Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles

Of the genres popular when the 80s arrived, teen movies ranked towards the bottom of the list. Sure, there was an occasional gem in the crowd (My Bodyguard is an excellent example), but these rare treats were overshadowed by mostly crude offerings. When 1983 rolled around, a director named John Hughes raised the bar considerably, offering a film called Sixteen Candles that would define him as the genre's new master. Continue reading...

SpaceCamp

SpaceCamp

There are plenty of movies that revisit the childhood experience of attending summer camp. But, while most take place at some isolated lake in the woods where the biggest adventure is a canoe race, the 80s film SpaceCamp had loftier ambitions, instead choosing to launch its young guests into the stratosphere. Continue reading...

A Bug's Life

A Bug’s Life

Bugs crawling across movie screens were a common sight in the late 90s. While the folks at Dreamworks were infested with Antz, Disney/Pixar followed in their footsteps with A Bug’s Life, featuring a star-studded cast of critter voices and some revolutionary CGI animation for their “epic of miniature proportions.” Continue reading...

The Rescuers

The Rescuers

Despite it's reputation for stellar family entertainment, the 70s weren't exactly the golden age for Disney animation. One notable exception was The Rescuers. A somewhat darker endeavor than their typical fare, the studio spent four years and eight million dollars, utilizing a team of forty animators to create this classic cartoon adventure. Continue reading...

Doctor Dolittle

Doctor Dolittle

It’s a good thing the ability to talk to animals was wielded by the gentle-hearted Doctor Dolittle, whose greatest ambition was to locate the legendary Great Pink Sea Snail. Imagine the rebellious animal armies that he might have stirred up if that power was honed by the wrong hands: lions extending into the suburbs, fierce grizzlies rampaging through Wal-Mart, flocks of pigeons pecking city folk into submission. Continue reading...

An American Tail

An American Tail

Disney was not the only one making feature length animated movies as Don Bluth would gladly tell you. A Disney alum himself, Bluth directed An American Tail in 1986, a movie produced by Steven Spielberg's company, Amblin Entertainment. The film told the touching story of a young immigrant mouse that comes to America to avoid the tyranny of cats everywhere and finds his new home more terrifying and more wonderful than he ever imagined. Continue reading...

Earthquake

Earthquake

California has yet to fall into the ocean, but that didn't stop Hollywood from envisioning what it might be like if the big one hit Los Angeles. Released in 1974, and featuring an all-star cast, Earthquake shook many a theater audience back in the day and remains a classic example from the disaster genre. Continue reading...

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

Science has yet to find a way to merge a computer with the human brain, but that didn’t stop Disney from exploring the possibilities all the way back in 1969, in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. Starring Kurt Russell as lovable student Dexter Riley, it was the first in a trilogy of films that would follow his adventures on the campus of fictional Medfield College (last seen in the 1961 film, The Absent Minded Professor). Continue reading...