Here's my quick ranking on original DP films in part 1 of this artikel series. Part 2 will follow with all the sequels, prequels and shorts. Hope you'll enjoy it!
12. Princess and the frog:
I found the script to be very lazily written, with no wow moments to remember and no surprising twists. The movie crawled at deathly slow pace, making me skip scenes in between. The animatie was pretty average with nothing memorable except a few scenes in bayou and death of Dr. Facilier. I found the sett ups to be unflattering and lacked the Disney magic feel to it. The best set-up from the entire movie was the Bayou wedding. The chemistry between Tiana and Naveen was also not emotional enough for me to remember it and their moment of love declaration was just flat. This is one of those films I have forgotten way too easily and have no fond memories. The best part of this films is its jazz muziek that brings a little upbeat feel to it, else it makes me feel drowsy all the way.
There are some beautiful moments to this movie but globaal, algemene this again is a very slow paced script, not many pleasant surprises to look vooruit, voorwaarts to and the mice sequences are just annoying to watch. The best scenes are transformation and the ballroom dance. Love the classic ending as well. Love the songs "A dream is a wish your hart-, hart makes" and "So this is love". animatie was very pleasing to watch but apart from Lady Tremaine, no other character is memorable enough. The mice sequences really put me off to watch it again.
10. Snow white and the seven dwarfs:
The script is great with twists and turns, a good mix of emotional, fun, drama sequences. Great characters - Evil Queen and Seven Dwarfs. I have learnt to respect the movie over the time because it was the first movie from Disney's folio and set the trend but it doesn't excite me enough to watch it again and again. There's no deep thoughts involved in characters of script's flow and is pretty straight vooruit, voorwaarts to leave any scope of seeing it differently, once seen. And i really don't enjoy Snow's voice.
Again, a beautiful movie with its amazing animation, a good script (though historically incorrect), a great message, beautiful songs but where it lacks is its characters. There's no arc to any of the characters. I hated Poca;s and John's chemistry, it is so unconvincing and I completely failed to see what makes John so easily convinced with Poca's lifestyle. I loved this movie when I first watched it but ever since it is going down and down only. Instead of growing onto me, it has receded from my memories. There just isn;t any high point in the movie, everything is moving at the same pace in same tonality. The emotions are so muted to make it look mature that nothing remains memorable - not Kocoum's death, not Pocahontas meeting John, not the war.
Apart from the sloppy script, i actually quite enjoy many things in this movie. animatie is beautiful, Arendelle is so gorgeously done capturing Norway's serenity inits truest essence. There are so many moments that makes me go aww, of make me cry, surprises me, makes me laugh. I love many characters - Anna, Olaf, Kristoff. There's an interesting arc to the villain with its deceiving double kruis strategy. The relationship of Anna and Elsa is just a treat to watch - from childhood fun to growing apart to finding trust again. I love Anna and Kristoff's romance, organic and natural. I think Olaf is such a creative and original character written in years. I;m not really a fan of its songs though, my only favoriete here is " Do u wanna build a snowman ". I'd have preferred Elsa's character to have been meer thoroughly written. Her fear can be understood but why she suddenly seems to blow it all at coronation is just out of my understanding. Anti-climax is interesting and memorable with Hans doing a double kruis with 2 sisters and Olaf helping Anna. Climax is also sweet, with Anna sacrificing herself over choosing Kristoff, high on drama and emotions. I like the happy ending too, Duke being sent off, Kristoff and Anna being together, Elsa being comfortable with her powers and Arendelle is veilig and happy place.
What troubles me the trigger point of this movie - Elsa loosing her cool at coronation, which was very forced. It was least convincing reason and sudden Elsa's proclaim as the Ice Queen.
7. The Little Mermaid:
Coming to films that I completely love and adore. Amazing animation, characters are so memorable and endearing to watch - Ariel, Eric, Ursula, Flounder, songs are so awesome - Part of Your World and Under the Sea are evergreen songs from Disney, script is superbly written with great turns and surprises, full of fun, excitement, emotions and romance. The movie is full of wow moments - Part of your world reprise, Kiss the girl set-up. The only reason it is bit low on my lijst is my personal less liking of the plot-line of a hopeless romantic teenager, fighting against an over-protective parent. Its typically a teenage romance drama and as a grown-up I find it less exciting to watch it over and over again.
An amazing movie with a wonderful story line of a girl wanting to bring honor to her family. I love how the story progresses and develops a bit door bit, with characters nicely woven into the movie and everyone having a convincing role and screen time that fits them perfectly. I love Mulan and Shang's chemistry, i love Mulan's different bonding with her different family members. Funny and memorable sidekicks - Mushu, Grandma, Army friend's of Mulan. Villain, Shan Yu, also has a well written, crisp dialogues and an impressionable personality. The flow of the movie is full of turns and surprises, have its beautiful and touching moments. The climax has all the drama - action and emotions powerfully woven together. I love its happy ending of Shang coming to propose Mulan and, short and sweet and very much endearing. And how Mulan presents the sword to her father, with his eyes filled with pride, make me go "aww". Great songs that supports the story and builds the momentum. I love how Mulan's and everyone's character develops in such a well thought-through way over the course of the movie, many people tend to miss Mulan's growth from the clumsy, under-confident girl to a respectful, strong, independent woman. I find it only a tad bit less on entertaining factor, only a tad bit.
5. Sleeping Beauty:
One of the most well-executed movies. The plot was so exciting and thrilling, full of turning points throughout the movie. The story develops in crisply written sequences and leave no room for it to become boring in long, lazy, unnecessary situations. Movie is filled with charming dance sequence, sweet and dreamy romance, witty sidekicks, amazing action sequences and high drama of Villain's entry and anti-climax of losing the princess to spell. Climax is also crisp and beautifully executed with a deserving fight between prince and the villain. And I simply adore the ending with happily ever after with a twist of witty touch - making Aurora's japon, jurk go to-and-fro between roze and blue. Characters of Maleficent and 3 good fairies are forever etched in my mind, one of the best DP characters ever created. My only regret with this movie is that it gave so less attention to Aurora's character. I think she has a great potential and should be explored door Disney even more.
I can watch this movie over and over and over and never get bored with it. A beautiful classic story with an amazing twist to characters. I simply love the progress of the story with Rapunzel dreaming and being denied, stumbling upon Eugene as a way out and how she grows in outside world. Sidekicks are nicely cued in - the bar thugs and Maximus. I love Eugene's and Rapunzel's chemistry - from naughty to trust and loving. Mother Gothel is a great villain and love Pascal's role as Rapunzel's confidante. I like how villain is actually in know of everything and is a step ahead of the protagonists. The redemption arc of Eugene is endearing to watch. Movie is full of adventurous twists with pleasing and funny moments along with stunning animation. Pascal and Eugene are very entertaining and has brilliant comic timing. Songs are a delight to listen to. I love the growth of Rapunzel's character as well - very relatable and believable. One of the best anti-climax with Eugene being imprisoned and Rapunzel returns to tower with Rapunzel going through self-realization. I always break down into tears at climax - with Rapunzel and Eugene saving each other's life. It is one of the most powerfully executed scene. My slightest of regret is how kingdom wasn't seen actively searching for their lost princess, over the entire movie.
This story is a replica of my childhood and is very close to my heart. I love Merida's relation with her parents and her fiercely independent personality. I love the story's progress with a turning point spleet, split and detailed in couple of sequence - breaking of betrothel news to Merida, Merida's rebel against marriage, Elinor turns into a bear. I love Merida's redemption arc from a whiny brat to a matured grown-up. I love how this films focuses on one of the most common issue among parents and child - communication and expectation gap. I always break down at the climax with Merida losing hope for his mother. Movie also shows an interesting sub-plot of Mor'Du. I love the concept of writing your own destiny as the movie's message. Stunning animatie of Scottish Highlands and such a unique muziek of Scottish Gaelic, love both of them.
2. Beauty and the Beast:
A stunning masterpiece with grand animation, memorable characters, a crisp and moving storyline and amazing music. I love Belle's and Beast's chemistry and their relationship growth. It grows on me, watching them learn to trust each other and finding love out of misery and anger. There are so many moments in the movie, where one goes "awww" - Beast gifting Belle library, and sometimes it makes me cry - Beast let Belle go. One of the best WOW moment was the datum of Beast and Belle, etched in my mind forever. I love Beast's complex character - he has rude, sometimes understanding, sometimes like a child taking advise from Mrs Potts and finally matures to learn to love and become responsible. One of the most memorable sidekicks - Lumiere and Cogsworth are one of the best duos. I love the message that one should not judge the book door its cover.
Entertaining as hell! There's never been a time when I wouldn't have wanted to watch this movie. I love the concept of Arabian nights adventures, tonen the land filled with mystical and magical things. I love Agrabah's palace, inspired from Taj Mahal. The best characters ever - Genie, Abu, Carpet, Jafar, Aladdin, Jasmine. The romance is only a backdrop to the thrilling adventure of finding Genie's lamp and he's nothing like the one I had the impression of, but much much meer than that. Aladdin is also my favoriete prince, I just love his character for his brave, generous, under the skin sweet nature, love how he fumbles when he's nervous to express and so confident at other times. The story line is full of wow moments - emotional and animatie both. muziek is so unique and beautiful. Overall, one of the best films produced door Disney, imo.
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