I would have given this a higher rating but for some reason the corporate bigwigs at Disney decided that they needed to shoehorn in a terrible song where there was the most subtle yet funniest lines in the movie. Performed perfectly by Rowan Atkinson, I just remember it being very pun-filled but also dry and quick-paced. But they’ve decided to take the George Lucas approach and add things nobody wanted and isn’t better just to make more money. Also, it’s not even written by Elton John, the man who wrote the rest of the music, and so it’s just a bad song that feels that much more out of place because the rest of the music is amazing. Also, biggest crime of all, this is the only version we can watch anymore unless we try to find a VHS copy. Whatever.
Outside of that, this might be one of the smartest kids movies ever written. It deals with some pretty adult stuff too, murder, being eaten alive, also understanding the basic rules of monarchy, there’s a lot of things in this you really wouldn’t expect from a G-rated film.
This movie was actually done by the Disney Animated B-Team at the time while the A-Team worked on Pocahontas. I’m sure what happened was the studio was really involved in Pocahontas while they let the B-Team do what they wanted. Meanwhile this is a near-masterpiece of children’s entertainment and Pocahontas opened to the dreaded “Mixed-Reviews” Demon straight from Hell. I guess there’s a point to be made there, but I’m sure the studios don’t know what it is.
Why it’s on the list: This movie was one of the best animated movies for its time. They even had to create new technology to animate the stampede. It also has the best music, outside of that one song, and some of the best comedy, and is smartly written. It was revolutionary for its time.