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That Darn Cat! (1965)

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Directed by Robert Stevenson, That Darn Cat! proves to be an interesting entry in the live-action Disney films lineup. It was Disney star Hayley Mills’ last of six films she made for Disney (not counting future TV sequels) as well as future Disney star Dean Jones’ first of ten films he would make for Disney (again not counting cameo appearances in future remakes). But is that the only thing the film should be noted for or is it actually worth remembering for its quality? Let’s take a look at That Darn Cat!!

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Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

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When I had first heard that they were making a sequel to Mary Poppins, I was quite opposed to it! Mary Poppins is my absolute favorite live-action Disney film and a cinema classic at that! It didn’t need a sequel!

But I mellowed toward the idea for one particular reason: this sequel was coming out during the current era we are in of Disney making live-action remakes of their animated films. As I’ve made very clearly multiple times in the past, I’m against those remakes, in principle, as I feel they disparage the medium of animation. So because this would be a live-action sequel to a live-action film rather than a live-action remake of an animated film, I opened my heart a bit to its existence.

The film would be directed by Rob Marshall who previously directed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Into the Woods for Disney. While I wasn’t in love with either film, I had hope that maybe he could do something satisfactory with this remake. Did it turn out practically perfect in every way? Here’s my review of Mary Poppins Returns!

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Bon Voyage! (1962)

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You’d think a film about a family taking a vacation to Europe would be an interesting film to watch. If this were the film in question, you’d be wrong. Nevertheless, we must go through with it. Here’s my review of the James Neilson-directed Bon Voyage!.

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The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964)

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There’s not much to say in terms of an introduction other than this was the first time I saw this film. I had known about its existence for years though. Am I glad I finally saw it? Well, here’s my review of The Misadventures of Merlin Jones!

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Christoper Robin (2018)

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Today’s film in review is about an English man who is too busy with his work to focus on what really matters most: his family. It’s only after a visit from a whimsical being is he able to reconnect with his family even if it means losing his job.

“Oh, we’re reviewing Mary Poppins again? How marvelous!”

Nope, today’s film is actually Christopher Robin. Directed by Marc Forster, was this not-really-a-live-action-remake-but-seriously-kinda-a-live-action-remake a well-made film? Read on to find out!

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The Jungle Book (2016)

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You all know my feelings regarding these live-action remakes that Disney is doing of their animated films: I’m against them in principle, but if a film happens to be good, I’ll admit to it being so. Having said that, there were only 2 planned Disney remakes that didn’t irk me; I actually was somewhat open towards. One of them happened to be the subject of today’s review: The Jungle Book.

Directed by Jon Favreau, I felt that The Jungle Book was a book that had been adapted many times already, so I didn’t feel that this would be a remake of the 1967 animated film, per se. But, that doesn’t stop me from pointing out the differences between that film and this film. Without further ado, let’s take a look at this 2016 adaptation of The Jungle Book!

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The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)

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If you’re like the normal person in the street, when you think Disney movies, you think political plot points!

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Yeah, I was being sarcastic. Even I was surprised after watching this movie that politics played an integral part to this movie’s plot. Based on a memoir written by one of the characters in the film (I don’t know how loosely or strongly this film is based on the memoirs), this musical film is not well-known, as you might imagine. So without further ado, let’s jump into reviewing The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band!

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The Gnome-Mobile (1967)

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It was one of the last films personally produced by Walt Disney. However it’s not a particularly well-known film. Since there’s nothing more I can say in the introduction, let’s jump straight into the review. Let’s take a look at The Gnome-Mobile.

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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

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This was the 2013 film that I was most anticipating to see! It seemed to be a film that would delight the heart of every Disney fanatic, the heart of every film historian, as well as the heart of every person who loved Mary Poppins. It would be the first theatrical film to feature an actor portraying Mr. Walt Disney himself. It was a film that would either become an instant classic or an instant flop!

Without further ado, let’s take a look at Saving Mr. Banks

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Mary Poppins (1964)

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I can easily say that my most awaited film for this year is “Saving Mr. Banks”. Releasing in December, the film is about the story of how the Disney film, “Mary Poppins” was made. Well, it’s more about how Walt Disney took years to convince the author, P.L. Travers, to sell him the rights to her book. And as the stories have said, P.L. Travers wasn’t the biggest fan of what Walt did with her story!

In other words, “Saving Mr. Banks” is about Disney history which is like the Disney fanatic’s dream come true! Firstly, we get to see Walt Disney as a character in a film!

Unfortunately, my attitude towards Tom Hanks playing him is best shown in Emma Thompson's face in this picture!
Unfortunately, my attitude towards Tom Hanks playing him is best shown in Emma Thompson’s face in this picture!

And secondly, this movie looks like it’ll let us venture into P.L. Travers’ past and see what exactly was her inspiration in writing the book. Maybe this can help us understand why Ms. Travers felt so disgusted by Walt Disney’s film.

So while we wait for that film to come out, why not take a look at the film, “Mary Poppins” itself? So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, here’s everybody’s cherished “Mary Poppins”!

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