The Lion King: A Beloved Disney Animated Classic

With a photo-realistic adaptation on the way, beloved Disney animated classic The Lion King celebrated 25 years last month. Once upon a time, filmmakers John Musker and Ron Clements passed on doing The Lion King.  Their loss is Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff’s gain.  While the duo went on to give us Aladdin, they felt that nobody wanted to see a movie about lions in the jungle.  How did this work out?  Not only would…

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Thunder Road: An Indie Gem

Thunder Road comes with a nice blend of tragedy and comedy with a marvelous performance from multi-hyphenate Jim Cummings. The film starts out as Texas police officer Jim Arnaud (Jim Cummings) attends the funeral for his mother, Brenda.  I’ll discuss the scene in-depth later but it seemingly sets the tone for what we’re about to see over the next 90 minutes.  Despite losing control of his emotions during the funeral, Jim–ignoring his superior–heads back to…

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Christopher Robin Finally Grows Up

In Disney’s Christopher Robin, the titular character is finally allowed to grow up.  But will he remember how to have fun? It’s post-war London and adult Christopher Robin now works as an efficiency manager for Winslow Luggage.  While his wife, Evelyn (Haley Atwell), and daughter, Madeline (Bronte Carmichael), embark on a holiday to Sussex, Christopher stays home to finish a work project.  His jerk of a boss, Giles Winslow (Mark Gatiss), orders him to work…

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