Beauty and the Beast (Disney)

Beauty and the Beast PosterBeauty and the Beast is a 1991 Disney animated film that is part of the Disney Renaissance.  It is an adaption of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast.  This version is quite different from the original, but still keeps the essential themes of looking beyond the surface and not judging a book by its cover.

Melanie likes the film and Kasey doesn’t.  On one hand, it’s a very beautifully animated film that’s rich in detail.  The themes it portrays are universal and it has a good message for children to learn.   On the other hand… Belle is such a Mary Sue.  A completely and totally Mary freakin Sue.  And the couple fall deeply in love in like a week.  Sure that’s improvement upon love at first sight but…

What do you think of Beauty and the Beast? Was Kasey’s hate for Belle justified?  Do you think it portrays positive values or does it just reinforce negative gender stereotypes? Does Gaston’s friend Lafou really have a gay crush on him?   Let us know what you think!

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The Hobbit (1977)

Hobbit DVD CoverThis time around we review the 1977 animated film The Hobbit.  The Hobbit was adapted from a 1937 Tolkien book of the same name by Rankin-Bass.  Rankin-Bass were the same production/creative team that also created The Last Unicorn, and all of the stop motion holiday classics that ABC Family shoves down Americans throats every winter.

This production was a made for TV movie for children and it shows in the final product.  The animation is stilted and the movie does its best to avoid showing violence while still oddly implying it.  The budget restraints of a made for TV movie are pretty apparent.  The animation is stilted and a large scale war between multiple armies is depicted like a giant dust cloud.  However, there was obvious love for the source material in the production.  The art design is quite nice.  Top Craft, the Japanese studio the animation was filmed at, created some really beautiful hand painted backgrounds.  They production company also respected the source material and didn’t try to add to or dramatically change the story.  Despite it’s short comings, they did the best they could with a TV movie’s budget and time.

Should you see this?  If you’ve read The Hobbit before by all means go for it.  It makes a fun diversion while waiting for the Peter Jackson version.  If you haven’t read the books give it a pass and wait for the live action movies.

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Tangled

Tangled Movie PosterTangled is Disney’s take on Rapunzel. Its a cute and fun movie that’s filled with dangerous lies. Liesssss.

This is the second time we attempted to record this. The first time was a beautiful and magical podcast of wonder but you’ll never be able to hear that because we lost Melanie’s side of the recording. Then my computer crashed so I rebuilt a new one. Soo… yeah. Fun times. Enjoy the filthy Disney liessss.

No seriously, we liked this film.

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The Last Unicorn

The Last Unicorn DVD CoverEpisode  18 is here and it’s infused with UNICORN POWER! We’re reviewing the 1982 animated classic The Last Unicorn. This film was produced by Rankin/Bass for and animated by Topcraft who would later become Studio Ghibli.   The film is beautiful to look at and really shows its pedigree, especially in the hand painted backgrounds.   There are some really beautiful pastoral scenes in this film.

The Last Unicorn is the story  of a unicorn who one day finds out that she may be the last unicorn in the world.   She goes on a quest to discover if this is true and if it is, to free the rest of the unicorns.   It’s a fairly simple setup but the characters are very well developed and bring a depth to this animated film that isn’t often seen in english produced productions.

Thanks  for requesting this  episode  Doe and Monica!

Links:
Buy a Signed Copy of The Last Unicorn novel by Peter S. Beagle!
History of Topcraft/Studio Ghibli
 

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The Secret of NIMH

Secret of NIMHMelanie made me watch a furry movie.

The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 movie directed by Don Bluth.   The premise is that a widowed mother must find a way to stop the plow from destroying her house in order to save her very ill son.   There are also several rodents with psychic powers.   It was the 80s, go figure.

We tried recording in the same room poor people style (with one microphone). It sounds like we’re recording from within the core of the earth. Oh well, we won’t try that again. I tried to enhance this episode in the post-editing process by inserting smartass comments throughout.   I’m not sure how that turned out.   Any comments pertaining to my success or epic fail  would be greatly appreciated.

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Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer

Rainbow Brite Movie PosterThis episode  I review the  1985 cartoon movie classic Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer.

Yes, Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer.

Yes, I have lost my mind.

Rainbow Brite is based on as series of hallmark cards about a little girl who controls rainbows and is in charge of all of the colors on earth.   There is also a television series from the eighties that is filled with almost as much crack as this 85 minute movie. Seriously, this thing is cracktastic.   It has pink sparkly mind control robots, a little girl who can breathe in space, a talking robot jet pack horse, and an evil plan to STEAL AN ENTIRE PLANET.

This episode is only half the length of a normal episode because we only had half the hosts. No matter how much I may love the sound of my own voice, I wasn’t able to record a full length episode on my own.   Melanie was having computer problems and was unable to record the episode with me so I decided to record it by myself.   Because I’m so dedicated.   And hardcore.   Hardcore Rainbow Brite Watching. It’s just how I roll.

Also, Melanie hates me now because she watched this movie for no reason. Ha ha.

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