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Disney’s Frozen

Frozen_2013_Poster_3_640x914“Frozen” was THE movie to see this Thanksgiving with your family. I was a little skeptical after seeing reviews like “the best Disney film since ‘The Lion King” (OC Register), how could they compare it to one of the best Disney films of all time? For me Princess movies from Disney have been lacking lately. Would Frozen be able to live up to this statement?

It did, sort of. I wouldn’t say that it was up to “Lion King” status, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable film.

Like “Brave”, Disney has decided to focus on a family relationship more than the romance in the film. I am all for that, little girls should be shown that they do not need to depend on a man. You know, feminism, yada yada yada. However, for me, “Brave” which had a absolutely no love interest for the independent Merida, was lacking the spark to make it really Disney. “Frozen” attempts to balance a story of sisterly love and a story of romance. They do a really good job of it too, just not perfect.

The music was divine, which it couldn’t not be, with Eva Menzel (Wicked) playing Elsa. I went home singing the songs and begging my sister to build a snowman, which I will probably do everyday for the rest of her life, even though there is no snow here ever. It was another triumph in the music department for Disney. So, I would have to say that the music is as good as “Lion King’s” iconic score. However, the story is not quite able to reach those heights.

You will be laughing the whole movie, even if it is just because it is way too sappy at parts. My biggest complaint is that the villain is passive for about 80% of the film, and the plot is lacking in the action I felt the trailers promised. I would have liked to see more peril and more fighting, but the movie was good fun. And I have to give Disney props for creating a heroine who learns that she doesn’t have to wait to be saved by someone else.

I like the new feminist era of Princesses that has moved in with “Tangled,” “Brave”  and “The Princess and The Frog.” I just hope that little boys don’t lose their role models too. Can we get a prince movie over here?! It’s been a long time since “Hercules” and “Tarzan”.

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Underappreciated 90’s Kids Movies

When people think of kids movies from the 90’s, many think of Disney, and that’s just not right.

The 90’s were the golden age for children’s content, and there were so many other places creating wonderful movies! When I find out that one of my friends hasn’t seen one of these movies I feel empty inside. Then I force them to watch it, these are the essential films of childhood people!  I think it is time that these movies get some recognition.

I’ve whipped up a quick list of my top ten favorite under appreciated 90’s kids movies.  I had so many that I liked that I simply had to limit myself.

10. The Pagemaster -1994

Many people remember Macaulay Culkin for Home Alone, but I wonder how many people remember The Pagemaster. It’s a fun little tale about a boy who is scared of everything finding courage through adventures in the library with a set of talking books. I remember as a child begging my mother to take me to the library because I was sure it was a magical place. I wanted to read and be sucked into an animated world! It never happened, but it got me interested in reading, and I think there are very few films that can say they do that to children.

9.Small Soldiers – 1998

A story of a teen and his crush battling action figures that have been enhanced by missile technology and given a mind of their own. As a kid I loved the Gorgonites and I was pissed when I found out they weren’t real. So as a warning, if you have kids, after seeing this they will want toys that can play back and Furby won’t be good enough!

8.Thumbelina – 1994

I think it’s kind of obvious what this film is about. So I’m just going to say that Charo plays a toad. It’s ridiculous and I love it!

Oh and it’s a musical!

Music+(Charo+Toad)+Fairies= watch

7. FernGully: The Last Rainforest – 1992

A movie made by hippies to make children love the environment (the villain is basically smog. Voiced by Tim Curry! ). It’s hilarious and musical while also informing people on important issues. I definitely prefer this fairy to Tinkerbell.

Many people love the character genie in Aladdin. I think Robin Williams does an equally good job as Batty, the bat.

6.Swan Princess – 1994

It’s a beautiful love story. But mostly I love the side kicks.

Be ready for singing!

Its really hard to point out a specific character who is my favorite, they are all so wonderful!

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5. We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story – 1993
A fantastic tale of Dinosaurs being given Brain Grain to make them smart and non-violent so they can help to grant the wishes of children in our time. They romp around New York and get into all kinds of shenanigans with their new friends. But evil is lurking just around the corner.

More singing! And loveable characters that can really pull on your heart strings.

4.The Pebble and The Penguin -1995

Before “Happy Feet”, before “March of the Penguins,” before all of the singing penguin movies, there was The Pebble and the Penguin.

This film is entertaining while also being surprisingly accurate when it comes to science. As a kid I learned a lot from this movie. Like the main predator to a penguin is the Leopard seal, and why certain penguins collect rocks. I also learned the lyrics to tons of songs (which I am singing as I write this), and it was my first introduction to Barry Manilow.

Tim Curry and many other stars have spectacular performances in this film.

3.Anastasia – 1997

A fantastic princess movie that could be a Disney film, but isn’t.

More music!

Its a wonderful film filled with stars, seriously it’s crazy. Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Kristen Dunst, Angela Lansbury, etc.

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2.Rock-A-Doodle -1991

Another movie about a real life person being sucked into an animated world so that they can save the day.

When the rooster, Chanticleer, discovers that his crow doesn’t make the sun rise, he gets depressed and goes to become a rock star. Back at home the owls are taking over and plunging the farm into darkness. Will they save the day!?

I just love this movie! It’s another musically driven plot, but that’s just what children’s movies should be.

And #1 is… *drum roll*….

1. Wild Wild West – 1999

Some people think this is the worst movie that Will Smith has ever made. WRONG!

It’s fantastic! It just makes me smile. Especially now when I watch it and I raise my eyebrows at some parts and wonder how my parents let me watch this!

If you can’t watch the movie you at least have to become familiar with the rap and it’s music video. It’s ridiculous (in a good way)!

I can still remember going to the Burger King drive through to get my Wild Wild West sun glasses. I thought I was so cool.

Mostly the reason I love this movie is because it inspires me. It just proves that when it comes to creativity anything can go.

Oh, and just in case  you were wondering, it is not a musical (but it should be).

Runners Up:

  • Jumanji – 1995
  • Matilda – 1996
  • Troll in Central Park – 1994
  • Space Jam – 1996
  • Cool Runnings – 1993
  • Good Burger – 1997
  • James and the Giant Peach – 1996
  • Tom and Huck – 1995
  • A Little Princess – 1995
  • Homeward Bound – 1993

Disqualified for not being made in the 90’s (But still awesome):

  • The Brave Little Toaster -1987
  • All Dogs Go To Heaven – 1989
  • The Rugrats Go Wild -2003
  • Milo and Otis -1986

Most of these movies are full of big stars and I can’t believe they get forgotten or left out so often.

Well, that’s it. Let me know if I forgot something really important by leaving a comment below.

I’m feeling so nostalgic now!

Happy movie watching!

More posts to come!

All images from imdb.com

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