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Birds in the Spring is a 1933 Disney Silly Symphony film. It is a cliched Silly Symphony. We follow the hatchling of the birds, than we see their parents teach them how to sing. Than afterwards one baby bird wanders away and encounters a rattlesnake and hornets.
We follow the birds and the parents are as annoying as ever. It’s message in the end is typical and all of the plot points that happened here are beyond familiar and obvious.
The animation is expectedly splendid. I loved it’s colorful style and not only do the birds look endearing and well designed, the backgrounds are crisp and polished. The technical aspects elevate an otherwise tiresome flick.
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The amazing work on the Mickey Mouse cartoons of 1933 so far sets high bar for the Silly Symphonies to meet. Birds in the Spring doesn’t quite live up to that, I have to be honest. It is still a good short, and it has moments of wonderful work, but overall falls short of the Mickeys. In some ways, he is reminiscent of Pluto.
Contrast this bird’s actions with those of Pluto in Mickey’s Pal Pluto. Pluto also causes some unintentional chaos, but then redeems himself with the heroic rescue of the kittens from the well. This bird does no such thing, but instead ends up being reprimanded by his father as the short ends. Like I said, this short is enjoyable, and it features some good character design and animation on the lead bird, as well as some nice color and backgrounds.
Pinocchio is the second animated feature film produced by Disney. Gepetto (Christian Rub) is a wood-carver that carves a wooden puppet named Pinocchio (Dickie Jones). A living puppet is brought to life by a blue fairy (Evelyn Venable), who informs him that he can become a real boy if he proves himself to be brave, truthful, and unselfish. The real efforts evemtually become a real boy involve that encounters a host of unsavory characters.
This gives a realistic movement to vehicles, machinery and natural elements such as rain, lightning, smoke, shadows and water. The film was released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on February 23, 1940. When Walt Disney Productions was developing the story for their film version of Pinocchio (1940) they intended to keep the obnoxious aspects from the original character.
Walt had made alterations that were to incorporate traits of mischief and innocence to make Pinocchio more likable. Today the film is considered the finest Disney feature ever made, and one of the greatest animated films of all time, with a rare 100% rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes.
The theme song from the 1940 film has become an iconic anthem for the Walt Disney Company at large. It is used in the opening logo sequence of all Disney films and during parades and shows at Disney’s theme parks and cruises. And not for nothing — the song is truly a mission statement for Disney Dreams are for everyone, no matter who you are. The songs in Pinocchio were composed by Leigh Harline with lyrics by Ned Washington. Leigh Harline and Paul J. Smith composed the incidental music score. Jiminy Cricket’s song, When You Wish Upon A Star, became a major hit and is still identified with the film, and later as the theme song of The Walt Disney Company itself. The soundtrack won an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
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How Green Was My Valley was at the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. Life is hard in a Welsh mining town and no less so for the Morgan family. Seen through the eyes of the family’s youngest, Huw, we learn of the family’s trials and tribulations. Family patriarch Gwilym and his older sons work in the mines, dangerous and unhealthy as it is.
How Green Was My Valley won for Best Movie in 1942 and beat out Citizen Kane, and Sergeant York. Did you also know Gary Cooper won for Best Actor over Cary Grant, and Orson Welles. The 14th Academy Awards honored American film achievements in 1941 and was held in the Biltmore Bowl at the Biltmore Hotel. The ceremony is now considered notable, in retrospect, as the year in which Citizen Kane failed to win Best Picture. Ford won his third award for Best Director, becoming the second to accomplish three wins in that category, and the first to win in consecutive years (having won for The Grapes of Wrath the previous year).
John Ford won for Best Director and Donald Crisp won for Best Supporting Actor. Most awards went to How Green Was My Valley five times.
Drum roll please…How Green Was My Valley for Art Direction by Richard Day and Nathan Juran. Set Decoration: Thomas Little. Other Awards Best Cinematography, Black and White went to How Green Was My Valley by Arthur C. Miller.
Miracle February 22, 2017 was the 37th Anniversary of the Miracle on Ice game vs. the former Soviet Union. Friday will be the anniversary date of Team USA beating Finland to clinch the gold medal. The University of Minnesota head coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) interviews with the United States Olympic Committee for the national team coach’s job, discussing his philosophy on how to beat the Soviet team, calling for changes to the practice schedule and strategy. There is the added context that these Olympic games are occurring during the Cold War, making the Soviet team even more important than they already were.
Gavin O’Connor directed and Mark Ciardi produced the movie. Both are drawn to inspirational stories and they decided to take on the Greatest Sports Moment of the 20th Century. They chose to focus on the determination and focus of coach Herb Brooks. O’Connor knew from the beginning that he wanted to cast Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks because he needed someone with an athletic background and a fiery passion for sports. The casting of the team consisted of real hockey players to give the film a raw and accurate feel. O’Connor figured it would be easier to teach hockey players to act than to teach actors to play hockey. On-ice tryouts were held in New York, Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Vancouver. Another tryout was held in Vancouver for the Soviet and European teams.
There are a total of 133 different hockey plays in the film. To accomplish this, the directors turned to ReelSports Solutions, who had helped with the producers on a previous movie, The Rookie. The ReelSports team referred to coach Herb Brooks for information on practices, plays, equipment, and uniform styles. Each fight and stunt scene was choreographed to ensure the actors’ safety. Players went through a six-week training camp to relearn the game in older equipment.
Herb Brooks beat the seemingly unbeatable Soviets at their own game. Starting with a handpicked group of 26 undisciplined kids, Brooks coached them to play like they never played before, and turned 20 of them into a team that believed they could achieve the unachievable – and in the process, united a nation with a new feeling of hope.
Slap Shot is a 1977 comedy film directed by George Roy Hill, written by Nancy Dowd and starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean. It depicts a minor league hockey team that resorts to violent play to gain popularity in a declining factory town. A perennial loser for years, the team’s manager Joe McGrath (Strother Martin) has resorted to cost-cutting techniques and promotional antics to keep local interest alive.
The Hansaon brothers, bespectacled violent goons with childlike mentalities, complete with toys in their luggage. Horrified at being given players who seem stupid, immature, and unreliable, Dunlop initially chooses not to play them.
The original screenplay Slap Shot by Nancy Dowd is based in part on her brother Ned Dowd’s experiences playing minor league hockey in the 1970s. This is during which time violence in the minors was the selling point of the game. Nancy Dowd used her brother Ned and a number of his Johnstown Jets teammates in Slap Shot. Ned Dowd portraying Syracuse goon Ogie Ogilthorpe. He later used the role to launch a career as a Hollywood character actor an assistant director and eventually a line producer. The characters of the Hanson Brothers are based on three actual brothers: Jeff, Steve, and Jack Carlson. The Hanson brothers played with Ned Dowd on the Jets. The character of Dave Killer Carlson is based on then-Jets player Dave Killer Hanson. Steve and Jeff Carlson played their Hanson brother counterparts in the film. By filming time Jack Carlson had been called up by the Edmonton Oilers the WHA to play in the playoffs. Dave Hanson moved into the role of Jack Hanson and actor Jerry Houser was hired for the role of Killer Carlson.
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Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn) is the young daughter of the Larrabee family’s chauffeur, Thomas (John Williams), and she has been in love with David Larrabee (William Holden) all her life. David is an oft-married, idle playboy, crazy for women, who has never noticed Sabrina, much to her and the household staff’s dismay. Distraught, she leaves her father a suicide note and tries to kill herself by carbon monoxide poisoning. She fails when David’s workaholic older brother, Linus (Humphrey Bogart) intervenes.
She studies in Paris called Mount Douglas, and after 2 years she returns home as an attractive and sophisticated woman. David, after initially not recognizing her, is quickly drawn to her.
Linus sees this and fears that David’s imminent marriage to Elizabeth Tyson (Martha Hyer) may be endangered. If the engagement is broken, it would ruin a profitable opportunity on a great corporate merger between Larrabee Industries and Elizabeth’s very wealthy father’s business. Linus confronts David about his irresponsibility to the family, the business, and Elizabeth, but David is unrepentant.
Linus then tries to distract Sabrina from David by drawing her affections to himself. He succeeds, but in the process falls in love with her, though he cannot admit this even to himself.
Linus reveals his maneuver to Sabrina, leaving her disillusioned about him and David. Sabrina agrees to leave and never come back, and Linus arranges for her to return to Paris by ship the next day.
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