Comics of July 19, 2017

There’s a strong possibility that my comic reviews will be late next week, which I’m sure I’ll mention again before next Wednesday. I’ve mentioned a couple times before that I’ve really gotten into competitive swimming since Rio. The Aquatic World Championships are on right now, and the sprint swimming, the part I’m mostly looking forward to, is on next week. The finals sessions begin at 11:30 am my time and I’ll likely be streaming it live as much as I can.

But enough about that. The comics I picked up this week include Star Wars: Poe Dameron 17, The Mighty Thor 21, Super Sons 6, I Hate Fairyland 14 and Superman 27. I thought of picking up Astonishing X-Men, but I’m kind of hesitant about starting a new comic series at the moment. I can’t really explain why. Anyway, here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.

Superman 27 review

Mighty Thor 21 review

Star Wars Poe Dameron 17 review

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Disney Animated Movies 45 – Home On The Range

I hate this movie.

Whether you like Disney Animation Studio or not, there are at least a few things you’d have to admit about them. Not only did the studio turn animated feature films into a financially viable medium of entertainment on multiple occasions, but through Pixar, it did it twice. Ignoring that, a lot of its movies have stood the test of time. Part of the reason they do so is that they’re usually designed to be timeless. They’re designed to be for all ages and not just for kids. They don’t rely on modern slang or over the top pop culture references like most other animation studios do. Not all the movies succeed on this front mind you. Plenty of the movie’s I’ve seen aren’t as entertaining for me now as they were when I saw them as a kid. Although there were some other movies that I enjoyed more than I did when I was a kid, Tarzan being the best example.

Home On the Range isn’t like that at all. It’s an obnoxious comedy that seems to be geared exclusively towards kids. Most of the music is annoying. The jokes range from mildly unfunny to cringe inducing. The story is both lame and ridiculous at the same time. I can’t think of one single aspect of this movie that I enjoyed.

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Disney Animated Movies 44 – Brother Bear

Brother Bear is the second Disney Animated Movie starring native characters from the North American continent. More specifically, this one stars Inuit characters, who generally live in the far north of Canada or in Alaska, in Greenland and a handful of them in Denmark and Far East Russia. Brother Bear doesn’t specify exactly where the characters live or what time period they live in, as there are no foreign invaders, but it clearly doesn’t take place during an ice age thanks to all the plant life in the movie. Some of the dialogue from minor characters give hints that the movie takes place in Canada, but I’ll get deeper into that later.

Brother Bear was originally pitched as heavily inspired by William Shakespeare’s King Lear. After a few story changes, it eventually became the movie it is today. It was fairly successful, earning $250 million on a reduced budget of $44 million (the last couple of animated Disney movies each costed more than $100 million). It received mixed reviews, with a score of 38% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 48% on metacritic. They weren’t super negative in general, but as far as I can tell, it’s the first movie in Disney Animation Studio’s history to receive a negative score on both websites. So I wasn’t looking forward to this one going in.

After seeing Brother Bear, my thoughts on this movie are mixed. The idea behind the story is a great one, and there are good moments sprinkled throughout. However, there are a lot of things that hold it back from being good.

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Disney Animated Movies 43 – Treasure Planet

This movie’s history goes as far back as when The Little Mermaid began its production. Directors Ron Clements and John Musker were interested in making Treasure Island in space. Jeffery Katzenberg, the chief of Walt Disney Studios at the time, just wasn’t interested in the concept. So instead, Clements and Musker began their co-directorial careers with The Little Mermaid, and later directed Aladdin and Hercules together. Katzenberg stayed with the company all the way to The Lion King, and then departed to co-found Dreamworks. Sounds like he jumped ship at about the right time since after The Lion King, the Disney Renaissance started its downfall.

Anyway, after two huge successes under their belt (Hercules did just ok, but they were kind of pushed into directing it before Treasure Planet), Clements and Musker were granted their Treasure Island in space. Because they wanted fast camera movements and grand visuals, the delayed acceptance actually helped the movie on the technical side. While watching this movie, I could clearly see the ambition put into it. It was the first film ever to be released in regular theaters and IMAX simultaneously. The animation is pretty much evenly hand drawn and CG, with hand drawn characters often interacting with computerized environments. And it is a beautiful looking movie.

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Disney Animated Movies 42 – Lilo & Stitch

When researching for this blog post, I ran across a compilation with all the different teaser trailers on YouTube. They’re all parodies for a bunch of the Disney Renaissance movies, even bringing in all the original voice actors for some of the characters that showed up. One of the commenters suggested that Stitch is the Deadpool of the Disney Animation cannon. Yeah, that’s kind of true. Needless to say, this is a weird movie. In case you’re curious, here’s that teaser compilation.

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Disney Animated Movies 41 – Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Disney’s 41’s Animated Feature also happens to be their first venture into science fiction. As such, it featured a lot of big names in the Sci-fi genre behind the movie. Michael Jay Fox from Back to the Future voices the main character. Leonard Nemoy voiced the emperor of Atlantis. Joss Wheden was attached to the writing at one point, although he says that not a shred of his writing made the final cut. It’s one of Disney’s few movies built in 70mm anamorphic widescreen format, at the same aspect ratio as Raiders of the Lost Arc to resemble classic action movies. And Atlantis was ambitious. They even created an entire language for the movie, by the same guy who developed the Klingon language. That’s kind of awesome.

I remember how a lot of advertising went into this movie. They advertised each character in the crew searching for Atlantis, proudly talking about what they’re good at. I remember commercials all over the place. I even remember my cousin playing an FPS game on the computer based on the movie. And I remember not caring one bit for any of it. This is when I was trying to completely ignore what I thought of as kids’ movies. I was all about action adventure movies like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, which is amusingly enough what Atlantis was aiming for, but I just unfairly looked down on animation at the time. I even ignored Pixar for a few years. It probably didn’t help that not long before this movie came out, I saw my first ever R rated movie.

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Disney Animated Movies 40 – The Emperor’s New Groove

Now here’s a movie with a fascinating backstory.

The Emperor’s New Groove is the last of Disney Animation Studio’s three features released in the year 2000. Released half-way through December of that year, it earned $169 million on a $100 million budget. It premiered in fourth behind the strong competition of What Women Want, “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and How The Grinch Stole Christmas. That means it earned significantly less than Dinosaur, and worse yet, Hercules.

One could say this movie began Disney’s true downward spiral that would dominate the early 2000’s. Despite this, most critics praised the movie. It did make a profit, and it spawned a straight to video sequel and a short-lived TV series. Critics complimented the movie’s comedy, unique characters and its fast pace, however a lot of people criticized its art style and its lack of drama.

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