Whenever a new movie sequel is announced, I find that my friends and myself tend to respond in the same way. Especially if the first movie was liked, there’s a decent amount of eye rolling, talk of “ruining our favorite characters!” or “Not even the same actors? Sheesh.”
There are some exceptions. For example, the second and third Star Wars movies were good. (The REAL second and third, not the new stuff. The new ones were barely passable, only decent due to Mace Windu and Ewan McGregor.) The latest round of Marvel movies have not yet been disappointing, with the exception of “Thor:
Oh Crap, We Need Loki Out of Prison So Here’s Another Movie, in which Scientific Coincidences Save Main Characters But Are Otherwise Suspiciously Convenient The Dark World.” (Okay, it wasn’t terribly disappointing, but it was my least favorite of the Marvel movies yet.)
Then there are Disney sequels. And thanks to years of babysitting, I have had the, er, pleasure of seeing some of the direct-to-video sequels to some Disney classics.
For example, “Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time.” It was, surprisingly, an enjoyable movie, or at least enjoyable when watched with a three year old girl, and had a really interesting plot. However, the second Cinderella was incredibly boring, entailing Cinderella’s new life in the palace and getting used to no longer being a maid with chores. Think Tarzan 2, but with a really dumb and boring plot.
(Yes, there is a Tarzan 2. The TV show was better. Yes, there was a Tarzan TV show.)
In my family, we don’t talk about the terrible film “
Parents Are Mad So We Made The Sequel Historically Accurate To Crush Your Dreams of True Love Pocahontas 2.” Horrendous filth that just broke my little Disney-magic-filled heart as a kid. (If you haven’t seen the first one, or if you have a heart of stone and like to see a man’s heart broken and life ruined, then you might like it.)
But I’m getting off-topic.
Getting back on topic, I have decided that I am going to pick a favorite sequel only from Pixar’s/Disney’s animated movies. It makes the job a little easier for me, and sticks to good ol’ Classic Disney style kids movies.
And now, for my first honorable mention…
I know, I know, I didn’t pick it as my favorite! For the record, it’s a close, close second. Like, it squeaked by. They might be equal. But I’m only officially picking one movie, so we will just pretend that this one came in second.
I still remember watching this movie for the first time, in a crowd of college students who all talked, before and after the film, of how when Andy was a kid, we were kids. We grew up with him. We are going to college at the same time as him. We still, yes, have some toys like he does, and yes, we all cried several times by the end and were not ashamed to admit it.
And for my number one favorite sequel:
I watched both “The Rescuers” and “The Rescuers Down Under” a lot when I was little, but I definitely enjoyed the second one more. The bad guy was not quite as creepy, and there was no icky skeleton in the cave/girl may drown scene to scare me.
Now that I’m a grown up, I still like Down Under the most! Maybe it’s because I have a thing for movies with a lot of talking animals, a lot of “show the plot, don’t tell the plot” with music, or the adorable way Bernard keeps trying…and failing… to propose to Miss Bianca.
It’s an older film, and not very well known. If you haven’t seen it, or it’s been a while, give it a shot! (Last I knew, it was on Netflix… hint, hint.)