Moana (2016)

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Moana Movie Review

Moana is a 2016 animated musical fantasy adventure film that is the 56th Disney animated feature. It is such a wonderful, old-fashioned Disney film which I liked a lot.

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If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess

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I found the plot to be very good, if some plot points felt obvious. To me, the film succeeds the most as an adventure owing to its pure, unabashed sense of fun and discovery. I loved that about it as nowadays we rarely see these kinds of films and here we’ve got a grand sea adventure for the ages.

Of course the Polynesian setting is beautiful and highly authentic and intriguing. I loved that we got to meet this culture and their traditions, it definitely felt original and refreshing in that aspect. Another strong thing about it is its lack of villains. Moana has no villains whatsoever in it and that was great and realistic. The villain is the nature and its forces which was great to witness and so refreshing. I loved that the film focused more on the relationship between its two characters than on action. But the action is great too and actually the entire last battle and especially the final appearance of the goddess was just beautiful to behold and it was the best and most epic scene in the entire film.

Let’s talk about the characters. Moana is pretty good as the newest Disney princess. Yes, sometimes she felt too arrogant and annoying to me in a typical feminist fashion. But she was mostly likable and I liked that the movie was about her for the most part and her journey is so well established and her ups and downs are dramatic and emotional.

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As for Maui, I don’t know about this one. Mainly because I dislike Dwayne Johnson and his voice so much, I did not care about this character much. Auli’i Cravalho did a much better and more natural job in her voice performance. But even though the two are great together and their tumultuous friendship feels like one of those classic Disney friendships from yesteryear, I still did not like him individually. He had some great moments, but was overall too unwilling to help her at first, too selfish and his humor felt forced to me. Really not a fan.

I liked the fact that the movie chose to focus mostly on these two as that led to a better developed relationship between these two, but it still has a couple of memorable supporting characters in it. To me Moana’s parents and especially her father was a walking cliché, but the grandmother was such a kind and wonderful person and their relationship was so sweet. Her death scene was really impactful and tragic. Tamatoa as this gold-obsessed coconut crab was the closest that this movie came to having a villain and I really liked him. He was a memorable and sometimes even funny character and he served his purpose and made an impact for a short screen time he received. I would have really liked for them to have focused on Pua instead of Heihei and that was unfortunate as Pua is such an adorable, lovable pig whom I liked a lot. But Heihei is also pretty good as this incredibly stupid rooster and some of his gags were quite funny. He truly is the dumbest Disney characters of all time.

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Moana is a musical and to me it succeeds as such much more so than ‘Frozen’ did because it has more than one really good song. The overall score was really good too. Tulou Tagaloa is a short, if good opening for the movie, but I loved its Polynesian sound and language. That is the major strength of this movie – finally we see a Disney movie that utilizes the culture it depicts in its soundtrack!

An Innocent Warrior is another strong Polynesian number, it has beautiful vocals and is really moving. But I disliked Where You Are quite a bit as it is so bland, so forgettable and it is probably the weakest song in the entire movie. I also disliked You’re Welcome which featured too much rap and Dwayne Johnson singing is not my cup of tea. That sequence is comedic and it explains his character well, but the tune as a whole was annoying.

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Shiny is a much better rap song. I still dislike that that genre was featured here as it does not fit, but I found the song’s chorus to be very catchy and memorable. But I have to say that I strongly disliked how this song started, but more on that later. I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors) was to me such a powerful number and not that much in the tune itself, but in terms of storytelling and characterization, it probably succeeds the most out of any song here as it perfectly helps us prepare for the storm and is so emotional and with beautiful vocals.

Logo Te Pate is also such a catchy, fun number that I liked a lot. But the highlights are naturally How Far I’ll Go which was Oscar-nominated and We Know the Way. How Far I’ll Go is such a classic Disney song in its style and it perfectly helps develop the character of Moana while also having a great scene to accompany it with good imagery and such good lyrics. But it is so immensely catchy too.

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But to me We Know the Way is easily the highlight. I love this song so much! With superb lyrics and a great usage of Tokelauan language, it features such a great scene as a whole and I just loved that backstory in this movie. But it is such a catchy tune, so catchy and so fun that I actually have listened to it at least fifty times so far. It is a new Disney classic song in my opinion.

So naturally I love these songs so much and I think the soundtrack is mostly superb and stupendous, but I really disliked the musical direction in this film. For example, We Know the Way just sort of started and those transitions were not the most polished. But as I said above, Shiny starts in such an unappealing way with the character basically saying that he is going to sing. I disliked this meta approach to the songs so much as it basically adds another strong reason for musical haters to hate the genre. I would have liked a more respectful approach.

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I liked the humor in Moana quite a bit, but I liked that it was mostly dramatic and that it focused on adventure and drama the most. It is a high-spirited adventure, but it succeeds in emotion as well because a couple of scenes are just so powerful, either poignant or uplifting. And some scenes, such as the last couple of them, are grand and majestic in both scope and emotion. The film is definitely ambitious in some areas.

The animation is gorgeous to behold. I loved its use of hand-drawn animation, but this is the first computer animated film from Ron Clements and John Musker and the results are more than stellar. The character designs are pretty good, but the highlights are some of the highly memorable imagery and the ocean. The water is so well animated and a character in its own right.

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The film is well edited and well directed, I found the tone to be well handled and diverse and the film is emotionally engaging, but the dialogue needed to be much bigger to sell those abundant conversations and emotional scenes better. And because the film was too simplistic and definitely unoriginal in its storytelling, it never achieved the status of those Renaissance flicks from the nineties, but it came actually pretty close at times which I did not expect. And I loved that it was a return to classical Disney musicals and that is the major reason why I liked it more than Zootopia’ from the same year. it has its problems, but it is so wonderful and adventurous that it mostly succeeds.

Moana has its problems such as some typical plot points, a lack of stronger dialogue and I really dislike Maui and the film’s annoying meta approach at times, but the film succeeds as a high-spirited, grand adventure and it is a return to those classic musical adventure films from Disney which is why I loved it so much. The characters are mostly good, the film is very emotional at times, its lack of villains is admirable, some scenes are just beautiful and majestic to behold and the film’s Polynesian setting is so well utilized and intriguing. But the soundtrack is just fantastic with so many great, catchy or emotional numbers with the highlights being How Far I’ll Go and especially We Know the Way which are definitely future Disney classics.

My Rating – 4

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An American in Paris (1951)

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An American in Paris Movie Review

An American in Paris is a 1951 musical film directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. It is one of my favorite musicals.

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I’m a concert pianist.

That’s a pretentious way of saying I’m… unemployed at the moment

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I really love this movie, but even I have to admit that its plot is lacking. Let me elaborate. I usually really dislike love triangles in a film and find them stupid and dull, but here it was surprisingly handled really well and I mean in a comedic and light manner. That was great. But what wasn’t so great is how the film just ended, in an instant. It was abrupt, sort of unrealistic and just disappointing overall.

The first half is all great and I had no complaints there from the storytelling department. But the second half features another very problematic development and that is Jerry going after Milo after breaking up with Lise. That made him unlikable and of course Milo eventually got screwed over. Yes, she approached him aggressively, but he gave her false hope and that made his otherwise very sympathetic character somewhat unlikable. The film was definitely unfair in its treatment of Milo.

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But even though the plot is so troublesome in a couple of scenes, that is basically the only problem I have with this film as otherwise I find it to be fantastic. Jerry Mulligan is mostly very likable and such a charming man. Lise is quite endearing and the relationship between the two is great and they are lovable together. Adam has his comedic moments and even Henri can be funny at times. And I liked Milo quite a bit and found her to be a very progressive female character for her time.

I found the acting to be pretty good. Oscar Levant is quite good and humorous at times and Nina Foch is very good with Georges Guetary being the weak link here. Leslie Caron is very likable and I honestly think that Gene Kelly should have been nominated for his performance here which is very strong and charismatic. His dancing is out of this world, but he is also very likable and very professional in his acting as well.

An American in Paris features some of the best dance sequences to ever come from Hollywood. Truly sometimes the film reached not only greatness, but pure artistic achievement. It felt like watching musical art in its highest form. Gene Kelly is such a great dancer and some of his movements here were just incredible to behold. But the choreography of these scenes as a whole is gorgeous and the film is just breathtaking technically.

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As for the songs, they are solid. Some are great, others are forgettable. Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra totally felt like a detour as a song and overall scene, ‘S Wonderful is light and serves its purpose, but the lyrics are mediocre and all of the other songs are mostly forgettable. Not bad, but not great either.

But Embraceable You is pretty solid and Love Is Here to Stay is such a pleasing, fitting song for the most romantic sequence in the film. But of course my favorite is I Got Rhythm. I just love this song. It has fun lyrics, it is immensely catchy and enjoyable plus it is accompanied by the most childlike and effervescent scene in the movie.

An American in Paris naturally looks gorgeous. The entire last segment featuring the titular number was just breathtaking to behold. It was long, but never boring as those dances and choreography are the most memorable thing from the entire film. And I liked that it was a dream sequence, very fitting to it in style.

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The film is solidly edited and really well directed by Vincente Minnelli, but the highlights are the cinematography and the costumes. The film’s camera angles and shots are perfect and so inspired and rarely has Hollywood seen better costume design than in this movie. Wow, beautiful to watch. It is one of the rare movies that benefit from being in color and truly the Technicolor here is gorgeous. I loved its artistic side not only in music, but in paintings as well. It is a very sensual and great looking film. It is a proof how strong visually can a film be and that essentially it is a visual medium. The production design is just amazing and some of the scenery here was both exceedingly wonderful and highly memorable. And its humor is just fabulous and it frequently made me laugh out loud. It deserved all of its technical awards and I think I am in the minority here, but I honestly think that it deserved to win Best Picture in a very strong year. It is definitely one of my personal favorites from this genre.

Some plot points certainly felt troublesome and the ending is abrupt, but other than that, An American in Paris is a fantastic film. Gene Kelly is so charismatic and likable in his role and Leslie Caron is quite endearing. The film is very romantic and exceedingly charming in almost every scene with a nice dose of excellent humor, but the highlights are its technical aspects – the costumes are some of the best ever put on film, the choreography is amazing, the dancing is phenomenal to behold, some songs are very catchy and the film is beautifully shot and such a great feast for the eyes. Visually dazzling and even artistic, it is definitely one of my favorite musicals.

My Rating – 4.5

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La La Land (2016)

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La La Land Movie Review

La La Land is a 2016 musical drama film directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. It is a good, but extremely problematic movie.

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They worship everything and they value nothing.

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It is about a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. The plot is good, if clichéd at some points. It is a very interesting movie, I have to say. Some parts felt incredibly uninspired and basic, but others felt very original. That imaginary ending certainly was authentic and one of the most authentic and overall best scenes of any 2016 film. Rarely have I seen something quite like this sequence.

But the fact that she all of a sudden was discovered and became this hugely popular actress felt laughably unrealistic. And I did laugh at that development honestly. But overall the film is good and well plotted. I especially liked its first half. I actually loved its first half as it was pretty charming and romantic and flowed smoothly. But the second half ruined all of that with a couple of very unfortunate character as well as plot choices.

Let’s talk about the characters. I guess of the supporting characters only Keith was remotely memorable as the movie mostly focuses on the main two characters which was fine. Keith was quite sympathetic and John Legend did a good job in the role. Sebastian is very likable. I didn’t connect with him as I honestly dislike jazz so I did not understand his passion for it, but other than that, he was a very likable, sometimes quite endearing man.

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The choice to have him be so sympathetic ultimately hurt the movie as Mia is anything but. Wow, I did not see this coming. She is such a bad, absolutely horrible human being that I honestly am baffled at the majority of audiences and critics and how they missed that. I guess I am not as puzzled by it because the filmmakers made her as sympathetic as possible, but it was all just a facade. Rarely have I seen a more irredeemable protagonist in a movie.

What she did to Sebastian was horrible and when you think about it thoroughly, she basically ruined his life. She only thought about herself and her needs and she manipulated him and ruined his dream of becoming a star. That isn’t the problem here as there are bad people in this world and they need to be portrayed on the screen. The problem is that they presented her to be more of a victim than him and basically took her side. That was just appalling to witness and made the movie unlikable and sexist. Again, they masqueraded it well, but for anyone smart enough to figure it out on his/her own, the film is sexist and I honestly think that straight men should be offended by it.

The acting is great. Emma Stone is great in a difficult role. And even though I thoroughly disliked her character, I admired her performance which was excellent and at times even truly great. She deserved all of the accolades for it and it should prove to be a career-defining role for her. As for Ryan Gosling, he isn’t as great, but he was still very good and he sold his more emotional scenes as well. He not only was very likable here, but also gave a worthy performance.

La La Land is a musical so let me touch upon its songs. Overall, I found the choreography to be frequently quite weak and the singing is actually rather mediocre at times. The same goes for the dancing. If you want realism, this is great for you. But I want professionalism so it wasn’t as thrilling to me personally. Plus the various homages to the 1950s classic musicals felt more like uninspired and overly nostalgic rip-offs than respectable homages.

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I really liked some songs, but I really disliked a couple of them too. And again my dislike for jazz hurt the chances of me liking the soundtrack more. I do not understand the hype and the accolades for City of Stars and Audition as these two are by far the weakest numbers here. I really disliked them as they are bland, forgettable and utterly dull. So overrated. City of Stars is badly choreographed and Audition is kind of a detour and it slows the movie down significantly.

I liked Start a Fire quite a bit, very catchy. But my favorites are definitely Another Day of Sun and Someone in the Crowd. The first one is quite like a detour as the entire scene was an interesting, but out of place sequence for an opening, but the song itself is catchy, breezy and a lot of fun. But Someone in the Crowd was awesome. I liked it a lot as it was not only catchy, but was an all around charming scene and the tune here is very memorable and very entertaining.

To me La La Land succeeds more as a romance than as a musical as half of the songs are weak. I guess the third act destroyed their romance, but watching it start and blossom was pleasant and the film is surprisingly romantic. It is actually one of the most romantic films of the decade. But because this relationship is so toxic and just plain unhealthy, it hurt it in the long run and it made it seem more of a nightmare and a tragedy instead of a truly feel-good and touching romance.

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The direction from Damien Chazelle isn’t the greatest and I think his ‘Whiplash’ is much better than La La Land. And let’s talk about the other technical aspects, most of which troublesome. The costumes are pretty great and the score is naturally good, but the editing is awful as the film’s second act felt a bit prolonged and honestly quite boring in some spots. But to me the cinematography is the worst aspect of it. It was just so bad and mediocre at times that I was baffled at how Linus Sundgren managed to get nominations for his work here. Some shots were just so bad and so poorly conceived that they hurt their scenes which needed better and more inspired shots. In the end, I realize that this film is a crowd pleaser and it does leave you in a good mood which is why I understand its appeal and it is a good movie overall, but it is so troublesome in so many areas that it is never a masterpiece that it was proclaimed to be.

La La Land is a good, but far from a great movie. I understand its vast appeal, but to me it was so problematic in so many areas that it baffled me why not enough people realize that. The film is very charming and its first half is actually great, Ryan Gosling and especially Emma Stone gave remarkable performances, the ending is certainly something special, some scenes are quite romantic and I really liked some of its songs with Someone in the Crowd being my favorite, but City of Stars and Audition are overrated, dull and bland numbers that I really disliked, the cinematography is frequently quite poor and the film feels unnecessarily nostalgic in its various homages. But the biggest offender is the main character. The film managed to get around the fact that she is such a horrible human being and that is why most people just did not see that and she basically ruined his life when you thoroughly think about it. There are people like that in the world and they need to be portrayed on the big screen, but the film is problematic as it took her side and thus became a sexist movie that should leave men offended. That led to their relationship being more toxic than truly beautiful.

My Rating – 4

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Fantasia 2000 (1999 )

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Fantasia Movie Review

Fantasia 2000 is a 1999 animated musical film which is the 38th Disney animated feature film. It is a solid film that isn’t as inferior to the original as you would think.

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That age old question:

“What would happen if you gave a yo-yo to a flock of flamingos?

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Now because I was never a huge fan of the original ‘Fantasia’, I do not find it to be an untouchable masterpiece. I do respect it, but it is an uneven work of art. The same goes for its sequel Fantasia 2000 which is actually one of a few Disney sequels that we’ve got so far. Yes, it seemed unnecessary, but they actually justified its existence thanks to a couple of awesome segments that rival the best from the original film. It is still a vastly uneven film, but when it succeeds, it succeeds in spades.

Because this is basically a package film in a way, I would structurally organize this review as I usually do with such films meaning that I will go through each of its eight segments one by one and I will comment upon the overall technical aspects afterwards.

So let us begin. The first segment is Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Now Fantasia 2000 follows the pattern of the original film and thus we begin with the abstract segment first. This one features colorful butterflies and besides the obviously very good animation in it and of course great music, there is nothing else in it really. I do not like abstract pieces and this one is as basic as they come.

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Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi is really good. The only problem here is that it is too slow and actually boring at times, but other than that, this segment is actually quite impressive in terms of the animation which is absolutely gorgeous to behold and the character designs are great. Watching those whales swim was beautiful. The movements were polished and the segment is not only artistic, but sometimes even magical.

Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin is my second favorite Fantasia 2000 segment without a doubt. It is set in New York City in the 1930s and we follow four individuals with each one of them getting their wish fulfilled at the end. I loved it not only for its of course terrific technicalities, but mostly because of its heart and charm. I love the 30s so I naturally loved its setting and time period, but the characters felt relatable, likable and I rooted for them.

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Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102 by Dmitri Shostakovich is a weak part. The Steadfast Tin Soldier is a famous fairy tale, but I just did not think that it received justice in this adaptation which was problematic. The characterization and action are weak and this animation is my least favorite of the entire movie.

The Carnival of the Animals, Finale by Camille Saint-Saens is another weak segment. This is where the film really slowed down and weakened significantly which is a testament to its uneven quality. What would happen if you gave a yo-yo to a flock of flamingos? Yes, that is a basic concept here and needless to say, it was overly simplistic, cartoony and just too short and kind of pointless.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is naturally a classic, but I did not get the need to revisit it again here other than to acquaint the movie with the newer audiences. It just made the movie cheaper than it should have been and this was definitely a needless rehash and they should have just made another original segment instead.

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Pomp and Circumstance – Marches 1, 2, 3 and 4 by Edwald Elgar is based on the story of Noah’s Ark. I just loved this one! It is my favorite segment from the entire movie. Every story that features Donald Duck is a winner in my book and this is no exception as I just love this guy. Daisy is also stupendous here and their romance is sweet and endearing. The ending is simply wonderful. But the reason why it succeeds lies in its beautiful animation with excellent designs of all the animals and of course the score is superb and not only my favorite composition here, but also one of my personal favorites when it comes to classical music. I love this piece and I love the entire segment.

The movie finishes off with Firebird Suite – 1919 version by Igor Stravinsky. Now this is obviously a very poetic, emotional and actually quite artistic experiment with a gorgeous, epic conclusion that brings to mind the conclusion of the original film and was a perfect ending to the entire film, but it was still disappointing to me as it was overly slow, sometimes even boring and prolonged.

Fantasia 2000 features gorgeous animation and I liked the variety of styles present here. Almost all of the segments were beautifully animated and the animation is even artistic at times. It isn’t as inspired as in the original, but still very good in its own right and frequently great. The compositions that they chose were probably even better than before and I liked the use of animals and Donald Duck in it. Donald was also hilarious in one in-between segment along with Mickey. Quite charming and endearing.

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Now let’s talk about those segments in-between. I strongly disliked them. And they are the worst thing about this movie. Let me elaborate. They brought in celebrities and famous actors and actresses, mostly comedians, to do the introductions to the segments and most of them did a cringe-worthy job with Steve Martin being forgettable and Penn & Teller being just so off-putting that they annoyed me immensely. Some got less to do, others got a lot more, but I disliked most of those introductions and it really hurt the movie in the long run. But it is otherwise a solid sequel in the Disney canon that still is weaker than all of the Renaissance movies prior to it which is why it counts as the first film in the Disney’s Second Dark Age.

Fantasia 2000 is a pretty solid Disney sequel with off-putting and cringe-worthy introductions to the segments and some segments are weaker as the film is quite an uneven work as a whole, but most of the segments are very good with my favorites being Rhapsody in Blue and Pomp and Circumstance which are awesome. Donald Duck is as lovable as ever and the technical aspects are impressive with excellent classical music and sometimes quite inspired animation.

My Rating – 3.5

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Trolls (2016)

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Trolls Movie Review

Trolls is a 2016 animated musical comedy film which is the 33rd movie from DreamWorks Animation. It features the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake and it is a surprisingly solid flick.

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Hey, I know it’s not all cupcakes and rainbows,

but I’d rather go through life thinking

that it mostly is instead of being like you.

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It follows two trolls who set out to save their village and kidnapped trolls from the Bergens, creatures who eat trolls. The plot here is pretty simple and also quite familiar. The biggest problem is its predictability as it is thoroughly predictable from start to finish with every plot point being expected. That was incredibly annoying. But what I liked about it is its emotional resonance as the movie is quite moving at times. Some of the emotion felt forced at first, but the third act is so moving and its message about positivity felt super simplistic, yet great for the kids.

The characters I found to be okay. They are far from great, but far from bad too. Princess Poppy was a bit annoying to me, but Branch is very likable and although a typical creation, they did the best they could with such a personality and I loved his backstory. Bridget is so endearing and she is my favorite character in the movie. I loved her interactions with the trolls as well as Prince Gristle who is also a memorable character. But Chef is such a typical, clichéd over-the-top villain and the weakest one for sure.

I found the voice acting to be solid, yet annoying as DreamWorks once again incorporated too many celebrities in the cast. Anna Kendrick wasn’t the greatest, but Justin Timberlake was actually quite solid and not that recognizable. Christine Baranski’s work was typical, but Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Zooey Deschanel were actually quite good in their charming roles.

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Now, the animation. Well, Trolls is definitely an interesting looking movie, that’s for sure. On the negative side, its bright colors were sometimes a nuisance and it definitely felt too garish and colorful in some parts. However, it felt quite charming in some scenes and I really liked the character designs. They aren’t the most original, yet they are pleasantly cartoony and endearing. But the highlight is definitely the sequence in which the trolls turn gray and then one by one, after regaining hope, they regain their true colors. I found that part to be pretty impressive in terms of the visuals and although a bit too on the nose, both the song and the animation accompanied that great scene really well leading to the best part of the entire film.

Trolls features the mix of new songs and remixes of old songs in its soundtrack with mixed results. Some numbers felt super out of place such as The Sound of Silence, but True Colors was, as I said above, well utilized and Hello was pretty solid too. Of the new songs, most felt like typical cheesy pop songs such as Hair Up, but of course the highlight is Can’t Stop the Feeling! I really like this song as it is such a catchy and fun number that was perfect for this movie and it rightfully received the Academy Award for Best Original Song nomination.

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I found the humor okay at times, but mostly mediocre. The tone should have been a bit darker in the more dangerous scenes in my opinion and the movie was too bright and happy, but admittedly some of those scenes felt charming. The dialogue is quite weak, childish and just immensely typical which is why those emotional sequences weren’t as great as they should have been.

I found the movie overly hyperactive in its first half plus the beginning was really off-putting and not the greatest way to start your movie, but thankfully it became much better and slowed down significantly later on leading to a pretty solid second half. The editing is problematic, but it is as good as these types of children’s flicks can be.

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Yes, I really liked that Trolls was a children’s film and a traditional cartoon and I don’t know why that is such a bad thing in today’s world. From time to time, I like to watch these loud, funny and entertaining kids’ flicks and this one fulfilled that role remarkably well for me. It is in the end a perfectly solid flick and actually one that received the twentieth place on my list of all the 33 DreamWorks Animated films which ain’t that bad and it certainly left me satisfied and actually surprised how solid it turned out to be.

Yes, it is overly hyperactive, most of the jokes are juvenile, the plot is familiar and the mix of remixed old and some new songs in its soundtrack led to mixed results, but Oscar-nominated Can’t Stop the Feeling! is such a fun, immensely catchy tune, the characters are solid, the voice acting is mostly good and the film’s emotional resonance was admirable and it led to some pretty great scenes. The animation is too colorful, but sometimes quite inspired. It is such a surprisingly solid DreamWorks animated film which was pleasantly cartoony and a lot of fun.

My Rating – 3.5

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Gay Purr-ee (1962)

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Gay Purr-ee Movie Review

Gay Purr-ee is a 1962 animated musical film from Warner Bros. starring Judy Garland. It is a very disappointing, frankly quite weak movie.

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Boys, if you ever marry, marry for love… of money.

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The plot is nothing special and is quite ordinary and at times even dull. Now obviously Disney’s ‘The Aristocats’ was influenced by this movie and in some plot points it might even be called a rip-off. But to me the aforementioned movie is much better with better characters, animation and music. The plot is weak in both movies and here it tried to have many different things in it, but ultimately doesn’t succeed in either of them.

The characters are quite weak. Mewsette is your typical female love interest and Jaune Tom is likable, yet forgettable. Robespierre is a typical, but solid sidekick and he is actually better developed and more memorable than the aforementioned two. Meowrice is actually a quite capable villain, but even he disappointed me near the end. His character doesn’t work because Paul Frees gave an infuriatingly weak performance and all of the others are weak as well. They made the movie look cheap along with its animation.

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Yes, the animation is cheap here and yes, it does look unprofessional and if it was still in the development process. However, I still admired its aesthetics because some of the imagery is excellent and some of the designs were great. The scene with the parody of major works from major artists definitely felt like a detour in terms of storytelling, but in terms of the animation, it was quite inspired and even artistic. I just wish that the film got a polished look and it would have been great, but this way it just felt unfinished and unprofessional.

Gay Purr-ee features some quite mediocre musical numbers. As a musical, it doesn’t succeed even though it has a couple of solid songs in it. The Overture is a quite solid opening for the movie and Mewsette is pretty solid as well. Take My Hand, Paree is catchy and in tone it is fittingly French to accompany its setting. Little Drops of Rain is emotional and serves the story well. But all of the other numbers are very weak and even poor in some instances.

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Gay Purr-ee is a problematic movie because it is just too slow paced to become engaging and it was even boring and felt overlong despite its short running time and that is never a good sign. The drama and the villainy was solid, but the action was dull and the entire third act was too cartoony. In the end, it is a further proof of Disney’s dominance during the 60s and how Warner Bros’ unfortunately could not compete and this flick is a testament to that.

Gay Purr-ee has a couple of solid musical numbers, some good scenes and a couple of inspired animated moments, but the overall animation, although obviously featuring solid designs and scenery, felt unfinished and cheap, the characters are not the greatest, the voice acting is quite poor and most of the songs were weak leading to a pretty weak Warner Bros. animated effort.

My Rating – 3

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Movie Review

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1953 musical comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. It is such a fun, crazy movie.

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Don’t you know that a man being rich is like a girl being pretty?

You wouldn’t marry a girl just because she’s pretty,

but my goodness, doesn’t it help?

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Yes, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is one of those classic movies that feel way too modern for its age and surely, owing to its infectious energy, weird humor and strong sexuality, it can be enjoyed immensely by today’s audiences. I admired its energy and the film was entertaining from beginning to end. Its oddball nature was perfect and the sexual aspects were so funny and delightfully cheesy.

Marilyn Monroe here proves that she was actually a very good actress. She gives such a great performance, full of charisma, vigor and charm. She was very good and of course beautiful. But to me Jane Russell was the real star here. Don’t get me wrong, both women are great, but she is more memorable and quite underrated here. She stole the show and her more down-to-earth, but still funny character was terrific. The two are so great together. The men are all fine, but these two women are the real stars.

What I found really interesting about Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is that vibrant, over-the-top sexuality. Rarely do we see women lust over men in such an evident and strong manner and this is the fifties we’re talking about. So crazy and weird. Watching Jane Russell in particular was such a delight as her obsession with handsome men perfectly clashed against Monroe’s obsession with rich, older guys.

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The film to me is very good, but never great as it somewhat loses its steam in the second half resulting in the film that is much funnier and much better in the first half. And that whole shenanigans with the jewelry could have been better executed. The movie was also way too superficial at times and way too entertaining. I wish that it featured some sophisticated moments along with the fun ones and we never really get to see some sort of a commentary here which is a real shame.

But it does succeed as a comedy because it can be quite funny at times and even hilarious. It also succeeds as a musical because, let’s be honest, these songs are so good and so catchy that everyone can enjoy them. Anyone Here for Love? isn’t that memorable as a musical number, but with that infectious energy and a great turn from Russell, it becomes unforgettable. The imagery there is also truly one of a kind as we watch her being so happy surrounded by those handsome sportsmen. Bye Bye Baby is a great number as it is so catchy and just a lot of fun. But of course the real highlight has to be Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend which is not only catchy and entertaining, but also technically brilliant and filled with awesome costumes and a superb set.

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It is weird that the film was directed by Howard Hawks as this is most certainly far from his usual style, but he proved how great he was when he made it so good anyway. The editing is mostly great, the film is consistently engaging, the acting is so good and the film is so well made with some gorgeous Technicolor at display. Overall, it isn’t great, but as these kinds of comedies go, it is pretty special in its own right.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes isn’t particularly sophisticated, but it is such a fun and funny film that feels so modern owing to its awesome mix of strong sexuality, weird and over-the-top humor and an infectious energy. Marilyn Monroe is so good here, but Jane Russell is even better and the two are such a great duo. The film is such a good comedy, but also a great musical as it is filled with many catchy songs and so well choreographed musical numbers. It’s unabashedly light and fluffy, but fun and charming nonetheless.

My Rating – 4

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Movie Review

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a 1999 animated musical comedy film directed by Trey Parker. It is such a great film to accompany the series.

The boys see a controversial film and their parents pressure the country to go into war with Canada for allegedly corrupting their children. Now obviously this story is excellent and it is thematically rich and so clever as usually for this team. It smartly satirizes how the Americans are more appalled at cursing or nudity than much bigger issues such as war. It is a great message film about censorship and freedom of speech. But it also has a lot of other things going for it such as the parody of musicals and most especially the Disney renaissance and it touches upon racism and religion too.

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I’m sorry, Wendy,

but I don’t trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn’t die.

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I loved every character here as everyone was superbly realized which is one of the reasons why this film is even better than the seasons that aired at the time that it was made. It is so good which is actually commendable as usually films based on TV shows fail miserably, but this one succeeds tremendously.

Stan here is obsessed with Wendy and we get his signature throwing up. The conflict between him and Gregory is solid. Kyle’s relationship with Sheila is well explored, but she bothered me as she was too over-the-top and there could have been better ways to start this whole war than this way with her basically becoming a villain.

Mr. Garrison is here in just a couple of scenes, but he steals the show whenever he is on screen with a couple of absolutely hilarious lines. I loved the Canadians and that ambassador was so funny in one of the funniest scenes. Terrance and Phillip are also surprisingly good here. Juvenile, but they work really well in the context of the story.

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Big Gay Al also has his moments, Chef is excellent and that whole human shield subplot is absolutely hysterical and possibly the funniest thing in the entire film. Cartman’s mom also had her funny moments and of course Cartman is excellent. He is here still not fully Cartman as he would become in the later years, but he comes close and this is one of his best and funniest roles in the earlier history of South Park.

Kenny is naturally terrific. That death scene with the doctors is so funny in its craziness, but I loved that this character is finally utilized a lot. His relationship with Satan is excellent and his road from hell to heaven is superbly executed with his final scene being a great conclusion for the film plus we finally saw him without a hood on.

Satan is amazing! Here he is probably the best that he’s ever been and is the main character in his own right. Saddam is funny and villainous and their relationship is as ridiculous and as hilarious as always, but we also get the closure from it and Satan’s progression from a coward to a person who respects himself and finally ends things with Saddam. A terrific and extremely funny subplot.

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is as hilarious as you would come to expect from Parker and Stone and is actually laugh-out-loud funny with joke after joke coming at you from beginning to end. However, the film is not only a comedy, but also strongly a musical which I also enjoyed. Yes having twelve songs in it is definitely too much, but the songs are short enough that it doesn’t come at the expense of storytelling. Quite the contrary as they use it to further the plot progression and highlight the characters which is what songs in musical films are supposed to do. They are truly musically talented which is something that they do not get nearly enough credit for.

Mountain Town is excellent and a great way to open the movie innocently while immediately afterwards going into full R-rated territory. Uncle Fucka is the signature song from the Canadian duo, ridiculous but fun. Wendy’s song is so-so and It’s Easy, MMMkay is a good showcase of Mr. Mackey’s signature line, but is otherwise dull and repetitive.

Hell Isn’t Good I wasn’t a fan of at all because of its genre and I have to say that Blame Canada is a very overrated song that was nominated for an Oscar when in reality it is boring and other songs here were much more deserving of the nomination. Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch is one of Cartman’s greatest moments here. Absolutely hilarious, so catchy and with a great part with the children singing it in other languages.

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What Would Brian Boitano Do? is a very underrated song which is one of my favorites here. I guess that it comes as a bit of a filler in terms of the sequence itself as it isn’t all that necessary, but it is very entertaining with a catchy tune and an amazing, grand finale with memorable imagery. La Resistance is okay, but forgettable, but I Can Change is fun and crazy and again important for the story. I’m Super isn’t all that great, but is funny and very amusing in its imagery and is a good usage of Big Gay Al’s character.

And without any doubt the best song from the movie has to be Up There which is just an admirable achievement. It is such a perfect parody of Part of That World from ‘The Little Mermaid’ and serves as a great Disney-like song in its own right as it is funny in imagery, but so stupendously well sung and with such a catchy, yet grand quality to it. It is one of Satan’s finest moments.

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut isn’t perfect as some of that action near the end wasn’t all that great in comparison to the rest of the movie plus the editing is really problematic as the film felt rushed all the time and way too fast. It should have been much longer in my opinion. But still it is endlessly entertaining and funny from beginning to end, sometimes even hilarious. It is very well made and directed and even the animation is brought up a notch for the theatrical release. It is mostly an extremely satisfying South Park experience and a very underrated film in my opinion.

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a glorious achievement as the film that never disappointed as is mostly the case with TV-to-film adaptations. The characters are all memorable and superbly utilized here and the story is very well crafted and naturally thematically rich and sophisticated, but the humor is fantastic as it is funny from start to finish with a great joke after joke and many instantly recognizable lines and moments. It also succeeds as a musical with many great songs with the highlight being Up There which is a great parody of Disney music. Whether as a musical or as a comedy, you can’t deny its greatness.

My Rating – 4.5

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Hercules (1997)

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Hercules Movie Review

Hercules is a 1997 animated musical fantasy comedy film that is the 35th Disney animated feature film. It is such a minor, but very entertaining Disney entry.

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I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this.

Have a nice day.

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It is based on the titular legendary hero who is the son of Zeus. And this of course all comes from the wonderful Greek mythology. And that makes it the second Disney film to be based on the myth or legend after ‘Pocahontas’ released two years prior to this one. Here the change in pace was quite welcome as we have never before seen a film from this studio tackle such a subject matter and they mostly did a good job with it, if admittedly far from a great one.

Now of course the film follows the very familiar trope of an underdog/superhero origin story and that is certainly typical, but definitely well done here as the film is entertaining from start to finish. It marks a major departure from the other films released during the Renaissance as it is rarely serious and is much more comedic in tone. In fact, it is definitely a comedy at its core and there is nothing wrong with that as it’s a fun romp that also has a big heart and some genuinely memorable characters.

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Speaking of the characters, the protagonist is definitely a typical heroic type you’ve seen countless times before. He is charming for sure, but definitely forgettable. But Megara charges this movie and is easily the most memorable and best character of the bunch. First of all, she is animated and presented differently and is for once a more realistic in looks female character which is great. Another great thing about her is her backstory which is dark and I loved the explanation for why she’s working for Hades and it all ties well into the overall arc and her relationship with Herc. She is such a funny, realistic and extremely likable personality and it’s a shame that she’s not regarded as one of the best Disney female characters when she most certainly is.

These two are fantastic to watch together. In fact, their romance is one of my favorites from the studio as they are just so charming together and those romantic sequences are pleasantly playful and charming. It is at its core a traditional love story, but it’s presented in a more modern way which makes it more relatable.

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Phil is solid and I liked his character quite a bit here. He wasn’t as funny as he ought to have been, but he is such a good soul and some of his moments brought a smile to my face. Another great relationship is between him and Herc too. Hades is definitely a joke of a villain in the vein of Captain Hook from ‘Peter Pan’. He is too easily defeated and is never menacing. But he is still good for this type of movie as he is very funny at times and such a delightfully memorable presence on screen. Zeus is great and I liked how the Gods were depicted and animated quite a bit, Pegasus is of course endearing and Pain and Panic are such amusing, at times hilarious henchmen for the villain that they are quite underrated characters in their own right. The voice acting here is fantastic with Susan Egan, Danny DeVito and James Woods all knocking it out of the park.

Hercules is never animated as artistically as most of the other Renaissance flicks which makes it inferior in comparison. But it is still good when viewed in its own context and honestly the designs here are simply phenomenal. The character designs in this movie are some of the most original in the animation history as they look like their representations on those vases and they look like they actually came from this particular time period. That is something that ‘The Prince of Egypt‘ would repeat a year later, but this movie came before which makes it quite unique in that matter. The film is also pleasantly colorful and its color palette also fits well into this world. The animation here is another testament to how great Disney once was at adapting its songs and animation within the time period.

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However, the songs in Hercules are quite the opposite. They never fit in with the period as they are way too modern. But that wasn’t a problem to me as these songs are just so good. And of course incredibly underrated, at least some of them are. The only song here that I honestly really dislike is One Last Hope. Danny DeVito is good in this role, but his voice is too distinctive and here that shows a lot along with his lack of a greater musical talent. But the song is above everything else very boring and the scene too should have been better.

The Gospel Truth is inferior too, but a solid opening and I liked its backup sinking quite a bit. A Star is Born is another similar song, but very well sung and very catchy. I liked these female voices a lot actually. Go the Distance is a typical Disney song in its entirety, both in imagery, plot and tone. It is a regular “I wish/I can do it” song and it sets up the rest of the movie just fine and is admittedly very well sung, but the melody itself is boring and the lyrics aren’t the greatest.

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The two best songs from Hercules are of course Zero to Hero and I Won’t Say I’m in Love. The first one is just so incredibly catchy and one of the fastest and most purely entertaining Disney songs ever with fun lyrics and such a phenomenal melody. I loved that it also has two parts and both are absolutely terrific.

And of course I Won’t Say I’m in Love is the highlight both in terms of music and in terms of storytelling. The sequence that came before it is so wonderfully romantic, but this scene is phenomenal, so well filmed and with great imagery. It is such a perfect vehicle for Meg and it wonderfully propelled her character forward, but it is as a song just awesome. It is a Disney ballad turned upside down with an added feminist twist of sorts as the girl doesn’t want to fall in love this time around, but can’t help it. Its lyrics are so good and the song is so catchy and instantly memorable.

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I liked the action sequences here, but they still could have been a bit more majestic. The pacing is totally off and the entire third act just felt rushed which is weird as the material there is so good and it had the potential to be much better executed and much grander. The ending is so wonderful, but those scenes that came before it were admittedly rushed. The film is moving at times and always charming and the humor and dialogue are definitely strong, but it is never ambitious or particularly memorable in any way which is its main problem. It is fun and funny, but never great and always just good. And even though it wouldn’t stack up pretty high on the Disney list, it is still a very fun ride when watched singularly.

Hercules definitely lacks ambition, the pacing is totally off as the third act is rushed and even abrupt plus some of the songs and scenes were subpar, but the film is a fun and funny ride with solid humor and such phenomenal, memorable characters with Meg being one of Disney’s finest heroines. It also has an interesting animation style to it, it is moving at times, very charming and it has a very good soundtrack with Zero to Hero and I Won’t Say I’m in Love being the highlights.

My Rating – 4

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Movie Review

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1996 animated historical musical drama film that is the 34th Disney animated feature film. It is such a good, awfully underrated movie.

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Quasi, take it from an old spectator.

Life’s not a spectator sport.

If watchin’ is all you’re gonna do,

then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya

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It is based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo. And although some of the darkest elements were omitted in this adaptation, it still remains one of the darkest Disney films of all time, one of the most sophisticated and most mature. That is because you can’t really make this material kid-friendly no matter how hard you try. But that is okay as its darkness makes it so memorable. Yes, it ends with a happy ending, but it isn’t all that happy as, in the vein of ‘Pocahontas‘, the protagonist doesn’t get the girl in the end and that is so admirable.

The plot here is very well told and always wonderfully dramatic and serious which means that it thoroughly succeeds as a drama film. In fact, it is such a dramatic movie that it doesn’t even have fantasy elements to it as those sidekick gargoyles can be interpreted to be Quasimodo’s imaginary friends. Couple that raw seriousness with its darkness and you’ve got one of the most atypical Disney films out there.

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Now, let’s review each of the characters here. The character development is strong. It isn’t fantastic, but it is mostly very good and in some cases even fascinating. Quasimodo is a bit bland as he is a bit too good, but that is an expected trait for a hero. But he is such a tragic figure that you can’t help but sympathize with him and root for him from beginning to end.

Esmeralda is one of the best Disney princesses that never received that official title. Yes, she is cocky and overly sexualized, but that is necessary for the plot and she can also be quite sweet at times while also being admirably selfless in others. She is definitely one of the strongest female characters in the Disney canon as she is both inspirational, pretty and very capable.

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Captain Phoebus is also pretty good. Their relationship could have been a bit better, but his friendship with Quasimodo is excellent and is just as good as is the relationship between Quasimodo and Esmeralda. Clopin I never really found all that interesting and he is to me a character that could have easily been cut off from the end product.

Djali is a forgettable animal sidekick, but the fact that she is a goat makes her interesting. Victor, Hugo and Laverne are quite solid, if at times a bit annoying gargoyles. Some may say that they are unnecessary, but the scenes with them were heartwarming and they served as Quasimodo’s shoulders to cry on. And if my theory that they are actually the figment of his imagination is true, that is even better.

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Judge Claude Frollo… What is there left to say than has already not been said? Fearless, extremely realistic and all the more powerful for it, he is such a strong dark presence in an already pretty dark movie that he elevated the material even more. His lust for Esmeralda provided us with some of the most mature sequences ever for the company and his inner conflict is so powerful and dramatically conveyed. His interactions with each and every character is exceptional and he never made a single mistake throughout the movie. Needless to say, he is one of the finest Disney villains ever created.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame features some of the most underrated animations which again goes to show what an underappreciated movie it is. All of the designs here are strong and the animation is fluid and polished. However, what makes it stand out is its attention to detail. The eponymous church is absolutely gorgeous to behold and so meticulously and realistically portrayed. I also loved how wonderfully utilized it was and how we got to explore it from all of its sides. The city scenes were also excellent and the camera angles are terrific throughout the movie.

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Now is the perfect time to praise its soundtrack. It consists of six songs and most of them are very good. Let’s start with those lesser ones. Topsy Turvy is my least favorite number here as it to me served as a filler in terms of storytelling and the overall tune is forgettable and boring. I realize that the gypsies needed to be portrayed and showcased in their music and lifestyle, but those scenes with them tended to go on for too long in my opinion.

A Guy Like You is definitely fun, but it is more fun than meaningful and it is another song that didn’t need to be here. It isn’t bad, but it is inferior when compared to others that I am going to talk about now. Out There is weaker in its beginning, but so great in its ending and that quality is something that is present in another song too, but more on that later. Out There is exceptional in scenery and in its final moments which are so well sung and powerful. It is a solid I Wish number for sure.

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And now for the top three. As I said above, The Bells of Notre Dame is another song that starts off weaker and ends magnificently. It is a song that lasts for way too long, but it is such a great opening for this movie that perfectly sets it up in terms of storytelling. But those final moments in the song are jaw-dropping and when you hear those bells and that awesome chorus, you instantly appreciate 1990s Disney and how wonderfully they used to fit in the score with the time period which is something that today’s entries are lacking unfortunately.

Hellfire is a blast! It is so powerful, so well sung and so vivid in its lyrics and so creepy in its imagery that it is naturally one of the best, if not the very best, villain songs in the Disney canon. Its chorus is so powerful and its lyrics are so descriptive and they serve as awesome character development for Frollo leading to a song that is great both as a musical number and as a plot device.

And God Help the Outcasts is definitely my favorite piece here mostly because it is one of the most purely human and selfless songs that I have ever heard. Its message resonates today as well as it did before, it is beautifully sung and, though a bit short, it is both moving and powerful. It is also one of my favorite sequences in the film.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame also benefits from other memorable sequences besides the ones set in music such as the ending which is emotional and just so well executed and every scene in and around the church is a winner. The score is tremendous and so in tune with its time period and the film is mature just enough that it is still suitable for children which is great. It definitely has its problems such as the pacing which isn’t the tightest and its biggest problem is that it should have lasted a bit longer as the plot demanded it. And the humor isn’t the greatest and is needless here. And again its atypical nature is both its strength and its weakness. But having in mind how powerful and tragic it is, it’s a shame that it is so underappreciated even today.

Another exceptional Disney Renaissance entry, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is so shamefully underappreciated as it is one of the darkest and most mature Disney films yet. It is a bit uneven at times, but it is so emotionally powerful, so well crafted both in story and in animation, so serious and dramatic and filled with many great musical numbers such as The Bells of Notre Dame which is wonderfully fitting to the time period, God Help the Outcasts which is emotionally resonant in its selflessness and great message and Hellfire which features one of the finest Disney villains ever in outstanding, devilish Judge Frollo.

My Rating – 4.5

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