Disney Animated Movies 12 – Cinderella

As much as the classic Disney movies have their reputation for Disney Princess movies, it actually took the studio 12 animated features to release their second (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was their first animated feature ever). That second princess movie, Cinderella, is the first to be released in the 1950’s and the first post WW2 movie that isn’t a packaged film. Going into Cinderella’s release, Disney was in serious debt, and if Cinderella failed, Walt Disney would have likely closed shop permanently. With a $3 million dollar budget, a lot was on the line for this one.

Not only was Cinderella a success, but it was a massive one. Combined with its soundtrack sales, Cinderella completely got the studio out of debt, gave Walt Disney enough money to start his own distribution company and funded several ongoing movie projects, both animated and live action. Including its several re-releases, it’s earned more than $260 million. Not bad for a 1950 release. It also received three Academy Award nominations (Best Musical Score, Best Original Song and Best Sound Recording).

That said, as an adult man who didn’t enjoy Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, how does Cinderella stand up?

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Disney Animated Movies 11 – The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

As the last Walt Disney movie to release in the 1940’s, this feature is also the last of the packaged films that started in 1943, the rest of which I talked about in the previous post. However unlike those packages, this is two short films put together with only a short introduction between them. This is entirely animated, with no live action footage of any kind. With the right creative team, either of these short films could have been expanded into a full feature, not that they’re too short for their own good. In fact of all the packaged films this is widely regarded as the best, and for good reason.

Although the production for Walt Disney’s 11th animated feature began after World War 2 ended, they started planning their adaptation of The Wind and the Willows not long after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became a massive success. The Wind and the Willows would eventually end up being adapted into Mr. Toad’s half of this feature. The other half is an adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which you would think is a bit too creepy for a children’s film. What’s also odd is that even though Ichabod is mentioned first in the feature’s title, his story comes second. I guess the title sounded better that way, even if Sleepy Hollow is the better conclusion? I don’t know, it’s weird but it’s not worth worrying about.

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Disney Animated Movies 6-10 – the World War 2 years

As of my previous Disney Animation Studios post, I planned to sum up Walt Disney’s World War 2 years by only watching the 6th and 10th movie, and I’d later touch on the rest. Well, when I looked deeper into the movies and learned firsthand how short they all are, I changed my mind. So today, we’re going to talk about all 5 Disney Studios animated features from the WW2 years. All 5 of these movies at least began production during World War 2

All five of these movies have several major things in common. One, they’re collections of either skits, music or both. Two – they’re hardly ever talked about anymore by Disney. Three, although they all made the studio a bit of money, they didn’t help Walt Disney recover all that much from Bambi’s financial losses, or Pinocchio and Fantasia’s for that matter. Also, while Disney produced a number of propaganda films and shorts during the Second World War, most notably Victory Through Air Power, they weren’t done by the main Disney Animation studio. As such, I won’t count those. By the same standard, I won’t be talking about any Pixar movies or any secondary or third party studio movies for this series. Maybe down the road I’ll talk about Pixar movies separately, but I’ll most likely do a Star Trek or a James Bond series beforehand. That is if I don’t take a break from talking about movies in general first.

6 – Saludos Amigos (1943)

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Batgirl 11 review

Since I only picked up four comics this week, I’ll just write a full review for each of them and skip the first impressions post. Let’s finish off with Batgirl 11.

The Son of the Penguin story arc concludes in today’s issue of Batgirl. It’s been kind of a fun arc, starting off with Batgirl going on a couple of dates with the technical genius who wants to take over the Penguin’s criminal empire. The mystery was very intriguing and the plot felt like it could go in a number of directions, including one where the Penguin’s son wouldn’t be evil after all. Too bad my thoughts on the conclusion are mixed.

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Jean Grey 2 review

Since I only picked up four comics this week, I’ll just write a full review for each of them and skip the first impressions post. Now it’s time for Jean Grey 2.

In the previous issue, Jean Grey fought the Wrecking Crew and almost beat them single-handily. Having telepathy and telekinesis really works well against a bunch of very strong but dumb opponents. However, a vision of the phoenix force coming for her distracted Jean enough that the crew escaped. This comic picks up shortly after that one left off, with Jean seeking help from pretty much everyone else who’s hosted the Phoenix Force.

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Detective Comics 957 review

Since I only picked up four comics this week, I’ll just write a full review for each of them and skip the first impressions post. Next up is Detective Comics 957.

Several story arcs ago, Batman’s team dealt with the victim syndicate. Calling them villains didn’t quite do them justice since they themselves were bystander victims from various points in Batman’s history. They still caused a lot of trouble, but they were far more sympathetic than most Batman villains. This story happened shortly after Spoiler (Stephanie Brown) apparently lost her boyfriend and co-crime fighter, Red Robin. She left Batman’s team at the end of the Victim Syndicate story arc and we haven’t seen much from her since, until now.

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X-Men Blue 4 review

Since I only picked up four comics this week, I’ll just write a full review for each of them and skip the first impressions post. First up is X-Men Blue 4.

X-Men Blue 4 takes place sometime after the previous issue, while also catching up on the backup story from X-Men Blue 1. The bulk of the issue shows the original 5 tracking down Jimmy Hudson, Wolverine’s son from the Ultimate Universe, who’s somehow ended up in their Colorado. The search leads to a quick yet fun battle between Jimmy and the team, where Jimmy shows some resistance to Jean’s telepathy and enough ferocity to almost kill Iceman, but he doesn’t fare as well against Jean’s telekinesis or Ice Hulk.

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