Posted March 22 2005 - 11:25 AM
Cinderella is a powerful drama. If Alfred Hitchcock had ever directed an animated film, I bet his film would look a whole lot like Cinderella.
Visaully, and in some ways, thematically, Disney's Cinderlla bears a striking resemblance to Hitchcock's Rebecca, and because the Disney team was known to tip their hats to classic films and filmmakers within their own work (check out the nod to "Nosferatu" in 1941's Dumbo), I'd be willing to bet that somehwere deep in the story notes for Cinderella, Rebecca is mentioned as inspiration for the drama within the household.
Now, imagine someone doing "Rebecca II: Dreams Come True", where the new Mrs. De Winter helps the vicious Ms. Danvers get a boyfriend.
Why is it any more palatable in Disney's cheapquel?
Look at the ads for Bambi II. The Great Prince, He of Few Words, is talking like a male version of Julie Andrews in The Princess Diarires. Gone completely is the strength and maturity of his silence. The last words of dialogue between Bambi and the Great Prince (cut at the final moments, though in the final scene you can still see the Prince's mouth moving) were: "Now you must learn to walk alone."
This dialogue remained in Disney storybooks and LPs, and I was surprised on seeing the film for the first time at the age of 17 when the dialogue was missing.
Now you must learn to walk alone.
Yeah, lets see a direct-to-video about that.
Oh, no, we can't make a Disney sequel with integrity to the original source. After all, we're just using the popular characters to sell units. Go away, Ernest Rister, let us fart out our crap and pretend we're not ass-raping the legacy of Walt Disney.
I find it mighty curious that the same year the first direct-to-video title hit, every year after was a year of diminhshing returns. As more and more DTV crap hit the marketplace, as the influence of these began to be felt more and more in the feature wing, the farther the respect for Disney animation fell. The brand name value disappeared. The event status of a New Disney Animated Feature apparated like some character in a Harry Potter novel. Poof!
They glutted the market with crap, and the public eventually returned the favor.
THE GREAT PRINCE
A Prince does not say whoo-hoo.
Get that out of my face. Any fan of Bambi would be OUTRAGED by such garbage. Just like some modern company making some cheap piece of crap out of Casblanca or Citizen Kane or Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.
It's no different.