Non-Disney | Hanna-Barbera

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I’ve been wanting to write about this for a few months now, as I have been trying to generate new ideas for this specific series, Hanna-Barbera has been at the top of the list! The cartoons that came out of that production studio in the late 1960’s until sometime in the 1990’s, they merged with Warner Brothers, was at the heart of my mom’s childhood. Once Blondie and I were allowed to watch something else than besides Barney (shut up!) she basically showed us a number of animated shows she used to watch a child, and what’s funny is now that we’re much older, we still like watching a couple of those shows!

I had to look up all of the shows I’ve seen since I was about seven years old, and I literally counted up 11 different series! For this post though, I’m only discussing the ones that I currently watch on TV right now, and unfortunately Cartoon Network no longer shows the good stuff, but in light of that, there’s another channel specifically for the older animated shows like the ones below and some that came out in the early 2000’s that are over, and it’s called Boomerang!

Scooby-Doo

I absolutely love Scooby-Doo! I still get excited whenever I see the gang all over stores, on children’s clothing, food, watches. It’s nice to see that it is still alive and well for the newer generations. My mom used to tape the marathons on TV while we were at school, so when we came home, we’d sit in the living room, eating our snack on the floor while watching old school Scooby-Doo! I think she was happy that we were interested in something she loved as a young girl too.

My favorite series are the actual “Where Are You” series, honestly because I like the early 70’s getup, and fake laughing audience in the background. If you’re a true fan, you know Shaggy was a stoner and it wasn’t the name that gave you that realization; between the fact that he and Scooby were ALWAYS hungry but the way he was dressed, he was the definition of a 1970’s world peace, free love, weed loving, dude! Now Fred looked the part with mainly the bright orange scarf or whatever was around his neck, but you could never tell whether or not, he liked to smoke a few blunts too! You just wished that he’d come out and say that he and Daphne were a couple! For anyone who hasn’t watched the most recent remake of the show, apparently they’ve made Velma and Shaggy into a couple. How do you feel about that?

I also enjoy the movies, mostly the ones that came out in late 90’s and early 00’s, so like Scooby-Doo, and The Witch’s Ghost, Scooby-Doo, on Zombie Island and Scooby-Doo, and The Alien Invaders. There is one film that came out in 1988 called Scooby-Doo and The Ghoul School. It is about Shaggy, Scooby and his little (brave) nephew Scrappy-Doo become volleyball coaches at a spooky ghoul school full of young daughters of different and infamous characters, like Dracula, Werewolf, and a Mummy. I love it dearly, but I think my favorite feature about is the fact you can tell that it’s an old film, despite only coming out roughly 29 years ago!

Tom & Jerry

Tom & Jerry is another beloved show by my mother and I, we can still watch certain skits and laugh our butts off! Poor Blondie can’t watch it, and it’s not because she doesn’t have cable TV, it’s because our first cat Oliver, killed her first hamster literally a week after we came home from Florida in 2003.

Boomerang actually plays more Tom & Jerry than any of the other shows. The older series will air like two hours worth of the show in the middle of the afternoon and if you need a good chill out moment, it’s a nice show to kick back and watch for a while. One of the interesting things is that back in 1990, they did a remake but creating the main characters in their younger selves. What was even cuter though was they dressed Tom in overalls and stripped shirt with a little hat, while Jerry only had a medium sized red bow around his neck. They were so adorable, but I’ll be honest I don’t think we ever watched these episodes, because as I’ve been watching them now as an adult, my joy is genuine! What’s even better is that my little nephew Nolan enjoys watching it too.

The Smurfs

They’ve started playing an hour worth of The Smurfs in the mornings, so whenever my mom goes to work, I usually try to stay an hour afterwards to watch the episodes. They began airing the show I think at the beginning of August and either they’re only allowed to play a small selection or they never really created more than 10 episodes, because I’ve seen the same ones more than twice.

I have tried to watch the live-action movies, but I’ve never really been interested in them. They look the same and the adventures seem fun, and using Hank Azaria for the villain, Gargamel was brilliant! I do like the fact that they’re trying to get younger generations into the characters as well! The smurfs themselves are adorable, I love their names and how they all act around each other. I feel bad for Brainy everytime he tries to take center stage on certain things, the rest of the clan just throw him out.

The Flintstones

These last two are also new additions to the channel’s daily schedule. I was very happy to see that they were going to put The Flintstones back on the air, they were also another family favorite for my sister and I. We, like every other child, took the Flintstones vitamins before getting to school in the mornings, and everybody usually wanted a “Dino” or “Wilma” because they tasted the best and didn’t leave a chalky taste afterwards. I feel sort of to the kids that get to have the gummies now and don’t have to endure the grape-y taste of rock pieces throughout their mouth.  Oh, and I enjoy Cocoa Pebbles and milk in the mornings now as an adult…

Since both The Flintstones and The Jetsons are much older than the others on my list, my mom and her siblings, watched the original and a couple of the remakes, especially The Pebbles and Bam-Bam Show. This was the one time I remember watching the squeals and loving it just as the first one. I actually love watching the movies too! I feel like my favorite is The Flintstones (1994) when John Goodman played Fred Flintstone, which I thought was just perfect casting!

The Jetsons

Something that I thought was weird is that the creators at Hanna-Barbera productions obviously had a fascination with both the future and prehistoric times. Both The Flintstones and The Jetsons were aired in the same year so that has always made me giggle in a way because you have to think one is about having flying cars and robots, and cars made out of rocks, logs and animal skin and using dinosaurs to help you do the simplest of things!

I do love the show! And I have enjoyed the crossover episodes and movies. Everybody freaks out when the Arrowerse collides the week before they go on their Christmas break, but as a kid of the 80’s or 90’s, seeing these two shows mixing their realities was very cool!

I know Hanna-Barbera created a few more other shows, one of which was The Adventures Of Popeye and I do remember watching some of those specials but not as much as I would have put them on the list above. Honestly, we were encouraged by everyone in our families to check out something on television that was aired before our time, most of the time we had grown to enjoy them, but I actually took them pretty easily.

If you can think of any others that were made by HB throughout the 60’s to 80’s, let me know I’d like to know what you enjoyed as well.

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Non-Disney | Pixar

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Last month, I decided to put up a poll on my social medias to get some feedback on my next “Non-Disney” theme. I only had two choices but I was open to any other options, so If you have any other ideas for me to look into, please let me know! Pixar won the polls, by only like four votes because as much as I tried to promote them for a week, hardly nobody want to help me out!

Everybody thinks that Pixar is part of Disney entertainment anyway, mainly because of the fact that every Disneyland (World) park has rides and stores dedicated to the brand itself, but they are a totally separate company. One of the many differences is the fact that Pixar doesn’t make movies with a lot of dancing scenes and singing characters. They also have a different look, like each character looks like it was made out of clay instead of a computer software! The characters themselves look more lifelike compared to the early days of Walt Disney’s take of both Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.

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A Bug’s Life (1998) – Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, and Phyllis Diller

A Bug’s Life is one of my favorite movies! However I do remember becoming terrified of grasshoppers after watching this for the first time! I thought they were mean to the ants and what was worse was the fact that after I watched it, I thought they could grow to be big like people, but I think that was planted into my head by a family member but who really knows it could have been a thought created by my own mind!

I think Flick was pretty inventive! We even have moments in history where if there is already a way of doing things and we’re perfectly fine in doing it that way for the rest of our lives, nobody really wants to change it. The phrase “don’t fix what’s not broken” comes to mind for the scenes of him testing out his machines for the first time, but in their defense it is the reason why they lost all of their offerings to the herd of hoppers! It’s such a cute movie though! Unfortunately, I can’t say I fell in love with insects after watching it throughout my life.

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Monsters Inc. (2001) – John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi

What’s surprising about Monsters Inc is that 1.) I’ve only seen probably a handful of times in my life and 2.) I have yet to watch the second film that came out a couple of years ago! This one used to make me cry, the endings always gets me!

I do remember that this was a movie that my dad even enjoyed, but in all honesty he likes a lot of kid-friendly movies. I should make up a list and post it for you all to enjoy! He doesn’t read my blog anyway so what’s the big deal? Of course he’s watched it with my sister and I when were kids, but now as an adult I’ve seen him watch others and it’s gotten to the point now where it doesn’t surprise me anymore, it just puts a smile on my face!

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Finding Nemo (2002) – Albert Brooks, Ellen Degenerates, Alexander Gould

I love Finding Nemo! I think it took me a few years to actually watch it though, I had to be coaxed into it because the older I got, the more I turned into my mother and almost every bittersweet ending would unleash the flood gates! The beginning of it gets you pretty quickly and then it happens again when Nemo is genuinely lost, you just feel as hopeless as he does. Thank god for Dory though, and Mott, if it wasn’t for both of those characters, the entire movie would have had me crying! And then of course, when Brandon and I watched Finding Dory last year, I had a tough time keeping my composure!

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Brave (2012) – Kelly McDonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connelly, and Julie Walters

I’ve always been so-so with Pixar’s take to the fairy tales; I didn’t really care for both Tangled and The Princess and The Frog even though I think they both had characteristics that you can find in Disney’s Cinderella. Even though I know that Pixar doesn’t like having a lot of musical numbers in their movies, I feel like Tangled had quite a bit, but I think since it was their first princess-fairy tale, I think they kind of had to go that route to please that old standard but by the time they go to make TPATF and Brave, they’ve left that status quo behind and turned a new page for these beloved characters and stories!

Brave is the only movie where they stayed true to their word and the whole thing was nothing like the previous fairy tales! One thing that I find interesting is that as much as everyone loved the fact that Frozen basically said you can’t marry someone you just meet, it definitely went over the status quo, but it’s true! And most importantly, nobody ever gets up in a pretty way in the morning! So the fact that both Merida and Anna were shown as real as possible in that respect was different but great! Merida had her own story and the writers definitely changed everything we know about obeisance with the royals. Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with a rebel or two!

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The Good Dinosaur (2015) – Raymond Ocha, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Elliott, and Anna Paquin

This movie was so sweet, but I cried so hard in certain parts! I was happy that I watched it at night because I was a freaking blubbering mess by the end of it! And shockingly, I finished it in one sitting because I knew it would just be easier on myself.

I love any movies or specials about dinosaurs, I’ve always been like this, so when I found out that my sister was pregnant back in October, I thought this was one thing that I’d like to share that wasn’t about superheroes, and then we found out that it would be a boy and that really intensified that desire to buy anything with dinosaurs on it! I don’t think this would be appropriate for a young child around the age of two or three to watch because it can very sad and you’d have to explain the significance of the deaths in the film and why you’re crying so much!

Do you have a favorite Pixar film? Curious, does anybody remember the short films that would be on just before the movie? Like before A Bug’s Life played, it showed you the short movie called “Geri’s Game”? 

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Favorite Non-Disney Movies | DreamWorks

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So last February I published a blog post about my favorite non-Disney movies and I thought it was very well received! There are actually a lot of people who think every animated film is automatically made by Disney and this is not true by any means! In my last post, I talked about the ones made by Don Bultch and it was a fun experience to write about my favorites and now I’m back with another post, this time it’s about DreamWorks, so I hope you all like the four films I decided to highlight today.

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Spirit: Stallion of a Cimarron (2002) Matt Damon, James Cromwell, and Daniel Studi

This is one of my favorite movies ever! This was also the first movie I ever saw in theaters. I was planning on doing a whole post about it, but I figured I didn’t want to repeat what I said on here again on a later date, so screw it, I’m doing it right now! I went with my church, my mom and Blondie went to see it too! It was so sad but I must not had cared that much to those sections because I still love to watch it to this day. However, I will still cry to the scene when Spirit is captured again and on the train after losing Rain. The song “Sound The Bugle” gets me every single time!

I feel like this was still very much a silent film, at least it has the essence of what that era brought to its audience. The animals were “real” in every sense of the word, as they didn’t have voices like majority of the animated films out there. We had Matt Damon, who was both narrator to the story and the voice of Spirit, but he didn’t act out all of his scenes, you heard the real sounds of a horse instead. Now just because I say that, doesn’t mean that the human characters were quiet, that’s where James and Daniel come in. So it was very interesting to say the least!

They also allowed the music to set the mood of each scene as well! Bryan Adams actually came up with the majority of the soundtrack while Hans Zimmer did the rest. It’s one of my most played albums on my iPod, I love it so much!

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Shrek (2001) Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz,  and Eddie Murphy

Shrek is another film that is very close to my heart too, because I actually got this as a gift while going over to my grandma’s when I was younger. I don’t remember if it was ever on my radar at that time, but honestly I didn’t have that much of a movie radar at that time, so who knows!

I know they’ve had quite a few sequels come out after this one, but I haven’t watched them as much as the original. I thought it was so funny! I remember when I came home from my grandma’s a few days later, I ended up losing the actual tape for a few months because my dad was into it too! Unfortunately, he has yet to stop that, because we’re missing both of Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen movies!

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Shark Tale (2004) Will Smith, Renee Zelleweger, and Jack Black

This was another movie that wasn’t really on my movie radar at the time, but I’m glad I made myself watch it one day. Even though this movie came out in 2004, I’m pretty sure I saw it about four years later on ABC Family (or what it’s now called Freeform) and I will add, I still really have a “movie radar” even at that time either! I think I was starting to create one though.

I’ve always thought it was a cute movie! When you’re a kid, especially a young child, there were quite a few life lessons you can learn after watching this, like don’t lie to fit in to the wrong crowd but be yourself, don’t let somebody say you have to do this or that. Don’t pull an Oscar or a Lenny, let’s just say that! I also liked the fact that these characters looked like some of the actors, like the jellyfish had a Jamaican look to them and they were played by Ziggy Marley and Doug E. Doug. I still think the lionfish named “Lola” was probably the best, as she looked exactly like Angelina Jolie in the face!

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Chicken Run (2000) Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson, and Miranda Richardson

Chicken Run is an older movie that I sort of see off and on airing on different channels. I think I used to be really into it when I was younger, but I don’t necessarily remember it, I do know that my dad was obsessed with it though!

What freaks me out the most I think, is the fact that this is the second film where Mel Gibson is the lead male character and I never really noticed it as a kid. My mom and I enjoyed the movie What Women Want and I just thought it was hilarious to see him react to the thoughts of every women he came into contact with in that time frame. I never knew that he played John Smith on Pocahontas  until a few years ago (and then I found out about Christian Bale played “Thomas” a little bit after that) so to know he played this cocky (no pun intended) bird just went over my head!

So what do you think of this mini list? Are there other DreamWorks films that you think I should watch soon?

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Favorite Non-Disney Films!

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I talked a lot about movies in January and it was mostly because the first two months of the new year are usually very unpredictable for me. Our weather can go back and forth between a typical cold day to freezing rain, thunder, and eventually a couple of inches of snow. I don’t usually have a lot of bright ideas like I did at the end of the year, because I’m not leaving the house a lot. So in other words, my nana and I are not getting together and coming up with our crafts and other stuff.

So if you are a little tired of all the movie posts, well this isn’t the post for you. Honestly, if February is anything like last month then I might be doing a lot of movie posts. This is your warning now!

I have been thinking about this idea for almost 2 years now and no, I’m not kidding! Technically you can blame Danielle of Underland To Wonderland. She is, in my opinion, the #1 best Disney blogger I follow on the blogosphere. She told me that she’s never liked the non-Disney films, but she has a fairly large collection of everything that isn’t Disney. For the past two years, I thought she had a post like this one and I thought if I posted it after her then it would have looked like I copied her or vice versa. So I’ve been sort of comfortable in waiting for the right time to unleashed my favorite non-Disney films ever!

I’m directing my focus on just Don Bluth films. I figured he had a lot more that he had created, so I figured that if I find any more animated, non-Disney flicks than there will be a second post.

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1.) Anastasia – 1997

I love Anastasia! It was a beloved film in my household with my sister and I.

I have always wondered what really created my love of history and mythology. I believe one of the first stories, or conspiracy theories I’ve ever heard were the rumors of both the real Anastasia and her little brother future czar Alexei Romanov were thought to be alive after their entire family were brutally murdered in 1918. The reason why I bring it up because at this time I was interested in Ancient Egypt and Greek mythology after watching Disney’s version of Hercules. Despite not knowing how I became a total history nut, I really love this film!

I think it also has a great soundtrack! I am still kicking myself that I had bought the album (even though I only wanted two songs!) like a couple of months before our home computer crapped out on us, and I had burned myself on it so I had almost all of the songs unchecked on iTunes and when I switched my iPod, I lost all of those songs and I haven’t been able to find them on Spotify either!

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2.) Thumbelina – 1994

If you were to ask Blondie which of the non-Disney films we were obsessed with as kids, there’s a big chance she won’t remember; that’s where I come in because I’m pretty sure this was her favorite. I’m still surprised this wasn’t a favorite of mine though, but I think the “magic” of it and the face that finding somebody like me as a kid was an impossible feat. I had trouble believing in it.

I loved the songs and still do. I remember as a child getting very frustrated singing the songs from both Thumbelina and Anastasia and having the most difficult time hitting a high note and letting it go. Back then, my back was really bad and I wasn’t able to take in a deep breath and sing as well as I feel like I can nowadays. I’m proud to say that I can hit those infamous notes!

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3.) The Land Before Time – 1988

If you were born in the late 80’s or sometime in the 90’s, you might have heard of this film than any other because it was one of Don Bluth’s best films!

I do know for a fact that this was what got me interested in dinosaurs. There’s no question about it, because I tried to watch Jurassic Park with my parents once and was haunted by those suckers for most of my childhood. However, the fossils and bones seemed to intrigue me for some odd reason. And Littlefoot and his band of dinos were the perfect combination for me! Kiddie films about history of any kind, usually worked well! For a little fun fact, I wanted to be Littlefoot. I tried to stretch my neck out and everything. I’m starting to realize why my mom never takes me seriously, she had to put up with that for a number of years!

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4.) All Dogs Go To Heaven – 1989

I’ll be honest I like the second movie a lot better compared to the first. I’ve always been interested in sequels more than the original, but here’s a way to think about it. If we didn’t have the original, we wouldn’t have the sequels.

Anyways, my favorite characters from the first were Itchy (of course!) and Annabelle. Even though, she seems more like an angel in this one than the second movie. Maybe it’s because she’s basically the “alpha” in Heaven. I also think this film is good if you have children and they ask you questions where animals go after they’ve passed on. Trust me, going this route is a lot better than a freaking pastor telling your sister that your pets don’t go to heaven after your family dog has died. Thanks a lot asshole! And if you have ever told any child that, you’re even worse!

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5.) An American Tail – 1986

I’ll be honestly, I barely remember this movie. I remember the layout of it; I actually “rented” it for a couple of days back in October to see if any scenes or dialogue would jump out at me like if I would remember anything, but it didn’t work, but watching it as an adult was pretty interesting, considering I wasn’t supposed to be awake in the first place so in ways I felt like I was a kid again!

I think it’s an adorable little movie. I’ve always liked movies with mice in it and I don’t know why! I kind of wonder if Blondie was into it as a kid because she’s a lover of mice (despite becoming a cat lady lately!) at one point we had two rats and over 7 hamsters–not at one time though! Dad would have had a cow if that ever happened! However, she did have a pair of twins once and we got their sexes wrong, apparently the female died and “Thomas” became “Thomasina”. They all seemed to like me too! We would always sneaked one or both out of their cages whenever dad would leave the house! We still do that, but exchanged the rodents with our cats instead!

What is your favorite Don Bluth’s film? Which character were obsessed with growing up?

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