The Hunchback of Notre Dame is this week’s feature movie on Animation Monday. The movie was released during what is viewed now as Disney’s second decline in animated movies. Things were starting to move from hand-drawn animation to computer-aided and then finally computer-animated movies. Given the size of Disney’s animation department, Disney was slow to adapt to this change. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released in 1996 when hand-drawn animated movies still had a place in theaters. Like Mulan and Hercules, it was a box office success. The film grossed $325 million on a budget of $100 million.
Welcome to Animation Monday and this week, we dive into the 20th movie released by Walt Disney Animation Studio….The AristoCats. The AristoCats premiered on December 11, 1970 before a full release on Christmas Eve in 1970. The film had a budget of $4 million dollars but made lots of money for the studio with a box office take of $55.7 million.
This film was one of only four films released by the studio in the 1970s along with Robin Hood, The Rescuers, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Like many animated movies of the time, The AristoCats is a short movie coming in at only 78 minutes in length.
Welcome back to Animation Monday. This week, we continued to focus on the early/World War 2-era of Disney movies with the sixth movie in the Walt Disney Animation Film collection.
This movie introduces Disney movie-goers to Donald Duck’s friend from Brazil, Jose Caroica. This is also the first of the “compilation” films that marked the World War 2 era of Disney movies. Saludos Amigos was four shorts combined into one longer movie. Donald Duck was the star of two of the shorts while Goofy started in a third. A new character, Pedro, started in the last short.
Disney has a lot of animated movies and shorts out there. The first volume of Animation Monday is going to focus on the films relased by Walt Disney Animation Studios. By the time, I’ve gone through all of them, there will be 56 films in total. Currently, there are 54 films but Zootopia and Moana will release during the series. I went into a random number generator to determine the order that I will review the films. There are some great runs of Disney movies and some dry spells and I wanted to break those up. I will attempt to watch the films before review but some of the films are hard to find even on the Disney Movies Anywhere app. Today, we start with the 8th movie released by Walt Disney Animation Studios.