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It seems to me that you would have to be very cynical to dislike this movie. The steampunk is just insanely homey, all of the characters feel like people you could easily start up a conversation with, the society of Ember is fairly interesting even though it's not unique, and Saoirse Ronan was so absolutely adorable anybody would want her for a daughter. As usual there is a cult that worships blindly (most dystopians tend to do this) to poke fun at religion, but it's such a small part of the movie it didn't bother me that much. The set/CGI is all really good except for the end scenes tube running, and even there it is hard to shame the movie for something so trivial. The whole movie kind of feels like a simple puzzle, and I think that's to its credit rather than detriment. I like it, I'm in love with the props and font, and I wish it hadn't bombed so bad so we could see another.
Once Upon a Wintertime is really boring, badly animated, and just isn't worth watching because Disney has done that same kind of sequence a thousand times before. Bubble Boogie however is quite exciting, energetic, and the animation really catches your eye. The Johnny Appleseed segment is awesome, and the song "The Laird's Been Good to Me," is really catchy and fun. Not much of a fan of Little Toot. Really weird progression from happy go lucky to needlessly dark and then messed up. I mean, we all know he's going to redeem himself, but the whole episode just jumps around too much to take seriously. Trees was a beautiful sequence. Cafe de Samba, as the last of the sections with the Three Caballeros, was actually pretty lame, except for the great organ solo. This is the first I've ever seen Roy Rogers in color. It's weird seeing all the bad guys from his TV show singing with him, but those are the Sons of the Pioneers. Pecos Bill isn't too bad, but it's not amazing either. Roy does a good job with narration, and I think there is more here good than bad, though it's still a far cry from the full-length animated films that predated it, and from Fantasia.
It's sad that so much good stunt work went into a movie that dragged so much. How can you have this much action and still be a pretty slow movie? It's only 100 minutes and yet that still feels too long. Mena Suvari puts in a killer performance and Justin Chambers is also very likable, but the script is very cliched and generic. People seem to give it more crap than it deserves, but that may be because it didn't have memorable performances for Athos, Porthos, Aramis, or Cardinal Richelieu. It is one of the better Musketeer movies, but since the genre is so filled with bad outings that really isn't great praise. They really should not have gone with the fade to black scenes because it makes the film seem like a television special. Props and costuming were both very good, but setting and location shooting both really dragged down what could have been a great film (with a better script of course). This movie is very entertaining and flashy, so you would expect that it would have done well with audiences, but it ended up still being a box office flop sadly. If you are in the mood for a swashbuckler, this movie won't disappoint, but don't expect a critical masterpiece.
This is a cute little movie with a lot of good morals to present. Integrity should be not just something in some of your actions, but should define your character, and you need not be a victim just because life dealt you a faulty hand. The little romances in the movie were cute and despite the cheesy parts and some parts of the script making no sense (like the make a wish scene) a lot of the film works very well and it's entertaining to watch. I know that as a kid I always wanted to be adopted by a father figure, and so this was a way to see my fantasy come to life in a way. The set pieces and shooting location were really well-done and beautiful and I liked the camp setting/forest feel of the movie. May not be the best film, but it's one that will be staying in my movie collection.