Archive for November 20th, 2010

By Bob Clark

If you’re a regular reader here at Wonders and you’re familiar at all with any of the pieces I’ve written before, then you probably know a handful of things about me– that Heaven’s Gate is my second favorite film; that I consider game-design a valid form of criticism, cinematic or otherwise; that I’m a huge fan of Star Wars and George Lucas in general; and that I more or less can’t stand the works of Joss Whedon. It’s those two last points that come into stark relief when I chose to re-examine Firefly, his first abortive attempt at television sci-fi and a classic example of a show whose cult-popularity runs in direct proportion with the degree to which its network failed to understand it. Like Twin Peaks two decades ago and Jericho from the past ten years, Whedon’s tale of space-cowboys on the run from Johnny Law only lived and breathed on the air for a short while before an untimely cancellation, only to finally find its key demographic in its eventual DVD release and a resurrection of sorts in the form of a follow-up motion picture, Serenity.



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(USA 1977 74 min)

Directors John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

By Stephen Russell-Gebbett

In general I have never liked the films of Disney. Not when I was young and not now. However, like the other two Disney films in this Countdown, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh doesn’t fritter away the undoubted talent of their animators to draw complex movements with grace. It doesn’t waste Disney’s admirably cheery disposition that normally gets buried in boredom, emotional whitewash or cute plasticine garishness.

There are still caveats that make the ones I do like start with “in spite of”. Undoubtedly though, once upon a time, Disney can come up with something close to priceless.

The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh is what is known as a “Package Film”. A package film is a feature-length film consisting of individual shorter stories. Unlike other disney package films such as Three Caballeros (1944) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the last animated production to benefit from Walt Disney’s direct involvement, is made up of previously released shorts.


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