Willow

Willow (1988) Dir. by Ron Howard Starring Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley and Jean Marsh Synopsis Willow is a farmer and amateur stage magician from a small village of hobbit-like Nelwyn.  One day, his children find a human baby in the river.  When soldiers attack the village looking for the baby, Willow must leave on a … Continue reading Willow

Melody Time

Melody Time (1948) Directed by Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wilfred Jackson (supervisors) Synopsis Our tour of Disney’s 1940s package films continues.  This time, we have a follow-up to Make Mine Music, with another seven shorts set to various popular and folk songs.  Unlike the earlier package film, this one has Fantasia-style introductions … Continue reading Melody Time

Fun and Fancy Free

Fun and Fancy Free (1947) Directed by Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts and Hamilton Luske (animation) and William Morgan (live-action segments) Synopsis Another week, another package film.  This time there’s just two longer segments, with some connective tissue involving Jiminy Cricket and a live-action sequence with ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his puppets.  The first, “Bongo”, is … Continue reading Fun and Fancy Free

Sneakers

Sneakers (1992) Dir. by Phil Alden Robinson Starring Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, David Strathairn and Mary McDonnell Plot In the late 60s, two college students are caught using early computer modems to hack into bank accounts.  One is sent to prison, while the other flees to Canada.  Twenty years later, that man, under the assumed name … Continue reading Sneakers

Make Mine Music

Make Mine Music (1946) Directed by Jack Kinney et al (supervisors) Synopsis Much like Fantasia before it, this is a collection of shorter animated segments, each inspired by and incorporating a piece of music.  This time around, the theme was the popular music of the day instead of classical works (with a couple of exceptions), … Continue reading Make Mine Music

Romancing the Stone

Romancing the Stone (1984) Dir. by Robert Zemeckis Starring Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito and Manuel Ojeda Plot After her sister is kidnapped, successful yet timid romance author Joan Wilder must travel to Columbia with the ransom demand, a treasure map formerly belonging to her now-deceased brother-in-law.  However multiple factions, including her brother-in-law’s killer, are all … Continue reading Romancing the Stone