That title’s a work in progress, but it puts across the main elements of this (probably ridiculous) idea. There’s Disney, there’s viewing, it’s a fest, and it’s great. (It’s also a thingy).
So, what is this thingy exactly? Well, I’m going to watch Disney films and blog about them.
Yeah, I know, really original, right? Well, sure, it’s not particularly unique, but as a big Disney fan who’s never really written about Disney with the kind of regular dedication I’ve given to my other cinematic passion, Steven Spielberg, I’m keen to do an ongoing thing, and this seems like the best way to do it.
So, what are the details?
Well, firstly this isn’t just about the Disney animated films. Along with the cartoons, I’ll also be watching some of the live action films to mix things up a bit. So expect a few Davy Crocketts and Swiss Family Robinsons in with your Pinocchios and Snow Whites. *
Also, I’m going to watch a short film before I start the feature length film. A sort of warm-up to the main attraction to give it a true cinematic feel.
These pairings will be chosen at random, so I could end up watching Flowers and Trees before The Black Cauldron, and I won’t be going in order. I’ll just watch whichever film I feel like. That should give the series a nice spontaneous feel.
I’ll announce which film I’m watching beforehand, so if you want to watch it too and write about it on your blog or discuss it in the comments section, feel free to. This is very much about participation, so I’m excited to hear your thoughts.
The first Great Disney Viewing Fest… Thingy will be: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, preceded by the 1945 Pluto short Canine Casanova, which can be found on YouTube here.
Let me know your thoughts!
*Pixar films will not be included. It’s not that I don’t like Pixar, I’m just keen to keep this to films produced within the Disney studio rather than those owned by Disney.