My least favourite is Robin Hood, which I find really dull. Even though it’s full of slapstick humour, it just leaves me cold. I wish they could do a modern take on it, they’d probably do an amazing job now, but I guess it’s not likely to happen.
Then it’s Sleeping Beauty, and then Sword in the Stone, and then Pinocchio, are next in line. Everything else I pretty much like.
Except Black Cauldron, which is so horrid it’s in a category of its own.
Sleeping Beauty was never one of the biggies in the Disney catalog. The only reason it got such a push back in the home video days was because the higher-ups wouldn’t allow Cinderella to be released on video, so this was the next best thing. Thanks to the various video re-releases, Aurora has made her way into the realm of top Disney princesses.
You think that *Cinderella * is better than SB? Gah.
I can’t stand the Cinderella hair–at the ball. It’s so 1960. ugh. And yuck.
And Maleficent is a much better villianess than the stupid step-mother. She’s up there with the meanie from Little Mermaid or Snow White. None of the princes are anything–they’re all animated Ken dolls. No idea why. Seems odd (since they are not like that in the actual fairy tales–or not to the same extent, anyway).
Then again, this is Disney we’re talking about–none of it is all that great if you’re older than 7.
I think that SB wasn’t released for a long time due to some legal snafu re a song or someone’s voice used out of copyright or something? Anyone remember this?
Dude! Sword in the Stone is utterly priceless, and perfect in every way!
Err, except for the fact that I actually consider it a comedy, and remember only three scenes despite having seen it a bazillion times.
The wizard’s duel is hilarious, especially when viewed with a couple of 5 year olds.
That poor, poor, pitiful, skinny, pathetic wolf trying to catch Wart is the epitome of Slapstick. FTR, even as a small child, I always hoped the Big Scary Predator would eat the cute gazelle, and then snarf down on Marlin Perkins for breakfast.
Archimedes (Merlin’s pet owl) has the world’s most contagious laugh. The previously mentioned kindergarteners, now Very Cool Teenagers (read Surly, Agnsty Adolescents) drag out the old, stretchy VHS & pop in the old, almost as Surly as They VCR, so they (and their parents, grandparents and their young nephews) can laugh with Auntie Pansy.
Any movie that can make three generations laugh so hard they all get the hiccups should go down in history as the greatest movie ever made. Even if the rest of it was not good.
I agree, Pinocchio sucked. Robin Hood and Sleeping Beauty both had some serious flaws, but aren’t unwatchable.
The all-time worst Disney flick is Peter Pan. Racist, sexist (yes, we’re talking about Disney, so those are givens, but it seems especially blatant in Peter Pan) slow, weak plot, and exceptionally minimal character development.
The crocodile could have been funny. Tink could have been interesting. Smee could have been a hoot. None of them were.
If we’re going to discuss weak Disney films, I think it would help to look at the company’s three distinct eras:
The Walt Disney period, in which Walt himself was overseeing most of the projects. This ended with The Jungle Book (Walt began work on the film, but died during production, IIRC).
The post-Walt period, aka The Dark Ages, when Walt’s nephew Roy was calling many of the shots. This saw a marked decline (IMO) in quality, and included Robin Hood, The Aristocats, The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks, plus a lot of live-action films.
The Eisner period, which had a weak start with The Black Cauldron, but eventually hit its stride with The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. It’s direct-to-video titles seem pretty craptacular, however.
Personally, I think Sleeping Beauty was ho-hum next to its contemporaries, but far superior to pointless crap like The Rescuers.
Maybe it’s just my dirty mind, but the whole movie of Sleeping Beauty strikes me as… well, gay. I mean literally gay, as in imagine that all the script and song writers were secretly gay, and originally produced an all-gay parody called “Sleeping Booty”, which was then sanitized into the version we see today. The princess is the best “female stand-in for a gay man” since Judy Garland, the prince is gay, the fairies are gay, the King is gay, the music- my God, all the songs are gay, gay, gay.
I nominate Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” as one of the greats '50s “crypto-gay” masterpieces.
I’ve just watched *Bambi *for the first time since I was a kid. It wasn’t that good. I’d bought it a few years ago for maggenkid, she watched it with her grandparents and shrugged when I asked her about it. If she’d known “meh”, that would have been her reaction.
I cried (cried!) during Mama Mia ferchrissakes and didn’t even sniffle when Mrs Prince of the Forest took a bullet for her boy.