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Disney Animated Films
Topic: I've finally seen a classic Disney Animated Film

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RoadTrip
Sun 1/13/2013 10:36p
As regulars here may know, I had never seen a classic Disney animated film. I started when my daughter was young and I think the first film I ever saw was Beauty and the Beast. I never felt a need to see "The Classics". I felt I was a Disney Parks fan, not necessarily a Disney film fan.

My wife couldn't believe that I had never seen a Disney Classic, so for Christmas one of my gifts from her was a DVD of Cinderella. Man, I didn't know what I had been missing. It was a WONDERFUL film. Though I was familiar with the story from other sources, the film was more than I ever expected it to be.

The animation detail was superb for hand-drawn animation... the facial expressions of the various characters were spot-on and the attention to detail and beautiful coloring of some scenes was more than I ever expected. I especially liked the scenes of Cinderella scrubbing the floors reflected in the bubbles and the great coloring, reflections and shadows presented in the Waltz Scene at the Ball. The songs in the movie were fantastic.

After watching the movie I watched the short on the disk, "Tangled Ever After". Wow... what a come down. It was filled with goofy visual sight-gags like a horse in a dress with a goofy hat and was no where near as beautifully presented as Cinderella. Yes I know... shorts are a totally different animal than feature films. But the difference in quality was very noticeable. It especially turned me off when one of the first few lines of the short said "It was a Truly Magical day". Dang... I'm so tired of the "Magical" line it makes me want to puke.

Cinderella also had a sweetness and a hopefulness that you jut don't see in the Disney films today. Sure, it had the dark parts with the treatment of Cinderella by the step-mother and step-sisters. But overall it presented a message of hope and dreams... and it didn't do it in a syrupy or sappy way.

Overall I enjoyed it far more than I ever thought I would. Now I have to see the others.
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Mr X
Sun 1/13/2013 10:42p
<===big fan of Pinocchio (hint)
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ecdc
Sun 1/13/2013 10:47p
I'm jealous you get to enjoy these fresh! I had them shown to me so early as a kid that I have no memory of what it was like to experience them for the first time.

Pinocchio...what a treat that one will be. Peter Pan. Yup, jealous :)
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mawnck
Mon 1/14/2013 4:51a
>>The animation detail was superb for hand-drawn animation<<

You ain't seen NOTHIN' yet. That was cheapo post-war Disney. If you thought that was superb, Snow White, Pinocchio and Bambi will make your head explode.
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Dabob2
Mon 1/14/2013 7:20a
Fantasia too for the artistry. And you've never had your heart ripped out of you until you see Dumbo go to visit his mother...
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magic0214
Mon 1/14/2013 7:50a
From someone who enjoys Classic Classics as well as modern classics, definitely check out Bambi's gorgeous backgrounds, Dumbo's cute story and beautiful songs, and 101 Dalmatians. As far as modern goes, HERCULES HERCULES HERCULES! The. Best. Songs. Fantasia 2000 is fantastic, especially the Pines of Rome and Firebird sequences. Also check out the fantastic humor in The Emperor's New Groove and the ncomparable Eartha Kitt.
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leemac
Mon 1/14/2013 7:57a
<<As regulars here may know, I had never seen a classic Disney animated film.>>

Wow - just wow. I didn't know that RT. I'm completely shocked. Even as someone that really connected to Disney through the parks I've seen them all.

There can't be many American adults that have never seen a classic Disney animated feature - and virtually none that are also Disney fans! Remarkable!
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leemac
Mon 1/14/2013 7:58a
<<You ain't seen NOTHIN' yet. That was cheapo post-war Disney. If you thought that was superb, Snow White, Pinocchio and Bambi will make your head explode.>>

And Sleeping Beauty!

Cinderella is the weakest of the bunch IMHO. I've still not seen the blu and it will probably sit on the shelf for a long time before it is finally watched.
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leemac
Mon 1/14/2013 7:59a
<<After watching the movie I watched the short on the disk, "Tangled Ever After". Wow... what a come down.>>

It was the other way around for me! I was pleasantly surprised by the short - thought it had some hysterically fun moments - for funnier than the feature. Pascal is up there with Meeko and Little Brother as my favorite sidekicks too. :-)
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mawnck
Mon 1/14/2013 9:04a
>>Cinderella is the weakest of the bunch IMHO.<<

Well, that depends on how you define "the bunch". It's easy to doze off during some sections of "Saludos Amigos". ;-)

So, folks, which one should RT watch next? Do we spoil him with the pre-wars because life is too short, or should he check out the Alice/Peter Pan/Lady and the Tramp/Sleeping Beauty era first so he doesn't get too spoiled? Or maybe The Aristocats so he abandons the whole thing and goes back to watching live action again?

I say life's too short. Start with Snow White and go chronologically. Here's the official list from an official source:
http://d23.disney.go.com/galle...#photo-1

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