Posted 16 December 2009 - 07:34 PM
I guess I could mention The Family Way (1966) -- which has been my official third-favorite movie ever for nearly 20 years now -- but the primary reason other people don't love it is because they simply haven't seen it. I don't think it was even released on home video in North America until earlier this year (or was it last year? anyway, it was very recently).
N.W. Douglas wrote:
: From Russia With Love, easily the best film in the Bond canon.
Is this one really suffering from a lack of love? I know Connery says it's his favorite of the bunch.
: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996). My favourite animated film, and favourite Disney film. Every time Disney's 90's renaissance is mentioned, this one gets overlooked.
Technically, I'd say the renaissance was more of a late-'80s, early-'90s thing -- basically the period when Jeffrey Katzenberg was running the animation department. One of Katzenberg's first triumphs was Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which was the 2nd-highest-grossing film of 1988 (after Rain Man) and proved that cartoons could appeal to a wide, grown-up audience and not just to "family" audiences; it was followed by the Ashman-Menken Broadway-style musicals The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Aladdin (1992); and those, in turn, were followed by the inexplicably but phenomenally successful The Lion King (1994), which became the top-grossing cartoon of all time. A few months later, Katzenberg left Disney in a huff to co-found DreamWorks, and Disney was never the same without him; when I hear "Disney in the '90s", I think of middling (and sometimes struggling, box-office-wise) mid- to late-'90s fare like Pocahontas, Hercules, Mulan and, yes, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The films released in this period were not without their merits, but they are not generally considered part of the "renaissance", unless I'm mistaken; indeed, they tend to be overshadowed by the rise of feature-length CG, which was a whole other trend that began with Pixar's Toy Story (the top-grossing film of 1995) and continued with A Bug's Life (1998), Antz (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999) and so on.