Thursday, April 29, 2010

Disney Sequels Gone Bad

From the beginning, Walt Disney Studios has made amazing animated feature films from its first full length feature film, Snow White to The Lion King and more recently The Princess and the Frog. The films that have come out in theaters do well, but what about the ones that have gone straight to home video?

From what I've seen, every time Disney makes a sequel, it is never as good as the original film.

The only well known sequel films that were actually launched in theaters were The Rescuers Down Under and Fantasia 2000.

In 1994, the first Disney sequel on direct home video was Return of Jafar from the classic film, Aladdin. The film mostly focuses on the parrot, Iago, having a change of heart. It would have been better if the writers had come up with a better storyline.

Disney came out with a third chapter of Aladdin called Aladdin and the King of Thieves, which was loosely based on Alibaba and the Forty Thieves. This was followed by Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin which has a plot very similar to The Hobbit.

Afterwards a bunch of Disney sequels came out that were huge disappointments.

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Two sequels that should have been released right to VHS but instead opened in theaters were: Peter Pan: Return to Never Land and The Jungle Book 2. Both films were not well received by fans and did terribly in the box office.

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The only sequels that weren't total flunkers were The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time.

What film will be next to bring forth shame? A sequel to Dumbo? Alice in Wonderland? Pinocchio?

Thanks to John Lasseter, the DisneyToon Studio has canceled doing any more sequels and will instead focus on making spin-offs of some original films. Hopefully, Disney fans will not have to suffer watching more poorly written animated movies.

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All films belong to Walt Disney Studio.

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