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Tinker Bell series

There are totally 6 movies in the whole of the Disney Fairies franchise, and all of them are really fun to watch, even if you’re 20 and currently have nothing else to do in life.

Tinkerbell first appeared in Peter Pan, and from there, Disney decided to create a whole new set of toons and a whole new world of Fairies. In 2008, when this world was in progress for the first Tinkerbell movie, one issue of the Disney Adventures magazine (yes, it was real; they stopped it in 2010, I think. No idea why. More on that later.) contained the whole overview of the world of Fairies and it was one of the best issues ever. All the main fairies, friends of Tinkerbell were introduced and that’s how I know them so well. These movies are a treat to the eyes. I even have the VCD of the first movie to watch it at home (back when DVD players were in) and I always kept imagining myself as a fairy in Pixie Hollow. What type of fairy, I’m not sure, but definitely friends with Tinkerbell.

Tinkerbell (2008) was the first of the Disney Fairies movies. I think this movie created a revolution because there is no other movie (except perhaps Finding Nemo) that is so rich and so full of life with colours and brightness and happiness. I loved the first one. We couldn’t get enough of Tink and her friends and we so wanted to go on more adventures with them.

While Tinkerbell was all about the birth of fairies, and the story of Tinkerbell and how she adapted herself into Pixie Hollow, the second movie, Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure (2009) was just one of her big adventures, featuring her friend Terence, a dust fairy. This was really fun.

Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010) is the first time we see the fairies interact with humans. We already know from Peter Pan that we can’t hear what the fairies say. just jingling sounds, and Tink befriending a human girl is just amazing. And her friends trying to rescue her was the sweetest thing ever.

And after this, I think the makers just kept adding on to the story as it went, because if they had planned all the movies, then there would’ve been some connection in the previous movies.

For example, in the movie Secret of the Wings (2012), we find out more about wings of fairies (duh). But we also see that there are Spring Fairies, Summer Fairies, Winter Fairies and Autumn Fairies. I think Tink and the gang belong to the Summer Fairies, under Queen Clarion. Tink finds her sister in this. The magic behind it all is so beautifully woven together. And the joy of having found a sister was so apparent in both Tink’s and Peri’s (Periwinkle, a frost fairy) faces that it just melted my heart. We also find out more about Queen Clarion, and it is quite the shocker. Rosetta keeps flirting with this frost fairy, and it is so hilarious!

The Pirate Fairy (2014) was quite interesting, and the funniest among them all. This movie gives us insights on two things: Pixie dust and its chemistry, and the origin of Captain Hook. There might be another back story of Captain Hook somewhere, but this was satisfying enough as Tom Hiddleston voiced Hook. It was funny, and a feast for the eyes. I adored this movie.

Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast (2015). It should’ve been Fawn and the legend of the Neverbeast, but anyway. If you don’t like movies like Hachiko (which I’ve never watched) or Eight Below (which I have watched), do not watch this movie. It might be animated, but it will crush your heart into pieces mercilessly. And this was the best Tinkerbell movie ever. I’m so glad they finished it off with this, but at the same time, I feel like strangling the story writers. Akka and I watched this two nights ago, and from the second half onwards, she cried non-stop. I teared up mostly (me and my stone cold heart) but I also cried in the end. It reminded me of the Pokemon movies, Jirachi: Wishmaker and Heroes: Latios and Latias (though not as tragic).

One of the reasons why I love this “franchise” is that there is so much potential for music, and there is beautiful music all over the movies, for extra effects and such, but nobody just randomly breaks out into a song just because they felt like it, unlike some other Disney movies that I know.

The Tinkerbell movies mainly focuses on friendship and it is so amazing to watch people from all over the place, who so different from one another, to become friends. I think I love it mainly because of that, and also because I have great friends who are so different from me, we just click. I want more movies featuring every one of the characters as MCs. We have Silvermist, a water fairy; Fawn, an animal fairy; Iridessa, a light fairy; Rosetta, a flower fairy; Vidia, a wind/fast flying fairy; and our Tinkerbell, a tinker fairy. I can’t choose a favourite, because they are all so amazing in their own way. Silvermist and Rosetta are funny while Fawn and Tink are rebels. Iridessa is mostly cute, and Vidia is. . . practical. So, there’s no point in choosing one fairy, because they all make up the franchise which we all love.

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  2. Pinocchio
  3. Fantasia
  4. Dumbo
  5. Bambi
  6. Saludos Amigos
  7. Victory Through Air Power
  8. The Three Caballeros
  9. Make Mine Music
  10. Song of the South
  11. Fun and Fancy Free
  12. Melody Time
  13. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  14. Cinderella
  15. Alice in Wonderland
  16. Peter Pan
  17. Lady and the Tramp
  18. Sleeping Beauty
  19. One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  20. The Sword in the Stone
  21. The Jungle Book
  22. The Aristocats
  23. Robin Hood
  24. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  25. The Rescuers
  26. The Fox and the Hound
  27. The Black Cauldron
  28. The Great Mouse Detective
  29. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  30. Oliver and Company
  31. The Little Mermaid
  32. DuckTales the Movie
  33. The Rescuers Down Under
  34. Beauty and the Beast
  35. Aladdin
  36. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  37. The Lion King
  38. A Goofy Movie
  39. Pocahontas
  40. Toy Story
  41. James and the Giant Peach
  42. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  43. Hercules
  44. Mulan
  45. A Bug’s Life
  46. Doug’s 1st Movie
  47. Tarzan
  48. Toy Story 2
  49. Fantasia 2000
  50. The Tigger Movie
  51. Dinosaur
  52. The Emperor’s New Groove
  53. Recess: School’s Out
  54. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  55. Monsters, Inc.
  56. Return to Neverland
  57. Lilo and Stitch
  58. Spirited Away
  59. Treasure Planet
  60. The Jungle Book 2
  61. Piglet’s Big Movie
  62. Finding Nemo
  63. Brother Bear
  64. Teacher’s Pet
  65. Home on the Range
  66. The Incredibles
  67. Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
  68. Howl’s moving Castle
  69. Valiant
  70. Chicken Little
  71. Bambi II
  72. The Wild
  73. Cars
  74. Meet the Robinsons
  75. Ratatouille
  76. WALL-E
  77. Tinker Bell
  78. Roadside Romeo
  79. Bolt
  80. Up
  81. Ponyo
  82. Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  83. A Christmas Carol
  84. The Princess and the Frog
  85. Toy Story 3
  86. Tales from Earthsea
  87. Tangled
  88. Gnomeo and Juliet
  89. Mars Needs Moms
  90. Cars 2
  91. Winnie the Pooh
  92. The Secret World of Arietty
  93. Arjun: the Warrior Prince
  94. Brave
  95. Secret of the Wings
  96. Frankenweenie
  97. Wreck-It Ralph
  98. Monsters University
  99. Planes
  100. Frozen
  101. The Pirate Fairy
  102. The Wind Rises
  103. Planes: Fire and Rescue
  104. Big Hero 6
  105. Strange Magic
  106. Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast
  107. Inside Out 
  108. The Good Dinosaur
  109. Zootopia
  110. Finding Dory
  111. Moana

That’s 45 out of 111. Onto more!

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Hercules- The Disney version

I laughed out loud watching this movie, so many times that my throat and cheeks hurt. Like, this story, not even remotely accurate to the original, is meant for kids in a totally non-educational way. The only reason I know the actual story so well was because of Percy Jackson. More on that later.

The story of Hercules, the Disney version, no matter how inaccurate, it is totally, absolutely entertaining. I had watched the beginning of it some time ago, and couldn’t continue watching it, which is why I knew it was good. It is easily one of my favourite Disney movies ever.

The thing that I loved about this movie is how, even though the Greek stories are all so violent and not suitable for children at all, they’ve twisted it around to something little sinister and dark, but at the same time, if you don’t analyze it too deeply, it looks perfectly all right on the creamy top. They’ve made a story out of a story, and only Disney can do that.

The Muses were amazing. Apollo from the Trials of Apollo keeps commenting on how there are the Nine Muses and how he can’t choose among them, and in this, I guess Disney ran out of Latina women types to draw. Which is why there are only Five Muses in this movie. But they were pretty awesome.

And then there’s Megara. First off, Megara doesn’t seem like a Greek name at all. And to top it off, she says, “My friends call me Meg; that is if I had any friends.” She was also pretty amazing. Her extra-clinched waist extra-swayed at times and every time they showed Hercules’ reaction, I would have spit out water if I was drinking it during those scenes.

And the gods. Zeus was okay, but he was extra chirpy and happy and all, “My son!” types. Which is not how I imagine Zeus to be like. And all the gods get captured, including Zeus, by Titans, no less, and Hercules single-handedly saving them all, was a bit too much for Hercules. I mean, if the gods together couldn’t fight off the Titans themselves, then there is no hope for Hercules.

I understand the reasons they made the gods like they were, very colour-oriented, like pink for Hera and Aphrodite, blue for Hermes and Poseidon, grey for Athena, purple for Dionysus, but the titans were terrible. They could’ve made humanoid creatures, but noooo, they had to have been made out of a natural disaster. That annoyed me.

But I loved the Fates, they were as perfectly described by Percy and so was Hades. The Underworld and Cerebrus were also on point. The souls drifting in and out were creepy, and that did not qualify as a cute little children’s scene. The way Pegasus was born in this movie was so cute and innocent and that I almost prefer this version to the original version of the creation of pegasus. That story is ghastly.

Overall, this was one entertaining film, and I enjoyed to the fullest, even with its faults and cracks where the original Greek stories were concerned. That happens very rarely.

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Have I become too…old?

I am quite underway in my Big Disney Project. But recently, I haven’t had much luck watching them because, well, I never get past first 10 minutes. That has happened with “Strange magic,” “Return to Neverland” and yesterday, “The Return of Jafar“. And perhaps more, but I haven’t kept count.

For the past few days, I have been reading like a mad woman. I’ve finished three books, and then I’m slowing it down because it made me dizzy. So I went about doing other things: postcards and listening to audiobooks. Somehow, I enjoy them so much while I am making art or doing my stitch kit. I’ve also been listening to this fascinating podcast, called “Jules and James“. I love it so much that I wait for every Monday to arrive. More on that later. I promise.

My concern is how I’m unable to stop myself from ridiculing the animated movies. When I started watching “Strange Magic”, I nearly fell over laughing because the movie, of the 20 or 30 minutes that I could endure were 10% dialogues, 90% music. And they were not the good kind.

I began watching The Return of Jafar yesterday, because I had enjoyed Aladdin immensely, and also because the Korean drama that I was watching hadn’t been downloaded fully (so it didn’t play), and I got through all of 5 minutes, tops.

I’m trying to keep an open mind. I know the movies made before The Bug’s Life are ridiculed, but in all honesty, the ones made just before them, like, Mulan, were damn good.

There are other fantastic movies before Strange Magic. Lilo and Stitch, Finding Nemo, Atlantic, Tinker Bell were all movies that I enjoyed. I’d watch them again and I have watched them more than once.

So, I think I am becoming too old for them. I couldn’t even enjoy Turbo without cringing at the thought of the impracticality of the whole thing. This is bad. So bad. I need to watch movies that will awaken the inner child in me. Someone please tell me what I should do!

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  2. Pinocchio
  3. Fantasia
  4. Dumbo
  5. Bambi
  6. Saludos Amigos
  7. Victory Through Air Power
  8. The Three Caballeros
  9. Make Mine Music
  10. Song of the South
  11. Fun and Fancy Free
  12. Melody Time
  13. The Adventured of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  14. Cinderella
  15. Alice in Wonderland
  16. Peter Pan
  17. Lady and the Tramp
  18. Sleeping Beauty
  19. One Hundred and One Dalmations
  20. The Sword in the Stone
  21. The Jungle Book
  22. The Aristocats
  23. Robin Hood
  24. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  25. The Rescuers
  26. The Fox and the Hound
  27. The Black Cauldron
  28. The Great Mouse Detective
  29. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  30. Oliver and Company
  31. The Little Mermaid
  32. DuckTales the Movie
  33. The Rescuers Down Under
  34. Beauty and the Beast
  35. Aladdin
  36. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  37. The Lion King
  38. A Goofy Movie
  39. Pocahontas
  40. Toy Story
  41. James and the Giant Peach
  42. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  43. Hercules
  44. Mulan
  45. A Bug’s Life
  46. Doug’s 1st Movie
  47. Tarzan
  48. Toy Story 2
  49. Fantasia 2000
  50. The Tigger Movie
  51. Dinosaur
  52. The Emperor’s New Groove
  53. Recess: School’s Out
  54. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  55. Monsters, Inc.
  56. Return to Neverland
  57. Lilo and Stitch
  58. Spirited Away
  59. Treasure Planet
  60. The Jungle Book 2
  61. Piglet’s Big Movie
  62. Finding Nemo
  63. Brother Bear
  64. Teacher’s Pet
  65. Home on the Range
  66. The Incredibles
  67. Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
  68. Howl’s moving Castle
  69. Valiant
  70. Chicken Little
  71. Bambi II
  72. The Wild
  73. Cars
  74. Meet the Robinsons
  75. Ratatouille
  76. WALL-E
  77. Tinker Bell
  78. Roadside Romeo
  79. Bolt
  80. Up
  81. Ponyo
  82. Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  83. A Christmas Carol
  84. The Princess and the Frog
  85. Toy Story 3
  86. Tales from Earthsea
  87. Tangled
  88. Gnomeo and Juliet
  89. Mars Needs Moms
  90. Cars 2
  91. Winnie the Pooh
  92. The Secret World of Arietty
  93. Arjun: the Warrior Prince
  94. Brave
  95. Secret of the Wings
  96. Frankenweenie
  97. Wreck-It Ralph
  98. Monsters University
  99. Planes
  100. Frozen
  101. The Pirate Fairy
  102. The Wind Rises
  103. Planes: Fire and Rescue
  104. Big Hero 6
  105. Strange Magic
  106. Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast
  107. Inside Out 
  108. The Good Dinosaur
  109. Zootopia
  110. Finding Dory
  111. Moana

41 out of 111! Another 70 to go!

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My Neighbour Totoro revisited

Yesterday afternoon I watched My Neighbour Totoro again for the nth time in my life. I never get bored of it, but this time, it was different. My college’s Rushes Film Club was screening this movie and having a discussion later. And I was so excited to go because then I’d meet all my juniors and their juniors and meet so many more people. It was a really great day and I was so glad to be a part of it.

In the AV room of the auditorium, small but musty and familiar, we sat on hard plastic chairs in the second row. ADP was sitting behind me, his friend and president of the club one chair next to me, another friend in front of him, and I was saving a seat for Vaishnavi, who wasn’t able to make it to the front row.

All through the movie, there were short moments of pure joy where most of us expressed it in silent smiles or a small chuckle. There were tears in my eyes, like they usually are when I watch this movie, because they aren’t just tears of sadness, they are also tears of happiness and relief because whatever Mei and Satsuki undergo as children is something that no child should undergo. They should jut be themselves at all times and find Totoro even on their most happiest days.

The discussion was around a large circle that we made out of those hard, butt numbing plastic chairs. We first discussed upon Totoro being the god of Death, which was a theory which was found online. To say I was shocked is an understatement. I mean, Totoro was such an amazing and helpful creature, I wonder why it would take away lives.

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Picture credits: (Above) Siddhath; (Featured image): Bala

Then, some fans on some forum correlated the Sayama incident to the story. The Sayama incident, which took place on May 1, 1963 or some such year in Sayama, Japan, was when a girl was kidnapped, raped and murdered. Later, her sister commits suicide. So, some think that Miyazaki made it personal and tried to keep the two innocent girls alive through this movie.

All theories said and done, this movie is close to heart because the characters, Mei and Satsuki were so very relatable to me and my sister. We have not undergone such situations, but sometimes, I have been one to cry and she’s been there for me all the freaking time. And I try so hard to reciprocate it.

There was this once scene where Satsuki has to keep Mei with her in classroom during class because Mei didn’t want to stay with their Obaa-chan. It was so cute. It reminded me of all the times that I had lunch with my sister in her class with hall her classmates. I was pampered by them so much.

I had forgotten why I loved this movie. Rushes made me remember it. It was a spectacular Saturday.

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My Big Disney Project Update- Peter Pan

So far, I’ve managed to watch a few movies, and the latest one, which is also one of the oldest movies, was Peter Pan (1953) and I think I’ll talk about it first.

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  2. Pinocchio
  3. Fantasia
  4. Dumbo
  5. Bambi
  6. Saludos Amigos
  7. Victory Through Air Power
  8. The Three Caballeros
  9. Make Mine Music
  10. Song of the South
  11. Fun and Fancy Free
  12. Melody Time
  13. The Adventured of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  14. Cinderella
  15. Alice in Wonderland
  16. Peter Pan
  17. Lady and the Tramp
  18. Sleeping Beauty
  19. One Hundred and One Dalmations
  20. The Sword in the Stone
  21. The Jungle Book
  22. The Aristocats
  23. Robin Hood
  24. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  25. The Rescuers
  26. The Fox and the Hound
  27. The Black Cauldron
  28. The Great Mouse Detective
  29. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  30. Oliver and Company
  31. The Little Mermaid
  32. DuckTales the Movie
  33. The Rescuers Down Under
  34. Beauty and the Beast
  35. Aladdin
  36. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  37. The Lion King
  38. A Goofy Movie
  39. Pocahontas
  40. Toy Story
  41. James and the Giant Peach
  42. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  43. Hercules
  44. Mulan
  45. A Bug’s Life
  46. Doug’s 1st Movie
  47. Tarzan
  48. Toy Story 2
  49. Fantasia 2000
  50. The Tigger Movie
  51. Dinosaur
  52. The Emperor’s New Groove
  53. Recess: School’s Out
  54. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  55. Monsters, Inc.
  56. Return to Neverland
  57. Lilo and Stitch
  58. Spirited Away
  59. Treasure Planet
  60. The Jungle Book 2
  61. Piglet’s Big Movie
  62. Finding Nemo
  63. Brother Bear
  64. Teacher’s Pet
  65. Home on the Range
  66. The Incredibles
  67. Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
  68. Howl’s moving Castle
  69. Valiant
  70. Chicken Little
  71. Bambi II
  72. The Wild
  73. Cars
  74. Meet the Robinsons
  75. Ratatouille
  76. WALL-E
  77. Tinker Bell
  78. Roadside Romeo
  79. Bolt
  80. Up
  81. Ponyo
  82. Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  83. A Christmas Carol
  84. The Princess and the Frog
  85. Toy Story 3
  86. Tales from Earthsea
  87. Tangled
  88. Gnomeo and Juliet
  89. Mars Needs Moms
  90. Cars 2
  91. Winnie the Pooh
  92. The Secret World of Arietty
  93. Arjun: the Warrior Prince
  94. Brave
  95. Secret of the Wings
  96. Frankenweenie
  97. Wreck-It Ralph
  98. Monsters University
  99. Planes
  100. Frozen
  101. The Pirate Fairy
  102. The Wind Rises
  103. Planes: Fire and Rescue
  104. Big Hero 6
  105. Strange Magic
  106. Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast
  107. Inside Out 
  108. The Good Dinosaur
  109. Zootopia
  110. Finding Dory
  111. Moana

So, that’s 39 movies out of a 111.

Peter Pan. Where do I begin?

I have always been fascinated by Peter Pan, ever since i found out Tinker Bell and him are friends. Which was a really long time ago, some to think of it. I loved Tinker Bell and the magic and Pixie Hollow because it was so beautiful and magical and amazing. I really thought Peter Pan would be like that, and it is, to an extent, but to say that I sat through this movie and endured it is an understatement.

It was so dramatic. Peter himself was a bore. He was supposed to be charming! I found him painstakingly annoying. And Wendy, really, she had no character. I loved her brothers though, and the other kids who dressed up like animals. They were cute and proper innocent and adorable.

Peter Pan says he does not want to grow up, when in reality, he is just a big show-off. I don’t like him. I will watch Return to Neverland, anyway, but I’m hoping it will be better.

If there are any spin-offs, movies, books related to Peter Pan, let me know! I want to see other people’s take on this world!

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Begin Again

I always thought we should’ve watched this movie in 4th semester English class, when we studied “cities”.

I chanced upon this movie on my hard disk and I’ve been hooked on the music ever since. I’ve been wanting to write about it, but until yesterday, when this movie and Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix were playing side by side on different channels, I realized how much I am fond of this movie.

The story is pretty straightforward. A girl, Gretta and her boyfriend, David, fly to New York to become big artists. Gretta writes songs and David performs them, mostly. They’re a happy couple until the inevitable “cheating” of the rock star happens. Gretta moves in with her friend who works at a bar, and when she performs there, Dan, once upon a time a well known music producer, see her and he is suddenly inspired to make her a star. Gretta and Dan change each other’s lives in ways unimaginable.

There are several reasons why I like this movie as much as I do. For one, it is funny. Dan and Gretta’s relationship is purely platonic and it is so cute to watch them. They are funny and sarcastic and a great team. The story line is simple and takes all over the city, which is so beautiful. Their moving studio across the city of New York and their encounters with the police were fun! The duo recruiting musicians, Gretta being a good friend to Dan’s daughter Violet, all of it was just so good!

This is one of the best musicals that I’ve ever watched. It is fun, hilarious, heart-breaking with some great music.

 

 

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NOT Studio Ghibli- Anime movies (Part 6)

I have an exam in three days and usually in the afternoons, I don’t study. I watch something, or read or keep myself somehow busy. I started watching the much hyped Yuri!!! On Ice, and I have to say, it does live up to its hype. I have only 5 more episodes to watch and I can’t wait for June 6th to be over. I also need to write about Doukyuusei. 

Anyway, today afternoon, I watched Hotarubi no Mori E (Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light). Originally a one-shot shoujo manga, this short film reminded me of the time I watched The Garden of Words. It was just as short, sweet and beautiful.

Hotaru visits her uncle in the country side every year. The first time she went there was when she was six. She went into a forest and got lost. There, she meets Gin, a forest spirit, whom no human can touch. As Hotaru embarks on a deep friendship with Gin, every year, the one thing she looks forward to is Summer and meeting Gin.

I expected a few things to happen but definitely not in the way they did. I thought it was a wee bit too short, but I liked it anyway. It was different and yet somehow similar to Spirited Away. I was disappointed in the lack of transformation of Hotaru, and the story was so simple. I liked that simplicity a lot! Not many characters, not too many places, nothing too elaborate but peaceful.

I don’t know what could’ve been better, but I liked it.

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The Big Disney Project

So, one of the more “immediately-doable” things on my bucket list is to watch all Disney animated movies ever produced. There are 111, as of now, beginning from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Moana.

I’ve loved watching animated movies for as long as I can remember and I know that I am going to enjoy watching every single one of them. I only recently watched Lilo and Stitch and Mulan  (shocker, I know) and I watched Atlantis just last night. I loved all three of them and I realized there is so much I am missing. So, I shall watch them all, including Toy Story, which I’ve put off watching for a long time now, and Wall-E, which I haven’t been able to bear to watch it full.

Here is the full list of movies that are ever made under the banner of Walt Disney. Some of them are made by Studio Ghibli and Walt Disney had taken over their distribution across the globe.

  1.  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  2. Pinocchio
  3. Fantasia
  4. Dumbo
  5. Bambi
  6. Saludos Amigos
  7. Victory Through Air Power
  8. The Three Caballeros
  9. Make Mine Music
  10. Song of the South
  11. Fun and Fancy Free
  12. Melody Time
  13. The Adventured of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  14. Cinderella
  15. Alice in Wonderland
  16. Peter Pan
  17. Lady and the Tramp
  18. Sleeping Beauty
  19. One Hundred and One Dalmations
  20. The Sword in the Stone
  21. The Jungle Book
  22. The Aristocats
  23. Robin Hood
  24. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  25. The Rescuers
  26. The Fox and the Hound
  27. The Black Cauldron
  28. The Great Mouse Detective
  29. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  30. Oliver and Company
  31. The Little Mermaid
  32. DuckTales the Movie
  33. The Rescuers Down Under
  34. Beauty and the Beast
  35. Aladdin
  36. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  37. The Lion King
  38. A Goofy Movie
  39. Pocahontas
  40. Toy Story
  41. James and the Giant Peach
  42. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  43. Hercules
  44. Mulan
  45. A Bug’s Life
  46. Doug’s 1st Movie
  47. Tarzan
  48. Toy Story 2
  49. Fantasia 2000
  50. The Tigger Movie
  51. Dinosaur
  52. The Emperor’s New Groove
  53. Recess: School’s Out
  54. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  55. Monsters, Inc.
  56. Return to Neverland
  57. Lilo and Stitch
  58. Spirited Away
  59. Treasure Planet
  60. The Jungle Book 2
  61. Piglet’s Big Movie
  62. Finding Nemo
  63. Brother Bear
  64. Teacher’s Pet
  65. Home on the Range
  66. The Incredibles
  67. Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
  68. Howl’s moving Castle
  69. Valiant
  70. Chicken Little
  71. Bambi II
  72. The Wild
  73. Cars
  74. Meet the Robinsons
  75. Ratatouille
  76. WALL-E
  77. Tinker Bell
  78. Roadside Romeo
  79. Bolt
  80. Up
  81. Ponyo
  82. Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  83. A Christmas Carol
  84. The Princess and the Frog
  85. Toy Story 3
  86. Tales from Earthsea
  87. Tangled
  88. Gnomeo and Juliet
  89. Mars Needs Moms
  90. Cars 2
  91. Winnie the Pooh
  92. The Secret World of Arietty
  93. Arjun: the Warrior Prince
  94. Brave
  95. Secret of the Wings
  96. Frankenweenie
  97. Wreck-It Ralph
  98. Monsters University
  99. Planes
  100. Frozen
  101. The Pirate Fairy
  102. The Wind Rises
  103. Planes: Fire and Rescue
  104. Big Hero 6
  105. Strange Magic
  106. Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast
  107. Inside Out 
  108. The Good Dinosaur
  109. Zootopia
  110. Finding Dory
  111. Moana

Of all of these, I’ve watched 31 movies. I plan to make that 111.

Should I watch them in a chronological order? Should I watch in an alphabetical order? Series wise?

I don’t know. I think I’ll watch whatever appeals to me first.

How many have you watched in this list?

After this, I plan to tackle the big 100s- top 100 all time best anime movies; top 100 all time best animated movies.

Wish me luck!

 

Posted in Bengaluru, Movies

Shower

Shower is this superb Chinese movie that is just so, so, so simply well put together that it’ll movie you to tears. And you’ll want to rush to the toilet to pee.

It starts off by a man bathing in an automatic shower stall. Then the whole movie revolves around a traditional Chinese showering stall. This showering/bathing place is owned by an old man and his mentally challenged son looking after it. The old man’s older son works in a city firm and lives with his wife. He comes running to rural Beijing (where his father and brother live) when his brother sends a postcard and thought that his father was dead and he ends up looking after the showering place for a while.

This has no fixed plot line. You can’t have a one-line story to it. This movie a riot of emotions: we laughed till tears streamed out of our eyes; we cried in the end and a few times in between; we went ‘awww’; we went mad. It was such an adorable movie that we couldn’t take our eyes off of it at all! It had family emotions, admiration for a talent, simple, exceptional, belly hurting humour.

Coming to the main focus of watching movies in class, the city has been portrayed in a very straight-forward way. When the whole area of their living was going to be demolished, it sounded very much like the scenario that we see in our country. Development replacing culture and tradition has been accepted by default.

The first scene of the automatic shower stall and the traditional bathing place shows a stark contrast in life. In the shower stall, you just go there, put some coins into the machine, bathe and come out and be on your way. But in the bathing place, it’s like a little community on its own. Most of them are old men, who’ve retired and come to spend some time with their friends. Sometimes, children are also seen. And here, we don’t see anyone paying the man. Not once throughout the movie.

It was a delightful watch.

There is nothing that I can do to this review to show all my love for this movie.

Posted in Bengaluru, Me, Movies, Uncategorized

Whatever Works

This is movie #1 that we watches in the Bangalore Special Course. The aim of watching these movies is to try and understand the concept of the city in a metaphorical sense.

Whatever Works is a Woody Allen movie set in New York. It is about a man named Boris, who’s into his late 70’s and talks about his life in New York and one day, BOOM! There’s a girl underneath his house stairs and his life changes drastically.

Boris is a physicist and has been divorced for quite some time now. He has high intellect and when Melodie, the 21-year-old-girl who’s really simple minded  lands up on Boris’s couch, he can’t take in her stupidity. After a while, he marries her. And then a whole lot of things happen and what I’m really interested in is the showcasing of the city in the movie.

NYC is kind of similar to Bangalore, in terms of richness of culture and the vast variety of people. It is a lot more cleaner than Bangalore but has lesser green coverage, from what I could see. It had world famous landmarks, like the Statue Of Liberty, which is one of the most distinguished characters of the city. All the big bill-boards and lights and the tiny cafe`s and the people all remind me of Bangalore. There’s just so much to explore in both the cities that living there for one lifetime is nearly not enough!

When we look at the finer details of the culture or the people, only then do we actually realise how different each city is. Bangalore has multi-lingual people and so does NYC but the languages spoken are 90% different from each other. So is the dressing, the transport, the food, the behaviour of the people and the city itself. And to mention the coastline.

This movie was an amazingly entertaining one. It had little adult concepts but, really, does it matter? It was funny in a satirical manner. Every single dialogue Boris speaks, every single action he performs—be it washing his hands for as long as it takes for him to sing “Happy Birthday” twice, or his peculiar manner of being honest on the face and and not ever be bothered by it—has a purpose. Every time he “performs”, it looks like it’s going to make to laugh till tears stream out of your eyes.

It is a must watch movie for high entertaining purposes!

I don’t think I want to change this in any way. I wrote this in 2015, and even though my writing has changed drastically, I don’t think I will change anything.