Fox and Talen look into the long-form history of the conflicted almost-traditionally-animated 2010 Animated Canon smash Tangled. We talk about an alternate viewing technique, the marketing history of ‘four quadrants’ storytelling, and inevitably get distracted by the (really quite good) TV series.
Disney returns to traditional animation with 2009’s The Princess And The Frog. Swimming through the foggy waters of the bayous, Fox and Talen consider if there’s any reason this movie somehow didn’t quite hit the same notes as other movies that added to the Princess canon, or if there was some reason audiences missed it (racism). There’s a spooky villain, a Lion King tie in and an alligator playing a trumpet, and yet, there’s still some uncomfortable Protestant bullshit.
Welcome to Season Six of the Disney Animated Canonball, the era of Centrist Disney Liberal Bullshit! Approaching the now, our recent memories, of these movies that we did not watch as children but instead have been sharing with the children in our lives, we get real mad at realising just how little Disney actually does for all of its importance and power!
Dog movie dog movie dog movie dog movie! And thank goodness for it, as Bolt sets the precedent for Disney’s competent 3d storytelling going forward.
An auteur makes a movie about something deeply personal but unfortunately, isn’t able to make the actual movie into anything worth watching.
Wow, it’s a deep dark well the Disney Studios fall into when they try and make a story that matches Shrek for irreverent and approachable tone.
Do you wanna hear jokes about cows with boobs? Because you’re going to hear jokes about cows with boobs.
Walt Disney makes another Phil Collins movie while trying to make The Lion King 2, but King Lear, but with Bears, and it all gets stitched together by people who could finish a project, but not actually make a project.
What if Disney hero boys were like, attractive, and interesting, and not boring cutouts for Disney princess to latch on to? What if their stories were about what it was like to find a surrogate father, and for that love to be complex? What if there were hoverboards and street racing over molten gold? What if?
Talen’s favourite Disney animated feature film, Lilo and Stitch is a 2002 escapee of a low budget and low expectations that nonetheless got to reshape the world and of course, etch a place on Talen’s heart.