Monday, September 22, 2008
Beloved, Not Loved...
I want to take this moment to talk about movies from Walt Disney's "Dark Period"...
You remember that time, don't you? It was the period between Walt Disney passing away and Michael Eisner being hired to save the company. From the late sixties to the early eighties was a period where the company went through an identity crisis. Without Walt at the helm it didn't know what it should become. Everything that was done in this period suffered from being under the long and mighty shadow of The Maestro himself. Every idea, every decision, every single movement was second guessed with the little thought in their heads:
"What would Walt think?"
With the passage of time it's become a little easier to judge the films that the Mouse made during this time period. While many of these were modest hits and others out and out bombs, none were what was made during Walt's reign... as time has passed, many of these films have developed cult-like fan bases. TRON could qualify as one of these(although I didn't include it here). It's a film which had a great deal of hype when it came out, but wound up being a major disappointment for Walt Disney Productions, which was trying to deal with a culture that many felt had passed Disney by... trying to live up to films like "Star Wars", "Close Encounters" and many others, the Suits tried some interesting concepts and some embarrassing ideas. Some succeeded, many failed...
What I include here is only a partial list of films from this time period that Disney made. A few are great, some were good and a few were guilty pleasures only a Fan/Geek like myself could enjoy.
But from me to you... enjoy:
Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
The Barefoot Executive (1971)
The Strongest Man in the World (1975)
The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)
No Deposit, No Return (1976)
The Cat from Outer Space (1978)
The Black Hole (1979)
The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)