Archive for August 4, 2012

Ranking Disney: #41 – Home on the Range (2004)

This was a very tough film for me to rank, because visually, it’s splendiferous. (Totally just dropped that word. Tssss.) It’s one of the most beautiful films Disney has done in a long, long time. The colors are just incredible. But its story — ehh, not so much. So I had a really tough time negotiating where to rank it. Do I put more emphasis on the visuals or on the story? (Obviously based on the ranking, you see my answer.)

Home on the Range isn’t an awful film by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s one of those films — the story doesn’t matter. It feels a lot like Disney in the 2000s. The story doesn’t matter. There’s no depth to any of the characters. The only thing that saves this movie from being a complete train wreck are the visuals. The fact that it’s a western also does help a little bit. I did like them trying to do a western (though not really. Since the stuff they do here only hints at how great a real Disney western could be).

So, if you’ve gone all this time thinking this film was an abomination (like I did. I had completely different expectations for this going in. I really didn’t expect it to look this good), give it a chance. I really thought this would be somewhere in the bottom five or six films, and here it is almost breaking out of the bottom ten.

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Pic of the Day: “Aren’t you… a damsel in distress?” “I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice day.”