🌌 Sci-fi writer / small-time producer of those YouTube ads you “skip” 🚀
So many things... A literary and fantastical epic, riddled with earnest humanity, tinged by genuine consequences, and undaunted by the weight of its sprawling universe. The fact that this masterpiece lay dormant and dusty on the lowest shelf of the Disney catalogue will always wreck me. Perhaps we were just too young when we first saw it and let it sink unawares into the background noise of new-millennium CG adventures, turned over every two years by a newer, more expensive diversion…
Being an immigrant, this is one of my favorite immigrant films. Fueled by a dream, and rescued by the kindness nurtured in others. The world can learn a lot from this bear. Especially today.
It might make you feel uncomfortable, it might take you to strange new places, it might make you sad and it might make your life much, much harder. But if good people are willing to fight for what is right, things can always get better. Don’t give up. Your voice matters. Use it.
Honestly four stars is too much for this but watching it tonight def felt like a planets-aligning kinda moment. The generational schism combined with all the bombast of Armageddon hits different in the middle of a pandemic, esp when you live in Ground Zero, USA. It’s cheesy and kind of ugly and all over the place emotionally, but I also can’t describe how good it felt to see grown adults with entirely different world views and motivations working together and…
First half is a delightful and youthful perspective of historically European immigrant experience, leveraging all hope to cross the world in search of opportunity, and reframing each new misery as one step closer to the promise of prosperity barely out of reach. Second half is a silly Disney cartoon with zero real-world priorities, and that’s just really unfortunate 😞