Sorry for the delay with our last Journeys in the Disney Vault review, but Disney (and myself) saved the best for last. After my lukewarm reception to the last few Disney films, and my give and take review of Tangled, Disney finally breaks they mold they’ve been chipping away at since 2000. Frozen reconfigures the princess narrative and gives girls a level of inspiration never witnessed in a Disney movie before. Coupled with the long-delayed first directing/screenwriting credit for a female (yes, it took all the way up to 2013 for Disney to give a woman a directing opportunity; the last time a woman was credited with a Disney script was Beauty and the Beast!), Frozen is a pitch-perfect movie Disney fans are going to hail for decades to come, alongside the greatest works of the Disney Renaissance. With the close of this series I’m happy we’re ending on an epic high note.
Tonight’s 25 Days of Christmas film appears on many “Best Of Christmas” lists and I figured I’d give it a look. It’s one of two classic Bing Crosby films I have and if my thoughts on Holiday Inn are any indication…let’s just say it might be a wee bit difficult to get through the second film. Anyway, this entry concerns the 1942 Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film Holiday Inn (the movie inspiring the chain of hotels which host proms, one night stands and the like). The movie is okay but I just couldn’t get away from the mean-spirited antics of our two male leads, all because of a bromance that dare not speak its name.
Christmas is right around the corner, and yet I’m buying stuff for myself. What better way to kill two birds with one stone than to review The Sound of Music and the 45th Anniversary box set? I got a fantastic deal on this at Costco, and I’ve always wanted one of these heavy box sets, but the prices haven’t been too affordable (I’m looking at you Singin’ in the Rain). The Sound of Music is a flawless movie in my book, and yet this Collector’s Edition goes one step further by providing a slew of additional collectibles on top of the film. I recommend this to the hard-core Sound of Music fan, or those who enjoy owning more than the Blu-Ray disc.
It’s difficult to review truly beloved films since there’s little new you can bring to the table short of saying its amazing. For today’s review, let’s go funny. There’s a few things I’ve always wanted to discuss about The Wizard of Oz; mainly things bothering me about it. So with that, I present this review of The Wizard of Oz. Keep in mind, I love this movie, but that doesn’t mean it’s infallible.
The home stretch of the Disney Vault has arrived, and by the end of this month I’ll be putting this series into its own Disney Vault. We’re not there yet – three more movies to go – and this week’s feature presentation is a return to the company’s foundations. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was a hit for Disney in 1977 and created a cast of enduring characters who remain highly popular in the parks. I reviewed the film back in March and enjoyed it as a package of various Pooh shorts; a more enjoyable experience than Disney’s original “package” films. Thirty-four years later Disney returned to the Hundred Acre Wood, and the experience is still enjoyable but bittersweet.