In all my time watching Disney films, I had never seen So Dear To My Heart before. For that and other reasons I sat down to watch it with great interest. After all, here was a film that was produced in 1948, the very early days of live action at the Disney studio. It had some animated pieces as well as live action, but for such an early film in the Disney live action canon, I had heard very little about it.
That’s a real shame, because So Dear To My Heart is not only an important film in Disney history, it’s a great one as well. This is a movie that tugs at your heartstrings; it makes you cry, laugh and smile – sometimes all in the same sequence. Sure, it’s not original or very inventive, but watching this movie will show you where all the fun Disney sentimentality of future films came from.
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When you think about The Nightmare Before Christmas, you think of wild, goth-themed imagery and Halloween characters. There’s much more to Nightmare than that, though. Tim Burton has created a movie full of meaning with remarkable depth. It’s not just crazy images, rather there is a true, meaningful story behind the amazing images.
In case you’ve not seen it, you should. But the story is rather simple: Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, becomes enamored with Christmas after stumbling into Christmas Town. He makes the rash decision that he can do Christmas this year, going so far as to kidnap Santa Claus to give him a “vacation.” However, it turns out a Christmas done by Halloween ghouls is not a particularly appealing one, and Jack realizes his mistake and goes back to being the Pumpkin King of Halloween.
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