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19 Sep 2010, 12:49 pm

Believe it or not, there was a time when Disney's live-action movies were actually worthwhile, not the big jokes they are these days. Since I'm a Disney buff, I've seen some of their classic live-action movies, so I know what I'm talking about. Which ones do you think were the best.
Note: for the purpose of this discussion, let's leave out the ones that were done by subsidiaries like Touchstone or Miramax. I also think we should leave out the movies like Pete's Dragon or Mary Poppins which involved both live-action and animation.
Here's a few of my favorites:
1. Watcher in the Woods--If you don't think Disney can do scary movies, rent this one sometime. Bette Davis pulls off a stellar performance and the pacing is well done. Plus, it's not overdone with gore like many of today's horror films.
2. Pollyanna--Haley Mills at her best. Her performance is actually a great way to make a character likeable without making her annoying at the same time. It's even better than the Parent Trap, imho.
3. The Three Lives of Thomasina--A story told from a cat's pov about the three families that took care of her. The fact that it has a great opening song doesn't hurt either.
4. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea--Oh yeah! This is one of the best adaptations around. Captain Nemo is played in a rather menacing way, rather than the anti-villain you see in other versions, but it's pretty good.
5. Treasure Island--yes they did the original story and they recycled it in space. And both versions are done well.



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19 Sep 2010, 2:02 pm

Does the Pirates Of The Caribbean Trilogy count? If not please respond.



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19 Sep 2010, 2:06 pm

yeah, i guess they still do some enjoyable stuff. But then there's the godawful stuff like Tooth Fairy.
Rock, why did you sign up for that movie? What happenned to the funny wrestler we used to know and love?



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19 Sep 2010, 5:07 pm

A lot of tough guy actors do these sorts of things e.g. Hulk Hogan, Arnold Schwarzenegger.



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19 Sep 2010, 6:29 pm

I actually haven't seen very many live action films from Disney, except for The Parent Trap - the one with Lindsay Lohan.



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21 Sep 2010, 5:48 pm

Live Action Disney-love a lot of them

Pollyanna
The Three Lives of Tomasina
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
The Shaggy Dog
Swiss Family Robinson
Absent-Minded Professor
Big Red
That Darn Cat!
The Ugly Dachshund
Blackbeard's Ghost
The Love Bug
Escape to Witch Mountain (Original)
Freaky Friday (Original with Jodie Foster)
Return From Witch Mountain
Tron
Journey of Natty Gann
Honey I Shrunk The Kids


Of Course, there are a bunch I still loved in the 1990s, but after that I never really watched Disney.

The Rocketeer
Newsies
Cool Runnings
Angels in the Outfield
The Santa Clause
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
Mighty Joe Young

Ok, I lied. 2000 and beyond
Remember The Titans
The Princess Diaries
Holes
Pirates of the Caribbean 1,2,and 3
The Chronicles of Narnia so far
National Treasure 1 and 2
and Glory Road


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22 Sep 2010, 10:34 am

Blank Cheque. A film reviewed by the Nostalgia Critic