So, first I’ll give the summary to the movie of the Pre-1940s.
- The Adventures of Prince Achmed is taken from The Arabian Nights, the film tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse and sends the rider off on a flight to his death. But the prince foils the magician’s plan, and soars headlong into a series of wondrous adventures — joining forces with Aladdin and the Witch of the Fiery Mountains, doing battle with the sorcerer’s army of monsters and demons, and falling in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu.
Overall, I thought it was a good movie, especially for its time. The animation is just wonderful. I’ve never seen that type of art before, and I thought it was just so wonderful. I just disliked that I couldn’t really understand what was going on and that I hated the “hero” of the story. Also, some parts can be boring, while some parts can be extremely entertaining. Overall, I’d give the movie a high C+. I do know that people that have seen this movie like it a lot. So, remember this is my personal opinion, and I do recommend to at least watch it once.
2. The Tale of the Fox is in the story, Renard the fox is a charming creature who is so very clever that he often outsmarts even himself. Practically every animal in the kingdom has some complaint about being bamboozled by him, but when he flim-flams the king himself, something must be done. The king attacks Renard’s castle, which is ingeniously (if ineffectively) defended. Once Renard is captured the king can’t bring himself to harshly punish the errant rogue, and instead makes him his prime minister.
Overall, Reynard might be the protagonist of the movie, but that does not make him the hero. He is definitely the villain in this story. The wolf is the antagonist of the movie, but you seem to root more for him than Reynard. I did feel quite sorry for him. Originally, I thought the moral of the movie, was you shouldn’t take the easy route and don’t believe everything you hear. But, I’m not sure about that now, since Reynard was rewarded in the end of the movie. So, there is no moral to this movie. I wouldn’t recommend showing this movie to children. Also, I think there is a nod to the Looney Tunes which I thought was pretty cool. The movie has amazing animation, a good plot, and an amazing soundtrack. I don’t like how Reynard was rewarded in the movie, but besides that I don’t really have any complaints. I would recommend watching this movie. Personally, I prefer it over Prince Achmed and I’d give the movie a B+. (It would have an A, if it wasn’t for the whole ending scene.)
3. The New Gulliver is the story, a Communist re-telling of Gulliver’s Travels, is about a young boy who dreams of himself as a version of Gulliver who has landed in Lilliput suffering under capitalist inequality and exploitation.
Overall, I did not like this film at all. I could barely keep my eyes open. I was bored throughout the entire movie. A lot of the parts of the movie could be removed, and it wouldn’t make any difference to the movie. The only part I would recommend watching is the King’s reaction at the 30 min mark. It is hilarious and if you can, you should watch him laugh. The animation isn’t very good. It might be good for its time, but it does not come close to standards now. I don’t understand what the point of this movie was at all. I wouldn’t recommend this movie. I’d give it a D-.
4. The Seven Ravens is based on a Grimm fairy tale, the animated The Seven Ravens is the story of a young maiden whose brothers are placed under a curse. Turned into the ravens, the brothers can only be released from their spell by the girl — who doesn’t know how to pull this off. Complications ensue, culminating in the girl being condemned to the stake for witchcraft.
Overall, The movie was pretty good. The beginning and middle were good, although confusing at times, but the ending was terrible. The movie will leave you with tons of questions. The animation is brilliant, but the story doesn’t work as well. Also, why doesn’t the Princess or any of the characters have names? Besides, the few things, I would still recommend watching it. I’m not sure if children would enjoy the movie, because it is very slow-paced. So, it would just depend on the type of child. I was going to give the movie an A-, but that ending was really bad. So, the movie gets a B-.
5. The Academy Review of Walt Disney Cartoons is as the name suggests Walt Disney Cartoons that received an academy award. It isn’t an actual movie, but cartoon shorts.
Some cartoon shorts are really really good, and others are still good. Overall, the whole movie gets an A-.
6. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is about the beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one – her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs – Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love’s kiss can save her!
Overall, Snow White is a classic film. It is nearly 100 years and is still as popular as ever. Most of the characters are great. The villain is amazing, the leading lady is amazing, and the minor characters are amazing. The voice actors and actresses do an amazing job. The animation is perfect and can still hold by today’s standards. The music is great. This is an almost perfect film and is truly a notable achievement in cinema. So, far this is the only movie I would recommend to letting children watch and obviously I do recommend this movie to everyone. Overall, I give it an A+.
7. Gulliver’s Travels is about Gulliver being washed ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally-miniscule rival, Blefiscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the Princess and Prince of the opposing lands. In this he is alternately aided and hampered by the Lilliputian town crier and general fussbudget, Gabby. A life-threatening situation develops when the bumbling trio of Blefiscu spies, Sneak, Snoop, and Snitch, manage to steal Gulliver’s pistol.
Overall, The movie is alright. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen, but it’s not that good either. Besides, Gulliver, the other characters aren’t very likeable. The animation is just okay. The plot is pretty dumb. The songs aren’t bad, but they are just okay. It’s basically a mediocre movie. It’s not something I would want to watch again. No offense to those that do like it. I think young children might like the movie, because there are a lot of gags, and I think people that like Looney Tunes (which I like, but I’m not crazy over it) would like this film. Overall, the movie is decent and I rate it a B-.
I combined the 1920s and the 1930s together, because The Adventures of Prince Achmed is the only surviving animated film from the 1920s. It would win the 1920s decade by default which isn’t really fun to write about or fair for that matter. First, remember this is only my opinion. Obviously, not everyone would agree and that is okay. So, with that stated the best animated movie of the Pre-1940s is (drumrole please……………………………………)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Did you think I would choose anything different. I try to be unbiased, but I absolutely love Disney movies, so it will almost always be a Disney movie. But, I will try to not be biased.
Now, for the worst of the decade. I present you with (drumrole please…………………………)
The New Gulliver.
I hate this movie. Like, I really really dislike it. I do not mean to offend anyone that does like this movie, but I couldn’t stand this movie. I don’t even remember anything that happened. Bleh!
Now, we enter a new decade, the 1940s, and begin our first journey with Pinocchio.