Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

We’ve finally arrived at The Fox and the Hound 2, and I can finally tell you all a story that will not make me look very intelligent or noble, but will maybe clear some things up, anyway. It’s come up more than once during this misbegotten slog through the direct-to-video Disney sequels that perhaps I […]

The responsible critic is supposed to at least give a movie the chance to defend itself, and this I did not do with Bambi II: I approached it with knives drawn, and have only myself to blame for hating it as much as I had every intention of doing. This is not, after all, like […]

Does 2005’s Tarzan II deserve bonus points just for not looking like ass as much as Tarzan & Jane? I don’t really know. I’m giving it those points anyway. In fact, not only is Tarzan II visually improved over its hugely unimpressive predecessor, I’m at least a little bit tempted to call it the single […]

In this film-by-film wallow in the depths of Disney’s direct-to-video sequels and spinoffs of their more respectable theatrical animated features, I had initially been compelled to skip right over 1999’s Hercules: Zero to Hero. Happily – for an extremely specific sense of the word “happy” – reader Todd Draper had my back, and has been […]

First, the petty, niggling point: by the strictest definition, Belle’s Magical World and Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World are two different features. Initially, the second sequel – if that’s even the right word – to the luminous Disney classic Beauty and the Beast was released under the shorter of its two titles on […]

The considerable success of Aladdin and the King of Thieves, I suspect, is the proximate cause that transformed the direct-to-video sequel from curiosity to major revenue stream for Disney in the late ’90s; the real glut of DTV projects started coming out at just about the perfect time to have been greenlit right around the […]