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The Little Mermaid Review


Very Good
DIsney's animation team looked just about washed up (no pun intended) before The Little Mermaid hit theaters in 1989. Before The Little Mermaid, we had "classics" like The Great Mouse Detective and Oliver & Company. Afterwards, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King. The Little Mermaid was a turning point, reviving Disney's animation studio by grossing almost $110 million at the box office. It was also the last hand-painted Disney film, and the first to use computer animation.

That said, The Little Mermaid is not that great of a movie. The story is simplistic to an extreme, and the animation is extremely crude, a rush job that looks better if you aren't wearing your glasses. But thanks to a spunky heroine with a clamshell brassiere, a menacing villain, singing animals, and some calypso-inspired tunes, The Little Mermaid was a hit with kids and adults. It's certainly not brain food, but give this fish the credit its due: Turning around Disney.

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The Music Man Review


Excellent
Robert Preston couldn't be any more perfect as Harold Hill, the smiling scoundrel who plans to trick tiny River City, Iowa out of its hard-earned cash through a bizarre plan: He creates bands using the local kids (which allegedly keeps them from getting into trouble at, gasp, pool halls and the like). Only Hill skips town with the money for the instruments before their first concert. Of course, it doesn't pan out that way when Hill falls in love... and when his detractors close in on him, well, sparks will fly. A great adaptation of a great musical, with all the parts working perfectly.

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Review


Very Good
It's also long, long, long... well, you get the picture. Mad, Mad World is the brainchild of director Stanley Kramer, best known for films like Inherit the Wind and Judgment at Nuremburg, who figured he really ought to take a shot at directing a comedy, and what the hell if it's over 3 hours long (his first cut was 5 1/2 hours, actually). Kramer hired every comedian in Hollywood -- counting cameos represents Mad, Mad World's special thrill -- and sent them on a chase across southern California in search of $350,000 that a dying Jimmy Durante alludes to after a car wreck. The ensuing adventures stretch the definition of the word madcap.

Of course, this is what we owe movies like Cannonball Run to. But the original will always reign as the only two-tape comedy on the rental rack. Enjoy.

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The Little Mermaid Review


Very Good
DIsney's animation team looked just about washed up (no pun intended) before The Little Mermaid hit theaters in 1989. Before The Little Mermaid, we had "classics" like The Great Mouse Detective and Oliver & Company. Afterwards, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King. The Little Mermaid was a turning point, reviving Disney's animation studio by grossing almost $110 million at the box office. It was also the last hand-painted Disney film, and the first to use computer animation.

That said, The Little Mermaid is not that great of a movie. The story is simplistic to an extreme, and the animation is extremely crude, a rush job that looks better if you aren't wearing your glasses. But thanks to a spunky heroine with a clamshell brassiere, a menacing villain, singing animals, and some calypso-inspired tunes, The Little Mermaid was a hit with kids and adults. It's certainly not brain food, but give this fish the credit its due: Turning around Disney.

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The Love Bug Review


Very Good
"Absurd" is a word that comes up in dialogue during the running time of The Love Bug.

And there's bo better way to describe this story, which features a VW Beetle named Herbie that takes it on itself to hook up a race car driver (Dean Jones) and an auto salesroom employee (Michele Lee). How? He can drive himself, ensure doors remain locked when our would-be lovebirds are inside. He's also got incredible power beyond his modest means: Jones even decides to race Herbie, winning every race he enters.

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