Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Evil Disney

The Maleficent Mouse is stealing away our friend Adam Kozlowski, designer of the fantastic soundscapes of Dreams in the Witch House and The Great God Pan.

He's off to Las Vegas to play Puumba in The Lion King, for pity's sake. Heaven help the children of tomorrow. Stop by the Four Moon Tavern tonight to see him off.

So damn them slightly for that, but Disney certainly ain't all bad. Despite not-so-subtle campaign for global mono-culture and their ham-fisted fumblings with the geniuses at Pixar, (golly, I hope they don't screw up The Muppets), they've done some good over the years. Like cultivating young horror-fans-to-be.

I'm sure I'm not the only youngster whose snot was scared out by the witch/dragon in "Sleeping Beauty".

And Ursula was pretty bad-ass. Made me feel better about digging the movie--it wasn't ALL about the underage mermaid and her little shell-bikini.

This guy was cool. But the film is such a disappointment if you'd ever read the original Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. Do yourself a favor and search it out--it's rollicking, it's profound, full of Celtic myth, adventure, and coming-of-age. Beautiful stuff.

And correct me if I'm wrong, but Escape from Witch Mountain was SCARY.

So farewell to Adam. And farewell to a little bit Mr. Morlock's dignity for this posting.


Dr. AC, Fool for Blood said...

Dude, Disney fairy tales are the BOMB! Maleficient from SLEEPING BEAUTY totally freaked me out. Ditto the witch from SNOW WHITE being chased by the forest animals to her death. ESCAPE FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN (and let us not forget RETURN TO WITCH MOUNTAIN - with Christopher Lee and Bette Davis!) were awesome. What is that 3rd film that you referenced? Looks spooky.

vicjoy1945 said...

And don't for get the Devil Beast summoning the spirits ands spectres to Bald Mountain & dashing the dancing imps into the burning pits of fires...etc...etc. in Fantasia !!


Charlie said...

I love that part in The Omen where the guy's head gets cutoff by the plate of glass.

Oh, that's not Disney, is it?

Mr. Morlock said...

Fantasia! of course! love the fricking Balrog.

AC, that's the Horned King from Disney's "Black Cauldron". He's a freaky dude, and the movie has a fair bit of cool atmosphere, but it's rotten bastardization of the first two books of Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain. Which are marvelous.