This movie was a real revelation to me. I didn’t remember having watched this as a child, though I’m sure I did. I really only remembered certain bits and pieces and a shot here or there. But, when they released this on Blu-Ray, and I saw it again after about fifteen years, I was absolutely blown away.
What struck me most about this film is how gorgeous the animation was. Plus, they made it widescreen. That appeals to me on so many levels (specifically because — it was 1955, and that was when widescreen was the thing. This and Sleeping Beauty are, to me, possibly my two favorite films in terms of animation simply because of the widescreen).
Plus, the story is so simple. I love when the stories are simple. It’s not really about anything, and the villains are all about the particular situation. I mean, how many films have as a villain a crusty old lady and tow cats? (Especially since they don’t really do anything too evil, yet it feels that way.) And, I guess the rat is kind of a villain too, but you get what I mean.
This film is absolutely perfect. I watched it before I figured out where stuff was going to be ranked, so I was surprised and delighted when I realized this was an easy top ten film. It’s so wonderful.