Sunday, May 3, 2020

Disney Magic #84 - Shakespeare's Lion Theatre Part II

We're jumping right back into the straight-to-video sequels with The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, which for some reason is a lot of people's favorite Disney sequel. Does it stand above the world of the straight to video sequels as the one true good one, or is it actually just like all the rest? Let's return once again to Pride Rock.

Disney Magic #83 - Dinosaurs vs. Technical Difficulties

Unfortunately, this latest episode of The Disney Magic Podcast was plagued by audio difficulties. We have worked to smooth things out as much as possible, but you will still be able to tell some of the issues we had trying to get this particular episode to you. (As an apology, we will also be posting episode #84 simultaneously so you get at least one episode that's easier to listen to.)

Still, it's worth addressing The Good Dinosaur, as it's one of the biggest misfires in the entire Pixar lineup. Everything that it's customary for Pixar to hit out of the park feels like it didn't come together on this one. We break down what could have happened and why the pieces of this particular puzzle never come together quite right to form a real picture.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Disney Magic #82: What if Feelings Had Feelings?

Pixar has gone from the depths of the ocean, to the far reaches of space, and now they're going inside the mind of a middle school girl.  We get five main characters that, by definition, should be the most one dimensional character to ever get put into a movie, and yet, somehow it's one of Pixar's deepest and most thought provoking movies yet.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Disney Magic #81: A Monstrous College Experience

Pixar brings us their first prequel, the story of how the heroes of Monsters Inc., Mike and Sully, first met and became best friends back in their college days. Pixar also figures out how to take the "college movie" genre and somehow make it fit into a great G rated kids movie.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Disney Magic #80: The Bear and the Bow

It was a title that didn't seem to make a lot of sense when they first announced it, but now that we've seen Pixar's Brave, it's easy to see where the movie's original title, The Bear and the Bow, came from. It's Pixar's first movie with a female lead, as well as the first Pixar movie to be what we could consider a fairy tale.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Disney Magic #79: Larry The Cable Spy

Cars might not be the most critically acclaimed of the Pixar movies, but with merchandise sales putting just about every other Pixar franchise to shame, the fact that there's a Cars 2 isn't a surprise. That being said, the fact that this is a spy movie that's heavy on action sequences where Michael Caine is involved and Larry the Cable Guy is the main character this time was a bit unexpected. Lets dive in, to this incredibly strange installment in the Pixar lineup

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Disney Magic #78: The Great (Toy) Escape

The toys are back for the third movie to complete the Toy Story trilogy (for now). Pixar returns to the world of Buzz and Woody to put on their version of a prison break movie, as we watch the movie in the Toy Story trilogy with the lowest rating on Rotten Tomatoes. (It has a 99%. It's just that the first two movies both have 100%)