Saturday, February 1, 2014

*Disney Week* Disney Sequels: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Part 2, y'all.

Controversial opinion: Disney sequels aren't all that bad.

Now hear me out. I understand they have major shortcomings. But I also think they have some good qualities, which are often overlooked. People are too quick to judge Disney sequels, but we must consider everything before we make up our minds. So let's start with...

The Good

What's good about Disney sequels? Well, put aside your obnoxious sequels ruin the original mentality and recognize what I'm about to say. Disney characters are some of the most beloved film characters in the world #fact.

So it's only natural that we'd want to check up on their lives after the original movie ends. No sequel does this better than The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. Seriously, that is the best Disney sequel and if you haven't seen it, you're wrong.

Other sequels, or rather midquels, take place in the middle of the original film, which may sound stupid, but you wouldn't know a beautiful midquel until you've watched Bambi recover from the death of his mother, try to form a relationship with his father, and impress the girl of his dreams in the masterpiece that is Bambi 2.

The Bad

Obviously, there are a lot of things wrong with Disney sequels. A good number of them are unwatchable, like Beauty and the Beast: the Enchanted Christmas or The Little Mermaid III: Ariel's Beginning. At their worst, the sequels introduce the unbearable offspring of its original characters, like Melody and Jane of The Little Mermaid II and Return to Neverland, respectively.

Then there's the fact that many of the sequels are, in fact unnecessary. Cinderella II: Dreams Do Come True is made up of three episodes from a scrapped television series. Atlantis: Milo's Return is a sequel to a film nobody saw, much less liked. And Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World only further bastardizes the actual story of Pocahontas.

The Ugly

Many a Disney sequel just look like straight up crap. Don't be expecting award-winning animation, because you won't get it. Personally, I find the Aladdin sequels particularly offensive in that regard.

So even though the Walt Disney Company vowed to stop producing direct-to-DVD sequels in 2008 (I guess we can hold out hope for the occasional theatrically-released sequel like Return to Neverland and the Winnie the Pooh spin-offs?), I think there's still a lot to recommend these innocuous films. So what are you waiting for? Pop Mulan 2 into your DVD player and see for yourself!


Taylor said...

I think Jane and Melody need their own article!

Taylor said...

I think Jane and Melody need their own article!