‘Chicken Little’ is an underappreciated Disney delight

[rating=3]Starring: The Voices of Zach Braff, Garry Marshall, Don Knotts, Patrick Stewart, Amy Sedaris, Steve Zahn, Joan Cusack
Director(s): Mark Dindal
Writer(s): Steve Bencich and Ron Friedman

Zach Braff provides his voice as the title character in 'Chicken Little'
Zach Braff provides his voice as the title character in ‘Chicken Little’

One of the best tests I can devise for animated films now is whether or not my son is willing to sit through it. It’s not scientific, but it’s the best kind of gauge I have at my disposal — besides my own perspectives.

When I popped the DVD in, as usual, my son was resistant. He is always a little wary of trying new movies. Not really sure why, exactly, but I suppose that’s par for the course with children. They’re always hesitant when it comes to something new. They like the familiar. Either way, Chicken Little was only on for a few minutes and he was hooked. So hooked, in fact, that he was dancing to the music at the very end.

He loved it, and I did, too.

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‘Beaches’ isn’t bad… for a hokey chick flick

[rating=3]Starring: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Spalding Gray, James Read, Lainie Kazan
Director(s): Garry Marshall
Writer(s): Screenplay by Mary Agnes Donoghue; Based upon the novel by Iris Rainer Dart

John Heard makes a move on childhood friends Bette Midler (2nd from r.) and Barbara Hershey in 'Beaches'
John Heard makes a move on childhood friends Bette Midler (2nd from r.) and Barbara Hershey in ‘Beaches’

I think it’s probably fair to say that of all chick flicks, Beaches is about as chick-flicky as you can get.

And it’s directed by a man!

I’m not sure how Garry Marshall ended up being so good at making films for women, but it sure seems like he’s got the nack for it. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but come on. Pretty WomanPrincess Diaries. I mean, I don’t even think he’s really made a film that’s been for men.

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