Animated April, Retrospective Review: The Black Cauldron

Kids entertainment was so much better back then. “The Black Cauldron” is a film which bombed supposedly due to it being deemed ‘too dark’ by audiences of its time. I must admit, I hadn’t seen Disney’s “The Black Cauldron” as a tyke–today, however, I’ve rectified that (for those of you who haven’t been following, this month’s theme is animation; I love Disney, I love darkness–so this only seemed befitting). 

Many flicks for today’s kids substitute characters with archetypes, plot with colour, and wit with doubt-entendres (I’m looking right at you with a pulsating anime vein on my forehead, Angry Birds). Why oh why has the next generation been so woefully deprived of such delicious danger? Continue reading Animated April, Retrospective Review: The Black Cauldron

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