Top Ten Disney Dark Age Characters

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Top Ten Disney Dark Age Characters

Of the three lists I’ve made concerning Disney’s Dark Age (ranking the movies and best songs), this one was by far the most difficult as there unfortunately aren’t a lot of truly great and memorable characters during this particular period. And that led to the second half of the list being somewhat weaker. But the first half is still good with many good and some even excellent characters. Of course this is my personal list and I only included the ones which I deem great regardless of the popular opinion. So here we are.

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Top Ten Disney Dark Age Characters10. Tigger

 He may be a bit too hyperactive to some, but he still remains my personal favorite resident of the Hundred Acre Wood and yes, he is to me more endearing than the big old bear himself. He got a pretty good story in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and I really liked his interactions with the rest of the team, in particular Pooh and Rabbit. And he also has one of the most entertaining songs in that movie in very catchy The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers.

 

Top Ten Disney Dark Age Characters 9. Dodger

Oliver & Company doesn’t have great characters and Dodger isn’t great either, but he’s nevertheless pretty good and I really liked his debonair and cool personality. Billy Joel did a really good job with this role and it’s one of the better personality voice performances. He succeeds as a very good supporting character as he really cared for the orange kitten and he is also a really good leader of the entire team.

 

 

Top Ten Disney Dark Age Characters8. Basil and David Q. Dawson

I cheated and put two characters instead of one in a single slot and I repeated that a couple of times on this list too, but that is because some characters are just inseparable from one another and that’s certainly the case with this charming duo. These renditions of Watson and Holmes could have been rehashed, but they are actually very good as Dawson is exceedingly endearing and Basil is a memorable genius and the two truly share a wonderful friendship.

 

Top Ten Disney Dark Age Characters7. Gurgi

I don’t know what this animal is, but it doesn’t matter and his design makes him all the more authentic. The Black Cauldron is a very dark movie, but Gurgi is a comic relief and the only comedic character in the entire film. He is very sympathetic and although his progression from selfish to selfless is typical, it is still very well done and quite moving at times. His subplot is so strong that I actually consider him to be the protagonist of this story in his own right.

 

 Top Ten Disney Dark Age Characters6. Tod and Copper

Another wonderful duo and the titular Fox and the Hound, you just have to love these two. They aren’t the best developed Disney characters, but they are so likable and childlike at first while becoming mature later on in a great, meaningful story. Their friendship is one of the strongest in the entire Disney canon and it is so well realized that their eventual separation becomes immensely heartbreaking and difficult to watch.

 

Top Ten Disney Dark Age Characters5. Thomas O’Malley

Yes, he is too similar to Baloo from The Jungle Book because the voice comes once again from superb Phil Harris, but unlike Robin Hood’s Little John, Thomas is actually a very good and memorable character who steals the show whenever he is on screen. Cool, but also caring, he serves as a great love interest for Duchess and a great father figure for the little kittens plus his musical sense is admirable.

 

 Top Ten Disney Dark Age Characters4. Amos Slade and Widow Tweed

They are to me inarguably better developed and more memorable characters than Tod and Copper themselves thanks to such wonderful and realistic personalities. I had to put both of them on this list as they end up together and it was very entertaining watching their rivalry. Amos Slade is an amusing irritable huntsman whereas Widow Tweed is both a strong female character and a wonderful mother figure. She is such a kind soul.

 

 Top Ten Disney Dark Age Characters3. The Horned King

The Horned King is undoubtedly one of Disney’s finest villains of all time and he just might be the most dangerous and scary. His goal is beyond typical, but his appearance is so creepy as is his menacing voice and he is such a strong villain who rarely made a mistake and posed real threat from beginning to end. I remember being scared a lot by him when I was a kid which is a testament to how frightening he is and how truly dark and mature this film is.

 

 Top Ten Disney Dark Age Characters2. Professor Ratigan

The Horned King may be more dangerous, but Ratigan is definitely more memorable as The Great Mouse Detective’s standout aspect. Not only is he a pretty effective and strong villain, but he is also a fun character with such a great song and great interactions with both his henchmen and Basil himself. And I just loved his animation, his backstory and of course the magnificent, unforgettable voice provided by Vincent Price.

 

 Top Ten Disney Dark Age Characters1. Bernard and Miss Bianca

Again, I cheated here as I put two characters on top of the list. However, in my defense, I would have put either of them singularly on top nevertheless as they are so great both individually and as a team. Bernard is such a likable dude for whom you root for from the start and Miss Bianca is such a wonderfully adventurous, exceptionally strong female character at the time when Disney lacked in really strong heroines. But watching them together is the highlight of both The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under and they didn’t get nearly enough to do in the latter movie unfortunately. Such a charming and wonderful couple that stands as one of Disney’s best.

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Honorable Mentions:

Napoleon and Lafayette – These two comic reliefs of The Aristocats are certainly the products of their time, but they nonetheless made me laugh due to a great dynamic and some fun lines.

Wilbur – He is a bit too goofy in my opinion, but he is still a pretty solid comic relief who actually got some pretty amusing moments throughout the whole flick.

Fagin – Such a kind and tragic soul, I really liked this character who didn’t get a lot to do, but was endearing and he had some heartwarming moments with his dog team.

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Heidi, Girl of the Alps (1974)

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Heidi, Girl of the Alps Review

Heidi, Girl of the Alps is a 1974 anime series directed by legendary Isao Takahata. It is a very good, wonderful adaptation of the classic book.

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“Is it all right with you that you’ll never be able to walk?!”

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Because I loved the book, I naturally enjoyed this show a lot. It has its differences, but most of the book was faithfully adapted which I immensely appreciated. To me the anime is so good that it is almost of the same quality of its literary predecessor which just goes to show how great a director Isao Takahata is and certainly one of my favorites when it comes to anime.

I will now talk about each and every character in-depth and thus I will also comment on the storyline as a whole through those characters. Heidi is as great as she was in the book. Her look got me some time to get used to, but I liked her personality and I admired that she was more flawed than she was in the novel. Clara is also very good and the relationship between the two is expectedly touching and wonderful to witness.

As for Peter, I was so disappointed that they excluded his terrible treatment of Clara and how he threw her wheelchair. That was one of the highlights of the novel as it made him more human and relatable. But even though they got rid of that point, he is still pretty good and memorable here and I loved his interactions with the two girls.

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The grandfather is also very good and faithfully imagined, but I wished to have seen more of his spiritual rediscovery as seen in the original. Miss Rottenmeier is excellent and one of the rare characters that is actually improved here as she is less theatrical and more realistic and I loved that. The voice acting is pretty good and mostly very professional.

The animation is excellent for its time period. I loved its pleasing colors and I especially adored some of its imagery. It wonderfully recreated the mountain scenery as the Alps are wonderful here. And I liked the use of the animals too. Frankfurt was also very well depicted.

The soundtrack is one of the show’s greatest accomplishments. The sound effects and the score are great, but the closing theme is pretty good and of course the opening theme is just amazing. It is so immensely catchy, perfectly fitting in tone to its country origin and filled with wonderful imagery. That whole opening was one of the standouts of the anime.

Heidi, Girl of the Alps has a pretty solid structure in that most of the episodes work as standalone stories, but they still are coherent and lead to an overall firm storyline. I liked that and even though that meant that some episodes were less interesting than the others, that was expected for a series with the high amount of 52 episodes. But they covered most of the storylines and subplots of the book and I was eventually pleased by it. The anime is emotional, wonderfully childlike, always endearing and sometimes even pleasantly humorous.

In the end, Heidi, Girl of the Alps has its problems, but it is overall a stupendous anime series that is one of the best from the seventies without a doubt. It is also one of the best children’s anime with wonderful characters, a faithfully adapted plot, charming animation and such a good score with a catchy and fun opening theme.

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Worst Episodes: One More in the Family, I Want to Fly and Clara Walks.

Best Episodes: To the Mountain, A Visit to Grandmother’s House, Another Grandmother, In a New House, The Doctor’s Promise and Until We Meet Again.

My Rating – 4.5

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The Magician’s Nephew (1955)

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The Magician’s Nephew Book Review

The Magician’s Nephew is a 1955 fantasy novel written by C. S. Lewis. It is the sixth installment in the Chronicles of Narnia series and undoubtedly the best.

This is by far my favorite of all the seven Narnia books and I will explain in-depth why I love it so much. But first let’s just say that I think this entry is very underrated as I am in the minority in my thinking here and most consider ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ to be the absolute best when it comes to Narnia books when in reality this one is much richer in terms of storytelling and infinitely more magical. All of Narnia books are great, but this is the only one that is almost flawless.

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What you see and what you hear depends

a great deal on where you are standing.

It also depends on what sort of person you are.

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The story is a wonder to behold. It is the quintessential example of a highly successful prequel as it does everything a prequel should do – it connects the dots wonderfully, it perfectly explains the beginning of Narnia while still being a great stand alone story in its own right.

Let’s talk about some of the highlights. The beginning is superb and it instantly hooked me in. It introduces you to its characters in such a short time marvelously and they are really well developed. But I will talk about the characters later. I have to say that the first half of the book is so perfect on every conceivable level that the second half came as a tad bit of a disappointment. Now don’t get me wrong, it is great, but it isn’t as perfect as the first half clearly was.

I loved the world building here, I just loved the explanation that there are different worlds and the forest with the pools representing the worlds was such a beautiful and original idea and that place was probably my favorite here and that says a lot. The scenes in Charn are also excellent, so mysterious and otherworldly. This is the kind of dystopia done right.

Now the next couple of chapters in London weren’t my favorites and this is the only part of the book that is a bit flawed in my opinion. That is because it was a bit too childish in its descriptions and a bit too silly and ordinary which is quite the contrary from what came before and afterwards. But most of its childishness I still found to be pleasant and childlike instead of childish and its more comedic and lighter tone is why many find it problematic, yet that is why I found it to be the most charming of all the entries.

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Now naturally the creation of Narnia was a sight to behold. It was so wonderfully depicted and written that I clearly imagined it in my head as if I watched a movie which is a testament to how strong Lewis’s writing is here and his strongest in the whole series. I loved its Biblical metaphors and they were not too obvious, nor too vague, but done just right. But the imagery of animals coming to life and starting to speak and Aslan giving a speech was just so powerful.

I loved everything about Digory’s trial which was a terrific and clever test from Aslan and a great storytelling device. The ending is just magnificent and even emotional as it was immensely satisfying learning about the wardrobe and how it became magical. But because Lucy’s adventure was obviously mentioned here a lot, I find the chronological reading order to be foolish as the order by publication was clearly how the author intended it to be read.

Now is the perfect time to talk about the characters. Very strong character development this time around as all of them felt real and well developed. Digory is fantastic and a great main character and although I wished that Polly had a bigger role in the second half, I still really liked her and they are a great duo.

Uncle Andrew is such a memorable, if typical character and I loved how he was portrayed as a comic relief rather than full-on villain. That role belonged to Jadis and it was spectacular watching her origins and her backstory was excellent and she remained a strong villain from beginning to end. Aslan is superb as usual, but I really liked a cabby who eventually became Narnia’s first king. He is such a wonderful man and his horse Fledge was quite memorable.

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The dialogue is great and some of the lines are quite majestic. The same goes for the humor which is surprisingly strong and although present probably a bit too much, I still enjoyed that lightheartedness here. The attention to detail is even greater here than it had been before, a lot of the imagery here is simply unforgettable and the pacing is mostly excellent too. The Magician’s Nephew is thematically very rich and there is an abundance of literary inspirations for this work and Lewis had been writing it for almost five years and it shows as the work is remarkable and so polished and perfectly constructed.

In the end, The Magician’s Nephew is without any doubt the best Narnia entry thanks to great characters, solid humor, amazing story that is thematically rich and just magical, memorable imagery, many unforgettable moments and it serves as an almost perfect prequel showing us how Narnia was created in a vivid and beautiful manner. This is one enchaning book.

My Rating – 4.8

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Jackie (2016)

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Jackie Movie Review

Jackie is a 2016 biopic directed by Pablo Larrain and starring Natalie Portman. It is a solid, but inherently troublesome film.

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There comes a time in man’s search for meaning when he realises that there are no answers.

And when you come to the horrible and unavoidable realization,

you accept it or you kill yourself. Or you simply stop searching

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I liked that the film followed just the assassination of Kennedy and how Jackie dealt with it. That decision led to a much more focused and interesting film. And certainly more dramatic and emotional. Some scenes here are so good with the highlight being the entire third act which has some truly moving moments and even a couple of interesting things to say.

However, Jackie still suffers from the regular problems of these political biopics and that is of course its dishonest approach. The film is basically a glorified and even at times propagandistic and plain aggressive case for how great of a president and man he was when in reality he had a number of affairz with different women, but of course that fact was entirely omitted from this film.

And Jackie herself felt overly sympathetic which is where lies the movie’s biggest problem. Clever and truly great biographical films present their subjects as human beings, both admirable and flawed. Here however, she is basically a saint with no flaws whatsoever. That was so problematic. And all of the other characters are exactly the same, but unlike her, they are forgettable and do not impact the film’s plot at all.

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There is one superb thing in this film that nobody can deny and that is of course Natalie Portman’s performance which is simply astonishing. It is one of the best performances of the year and I honestly think that she should have won an Oscar for this film instead of ‘Black Swan’ as she is so much better here. She not only became this person and entirely sold her movements and her speech patterns, but she also sold those highly emotional scenes and was just a force to be reckoned with. She is the reason to see this otherwise so-so film.

Jackie’s Oscar-nominated costumes are certainly exquisite and the year’s best. The film is surprisingly well edited and involving for a political biographical piece. It succeeds as a historical picture as it transports you to its time period really well with a good eye for detail. It is very well made for sure and it features some pretty interesting conversations owing to a solid script and dialogue. It is a shame then that some other lines ring so false and propagandistic.

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Two of the biggest offenders here are the overabundant graphical details of the murder which were thoroughly unnecessary and the score which is simply horrible. How it was nominated for an Oscar I will never know. It is so aggressive, moody and dangerous that it suits the science fiction horror sensibilities and genre much more than a historical drama. Truly, the musical choice is so bad that it actually becomes distracting. But thankfully the film is well made in other technical areas. Overall, I liked Jackie to some extent and some scenes are even commendable in their dialogue, but the biased approach hurt it in the long run.

Jackie is a solid and sometimes even great, but obviously very flawed movie. The performance from Natalie Portman is truly inspired and she is simply phenomenal here, some conversations were quite interesting, the film is emotional and it is pretty involving which I did not expect, but the score is horrible, they almost entirely glorified her and it is so annoyingly biased and even propagandistic at times with a couple of lines that rang false.

My Rating – 3.5

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South Park Season 20

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South Park Season 20 Review

The twentieth season of South Park aired in 2016 and it is another low for the series.

Yes, this season is even worse than its previous two seasons. It again has ten episodes, but this time around absolutely none of them got not only 5, but not even a 4 rating from me and that is really saying a lot about its quality. It is one of the most consistent of the recent seasons, but that is here not a good thing as all of the episodes are barely solid and never more than that. Plus you have the fact that this is the most connected season ever with the three subplots being repeated throughout, but not one of them got a proper conclusion and not one of them was particularly entertaining of funny.

Member Berries is a solid opening which is far from a great episode, but it does have a very good moment with the national anthem plus the conclusion in which the troll is revealed to be Gerald Broflovski is a well done twist ending.

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Member when there weren’t so many Mexicans?

Oooh, I member!

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Skank Hunt is a weaker episode from the previous one mainly because it is the start of downfall when it comes to Cartman and watching the boys destroy his stuff was absolutely heartbreaking to watch. Such a tragic character Cartman is and what the creators did to him.

The Damned is probably one of the best episodes of this season which again isn’t that great, but it features some of the funniest moments and watching everyone react to Heidi’s quitting of Twitter as if she had committed suicide was such a hilarious and truthful take on how important we perceive the internet and social media nowadays.

Wieners Out features a good exploration of how neglected the men might feel in this PC culture today and it is a solid introduction to Dildo Schwaggins. And of course the scene in which Sheila urinates on Gerald is the most memorable and traditional South Park crazy scene.

Douche and a Danish is a weak episode, but watching Garrison offend all those women is the standout moment for sure. Fort Collins isn’t that memorable, but it is a good progression of the Member Berries storyline that unfortunately would not conclude well, but more on that later.

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Oh, Jeez is the first truly mediocre episode here that is just bad. That is because the creators always intended for Trump to lose and when he actually won, it screwed up their entire storyline and the effect is evident – the episode feels disjointed and aimless.

Members Only makes fun of SpaceX quite amusingly and it was also fun watching Garrison as the newly appointed and totally clueless president. Not Funny is a mediocrity and Sheila was taken too far here. Yes, she was over-the-top in the movie too, but there it served the plot whereas here it just seems redundant and overly aggressive. And of course The End of Serialization as We Know It is just the worst with all of the three subplots poorly concluded with too much action and I just hope that the title of this episode proves true for later seasons.

As for the subplots, I really disliked the one with Cartman and Heidi. Yes, their ridiculously pathetic outburst were funny at times, but the jokes here were too repetitive and, as I said already for many times, Cartman is absolutely ruined and now there is no hope for him to come back as a great character he once was.

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The subplot with Gerald has its moments and the troll jokes were solid, but the entire Danish involvement felt far too arbitrary and the villain was just too cartoony. And the part with the boys and girls as well as Randy is probably the best of the bunch and Butters is solidly utilized, but what they did with Member Berries is just so frustrating. They were the absolute shining force of the season as these incredibly funny and likable characters that were a perfect and wonderfully cartoony attack on stupid nostalgia, but they simply forgot about them and did not conclude their story.

In the end, this twentieth season is the weakest ever season of South Park which has its funny moments, is as smart as usual and Member Berries are simply unforgettable, but it is never as connected or as concluded as it needed to be and none of the episodes are particularly good leading to a new low for once great show.

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Worst Episodes: Not Funny and The End of Serialization as We Know It.

Best Episodes: Member Berries and the Damned.

My Rating – 3.1

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Bosko’ Fox Hunt (1931)

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Bosko’s Fox Hunt is a 1931 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is an amusing short.

Bosko and his dog chase a fox, but it plays fools of both of them. It is a very entertaining and in the end even funny film that doesn’t have the best animation and score, but is fun to watch. I found the first part really lacking as it doesn’t have any memorable gags or plot points, but the second half is a big improvement.

The third act is particularly successful. I loved those scenes where the fox tricked the dog and then Bosko himself and the ending was excellent with them being chased by a mamooth. I wish that it was more visually appealing, but this is otherwise the kind of Looney Tunes I like the best with a solid setting and nice gags. And Bosko is naturally very good here.

Bosko’s Fox Hunt is weaker in first half, but fun and funny in the second one.

 My Rating – 3.4

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Monsoon Wedding (2001)

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Monsoon Wedding Movie Review

Monsoon Wedding is a 2001 Indian film directed by Mira Nair. It is a pretty good, but still flawed movie that could have been much better.

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These are my children,

and I will protect them from myself even if I have to

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We follow an Indian wedding in New Delhi and all its traditions as the cousins from all around the world come to attend it. I liked that the film realistically portrayed one Indian wedding and everything that comes with it. It was well executed and the film works as a strong, sometimes even emotional drama. There are some discussions and conversations that are so good here.

However, what I didn’t like is the film’s lack of focus. Having in mind that it has such a large number of characters in it, I guess I should forgive them for that. But still I wished for a clearer and more focused narrative. For example, the sexual abuse that happened in this family came out of nowhere and although it does have its tragic effect, it was still thoroughly underutilized and needed much more screen time just for itself.

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As for the characters, they are mostly really well developed for the short time that they received. I loved the parents, they are the most memorable and well realized of the bunch and the scenes between the two were very strong. Of course everything surrounding the marriage with the daughter was also well executed. But everything with the wedding planner was frustrating to me as he is such an annoying, pointless character and I disliked that part quite a bit.

Monsoon Wedding isn’t an Indian film, but it is a coproduction between different countries and that is evident in its execution and tone. The film is certainly very Indian in the wedding scenes and especially in the music as it utilized on their traditional music and dances, but it is quite American in its characterization and especially in the dialogue which contains more curse words than you would expect from India and its erotic sequences and talk about sex and abuse.

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It is very well directed by Mira Nair and is so well acted. The acting is strong across the board with each and every performance being satisfactory. The script is also pretty strong and I liked that it dealt with a lot of different things such as arranged marriage, the costs of a traditional marriage, the future of the children as well as sexual abuse. The film works as a pretty solid and sophisticated examination of its subject matter and I guess that it is immensely relatable to Indians in particular. But it still feels universal enough in its themes and emotion that everyone from all around the world should enjoy it like I did. Some scenes were even touching and romantic. Overall, I really liked Monsoon Wedding, but I just wished that it was less convoluted, more focused and it would have been much better. Some scenes were also too laidback owing to its slow pace.

Monsoon Wedding executes its subject matter really well with a strong script filled with many interesting themes. The performances are very good across the board and most of the characters are well realized. The film definitely lacks focus and is filled with too many characters and subplots, but it mostly managed to make use of them all with some scenes being quite emotional and powerful and the overall film being very dramatic and ultimately satisfactory.

My Rating – 4

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The Horse and His Boy (1954)

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The Horse and His Boy Book Review

The Horse and His Boy is a 1954 fantasy book by C. S. Lewis which is the fifth published chapter in the Chronicles of Narnia series. It is a surprisingly great entry in the series.

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Child, I am telling you your story, not hers.

No one is told any story but their own.

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Yes, I say it is surprising because this book in particular felt like it was set in the Middle Ages and I have never been a fan of that time period. But the story is so well crafted that I managed to enjoy it immensely after all and in fact I deem it to be one of the finest entries in the entire Narnia series.

It follows two children who along with their horses flee from Calormen to Narnia, but end up in Archenland where battle ensued. It is the only book in the franchise to entirely be set in Narnia and its neighboring countries which I naturally loved. It is one of the most politically oriented of all the Lewis’ stories here as it explores the politics and relations between the neighboring countries and we get to see the different rulers while also getting a glimpse at the Pevensie kings and queens. It was a great choice to feature them only in minor, supporting roles.

The only part of the book I didn’t like is of course the action. The war was very typical and the narrative here was to me very odd. By having the entire action being told from a far observer was problematic to me and not at all interesting. I also thought that it sometimes was too politically oriented.

Those are the only flaws I’ve had with this story. I guess that it is racially insensitive as well, but to me that criticism stems from people nowadays being ridiculously sensitive and in a very false manner even. Yes, it is obvious that people from Calormen are Middle Eastern, but to me it wasn’t all that racist and you have to read it in context as it was written all the way back in 1954.

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But let’s talk about the positives, of which there are many. Once again we get an awesome beginning and ending. The book opens in such a riveting manner that it instantly hooked me in. But it also ended amazingly well with a satisfying conclusion to all of the characters’ storylines. Another highlight for me was the obvious darkness of this material. Not only the atmosphere, but the entire quest was tremendously difficult, perilous and sometimes evidently life threatening and torturous. That was a bold new approach for the series and it paid off with sometimes very dramatic scenes with high stakes. Some chapters are more interesting than the others, but most are excellent and it is one of the most thoroughly compelling and polished entries with a terrific structure and pacing.

The Horse and His Boy features excellent characters with genuinely strong character development. Once again after ‘The Silver Chair’ we get a truly great female character as finally Lewis set out to include strong and even tough females. But I also liked that it has those typically girly women as well as that makes it very representative.

I am of course talking about Lasaraleen and Aravis. Those two were great together as they perfectly contrasted with each other. The former is a typical female ruler of the time and a good comic relief and Aravis is a genuinely respectable, but still likable female character whom I really liked.

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But Shasta (or Cor eventually) is such a good protagonist as he is not only typically good-natured, but also sometimes whiny and pessimistic which makes him ground to earth. His story is so well told and very powerful. I really liked the horses Bree and Hwin as they were such great companions to these two, but something still felt missing there which is I guess the lack of a really grand, proper ending when the two are concerned.

The Pevensies are well put to use and of course Rabadash gets a really great story with such a funny, yet appropriate conclusion. Aslan himself is as great as always and I really liked that he guided Shasta to the destination. The revelation that he was leading him all along and that all those lions were in fact him was easy to predict, but I really didn’t know that the cat at the graveyard was him and that was unexpected. But that entire subplot felt majestic in its mysterious and once again highly religious tone.

The Horse and His Boy is one of the better written novels in The Chronicles of Narnia series and Lewis really was great here. Both the dialogue and the descriptions were top-notch, albeit the lack of more memorable imagery and sometimes big emotion was troublesome. It succeeds as a Narnia story that is more dramatic and adventurous than fantastical and that was a solid and interesting change in pace and even though it isn’t perfect, it is more than satisfying and actually surprised me how well crafted it is.

The Horse and His Boy features some highly likable and memorable characters, a really interesting and so well told story and a dark and sometimes even mysterious tone to it leading to one of the best and most well crafted entries in the series.

My Rating – 4.6

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Moth and the Flame (1938)

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Moth and the Flame is a 1938 Disney animated short film from the Silly Symphony series. It is a forgettable entry.

A bunch of moths enter a costume shop for obvious reasons, but the fire (which is a character here) attacks the lady moth and it is up to others to save her. We’ve seen stories like this done countless times before in this series and here nothing is new. The action is typical and the only difference is that the characters are moths which is an interesting choice.

The score is good and of course the animation is the standout aspect with excellent character design of both the moths and the fire which is stupendously animated. The animation is fluid and polished as we’ve come to expect from the studio and everything looks detailed and wonderful to witness. It’s a shame that the story doesn’t measure up to it at all though.

Moth and the Flame has gorgeous animation, but a highly typical storyline.

 My Rating – 3.3

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Bosko’s Soda Fountain (1931)

Bosko's Soda Fountain ReviewBosko’s Soda Fountain Review

 Bosko’s Soda Fountain is a 1931 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a very amusing short.

Bosko’s Soda Fountain doesn’t have a plot really, but it’s a collection of various vignettes. Bosko works in ice cream parlor and first has a problem with a hippo. That part is funny, but the part with the dog being used as an accordion is somewhat typical for Looney Tunes. The last part is definitely the best where Honey’s cat Wilbur demands an ice cream, but when he gets it, he doesn’t like it and retaliates in anger.

That ending is funny as the creature is hilarious in his anger. The film is definitely very good in its parts, but it isn’t really great as a sum of its parts. It is a bit too long and it isn’t well constructed plus the action isn’t that memorable. The humor is really good, but only in some parts. But Bosko is very memorable and this is one of his better roles.

Bosko’s Soda Fountain is funny and great in some parts, but not as terrific as a whole.

 My Rating – 3.7

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