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The Pixar Retrospective Link List
The Pixar Retrospective Link List
The Pixar Retrospective Link List

The Pixar Retrospective Link List

Click on the film title below you want to read the retrospective of: Toy Story A Bug’s Life Toy Story 2 Monsters, Inc. Finding Nemo The Incredibles Cars Ratatouille WALL-E Up Toy Story 3 Cars 2
 
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The Disney Retrospective Link List
The Disney Retrospective Link List
The Disney Retrospective Link List

The Disney Retrospective Link List

Click on the film title below you want to read the retrospective of: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Pinocchio Fantasia Dumbo Bambi Saludos Amigos Three Caballeros, TheThe Three Caballeros Make Mine Music Fun and Fancy Free Mel...
 

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Pixar: Toy Story 3
Pixar: Toy Story 3
Pixar: Toy Story 3

Pixar: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 is an animated children’s film and only the third animated film ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. The odds are against TS3: firstly, it’s up against stiff competition from heavyweight films with art hou...
 
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Pixar: Up
Pixar: Up
Pixar: Up

Pixar: Up

For me, Up is seminal because it cast some unique characters we haven’t seen before – the grieving geriatric as the hero and the young boy with some complex issues around his absent father. There are so many unsaid moments in t...
 

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Pixar: Wall•E
Pixar: Wall•E
Pixar: Wall•E

Pixar: Wall•E

WALL•E   Continuing Filmwerk’s retrospective look at Pixar’s feature length movies to date we have my personal favourite: WALL•E. I was an instant fan of Pixar right back when I first saw the Luxo Jr short animation as a t...
 
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Pixar: Ratatouille
Pixar: Ratatouille
Pixar: Ratatouille

Pixar: Ratatouille

  I first watched Ratatouille at a cinema in Lyon. It was dubbed in French, so the synching was a little off, but it was good enough that when I moved back to England I wanted to see it in the language it was made in (even thou...
 

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Pixar: Cars
Pixar: Cars
Pixar: Cars

Pixar: Cars

Cars The Pixar logo with the angle poise lamp jumping into the space between the P and X has become as iconic as the roar of Leo the lion for MGM. Cars marked the twentieth anniversary of the studio and was directed by the stud...
 
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Pixar: The Incredibles
Pixar: The Incredibles
Pixar: The Incredibles

Pixar: The Incredibles

The Incredibles I actually duped a friend into seeing The Incredibles at the cinema – “you get the drinks, I’ll get the tickets”. I promised the tickets would be for anything except the latest Disney Pixar, but the notion of a ...
 

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Pixar: Finding Nemo
Pixar: Finding Nemo
Pixar: Finding Nemo

Pixar: Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo was released in 2003, the fifth in a very successful run of movies from Pixar, following on from the likes of Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and Monsters Inc. Great things were expected, and in this case, delivered. Enter...
 
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Pixar: Monsters Inc
Pixar: Monsters Inc
Pixar: Monsters Inc

Pixar: Monsters Inc

Monster’s Inc is my absolute favourite of all the Disney/Pixar collaborations and contains my two favourite characters. I adore Sully and, sadly, now packaged away somewhere in my loft is the shrine I built up to him over my ye...
 

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Pixar: Toy Story 2
Pixar: Toy Story 2
Pixar: Toy Story 2

Pixar: Toy Story 2

The art of the sequel is something that has flummoxed the greatest of franchises throughout the history of motion pictures.  Classics such as The Godfather Part 2 and Aliens are the exception not the rule when it comes to poor ...
 
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Pixar: A Bug's Life
Pixar: A Bug's Life
Pixar: A Bug's Life

Pixar: A Bug’s Life

Back in 1998 I was a 15 year old school girl with a crush on a boy in the year above her. I thought he was positively dreamy and if only he’d notice me we would fall madly in love and live happily ever after. My best friend, ho...
 

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Pixar: Toy Story
Pixar: Toy Story
Pixar: Toy Story

Pixar: Toy Story

  Watching Toy Story as an adult (well, almost…) certainly evoked an odd mixture of feelings compared to when I was a wee kiddywink. Of course, I was thoroughly entertained, moved, nostalgic but, and it really does shame m...
 
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Tangled Review
Tangled Review
Tangled Review

Tangled Review

Disney have their on and off decades and if Tangled is anything to go by, the next 10 years could very well be on again! To put it simply; Tangled tells the age-old tale of Rapunzel; a golden child with magical hair which glows...
 

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Disney: The Princess And The Frog
Disney: The Princess And The Frog
Disney: The Princess And The Frog

Disney: The Princess And The Frog

Attempting to add another classic Princess yarn to the Disney elite club of female protagonists – the princess and the Frog succeeds on a visual level – but fails to raise the right amount of laughs or drama expected of the bes...
 
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Disney: Bolt
Disney: Bolt
Disney: Bolt

Disney: Bolt

Bolt is the 2008 Disney Cinematic movie that shows the story of Bolt (voice of John Travolta) the adorable little puppy hand picked from a shop by his owner Penny (voice of Miley Cyrus). In an explosive stunt-filled start we mo...
 

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Disney: Meet The Robinsons
Disney: Meet The Robinsons
Disney: Meet The Robinsons

Disney: Meet The Robinsons

It’s a long car journey to London from my house, and a very long flight indeed to Florida from there. Even equipped with a DS, two books and your beloved family for banter, there comes a time you turn to the in-flight ent...
 
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Disney: Chicken Little
Disney: Chicken Little
Disney: Chicken Little

Disney: Chicken Little

The classic children’s story Chicken Little, also known as Chicken Licken, is one that usually has an unhappy ending for the majority of the characters (Chicken Licken, Henny Penny, Drakey Lakey, Cocky Locky, Ducky Lucky, Goose...
 

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Disney: Home On The Range
Disney: Home On The Range
Disney: Home On The Range

Disney: Home On The Range

There is much to applaud in Home on the Range, in many ways classic Disney animation. There are also moments of Looney Tunes action in the form of Lucky Jack, the frenetic jack rabbit who seems to be mimicking Roger Rabbit’s ‘o...
 
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Disney: Brother Bear
Disney: Brother Bear
Disney: Brother Bear

Disney: Brother Bear

If the Pocahontas and Beauty and the Beast were to have illegitimate offspring, it would probably look a lot like Brother Bear. It has the free spirited natural feel of Pocahontas, with the ‘love the cuddly bear within’/human-a...
 

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Disney: Treasure Planet
Disney: Treasure Planet
Disney: Treasure Planet

Disney: Treasure Planet

Treasure Planet was Roy Disney’s baby, and Michael Eisner smothered it at birth. Dry your eyes – he did the world a favour. Over at IMDb, some bloke called Jeff Campbell attempts a spirited resuscitation of the 2002 retel...
 
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Disney: Lilo And Stitch
Disney: Lilo And Stitch
Disney: Lilo And Stitch

Disney: Lilo And Stitch

In 2002, when I should have been doing coursework, I was instead throwing popcorn at my friends in the cinema and arguing about whether it was “Lee-low” or “Lie-low” and Stitch (it’s the former, if...
 

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Disney: Atlantis
Disney: Atlantis
Disney: Atlantis

Disney: Atlantis

Much like Treasure Planet that followed in the years to come, Atlantis must have seemed like a “Can’t Lose” scenario at the time.  There was a time when Disney could take any mythic legend or strong reference material from lite...
 
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Disney: The Emperor's New Groove
Disney: The Emperor's New Groove
Disney: The Emperor's New Groove

Disney: The Emperor’s New Groove

In another one of their slumps (thanks this time to the battle of the Computer Generated animation film) The Emperor’s New Groove strikes an unlikely positive chord in the Disney canon. The film’s look and tone is often mistake...
 

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Disney: Dinosaur
Disney: Dinosaur
Disney: Dinosaur

Disney: Dinosaur

It’s strange to think of Disney using CGI outside of their beautiful union with Pixar, but Dinosaur relies completely upon it to create a world of realistic-looking dinosaurs in their natural environment. By 2000, the yea...
 
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Disney: Fantasia 2000
Disney: Fantasia 2000
Disney: Fantasia 2000

Disney: Fantasia 2000

The dawn of a new millennia struck Disney as the perfect time to round off the end of an old one with Walt Disney’s long awaited, long planned sequel to the 1940 music/animation extravaganza, Fantasia. Fantasia 2000 was intende...
 

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Disney: Tarzan
Disney: Tarzan
Disney: Tarzan

Disney: Tarzan

Encouraged by the success of their legendary classic Hercules, Disney set their sights on the jungle in their marvellous retelling of the renowned story, Tarzan and Jane. Ever keen to go out with a bang, Tarzan came as Disney’s...
 
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Disney: Mulan
Disney: Mulan
Disney: Mulan

Disney: Mulan

Disney films have always been designed to appeal to the whole family, from the cutesy cartoon characters to appeal to the kids to some of the more “over their heads” language and jokes to keep the parents entertained. Mulan is ...
 

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Disney: Hercules
Disney: Hercules
Disney: Hercules

Disney: Hercules

Disney sometimes make the ingenious decision to take on a famous legend or folk tale and transport it either through time, or by its musical themes.  Here we find Hercules very much placed in his own time, but injected with a s...
 
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Disney: The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
Disney: The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
Disney: The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

Disney: The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

Disney continued to own the animated market place with this release. Obviously it wasn’t going to be a very faithful adaptation of the book considering how dark it is, what with all the death ‘n all. But they managed to surpris...