Anastasia Review: Animated April

For this Animated April, I decided to return to a few films that I adored as a child. In the past I have returned to the likes of “Thumbelina”, a film that I realised wasn’t as good as I had remembered it. I’ve always been wary about revisiting some of the other films that played a significant role in my childhood such as “The Little Mermaid” and “The Fox and the Hound” however I’ve decided to rewatch them both. I always felt very wary about re-watching “Anastasia” which had been a real favourite of mine. I really connected with Anya (voiced by Meg Ryan, with singer Liz Callaway doing the songs for Ms. Ryan) who was a spunky, no-nonsense young woman who just so happened to be a princess. I think a lot of girls secretly wish they were royalty even though they try to make out that they’re not ‘girly’. I was one of those types of girls. Continue reading Anastasia Review: Animated April

Animated April, Retrospective Review: Thumbelina

I must have been four years old when I first watched Don Bluth’s and Gary Goldman’s adaptation of “Thumbelina”, it was probably one of the first films I actually saw at the cinema (or at least one of the first ones that I can recall seeing). Although I can’t really recall whether I enjoyed the film as a child, there are certain aspects of it that I can still remember to this day.

Watching it all these years later at the age of thirty, I can safely say that “Thumbelina” is not a good movie. I’m not alone in this thought as the film has only 30% rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. In his review, Roger Ebert gave it two stars and wrote “It is difficult to imagine anyone over the age of 12 finding much to enjoy in “Thumbelina.” To be honest, I think anyone over the age of four would struggle to find much enjoyment out of this film. Continue reading Animated April, Retrospective Review: Thumbelina