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    Grimm, Ep. 3.04, “One Night Stand” a fun twist on The Little Mermaid

    While Grimm is rooted in fairy tales, this week’s episode is the first to seemingly take direct inspiration from a modern classic, The Little Mermaid. Usually the show takes a particular myth or folk tale as a jumping off point before going in a new direction, but “One Night Stand” is a break from this, providing direct parallels to several of the beloved film’s key elements. Elly, our main Nyad protagonist, loves Jake from afar and saves him from drowning, pulling him onto the land and resuscitating him. She stares lovingly at him as he blearily opens his eyes, not sure what he’s seeing, and then jumps back into the water once he’s awake. Jake then spends much of the episode trying to understand what happened to him and find this woman who, being deaf, cannot speak to him. The antagonists as well as many of the specifics may differ, but there are too many similarities for this to be intended as anything other than Grimm does The Little Mermaid, a format Once Upon a Time has built much of its show around. More

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    Disney Blu-ray Round-up: ‘The Little Mermaid’

    As it arrives on Blu-ray for the first time, the same theme kept cropping up for me while watching The Little Mermaid: bad timing. Now, before you light your torches and sharpen your pitchforks, let’s get one thing out of the way immediately: this is still an enormously satisfying film. The quartet of big musical numbers […] More

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    Sketchy Episode 76 – ‘The Little Mermaid’

    This week we cover the official start of the Disney Renaissance: The Little Mermaid! Join all the hosts this week as the discuss the beloved, the majestic and the annoying parts of the cartoon that revitalized animated features for the 1990s (we know, we know… Little Mermaid is 1989… but that’s basically 1990). Enjoy! [powerpress] […] More

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    Extended Thoughts on ‘Monsters, Inc.’

    Monsters, Inc. Directed by Pete Docter Written by Andrew Stanton and Daniel Gerson Starring Billy Crystal, John Goodman, James Coburn, Steve Buscemi Here’s a question that has nagged at me for the last few years: what, really, is the difference between a film made by Pixar Animation Studios and a film made by DreamWorks Animation? […] More

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    The Five Best Disney Films

    In spite of having grown up as a part of the Disney “VHS Generation”, one of the first groups of children to have the privilege and opportunity to enjoy nearly every Disney classic in the comfort of my home on demand, I don’t have much nostalgia for my childhood favourites. They still have a special […] More

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    Trailers: Ponyo

    Hayao Miyazaki’s latest outing, Ponyo, uses a watercolor and pastel like animation style that decidedly has an old school feel to it. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t stunningly beautiful. The absence of CGI is so refreshing nowadays. The reviews haven’t been as triumphant as his previous outings but that hasn’t stopped the film’s impressive […] More