The Sword in the Stone

Hey guys!
Today I bring you one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. After reading The Guinevere Deception a while ago, I was in the mood for some more Arthurian stuff. My go-to movie on that front is The Sword in the Stone!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Another of the fantastic animated creations from the Disney studios, this is the animated version of The Once and Future King, a T. H. White story. This is the story of King Arthur in childhood as he is being instructed by the magician Merlin and his owl, Archimedes. Although it doesn’t stick to the original story and something of the quality of myth is lost, the animation is superior and the tale intriguing and amusing. A delight for the whole family.

The Rating:

I may be a little biased as this is a movie I watched as a kid and loved it so much then.

Well, even after years, this film still holds up. Although it’s not the best Disney flick out there it is so much fun to watch and just all around enjoyable. Also, it features one of my all-time favorite Disney characters!

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The Mandalorian: Season 1 – A Review

Hello, my darling readers!
Catching up with all the reviews I meant to write ages ago, I proudly present to you The Mandalorian – one of the most hyped shows of 2019. Was it good? Was it bad? Let’s see!

The Plot:

This show follows the titular Mandalorian bounty hunter and his exploits across the galaxy…

The Rating:

Okay, so hands down, I only came for baby yoda. As much as the show tried to built up the big reveal of Mando’s face, sorry, I don’t care.
Let’s be real, Disney should have called it the Baby Yoda Show. That precious green nugget took the internet and my heart by storm.

Of course, it’s super obvious that this was a marketing thing Disney did and Baby Yoda is their latest cash cow. But you know what? I am not even made. Baby Yoda is just far too adorable.

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Aladdin (2019)

Hello, hello!
Disney is currently busy turning all my beloved childhood favorites into live-action movies. I wasn’t that over the moon with Beauty and the Beast but still wanted to give Aladdin a shot. So let’s see how this one turned out!

The Plot:

You know the deal: blue genie, cute guy from the streets, princess, and a power-hungry dude, lots of singing…

The Rating:

By turning all the famous animated films into live-action remakes, Disney has found a very profitable source of income.
Well, I grew up with the original films and they hold a special place in my heart. So, of course, I had to check out the new version of Aladdin.

First of all, let me say this was better than expected. Not flawless but decent.
I enjoyed the casting for both Jasmin and Aladdin and think these actors both did a great job. I was curious to see what Will Smith would do as Genie. Robin Williams left giant footsteps to fill, so it was not easy for Smith to step in his shoes. At times I had the feeling Smith was holding back, not wanting to compete with Williams thus making for a rather bland Genie in several scenes.

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Book Talk: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Hello my lovely readers!
In this post I’ll share my views on one of the most famous children’s books of all time: Peter Pan. Let’s see if this classic made it on my favorites list!

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (Cover from Goodreads)

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
Peter Pan, the boy who will never grow up, crosses paths with the Darling children. Impressed by Peter’s tales about Neverland, Wendy, John and Michael step right out the window and fly with him. Many adventures, lost boys, fairies and pirates await them in Neverland…

 

The Rating:
Many people will hate me for this review but I really did not like this book. I absolutely adored the Disney film which was just magical, so I was excited to finally read J. M. Barrie’s novel. But honestly, hadn’t it been for reviews sake, I wouldn’t even have finished.
First of all, the characters are so annoying. All of them. Peter is not funny at all but bossy and super narcissistic. Wendy is just about the most shallow characters ever (well, just about all of the characters in this story are) but she also feels rather stupid in this version. One of the main problems is that not a single one of the jokes is actually funny. None of the characters are the slightest bit likable. If a guy like Peter showed up at my window, I wouldn’t run away with him, I’d shut the window. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Pinocchio (1940)

Hey guys!
Can you believe that I’ve never seen Disney’s famous movie Pinocchio until a few weeks ago?
Well, I’m finally catching up with the classic, so let’s see what I think about it!

 

The Plot:
I’m sure, you are familiar with the story. Gepetto, an elderly woodworker, finishes as wooden marionette. He wishes on a star for the doll to become real a boy. When he wakes up the next morning the puppet has come to life.
Pinocchio wants to be¬† a real boy, but he still has a lot to learn…

 

The Rating:
Pinocchio is quite magical.
The animation style reminds me of my childhood. It gives me a fuzzy warm feeling somewhere deep down. But nostalgia aside, Pinocchio is one of Disney’s best movies. They managed to find the balance between light fun and earnest topics. Pinocchio’s struggle, the tale of vice and virtue is told wonderfully. Without too much finger pointing and a sprinkle of fairy dust, we learn what is right and what is wrong. Continue reading

Movie Mania: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Hey guys!
I’ve been re-watching some Disney classics lately. This time it was the Hunchback of Notre Dame, one of the darker productions. Let’s see whether it’s still good after so many years!

 

The Plot:
You all know the story. Quasimodo, the titular hunchback lives at the cathedral. He is an orphan, his mother was killed by Judge Frollo, an evil man with a hatred for gypsies.
Quasimodo is a shy yet kind guy, who is usually forbidden from leaving the cathedral. But for the festival of fools he dares to venture outside – and promptly falls for Esmeralda, right before the townsfolk shun him for his deformity…

 

The Rating:
I honestly didn’t remember much about his particular Disney production. But when I re-watched the film recently I surprised how dark the tone is. The film basically starts with Frollo killing Quasimodo’s mother and then planning on drowning the baby. That’s not exactly family friendly, right?
However, Disney did an amazing job with Victor Hugo’s story that had been even darker. They managed to create a version that is palpable, colorful, sometimes even funny but never distasteful. It’s tricky to keep the balance when dealing with the topics featured and simplifying and smoothing things for children. This could have gone downhill easily. Continue reading