Been on Pixar and Disney binge this weekend to complete those filmographies.
3. Finding Dory (2016, Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane): 6.5 - The rehashed plot feels stretched out with a multitude of obstacles to overcome, but overal it's funny and amusing enough to make up for this.
4. Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018,Rich Moore & Phil Johnston): 7.8 - Good sequel, that's on par with the original. I liked the whole depiction of the internet and all the little reference. The plot is a nice metaphorical depiction of overcoming your own weaknesses.
5. Cars 2 (2011, John Lasseter & Brad Lewis): 4.5 - Pixar always excelled in having good clear plots about characters wants vs needs, which are inline with the characteristics of their inherent nature (f.e. a a toy wanting his owner to be happy). A small part of this still does, which focuses purely on racing on a story about racing and friendship. But most of the movie is taken up by an uninspired Bondesque plot in it that just happens to have cars in it. Mater was tolerable in the previous movie as comic relief in small doses, as a lead he becomes irritating.
6. Cars 3 (2017, Brian Fee): 6.0 - A step up from 2, because this is a simple story about what a race car want, discovering what he needs. Still it's a lesser Pixar, because the whole cars franchise is clearly aimed at kids and misses the smarter gags, references and smarter characterization which make the better ones more enjoyable for adults too.
7. Saludos Amigos (1942, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts): 5.5 - A passable mix of documentary with animation. None of the 4 sequences are very memorable, either in a good or bad way.
8. Fun & Fancy Free (1947,Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, William Morgan): 5.5 - Another package movie from Disney featuring two stories this time. The Bongo story is a bit standard, but passes the time okay. The Jack and the Beanstalk take featuring Mickey, Donald, and Goofy on itself would have been also okay, if it wasn't unnecessary framed as being told by by a dull ventriloquist (really what is the point of a ventriloquist in a movie in which you can make a animated cricket talk?) with an annoying puppets delivering dumb wisecracks.
9. Melody Time (1948, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney): 5.2 - Yet another musical package movie, this one is highly unmemorable.
10. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949, James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney): 5.8 - The best Disney package movie that isn't Fantasia, but still a very mediocre Disney. Firstly half is a middling adaptation of The Wind in the Willows. The second half based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has a likable animation style, but it takes way too long to get to good stuff, the headless horseman
11. Cinderella (1950, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson): 6.0 - Based on the famous fairy tale, problem is that the story of the fairy tale is very thin. So this uses a lot of filler containing the adventures of the talking mice to fill its short running time of only 74 minutes. But that filler actually is the most enjoyable part. The animation is very inconsistent in quality.
12. The Black Cauldron (1985, Richard Rich & Ted Berman): 6.8 - This enjoyable fantasy adventure is much darker and scarier than usual for Disney.
13. Hercules (1997, Ron Clements & John Musker): 6.8 - I liked the animation style. While the story detours much from Greek mythology, it's still entertaining.
14. Mulan (1998, Tony Bancroft & Barry Cook): 6.8 - On par with Hercules, another Disney that's entertaining and enjoyable enough while it lasts. Mushu is a very funny sidekick and steals the show.
15. Dinosaur (2000, Eric Leighton & Ralph Zondag): 4.8 - This had a very weird contrast between animation style and story. Like they first wanted to make a movie which depicts dinosaurs as realistic as possible (for that time) and afterward could only come up with a poor copy of The Land Before Time as plot to showcase their animation skills. While this kids aimed plot doesn't suit the film style at all.
16. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001, Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise): 7.0 - This one I liked much more. I loved the animation style and all the different character designs. While some of the characters are underused, this is a very enjoyable adventure movie. A very pleasant surprise. This is one Disney that isn't aimed so much at the whole family, but will mostly appeal to boys around the age of 10 (guess that says something about me
17. Home on the Range (2004, Will Finn, John Sanford): 5.2 - Cute animation style and a few nice jokes, but overall very unexceptional.
18. Fantasia/2000 (1999, James Algar, Eric Goldberg, Gaëtan Brizzi, Hendel Butoy, Pixote Hunt, Paul Brizzi, Francis Glebas & Don Hahn): 6.2 - Of the new sequences Rhapsody in Blue is by far the most charming and best in both animation and music. The Noah Arc with Donald and Firebird Suite bits are also quite okay. Some other parts are just boring and awfully animated; Pines of Rome featuring ugly whales and a boring retelling of the The Steadfast Tin Soldier. The inclusion of the original segment The Sorcerer's Apprentice only underlines how poor some of the new sequences are. The introduction by different host are absolutely grating.
19. Chicken Little (2005, Mark Dindal): 3.8 - Last (of this bunch) and definitively least! Very poor CGI animation, an irritating lead plus unoriginal side-characters (only the fish is just passable) and an uninspired plot (really, an alien invasion that's the best you can come up with to deliver this moral about trusting and listening to your kids?!) make this one the poorest Disney ever.
1. J'ai perdu mon corps [ I Lost My Body] (2019, Jérémy Clapin): 7.2
2. Incredibles 2 (2018, Brad Bird): 7.5