The reinvention of Disney’s animated films

This all started at the screening for Ralph Breaks the Internet. It was a kid-friendly screening with Disney so the essential PG-rated trailers appeared. One of them was the live-action adaptation of Dumbo. It was all going okay until I hear a boy ask his mum: “What kind of name is Dumbo?” Cue this face ——> With one comment, I realised that up until that … Continue reading The reinvention of Disney’s animated films

Looking Back: ‘Beauty of the Beast’ (1991)

We all have our favorite Disney film, but for those who belong to a certain generation, the films released during the Disney Renaissance era (1989-1999) hold a special place. This era saw the company produce some of their most commercially and critically successful films in Disney’s history, by injecting its own unique brand of magic into well-known fairy tales and stories. A key feature from … Continue reading Looking Back: ‘Beauty of the Beast’ (1991)

Big Hero 6 – 4/5 stars

The move was inevitable.  Since Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, an animated film featuring Marvel characters became a widely anticipated project and after the release of Frozen and its subsequent global domination, it is evident that the studio’s follow-on project had some large shoes to fill.  So Disney’s reaction? Make a superhero film focussing on two brothers and a squishy, inflatable robot. Big Hero … Continue reading Big Hero 6 – 4/5 stars

Wreck-It Ralph – 5/5 stars

In this day and age, who doesn’t like a wannabe hero? A guy who wants to save the day, get the girl, as well as adoring and grateful folks fawning at his feet instead of falling down a cliff and smattering into a million pieces. This is the conundrum posed in Disney’s latest film, Wreck-It Ralph. Ralph (John C. Reilly), the bad guy in a retro … Continue reading Wreck-It Ralph – 5/5 stars

Beauty and the Beast 3D – 5/5 stars

Disney has had many hits and misses.  I always thought the 90s was their most prolific period, mainly because their releases were based on fairy tales and stories that people knew and loved.  When news came about of a certain re-release in (cringe) 3D, I refused to watch it.  However, it seemed that fate wanted me to change my mind and indulge in Beauty and the … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast 3D – 5/5 stars

John Carter – 3/5 stars

Following the steps of fellow Pixar alumni Brad Bird, WALL-E and Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton ventures into his first live-action film with an adaptation of John Carter, based on the novels by pulp fiction author Edgar Rice Burroughs. We see rogueish Confederate soldier John Carter (played by the relatively unkempt Taylor Kitsch) being mysteriously transported to Mars.  Here, he finds himself embroiled on a planetary war involving … Continue reading John Carter – 3/5 stars