Wednesday 26 January 2011

The Disney Challenge AKA Project Disney

This month sees the theatrical release of Tangled, Disney's take on the Rapunzel Fairytale. With this release, there has been quite a big deal being made about the fact that this is the 50th full length animated feature from the House of Mouse.

So, after a discussion in work today with Darren (who incidentally has a new blog) we decided that this was a challenge I could not let pass. I am going to watch all the films in release order (below) and blog about each one. It's not a time challenge, it is just a wee project to further increase my animation addiction.

1.) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
2.) Pinocchio (1940)
3.) Fantasia (1940)
4.) Dumbo (1941)
5.) Bambi (1942)
6.) Saludos Amigos (1942)
7.) The Three Caballeros (1944)
8.) Make Mine Music (1946)
9.) Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
10.) Melody Time (1948)
11.) The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
12.) Cinderella (1950)
13.) Alice in Wonderland (1951)
14.) Peter Pan (1953)
15.) Lady and the Tramp (1955)
16.) Sleeping Beauty (1959)
17.) One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
18.) The Sword in the Stone (1963)
19.) The Jungle Book (1967)
20.) The Aristocats (1970)
21.) Robin Hood (1973)
22.) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
23.) The Rescuers (1977)
24.) The Fox and the Hound (1981)
25.) The Black Cauldron (1985)
26.) The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
27.) Oliver & Company (1988)
28.) The Little Mermaid (1989)
29.) The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
30.) Beauty and the Beast (1991)
31.) Aladdin (1992)
32.) The Lion King (1994)
33.) Pocahontas (1995)
34.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
35.) Hercules (1997)
36.) Mulan (1998)
37.) Tarzan (1999)
38.) Fantasia 2000 (1999)
39.) Dinosaur (2000)
40.) The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
41.) Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
42.) Lilo & Stitch (2002)
43.) Treasure Planet (2002)
44.) Brother Bear (2003)
45.) Home on the Range (2004)
46.) Chicken Little (2005)
47.) Meet the Robinsons (2007)
48.) Bolt (2008)
49.) The Princess and the Frog (2009)
50.) Tangled (2010)

I suspect nos 6 - 11 could pose a major stumbling block quite early on.
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Overeaters Anonymous

I consider myself to be an above average movie watcher. By this, I mean I have varied tastes and will look for a high variety of movies instead of just the top 5 Box Office films they throw in the public's direction. A double bill of movies could easily see a festival winner followed up by a foreign crime drama. The problem with this though, is when you try and push a good movie onto others who fall into the 'Box Office' category it often falls onto deaf ears. With this in mind, I try and not use the blog as a vehicle for recommendations for that exact reason.

However, that is to change with this post. Last night, I watched a movie which I cannot recommend enough.

Mary And Max is a claymation movie brought to us by Australian Adam Elliot. Do not think of this as your normal Wallace and Gromit adventure. It may be made in clay, but it is definitely not one for the kids. The two main characters of the movie as you could guess from the title are Mary and Max. Mary is a young girl from a Melbourne suburb who is a bit of a loner with parents who do not really care. On the other side of the world, we have Max who lives in a New York apartment who eats for comfort. The two characters become penpals and what follows is an unlikely tale of friendship between two lonely souls spanning many years.

It may not sound like much but give it a go. You will be completely amazed by the 80 minute emotional rollercoaster that is presented before you.
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