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The second installment in my Meet the Mind series is John Lasseter! Lasseter has been involved with Disney for years, and is the Chief Creative Officer at Pixar. He has influenced almost every movie Pixar has released, and so many Disney films as well. Check him out:
Also, as a bonus, I found one of Lasseter's first short films, created when he was a student at Cal Arts! He debuted the film in 1980, and it has some very similar qualities to a Pixar film about two lovable monsters. Also, he did all of the sound effects himself and it's adorable! You can check it out here.
Hey guys! Sorry about the delay on posts, but as you all may know, I am super busy always. Anyway, as a little bit of therapy last night, I scrolled through Netflix's Disney tab and found a movie that I hadn't seen since I was about six years old: The Aristocats! Honestly, I had forgotten what it was about (other than the obvious) so watching it was like a completely new experience.
The Aristocats hit theaters in 1970 with colorful 2D animation. The story features a family of four rich cats who's owner gives her estate to her cats in the will, and the butler's dastardly plan to get rid of the cats so he can have the money to himself. A rough alley cat helps to save the day with his band of Scat Cats, as well as one posh mouse and a sassy horse.
The story is adorable, and the romance between the mother cat Duchess and the alley cat Thomas O'Malley is charming and refreshing. The three kittens, Marie, Toulouse, and Berlioz, are great for comic relief and add to the movie's charming air. While the film is short and to the point, it does not fail to impress.
As for the animation, each scene was hand-drawn, which is ridiculously impressive. The colors are bright and the scenes of Paris are gorgeous. The soundtrack adds to the aura of the movie, with lots of French influences. Featured songs include the jazzy "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat" and "Thomas O'Malley Cat", the latter of which introduces the main love interest with charm and expertise. The main title "The Aristocats" blends Maurice Chevalier's French flair with an upbeat musical track. Still, downright the cutest is "Scales and Arpeggios", sung by the three kittens and Duchess.
Overall, The Aristocats is classic Disney that, even though it is in a different ball game from what they out out today, still continues to charm and impress.
Guess what? I've started a new series! One of my main problems with Disney fans is that we often forget the people behind the movies, all of the animators and writers who bring our favorite tales to life. Because of that, this new series will be focusing on some of the amazing and important people behind the Disney films, starting off with legendary director, producer, and writer Pete Docter!
Kat Shambaugh: photographer, graphic designer, wannabe Disney princess. Computational Media major at the Georgia Institute of Technology.