When You Wish Upon a Star: Cinderella

While being self-quarantined, we are all looking for different ways to occupy ourselves. I have decided to watch all the theatrically released Disney animated films offered to me on Disney+, in order. Of course I can’t just let that be it, so I will be writing a little something about each of them.

As we move through this world we are forced to make changes, pivot, and adapt to an unwelcomed event. I believe this is something most of us understand all too well at the moment. It is important to have to go through such things as they can help us grow and make our next phases better. Disney animation had to pivot and they adapted, and in doing so they learned something that they used to help their next feature, Cinderella. Continue reading “When You Wish Upon a Star: Cinderella”

When You Wish Upon a Star: The War Years

While being self-quarantined, we are all looking for different ways to occupy ourselves. I have decided to watch all the theatrically released Disney animated films offered to me on Disney+, in order. Of course I can’t just let that be it, so I will be writing a little something about each of them.

The Walt Disney animation department was on a role. Bambi set a new benchmark for what they would do and how their characters would look and could interact. Things were starting to look good for Walt and his House of Mouse. But like any good story when things start to look good something unexpected comes along and derails the process. In this case it was that chode brained Hitler and his stupid fucking Nazis.

Many of the people working for Disney left to fight the war, and several of the animators were recruited to make propaganda films (fun fact: Dr. Seuss was also on the team making propaganda films). This left Disney’s animation department low on personnel. Disney was still committed to making cartoons to help occupy the public while their loved ones were off kicking in Nazi teeth. However, these cartoons wound up being a bit different.

Instead of one complete story, the features during this war time were often made of two or three smaller cartoons linked together in some way, usually by some live action bumper segments. So since this felt like watching a bunch of cartoon shorts rather than a feature length movie, I’ve decided they don’t get their own entry but one lumped entry. Continue reading “When You Wish Upon a Star: The War Years”

Brilliant Disguise

Freddy, Daphne, and Velma are super keen on monsters, chasing bad guys, and all around mystery solving. Shaggy and Scooby, not so much. They’re afraid of everything and seem like they would rather sit in the van and eat sandwiches. So why do Shag and Scoob hang out with these mystery dorks who travel the country in search of spooky happenings? Continue reading “Brilliant Disguise”

When You Wish Upon A Star: Pinocchio

While being self-quarantined, we are all looking for different ways to occupy ourselves. I have decided to watch all the theatrically released Disney animated films offered to me on Disney+, in order. Of course I can’t just let that be it, so I will be writing a little something about each of them

I have always been annoyed with the number of “C”s in Pinocchio’s name. There’s no reason to have more than one. I blame Geppetto. That old ass, Italian woodworker has way too may extra letters. What I’m trying to say is last night I watched Disney’s Pinocchio and here’s what else I have to say about it. Also, Jiminy Cricket calls him Pinoke at one point and I turned on the subtitles to see how they spelled Pinoke. It made sense and I was not disappointed. Continue reading “When You Wish Upon A Star: Pinocchio”