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Evolution of Animation: Part Two – Rise of Disney

So, when we left off last time, the studios had risen up to take charge of animation, and one man, in particular, had just had his most popular character ripped away from him by his studio, and that man would go on, to say the least, to achieve much success regardless. Walter Elias Disney was…

Onward Review

Animation is a genre I’ve gone to bat for quite a lot in the past. Rather than seeing it as simple entertainment for kids, I’ve argued that it can be a vehicle for the most sensitive storytelling in film, when embracing a family-friendly tone, it can really portray complex issues in a way that will…

Frozen 2 Review

Those who have children, or have children in the family should remember the first Frozen with a mixture or warmth and dread. The film, and that dratted song, has been pretty much omnipresent in the half-decade since its initial release, making north of a billion dollars, and that kind of success simply does not go…

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Review

I’ll admit before we start that I don’t really ‘get’ Angelina Jolie. I don’t really understand how she is still as bankable and as liked as she is, when she so rarely makes an actually good film. Sure, taste is subjective, but I think it’s fair to say that she’s never been ‘great’ in anything.…

The Lion King Review

I may have said this before, but in my opinion the high-point of the Disney ‘live-action’ remakes has so far been The Jungle Book. It updated and refreshed a film that was long enough ago to warrant a fresh coat of paint with a stellar cast and a lovely new visual style. So, when the…

Aladdin Review

I am still not fully on board with the idea of Disney remaking their old films. On one hand it can inject new life into a property (The Jungle Book) but on the other, you risk stepping on the toes of a cherished favourite, and while that hasn’t happened to a disastrous scale, there have…

Dumbo Review

It is my considered (and mildly educated) opinion that Tim Burton is one of the most overrated directors of his generation. Most of the films he is revered for would all be legally allowed to drink if they were people, and his contestant aesthetic over narrative approach is sometimes quite nauseating. His last film that…

Ralph Breaks the Internet Review

Disney has an alarmingly high batting average when it comes to films. This year alone has seen the release of Coco and The Incredibles 2 (with Pixar) and now comes this, a sequel to the beloved 2012 release Wreck-It Ralph. Disney have only really recently embraced theatrically releasing sequels. Showing a lot of restraint for…

The Incredibles II Review

So, fourteen years have passed since the Parr family graced our screens, one I remember fondly from my own childhood, and one I still find incredibly enjoyable to watch now. So, in revisiting this IP there’s the obvious trepidation about revisiting a long-dormant franchise, will it be a worthy addition to the canon? Or a…

Coco Review

Pixar have a pretty great average when it comes to films. They came out swinging in 1995 with Toy Story, a film that defined many people’s (including my) childhoods. From then on they’ve rarely had a flop, the closest to less-than-stellar they’ve been is with the Cars franchise, and even that stands above most animated…