DTV Heaven: AcceleRacers, Part One: World Race

It’s no secret that cartoons are often made for children, or, in the case of anything by Seth MacFarlane, man-children. But such cartoons have still managed to become pop culture icons and the source of many fond memories. Pokemon, TMNT, Transformers, HeMan, and dozens of other series from the childhoods of children throughout the modern television age have lasted in the memories of people like me, who refuse to grow up. Continue reading

DTV Hell: The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (text review)

Another week, another bad Disney sequel. But, on the bright side, I’ve moved into my new apartment, so hopefully I can figure out some way to get access to more bad direct to video movies, though I did find what appears to be a good choice online recently. In any case, let’s get to this week’s movie.

In the early 1980’s, skilled Disney animator Don Bluth left the company, taking a number of other animators with him and starting his rival company. During the time shortly after that, Bluth made a handful of animation masterpieces that have inspired their own wonderful fodder for this site, but that isn’t what we’re looking at today. It took Disney a while to get back into the swing of things, but eventually they released the animated classic that would spark the famous “Disney Renaissance.” This movie? Why, The Little Mermaid, of course. After this point, many of Disney’s famous works of the 90’s followed, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and many more. It was a time of great profits. But, to some within the company, not great enough. Many Disney movies would receive the Disney Sequel treatment, some fairing better than others. However, even one of the company’s most financially important productions would receive not one, but TWO direct to video movies to unnecessarily extend its universe. So, we’d best start with the first of these today: The Little Mermaid II:Return to the Sea. Continue reading

DTV Hell: The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (text summery and review)

It seems I made a bit of a mistake in my original intended review. As it turns out, Disney’s Return to Neverland, was, surprisingly, released in theaters, and therefore, doesn’t qualify for DTV Hell. I may decide to break my rules and review it anyway at some point in the future, but I have bigger fish to fry now. I was planning to save this piece of crap for another day, but hey, after a very good movie like The Call of Cthulhu, it’s best to follow up with not only one of the worst Disney sequels ever, but the sequel to what I consider to be the best Disney animated movie. Continue reading