Escape to Witch Mountain

Escape to Witch Mountain

A classic film in the Disney live-action arsenal, Escape to Witch Mountain was a 1975 feature based on Alexander Key’s 1968 sci-fi book about young orphaned siblings that display mysterious psychic powers. More eerie than scary, it charmed millions of young moviegoers, who still hold a fond place in their heart for this timeless offering. Continue reading...

Song of the South

Song of the South

The “Uncle Remus” stories penned by Joel Chandler Harris provided a perfect vehicle for Walt Disney to employ a technology he had long experimented with – the merging of animation with live actors. The cartoon pioneer first explored the possibilities in a short called Alice’s Wonderland as far back as 1923. It was finally time to put the techniques to the real test in a feature film, the result of which was The Song of the South. Continue reading...

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Almost a hybrid of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, this time around John Hughes offered a tale of true love, despite the hindrances of social class separation and ever-present high school peer pressure. Pretty in Pink, released in 1986, was one of the many films starring the “Brat pack” and perhaps the best of the bunch. Continue reading...

Old Yeller

Old Yeller

No other “boy and his dog” film has ever unleashed a collective waterfall of tears like the classic 1957 Walt Disney production, Old Yeller. Based upon a novel of the same name (written by Fred Gipson), Old Yeller is a touching, coming-of-age story that rarely leaves a dry eye in the house. Let's take a look back at this memorable film. Continue reading...

Swiss Family Robinson

Swiss Family Robinson

Apparently, most of America did indeed dream of a house in the trees. Disney's version of Johann David Wyss' Swiss Family Robinson allowed audiences to live that dream vicariously, and they responded by making the 1960 film Disney's biggest live-action hit to that date. Continue reading...

Valley Girl

Valley Girl

Like, oh my god, there was once this faraway place where teenage girls like totally created their own bitchin’ subculture and language. All right, perhaps it wasn’t so far away - a stone’s throw from downtown Los Angeles actually, in the suburban San Fernando Valley. These trendy inhabitants came to be lovingly known as Valley Girls, thanks to a memorable 1981 Frank Zappa song, “Valley Girl” in which he and his daughter Moon Unit openly mocked their lifestyle and their “Valspeak.” Two years later, the romantic comedy Valley Girl was released, paying homage to this little slice of Southern California subculture. And the result was nothing short of gnarly…fer sure. 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 Jerk

The Jerk

Once a writer for the Smothers Brothers, Steve Martin became a household name thanks to his antics on Saturday Night Live along with sell-out concerts, comedy albums, and the hit single "King Tut." In 1979, he finally made his big screen debut in the Carl Reiner film, The Jerk, a perfect pairing for his unique smart-but-stupid shtick. Continue reading...