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Monday, April 23, 2018

Marvel Mondays: Spider Man: Homecoming and Black Panther

Hello again, friends, and let me be the first to officially welcome you to INFINITY WAR WEEK!! Before we begin, I just want to let you know of some of the festivities this week! As has been the case for the past couple of weeks, you can tune in to ABC's Good Morning America to catch exclusive interviews with the cast and even some sneak peeks. You can also tune in to Jimmy Kimmel Live all week to see actors including Robert Downey Jr, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Winston Duke, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, and many more. And finally, this evening at 8pm, the Marvel Entertainment handle on Twitter (@Marvel) is live streaming the red carpet celebration of the movie! The excitement is so real! However, before we get to Infinity War, we have two more movies to cover, two of the newest movies, two of my top 5 movies, Spiderman: Homecoming and Black Panther!
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Once again, here's the schedule for this week's posts as it'll be a busy one:

April 26th- Infinity War Preview, Predictions, and MCU Review
April 30th- Avengers: Infinity War

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Spiderman: Homecoming is the 16th film in the MCU, falls under the Phase 3 umbrella, and was arguably the one MCU movie nobody saw coming. The film picks up during the events of Civil War, where we first saw our friendly neighborhood Spiderman jump into action in the MCU. From there, we are taken on this incredible adventure that pits a young Spidey against his own self doubt and the villainous Vulture. Tom Holland returned to play a younger version of the character we all love so very dearly, and joining him would be Robert Downey Jr, Jon Favreau, and making her triumphant return, Gwyneth Paltrow. Joining the cast would be the likes of Donald Glover (Aaron Davis/Prowler), Zendaya (Michelle), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned), Laura Harrier (Liz), and Michael Keaton (Adrian Toomes/Vulture). While many people were excited to see Spidey in Civil War, I'd say everyone was excited for a Spiderman stand alone MCU movie as the film brought in over $800 million during it's box office run!

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The development for this movie is in one word: confusing. So, we all know about the original Spiderman films directed by Sam Raimi and staring Tobey Maquire. In that deal, Sony had all of the rights to basically every Spiderman character and villain. They took some time off, and rebooted with Andrew Garfield and The Amazing Spiderman 1 and 2. However, those movies weren't received very well and the series ended up not continuing. It wasn't until 2015 that it was leaked that Marvel and Sony were trying to complete a deal that would send the hero back to his home in the MCU. Then, Spidey made his dramatic debut in Civil War. The deal was announced to be strictly for Spiderman and some of his supporting characters, not including Mary Jane or the Green Goblin or Venom...at this moment. The deal is consistently changing, and with Disney's new FOX acquisition, nobody really knows what is going to happen with Spiderman and the tons of characters included in his universe. The kicker about this whole deal, though, is that Sony still gets the rights too marketing and distribution, meaning that, yes, Spiderman is in the MCU, but Marvel doesn't necessarily make a lot of money off of his movies. Which is fine, being as they release movies that eclipse the $1 billion mark pretty regularly, or more as we'll see later on. Director Jon Watts said that they tried to steer clear of anything that was mentioned in the earlier Spiderman and Amazing Spiderman film series, excluding characters like Peter Parker, Aunt May, Flash Thompson, and obviously Spiderman. However, he also said that material from earlier films such as The Daily Bugle would appear in later Spiderman films. On the MCU docket for Phase 4 is a sequel to Homecoming; however, we don't know who will appear or what the story will be yet, we actually don't even have a title yet.
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With a character as well known as Spiderman, there's going to be plenty of easter eggs, so let's dive into some of my favorite ones. From the get go, you're hit with nostalgia as, instead of the typical Marvel theme song, the Spiderman theme song plays while the Marvel logo is shown at the beginning of the movie. There's also that whole scene at the beginning of the movie, of Peter filming himself during the events of Civil War, along with multiple appearances by Captain America himself. Adrain Toomes' business is built on cleaning up carnage left over from the Chitauri attack in The Avengers and that's how they power their weapons as well. In Peter's chemistry class, you can see pictures of famous scientists, and the last picture is none other than Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner; I, for one, can't wait to see that meet up in Infinity War. And how about that bank robbery scene with the robbers wearing Avengers masks? That's probably one of my favorite Tom Holland/Spiderman scenes of all time. Another nice scene is when Happy is packing up the Avengers Tower to move to upstate, he lists off all the new stuff including Thor's magic belt and Cap's new shield. Now, this probably isn't the same shield seen in Infinity War, but it's still a cool reference nonetheless. 

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There's two post credits scenes in Homecoming. The first brings us back to Adrian Toomes as another inmate in the jail says he wants to kill Spiderman and that Toomes knows who Spiderman is in real life. Toomes basically tells the guy if he knew who Spiderman really was, he'd be dead by now, essentially saving Peter's life. This is just another reason Vulture is a great villain because not only can we sympathize with him, but he never wants to take the easy way out, or he's actually somewhat loyal. I say that because I think there's two possible reasons Toomes didn't tell the guy Spiderman's actual identity. One is because Spiderman just saved Toomes' life and Toomes felt like he owed Peter one. The other is because Toomes wants to be the one who kills Spiderman, he doesn't want to hear that Spiderman died while he was in jail, and he'll do everything he can to make sure he gets another shot at Spidey. The other post credit scene is Captain America just trolling the audience for waiting for the end of the credits for nothing important.

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All in all, I love Homecoming so much. It ranks as my number 3 movie in the MCU for a couple of reasons but mainly because I love love love Spiderman. The film is also, what I think, the perfect introduction story. If anyone is watching a Spiderman movie and doesn't know that Peter's uncle Ben is tragically killed after him and Peter get into a yelling argument, then they probably don't need to be watching a Spiderman movie in the first place. I love how this movie completely skipped that part, and transitioned into life after uncle Ben. I also love the casting of Tom Holland so much, like it screams Peter Parker to me and even how Holland acts outside of the movie is just so Peter Parker it's great. But one of the best parts of the movie is the introduction of Ned. I love the "guy in the chair" idea that he is to Spidey and I love how great of character he turns out to be. This is one of the newest entries to the MCU, but it's also easily one of the best in my opinion.

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Now, let's move on to the newest entry to the MCU: Black Panther

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Black Panther is a cultural phenomenon, the biggest superhero movie ever, and the 18th movie in the MCU, falling under the Phase 3 umbrella. The film tells the story of T'Challa, King of Wakanda and the Black Panther, and the responsibility that comes with being King and life after his father's tragic death. T'Challa must prove he's worthy of the title of King, and with the help of his friends and family, must save Wakanda from destruction. Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther is literally a cultural phenomenon and has been ruling the box office for nearly 4 months, raking in the biggest box office of any superhero movie of all time at a current total of $1.3 billion. Clearly people were excited for Black Panther after T'Challa made his debut in Civil War. The movie is action packed, and very dramatic as it shows the pressure that comes with being King.

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A Black Panther movie has been one that has been talked for over 20 years. In 1992, Wesley Snipes had the idea of making and starring in a Black Panther to portray the beauty of Africa and the African culture, gaining enough ground that Stan Lee had joined him in the quest. Snipes and Lee entered talks with Columbia Pictures in 1993; however, by 1997 production had halted on the movie. In 2000, Artisan Entertainment announced they would be financing and producing a film based on the Black Panther, to which Snipes, who had already been Blade in two Blade films, jumped at the opportunity to play the character. However, with Snipes already having a role with Marvel, many felt like it would be overkill to have him cast again. Through the years, production on the Black Panther movie went from Artisan Entertainment to Paramount Studios back to Marvel, when in 2010, Marvel CEO Kevin Feige said that there was a Black Panther movie on the slate for the current MCU. With nods to Wakanda and Black Panther in movies as early as Iron Man 2, you could say Feige was itching to formally introduce Black Panther to the MCU. Well, that introduction came in the 2016 Civil War and Feige announced the film Black Panther would release in early 2018. Feige was then tasked to find a director and it came down to two candidates: Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay. DuVernay chose to direct A Wrinkle in Time and so Feige offered the job to Coogler, who accepted. With Chadwick Boseman reprising his role as T'Challa from Civil War, Coogler didn't have much casting to come up. Coming with Coogler was Michael B Jordan in an undisclosed role, that would later be revealed to be the villain Killmonger, and Lupita N'yongo, who would T'Challa's love interest, Nakia. Also joining the cast would be Letitia Wright (Shuri), Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Forest Whitaker (Zuri), Andy Serkis agreed to reprise his role as Ulysses Klaue, Martin Freeman agreed to reprise his role as Agent Ross, Danai Gurira (Okoye), Sterling K Brown (N'Jobu), and Winston Duke (M'Baku). Of all the cast, M'Baku was my show stealer. I thought he was amazing and loved his comedic relief and character arc as well.

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Now, let's talk easter eggs! When Ross is brought to Shuri, she tells T'Challa "great, another white boy to fix." She's talking about when T'Challa brought her Bucky Barnes after Civil War. There's also Klaue's new hand that he wouldn't have to worry about had it not been for Ultron in Age of Ultron. That covers the MCU easter eggs and I'd like to think the reason there are so little nods to other movies is because Black Panther is somewhat of a standalone movie, meaning that it really doesn't go with a lot going on in the MCU outside of location and characters. Essentially, the storyline isn't pivotal to anything else in the MCU, at the moment at least...

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There's two post credits scene in Black Panther. The first is really a followup to the whole story of introducing Wakanda to the world, as T'Challa, Okoye, Nakia, and Shuri are all at a UN meeting with T'Challa announcing he will open Wakanda to all the world (this is where Okoye's line in one of the new tv spots for Infinity War.) The other post credit scene is what is really important here. In Civil War, Captain America takes Bucky to Wakanda to see if T'Challa and the Wakandans can fix what's wrong with hid brain. Well, it looks like it worked. Shuri is seen overlooking a lake, and exiting a hut by the lake is none other than Sergeant Bucky Barnes himself, or as the kids are calling him, the White Wolf. According to the Russo brothers, in Infinity War, Bucky will be known as the White Wolf, not the Winter Soldier, which is pretty impactful because in the comics, the White Wolf is an agent of Wakanda that protects the city when T'Challa isn't there.

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I do love Black Panther as well, as it comes in at number 5 on my MCU list. I think it has good humor and action, but is probably one of the strongest storylines in the MCU. The origin of the Black Panther is a great story, but what I love most about the movie is the dramatic elements throughout the film, but especially when Killmonger is on the screen. Had it not been for Loki and his amazing character arc and acting by Hiddleston, Killmonger would easily be the greatest villain in the MCU. He makes you feel for him, to the point that when he dies, I actually shed a couple of tears. It's the story of a boy who's father was killed when he was a child, then he had to fend for himself, and when he finally realizes who he really is, he wants to capitalize and finally live a decent life. I love that so much about him, and Michael B Jordan was phenomenal in the role.

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Kevin Scott is a contributing writer for The Mouse Knows Best Podcast. He is self proclaimed Disney addict and oftentimes annoys his family with how much he talks Disney. He enjoys walking around all Disney Parks and taking as many pictures as he can in one day. When he isn't at Walt Disney World, he is working to get back or re-watching Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars movie. His spirit animal is a mix between Simba and Kylo Ren with a dash of Tony Stark. You can find him on Twitter @doubleoh_kevin and on Instagram @waltdisneyduo.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Disney Animation: The Silver Era

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1950-1969: The Silver Era



After the war ended, Walt Disney Studios went back to making the high budget films that audiences
had grown to love during the Golden Age.  The similarity to the quality of films in this era compared
to the Golden Era also gives this era the nickname the Restoration Age. The Studios learned what
worked and what didn’t work and set forth to make films with amazingly detailed backgrounds,
characters, and stories.   Although the films in this era were a hit with the audiences, the critics were
not the biggest fans. It is also interesting to note that five of the eight films in this era have gone on to
be re-imagined as a live action film.

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Cinderella


The first film in the Silver Era was Cinderella.   It was based off the fairytale of the same name by
Charles Perrault.  When it was released in 1950, it became the Studio’s first critically acclaimed
success since Dumbo.   Cinderella was the first film in which all of Disney’s Nine Old Men worked as
directing animators together.
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Cinderella tells the story of the titular character’s journey from a young woman stuck in a dissatisfying
life to a princess.  It starts with the introduction of the evil stepsisters, Drizella and Anastasia, and evil
stepmother, Lady Tremaine, who are all jealous of Cinderella’s beauty.  In an evil scheme to keep her
hidden from the rest of the world, Lady Tremaine forces Cinderella to do all the housework so she can
never leave. Despite the evilness around her, Cinderella is kind and has made friends with the birds
and mice that stay around the house.  
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After an invitation arrives for the Prince’s ball in which he is to find a princess, Lady Tremaine is
determined to ensure Drizella or Anastasia fill those shoes.  What she doesn’t plan for is CInderella to
make a surprise appearance at the ball, thanks to the help of her Fairy Godmother and her mice and
bird friends. The Prince falls in love with Cinderella but the only problem is, Cinderella’s time is up
for at midnight her dream night at the ball would be over.  Leaving only a glass slipper behind,
Cinderella runs back home as her magical spell comes to an end. However the Prince is determined to
find his princess and sets out on a mission to find the woman who left the shoe. And they all live
happily ever after…
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Cinderella received three Academy Awards nominations: Best Sound, Best Music/Scoring of a Musical
Picture, and Best Original Song.  The narrator of the film was Betty Lou Gerson. It was produced by
Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures in 1950.  Cinderella has a runtime of 75 minutes.

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Alice in Wonderland



After unsuccessfully trying to adapt the Alice books by Lewis Carroll in the 1930s, Walt Disney revived
his idea for the 1951 cult classic Alice in Wonderland.  The film was originally supposed to be a
combination of animation and live action.  It is considered one of the most successful Disney
Animations due to its popularity since its debut.   The theme song of the film has also become a
standard in musical performances across several genres.
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The film begins with the White Rabbit who is “late for a very important date.”  Alice follows him into
a large rabbit hole and it’s there the journey to Wonderland in search of the White Rabbit begins. Along
her journeys, Alice meets Tweedledee and Tweedledum, a Dodo, a Caterpillar, and the Cheshire Cat.
It’s the final character who tells her to visit the Mad Hatter or the March Hare to find out where the
Rabbit has gone.  Alice runs into both characters along the way celebrating their “unbirthdays.”
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Frustrated by the Hatter and Hare’s lack of help, the Cheshire Cat reappears and tells her to go ask the
Queen of Hearts for directions back home.  The Queen forced Alice to play a game of croquet which
ends up going badly, thanks to the Cheshire Cat. Angered at Alice, the Queen orders her execution.  
After trying to escape her impending death, Alice returns to the small door she first entered
Wonderland. And with that, the psychedelic film is over.
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Alice in Wonderland was nominated for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture at the Academy Awards. It was produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures in 1951 with a runtime of 75 minutes.

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Peter Pan


Based off the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan was the
fourteenth animated film produced by Walt Disney.  The film was also the last that all of Disney’s Nine
Old Men would work on together.  Peter Pan has received critical acclaim since its opening in 1953
and the character in the film have a happy home at all of the Disney theme parks worldwide.
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Peter Pan tells the story of the title character’s journey to Neverland with the Darling children.  After
disrupting their parents’ plan to attend a party, John and Michael Darling are scolded for acting out a
story of Peter Pan and pirates which their older sister Wendy told them.  George Darling doesn’t believe
in the stories and doesn’t want his children believing them either. He tells Wendy that she’s too old to
be staying in the nursery anymore. That same night, the Darling children are visited by the one, the
only, Peter Pan.
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With the help of his (reluctant) fairy friend Tinkerbell, Peter Pan teaches the Darling children how to
fly and the quartet head off to Neverland.  It is there Wendy, John, and Michael realize all the stories
they have been told are true including pirates, Indians, and mermaids. The legendary Captain Hook is
also alive and well in Neverland and out for Peter Pan.  With the help of his new friends and his
Neverland friends - The Lost Boys - Peter Pan faces his nemesis in a battle aboard his ship. After the
Darling children return home, Wendy is found asleep by the nursery window by her parents. She
awakes and tells them all the stories from their adventures in Neverland and her doubting father looks
out the window to see a pirate ship in the sky.  The same pirate ship he saw as a boy.
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Peter Pan was entered into the 1953 Cannes Film Festival and was the final film released by RKO
Radio Pictures.  It was narrated by Tom Conway and has a runtime of 76 minutes.

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Lady and the Tramp


Lady and the Tramp was the first film produced by Walt Disney to be released by his new studio,
Buena Vista Distribution.  It was also the first film filmed in CinemaScope widescreen. The film was
based off the book The Whistling Dog by Ward Greene.
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Lady and the Tramp tells the love story between a Cocker Spaniel named Lady and a stray mongrel
named Tramp.  Lady was a Christmas gift from Jim Dear to his wife, Darling. She befriends the
neighborhood dogs, a Scottish Terrier named Jock and  Bloodhound names Trusty, as she enjoys her
uptown, pampered life. Tramp is the complete opposite. Living on his own downtown, Tramp lives
off scrapes from Tony’s Italian Restaurant as her protects his fellow strays, a Pekigene named Peg and
a Bulldog named Bull, from the dogcatchers.
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Lady’s perfectly quaint world is turned upside down when a baby is brought into the family.  Tramp
tells her that “when the baby moves in, the dog moves out” but Lady finds herself growing fond of the
new infant.  When Jim Dear and Darling go out of town for a trip, Aunt Sarah comes to look after the
baby with her two Siamese cats, Si and Am.  The trouble causing duo gets Lady in trouble by messing
up the house. Lady runs away and runs into Tramp again. The two have their courtship but eventually
Lady decides to return home.  However, by the next Christmas, Tramp has been adopted into the family
after saving the baby from a rat that got into the house. The duo have three daughter who look like
Lady and a son who looks like Tramp.
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When it was released in 1955, Lady and the Tramp became the highest grossing Disney animated
feature since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  It was produced by Walt Disney with a runtime of 75
minutes.

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Sleeping Beauty


Also based on a fairytale story by Charles Perrault, Sleeping Beauty would turn out to be the last
Disney Princess movie for nearly thirty years due to the films low performance at the box office.  
Maybe it was because the title character only had less than twenty minutes of screen time...and most of
that she was asleep. In the entire film, Aurora only had 18 lines of dialogue.  Sleeping Beauty was the
first animated film to be photographed using the Super Technirama 70 widescreen process.
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The classic fairytale tells the story of King Stefan and Queen Leah and their daughter, Princess Aurora.
 On the day of the princess’s christening, she is betrothed to Prince Phillip who is the son of a
neighboring kingdom’s king.  In the crowd of spectators is Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather - three
fairies who bless the child with the gift of beauty and song.  However before the third blessing can be
bestowed, the evil fairy Maleficent crashes the party and places a curse on the child in which she would
prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die.
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In an effort to keep the princess safe, the King orders all the spinning wheels in the kingdom to be
burned but the three fairies do not believe that will be enough to keep her safe.  Merryweather uses her
blessing to reduce the curse to a sleeping curse that can only be cured by true love’s kiss. Of course,
things are never easy and once the curse falls over Aurora on her sixteenth birthday, Maleficent
captures Prince Phillip so he cannot kiss her.  After an intense battle with the evil fairy, Phillip slays the
beast and wakes his love with a kiss.
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The high production cost of Sleeping Beauty coupled with the low box office return made the film the
most expensive film up to that point.  Although its original release wasn’t well received, much like
Alice in Wonderland, it has been given a second chance with newer audiences who love the evil
Maleficent.  Sleeping Beauty is narrated by Marvin Miller and was released in 1959 with a runtime of
75 minutes.

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians


It’s dogs to the rescue for the financially burdened Walt Disney Productions thanks to the success of
One Hundred and One Dalmatians.  Based off the story by Dodie Smith, the film featured an
inexpensive animation technique known as xerography.  Xerography is the process of inking and
painting cels by hand. It was considered by critics at the time to be the most ‘Disney’ feeling movie in
many years.
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One Hundred and One Dalmatians follows Roger and Anita and their two dogs, Pongo and Perdita.  
The dog couple have a litter of fifteen puppies on the same night a rich schoolmate of Anita’s arrives at
the house and offers to buy all the puppies.  However Cruella De Vil is not looking for a companion -
she’s looking for fur for a coat. Roger tells her they are not for sale but ‘no’ is not a word Cruella likes
to hear.  Just a few weeks later, she hires two men, Jasper and Horace, to steal the puppies.
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Pongo sends out a ‘twilight bark’ to all the dogs that his puppies have been stolen.  An old sheepdog
hears the message and along with a horse and a cat, the trio find the fifteen puppies along with 84 other
Dalmatian puppies at Cruella De Vill’s estate.  Word is quickly spread back to London via the twilight
bark and soon Pongo and Perdita are on their way to save their puppies. After fleeing from Cruella and
arriving safely back at home, Roger and Anita realize their litter of puppies has grown substantially.  
But these two are people after my own heart and they decide to use the money from Roger’s first hit
song to buy a bigger house so they can keep all of the puppies.
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Ralph Novak of People Magazine said that “what (the film) lacks in romantic extravagance and plush spectacle, this 1961 Disney film makes up for in quiet charm and subtlety.  In fact, if any movie with dogs, cats, and horses who talk can be said to belong in the realm of realistic drama, this is it.” One Hundred and One Dalmatians was released in 1961 by Buena Vista Pictures with a runtime of 79 minutes.

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The Sword in the Stone


The Sword in the Stone was the last movie that Walt Disney personally got to see released.  It is also the
first Disney animated movie on which the Sherman Brother worked.  Based off T.H. White’s story of
the same name, The Sword in the Stone was a box office success and became a top grossing movie in
1963.
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The film takes place after the King of England’s death when there is no heir to the throne.  A sword
magically appears in an anvil in London with the inscription, “whoso pulleth out this sword of this
stone and anvil is rightwise king born of England.”  Despite many failed attempts, no one can removed
to the sword from the stone.
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That is until a young orphan named Arthur gives it a go.  In a series of seemingly random events,
Arthur loses his recently knighted brother’s sword but stumbles upon the legendary sword in the stone,
which he removes effortlessly.  He becomes the rightful king of England - much to his older brother’s
surprise - before going on to become the leader of the Knights of the Round Table.
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The Sword in the Stone received an Academy Award nomination for Best Score in 1963.  The
American Film Institute also nominated it to the Top 10 Animated Films list.  Although reviews were
mixed among critics, the box office showed the film was a success.  It was released in 1963 with a
runtime of 79 minutes. Walt Disney didn’t want such a heavy feeling in his family film

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The Jungle Book


The Jungle Book is the last film Walt Disney worked on before his death in 1966.  The original version
of the film followed closely to Rudyard Kipling’s book which was dark and dramatic with a sinister
tone.  The original writer and composer were replaced and the film took on a lighter tone. Most of the
music was written by the Sherman Brothers.
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The story follows Mowgli, a young orphan who is found in the jungles of India in a basket by a black
panther named Bagheera.  Bagheera takes the young boy to a wolf who has just had cubs so she can
raise Mowgli. Ten years later, Mowgli has grown up around his wolf siblings and is one of the pack.  
However once the pack learns that Shere Khan, the man-eating Bengal Tiger, has returned to the jungle,
they know they must send Mowgli to the ‘man village’ for everyone’s safety.
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Bagheera offers to escort Mowgli to the man village.  Along the way, the encounter Kaa the python
who tries to eat Mowgli and Baloo, the laid-back bear.  Baloo promises to raise Mowgli and never take
him back to the man village but a group of monkeys have another plane when and kidnap Mowgli.  
They take him to their leader, King Louie the orangutan who promises to let Mowgli stay in the jungle
if he will show him the secret of ‘man’s red fire.’  After his adventures, Mowgli is lead back to the man
village but is reluctant to go there. That is, until he sees the young woman collecting water at the river.  When she drops her bucket into the water, Mowgli retrieves it and follows her back to the village.
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The Jungle Book received positive critical reviews upon its release in 1967.  Time Magazine said that
the film had strayed from the original stories by Kipling but that “the result (was) thoroughly delightful
(and) is the happiest possible way to remember Walt Disney.”  It was nominated for Best Song at the
Academy Awards for The Bare Necessities. The Jungle Book was released in October 1967 with a
runtime of 78 minutes.

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Now that we've covered the eight films in The Silver Era of Disney Animation, it's time for you to
tell us your favorite!  Tweet your favorite film to @TMKBpodcast!


Robyn Fleenor is a contributing writer for The Mouse Knows Best Podcast. She is an avid Disney
fanatic and would rather be at Walt Disney World eating glazed almonds than anything else.  When
she isn't working to pay for her next Disney vacation, she likes to binge watch TV shows and fall in
love with fictional characters. She can be found tweeting at @rahrah6263.