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Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

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In 1812, author Johann David Wyss, published Der Schweizerische Robinson (The Swiss Family Robinson), a novel about a Swiss family who were shipwrecked Robinson Crusoe-style. The first film adaptation of this novel was in 1940 and after having watched it, Walt Disney decided to make his own film version 20 years later. Directed by Ken Annakin, the Disney film has since been beloved by many and its legacy is present in the Swiss Family Treehouse attraction found in multiple Disney parks. What do I think of the film? Read on to find out!

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Godmothered (2020)

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We’ve seen multiple fairy tale revisionist stories over the years with Disney’s Enchanted probably being the best example of them. Last year, director Sharon Maguire gave us another fairy tale revisionist story, this time one focusing on the Godmother figure. Without further ado, here is my review of the Disney+ film, Godmothered!

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Old Yeller (1957)

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If you’re into live-action Disney, then you definitely know the name, Tommy Kirk. Having started out his Disney career as Joe Hardy in a The Hardy Boys serial for The Mickey Mouse Club, Tommy Kirk later went on to star in a number of theatrical and TV films for Disney. Some of these include The Shaggy Dog, Babes in Toyland, and The Misadventures or Merlin Jones. He would act in other non-Disney films later on in his career (most notably in a number of beach party films), but his fame would always be tied to his work for Disney.

Sadly though, on September 28, 2021, Tommy Kirk passed away at the age of 79. To pay tribute to him, I decided to watch and review the very first Disney film that he acted in (and one that I’m surprised nobody up to this point has requested me to review): the beloved classic, Old Yeller! Directed by Robert Stevenson and based on the book by Fred Gipson, this is a film that has made its mark in cinematic history if only for its unforgettable ending! Heck, if you’ve never seen the film before, you already know how this film ends. Without further ado, here’s my review of Disney’s Old Yeller!

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The One and Only Ivan (2020)

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Based on the children’s novel by K.A. Applegate, inspired by the true story of Ivan the gorilla, The One and Only Ivan debuted on Disney+ on August 21, 2020. Originally planned for a theatrical release, this Thea Sharrock-directed film went straight to streaming, most likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What do I think of the film? Read on to find out!

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Stargirl (2020)

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No, this film isn’t about the DC superhero, Courtney Whitmore. Rather, this film is an adaptation of a Jerry Spinelli novel of the same name. Directed by Julia Hart, Stargirl debuted on Disney+ in March 2020. Do I think it’s a film deserving of a star or not? Read on to find out!

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Flight of the Navigator (1986)

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Similar to One Magic Christmas, this film probably doesn’t technically count as a Disney film since it seems that Disney only distributed it, rather than produced it. But since I’m not 100% sure, I’m going to play it safe and review it anyway. Read on for my review of the cult classic, Flight of the Navigator!

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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020)

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Let me start out by saying that while I’m a fan of Stephan Pastis’ work (Pearls Before Swine is probably my favorite comic strip ever), I’ve never read any of his Timmy Failure books. This isn’t surprising though as I wasn’t the target demographic of the books when they were published. So this Disney+ film is my introduction to the series, hence I can’t fairly judge whether or not this is a faithful adaptation. But, I can tell you whether or not I think the film is any good or just an utter…failure.

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Togo (2019)

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In 1925, a number of mushers along with their dog sled teams were involved in an effort to deliver antitoxins to diphtheria sufferers in the city of Nome, Alaska and the surrounding areas. Many, if not most, of those infected were children. This event became a national news story and one of the dogs named Balto became a national hero. A statue of him was erected in Central Park, New York, and even an animated film based on him was released in 1995.

Granted, loosely-based.

However, director Ericson Core, tells us in this film about one of the forgotten canine heroes of this adventure: Togo. Is the film worth checking out? Read on to find out!

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