Originally Posted by Richard Dickson
and god knows the songs are strong enough -- between "The Bells of Notre Dame", "Out There", and "Heaven's Light/Hellfire", you've got three showstoppers easily.
And perfectly enough, these are exactly the 3 songs that I belt out in my car. I'll never be able to hit Clopin's goosepimple-rising last note, but I can sometimes hit Quasimodo's in "Out There." It's fun to try to sound like Tony Jay.
The one that came along at THE perfect time for me was The Lion King
(Zimmer's score was so good that Shaolin Soccer
ripped it off for its climax!). So that will always be the default favorite. But I still love The Little Mermaid
(Keane's animation of Ariel's silent performance is amazing), Beauty & The Beast
(Gaston is fun to sing as), and Aladdin
I went to see Pocahontas merely based on the beautiful 'trailer' on the Lion King VHS, which was actually the full 'Colors of the Wind' sequence. SO disappointing. I never saw it again after that one time. Beautiful, but dull.
I was so disappointed, that I actually ended up skipping Hunchback
("Somebody dial IXII!!" in the theater. Too bad, because I enjoyed those a lot on video. Mulan
was great, but for some reason it always felt a little scaled back (except for the battle on the mountain), and I HATED the way it ended with a torrent of bad Asian jokes and a 98 Degrees song. I really liked Tarzan
for being a Disney version of a Bruckheimer action flick. And I'll always love the opening and the 'Son of Man' montage.
After that, I skipped Disney for a while. But I loved Emperor's New Groove
when I caught it on video. Such zany fun. I only really went to see Lilo & Stitch
on a lark. I caught Atlantis
(I remember nothing about it) on DVD and didn't even bother with Treasure Planet
and Home on the Range
. EDIT: Whoops... forgot about Brother Bear
completely. Didn't see it.Dinosaur
Big gap. Saw Meet the Robinsons
in 3D. Don't remember much about it. Then I saw and enjoyed Bolt
EDIT: I have a friend who works at a video game company making a The Princess & The Frog console game. She got to see a very rough version of the film and was ecstatic about it. She said she was in tears. Of course, she's just that kinda girl (she bawled uncontrollably after Peter Jackson's King Kong).
I think the other 2D film Disney is working on is an adaptation of Rapunzel. Glenn Keane was directing the last I heard, but I vaguely remember something about him needing a co-director or something.
So the big question about what kids these days think about 2D animation is,
"Does it even matter if 2D animated movies are good again if kids won't even give them a chance?" I think the comparison to the way some people just can't stand watching a B&W movie fits. Even old movies, really. I have friends who just don't want to watch old stuff. And as of now, 2D is old stuff. Doesn't matter if it's good. Not until they watch it, at least. It's not supposed to be logical as it's completely based on irrational gut feelings.
So lackluster 2D product and the shiny-newness of CG got us into this, and unfortunately it's gonna take longer to get out of the rut than it took to fall into it. It's as Kirk Cameron wisely says, "You gotta circumvent their intellect! Hit the emotion!"