the little mermaid 30th anniversary

the little mermaid 30th anniversary

The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite Disney movies. When it was first released in 1989 as i was a little boy as if i was to rank my favorite Disney movies i would say sleeping beauty is top of list. I seen this movie often over the years.  we can all relate to her rebellious nature as we eel that way a teenager as today i honor the 30th birthday of the The Little Mermaid.

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In Disney’s beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel (Jodi Benson) is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll) to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.(plot:goggle) 

The Little Mermaid has always been one of my favorite Disney films for many years as simply i hold a fond place in my heart for this classic animated gem. It is fondly remembered as the first film of Disney’s Golden Age. A charming but slight musical fairy tale that helped bring back the Disney animated classic. The Little Mermaid was such a surprise hit that it allowed the animation department to keep tackling bigger and bigger projects, starting with the 1991 masterpiece Beauty And The Beast that led to many wonderful classics even today for Disney.

“The Little Mermaid’s” lead character, Ariel, is the youngest of seven royal daughters, as well as the most passionate and outspoken one. Instead of lying around the palace without purpose, Ariel spends her days poking around shipwrecks and chatting up seagulls, rarely staying still for a moment, learning more about human inventions and human society as she is bit of a rebel as what can many relate to Ariel as all feel like Ariel would be as teenagers as we rebel againist parents to find our own way in the world.

I would fondly recall back to begin little boy i would fondly watch Ariel singing along to the songs as i would simply find something so charming with it. I would feel a connection that would build for a lifetime.  it was the begining of a new discovery of a new world as i would find a brave new world of movie magic as i would say like Ariel i found a magical new world that i wanted be part of that magical world.

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The Little Mermaid has plenty of amazing songs, song by Ariel or Sebastian. And I love them all. During the song Under the Sea, the sea becomes so colorful and all the fish get exciting, it makes you feel happy as well. The first line, “The seaweed is always greener, in somebody else’s lake” is so recognizable with our very own world. It’s a line adults will recognize sooner than children, and that’s also a remarkable thing of Disney animations: for every different stage of life, there are hidden messages. Like the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Despite that The Little Mermaid is not made with computer but by hand drawings, the original way, the film still looks amazing to me. Of course things are way better in this modern time, but this classic is amazing without the use of special effects and stuff. The animation quality in The Little Mermaid” is really astounding.

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The film successfully captures the feeling of weightlessness with characters like Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula effortlessly gliding across the ocean floor and propelling themselves forward in a way that lends the movie a real sense of physicality with its wonderful landscapes that capture the lovely ocean floor so greatly as also when it changes to man’s world form Ariel’s point of view as she has fun in world you get real sense of fun and discovery she is learning of the world while trying get him fall in love as the sense of wonder she has about it is such a an amazing trait of her. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken contribute the songs and score for the film, and their collaboration is legendary with amazing acting by its cast of voice actors give such remarkable acting as the real star is Jodi Benson whose Ariel is the defined role of her life as she simply is Ariel and she brings all the charm we adore about her to her voice acting of the role as simply this movie is a charming classic for the ages. “The Little Mermaid” is quite the powerhouse film and an incredibly touching movie about love, friendship, prejudice and the hard choice of conforming to what others want for you or following the path that you know will make you happy in the long term as its simply a must see classic movie.

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Chuck Jones:The Evolution of an Artist

Chuck Jones:The Evolution of an Artist

You can’t force inspiration. It’s like trying to catch a butterfly with a hoop but no net. If you keep your mind open and receptive, though, one day a butterfly will land on your finger. –Chuck Jones  Chuck is best known for directing hundreds of Looney Tunes short films. Yes, he was the mastermind behind a lot of them as the powerful traits of him was his powerful nature to bring gag based story-telling to the medium that made it form a simple cartoon medium to something truly amazing for the art of animation. .

If you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you know Chuck Jones, one of all-time masters of visual comedy with  ingenious framing and timing that makes his work stand test of time. so today i honor his works.

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The cartoon starts with an open air opera theater setting with the Elmer-Bugs chase quickly entering the scene. When Elmer hits the stage, Bugs quickly opens the curtains, prompting the orchestra to play ‘The Barber from Seville’ by Gioachino Rossini. This leads to a wonderful aria by Bugs, and even Elmer joins in.

The best part of the film is the silent comedy that follows on the music of the opera’s overture. During this sequence Bugs Bunny’s expressions are priceless, and the action is beautifully staged to the music, leading to a great finale in which Elmer and Bugs get married.Throughout the picture Jones’s timing and staging are perfect. It improves on both Charlie Chaplin’s barber scene in ‘The Great Dictator’ (1940) and on the vaguely similar Woody Woodpecker cartoon ‘Barber of Seville‘ (1944). The result is no less than a masterpiece.

bugs’ (and Blanc’s) preternatural verbal dexterity is soon on display as Bugs improvises lyrics to Rossini’s music, spiriting a bewildered Fudd to a barber’s chair for a shave. The way Bugs utters words like “daintily, daintily” and “you’re so next” is inexplicably delightful—Bugs and his audience are in on the joke together, but he will sell his pretend profession just enough to bamboozle his dimwitted foe. Yet unlike some of Bugs’ outings, “Rabbit of Seville” relies less on the hero’s linguistic gymnastics than on sight gags and cleverly escalating action. Bugs dresses as a temptress to woo Fudd (“What would you want with a wabbit?”) a gambit that proves consistently effective against the love-starved hunter.

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But after this ruse, Jones and Maltese transition to silence, save for a closing stinger by the ever-victorious Bugs. Fortunately for the viewer, Bugs need not rely solely on his wit to outwit his nemesis. The density of Jones’ work, the multiplicity of targets, the erudition combined with silliness is unrivaled. Bugs as barber/señorita/snake charmer and Fudd as blushing bride poke fun at Count Almaviva’s many disguises in The Barber of Seville as well as the fundamental goofiness underlying so many highbrow works. Bugs plies Fudd with red paint, cement, and fertilizer in an absurd send-up of the lengths to which aestheticians will go to create a look often no better than leaving well enough alone

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.The traditional climactic wedding is role-reversed and pops up nearly out of nowhere, as it often does in classical comedies. The Great Dictator’s escalating barber chairs are loosed from the bonds of physics to soar to ridiculous heights.Its truly very much a fun spoof of this story but done in  Chuck Jones starts to re-imagine operas to suit his own hyperactive style with Bugs Bunny behind the slapstick vehicles! What an enchanting delight; these were truly innovative animation reinventions with no concerns of what Rossini could have thought as its simply a marvel of animation.

 Looney Tunes: Hair-Raising Hare (1946)

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The plot is simple: Bugs is lured to a mad scientist’s castle to be dinner for the aforementioned monster. When Bugs gets wise to this plan, he makes a break for it and the chase is on for the rest of the short as he out runs the monster and outsmarts them all in the end.

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This cartoon has one of Bugs Bunny’s best known gags: at one point he stalls the monster by pretending to be a stylist who declares the monster needs a manicure. Suddenly Bugs whips out a table, chairs and begins to file the monsters nails, all while holding a conversation that you might hear in a nail salon. This is Bugs in pure mischief mode; once he gets over his initial fright, the monster doesn’t stand a chance at all.

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Even for Merrie Melodies standards, I would call this expressionistic slice of comedic horror with inventive tropes as “landmark”: the use of shadows and meta-jokes are exquisite, the nameless monster (later “Rudolph” and later “Gossamer”) is one smart creation with effective parody effects enough to sustain both a scare and a laugh. Peter Lorre as a mad scientist is only something that Merrie Melodies could conceive and the jokes are endlessly clever: a rare fusion between visuals, slapstick and fourth-wall breaking, completely unprecedented, that you wouldn’t see again in many decades at least in the animation world as its truly a marvelous animated gem.

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Released: February 9th, 1957. Directed by: Chuck Jones

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Of the many achievements Chuck Jones accomplished during his lengthy career, one of them was raising the pairing of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck into a comedic art form that has yet to be truly matched in animation. Bugs and Daffy tunnel to Baghdad where they find caves full of treasure and a guard named Hassan who wants only to “chop” them.  Ali Baba Bunny is a famous example of this pairing and one of my many personal favorite cartoons all time as its simply comedy gold watching them together.

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This cartoon features Daffy during his “greedy beyond all reason” phase and it is used to great comedic effect as often he is greedy and always wants to have everything. Daffy is almost instantly mesmerized by the giant pile of treasure in front of him, while Bugs is completely oblivious. This leads to one of my favorite Daffy Duck lines:Daffy: It’s mine you understand? Mine, mine, ALL MINE! Get back in there! Down! Down! Down! Go! Go! Go! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mwahahahahahahaha!! *zooms off to the treasure*

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Daffy keeps getting on the guard’s bad sideespecially when he makes a run for it with a giant diamond! This leads Bugs to finally corner Daffy and demand to know (“What is it with you anyway?” to which Daffy replies “I can’t help it, I’m a greedy slob, it’s my hobby. its basically telling of his nature but likely honest answer due fact he is under threat to be killed. Daffy duck is truly always by nature a greedy person in some manner.  Image result for Ali Baba Bunny

I would say I adore this cartoon because it has one of the greatest twist endings ever seen in a cartoon: Daffy appears to have it made. Hassan is gone; the treasure is loaded up ready to go, when the greedy duck finds a mysterious lamp in the back of the cave. Some reason, when a genie appears (and even calls Daffy “Master”!!) The duck explodes with rage and accuses the genie of wanting his treasure. This is why I say Daffy is greedy beyond all reason, because wouldn’t you think the duck would be happy to have a magic genie at his disposal? I suppose not, and boy does the duck pay for it! As at end bugs bunny finds him and tosses him to side in the shell wanting a piece of treasure. Ali Baba Bunny, as I’ve said before, is one of my favorite Chuck Jones cartoons that is very much a fun piece of animated history.

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Broom-Stick Bunny  review

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Broom-Stick Bunny has long been one of my favorite Looney Tunes cartoons, as it features the debut of June Foray in the role of Witch Hazel (Bea Benaderet performed the voice in Hazel’s first appearance in Bewitched Bunny). This is actually Foray’s second time playing a character by this name (with this voice no less) as she originated the character in the 1952 Donald Duck cartoon Trick or Treat (and in truth she was initially reluctant when Chuck Jones invited her to play his version of Witch Hazel, but she eventually came around to the idea.In this cartoon, it’s Halloween night and Bugs Bunny is out trick-or-treating disguised as a witch

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Witch Hazel is brewing up a potion while frequently consulting her magic mirror to make sure she’s still the “ugliest of them all” as she’s terribly afraid of getting pretty as she gets older. One of my favorite running gags in this cartoon is Witch Hazel’s obsession with ugliness and talking about beauty in opposite terms that makes her seem affaid of it. The story starts as a comedy of errors when Bugs Bunny appears at Witch Hazel’s door and the befuddled witch thinks the rabbit is a REAL witch that leads to comedy gold and many moments that showcase chuck’s remarkable skill of story-telling of his gags. but it quickly turns serious when Hazel realizes that not only is Bugs a rabbit, but he’s also the last ingredient needed to complete her potion, leading to a wild chase throughout the house that of course ends up with bugs bunny winning as you know she wont get him. we’re treated to seeing what a pretty Witch Hazel looks like in the ned. (fun fact: according June Foray’s commentary, the animators modeled the pretty Hazel on her actual appearance, particularly in the hairstyle as it was one she liked to wear at the time). It’s so funny to hear the now-pretty witch say in the sweetest sounding voice “Magic mirror on the wall, who’s the ugliest one of all?” The gag is heightened when the genie in the magic mirror gives chase on a flying carpet and the pair go flying off into the night.Of all the Witch Hazel cartoons, Broom-Stick Bunny remains my favorite as it showcases his style of gag story-telling that keeps on making gags seem lesser at times but smart and funny and witty. its the power of his animated story-telling.

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Oh, the reminiscence! We could watch these cartoons again and again and still laugh like the first time Chuck’s animations delighted our eyes. Did you love the Looney Tunes as something truly remarkable about them and his style of gags and story-telling to capture the natures of such vastly interesting characters and ideas.  I will put this video here to help talk about so many more of his works.

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Miyazaki’s Forgotten Gem:Sherlock Hound

Miyazaki’s Forgotten Gem:Sherlock Hound

Sherlock Hound, as it’s known in the West (in Japan it’s simply “Meitantei Holmes,” or Famous Detective Holmes) doesn’t have all that much to do with Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. The whole setting is really just a framework to create a fast-paced adventure show, with slapstick comedy bits piled onto spectacular car chases. In other words, it’s a terrific piece of animation that was end of an era for  Miyazaki’s before his film work began fully.

Sherlock Hound was started in 1981 at animation studio Telecom, with Miyazaki at the helm, and an amazing amount of talent; chief among these include Yoshifumi Kondo (animation director), Kazuhide Tomonaga, Tsukasa Tannai, Nobuo Tomizawa, Masako Shinohara, Koichi Maruyama, and Atsuko Tanaka. The great Yasuo Otsuka even makes an uncredited cameo for one episode. This series was clearly homage to Animal Treasure Island, the 1971 Toei film that largely cements the “Miyazaki Style.” The Telecom staff was thrilled at the opportunity to create something with the same boyant energy, and it shows in nearly every frame. This is the perfect example of just how effective animation, hand-drawn animation, can be in the right hands as simply they are such joyful little stories each one that is a case of its own.

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I would say Sherlock Hound is a show that you can instantly watch anytime and get into its story any one of its episodes and enjoy it without being lost at all. Its very light weighted that marks it as the end of an era.

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Miyazaki’s worldview was becoming more clouded, more complicated, as middle age approached. Future Boy Conan carried serious, somber undertones just under the surface; by the time Nausicaa made its way to the big screen in 1984, that darker side was taking over. His inner conflict is something that defines the Ghibli era, that battle between youthful idealism and adult cynicism; note for example the third acts of Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro, and the crises of identity in Kiki’s Delivery Service and Porco Rosso as see she how htis man grew form such charming simple tales to such deep and interesting stories that are able break trough barriers and tell us a classic story.

Now on to the history lesson. Six episodes were created at Telecom before the series was put on hiatus. As far as I understand, this was due to conflicts with the Conan Doyle estate, who apparently weren’t too pleased with this unorthodox treatment of the Sherlock Holmes characters. The series was shelved, until Miyazaki refashioned two of the episodes as the opening short film for Nausicaa in 1984. The public was enthralled, so the series was revived, with 20 new episodes set in production. However, these new episodes were not created by Telecom nor any of the principle players (apart from the actors), but at another Japanese studio, and the difference shows. The original six episodes were integrated into the TV series as follows:
Episode 3 – A Small Client
Episode 4 – Mrs. Hudson is Taken Hostage
Episode 5 – The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Episode 9 – Treasure Under the Sea
Episode 10 – The White Cliffs of Dover
Episode 11 – The Sovereign Gold Coins

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In 1984, Tomonaga, along with Kondo (director), Tomizawa, Tanaka and Nizu created the famous Nemo pilot, which is one of the greatest pieces of Japanese animation ever devised. This was Tomonaga’s baby, and he masterfully packs all the excitement of Sherlock Hound into a four-minute action classic. It’s just another example of the amazing talent at that time. If only their version of Nemo was the one that finally made it to the screen it would been such a marvelous classic that may have been such a gem that people would say that nemo flim was simply amazing.  If only they made more Sherlock hound i think we would had such tales able to really charm us better then shows like ducktales.  Sherlock Hound is simply a must see classic that you should see today.

happy 76th anniversary to dumbo

happy 76th anniversary to dumbo

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Dumbo is a favourite flim among Pixar’s brain trust as it features all the hallmarks that would characterize the studio’s own flims it has great characters  and a story full of warmth and a lot of heart. This movie turns 76 years old today as it has not only inspired countless pixar flims over the years.  Dumbo was the flim was the little flim that did big things much like dumbo  the movie’s hero as the studios past efforts of Pinocchio and Fantasia were flops upon their release as this movie was made a b-picture on cheaper budget it became a huge hit as their frist hit animated movie snice snow white.  Its a simple story of the ugly duckling retold in a new way.

Dumbo is an elephant with freakishly large ears discovers that the thing that makes him different is also the thing that makes him truly special as he can fly via them and use of a feather he holds on him. It is revealed in ending the feather is a gag as he can fly without it as his ears gave him power to fly. Dumbo is one of the studio’s greatest character creations he never utters a word or speaks in any form but you can’t help but fall in love this little guy. His relationship with his mother is beautifully captured from their playful moments during bath-time to their heartbreaking and fleeting reunion it’s all so moving and heartfelt as it does somewhat really feel so emotionally moving. In a matter of minutes you understand their love for each other their unwavering love for each other. You are fully invested in Dumbo’s own personal journey. His odd couple relationship with Timothy Mouse is equally moving whilst every cameo and he is unforgettable.

Dumbo is the shortest feature films Disney produced it arguably possesses more memorable moments than any of their other movies form this period of disney movie. from the stork delivering newborn babies which we see baby mine song playing as you feel for dumbo and its mother as both suffer so much on screen to dumbo flying in wonder on screen we see so many moments in one movie. Dumbo has some of best songs of the period compared to the cloyingly sweet music of the other Disney films made in the 1940s the songs all possess an infectious and poppy lightness such as When I See an Elephant Fly, Elephants on Parade and Song of the Roustabouts are all numbers that will be bouncing around your head for days afterwards.

 

Dumbo’s animation is less technically polished than the films it succeeded as it has a lightness and freedom looking more cartoony. This film is bold and bright with simple but striking watercolor backgrounds and a strong cartoon aesthetic that really draws you into its world. Dumbo has so much emotion, warmth and nuance are conveyed in the tiniest little details, particularly Dumbo as its charm can melt any heart. The animation is playful and experimental form it’s from the map view of the United States to the pink elephants there is always something always something exciting or touching in every frame of this flim to stand out for you to watch on the screen. It is films like Dumbo that made me fall in love with animation in the first place as this classic is a classic animated gem you will adore to see anytime.

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