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After a mostly unsuccessful run Disney decided to make some changes and get back to their fairy tale roots. The result is what many consider to be the best of the Disney Eras.
- 1.The Lion King - 27Ethan: As great as this movie is, it's always been a little underrated for me. Still I can't deny it's impact.
- 2.Aladdin - 26.5Ethan: At one point this was my favorite Disney movie and for good reason. I've probably seen it to many times for it to be as high as it should be. But still one of Disney's best.
- 3.Beauty and the Beast - 26Ethan: Another one that I find slightly overrated and have seen too many times (thanks to my sister watching it almost every day). But once again I can't deny how good it is.
Here @residentst3vil and I look at what many refer to as Disney's dark period. However hear films aren't all bad, they just don't hold up to the standard set before. Following the declining trend of the movies after Walt Disney's death, these films had trouble connecting. Once again 30 is a perfect score.
- 1.The Fox and the Hound - 22Ethan: I watched his one a lot growing up, so it's got the nostalgia factor for me. There's a lot here to like. Story wise it's very solid, but falls a little short in terms of classic Disney.
- 2.Oliver & Company - 21.5Ethan: I grew up watching his one a lot too but I has not aged well for me. Everything about it just feels too dated and of it's time. All of the songs are way too cheesy (except Perfect Isn't Easy) for my taste.
- 3.The Great Mouse Detective - 17.5Ethan: Here was a good attempt at trying to get back to the classic Disney standard, but it ultimately falls short. Good concept, story, and character, but there's too much odd imagery and tone shifts that's don't quite work.
- 4.The Black CauldronEthan: Say what you will about this movie, it's got some pretty cool posters. I actually don't mind this movie that much. The concept is good and works well on its own, but it doesn't work very well as a Disney film. Still I'm surprised it didn't connect more with a certain audience and gain a bit of a cult following. Unless it has and I'm just not aware.
Part three of me and @residentst3vil ranking the movies in each Disney era. Here we have what we're calling the bronze era. This is a bit of a mixed bag. A lot of classics, but Walt Disney also died during this era, bringing about a shift in the company and an effect on the films themselves. Not to mention the shift to cheaper animation tactics.
- 1.The Jungle Book - 23.5Ethan: This one has an overall vibe to it that just fits. The music, characters, humor, and overall tone matches really well.
- 2.The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - 22.5Ethan: I've always enjoyed this movie. It feels different from most other Disney movies, but it just works.
- 3.101 Dalmatians - 22Ethan: This is arguably my favorite of any of Disney movie, and if not it's close. It had my second highest score overall and I'm surprised to see it this low on the list (ahem, Stephen). I just love everything about it. Especially the tone, atmosphere, music, and humor.
@residentst3vil and I's continuation of ranking the Disney Eras. This time the sliver era. After WWII the studio got back to making feature length animated films. (30 is a perfect score)
- 1.Alice in Wonderland - 26.5Ethan: This is probably my personal favorite era. I feel like some of Stephens scores may bring it down, but we both agree on this one. Between the animation and whimsy, there's a lot to loose yourself in here.
- 2.Peter Pan - 26Ethan: A little surprised to see this one so high, but all these movies are great. This one hits big on the humor and imagination.
- 3.Cinderella - 23Ethan: Everything about this movie is classic. If you could make the character motivations a little more convincing, it'd be even higher.
@residentst3vil and I came up with a rating system for Disney's animated features. We decided to go through (our idea of) each era and rank them based off our combined scores. 30 is a perfect score. (Also we skipped the 'wartime era')
- 1.Bambi - 25.5Ethan: We must love a good tearjerker. This move kills it in atmosphere and legacy, even if it is a little slow moving.
- 2.Fantasia - 23.5Ethan: Honestly surprised this isn't number 1. Everything about this movie is beautiful.
- 3.Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - 22.5Ethan: I love the songs and the atmosphere here here, but there's a slight lack of substance. Still it set the standard.
As well as my personal picks
- •Best Picture - La La LandMy pick: La La Land
- •Best Director - Damien ChazelleMy pick - Damien Chazelle
- •Best Actor - Casey AffleckMy pick: Ryan Gosling
A ranking of my 20 favorite movies from 2016 (so far)
- 20.The Shallows (starting the list with my worst fears come to life)Favorite supporting character: Steven Seagull
- 19.Allied (Casablanca part 2: electric boogaloo)Favorite supporting character: the production design
- 18.Nocturnal Animals (why you shouldn't live in West Texas part 1)Favorite supporting character: Michael Shannon's acting
The top 15 albums of 2016 according to my humble opinion
- 15.Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
- 14.Walls - Kings of Leon
- 13.Super - Pet Shop Boys