The Love Bug

The Love Bug

Even with a star-studded cast that included Dean Jones, David Tomlinson, Buddy Hackett, and Michele Lee, there was no misconception with audiences as to who was the real star of Walt Disney's The Love Bug. That title belonged solely to Number 53, a sassy white Volkswagen Beetle, complete with blue and red pinstripes and a whole lot of attitude in this 1968 classic. Continue reading...

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

A.A. Milne's beloved characters came to animated life in Disney's The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Released in 1977, the film was actually a compilation of three separate stories - Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too - each of which had been shown previously as a theatrical short (Blustery Day won a posthumous Oscar for Walt Disney in 1969). The packaged format gave Pooh, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Eeyore and the others a broader audience on which to work their easygoing charms. Continue reading...

The Monster Squad

The Monster Squad

Plenty of monsters have come and gone over the years, but it’s not often you get a collection of, count em’, five classic creatures in one movie. To experience this quintuplet of creeps, one must watch The Monster Squad. Released in 1987, the all-star team of terror included Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, the Wolfman, and Gillman (from The Creature From the Black Lagoon, in case his name draws a blank.) That’s a lotta monster bang for the buck. Throw in a special appearance by Van Helsing, a few bad vampire babes and a bunch of monster-obsessed kids and you have the makings for a pretty cool movie. Continue reading...

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol

When he wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, author Charles Dickens had no way of knowing that his book would be turned into literally dozens of different stage and screen adaptations. And, even if had possessed such remarkable foresight, it is certain that he never would have envisioned his character, Bob Cratchit, portrayed by a lovable green frog with ping-pong ball eyes. Continue reading...

The Muppet Movie

The Muppet Movie

Reminiscent of the old Bob Hope/Bing Cosby road movies, The Muppet Movie, released in 1979, is a movie within a movie, as Kermit the Frog attempts to explain to his young nephew, though a movie, how the gang of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and friends managed to cross paths. Kermit does admit that his account may be slightly fictionalized but, real or not, the resulting tale is full of charm and non-stop laughs that could only come from the mind of Jim Henson. Continue reading...

The Naked Gun

The Naked Gun

Considering the many years that Leslie Nielson spent playing serious roles, few realized the zany sense of humor he possessed until he portrayed a doctor in the smash hit comedy, Airplane. Two years later, he continued the shtick in the very short-lived television series, Police Squad, playing Lieutenant Frank Drebin. For those that may have missed that little piece of TV comedy gold, he eventually took the character to the big screen in The Naked Gun. Released in 1988, there was no joke or sight gag too silly to milk for every laugh it was worth. Of course, the true charm was in Nielson’s ability to always keep a straight face. Continue reading...

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The NeverEnding Story

When The NeverEnding Story was released in 1984, it was without the blessing of the author who wrote the original book of the same title. Michael Ende was displeased with the creative liberties the film took. His disowning of the movie did little harm to the box office receipts, however, as The NeverEnding Story would go on to win the hearts of many a young fantasy fan. Continue reading...

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

The residents in the town of Halloween take delight in fright. Each creepy and ugly, they aren’t malicious; scaring is just part of their job - in the delightful 1993 holiday offering by director (and former Disney animator) Tim Burton - The Nightmare Before Christmas. In this merging of two beloved holidays, Burton brought his delightfully macabre story to life with the utilization of stop-motion animation and a wonderful musical score by composer Danny Elfman. The result was a film that quickly became a must-see during every holiday season. Continue reading...