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Walt Disney's third animated feature and by far his most ambitious, Fantasia is unlike any film in the entire Disney Chronology. 

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(DISCLAIMER: This blog is not for profit. All images and footage used below are property of their respective companies unless stated otherwise. I do not claim ownership of this material. New to the blog? Start at the start with Snow White.)

God I hate when this happens.
See, here’s the thing. I already knew what I was going to say about Princess and the Frog months ago. I had my arguments prepared, I’d done my research, the only thing remaining to do was to sit down and watch it again before actually writing the review. And then, of course, my opinion of the movie changed pretty substantially and now I’m back to square one. Alright, a lot of you have been asking me my opinion on the Princess and the Frog, and until very, very recently it was this:
Don’t like it. Hugely disappointing. Major flaws. Disney screwed the pooch. To get traditional animation back in contention they needed a perfect ten and we got a five. Mouse not happy.
But then…yeah, I watched it again and it’s safe to say that my opinion has mellowed quite a bit. Not totally. The problems I thought were there are still there. What problems you ask? Three are the problems, and the number of the problems is three.
  1. Tiana
You know, given Disney’s sterling record of diversity it’s kind of amazing that it’s taken this long for us to have an African American princess.

“Ha! Good one!”

I’m actually not being sarcastic. Think about it, since Little Mermaid in 1987, of the seventeen canon movies featuring humans we’ve had Arab protaganoists, Asian protagonists, Native American protagonists, gypsy protagonists, Hawaiian protagonists, Mayan protagonists and even that most reviled and loathed of all minorities…
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The French.

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For their 26th animated theatrical release, Disney once again lives up to its nickname of the House of Mouse with this well-done Sherlock Homes parody, The Great Mouse Detective.

The Great Mouse Detective is not only inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels and stories, but also a children's book series, Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus.  From 1958 to 1982, Titus wrote five books in the series, featuring illustrations by Paul Galdone.  Set in the mouse world of Victorian England, which operates the same way as ours does, Basil lived in the same building as the "real' Sherlock Holmes and was a detective with a similar method of operating.  He even had a sidekick of his own, Dr. David Q. Dawson, a cheese aficionado, who served as Basil's biographer just as Dr. John Watson did for Holmes.  Professor Ratigan, the film's villain, also came straight from the books, although I don't know how different the movie version is from the source material (I only read the first book in the series, and Ratigan wasn't in it).   The name Basil came from actor Basil Rathbone, who was renowned not only for his villain roles in swashbucklers, but also his multiple portrayals of Holmes on radio, stage, and the big screen. 


This movie was actually going to be called Basil of Baker Street, like the books.  However, Disney CEO Michael Eisner thought that sounded "too British" and mandated the Great Mouse Detective title, a decision the filmmakers were not at all happy with.  One of the animators sent around a snarky memo that referred to older Disney movies by overly generic titles in response - Puppies Taken Away, Seven Little Men Help a Girl, things like that. 


Like the books, the film is set in Victorian England around the time of the Mouse Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  Olivia Flaversham (Susanne Pollatschek) is a young girl mouse who lives with her kindly father (Alan Young), a toymaker.  One night, Olivia watches in horror as Flaversham is kidnapped from his shop by Fidget (Candy Candico), a one-legged bat.  (Note to parents - this can be a pretty scary scene for really little kids to handle).  Olivia seeks out Basil of Baker Street, the titular Great Mouse Detective.  She runs into Dr. Dawson (Val Bettin), a doctor recently returned from military service in Afghanistan and now looking forward to a quiet life back in England.  Feeling sorry for Olivia, he helps her find Basil (Barrie Ingham), who's just come off working another case - unsuccessfully.  Initially bored by Olivia's plight, he becomes a lot more interested when Olivia describes the one-legged bat who kidnapped her father - a known underling of Basil's arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan (Vincent Price).

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The Hardcore Kid saves the best for last...the bloody, explosive conclusion to Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail!

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D takes a look at the most recent animated Transformers TV series.

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I've been waiting for How To Train Your Dragon 2 for a long time. And now that it's finally here, I'm gonna go see it, and give my thoughts on it. 

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Part on of the G.I. Joe the Movie was we delve into the troubled history of the long established franchise that ended up creating what was supposed to be the reboot of the franchise.

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The Hardcore Kid celebrates his 5th Year Anniversary by reviewing the most awesome anime ever, Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail! But is this the end of The Hardcore Kid?

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(DISCLAIMER: This blog is not for profit. All images and footage used below are property of their respective companies unless stated otherwise. I do not claim ownership of this material. New to the blog? Start at the start with Snow White.)
You know what’s weird? In Irish, there’s no word for “Yes” or “No”.
You know what else is weird? If you ask someone to imagine “a Disney movie” they automatically think of a Princess movie, something like the world of Giselle in Enchanted. But the Princess movies only make up a small fraction of the canon, 10 movies out of 52. Whereas the talking animal movies comprise a staggering twenty four movies depending on how you count them (Pinocchio, no, the two Winnie the Poohs, yes for our purposes here). So why is it that the Princess movies have such an outsized influence on how the rest of the canon is seen? Well, for whatever reason, it’s the Princess movies that seem to do really well. Snow White, CinderellaSleeping BeautyLittle MermaidBeauty and the BeastAladdinMulan, Tangled, Frozen, all really, really huge hits. And even Pocahontas and Princess and the Frog were not exactly slouches at the box-office. The talking animal movies, by comparison, tend to perform more modestly. Oh, you’ll get the occasional big hit (Lady and the Tramp101 DalmatiansJungle BookThe Rescuers and oh yeah, The Lion King) but mostly it feels like their role is to just keep things ticking over until the next Princess movie comes along.  And that’s just not right, dammit. Disney have done some if their very best work in this sub-genre. Take today’s movie for example, Bolt, which was released in 2008 and…
Oh my God.
Oh my God, this thing was released in 2008. Obama had been elected by the time this thing came out. I was on Facebook. I was in my current job. I remember this thing coming out as a recent event in my life. It’s just…wow. When I started this blog I was making jokes about Hitler and the Second World War (that came out wrong). I mean, it’s really all coming to an end, isn’t it? Finish line’s in sight.
Ahem. Anyway.
It’s possible to think of Chicken LittleMeet the Robinsons and Boltas a trilogy of the “Pixarification” of Disney. Chicken Little is Disney, trying to be Pixar, Meet the Robinsons is Disney on its way to becoming Pixar and Bolt is basically Pixar. It was produced by John Lasseter and it looks, feels and runs like a Pixar movie. Seriously, they could have slapped a Pixar logo on this and no one would have known the difference. But what kind of Pixar movie is it? Are we talking Toy Story 3? Or are we talking Cars?
Let’s take a look.

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