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Posted on Nov 28, 2009 6:43:12 PM PST
Bob says:

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 7:53:41 AM PST
I may get reamed for this but for some reason I could not get into the Incredibles. I know a lot of people enjoyed it, but its the one Disney/Pixar movie i couldn't enjoy.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 10:51:33 AM PST
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I'd say some of the worst Disney films are:

"Pocahontas" (1995) - It tries to be something that it isn't, showing only that the formulaic Disney style of the early '90s was worn out. It is based on a true story and yet it is cheesier and cornier than Disney's fairy-tale adaptations.

"The Rescuers Down Under" (1990) - Hardly considered a true canon Disney animated film, this sequel introduces the exact same plot from the original classic, reverses the sex of certain key characters and introduces a rather bland new setting. The protagonists are drawn as if they had been taken straight out of a Don Bluth film, the action sequences are ilogically exaggerated, and the lack of inspiration shows throughout the film. The animation is good, but spoiled by the abuse of computers. Some of the two-minute flight sequences are what people remember most about this film, unfortunately, the film is well over 70-minutes in length, leaving too much empty space for nothing worth-while.

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1996) - Again, it tries to be something that it isn't. With its "powerful" music and "dark" themes it only manages to be obnoxiously loud and bizarre. Its appeal feels stuffy and over-done, the characters are one-dimmensional and cheesy, and the whole plot is drowned in clichés.

"Mulan" (1998) - Had potential to be a wonderful Disney film, but unfortunately, it was carried out very badly. It seems that nowadays, the way to fight anti-feminist sexism is to go to the other extreme and portray men as ugly, deformed, wit-less spitting-machines. This only weaked Mulan's character, for she needn't prove herself. It was obvious that she was superior to any of the men portrayed in the film. On the other hand, Mulan is a throughly likeable character, which is the movie's strong point. Eddie Murphy, we could have definitely gone without.

"Oliver & Company" (1988) - This movie has more virtues and strong points than the ones mentioned above, that's for sure, but it still has many flaws. The setting, the filthy streets of New York City create a very repelling surrounding indeed, and the voice cast is obnoxious. Surely, these are wonderful singers and actors, but that doesn't guarantee good voice acting. Cheech Marin is obnoxious beyond reason, and his scenes are un-watcheable. On the plus-side, some of the more laid pack parts, such as Oliver and Jenny's musical number, "Good Company," is memorable and heart-warming, as is the opening song, "Once Upon a Time in New York City."

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 5:00:17 PM PST
Black Cauldron and Hercules. YUCK! Atlantis and Treasure Planet weren't so good either.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 1:29:13 AM PST
David L. Lee says:
I haven't seen most of them so i'll just say the one I don't like that I've seen which is, Sleeping Beauty.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 6:59:40 PM PST
Emily says:
Snow White. I know it was groundbreaking, and for that I'm glad it was made. Overall however, it was boring. Other than that I really enjoy just about all of them. I felt that Pocahontas and Hunchback were no more cliche than the others and that the music in both was wonderful. Also, what do you expect them to do? Parent's would have a fit if Disney made a movie showing the true stories behind Pocahontas, Hunchback, Hercules, and countless others. Way too many adult themes. Hunchback was pushing it with Frolo's absolute creepiness. I feel the men in Mulan were no more ugly and deformed than the step sisters in Cinderella. Rescuers Down Under I only saw once so I can't really pass judgement on that one.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2009 7:02:49 PM PST
If they can't work with them, then they should let those stories/legends be and try something else.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 8:14:25 PM PST
M. Sweeney says:
Are you kidding me? Pocahontas was the best movie Disney ever came out with next to the up and coming Princess and the Frog. The worst was Snow White, and then Cinderella, then Aladdin. They were all so boring and Aladdin I just couldn't feel any sympathy for.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2009 8:23:15 PM PST
Thank goodness that's not the case. Else the Walt Disney studio would be among the most laughable and pathetic animation studios in existence. Fortunately for them, "Pocahontas" ranks among their very worst.

Have you even seen "Princess and the Frog" yet?

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 8:53:21 AM PST
Pocahontas is one of my favorites. It gives me goosebumps every time. Adults throw such a big fuss about being accurate, but when the movie came out and I was a kid, I didn't care about that. Same with Mulan. I became so intrigued with the characters and the fact that they were real, I started looking them up online and in books and learning the real story. Mulan is based on a famous Chinese POEM written anonymously in the 6th century. They're not even sure if she's real or not! The first Pocahontas wasn't very accurate to her real life, and it was a hit. The second Pocahontas was more accurate to her real life, and it was a flop! And really, how much did the movie Pocahontas stray from her actual story? Check this out: Some of the stories about Pocahontas were told John Smith, and his was the only account of what happened. Knowing his reputation, how do we all know that he didn't embellish it to make himeself sound better? Even less info is available about Mulan! ~ All in all, I think it just comes down to personal taste in movies and stories. Ask any little girl what she loves about the Disney Princesses; accuracy probably won't be her answer.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 8:58:37 AM PST
I was six when the movie came out, and I saw it in theaters. That doesn't alter or affect my opinion on it in any ways. Plus, who cares whether the story is accurate or not? It is just plain lame. Even for a fairy tale, it would have been absolutely lame. The characters are paper-thin, no personality, John Smith, aside from the typical 'dreamy, perfect hero' appeal has absolutely no personality or expression, whatsoever. Pocahontas is built from the same mold; typical perfect heroine, zero personality, zero flaws... zero interest from me. The story is flooded in clichés, ridiculous plot points, "Listen with your heart, you will understand?" O-kay. "Grandmother... Willow?" The spinning arrow? Are you kidding me? How lame can a movie based on a legend get? I don't even care about the fact that it is completely inaccurate, it's a half-baked movie. The animation and music are pretty, but the characters and plotline are complete drags.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 9:00:12 AM PST
I didn't even mention Mulan's written source? Why are you arguing defending whether "Mulan" is true to said source or not? My complaints against the movie had nothing to do with any Chinese poem.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 10:25:31 AM PST
Mctwimsmom says:
HERE HERE, Victoria! :-) It's only what you enjoy and not necessarily accuracy! My 4 year olds LOVE Snow White! It's not boring to them...infact the Evil Queen is very much a villain to them. Where I think the Dwarfs are a little too '3 Stooges' for me, they laugh and giggle about their antics. Which, in turn, makes me want to laugh along with them. As an adult, I recognize the inaccuracies, however you can't discount the lovely songs in Pocohantas. Also - William is your first REAM... :-) You must not like Super Heroes as much as my guys.... :-) They are still dressing up in their Halloween costumes and flying (Batman) and crawling (Spiderman) even more than they did around Halloween. :-) It was really great to see the family argue, but still come together to fight 'evil'. My favorite part is when Dash finds out he can run on have to giggle along with him when he looks down and sees that he hasn't sunk and then runs faster! GREAT cinema! :-)

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 11:01:50 AM PST
People, everything good but I think there are far worse films. Have you ever seen The Black Cauldron? Who can like that? Everything in that film is completely crap. Overall I like Pocahontas and Mulan and I think there are much better efforts than recent ones such as Atlantis, Treaure Planet, Lilo & Stitch, Home on the Range and of course that hideous Chiken Little. Those movies really suck.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2009 11:18:38 AM PST
Mctwimsmom says:
You're right! Chicken Little was HORRIBLE! I haven't seen Treasure Planet, but my guys weren't interested. I thought it might be because they were too young for it. Maybe not! :-) The only I've seen is Black Cauldron, but that was YEARS ago. All the others I haven't seen. Maybe there is a reason! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2009 12:45:27 PM PST
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Yes, "The Black Cauldron" is an odd duck of a movie; based on Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain book series (not exactly a household name)... and containing scary elements that required a PG rating (after certain things were removed that would have required a PG-13 rating). The movie failed at the box office, unfortunately, because it cost a bundle to make. Plus, little girls were not exactly drawn to the theaters to see this dark fantasy film. No, it's not a very good Disney film but it's better than a few others... of course, this is all strictly personal opinion.

But I'm curious about threads like this (Worst ------- Ever, Best -------- of All Time), honestly. Listing stuff that we love or hate is all subjective. Plus it doesn't exactly make for a really interesting discussion, more like a bickering session sometimes. It seems that the Amazon forums are becoming less conversation, and more lists. That's too bad.

And M. Sweeney's post stating that "Pocahontas" was the best and that "Snow White" and "Cinderella" were the worst... Anyone else think that was totally nuts? Holy cow. To each his own, but that post seems way out there. To see classics like "Cinderella" and "Snow White" (which have great music, characters, story) being dumped on by people here, it's really disappointing and leaves me bewildered at what the public's taste has become in entertainment appreciation. Granted these are old films but they're so entertaining and well done (especially when compared to the likes of mediocre/poor fare like Hunchback or Pocahontas).

Check any "Top 100 Animated Films" list on the web, and see where Hunchback or Pocahontas comes in.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 1:31:40 PM PST
Yeah, the Evil Queen and Maleficent used to scare me, and Frollo still does! lol I do think that Ursula becoming a giant seawitch was a bit over the top, but hey, she was already a giant seawitch, right? ;) I can't wait to see Disney's newest villian, Dr Facilier. As for my two earlier posts I was just saying that those movies should not be trashed on historical accuracy when there aren't many historical facts to go on in the first place. I do agree that the character of John Smith was a little flat, but it's also not a long movie and I think he's personality did what it needed to do for the story. And "listen to your heart" means follow your gut feeling and do what's right, no matter what others around you are saying. I totally agree Baron; too much bickering! We need more conversation! Anyone going to go see Princess and the Frog this weekend?

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 2:34:54 PM PST
I'm going to wait and rent "The Princess and the Frog" eventually; I don't go to movies anymore because you're basically paying good money to listen to the audience eat, talk, cough, etc. lol. I've become spoiled by the On Demand channel, and by Netflix... enjoying movies on the sofa, being able to stop any time, etc.

But I am very curious about TPATF because I'm wondering if it's going to be as hip and frenetic as "Aladdin" was. You know, sometimes jokes and pop-culture references coming at you, a mile a minute. It's cute but after a while it gets tired, like they're trying too hard. Just my personal preference.
But I thought the cave of wonders carpet ride in "Aladdin" was just fantastic. I didn't want that sequence to end!

Frollo creeps me out in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". Deep lust in a family movie is really skeevy, and when it's an old religious figure, even worse.
I love Maleficent and the Evil Queen, and Lady Tremaine from "Cinderella". Ursula is fun, and funny. I love her design and her voice.

There are several weak entries in the Disney cartoons; I actually own some of them but it's more for the animation rather than the film itself (Three Caballeros, etc).

One movie I was pleasantly surprised by and fell in love with instantly was "The Emperor's New Groove": a non-musical comedy fable with such a great style and humor, and voice work. It seemed like a throwback to the 1950's cartoons of Disney, MGM, Warners, and Tex Avery. Laugh out loud funny.

"Lilo and Stitch" leaves me torn. I like the story and the watercolor backgrounds and setting, but Stitch leaves me cold. The look and the voice just get under my skin. But I wouldn't deem it one of the worst they did. It's a really sweet tale.
"Home on the Range" was so-so at best. Stylish looking, but paltry in story and characters.

Wow, I could gab about this all evening. Better sign off, it's almost dinner time.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 4:47:22 PM PST
This is very a cliche thing to say (so if you hate cliches, duck) but I think we are all having a very "animated" discussion here (I told you to duck!). Princess and the Frog is the first time I've been just as interested in the villian as the Princess. I didn't used to be a big fan of some Disney films, like Snow White, when I was little. But now that I'm an adult I can respect and appreciate all of the art, detail, time, and hard work that goes in to making Disney animated movies. So far I've found Dr Facilier to be facinating, but I think he's going to somewhat frighten me during the movie (I'm expecting an ending like Ursula). After all, he does have "friends on the other side". Bring on the Bayou!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2009 5:19:46 PM PST
New Orleans and the bayou is a cool setting, no doubt. I already love the chubby gator!

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 10:04:52 PM PST
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J. C. House says:
Hands down, The Lion King. Horrible. Looked pretty, some good comic relief characters, but horrible feeling movie (Uncle kills Dad to start)... Pocahontas thread!....The music in that one was fantastic. Also liked Tarzan, Mulan, Emperor's, Hercules, Hunchback, Atlantis, and all the "classics" - I agree Snow White is a little slow today, and was Dinosaur one of theirs'? Had some great scenes, but....

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 8:15:51 AM PST
I recently watch Dinosaurs with my family because we hadn't seen it in years, and none of us were happy afterwards. The scenery was beautiful, and the animation still holds it on, but too many characters died and there was too much violence for my taste (the Incredible is my limit). It's going to the library now. lol

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 8:42:05 AM PST
Amy B. says:
Well, I have to throw my two cents into the mix.

Was Wall-E a Disney flick? That, to me, was one annoying film. I "got" the message it was trying to send and my kids did too, but they were fidgeting insufferably about halfway through. Too slow.

My most detested Disney feature has to be an oldie called "Willie the Whale," the short story of a whale who could sing in three- or four-part harmony. Willie is destroyed by a crazed person who believed Willie swallowed a group of singers. It was awful and depressing.

Ditto J. C. House. Some of Snow white is a little slow today, but when you consider its age and the drawing involved, it really is a marvel. The scenes surrounding where the dwarves first meet SW are nicely done.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 8:04:08 PM PST
Mrs. Nesbit says:
The worst Disney film? Well, The Black Cauldron definitely belongs in the category of worst Disney films. It was a terrible translation of the book (actually more of "The Book of Three" than of "The Black Cauldron"), and it was not enjoyable to boot. Pocahontas also deserves to be categorized with the worst films, although it does have lovely music. The Hunchback of Notre Dame needs to be included, but it does have strengths, such as its score and backgrounds. I would have to add Bambi. Yes, I know Walt loved it, and a lot of other people do too, but it's extremely slow moving with cheesey songs. The animation is truly wonderful in Bambi, but that does not make up for the entire movie.

As for those who say Snow White is one of the worst, seriously? It's one of the best, in my opinion. The music, animation, and characters (while paper thin) are all lovely. It's a fairy tale. Anyone who's read a fairy tale knows that they're not about character development.
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