While some films had more adult themes, with proper adult supervision and guidance/discussion if needed, they are fine. They contain various important life lessons.
I did appreciate the short intro by the creators of each film. It gave a bit of background, that for me, made me appreciate each film even more.
The whole collection was a treat. Sometimes emotional, always well-done, overall delightful. Gave each one a 10, except "How To Hook Up Your Home Theater", which I gave a 9 (only because Goofy isn't one of my personal favorite characters).
Walt Disney Animation Short Film Collection (2015) 12 films Total run time: 1 hour, 29 minutes
(Time listed below reflects the start point of each film in DVD/location within entire film).
John Henry - :55
Lorenzo - 11:54
Little Match Girl - 17:20
How to Hook Up Your Home Theater - 24:45
Tick Tock Tale - 31:45
Operation Secret Santa - 38:41
The Ballad of Bessie - 46:35
Tangled Ever After - 52:47
Paperman - 1:00:00
Get a Horse - 1:07:27
Feast - 1:14:07
Frozen Fever - 1:21:11
I was catching up with The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert (aired 1/16/2019) & the commercial showed a woman going through airport security with a bottle of salad dressing. Security says it wasn't allowed on the plane, so she opened it and chugged the bottle like a beer.
Even the motto was the same! "You either love it or you REALLY love it."
That CAN'T be a coincidence. It was shot-for-shot, just like his presentation to his table of clients.
Maybe an inside joke with the folks working together in the TV industry?
I wish I knew the story behind this "joke", nod/wink.
I grew to love the characters, hoping for the best for them, feeling pull on my heartstrings when life would go from the up' to the down's.
I think that I can live with the series finale, even though I wish it wouldn't end. In my imagination, I can see all of their possible futures.
I usually accept finales/endings, react/feel, then move on.
I knew the end was coming, that the actor was said on the show news that he wasn't coming back, but I didn't actually expect what happened. How the heck would the same character be played by another actor?
I love the show and everyone else, but if the next season was solving this crime, then it would be a completely different show.
If his character "survives", and is just played by another actor? The writing/acting/story would have to be the most top-notch ever for it to be believable and work.
I know that it'll take me a while to shake this. I realize I'm more sensitive than average. So, instead of trying to calm down, I'm rewatching a crazy mind-blowing season 1 of a series so I can watch season 2 that I have sitting on my queue.
I need to enter another world where I know is a twisted sense of reality, because I can't deal with the painful, but incredibly amazing finale I just experienced.
I really loved it when the story/segments were more dark, and I can't wait to see season 2, since it's supposed to be about the villains. For instance, I loved Dark Nurse, when the Bad Doctor dances with the one girl (don't want to give anything away), and even though it's not as dark, I loved the Tap Dancer.
I was super surprised, but happily so, to find out Harry Shum Jr. was in this, and did a major part of the choreography. He's not just a great dancer and a cute face on Glee. Loved his segment, which it also says he wrote. Nice!
Wow. Anyone who hasn't seen this and loves dance should watch it asap!
This is an intense, complex, psychological thriller that is acted very well. The direction and cinematography impressed me a great deal. I don't find many films with smart, layered scripts. For the first 15 minutes, I was a bit off-kilter. It did jump around. But, I found if I just relaxed and didn't try to figure everything out, the film ended up more enjoyable. It doesn't spell it out for you or hold your hand the way that most big budget films do. This is a thinking person's film.
Unlike some of the reviewers, I didn't find the ending confusing at all. I will say, though, that I did not like the alternate ending. While it was well-done, I thought it completely changed the tone and meaning of the story. I am one of those people who don't need a "happy ending" with all the questions tied up in a little bow. I like a little mystery. I like to stretch my mind.
There were some disturbing scenes in the film that may put some people off. Without giving too much away, the dog thing was very hard for me to watch. It was one of those, "it's only a movie!" moments for me. There is not much gore, but what there is, is cringe-worthy.
Overall, I recommend this film for those who want to mentally participate in the unfolding of a interesting and challenging story.
I will also say that the ending was a little abrupt for me. I know this film was "based on true events", which makes it pretty tragic. But what I found more tragic is that the story wasn't presented to the viewer better.
It was very Indie-looking from the beginning, with gritty film stock and no-name actors, but after worrying for the first few minutes that this could mean "cheesy", I realized that the film felt authentic instead. I was made to feel a part of the community of Mulberry Street, so when things start to go wrong, I felt as anxious as the characters.
I like films that make me forget that I am watching a film. I like it when I get lost in the world I am watching, no matter how fantastical the situation may be. The writers / director kept a story very grounded in "reality", that could've been silly or unbelievable. They didn't over-explain or show too much of the horror / gore of it all. I think the best horror stories are the ones where the audience feels as though they are secretly peeping into other peoples' worlds. We get to sit in our comfy chairs and watch their safe little lives fall apart in a horrific and disturbing way. This film pushes it just far enough without breaking that line where "suspension of disbelief" becomes "that would NEVER happen".
If you like all things horror, old school style, I think you will like this film. It is clearly made by people who love the genre and care a great deal for the underground art of move-making. I hope to see more from these writers and director. They have a new fan.
June 2008 ~ After reading some of the positive reviews, I reevaluated my opinion. With every film I watch, I try to find something positive. I am an artist myself and I know that a lot of effort and love goes into any production of art. I try to see it from the writer's, director's, even the editor's point of view. I try. Really, I do.
But, unfortunately, I have to stand by my original review. Sorry guys.