Month: September 2012

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Disney Reviews by the Unshaved Mouse #8a: Song of the South

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You can listen to an audio version of this review HERE

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Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry, despite possibly being the most overnamed human being in history, was something of a trailblazer. An actor, Vaudeville artist and journalist, he was the first black actor in American history to become a millionaire. He was also the first black actor to get a screen credit. If you’re wondering why you’ve never heard of him, he is far more widely known under his stage name “Stepin Fetchit”. Perry appeared in several films, almost always as the same character, “The Laziest Man in the World.”

In modern times Stepin Fetchit has come to encapsulate everything that was wrong with Hollywood’s portrayal of African-Americans during much of the twentieth century. Stepin Fetchit was lazy, subservient and stupid. Nowadays most of his films are considered unscreenable or, if they are shown, Perry’s scenes are excised.

The quote goes that there are no second acts in American lives, but in Perry’s case that wasn’t true. Despite a not insignificant amount of animosity towards him because of his film roles, he was active in the civil rights movement in the sixties and was a late convert to Islam. And that was how he became a close friend of Muhammad Ali.     

Your blog just became fifty times more awesome. You’re welcome.

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Disney Reviews by the Unshaved Mouse #8: Make Mine Music

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There is an audio version of this review HERE.

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Ah Make Mine Music. Well, what can be said about this, the most famous, the most beloved, and arguably the greatest Disney movie of all time that has not already been said a million times, by a million different critics?

Yeah, fine, I’d never heard of it either. This may in fact be the most obscure Disney move in the entire classic canon, at least for a European. I actually had to get a Region 1 DVD that came in this weird little white case with clasps. Goddamn clasps!

What is this colonial savagery?

Oh yeah, and then when I tried to play it on my PC I get this…

See that? That’s my PC saying that, “Why yes, I can play you this American DVD. But you will only be able to play Region 1 until you decide to set me back to Region 2. And, oh yes, you can only do this three times. Then, I will be stuck forever on the last region you set me on. So you must choose whether you wish to continue being able to watch Make Mine Music, (which in my infinite evil I must remind you, you will not be able to play on any other device you own) OR whether you want to watch any of your other DVDs on me. Your move, meatsack.”

Okay, first things first.

Ahem.

WHY?????!!!!

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Disney Reviews by the Unshaved Mouse #7: The Three Caballeros

 

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(You can listen to an audio version of this review HERE)

I write these reviews a good deal ahead of time. For example, although this review won’t go up until September 13th, I’m writing these words on the 2nd of September, the Saludos Amigos review is already written but hasn’t been published yet, and Bambi was just posted three days ago. Now, I bring this up for two reasons. Firstly, the Bambi review saw the blog having it’s best day ever and breaking one thousand page views, and since that was due to you all reading, and sharing and linking people to it I would be remiss if I did not give you all a big, stonking, heartfelt thank you.

Your comments and suggestions make what is already a very enjoyable hobby even better. So thanks. 

The second reason is that one of the features that makes WordPress so dangerously compulsive fun is that it allows you to see the search terms that bring people to the blog. And it seems that one of those search terms was…“Close Up Mouth Whore Fuck.”

I got a thing for tonsils.

This prompted a brief moment of introspection. Maybe I’m swearing and calling people whores a little too much in my reviews of Disney movies? 

Bluth, thou strumpet!

I mean, I don’t think I swear excessively for a comedy blog rated for an adult audience, but I know that’s just a question of personal standards. And while I certainly appreciate that the word “whore” is loaded, I think context matters a whole lot and using the word to jokingly criticise (male) animators who “borrow” inspiration from other animators is not the same as using it in a misogynistic or threatening way (or specifying exactly what kind of Close Up Mouth Fuck materiél you are in the market for). But still, I was resolved to clean up my act, and start reviewing these movies the way Uncle Walt would have wanted.

You’re going to stop?

Aaaaaaand then I remembered what I have to review this week:

Oh what the close up mouth whore fuck is this?

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Disney Reviews by the Unshaved Mouse #6: Saludos Amigos

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(You can listen to an audio version of this review HERE.)

The story behind how Saludos Amigos came into existence is far, far more interesting than the actual film itself. In 1941, before America’s entry into World War 2, the US State Department approached Disney and said “Sure, you’re good at making funny animal cartoons. But are you ready to make funny animal cartoons for your country?”

“Mr. Disney, I’d like to talk to you about the Mouseketeers Initiative.”

To understand why, you have to appreciate the complex network of intercontinental diplomatic relationships of the early nineteen forties. It sort of went like this.

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