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Monday, November 18, 2013

Tarzan (1999)

I was just beginning to think Disney had lost it’s magic with it’s “classic” animated films. My movie GPA was being brought down to a whole new low after seeing some of the older animated flicks. This movie should definitely bring that GPA up and restore my faith in the amazing animated anthropomorphic adolescent studio. (Yes, I just quoted myself.) The first thing that comes to mind when watching this gem is the majestic undertones of Phil Collins. (It won him an Oscar.)Disney had record sales when they allowed one artist to perform all the songs in an animated classic in 1994 four years earlier they allowed Elton John to sing all the tunes to The Lion King. They figured why mess with success and hired Mr. Collins to do this jungle tale. Lighting struck twice! This movie is a treat for the eyes as well as the ears. The animation is crisp vivid and astonishing. The storyline is of course not original. (Animated Disney films never were until Pixar?) It works non the less. They (Disney Studios) were always amazing thieves. Or should I say story finders. It sounds better. This story line is as old as time but never bought to life with near amazing perfection as when Disney did it in the late 20th century. (Sorry Mr. Weissmuller) This adaption is golden. The songs are wonderful. This non lyrical score is persistent and majestic to boot. (Put it this way, I quickly added the soundtrack to my Christmas list) The characters were all fun. Fun to love and even more fun to loathe and scorn. I mean seriously didn’t you just want to shoot Clayton with his own gun by the end of this movie. After 88 minutes I knew I did and he was long gone before the end of the movie. In short this movie was beautiful to intake and enjoy. I loved it thoroughly and wish I could give higher than an A+ grade. Grade A+

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm