A Bug’s Life (1998)
The clumsy ant Flick makes a terrible mistake and erases all the hard work of the others. When grasshoppers discover that there is no food, they tell the ants to start over. Flick decides to leave and ask ‘foreign’ bugs for help, just to discover that his ‘warriors’ are circus artists.
Prepare for a cutesy movie with lots of different situations to cope with. Pixar didn’t do much with the aspects of being an ant. Only when it rains, you realize that the ants are vulnerable and little, but I believe there’s a lot more to be discovered there.
A Bug’s Life (1998)
A few filmmakers (Earth) went to the jungle of Tanzania to film the story of a baby-chimpanzee and his mom. During their three years there, mom got killed by a leopard and the question became who was gonna take care of little Oscar?
Even though the death of the mother-chimp was sad, the outcome is wonderful and pretty Disney-like. This documentary has a big downside: the fact that chimps are nearly extinct is not even mentioned. Also you can question the anthropomorphic way of portraying chimps, but I think it fits Disney and it does no harm in this way.
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2010)
This movie is based on a videogame and even though I love videogames, this movie is horrible. It tells the story of a prince and a princess that are fugutives. They try to stop a villain that uses a magical dagger to destroy the world. It contains beautiful images of the desert.
Unfortunately this movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal, which is an actor that is not good at delivering a message. He is not a very convincing Prince of Persia, not a mysterious man, more a wrong version of Aladdin. Also Gemma Arterton is not awesome, only there as eyecandy.
Sorcerers Apprentice (2010)
In this movie Nicholas Cage plays this wizard, who meets the son of Merlin. He has to train the kid, that truly has no idea what this master sorcerer is upto. Cage makes him ready for Morgana Le Fey, the evil character in this film. Ofcourse the young Dave Stutler has other things on his mind.
I liked this movie a lot more than I expected. It’s over the top, but also funny and quite original. Though I am not really fond of Nicholas Cage the last few years, in this movie he shows a much better side of himself.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
This film is about a videogame character named Ralph, who wants to be a good guy and travels to other games to establish this new status. On his way he meets a cheeky glitchgirl and they become friends to reach the same goal together.
I love videogames. Like Disney, it’s part of my life. Wreck-It Ralph is an awesome film. It’s cute, lots of loveable characters and there’s definitely a sequel in it. I love all the puns in this film, it all looks great and even though it’s about something not really Disney-like, it still has that magic touch.
TRON Legacy (2010)
What if your father is the designer of this great, digital world? You jump into that world, trying to find him. That is exactly what happens in TRON Legacy. This movie is futuristic, looks beautiful and has this very special appearance of Jeff Bridges who played in the original TRON movie.
I found this movie very awesome, but it did have some slow moments that simply took too long and made it a bit boring. It all starts of very quick, which makes those slow moments extra boring. The story may sound interesting, in the movie it’s not that strong.
Winnie the Pooh (2011)
Wow. Even a character that has been with us for such a long time, can still be very loveable and fun in a modern day movie. Winnie the Pooh is a very authentic and original film that combines many famous elements of the stories about the honey-loving teddybear.
There’s a very cool way of storytelling with a storybook in which the characters play with the letters. I think it is a very good idea to keep this movie 2D and animated like we know Pooh best. This movie is really enjoyable for people of any age.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
This is not the animation-movie, but the Tim Burton live-action version (with lots of CGI). It tells the original Alice-tale with a ‘modern’ twist to it. Alice follows the rabbit and after drinking that famous potion, she gets to wonderland where she meets two queens and one big Jabberwocky.
I thought I would love this movie but I don’t. Johnny Depp did not play his role too well and Alice is blunt. Even though she is in wonderland, she is not impressed by anything. The visuals of this film are great, but there’s too little room for emotions.
Seldom have I seen a stop motion film that was more intensely sad and at the same time truly funny. When Victor Frankenstein’s dog Sparky dies in an accident, Victor ressurects him and when his classmates hear about that little science project, hell breaks loose.
I love all the characters in this movie, they are all weird en funny at the same time. Especially Mr Whiskers and his close-ups really made me laugh. The relationship of Victor and Sparky is adorable and the story is very good. Burton and Disney are perfect together.
Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
This is not a Disney-movie we are used to, because this one is more about music and singing than talking and a deep story. But, even though the key player, circusbear Bongo, does not speak, it’s obvious what his deal is even if there would not be a narrator.
The fun thing about this film is that you can see a lot of familiair Disney-faces in it. For example Chip and Dale. This is not a movie like any other Disneymovie, but it is pretty fresh and fun. It’s exactly what the name promises the viewer.