This was actually really good. Definitely more of a comedic take on various "kid show" elements of Dora the Explorer. Dora is the same socially awkward girl you remember, but ten years older and making a fool of herself in high school. Diego is now that guy who feels embarrassed by her and is just trying to make it through life. As for the new characters, Randy is that nerdy guy who is fully convinced everything works just like in the movies, while Sammy is so much of a Chloé Bourgeois clone that it's not even funny. You have some cracks about how Dora likes to talk to nothing, the return of Swiper the extremely talented thief whose only weakness is the words "Swiper, no swiping", one scene where everything becomes animated and the return of Talking Map and Zipper Mouth Backpack (plus Grumpy Old Troll cameo), and of course it's not complete without the cliche plot twist where an ally is actually a bad guy.
There was romance too...er, poor attempts at it. I really could have done without any of those Diego/Sammy moments.
Anyway. If you like laughing at characters in kids shows who ask you a question and wait for a response, or laughing at thieves who will stop stealing stuff as soon as you tell them no, or laughing at...pretty much anything, this is for you.
As someone who disliked the first movie for its cheesy plot and hit-or-miss soundtrack, this was actually pretty dang amazing. It surprised me. And believe me, it's very rare when I call a sequel movie better than the original.
I saw Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker after a marathon of all the movies.
I really like the Machete Order (watching the movies in the particular order of IV, V, (I), II, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX). I include Episode I even though Machete technically calls to drop it because I don't particularly like skipping anything.
That being said,
I liked a lot of the ideas present in Episode IX but felt they were too superficially explored, which resulted in the movie being extremely choppy. I've read online that 40 whole minutes were cut in post-production that would have otherwise resolved plot holes and pacing issues, so it would be cool to see a director's cut one day. I wonder if Disney/Lucasfilm would ever allow that, though...
imma give a personal score of 8/10, i watched it once before and i remember liking it, so it was decent nostalgia to remember how the plot worked with everything, as i could only remember a little bit of it and i didnt even remember
the whole tv thing, at least i didnt remember at first, so for the first few minutes i genuinely thought bolt was super and then when they started removing the props i was like "oh yeah thats how this film works"
i did remember the fire scene which was pretty emotional, and it was cool to see mittens and bolt slowly understanding each other and becoming friends over the course of the film, and eventually getting adopted along with rhino by penny
overall it was nostalgic and pretty fun, but i mean nothing about it totally blew me away, and i was particularly dissappointed by the fact that there were only two songs, neither of which i really liked (i guess the credits one was decent though, but songs like lost in the woods or under the sea were more than decent, and i wish it had had a song like that.)
right i had pretty mixed feelings about this one so imma do personal pros and cons.
nostalgia - i watched this film when young and i had faint memories of it which came flooding back to me, but the only part of the actual plot i remembered was that
bambi's mother killed by a human hunter, whilst bambi survives
bambi and thumper are genuinely fun characters
it has a genuine and emotional plot, particularly the plot point behind the spoiler tag - it touched me even though i was expecting it.
theme of life going full circle and
the end is basically the beginning but he's had kids with the deer he met as a child
this isn't to do with the design of the film itself, so in a way it's unfair for me to count this, but it did affect my experience personally: i experienced severe lag trying to watch this. it kept stuttering and saying "trying to read media" and i was praying it wouldn't crash or anything. and i own a re-release of this on a dvd so no it's not from 1942 (though i don't know exactly when that was from). maybe my copy is damaged or sth
i feel the amount of plot points the film had was not enough for my tastes
i guess i could say the graphics, but i honestly didn't mind them all that much
the voice acting felt kinda outdated, like you can tell when someone has a 1940's accent and i definitely felt that way watching this, and i'm not a fan.
no memorable music
the intro to this film took WAY too long
it kinda felt off to me once bambi became an adult since i'd always associated him with youth and innocence
overall i give it a personal score of 6/10. without nostalgia that would be 5/10. without the lag that would be 7/10. but as it is, 6/10.