Stomping out their usual cuteness and carbon copying Disney's grand animation style to a tee, directors Don Bluth and Gary Goldman (An American Tail) create a successful musical comedy from the story of the lost Russian princess. Adapting the story of imperialism and revolution is tricky, and subsequently the film's opening is weak. Once Anya (voiced by Meg Ryan, sung by Liz Callaway) is a teenager and on her own (suffering from some degree of amnesia), Anastasia is quite pleasing though never refreshingly new. 20th Century Fox's big-money gamble to horn in on Disney's realm is worthy. The songs, especially the recurrent "Once Upon a December" by Broadway team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, are better than Disney's recent efforts. It's worth picking up the soundtrack. The mix of cell animation and computer work is vivid. The collection of vocal talent is also strong, from John Cusack (as Dimitri, who wants to earn the reward by bringing Anya to Paris) to Hank Azaria as an amusing albino bat. Kelsey Grammer helps turn a roly-poly sidekick into a warm and strong supporting character. The biggest drawback is Bluth/Goldman's insistence on having a typical villain. Surprisingly, the story would be strong enough without one and the undead corpse of Rasputin (Christopher Lloyd) is unneeded and unoriginal. --Doug Thomas
A young Native American hunter seeks vengence against a bear, only to find himself magically changed into the beast he hates with his own brother hot on his trail.
TINKERBELL AND THE SECRET OF THE WINGS takes Tinker Bell and her fairy friends from the warm world of Pixie Hollow to cross a "great divide" into the mysterious and forbidden Winter Woods.
Enjoy all the spellbinding episodes of pretty teen witch Sabrina Spellman (Melissa Joan Hart) and her talking black cat, Salem (voice of Nick Bakay), as they conjure up outrageous mischief. Sabrina The Teenage Witchâ¢ brilliantly combines the supernatural world of magic with the normal life of a teenage girl. Enjoy all 162 spellbinding episodes in this 24 - disc, 7- season collection, now on DVD!
Titles Comprise:Postman Pat SDS: Pat To The RescuePostman Pat SDS: A Brand New MissionPostman Pat SDS: A Super MissionPostman Pat SDS: A Speedy DeliveryPostman Pat SDS: Flying Christmas Stoking
The epic battle to defeat the evil Empire continues in Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Two! As Ezra continues his journey to become a Jedi under Kanan's guidance, the crew of the Ghost bands together with a secret rebel cell and ex-soldiers from the Clone Wars to join a fledgling alliance to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. But the dark side looms large as Darth Vader dispatches new Inquisitors, setting the stage for a climactic showdown in which terrible truths will be revealed and the lives of our heroes will be changed forever.
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride is another made-for-video sequel to a Disney masterpiece. As with the Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas sequels, most of the recognisable vocal talents return, creating a worthwhile successor to the highest-grossing animated film ever. We pick up the story as the lion king, Simba (voiced by Matthew Broderick) and Nala (Moira Kelly) have a new baby cub, a girl named Kiara (Neve Campbell). Like her father before, she seeks adventure and ends up outside the Pridelands, where lions loyal to the evil Scar (who died in the original) have lived with revenge in their hearts. The leader, Zira (a spunky turn from Suzanne Pleshette), schemes to use her son Kovu (Jason Marsden) to destroy Simba. As luck with have it, Kiara has bumped into Kovu and fallen in love. This all sounds familiar since all of Disney's straight-to-video sequels have played it very safe, nearly repeating the originals' story, tone, and pace. Perhaps there were too many cooks for this production. Besides the two screenplay credits, there are eight other writers credited for additional written material. The look of the film has none of the surprise of the original but is far superior to other animated videos. In fact, the film played in European cinemas. For children, the sequel will be a favourite. The comic antics of Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumba (Ernie Sabella) are enjoyable, as is Andy Dick as Nuka, the mixed-up older son of Zira. And there's plenty of action. The best element is the music. Relying on more African-influenced music, the five songs featured are far superior to those in Disney's other sequels. Zira's song of revenge, "My Lullaby," was cowritten by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon. The oustanding opening number, "He Lives in You", was created for the Lion King Broadway smash and now finds a whole new audience. --Doug Thomas
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The jungle has never looked so lush and sounded so good! Now on Blu-ray for the first time Disney's song-filled celebration comes vibrantly to life with a new digital restoration and glorious high definition picture. Meet the most unforgettable characters and embark on a thrilling adventure with Mowgli as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns The Bare Necessities of life from happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear. Meet Bagheera the wise old panther and crazy King Louie the orangutan. But watch out for cunning Shere Khan the tiger and Kaa the ssssneakiest snake in the jungle! Bursting with wild fun toe-tapping music and beloved characters this timeless masterpiece celebrates the true meaning of friendship. Experience all the excitement of Disney's jumpin' jungle classic and share the wonder with someone you love. Special Features: I Wan'na Be Like You: Hangin' Out at Disney's Animal Kingdom Alternate Ending Growing Up with Nine Old Men Classic DVD Bonus Features: Audio Commentary with Composer Richard M. Sherman Animator Andreas Deja and The Voice of Mowgli Bruce Reitherman Plus Special Guest Archival Appearances Backstage Disney The Bare Necessities: The Making of The Jungle Book - Walt's Lasting Impressions Kings of the Jungle Drawn to the Voices The Jungle Beat The Last Act Disney's Kipling: Walt's Magic Touch on a Literary Classic The Lure of the Jungle Book Mowgli's Return to the Wild Frank and Ollie Discuss Character Animation Deleted Scene: The Lost Character - Rocky the Rhino Disneypedia Junglemania Music and More: Deleted Songs Composed by Terry Gilkyson - Brothers All The Song of the Seeonee The Bare Necessities (Demo Version) Monkey See Monkey Do I Knew I Belonged to Her In a Days Work The Mighty Hunters I Wan'na Be Like You Music Video Sing Along with the Movie Introduction by Richard Sherman (for International Only)
Contains All 25 Epiosdes From Series 1 & 2! Episodes Comprise: Series 1 What a Night for a Knight A Clue for Scooby Doo Hassle in the Castle Mine Your Own Business Decoy for a Dognapper What the Hex Going On? Never Ape an Ape Man Foul Play in Funland The Backstage Rage Bedlam in the Big Top A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts Scooby-Doo and a Mummy Too Which Witch Is Which? Go Away Ghost Ship Spooky Space Kook Series 2 A Night of Fright Is No Delight That's Snow Ghost Nowhere to Hyde Mystery Mask Mix-Up Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright Jeepers It's the Creeper Haunted House Hang-Up A Tiki Scare Is No Fair Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf? Don't Fool with a Phantom
Disney's 35th animated classic 'Hercules' is the funniest most imaginative musical adventure yet! Bestowed with superhuman strength a young mortal named Hercules sets out to prove himself a hero in the eyes of his father the great god Zeus. Along with his friends Pegasus a flying horse and Phil a personal trainer Hercules is tricked by the hilarious hotheaded villain Hades who's plotting to take over Mount Olympus! Hercules must now choose between his legendary strength an
A young scullery boy named Wart is taught amazing lessons by the wizard Merlin who turns him into a fish a bird and a squirrel so that he might understand the mysteries of life. Such lessons help the boy succeed where for centuries thousands of might men had failed. Whoever removes the wondrous golden sword embedded in a large stone will be crowned Arthur King of England! Brilliantly executed and peopled with unforgettable characters The Sword in the Stone is the best of both worlds: a legend and a Disney Classic!
Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 2" picks up as Andy heads off to Cowboy Camp, leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin, owner of Al's Toy Barn, kidnaps Woody.
Padua High in Seattle, Washington, has Smarties, Skids, Preppies, Granolas, Loners, and Lovers. The Beautiful People are the jocks and cheerleaders you don't talk to unless they talk to you first.
What can two little mice possibly do to save an orphan girl who's fallen into evil hands? With The Rescuers anything is possible! As members of the mouse-run International Rescue Aid Society, Bernard and Miss Bianca respond to orphan Penny's call for help. The two mice search for clues and with the help of an old cat named Rufus they track Penny to the clutches of the evil Madame Medusa in a dilapidated ship in Devil's Bayou. It turns out that Medusa is using Penny to locate and retrieve the Devil's Eye Diamond--a stone she'll stop at nothing to possess. With a cunning plan, courageous acts, cooperation from local animal life and lots of faith, Bernard and Miss Bianca try to help Penny find the diamond and escape from Medusa. This somewhat dark, classic 1977 animated Disney film is based on Margery Sharp's book, The Rescuers and Miss Bianca, and features the Academy Award-nominated song "Someone's Waiting for You". Voice talents include Eva Gabor as Miss Bianca, Bob Newhart as Bernard, Geraldine Page as Madame Medusa and Jim Jordan as Orville Albatross. The sequel is The Rescuers Down Under. (Ages 5 to 11) --Tami Horiuchi, Amazon.com
Acclaimed adaptation of the Victor Hugo story of disfigured bellringer Quasimodo who smitten by gypsy dancing girl Esmeralda must assert his independence from a nasty government minister and ultimately save the life of his friend...
Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.
Having proven itself as a favourite film of children around the world, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is every bit as entertaining now as it was when originally released in 1971. There's a timeless appeal to Roald Dahl's classic children's novel, which was playfully preserved in this charming musical, from the colourful carnival-like splendour of its production design to the infectious melody of the "Oompah-Loompah" songs that punctuate the story. Who can forget those diminutive Oompah-loompah workers who recite rhyming parental warnings ("Oompah-loompah, doopity do...") whenever some mischievous child has disobeyed Willy Wonka's orders to remain orderly? Oh, but we're getting ahead of ourselves ... it's really the story of the impoverished Charlie Bucket, who, along with four other kids and their parental guests, wins a coveted golden ticket to enter the fantastic realm of Wonka's mysterious confectionery. After the other kids have proven themselves to be irresponsible brats, it's Charlie who impresses Wonka and wins a reward beyond his wildest dreams. But before that, the tour of Wonka's factory provides a dazzling parade of delights, and with Gene Wilder giving a brilliant performance as the eccentric candyman, Wonka gains an edge of menace and madness that nicely counterbalances the movie's sentimental sweetness. It's that willingness to risk a darker tone--to show that even a wonderland like Wonka's can be a weird and dangerous place if you're a bad kid--that makes this an enduring family classic. --Jeff Shannon
This new Disney animated feature is set in a mythical South American land and tells of an arrogant emperor who learns a valuable lesson about life when an evil sorceress plots to take over his empire.
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