Archive for August 3, 2012

Ranking Disney: #42 – The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is — just that. The adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. One of the most self-explanatory Disney titles there is.

It’s a tough movie to rank, since, half the film is amazing and classic, and the other half, nobody knows. The “Sleepy Hollow” segment has been used loads of times by Disney in their video shorts packages and tapes and DVDs and whatever. If you grew up with Disney, you’ve seen that one. But the “Wind In the Willows” segment is rarely seen. So you have these two pieces, and they’re the entire film. So what do you do with it? Where do you rank it?

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Pic of the Day: “Why is it, whenever we meet, I end up bleeding?” “You’re lucky. That arrow almost pierced your heart.” “I’m not so sure it didn’t.”


The Box Office Report – August 3-5

Last week, in Box Office…

The Dark Knight Rises, to absolutely nobody’s surprise, wins again. The assumed figure was somewhere between $60-65 million, and it did not disappoint. $62.1 million. A 61% drop, sure, but when you make $160 million in one weekend, that’s bound to happen. The film has grossed $300 million by now, domestically, so they’re doing just fine.

Finishing second, dropping only 35% (wow) was Ice Age: Continental Drift, with $13.4 million That’s actually a better hold than was expected, but was still well within expectations. Which can only mean one thing — we got some bombs this weekend. Oh yeah.

The Watch, a film I can’t wait to see, because it’s gotta be that bad if America was like, “Oh, no, that’s too stupid for even us to go see,” finished third with a paltry $12.8 million. Let me say, from the bottom of my heart, HA HA HA HA!! I don’t like to root for films to fail, but this just seemed like a horrible, studio-manufactured piece of garbage from the start. It had the stink of “studio” all over it. I do not feel bad about this opening at all.

And while we’re at it — Step Up Revolution (They really should have called it “4ever.” I bet that would have sold more tickets than trying to tie it into a video game title), a film from a franchise that overstayed its welcome before the first one came out (oh yes, it’s possible), hopefully reached its death knell, opening to only $11.7 million. Actually, this was only slightly worse than expectations, but still — please let this be the end of it. (more…)