Disney’s first movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, was released in 1937, pioneering a new form of animated movies. Over the years, several other companies have followed suit. Although Disney’s movies rank high in terms of popularity, there are plenty of non-Disney movies worth shouting about.
However, the less talked about films are those that are amazing in every way except for one scene. These scenes are a hiccup in an otherwise smooth narrative, and viewers often skip or ignore them whenever they watch the movie. Of course, it’s easy to make mistakes when so many factors go into creating animation frames; however, some can ruin a movie.
8 The Last Unicorn Doesn’t Need Bad Grown-up Jokes
Adapted from the book of the same name by Rankin/Bass, The Last Unicorn is an animated film on par with Disney without being a copycat. Featuring scary scenes, mature themes, and a bittersweet ending, The Last Unicorn isn’t afraid to frighten its audience or make them ask themselves some serious questions.
However, there’s one scene that should have been toned down or removed altogether. In this scene, the bumbling wizard character is tied to a tree and tries to use magic to escape. However, he accidentally makes the tree come to life instead, The tree then declares its love for the wizard while squeezing his head between its ‘breasts.’ It’s a joke for grown-ups, but it comes off as an awkward and unnecessary moment in an otherwise amazing movie.
7 The Villain For The Incredibles 2 Had A Hole In Her Scheme
In The Incredibles 2, the Incredible family battles the Screenslaver – a villain who controls minds through special goggles. The kids escape but the grown-ups are captured and forced to carry out Screenslaver’s scheme. Part of that scheme involves a public speech where the superheroes declare their intention to enact revenge for their past mistreatment.
Although they convince their animated audience, they don’t convince their actual audience. This is because the speech comes off as wooden and cartoonish with no real conviction, and it’s already a little obvious their speech is a performance. However, all the superheroes are wearing goggles, so it’s hard to believe no one was suspicious.
6 Moana Rushed Maui’s Redemption Scene
Throughout the movie, moana, Maui’s confidence is attached to his magic hook. While he controls its powers, he’ll take on anything; but if he can’t control the powers, he’s shaken. Consequently, after his hook is badly damaged in the fight with Te Ka, his leaving is expected.
However, what’s not so expected is his return after Moana takes on Te Ka herself. It’s not entirely out of character for him to have a change of heart despite losing his hook, but doing so without any preamble leaves audiences with a lot of questions. The movie is great, but showing Maui’s tipping point without slowing the story down is preferable.
5 Hercules Set Standards It Couldn’t Meet
After Hades takes over Mt. Olympus, Hercules swoops in to rescue the gods and his dad. A battle ensues as Hercules and Zeus defeat Hades’ forces, and while it’s fun to watch, the battle isn’t crafted nearly as well as Hercules’ fight with the Hydra.
Also, in terms of animation, it’s a little messy. For example, Hercules appears in one location and then another without any transition. Furthermore, both Hades’ takeover and Hercules’ victory feel too easy. Working with a limited budget is understandable, but a final battle should always exceed the standards set in the movie.
4 Frozen Didn’t Get Its Evil Reveal Right
Frozen is a modern fairy tale film that pokes fun at the convention “love at first sight.” During her sister’s coronation, Anna meets the handsome Prince Hans and is instantly smitten. She’s so smitten she agrees to marry him despite only knowing him for a day. However, as it turns out, Hans is evil and tries to murder both Anna and her sister, Elsa.
Unfortunately, the reveal didn’t land with many fans. Instead, it came off as a cheap gimmick to show how Frozen wasn’t like other movies. The film already had some minor rough edges, but Hans’ evil reveal is one audiences didn’t need to endure.
3 Coco Should Have Included An Apology Scene
In the movie cocoa, Miguel invokes a curse that traps him in the Land of the Dead, and unless he gets his family’s blessing, he’ll be stuck there forever. Unfortunately, his family will only grant it on one condition: he must give up music forever. This huge ask happens right after his living family destroys his guitar after revealing his love of music.
There are already so many things wrong with this event, but the worst part is how no one in his family apologizes. His family was going to let him die if he didn’t do what they wanted, and there wasn’t a single “I’m sorry” to be heard. This isn’t something kids should expect from their families.
2 Peter Pan Is A Regrettable Classic
The Native Americans of Neverland are a sore point in the Peter Pan franchise. Racist stereotyping is inherent in their creation, and adaptations of the story rarely attempted to fix that until recently. One of these earlier adaptations is Disney’s Peter Pan from 1953. Although great in every other respect, its presentation of the Native Americans borders on insulting.
They are animated with red skin (“Redskin” being a derogatory term for Native Americans) and speak in broken English. However, the most problematic scene is the musical number, “What Made the Red Man Red?” in which the Native Americans give a fictional account of their origins. More than any other scene, this number shows how shallow the filmmakers’ understanding of Native American culture was.
1 Fantasia’s “Rite of Spring” Didn’t Fit The Tone Of The Movie
In the case of fantasy, it’s not a scene that ruins the movie; it’s a whole segment. “The Rite of Spring” is a dramatized narrative about early life on Earth, starting with the first living beings and ending with the dinosaurs’ extinction.
fantasy has plenty of dark and adult themes. However, these themes take place in a fantastic setting offset by scenes of hope and cartoonish fun. For example, the nightmare that is “Night on Bald Mountain” fades away in the light of “Ave Maria.” Conversely, “Rite of Spring” is grimly realistic and ends tragically. It would make a good short film by itself, but in fantasy, it’s off-putting and a drag to get through.
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