My Top 5 Favorite Monkey Island Games

I love the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, I love the Humongous Entertainment point and click adventure games. Put them both together and you get one of my favorite video game series of all time, Monkey Island. Now that I’ve played Return of Monkey Island, I’ve decided to list my top 5 favorite games in the series. I have not played Tales of Monkey Island but even if I did it probably be last place since I’m not a huge Telltale fan.

5. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge: I know some people love this one but I honestly didn’t. Traveling between three different islands while neat, suffers from tedious backtracking especially if you forgot something you need. The puzzles also felt a bit too difficult (especially the finger puzzle). It also felt a bit too cynical and mean spirited.  

4. Escape from Monkey Island: This was the first game in the series I played so ranking is sort of higher is mostly based on nostalgia. I also played the ps2 version of the game so it was easier to navigate. The CGI is very dated and the monkey combat stuff at the end was bad but still has the witty charm of the other games.

3. The Secret of Monkey Island: Like most first games in a game series, Secret is the simplest of the series but it wonderfully established the world, the characters, the comedy, and the story. The puzzles were well done and the music is also really good especially Ghost Ship Shuffle. The creator Ron Gilbert (who also worked at Humongous Entertainment) said this game is like if you got of the Disney ride and he was right.

2. The Curse of Monkey Island: This was the game that grabbed my interest and I was so lucky to buy it on steam a few years ago. I love the 2d art style that anyone could mistake it for an animated movie and every background is a work of art. This is also probably the funniest of the games (the punchline with Skull Island is hilarious). This is the pinnacle Monkey Island experience with the best puzzles, music, and humor. A pitch perfect adventure game.

1. Return to Monkey Island: I’ll be honest, both Curse and Return are neck to neck and could switch at any time but since this is the most recent one, I’ve decided to place it at number 1. The storybook art style is really nice to look at and the animation is really great. The game is also easy to control, Guybrush is a lot faster, and the puzzles were not frustrating. This game really felt like a love letter to not just the Monkey Island series but also to the point and click genre.

What’s your favorite Monkey Island game?

My Top 10 Favorite Cartoon Network Shows

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Cartoon Network, a channel that I grew up watching. To celebrate I’ve decided to share my top 10 favorite Cartoon Network shows. This has been a list that I never got around to making or had a reason to until now. I am not counting shows from Kids WB, Teletoon, or Adult Swim. This is also my personal opinion.

Honorable Mentions: Codename Kids Next Door, Mad, Ok Ko Let’s Be Heroes, Apple and Onion

10. Chowder: This show is ridiculously bonkers and has some of the greatest fourth wall jokes ever. The car wash gag is something to be seen to believe. The food is both creative and kind of delicious. I also really like the pattern animation technique used on the character’s clothing. It’s a simple but very unique detail.

9. The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy: There are lot of scenes that flew over my mind as a kid. For example, one scene involves Grim holding an acorn for an old squirrel, I used to think he was just being a softy when really, he was trying to take his soul. This show is both creepy, funny and I’m surprised Tim Burton never did an adaption.

8. Craig of the Creek: There’s a great sense of childhood innocence here. All of the kids in the creek are all very likable, and have unique personalities. This show also handles diversity wonderfully and respecifully.

7. Genndy Tartakovsky’s Star Wars: Clone Wars: Not the CGI one fyi. This is Genndy Tartakovsky’s best work next to Primal. The action is great and the animation. The best part was General Grevious’s amazing introduction who was a legit threatening villain unlike in the movie. 

6. Regular Show: This show is like Seinfeld if taken to the extreme. The characters are fun and the situations they get into are crazy. It’s only low because of that damn love triangle (who dumps their girlfriend during their friend’s wedding?!).

5. We Bare Bears: The best way to describe this show is if you combined Paddington and Seinfeld. All three bears are very likable, funny, and have unique personalities thanks to their wonderfully casted voice actors. Ice Bear has always been my favorite since episode 1.

4. Infinity Train: I love how each season has a different protagonist each one has a well written character arc. The carts the characters travel though are all unique. It honestly feels like a video game. My favorite season is still season 1.

3. Over the Garden Wall: There is such a great sense of the Autumn season present throughout the show. The world Wirt and Greg explore is dripping with atmosphere with beautiful backgrounds and eerie music. Fitting that I’m sharing this list in October because this is the perfect month to watch this miniseries.

2. Steven Universe: Unless you’ve been living under a rock (pun intended) you probably know how much I love this show so I won’t repeat myself too much. Great characters, beautiful animation, catchy songs, and amazing LGBT representation.

1. Ed Edd n Eddy: This is also my favorite cartoon of all time. The three Ed’s are great, the animation is wacky, and the comedy is hilarious. Is it perfect? No, there are some bad episodes, but it was the show that introduce me to CN and the one my brother and I were obsessed with as kids.

What are your favorite Cartoon Network shows?

My Top 10 Favorite Gravity Falls Characters (10th Anniversary Special)

On this day 10 years ago Disney Channel premiere not just one of the best Disney animated shows but one of the best animated shows of all time, Gravity Falls. Gravity Falls is a show that has inspired me and many people, heck some people who worked on the show went on to do other great shows like Amphibia and The Owl House which has a lot of the show’s influence. I’ve already done a few episode ranking lists in the past and my opinions haven’t really changed since then. So instead, I want to share my top 10 favorite Gravity Falls characters list in honor of the show’s 10th anniversary. Also character number 5 is a SPOILER so be warned and this list is my personal opinion.

Honorable Mentions: Shmebulock, Toby Determined, Pacifica Northwest, Abuelita, Big Henry

10. Gideon Gleeful: Gideon is a good starter villain that’s both threatening and funny. There’s something so threatening about a villain with a southern accent that I like. It’s kind of funny hearing the voice of Flapjack come out of this antagonistic character.

9. GiFFany: This creepy girl is probably my favorite one-shot character and monster. She has the perfect balance between being cute, creepy, and hilarious. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the creator of Doki Doki Literature Club! took a lot of inspiration from her.

8. Old Man McGucket: I love characters that that seem like just crazy comic reliefs but then turn out to actually be extremely important and Fiddleford is a great example of that. Also, Alex Hirsh making a fake leak of him being the author was genius.

7. Mabel Pines: Mabel is basically a human version of Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. I will admit I think her selfishness is what puts her low on the list. She’s still funny thanks to the perfect casting of Kristen Schaal.

6. Dipper Pines: I don’t dislike the twins; I just like my top 5 favorite characters more. Dipper is a good, and relatable protagonist while also being an excellent foil to his sister Mabel. I kind of see myself as Mabel and my brother as Dipper.

5. Ford Pines: 31 episodes of buildup to who the author is and it wonderfully paid off with the new addition of Stan’s brother played by the always amazing J.K. Simmons. I really like the dynamic between him and Dipper and his troubled relationship with Stanford.

4. Wendy Corduroy: Wendy is one of the most underused and underrated characters ever which is a shame because I thought she was very likable, badass, and had a really cool design. Why couldn’t we get the episode where she and Stan become partners in crime?!

3. Bill Cipher: Bill Cipher is one of the best animated villains of all time and maybe in all of fiction. This is how you perfectly make a villain that’s both hilarious but also very threatening thanks to Alex Hirsh’s performance and Bill’s simple but unique design.

2. Grunkle Stan: Not only does a lot of the show’s great comedy come from him but also a lot of the show’s great drama as well. He’s probably the most complex character on the show. Alex Hirsh brings so much charm, humor and depth to this character. Much like Dipper and Mabel I see myself as Stan and my brother as Ford.

1. Soos Ramirez: Soos is probably the most likable character on the show which is probably why he’s my favorite character. He’s kind of like that likable co-worker you have. A lot of my favorite episodes such as Soos and the Real Girl and Blendin’s Game focus on him and having him inherent the Mystery Shack in the end is a great end to his arc.

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My Top 10 Favorite Movie Scenes of All Time

Happy Birthday to me again. Today I will be showing you my top 10 personal favorite scenes in all of cinema. This is a list I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. This list is also filled with SPOILERS so be warned and these choices are based on my personal opinion.

Honorable Mentions:

Leaving stones on Schindler’s grave (Schindler’s List)

Two Worlds (Tarzan)

I Need A Hero (Shrek 2)

Heads exploding (Kingsman: The Secret Service)

Leap of Faith (Spider Man: into the Spider-Verse)

10. Smile you Son of a… (Jaws):

I don’t know why but there’s just something so funny about the way Roy Scheider yells those five words and then blows up the shark. You can feel the relief and satisfaction in Roy’s laugh afterwards. There’s also that beautiful and eerie shot of the shark sinking to the bottom of the ocean symbolizing the end of his reign of terror.

9. Han Solo’s death (Star Wars: The Force Awakens):

Han tries to talk to Kylo Ren to come home but is killed by him instead. There are great little touches like how everything becomes darker once the sun is gone and the preceding quietness and unsureness gives Han’s death much more of a punch. The use of red from those lights and Kylo’s lightsaber give this scene a sense of dread.

8. The Snap (Avengers: Infinity War):

This is one of the most depressing cliffhangers I’ve ever seen. The idea of seeing all these Marvel characters you’ve come to love disintegrate is hard to swallow and we had to wait a whole year to see them return. The lack of music brilliantly gives this scene such a sense of emptiness and the sound use for the disintegration is makes it even more disturbing.

7. The Shrieking Shack (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban):

I was debating whether to choose between this or the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. This scene is full of great performances from Gary Oldman as Sirius Black and David Thewlis as Remus Lupin. There are also great twists such as Sirius Black being good and Peter Pettigrew being Ron’s rat and the one who sold out Harry’s parents.

6. Po Finds the Truth (Kung Fu Panda 2):

This scene has some of the best use of animation I’ve ever seen. I also love how the animation changes from 2d to 3d when Po finds out his mother save him from Shen. The 2d flashbacks brilliantly contrast with the present day 3d animation and the tonal shift in the music and color scheme change to red when Lord Shen attacks is incredibly powerful.

5. Another Day of Sun (La La Land):

This is how you make traffic fun. Another Day of Sun is such a catchy and upbeat opening song full of wonderful choreography, vibrant colors and all done in just one shot that helps establish what type of musical this is going to be. I still stand by that this should have been nominated and won the Academy Award for best song.

4. Bilbo’s birthday Party (The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring):

As much as I’m not a fan of the Lord of the Rings series I do think the Shire is a beautiful setting especially during Bilbo’s party. There are many great moments like Sam getting the courage to dance and Pippin and Merry fooling around with fireworks. It makes you really want to go to this party and mingle with everyone.

3. A tie “sort of” between Married Life and the last shot (Up):

I had to give my favorite movie special treatment. The montage of Carl and Ellie’s life is full of so much heart, humor and especially heartbreak all with just beautiful music and no dialogue. Heck it could be its own short. I also want to give shout out to the last shot with Carl’s house sitting on Paradise Falls in front of the sunset which is probably the most perfect note for a movie to end on.

2. A Million Miles Away (Belle):

You recently heard me gush over this movie and how this scene brought me to tears. I love how Suzu sings to the Beast in her true identity in order to earn his trust and how everyone in U showed her support when she almost lost her voice by singing with her. The song gives me goosebumps and the animation is beautiful. There’s a recent great article on cbr.com that explains why this is a great scene.

1. Dorothy enters Oz (The Wizard of Oz):

There’s so much I love about this scene. The transition from brown to technicolor with the opening of the door is so brilliant and the fact that no music plays until Dorothy opens the door is a great touch. My favorite thing has to the long wide shot of Munchkinland. Most of my favorite movies let you breath in and immerse yourself into these new worlds and I think The Wizard of Oz does it the best which is why this scene is my favorite scene in all of cinema.

What are your favorite movie scenes? Like and share our favorite scenes and thank you for reading.

20 Years of Kingdom Hearts

I’ve been having these weird thoughts lately…like is any of this for real or not?

On this day 20 years ago Disney and Square Enix released one of the most bestselling video games of all time, Kingdom Hearts………Edd: In Japan. Ok sure it wasn’t released in America yet but still technically it’s the 28th in Japan right now. Kingdom Hearts is a series that means a lot to my brother and me. I’ve already talked about my history and praise for this series three years ago so I’m not going to repeat myself. Instead, I’ve decided to share a few Kingdom Hearts themed top 10 lists. These lists are based on my personal opinion.

Top 10 Favorite Characters:

10. Yen Sid

9. King Mickey

8. Luxord

7. Riku

6. Donald/Goofy

5. Demyx

4. Xigbar

3. Kairi

2. Sora

1. Axel: Got it memorized?

Top 10 Favorite Bosses:

10. Oogie Boogie (KH2)

9. Hydra (KH2)

8. The titans (KH3)

7. Groundshaker (KH2)

6. Armored Xahanort (KH3)

5. Master Xahanort final boss (KH3)

4. Roxas (KH2)

3. Ansem/Xemnas/Young Xahanort (KH3)

2. Xemnas final boss (KH2): Greatest final boss ever!

1. Riku 2nd fight (KH1)

Top 10 Favorite Worlds:

10. Scala Ad Calum

9. Timeless River

8. Space Paranoids

7. Monstropolis

6. Toy Box

5. The Caribbean

4. Halloween Town

3. Traverse Town: I freaking love the music!

2. The World that Never Was

1. Hollow Bastion (KH1 particularly)

Top 10 worlds I want in the future. (Gravity Falls is unfortunately unlikely):

10. Raya and the Last Dragon

9. Luca

8. Mary Poppins

7. The Jungle Book

6. Up

5. Amphibia/Owl House

4. Zootopia

3.The Princess and the Frog

2. Moana

1. The Incredibles

Hikaru Utada Songs Ranked:

4. Face My Fears

3. Sanctuary

2. Don’t Think Twice

1. Simple and Clean

Top 6 KH Memories:

5. Watching Doug Walker play the series

4. Giving a life-size keyblade to my brother for Christmas 2020

3. Pixar/Toy Story World Reveal Trailer/Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Sora Reveal Trailer

2. The trailer on the Mickey’s House of Villains vhs

1. Getting the game on Christmas Day 2002

Kingdom Hearts Trilogy ranked (the top 2 are basically tied):

3. Kingdom Hearts 3

2. Kingdom Hearts 1

1. Kingdom Hearts 2

I don’t think I can thank Tetsuya Nomura, Disney and Square Enix enough for creating a series that me and my brother keep close to our hearts and I look forward to seeing what the series has in store for us in the future. Happy 20th anniversary Kingdom Hearts!

What are your favorite characters, worlds, bosses, and memories in the series? What worlds do you want to see in the future? How would you rank the games? Feel free to like and share your thoughts.

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2021

Another year has come and gone but fortunately I think this year was an improvement from last year because I got to see a lot more movies in theaters. It is now time to share my top 10 favorite movies of 2021. To be honest 10-6 were easy to rank but 5-1 are more like a five-way tie for me. All five are kind of the best movie of the year and each movie can go in any order. I also want to say that this is based on my personal opinion so now lets begin.

Honorable Mentions:

West Side Story: Great directing by Steven Spielberg, terrific choreography in both the dancing and fighting, and a outstanding performance from Mike Faist as Riff.

The King’s Man: A fun prequel with good action, excellent performances, and an interesting villain concept with the shepherd.

10. Raya and the Last Dragon:

This is the closest we’ll ever get to a Disney version of Avatar the Last Airbender. It’s refreshing to have a Disney princess movie with action scenes and no songs. I also really enjoyed the world building with each nation being based on a dragon body part.

9. Nobody:

This is probably the most underrated movie of the year. It’s sort of like John Wick with a more violent and badass Home Alone climax. Bob Odenkirk is terrific as mild-mannered turned badass Hutch Mansell and it was enjoyable to see Cristopher Lloyd who plays Hutch’s father kick ass.

8. Encanto:

Mirabel is a very likable Disney protagonist and I like that ever though she doesn’t have a power she still cares and want to help her family and home. The more grounded story perfectly balances out with the superpowered family who while flawed are still very likeable.

7. Ghostbusters Afterlife:

Sure, it’s a repeat of the first movie but that emotional ending is what really put this on my list. There are only two other endings in film that have made me cry (Pocahontas and Schindler’s List). If this list were ranked in terms of endings this would be number 1.

6. No Time to Die:

A great swan song from Daniel Craig who will always be my favorite James Bond. It has everything the makes James Bond great like the action, the villain and song. Much like Ghostbusters Afterlife if this were the final film in the whole series than this was an excellent way to end it on.

5. Hilda and the Mountain King:

My list my rules. Everything that I love about the show is all right here, while also being faithful to the graphic novel. The animation is still beautiful. Bella Ramsey and Daisy Haggard are still perfect roles for Hilda and Johanna and the scene where they reunite is touching.

4. Spider Man: No Way Home:

This movie is both the funniest and darkest Spider Man ever. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider Men were amazing and the banter between them and Tom Holland was great. The old villains and their interactions were also fun to watch. This is one of those movies that’s great to watch with a packed theater.

3. The Suicide Squad:

This movie proves that James Gunn is great with both Marvel and DC. The action scenes are violent but fun, the humor is enjoyably dark, and the characters are very likable. An improvement from the 2016 film in every way and the best DC movie since Tim Burton’s Batman (sorry Dark Knight fans).

2. Luca:

This has the slice of life feeling of a Studio Ghibli film with character designs similar of Aardman Studios I love the friendship between Luca, Alberto and Giulia and thank God there’s no love triangle. I love the unique character designs, the beautiful animation and the more grounded story compared to other Pixar movies.

1. The Mitchells vs the Machines:

It’s weird to think that this this and Spider-Verse came from the same studio that made the Emoji Movie. The animation and character designs are very unique compared to the other Sony animated movies. The comedy is hilarious and the heartwarming moments are very touching. The Mitchell family have such great dynamics that are both hilarious and touching.

Here’s hoping that 2022 will a great year for movies.

Ranking the Disney Canon part 4

Merry Christmas everyone, as a gift from me to you here are my top 15 favorite Disney movies.

15. The Sword in the Stone: I really like the laid-back yet whimsical atmosphere this movie has and the lesson on how important education is. Merlin is such a likable character and the whole seeing into the future thing is a clever way to do pop culture references. The magical duel between him and Madame Mim is really fun.

14. Moana: Shout out to Schafrillas Productions. The Polynesian setting is beautiful. Moana and Maui are both very likable and have a great dynamic. I love how this movie treats the ocean like its own character and I like how this subverted the twist villain cliché. The songs are really fun and who could forget Tamoa?

13. Zootopia: Judy and Nick have great chemistry and great story arcs that deal with racism. The film handles themes of racism very well. The different districts in Zootopia are really great and unique and makes you want to explore it. Sure it has a weak twist villain but to be fair this is a mystery movie.

12. Sleeping Beauty: Sure, Aurora and the prince are bland but those flaws are cancelled out by everything else. George Bruns’s score is beautiful to listen to. Maleficent is one of the best Disney villains and the climax with the dragon is epic. The animation is amazing and being in widescreen really gives the film a huge scope.

11. Robin Hood: This has always been and will forever be my Robin Hood. I find thieves that steal from bad people to help poor people very noble and it makes Robin Hood such a great protagonist. Prince John is also an entertaining villain. This is one of the most fun outings in the canon.

10. The Emperor’s New Groove: This might be the most quotable Disney movie ever. It’s rare for Disney to have a jerk hero but Kuzco is a well done one that’s still funny. Yzma and Kronk are an amazing and hilarious villain duo. There are so many moments that are still hilarious like wrong lever, spinach puffs, and the waterfall.

9. The Hunchback of Notre Dame: This might be the most adult and darkest Disney movie ever. Alan Menken’s score is epic thanks the chorus. Quasimodo is a very sympathetic and likable protagonist. Frollo who is the greatest and maybe the evilest Disney villain ever thanks to Tony Jay’s amazing and threatening performance, and Hellfire might be the best villain song ever.

8. Wreck-It Ralph: The Roger Rabbit of video games. I’m glad that Disney focused more on characters and story rather than on product placement that would’ve been cringy. The video game references are still clever and funny. Ralph is a very likable protagonist with a very well-done character arc and his friendship with Vannelope is great.

7. The Great Mouse Detective: This has one of the best hero/villain dynamics of any Disney movie. Basil is a smart and badass protagonist. Ratigan is probably the 2nd best Disney villain next to Frollo thanks to Vincent Price. He comes across as both funny and threatening especially in the climax and his villain song is also great.

6. Atlantis: The Lost Empire: One of the most underrated movies in the canon. Atlantis has such great worldbuilding and I like the subtle parallel between the heart of Atlantis and the atomic bomb. Milo is a very likable and relatable protagonist and the side characters are very enjoyable too. It also has one of my favorite movie climaxes ever.

5. Beauty and the Beast: Objectively I’d say this is Disney’s magnum opus considering it was nominated for Best Picture. Belle and Beast have a great relationship and I like seeing them slowly fall in love instead of immediately like most Disney romances. Gaston is a great villain subversion of the hero archetype. All the songs are memorable and wonderful thanks to Alan Menken and Harold Ashman.

4. Aladdin: I really love the color pallet in this movie and how each color represents good and evil. Aladdin and Jasmine are my favorite Disney couple and A Whole New World is my favorite romantic Disney song. Jafar is a fun mustache twirling villain. The Genie is of course hilarious thanks to the amazing Robin Williams and his song Friend Like Me is awesome.

3. Pinocchio: I used to think this movie took place in Germany LOL. When I think of old school Disney this is what pops into my mind first. I like that Pinocchio here is just a gullible kid rather than a troublemaker. I love how this movie while cute has some of the darkest moments in the form of Pleasure Island. The animation also holds up today.

2. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Pooh is one of the most likable characters ever in fiction. There’s such a whimsical laid-back charm to this movie. I love how unlike most movies which have a three-act structure this one has three stories that let you immerse yourself in this little setting with these likable characters. It makes the Hundred Acre Woods one of the most immersive worlds created in the Disney canon.

1.Tarzan: This was the first movie I saw in theaters. The movie is surprisingly hardcore with a lot of onscreen deaths. The scope of this movie feels huge thanks to both the animation and music and I love Phil Collin’s songs, especially the opening song Two Worlds. Your first movie in theaters always leaves such a huge impact on you like what Tarzan did for me and that’s why it will always be my favorite Disney movie.

What are your favorite Disney movies? Thanks for reading and happy holidays to everyone.

Ranking the Disney Canon Part 3

30. Hercules: Despite the many inaccuracies with the Greek Mythology (I took a class in Middle school so I know) this is still a fun movie. James Woods is enjoyable as Hades and the songs are catchy. I do admit the animation doesn’t hold up as much especially the CGI hydra.

29. Mulan: Take a shot every time the word honor is said. Mulan is a good protagonist and I like that her reason for joining the army has layers not just saving her father but also proving herself. The song Make a Man Out of You is an awesome training song.

28. Oliver & Company: Again, maybe it’s because I’m a cat person. Some of the songs are fun like Why Should I Worry and Once Upon a Time in New York City (saddest Disney opening). This movie really captures the look and feel of New York City flawlessly since I’ve been there twice already.

27. Treasure Planet: This has the best version of John Silver and his dynamic with Jim is great. It’s kind of cool that this Disney villain is more sympathetic. The map being a sphere is also very unique. Though nothing will ever top Muppet Treasure Island aka the greatest adaption of Treasure Island ever.

26. Lilo & Stitch: It is a family tradition to bring this movie on our trips to Hawaii. Having this movie take place in Hawaii gives the movie a very unique identity. The situation with Lilo and Nani is very realistic and tragic and combining that with aliens makes this movie so unique.

25. Tangled: Mother Gothel might be the vilest Disney villain ever due to how realistic she is. Flynn Rider is a great character and his sacrifice at the end is one of the most selfless things I ever seen. I See the Light is one of my favorite romantic Disney songs.

24. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: It’s funny how both protagonists here are assholes. Mr. Toad is mania obsessed maniac who causes damage and doesn’t think about the consequences of his actions and Ichabod Crane likes a girl only for her money! Still two great stories for the price of one.

23. Alice in Wonderland: Whenever I hear that mad tea party music I think of Disneyland. Alice is perfectly normal and the way she plays off of the other characters is great. I also think the black backgrounds really help allow the other colors stand out and give Wonderland a unique look.

22. The Jungle Book: The last film Walt Disney worked on before he died and it was a great swan song. George Brun’s score gives the jungle setting a lot of great atmosphere. The structure of this movie is kind of like a road trip movie but set in a jungle.

21. Raya and the Last Dragon: Great worldbuilding and action even with the mixed theme about trust.

20. Peter Pan: I wouldn’t be surprised if Steven Spielberg took some inspiration from this for Hook. There’s such a whimsical charm to this movie. It really makes you feel like a child again. Neverland is a great setting and the music is cute. Captain Hook and Smee are an enjoyable villain duo. 

19. Big Hero 6: It is cool that Disney did a superhero animated movie. Hiro and Baymax have a great dynamic though I admit the other four members don’t contribute much. The whole theme of revenge is very well handled.

18. One Hundred and One Dalmatians: I really like the how unique and modern this is compared to the other Disney movies at the time. The animation and character designs are akin to the animation and designs of UPA Studios and George Brun’s score is very catchy. And who could forget how awesome Cruella de Vil is?

17. Encanto: Weak songs but makes up for a strong protagonist and story.

16. The Princess & the Frog: This feels like a love letter to the Disney renaissance because it follows a lot of the story beats from those movies. Tiana is a great protagonist, the songs are amazing, the animation is beautiful and Dr. Facilier is a great villain. This movie had the balls to kill off the comic relief.

Ranking the Disney Canon Part 2

45. Frozen II: I think this should’ve been a grand epic Zelda style adventure that sadly ended up just being another Frozen movie. This had the potential of being better than the first. Some of the spirits were neat and Into The Unknown is probably my favorite Frozen song.

44. The Rescuers: Compared to the sequel this feels safe and a little boring at times. Medusa kind of feels like a discount Cruella and Penny is kind of a bland character. The organ scene though is one of the funniest scenes in any Disney movie.

43. Fantasia: Sorry Doug Walker but I never grew up with this movie. Though I do respect this film more than I do view it. The segments while memorable do go on for a while. My favorite segment is probably Night on Bald Mountain for how dark and grand it is.

42. The Aristocats: The first Disney movie without Walt’s involvement. Maybe it’s nostalgia since I loved this movie as a kid or because I’m a cat person why this is ranked higher than most people would. It’s cute but a lot more child friendly compared to the other movies.

41. Ralph Breaks the Internet: The world of the internet is interesting, and the Disney princess scene was great. However, the story does suffer due to Ralph and Vannelope making some really reckless choices that put a lot of characters in danger. Also Ralph is a bit clingy toward Vannelope.

40. Winnie the Pooh: Disney traditional animation’s swan song. As much as I love the character, I have to admit this kind of felt like a basic Pooh movie. It doesn’t really stand out compared to the first one. Still the animation is nice and the humor is surprisingly funny.

39. Fantasia 2000: Weird celebrity bits aside this was I enjoyed this more than the original. The segments are shorter but don’t overstay their welcome. Rhapsody in Blue is my favorite segment (of any Fantasia movie) which has great animation and a great song to go along with it.   

38. Dumbo: While it is a bit short and kind of mean spirited the movie is still cute. The pink elephant scene is bizarre and insane. It’s ironic how people see the crows as racist and yet there the ones who help support and encourage Dumbo.

37. Cinderella: I watched this a lot at my Grandma’s house. Lady Tremaine is such a #itch and the way she treats Cinderella makes you want to punch her in the face. I did find the mice and Lucifer enjoyable though at the cost of focus on Cinderella herself.

36. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Sure, it’s dated and Snow White and the Queen are your basic Disney princess and villain, but this was still a great first impression with both cute and scary moments. The animation was impressive at the time and the dwarfs are very likable and fun.

35. Brother Bear: The first half when Kenai is a human is done well and I like that Denahi is a sympathetic villain. The middle half however is filled with a lot of childish humor and I find it odd that Koda is friends with his mother’s killer.

34. Bambi: Has anyone ever realized that Bambi’s mom was the first non-Disney villain to die? Her death scene is handled very well with great build up. Making Man a force of nature is great touch. The music is beautiful and it gives the forest so much life.

33. The Lion King: The most overrated movie Disney movie in my opinion, sorry. The whole confronting your past lesson is pointless since Simba didn’t kill Mufasa and there’s a fart joke that feels out of place. Still there are good stuff like Han Zimmer’s score, the giant scope and Mufasa’s death is handle very well.

32. Frozen: A lot of the movie has a bit too much melodrama. The lessons of this movie are cleverly represented by the two sisters. Anna learns not to open up to strangers and Elsa learns to not shut herself in. The songs are really good and help move to plot along.

31. The Rescuers Down Under: Disney’s best (non Pixar) sequel. Everything about this movie is an improvement from the original. The opening music is awesome, Australia is a more fun setting, Mccleach is a more threatening and entertaining villain, and John Candy is entertaining as Orville’s brother Wilbur (clever little touch).

Ranking the Disney Canon Part 1

5 years ago, I made a top 10 favorite Disney movies list but my opinions have changed since then. Now that Disney canon has finally reached 60 movies and since Doug Walker does his Disneycember reviews in December I thought I do something similar. Every Saturday of this month I’ll be posting a four-part ranking of every Disney movie (in the canon so no Pixar, Nightmare Before Christmas, or Goofy Movie). This list is also based on my personal and honest opinion.

60. Chicken Little: Last place by default. The animation is not good. Everyone’s an asshole to the main character (especially the father) and Chicken Little should’ve just let the aliens kill everyone.

59. Dinosaur: I didn’t even know this counted as part of the canon. The opening is cool but the rest is just bland landscapes and boring characters. Why can’t Disney do a good dinosaur (pun unintended) movie?

58. Saludos Amigos: Feels more like a travel video with shorts than a movie especially since its only 42 minutes long. Heck the series finales of Gravity Falls and Ducktales (reboot) were longer than this.

57. Fun and Fancy Free: To put it in the politest way possible, this movie is “too schmaltzy” for my taste. Mickey and the Beanstalk is fine but Bongo doesn’t really do much for me. Also, a bear slap meaning love is kind of weird thing to teach kids.

56. Make Mine Music: I had to get this for my birthday because it’s the only one not on Disney+. It’s not that I love it, it’s the principal. Other than Peter and the Wolf and Willie the Singing Whale the other segments are either fine or forgettable.

55. The Black Cauldron: Disney doesn’t talk about this at all and I can see why. The characters are either bland, annoying or both and the animation is really rough. Gurgi is basically a precursor to Jar Jar Binks and the Horned King is a generic dark lord villain.

54. The Three Caballeros: I do like the shorts with the penguin and flying donkey but later it kind of drags in the third half. Also, Donald trying to “get it on” with women is weird especially if you know stuff about male ducks.

53. Home on the Range: It would be really cool if Disney did a wild west animated movie but were stuck with this for now. The story is generic, the humor is too child friendly and the characters are annoying. I did kind of like the villain’s yodel song though.

52. The Fox and the Hound: A film released in the 80s that feels more like a film from the 70s. It’s kind of slow most of the time. The friendship between Todd and Copper is fine and it does have a bittersweet ending which is kind of rare for Disney.

51. Melody Time: Compared to Make Mine Music I think the shorts here are much more memorable. I do like the film’s use of popular music from the 40s. Standouts were Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill.

50. Lady and the Tramp: This is a film I think is just fine. The relationship between the two dogs is nice though it takes a while to start. It’s also weird that they chose this to be filmed in Cinemascope even though this movie is a little too simple.

49. Pocahontas: I will admit the ending makes me cry, something about the music gets me every time. However, you still have to wait through a basic and predictable “war is bad” plot that we’ve seen already in other movies. Colors of the Wing was nice though.

48. The Little Mermaid: I have mixed feelings on this movie, for a while this was my least favorite Disney movie. Why? Because the grotto destruction scene scared me so bad that I avoided this movie for a while. Also, Ariel learns nothing and gets what she wants. Still, I like the songs and Ursula.

47. Meet the Robinsons: The animation is still rough on the sides and the family members feel undeveloped. I did like some of the twist involving the villain and the lesson while hammered in a little is touching especially that quote at the end by Walt Disney himself.

46. Bolt: I liked this back then but it kind of feels average now. The idea of a dog actor who thinks he’s a super dog was neat as a kid but that’s only because I didn’t know about The Truman Show which is very similar.