After Walt Disney passed away, the studio found itself in its Bronze Age. The movies just took longer and longer to make and for audiences back when these films came out, if the film wasn’t huge it really didn’t sit all that well with audiences. And sadly none of the films during this period hit the Golden and Silver Age levels. But light can be found in even the darkest of times and this article takes a look at the best movies of the BronzeAge.
5. The Black Cauldron
This one is lowest on the list because it did practically bankrupt Disney and lose to a Care Bears movie but there is a little bit more to it than meets the eye. While the heroes in this movie are rather uninteresting, the villainous Horned King is given fantastic voice work through John Hurt that instills a sense of fear. His movements are animated in such a slow yet threatening demeanor. The computer-generated imagery in this movie lends its way to some good-looking magic through light, smoke, and color. And the supernatural creatures are given some unique designs. These unique ideas make it memorable but the movie as a whole does deserve a remake.
4. The Fox and the Hound
This movie took a cute loving friendship and pitted them against the forces of nature. The way the friendship between Tod and Copper is built up very well and light hearted manner and it’s tested in various heavy ways such as the forces of nature, love, hatred, and loyalty leading to a very emotionally investing climax that pays off in a very realistic way. While I felt like it would have been more effective had Chief died instead of just getting injured, the way this movie is set up and gives way to a great deal of emotion all throughout the movie.
3. Robin Hood
This is the first Disney movie to have all its characters as animals and the choices they made good selections for the classic characters such as the sly sneaky Robin Hood being a fox, Little John as a gigantic bear, the mean Sheriff as a Wolf, and the others lend their way to some creative jokes. The fact that the movie is animated allows for a lot more creativity in the action (though there are several moments where they recycled animation from other movies). There’s a lot of animal cuteness in this movie and it makes it a lot sadder when they are suffering under the Sheriff (who is just so hilariously despicable in the way he tries to steal money). Prince John and Sir Hiss are also hilarious villains who often have arguments like a married couple. And the songs have such an atmosphere that makes you feel the bond among the heroes. It’s quite amazing that even today, that Disney’s Robin Hood with a bunch of cute animals can outdo multiple live-action versions.
2. The Great Mouse Detective
This movie proved to be a far cry from the film that preceded it and is quite underrated. Vincent Price gives an amazingly enjoyably evil performance to the villainous Professor Ratigan. Basil is a hilarious resemblance of Sherlock Holmes in his brains, ego, and insanity. And it’s a great battle of wits between these two enjoyable characters. It’s also visually well done in combining the computer animation and the traditional animation with scenes like the London fog and the final battle at the bell tower. The movie builds on Ratigan as a sophisticated man but builds towards his insanity, which comes full bloom in the climax. It’s got great characters and a fun sense of adventure.
1. The Many Adventures Of Winnie the Pooh
While it was a package film comprised of three shorts it did have new material tying them together. The adventures of Winnie the Pooh and his friends are just so enjoyable to watch through the eyes of its characters in the Hundred Acre Wood. The atmosphere is very laid back and it matches with the pleasant personalities of the characters who get ample opportunity to display it all throughout the movie. It’s child like feel gives the whole movie such a lovable charm. The fourth wall jokes in this movie are hilarious with the book the movie is read out of and there’s a good variety of creative scenarios with Pooh trying to get honey, a wind storm, and a weird sequence with Heffalumps and Woozles. The ending hits a heavy note with its hearfelt dialogue about cherishing childhood and the prospect of growing up and makes you feel for the bonds these characters share. No matter how old I may get it will always be fun to look back on the adventures of Winnie the Pooh and his friends as they always serve as a reminder of what it means to be a child.
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