Bambi (Disney Animated #5)

Bambi is a surprisingly tricky movie to review, mostly since it relies on who’s doing the reviewing. From my perspective, it’s cute enough, but there’s next to nothing there. It’s just a bunch of cute animated animals running around for an hour. From my kids' perspectives though… they loved it. They were laughing out loud at the cartoon antics and cuddled right in during the storm and hunt scenes.

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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Disney Animated #22)

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is just delightful–and a blast of nostalgia on top of that. I didn’t manage to actually watch all of the Disney classic growing up (still haven’t), but I definiately watched this one. And now, after reading many of the stories to my children, it’s a delight to be able to share the video form with them as well!

I really like the style of these stories. It’s a mix of animated world with the real storybook characters (Pooh et al), but also obviously in a book, as they hob from page to page. It’s not the story of style you’d always expect to work, but it really works here.

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians (Disney Animated #17)

60 years ago. Dang. And you know? It holds up. The action is solid and story aren’t overly complicated but enjoyable, the animation really works (despite/because of the limitations of the time), and the villains are unambiguous and scary but not overly so. Perhaps best of all, it’s the story of an absolute pile of talking dogs. What’s not to love?

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The Rescuers Down Under (Disney Animated #29)

Well that’s an absolute blast of childhood nostalgia. We had this movie on VHS when I was little and I remember watching the heck out of it, although I haven’t otherwise seen it in decades now. Truth be told, it wasn’t until recently that I realized it was even a sequel… In any case. The Rescuers (Down Under) is the story of a worldwide society of mice that take it upon themselves to rescue human children in need of help.

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