The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)

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The Apple Dumpling Gang was a film said to be the most successful Disney film of the 1970’s, hence it was only natural that a sequel to it would be made. However, this sequel would not star the main characters, Dusty and Donovan, from the first movie. Instead, it would focus on what many people would consider the runaway hit characters from the first film: the bumbling thieves, Theodore and Amos.

A similar decision was made in the original Pink Panther film series.

A similar decision was made in the original The Pink Panther film series.

So, is this film any good compared to The Apple Dumpling Gang or any good at all, for that matter? Or is this just a shoddy sequel created for the sole purpose of making money? Well, let’s take a look and find out!

And remember, SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

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Just when you thought the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy was finished, Disney pulled a George Lucas and continued the franchise. This time around, there’s no Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Naomie Harris, or most of Jack Sparrow’s pirate crew. This film would be just Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally, and a bunch of new characters.

So how does this film fare? Let’s find out!

And remember, SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Happy Anniversary To Me!

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Hello readers! Today is a joyous day for me as it’s been 1 year since I started this blog to review live-action Disney films. I’ve since reviewed 28 films (you can find them via the Index in the top left corner of the page) and enjoyed it passionately. And I look forward to continuing until I’ve seen and reviewed ALL the live-action, theatrically-released Disney films!

I just hope that y’all have been enjoying reading this blog as well. So, I have a couple of questions for y’all:

1) What is your general opinion about this blog and my reviews?

2) What is your favorite review of mine on this blog?

and 3) What is your least favorite review of mine on this blog?

My favorite review is my Saving Mr. Banks review and my least favorite is probably my Prom review as the movie itself was such a bore, thereby making my desire to review it nigh nonexistent.

I’m looking forward to hearing your answers!

The Parent Trap (1961)

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What do you get when you take a German book originally written as a movie scenario inspired by a movie and make a movie of it? You get a film franchise that includes one megahit film, three TV sequels, and a 90’s remake starring Lindsay Lohan.

Let’s take a look at the film that started it all! Here’s The Parent Trap!

And remember, SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

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Jack Sparrow is back in this third installment of the beloved franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean. This film was actually filmed alongside the second one and follows it nigh immediately. So, I recommend for you to read my Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest review first before reading this one (if you haven’t done so already), because I’m not going to go over things that I’ve already gone over in that review.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End!

And remember, SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

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When people think of a Disney movie similar to Mary Poppins, the one that comes to mind is Bedknobs and Broomsticks. And why not? It shares many similarities with Mary Poppins. They both feature heroines with supernatural abilities, both feature much of the same cast/crew, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks was actually worked on by Walt Disney himself while waiting for the final go-ahead from P.L. Travers for Mary Poppins.

So is the film that’s most similar to Mary Poppins any good? Let’s find out! By the way, I’ll be reviewing the restored edition of the film (the one that makes the movie like 140 minutes long)!

And remember, SPOILERS AHEAD!

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The Lone Ranger (2013)

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As soon as I heard about this movie being made, I realized that it was going to be a financial flop! Why did I think this? Well, 2 reasons:

1) The last two attempts to make a movie based on this radio series character from the 30’s were unsuccessful. And if they were unsuccessful in the years 1981 and 2003, I really didn’t see a 2013 film behaving any differently.

The 2013 version shall join his branded brethren.

The 2013 version would most assuredly join his branded brethren.

2) This film kept getting pushed back due to budget concerns and that’s almost never a good sign.

Nevertheless, Disney thought that they could make a profit with this film and even went so far as to secure their beliefs by casting one of their biggest stars, Johnny Depp, in the film. Yet, the film still flopped!

"That doesn't make any sense to me."

“That doesn’t make any sense to me.”

But does that mean that the film is no good? Well, let’s find out! (10 points to people who read this review while wearing a mask!)

And remember, SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Babes in Toyland (1961)

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When people think of live-action Disney musicals, films like Mary Poppins or Bedknobs and Broomsticks come to mind. But the first live-action musical film that Walt Disney made was the 1961 film, Babes in Toyland. Based on an operetta of the same name, this would be only the 2nd theatrical adaptation of the film (the other being with Laurel and Hardy) and the first to be shown in Technicolor.

Is it worth watching? Should we give a darn about this Toyland place? Well, let’s find out!

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