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Editor's rating: 
 4.6
 
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Bambi (1942) When we hear of Bambi we immediately think “Disney, Thumper, Forest Fire and Tragic Loss Of A Mother.”  In a manner of speaking, those few words sum up the most obvious praises for the film, “Bambi.”  But the film is so much more. “Bambi” is Disney’s fifth, or fourth if you don’t count “The Reluctant Dragon” cinematic feature, debuting in 1942.  Much like “Fantasia,” “Bambi” finds powerful moments in score-driven sequences as well as silence. Hand-drawn animation is at its best in this feature.  New animation camera work also adds to the powerful images of this release.  The story, which is based on an Austrian author’s work, is simple, but powerful.  Bambi is the prince of the forest, having been birthed by the wisest deer in all the forest. In the spring we watch as Bambi finds his legs and makes new friends, ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.4
 
Monday, 24 January 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Alice In Wonderland (60th Anniversary Edition) (1951) We are all probably exhausted from the recent releases of the 2010 version of “Alice In Wonderland,” with the 3D version being the latest.  However, we must continue, now with the original 1951 Disney animation. 1951’s “Alice In Wonderland” is Disney’s next big success following “Dumbo,” “Bambi” and “Cinderella.”  I must be honest.  It is perhaps my least favorite of Disney’s classics, and struggle to understand why it is such a classic. Lewis Carroll designed a story that was full of chaos and confusion that still retained an opposite.  The Disney adaptation contains no such reprieve from a land of confusion short of an intro and outro.  Many may not remember, but “Alice In Wonderland” is a song and dance film.  However, it is not as memorable as the music of “Dumbo” and “Snow White.” Disney has presented two extremes to the Carroll tale.  ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.1
 
Tuesday, 21 December 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'Hoole (3D/2D Combo) (2010) “Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” is an animated feature based on the book series by author Kathryn Lasky.  She wrote fifteen books total in the series.  In what seems to be a trend, much like that of turning beloved 1980s’ figures in feature films, Warner has brought another book series to the big screen. Warner’s success with Harry Potter has been unmatched.  And it continues to do so.  LOTG:OOG, for short, has some spectacular imagery, more on that in a bit, but an overall sense of great storytelling seems to be missing. The film opened with modest success, slipping greatly at the box from week to week.  Overall, the US box office intake was not enough to recoup the cost of the animated feature, but was so when combined with box office sales from around the world. While Lasky was ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.5
 
Monday, 20 December 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Despicable Me (2010) Alright, let’s get this off the plate right now.  “Despicable Me” is not at the level of any one of the Pixar animations.  However, that doesn’t mean it can’t stand on its own.  In fact, it does that very well.  But where the difference between the Universal animation and the Pixar animation lies in the range of audiences. “Despicable Me” doesn’t appeal to as wide a range of audiences as a Disney/Pixar presentation.  In fact, I was tempted to shut the film off until maybe 50 minutes into it.  I found it to be silly and no more entertaining that those ridiculous shows today that pass as Saturday morning cartoons.  The premise is ridiculous and the resolve is absurd.  The moment it is released that the plot of the film is going to be an evil villain attempting to steal the ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.3
 
Monday, 06 December 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Fantasia (1940) / Fantasia 2000 (1999) "Fantasia" is arguably one of the best animated musicals created by Disney or any other animation studio.  It put forth a number of technological advancements, including surround sound and feature-length animation.  That being said, "Fantasia" does lose some audiences due to its length, and some musical selections. Without a doubt you have to be a classical music fan in order to enjoy these films, well at least the original "Fantasia."  "Fantasia 2000" is much more manageable and kid friendly.  The segments are shorter and the music is a bit more engaging.  With all due respect, I don't think the tag "'Fantasia' is timeless" is accurate.  If it was timeless then a new version would not have been made to attract kids of the past generation. Nonetheless, "Fantasia" does remain a masterpiece given the time period in which is was conceived.  Walt Disney ...
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