Saturday Morning Cartoons: Disney Renaissance Smackdown!

(Disney, Part 4) There are several reasons I’ve focused on the period known as the Disney Renaissance for my series of articles on Disney (it probably won’t be the last, since they’re such a huge driving force behind Western animation.) The most practical reason is because I know them the …

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Disney, Part 3: Beauty and the Beast

In my previous Disney articles, I complained at length about Disney. In those articles, I argued that Aladdin and The Hunchback of Notre Dame were both held back by the “Disney formula”, which includes (among other characteristics) several catchy musical numbers, wacky sidekicks (an animation pet peeve of mine), and a happy ending. …

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Disney, Part 2: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

For those of you who missed it, I reviewed Aladdin last week because I wanted to discuss what may be the biggest driving force behind Western animation: Disney. The movies and production methods of Walt Disney Pictures are so massively influential that I’ve decided I shouldn’t contain my discussion of them …

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Aladdin Review: The Inevitable Disney Question

For last week’s edition of Saturday Morning Cartoons, I talked at length about why I feel animation can be equally satisfying for adults as for children.One point that I would like to emphasize is my position that nostalgia is one great joy animation can provide for the adult viewer; however, …

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