(Reviews) DisneyFest: Zootopia, Finding Dory, Moana

2016 was the best year for Disney animation in a very long time, and it pleases me to no end that I'm able to say that. Walt Disney Animation began the year giving furries their new generation-defining obsession in Zootopia, which was also an all-around excellent film; in June, Pixar Animation rebounded with their best … Continue reading (Reviews) DisneyFest: Zootopia, Finding Dory, Moana

(Reviews) DisneyFest: Big Hero 6, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur

2014 was a bit light for Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Studios. Between the two of them, they released only Big Hero 6, which turned out to be enough -- it was that year's highest-grossing animated film and won the Best Animated Feature Oscar. It also just so happened to be an excellent movie. Pixar … Continue reading (Reviews) DisneyFest: Big Hero 6, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur

(Reviews) DisneyFest: Wreck-It Ralph, Monsters University, Frozen

Remember five years ago? It was 2012 back then and we all thought we were going to die in some really weird global cataclysm because the Mayans had deemed it so. Woody Harrelson would go down outside his camper van at Yellowstone, and the only people who would survive are John Cusack and his plucky … Continue reading (Reviews) DisneyFest: Wreck-It Ralph, Monsters University, Frozen

(Reviews) DisneyFest: Cars 2, Winnie the Pooh, Brave

By 2011, the fortunes of Disney and Pixar were reversing; while the former had finally scored a critical and commercial success with Tangled, the latter was navigating the second phase of its career after moving past its original stories with the final installment of the Toy Story trilogy. Disney released one movie that year -- … Continue reading (Reviews) DisneyFest: Cars 2, Winnie the Pooh, Brave

(Reviews) DisneyFest: The Princess and the Frog, Toy Story 3, Tangled

Disney Animation delivered a genuine surprise near Christmas of 2009 with The Princess and The Frog, a return to traditional animation that celebrated the culture of New Orleans in an adaptation of The Frog Prince. In the summer of 2010, Lee Unkrich completed Pixar's first trilogy to near-universal praise with Toy Story 3, closing the … Continue reading (Reviews) DisneyFest: The Princess and the Frog, Toy Story 3, Tangled

(Reviews) DisneyFest: Cars, Meet The Robinsons, Ratatouille

It's strange to think that we're now in the recent history of Disney and Pixar. Cars was the last production on Pixar's original contract; negotiations were tense, but ultimately resulted in Disney buying the studio and merging it with its own. In 2007, Disney was beginning to come out of its nadir with Meet The … Continue reading (Reviews) DisneyFest: Cars, Meet The Robinsons, Ratatouille

(Movies) DisneyFest: Home On The Range, The Incredibles, Chicken Little

2004 - 2006 was a really rough time for Disney. With the diminishing returns on their traditionally-animated movie, they decided to move into computer animation full-time while being walloped by Pixar, DreamWorks and critics for mining their rich history to make a series of terrible direct-to-video sequels. While they were bringing their CG animation studio … Continue reading (Movies) DisneyFest: Home On The Range, The Incredibles, Chicken Little

(Movies) DisneyFest: Treasure Planet, Finding Nemo, Brother Bear

In the 2000s, Disney animation seemed to be flailing. Their flagship movies weren't connecting with audiences nearly as well as Pixar's projects and they were farming out sequels to a lot of their most popular franchises at this point. DisneyToons would release Return to NeverLand, The Jungle Book 2 and Piglet's Big Movie around this … Continue reading (Movies) DisneyFest: Treasure Planet, Finding Nemo, Brother Bear

(Reviews) DisneyFest: Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Monsters Inc., Lilo & Stitch

After the surprise success of The Emperor's New Groove, Disney took a sharp turn towards science-fiction adventure with...mixed success. Meanwhile, Pixar really stepped into it's own with ambitious and confident storytelling, pushing the limits of what CGI animation could do in every new film. This aesthetic is one they never really got away from, which … Continue reading (Reviews) DisneyFest: Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Monsters Inc., Lilo & Stitch