The "so bad actually a showstopper" kind of Christmas movie. I can definitely see this becoming a cult. There's a prequel to it as well, will save it for next Christmas.
The pinnacle of Disney's storytelling blueprint, it actually reflects interestingly on the adults' world view, only some 25 years ago, one defined by clear moral boundaries, aspirations and paths for success. Then the new millenium took over, with all its complications and Pixar.
Can't remember a recent young audience animation that's so clear in its message.
Ruth Beckermann should be taught/shown in school. Such a wonderful documentarist, so full of compassion, empathy and curiosity. Guess I've grown used to a sort of macho-driven way of discovering the world through docs (hello Werner H!) that I just don't see how another way could be possible.
This one follows the personality of Franz Josepf's wife, Elisabeth, right down to Egypt.(!) Analogies, symbols, personal reflections, calm pace. Grace!