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Rio (2011)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

While the Ice Age franchise continues with a fourth film coming this year, I'm gonna look back at Blue Sky Studio's previous effort, "Rio".

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

In 2005, when the The Chronicles of Narnia book series still became one of the best-selling novels since the 1950s, Disney adapted the second book into a feature film titled "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe. When it was first released in December, it received a critical acclaim from critics and fans approved of it for being faithful to the source material. Despite it's expensive budget, it became a huge hit at the box office with only 745 million worldwide and with that, the production for Prince Caspian began in 2007. Then, on May of 2008, when it was first released, it received positive reviews as well, but not as high as the LWW's score.

As a fan of the books, I was ashamed for not seeing the first Narnia movie in theaters, but seeing as how I now have, I had much anticipation to see this back at 2008. When I saw it with my brother, we apparently enjoyed it and while I prefer The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe to be the best of the film series, I think this is a pretty good adaption of the book that everyone thought to be the worst entry of the series.

Before I would see why I understood all the hatred it had, there are some good things that I liked about the film. The title character of the film, Prince Caspian, played by Ben Barnes, is a fine character in the movie even though he's much older compared to the book. The Pevensie kids are as likable as ever, the Narnia creatures are great, especially Reepicheep, who is a funny comic-relief while serious and even though Aslan appeared near the end of the film, it's great to see him in the dream sequence Lucy had. Now, the villain being turned to a Hispanic ruler may be the reason why this movie received the bashing in the first place, but I actually liked the portrayal. Sure, his accent may have disappointed others, but his motives are solid it started to make me like him.

The storyline, despite a few changes here and there, is true to the spirit and tone of the book while having a much darker & mature tone, which makes it very satisfying. The writing, however, is the strongest part of the story. It maintains the adventure elements from the book. Kudos to the screenwriters who made the script. :) The visuals are great, the scenery is beautiful to look at and the CGI effects on the Narnia creatures are awesome. Aside from it's sluggish pacing (I'm OK with two hours, but I nearly fell asleep), the direction from Andrew Adamson is solid and flows the story really well. The battle sequences are great and the music score from Harry Gregson Williams retains the same themes from the first Narnia film, but it has an epic tone to it.

Overall, Prince Caspian isn't as strong as LWW and I understood the hatred it had, but I personally think this is an underrated sequel to an epic film. Totally recommended to others who haven't seen it yet. I hope you Narnian fans out there won't hate me for saying this. I just think it's that good.

The Sword in the Stone
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Seriously, why didn't this movie received better than the reception it had? I thought that this was a very underrated Disney flick next to Robin Hood and The Black Cauldron. Sure, it's not in the same depth as the later films including most of the Renaissance films, but it's still a good movie to watch for the whole family. Now that it celebrated it's 50th Anniversary, this is my final review for 2013 before 2014 starts.

It tells the story bout Arthur/Wart, a measly servant knave who dreams of becoming a knight but is barely certain he may act as squire to castle lord Sir Ector's son Kay. Then, the sorcerer Merlin and his grumpy, talking owl Archimedes invite themselves to the castle and move into its dilapidated north tower. Merlin, who can magically access the future, intends to prepare Wart for a grand future, so he gives the squirt dangerous lessons, transforming themselves into animals to learn the mental skills befitting a knight and a ruler.

With that said, there are a lot of good things about this film. The animation is beautiful and it's character animation is decent. The characters are likable and the voice acting is solid. The story has heart and comedy mixed perfectly, the writing is excellent, and there is a great moment where Merlin battles against Madam Mim in their animal forms which made the whole movie worth it. The songs, while not the best work from the Sherman brothers, are tolerable enough to listen to and the music score is solid.

Overall, The Sword in the Stone came this close to becoming a masterpiece, but with all of my heart, as a Disney fan, this is an extremely underrated movie that deserves a lot more recognition than the reception it received. Thumbs up! :)

Robin Hood
Robin Hood (1973)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

After Walt Disney died in 1967 right before The Jungle Book was released, they other workers decided to continue making more films without him in honor of his memory. Later, in 1973, after The Aristocats received lukewarm reviews from critics, but found it's audience in 1970, they made an adaptation of a legendary hero who robs the rich and give to the poor known as "Robin Hood".

It tells the story about the title character and others in an anthropomorphism way about Robin Hood and his friend Little John as they attempt to bring the money back to the poor, but they must also bring peace to Nottingham from the evil tyrant Prince John.

Seeing this as a child, is it still a classic that holds up to this day in it's 30th Anniversary? Not exactly, but with all due respect, this is a very entertaining Disney family movie for kids and adults to enjoy. The animation, aside from some recycled bits from Snow White, Jungle Book, & Aristocats in the "Phony King of England" sequence, is very lovely with beautiful backgrounds and solid character animation.

The characters are likable and are helped by a solid voice cast. Brian Bedford as Robin Hood is charming enough and his line-delivery is solid! Phil Harris, the guy who voiced Baloo in The Jungle Book and Thomas O Malley is The Aristocats, is both funny and serious as Little John. Monica Evans is very lovely as Maid Marian and Peter Ustinov did a solid work as the hilarious villain Prince John. The other characters are great and so are the sidekicks especially Pat Buttram as the Sheriff of Nottingham.

The music score is nice and while the songs may not be as memorable as the other Disney films, particularly Beauty and the Beast & The Lion King, but they're pleasant enough to listen to. The dialog is hilarious and smart it makes up for the overall episodic plot. There are a lot of great moments including the fight scene after the archery contest and the climax.

Overall, Disney's Robin Hood may not match the same depth as the more superior films, but it's still a fun-filled entertaining family film that everyone will watch again and again for all time. Recommended! :)