  I refer to the evergreen tale of how Walt Disney Pictures nearly extinguished itself during the hideously protracted, agonized production of the animated feature The Black Cauldron.

This was near the end of almost two straight decades, following Walt Disney's death in 1966, during which time the company with his name on it couldn't put a single foot right. The days of Marvel, Star Wars, and billion-dollar cartoons weren't so much as a glimmer at this time; Disney barely existed as a film studio at all, but was internationally known almost exclusively for its theme parks. Still, live-action films trickled out every so often, and about once every four years, the animation studio would try its hand at a new cartoon. The most ambitious
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Every 90s Disney Animated Movie Ranked, Worst to Best

Walt Disney Animation Studios is a cultural icon. The studio literally invented an entire business with 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, which was the first full-length animated feature ever made in the United States. Under Walt Disney’s purview, the studio would go on to create classic after classic throughout the 40s, 50s, and 60s, but somewhere in the late 70s and throughout the 80s, Walt Disney Animation had lost its way. The Black Cauldron, released in 1985, is considered a major turning point for the studio as it was the first Disney film to receive …
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James Bond Director Sam Mendes in Talks to Direct Disney's Pinocchio

Disney Studios is looking to lure James Bond director Sam Mendes into helming their live-action adaptation of Pinocchio. Mendes is a great director and this would be a very different kind of film project for him to take on, which is why I hope it all works out. I think he would do a fantastic job adapting the story of Pinocchio for the big screen.

Pinocchio is one of my favorite Disney animated films. Not only is it one of the most beautifully hand-drawn animated films ever made, the story is the stuff horrific nightmares are made of! Holy Hell! That scene where Lampy turns into a jackass scared the living shit out of me when I was a kid! It made me never want to do anything bad! It was horrific! That's going to be interesting to see in live-action. 

Mendes directing the film isn't set in stone yet,
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Exclusive: Moana director Ron Clements on the future of hand-drawn animation

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Author: Andy Furlong

Ron Clements, the mind behind such classics as Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, recently spoke to HeyUGuys about his Oscar-nominated animation sensation Moana. In a wide-ranging interview he also shares his thoughts on the future of hand-drawn animation, how he feels about Guy Ritchie’s remake of Aladdin (let’s hope Jason Statham will be cast as the Genie) and his relationship with frequent collaborator and co-director John Musker.

Moana marks your first computer-animated movie; I think it still clearly retains that traditional Disney ethos, which I appreciated, but what do you think you were able to achieve creating Moana using CGI that you couldn’t with traditional animation, and do you think traditional animation still has advantages over CGI in other ways?

Well, I love traditional animation; John (Musker) and I both love traditional animation and we hope traditional animation has a bright future. With Moana
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80s fantasy movie moments that terrified us as kids

Ryan Lambie Mar 22, 2017

Fearsome monsters, grasping hands, and a suggestive tree. Here are 10 fantasy movie moments that scarred us as kids...

Sooner or later, you're going to see a scary movie. Whether you sneak down and watch a horror film on late night television, watch a Nightmare On Elm Street sequel round a friend's house or watch clips of slasher movies on YouTube, horror movies are always out there, waiting in the wings for the young and curious.

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But long before most of us graduate to the stage of our lives where we start seeking out 18-rated movies of gore and terror, we reliably encounter scary moments in what might initially seem to be harmless family adventure films.

The 1980s was an
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Alan Menken: A Life in Disney

As Beauty and the Beast shatters box office records worldwide, Sean Wilson looks back at the illustrious Disney career of its celebrated composer Alan Menken

Disney’s in-vogue trend of rebooting their animated classics shows no signs of abating, as their live-action take on 1991 masterpiece Beauty and the Beast waltzes onto screens. Starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the lead roles, it’s a movie that hews pretty closely to the template of the original (with one or two additional vignettes including a new Beast solo performance), and one critical aspect of its nostalgia is the return of composer Alan Menken.

A man synonymous with the Disney brand ever since the company’s renaissance back in 1989, Menken’s return to Beauty and the Beast territory is a key factor in the new movie’s success, the composer bolstering his original, enchanting score with reworked versions of classic tunes like
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Beauty & The Beast makes a bit of cash

Simon Brew Mar 20, 2017

Disney's new take on Beauty & The Beast becomes the first huge smash hit of the year...

It looks like we’ve got our first huge hit of 2017, then. Up until the start of last week, the number one film at the global box office this year was xXx: Return Of Xander Cage, a film given a huge helping hand by its Chinese box office figure. Since then, Logan has overtaken it, and as of the time this story was being written, Hugh Jackman's Wolverine finale is up to $481m worldwide after three weekends.

And then Disney’s live action take on Beauty & The Beast came along.

In one weekend, it’s notched up $350m, overtaking the likes of The Lego Batman Movie, Kong: Skull Island and The Space Between Us. $170m of that has come from the Us alone, and with competition for the family movie
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Disney's Frozen Won't Get a Live-Action Reboot Anytime Soon

Beauty and the Beast is in theaters this weekend, and it's the umpteenth time Disney has rebooted one of their animated classics with a live-action cast. The movie has already made bank it its opening day, and Disney isn't about to stop this trend anytime soon. There are live-action reboots of Aladdin, Dumbo, and the Little Mermaid all in various stages of production right now. And more are expected to be announced before the year is over. But there is one movie you can scratch off the list. And that's the 2013 blockbuster smash hit Frozen.

So you can stop sweating and worrying about whether Disney is going to give this fairy tale a humanized rebuff. Also off the list for any immediate Disney live-action reboot are the movies The Emperor's New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, Bolt and The Princess and the Frog. You can scratch Tangled and Big Hero 6 off that list.
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20 Facts You Didn’t Know About 1991’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Photos)

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20 Facts You Didn’t Know About 1991’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Photos)
November 22 marks the 25th anniversary of “Beauty and the Beast.” TheWrap teamed up with IMDb to give you these 15 facts you may not have known about the Oscar-winning film. Belle was the first brown-haired Disney princess. The smoke during the transformation of the beast is not animated — it was real smoke originally used in 1985’s “The Black Cauldron.” Although Angela Lansbury is famous for singing the “Beauty and the Beast” ballad, she originally thought another actor would be more suited. The director asked her to make at least one recording of her singing the song, which ended up in...
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Blu-ray Review: The Asphalt Jungle Is Near Perfect

John Huston was one of the greatest mid-century (or ever) American directors. He directed The Maltese FalconThe African QueenKey LargoPrizzi's HonorThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Annie, and The Misfits, among others. Huston had previously been an opera singer, and enjoyed a healthy acting career as well when he choose to venture to the other side of the camera, with stints in ChinatownBattle for the Planet of the ApesWise Blood, and voice overs and narration for animated films such as The Black Cauldron and The Return of the King. And of course, he fathered actors Anjelica and Danny Huston. Today, we're going to delve into the Criterion Collection's recent blu-ray release of one of Huston's finest noirs, The Asphalt Jungle. Starring the manly Sterling Hayden, Jean Hagen (so good here), Louis...

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Exploring Disney's fascinating dark phase of the 70s and 80s

Ryan Lambie Dec 7, 2016

Space horror in The Black Hole. Animated death in The Black Cauldron. Ryan looks back at a unique period in Disney's filmmaking history...

When George Lucas started writing Star Wars in the early 70s, the space saga was intended to fill a void left behind by westerns, pirate movies and the sci-fi fantasy of old matinee serials. "Disney had abdicated its rein over the children's market," Lucas once said, according to Peter Biskind's book, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, "and nothing had replaced it."

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Indeed, Disney was one of many Hollywood studios that Lucas had approached with Star Wars and they, just like Universal, United Artists and everyone other than 20th Century Fox boss Alan Ladd Jr, had turned it down flat.
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Now Disney is making a live action Snow White too

Simon Brew Nov 1, 2016

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs gets added to the list of live action takes on Disney animated hits...

In a surprise to pretty much nobody on planet Earth, it’s been revealed that Disney has added a live action take on Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs to its collection of remakes of its animated classics. The news follows the announcement of a live action The Lion King last month.

The only slight shock in this instance, really, is that it’s taken so long. Still, the studio’s original animated success is set to be put into the hands of screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson, who was the scribe who adapted The Girl On The Train for the big screen.

No director has been announced at this stage.

We do know who’s going to be song-writing duties, though. The pairing of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
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The Disney Renaissance’s Little Woman: Katharine Hepburn’s Imprint on Belle

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Few questions feel as stale as the following: Is the Disney Princess feminist? It's become profoundly boring to scavenge for an answer, so common is this refrain that arises each holiday season since Peggy Orenstein’s barnstorm of an essay. It will no doubt be a talking point upon the release of Moana later this year. The "Disney Princess" has congealed into a homogenous, lumpen unit of capitalist excess, so much that each character’s particular idiosyncrasies often become obscured in such discussions.Belle, the heroine of Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale’s Beauty and the Beast (1991), is a headstrong bibliophile with a peripatetic mind; she spends the beginning of the film longing to be elsewhere. “There must be more than this provincial life,” she screams in the film’s opening number, which economically introduces us to the townspeople who fawn over her. Belle, voiced by Paige O’Hara, occupies
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Can fantasy films escape Lord Of The Rings' shadow?




The world of J.R.R. Tolkien, brought to the screen by Peter Jackson, continues to cast a shadow over fantasy cinema...

One realm to rule them all. One realm to find them, one realm to bring them all and in the darkness bind them, in the land of Middle-earth where the shadows lie.

Now, far be it from me to ever describe Middle-earth as a dark shadow over anything, but for everyone else trying to make a mega-hit fantasy film, the very thought of competing with Peter Jackson’s adaptations of The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit must seem the equivalent of toppling literal evil on Earth.

It seems that any time a big-budget fantasy flick is released, they get sneered at as generic, lacking the richness of detail or story compared to Lord Of The Rings.

But if this sounds like I’m suggesting there
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Disney returning to The Black Cauldron for The Chronicles of Prydain

Walt Disney Pictures are returning to the world of The Black Cauldron, with Variety reporting that the studio has picked up the rights to Lloyd Alexander’s five-book fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain – the first two of which were adapted in the 1985 movie.

Released between 1964 and 1968, the five books – The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle Llyr, Taran Wanderer and The High King – are set in the magical land of Prydain, which is engaged in a series of battles with Annuvin, the Land of Death. The series follows its protagonist Taran, an assistant pig-keeper with dreams of becoming a grand hero.

The Black Cauldron was the 25th animated Disney film, and struggled at the box office, grossing just $21 million from a budget of $44 million.
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Disney Planning A New Fantasy Series From The Author Of The Black Cauldron

While Disney.s 1985 animated feature The Black Cauldron may not be peak of the Mouse House at their powers, I still maintain that it.s an underrated gem in their back catalog. Whether or not anyone else agrees with me on this particular iteration of the story, that.s apparently not going to stop Disney from reaching into the archives and bringing more stories from Black Cauldron author Lloyd Alexander to life, as working to adapt his fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain for the big screen. A high fantasy series published between 1964 and 1968.a run that includes the novel The Black Cauldron.Lloyd Alexander.s five The Chronicles of Prydain books are based on Welsh mythology. According to Variety, Disney has locked up the rights to the saga and is in the process of developing them into a series of movies. While this is all in the
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Disney Has Reacquired Rights For The Black Cauldron

Looks like Disney has all it needs to bring back a cult series that I personally loved as a kid, but was hated by critics and the studio alike. The Black Cauldron nearly bankrupted Disney after earning back only half of its $40 million budget in theaters, but it inevitably lead to Disney backpedaling away from teens, returning their aim towards children, and making The Little Mermaid, which sparked an animation revolution at the studio!

Variety says Disney has reacquired the rights to The Chronicles of Prydain, which were the original books by Lloyd Alexander that The Black Cauldron was a part of. Another little fun fact about this film: it was the first Disney movie to feature computer animation!

Man, I forgot how awesome this was! Can't wait to see what Disney does with the franchise!
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