I’m familiar with Winnie the Pooh and his pals. Of course, I am–who isn’t? But this was my first time watching this movie. And I didn’t really understand how that could be, because I’ve definitely seen parts of this movie before–I’ve watched Pooh pretend to be a raincloud, and I’ve seen him get stuck in Rabbit’s door. And then I read that this “movie” is actually a compilation of three Winnie the Pooh shorts that were made forever ago, and that made a whole lot more sense. And it made me feel a little less weird for not having seen the movie in its entirety. (And yet, I don’t want to think about how much Winnie the Pooh-related merchandise I own…including an Eeyore keychain…)
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Bonjour! Today, we have an underrated Disney classic. If The Aristocats were the first Disney movie I had seen, I would probably think it was genius. As it is, I’m very fond of this movie, but much of the time, it really does seem like 101 Dalmatians + Lady and the Tramp + Cats. It’s still adorable and a lot of fun, but I definitely get deja vu while watching it.
Remember Jungle Cubs? It was that other Disney Channel cartoon spin-off of The Jungle Book, and it followed Baloo, Bagheera, Louie, Shere Khan, and Kaa, but you know, when they were younger. Cubs, if you will. And stuff happened, but I don’t really remember what. I don’t think it lasted for very long, and no one ever excitedly mentions Jungle Cubs the way they do with Talespin. Anyway, the point of all this is that Jungle Book spin-offs never have Mowgli in them. The Aladdin TV show had Aladdin, The Little Mermaid had Ariel, and Simba had some cameos in Timon and Pumbaa, but no Mowgli, so far as I remember. They could have followed his jungle years living among the wolves, but they didn’t. You know why? Because Mowgli is annoying.
Oh, this beautiful drug trip of a movie. I know I complained a lot about the early Disney movies for being random and episodic (and if ever a movie were random and episodic, it’s Alice in Wonderland), but I have endless amounts of affection for this movie. It glories in its own oddness. What can I say, I’m willing to go a little mad if it means I can pay a visit to Wonderland.
Next in our series of composite Disney films is Fun and Fancy Free, which is made up of two major shorts. Originally, they were both supposed to be separate movies, but because of WWII, Disney had to make do with smushing them into one movie. Frankly, I’m a little glad about that, because I spent much of this movie feeling kind of weirded out.
As the title would suggest, music is a big part of this movie. There are nine (or ten? we’ll discuss this later) short segments, some longer, some shorter, with various moods and tones, but all of them revolve around music. It’s like a modernized version of Fantasia, featuring popular artists from the time. Starting with the opening credits, it felt like I was going to watch an old MGM musical or something rather than an animated children’s film.