Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Walt Disney Animation Studios Film Bracket Champion is...

... with 62 percent of the vote in the championship round, "The Lion King"!





ROAD TO THE TITLE


The Lion King - Animal Kingdom Region

First Round: def. (14) Atlantis: The Lost Empire, 91-9
Second Round: def. (6) Bambi, 95-5
Sweet Sixteen: def. (7) Wreck-It Ralph, 83-17
Elite Eight: def. (8) The Jungle Book, 92-8
Final Four: def. (3) Beauty and the Beast, 87-13
Final: def. (3) Aladdin, 62-38

Thanks to everyone who voted -- except for those of you who voted against the real champion, "Tangled" -- and on to planning for next year's bracket project. Could it be best Disney characters? Maybe, but that would probably be insane (and need a field of at least 256 to be anywhere near comprehensive).

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Disney Animated Films Bracket - Championship

It all comes down to this. Let's get right to it...

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUP


(3) Aladdin vs. (3) The Lion King






TALE OF THE TAPE

Aladdin The Lion King
Released 1992 1994
Princess Jasmine N/A
RT Freshness rating 94% 92%
IMDB Score 8.0 8.5
Box Office $217.4M $422.8M
Oscar noms 5 (2 wins) 4 (2 wins)
*Nala is not considered one of the 11 official Disney Princesses

ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP


Aladdin - Hollywood Studios Region

First Round: def. (14) Brother Bear, 90-10
Second Round: def. (6) Tarzan, 73-27
Sweet Sixteen: def. (2) Moana, 76-24
Elite Eight: def. (8) Hercules, 73-27
Final Four: def. (7) Mulan, 64-36

The Lion King - Animal Kingdom Region

First Round: def. (14) Atlantis: The Lost Empire, 91-9
Second Round: def. (6) Bambi, 95-5
Sweet Sixteen: def. (7) Wreck-It Ralph, 83-17
Elite Eight: def. (8) The Jungle Book, 92-8
Final Four: def. (3) Beauty and the Beast, 87-13



Both "Aladdin" and "The Lion King" have had similar roads to this point, but it's telling that no movie has even been able to take 20% of the vote away from "The Lion King." My prediction in this round is that "Aladdin" finally does that, but falls short of winning it all, as Simba & Company (not to be confused with "Oliver & Company") will take the crown. Long live the king.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Disney Animated Films Bracket - Final Four

It's an all-'90s affair in the Final Four, after "Mulan" (released in 1998) upset "The Little Mermaid" (1989) by just a handful of votes in the regional finals. All four of these movies are classics, but only two can advance to face off to determine the best Walt Disney Animation Studios movie of all-time.

(3) Aladdin vs. (7) Mulan







TALE OF THE TAPE

Aladdin Mulan
Released 1992 1998
Princess Jasmine Mulan
RT Freshness rating 94% 86%
IMDB Score 8.0 7.5
Box Office $217.4M $120.6M
Oscar noms 5 (2 wins) 1



(3) Beauty and the Beast vs. (3) The Lion King







TALE OF THE TAPE

Beauty and the Beast The Lion King
Released 1991 1994
Princess Belle N/A*
RT Freshness rating 93% 92%
IMDB Score 8.0 8.5
Box Office $218.9M $422.8M
Oscar noms 6 (2 wins) 4 (2 wins)
*Nala is not considered one of the 11 official Disney Princesses

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Disney Animated Films Bracket - Elite Eight

We've reached the regional finals of this tournament to determine the best movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and amazingly not a single 1-seed or 2-seed remains alive. There are two things you can take away from that: 1) most of the 1 and 2 seeds were either very old (e.g. "Snow White" and "Fantasia") or very new ("Moana", "Zootopia") and didn't fall into that sweet spot of nostalgia for the Twitter user base; and 2) there's very little separation at the top for great Disney movies. As I mentioned when I first posted the bracket, every movie seeded 9 or higher had a Rotten Tomatoes freshness rating of at least 80%. There were only a handful of actual bad movies in the entire field, so it's not entirely surprising to see the Elite Eight made up of three 3-seeds, three 8-seeds, a 4-seed and a 7-seed. Who will survive and advance one more time? On to the matchups...

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS REGION


(3) Aladdin vs. (8) Hercules





Prediction: Aladdin. "Hercules" got by "Frozen" in the previous round by a single vote, while "Aladdin" is probably one of the favorites to win it all at this point. This shouldn't be all that close, but you never know.


EPCOT REGION


(4) The Little Mermaid vs. (7) Mulan





Prediction: The Little Mermaid. This is another one that I don't expect to be very close, despite how strong "Mulan" has been during this tournament to this point. "The Little Mermaid" is such an incredibly strong movie and so rewatchable, even to this day.


MAGIC KINGDOM REGION


(3) Beauty and the Beast vs. (8) The Emperor's New Groove





Prediction: Beauty and the Beast. While I'm upset that "Tangled" lost to "The Emperor's New Groove" in the previous round, I at least get to avoid seeing it get stomped in this round. As good as the new live action "Beauty and the Beast" might be, the animated classic will always remain a favorite.


ANIMAL KINGDOM REGION


(3) The Lion King vs. (8) The Jungle Book





Prediction: The Lion King. Yes, I'm going chalk in this round. Do you see any reason not to, especially with this matchup? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Disney Animated Films Bracket - Sweet Sixteen

We started with 56 movies and now we're down to the final 16 -- half of which come from the period spanning 1989 to 2002. If I had to guess, the final four will all come from that period, but we'll see if there are any older or newer films that can throw a monkey wrench into this whole thing. On to this round's eight matchups.

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS REGION


(5) Frozen vs. (8) Hercules





Prediction: Hercules. "Frozen" has had two closer-than-expected wins, due largely in part to the backlash against the movie's success. Meanwhile, "Hercules" is still seen as an underrated gem from Disney's Renaissance period, and has been dominant so far.




(2) Moana vs. (3) Aladdin





Prediction: Aladdin. Disney released 15 movies between 1989 and 2002, and more than half of them are still alive in this bracket, an impressive run for a single time period. Aladdin is one of the best films from that period, so it shouldn't have any difficulty beating the most recent movie in the Disney canon.




EPCOT REGION


(1) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs vs. (4) The Little Mermaid





Prediction: The Little Mermaid. Amazingly, "Snow White" is the only 1-seed left standing at this point in the bracket, and it's not going to be standing much longer. While "The Little Mermaid" came out in 1989, it generally gets lumped in with the '90s films that followed. It's also really good.




(7) Mulan vs. (11) The Fox and the Hound





Prediction: Mulan. At this point, it's going to take a lot to get me to pick against a '90s movie. "The Fox and the Hound" certainly packs an emotional punch, but not one strong enough to knock out "Mulan."




MAGIC KINGDOM REGION


(5) Tangled vs. (8) The Emperor's New Groove





Prediction: Tangled. Again, I'm mostly picking this in a misguided attempt to will it into happening. As I've mentioned many times before, "Tangled" is my favorite Disney movie, and I'd love to see it advance one more time.




(3) Beauty and the Beast vs. (7) Lilo & Stitch





Prediction: Beauty and the Beast. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see "Beauty and the Beast" win it all at this point. "Lilo & Stitch" had a nice run, but it probably ends here.




ANIMAL KINGDOM REGION


(8) The Jungle Book vs. (13) Robin Hood





Prediction: Robin Hood. The lowest remaining seed in the field, "Robin Hood" has had an unlikely run to the Sweet 16, one that I don't see ending just yet. Amazingly, "The Jungle Book" was able to knock off a 1-seed, but will struggle against a 13. How weird is that?




(3) The Lion King vs. (7) Wreck-It Ralph





Prediction: The Lion King. Hot take: "Wreck-It Ralph" is a better movie than "The Lion King." Less hot take: it won't matter here. "The Lion King" is a near-certainty to advance here, and then likely reach the Final Four.