Thursday, March 23, 2017

Disney Animated Films Bracket - Championship

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


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


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


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


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


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...


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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."


(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.


(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.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Disney Animated Films Bracket - Animal Kingdom Region, Second Round

The Animal Kingdom Region lived up to its name in the first round, with seven of the eight movies that advanced (including the two byes) featuring animal protagonists -- and one featuring video game characters. Will this year's Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature live up to its lofty status as a 1-seed? Let's find out.


(1) Zootopia vs. (8) The Jungle Book

Prediction: The Jungle Book. "Zootopia" is really good, and was definitely worthy of winning the Oscar (though, personally, I would've gone with "Moana"). I just feel like it lacks the kind of timeless quality that makes a movie like "The Jungle Book" an all-time classic. But I could be wrong.

(5) Bolt vs. (13) Robin Hood

Prediction: Robin Hood. Woefully underseeded as a 13-seed, "Robin Hood" seems poised not only to win this matchup, but to breeze into the Elite 8 as well.

(3) The Lion King vs. (6) Bambi

Prediction: The Lion King. The '90s are gonna win again. If I'd been seeding the tournament by "feel" and not by Rotten Tomatoes scores, "The Lion King" almost certainly would've been a 1-seed.

(2) Dumbo vs. (7) Wreck-It Ralph

Prediction: Wreck-It Ralph. "Dumbo" is a bit of a weird case. Everyone remembers it as this story where Dumbo flies with the "help" of a magic feather, then learns he doesn't need the feather to fly -- he had the power in him all along! Except that's basically the last 5 minutes of the movie, and that's it. As it is, "Wreck-It Ralph" is a much more complete tale, and probably deserves to advance here.