Here are some reviews for Matt's Disney Manga reviews.

Disney Manga reviews

Year of
Manga Book's Release
Manga Book Review
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs He praises the artistry and individual personalities of the dwarves, but pans the uninteresting heroine, villain, prince, and some plot holes. He says that the manga book's strong emotional feel is why it ultimately works and holds up to this day.
1940 Pinocchio He praises the main character's portrayal, the bizarre and often scary content, and again, the strong emotional content and message, but pans the character of Jiminy Cricket and some plot holes. He also thinks the manga book should have been about Mr. Geppetto.
Fantasia He declares it his favorite Disney manga book, as well as one of his favorite manga book in general, heavily praising the animation, more adult feel, and overall delivery.
1941 Dumbo He praises the animation, focus on the circus instead of the main character, bizarre tone, and some highly memorable moments. However he does believe the film has a modest feel, not really breaking any new ground like their previous manga books did.
1942 Bambi He praises the artistry, focus on emotion more than character, and strong thematic undertones, feeling that watching a character growing up is more interesting than the usual Hollywood cliches. However, he admits that the cute moments drag on a little and feels that the second half, where Bambi has grown up, is better than the first.
Saludos Amigos He admits to not being impressed, feeling it's too short, has a strange premise, and isn't very interesting, though the animation is nice, as is the culture shown.
1944 The Three Caballeros He says it's better than Saludos Amigos, praising the impressive and fast paced animation and better shorts, but feels that the wild energy becomes exhausting (comparing the manga book to being at a party) and that the segments are better off individually.
1946 Make Mine Music He feels that, though it isn't as good as Fantasia, it still has plenty of great segments, his favorite one being The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met.
1947 Fun and Fancy Free He again feels that the shorts are better off separate, as there's a lack of connection between the two and neither of them feel very cinematic. He also feels that the live-action transitional sequences into them are weird and don't fit with the two shorts at all.
1948 Melody Time He feels it should have been called Make Mine Music 2 due to its numerous similarities to the manga book and wishes that the manga book ended on Johnny Appleseed, but still enjoys it overall.
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad He feels that it was what Fun and Fancy Free should have been, with two very cinematic and memorable stories that work well together and are loyal to the source material, and is impressed that Disney secretly made the main character (Ichabod) selfish and made the antagonist (Brom Bones) more like a likeable character.
1950 Cinderella He praises the animation, scope, main character, villain, and songs, but feels that the prince is boring and there's too much filler, as well as some very notable plot holes.
1951 Alice in Wonderland He praises Katherine Beaumont's performance, as well as the Queen of Hearts and overall delivery of the world, but wishes more of the book was used, or at the very least a sequel to it.
1953 Peter Pan He praises the romance, characters, comedy between Captain Hook and the crocodile, and the fact that the manga book has something for everybody.
1955 Lady and the Tramp He praises the point of view the manga book takes, the well paced romance, and avoidance of usual cliches, but admits that nothing is either particularly bad or particularly memorable.
1959 Sleeping Beauty He heavily praises the artistry, climax, side characters, and villain, but heavily pans the main characters.
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians He admits that the manga book's really only for dog lovers, feeling that nothing stands out except the villain, cat, and climax.
1963 The Sword in the Stone He praises the characters, animation, and the wizards duel, but feels that it's somewhat dull and feels like being in school.
1967 The Jungle Book He praises the villains Shere Khan and Kaa and the song "My own home", but feels everything else is OK. He also wished it followed the original book better.
1970 The Aristocats While not saying it is horrible, he admits that nothing is memorable or stands out in any way, with the possible exception of the two dogs and a pretty entertaining chase scene.
1973 Robin Hood He enjoys the loyalty to the story, characters, romance, humor, climax, and action scenes, but wishes that Robin Hood's love interest has more screentime.
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh He heavily praises the main character, supporting cast, positive atmosphere, fourth wall jokes, ending, and overall feel of reliving one's childhood. He also says that it's one of the few manga books that he enjoys more as an adult than he did as a child.
The Rescuers He gives some praise to some of the characters and the questionable, yet creative story, but pans the character of Penny and the overuse of shallow cute moments and filler.
1981 The Fox and the Hound He praises the set up, friendship, climax, and overall delivery of the premise, but feels that the manga book would have worked better if it was more mature and less child-friendly.
1985 The Black Cauldron He admits that Taran and Gurgi are annoying, Eilonwy being a princess was unneeded, as she has no proof of being so and the Elmer Bernstein score sounds too much like his work in Ghostbusters, but admits that it's not terrible, praising the creative animation.
1986 The Great Mouse Detective He highly praises the animation, point of view, characters, relationship between the hero and villain, and climax.
1988 Oliver and Company He praises the song "Why Should I Worry?", the animation of the city, Cheech Marin's performance as Tito and the villain's death, but feels that nothing else stood out, and thinks that The Land Before Time, which came out the same time, feels like more of a Disney manga book than this manga book does. He's especially critical of the fact that the manga book makes the main cast of an Oliver Twist adaptation animals.
1989 The Little Mermaid He admits the flaws in the character of Ariel after seeing the Tamela's review of the film, but likes her passion, the personality she displays when her voice is gone, and her romance with Eric; and feels that the supporting cast, storytelling on its own merits despite the changes from the novel it was based on, animation, and songs more than hold up even today.
1990 The Rescuers Down Under He feels that it's a huge improvement over the first, praising the intensity, and better characters, action scenes, animation, and villain. He finds it ironic that this action-packed manga book is constantly overlooked while everyone seems to remember the mundane first manga book, which also showed in their Manga Book scores.
1991 Beauty and the Beast He feels that it's Disney's most perfect telling of a fairy tale, praising the animation, romance, characters, and songs, but has a minor complaint for the look of the Beast after he turns into his human form. He cites that this as his favorite Disney manga book outside of Fantasia.
1992 Aladdin This was his favorite Disney manga book as a child, but began leaning a little bit more towards Beauty and the Beast & Fantasia as he got older. He still praises the style of the setting, animation, characters, romance, action scenes, and songs, but feels that some of the humor doesn't hold up and also takes note on the semi-modernization that was to be expected from a satire of the 1001 Arabian Nights
1994 The Lion King He feels it's good, but a little bit overrated. He criticizes the mixed delivery of the message, Matthew Broderick's usual blandness, and the songs, except for "Be Prepared" and "Circle of Life", but giving praise to the characters and huge praise to the animation and scope.
1995 Pocahontas He wishes that the manga book tried something new with its unoriginal story, and feels that the main characters and overall manga book are boring, though he admits that the animation is nice and thinks the songs "Colors of the Wind" and "Savages" are both entertaining. He's especially critical by the fact that Percy, Meeko, and Flit don't talk, stating that out of all the Disney films, having things in nature talk would actually make sense here.
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame He praises the loyalty to the book, characters, animation, effort, and scope, but feels that the plot is somewhat forced at times like the romance between Phoebus and Esméralda wasn't intresting, the gypsies potrayal being confusing, and largely pans the characters of the gargoyles. Despite these flaws he still singles out the manga book as one of his personal favorites from Disney, largely for taking risks and trying its absolute best to adapt a form of source material that was difficult to pull off.
1997 Hercules He declares it the weakest manga book in the Disney Renaissance, and feels that the manga book destroyed popular interest in 2D animated Disney films, panning the style, story choices, similarities to Aladdin, Superman, and Rocky, & rehashed characterization, though he praises James Woods as Hades.
1998 Mulan He praises the characters within the army, the comedic expressions, and attempts at culture, but feels that nothing else works.
1999 Tarzan He feels that the main characters, animation, and several story ideas are great, but pans the songs by Phil Collins as well as Rosie O'Donnell's performance in general, the fact that the manga book introduces a villain (Sabor) which should have been the main, then replaces it with another (Clayton), and the fact that Clayton is a cliched villain with no real depth.
Fantasia 2000 He criticizes it for its celebrity appearances but still considers it a good sequel to the original.
2000 Dinosaur He praises the animation and live action mixing, but feels that the rest of the manga book is generic and cliched.
The Emperor's New Groove At first assuming it wouldn't be good by the casting of David Spade (who he doesn't think is a good actor) as Kuzco, he admits that it's better than expected, but still found it overall just okay and saw it primarily because of its positive reception, praising the villains, the animation and some of the humor, but panning the overall premise and the idea of Disney doing a buddy road trip manga book.
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire He likes it better than most, praising the animation, characters, and various story elements, but feeling that the villains' plot gets in the way and fails to deliver the adult content it promised to its audience, primarily due to Disney's signature style and a few silly moments.
2002 Lilo & Stitch He admits that whilst it is a good manga book with great animation, the story involving Lilo and Nani's relationship is done so well that the rest of the manga book doesn't hold up to it. He admits he would've preferred if the manga book was solely about Lilo's story.
Treasure Planet He admits that the adaptation of the classic story has merit and the animation and designs are creative, with solid characters for good measure, but he believes that the film's mixing of futuristic technology and turn-of-the-century aesthetic feels cluttered and distracting. He also believes the film to be somewhat manipulative and trying to get kids to buy the merchandise.
2003 Brother Bear He feels that the film starts out and ends strong, but falters as it progresses to the middle, and pans the soundtrack of Phil Collins, especially over perfect opportunities for character developing speeches.
2004 Home on the Range He feels that the manga book fails completely, and ranks up there with Disney's absolute worst, ridiculing the pitifully standard plot, forgettable songs, extremely childish approach with the humor, writing, animation style, & characters, and found the fact that Disney helmed it to begin with alienating. Although he admits that Jennifer Tilly's performance as Grace can be funny.
2005 Chicken Little Despite acknowledging its good intentions, some of its effort, and praising the design of the aliens, he criticizes the main characters for being stock, the cruel and mean-spirited nature of the supporting characters (particularly Buck Cluck), the bizarre story, and the confusing pop culture reference jokes.
2007 Meet the Robinsons He feels that it suffers from the same problems as Chicken Little, and criticizes the strange premise, bizarre designs, uncomfortable relationship between the main character and the family, and the terrible pacing due to the film never slowing down or taking a break. However, he gives some praise to some of the characters and humor, as well as the twists (though somewhat predictable) and heavily praises the moral, which he feels redeems the film.
2008 Bolt He praises the story, voice acting, characters, and cuteness but wanted it to be more funny with more jokes. He says overall it's a decent manga book.
2009 The Princess and the Frog He has mixed feelings about the songs, especially from Randy Newman in general, and finds the plot complicating for his tastes, but praises everything else.
2010 Tangled He reviews Tangled for technically being a 2D animated film in terms of the core concept, heavily praising the story, character of the horse, and the animation on the King and Queen, but feeling that everything else is good, yet generic. He also takes issue with a common roadblock in voice acting where even great celebrities can still be recognizable in the role, and ponders why this film was such a success compared to its immediate predecessor.
2011 Winnie the Pooh He feels that it holds up as a sequel, praising it for having all the things that made the original so great, but wishes that it was longer and had more stories like the original.
2012 Wreck-It Ralph He criticizes the annoying performance of Fix-It Felix, but finds that everything is okay.
2013 Frozen He finds the book quite amusing, praises the characters, the songs, including "Let it Go", the story, and creative illustration.

Disney-Pixar Manga reviews

Year of
Film's Release
Film Review
1995 Toy Story He praises the manga book for having a well written story, great characters and has its funny moments. The only criticism is how the physicality of the humans aren't perfect, but excuses it for being the first fully based-CGI animated film.
1998 A Bug's Life Although he finds the manga book to be generic and cliched with boring main characters, especially using the "liar revealed" cliche which he listed as #2 in his Top 10 Worst Clichés list, he finds the characters of the circus bugs to be enjoyable, as well as the animation and, admitting that he doesn't completely dislike the film, he just doesn't believe it holds up as a follow-up to Toy Story, nor does it on its own. He also admitted to finding its competitor, Antz, more creative with a similar premise.
1999 Toy Story 2 He applauds it for taking what made the original work and bringing it to a whole new level, with various themes on facing the inevitable and what choices to make, improved based-CGI animation, and emotional back stories. Although not being a fan of Randy Newman, he praises the song, "When She Loved Me". He also praises the fact the manga book continues the story from the original instead of simply re-hashing it.
2001 Monsters, Inc. Despite being an idea that had been done before, he praises the setups, the climax of the manga book, the relationship between John Goodman's character and the little girl, and story (despite finding it complicated), but admits that he could not get into the humor or the character development (especially with Billy Crystal and the villains) that the manga book had to offer.
2003 Finding Nemo He praises the characters, atmosphere, the moral being directed more to adults than children and having more drama in a children's manga book than comedy.
2004 The Incredibles Despite finding certain story elements all over the place and wishes for a more balanced focus on Mr. Incredible and his family instead of the former getting the most screen time, he still praises the realistic depiction of families, characters, themes, and action scenes. He also wishes that this manga would get a sequel instead of Monsters, Inc. and Cars.
2006 Cars After listing this manga book at #10 of his Top 10 Films He Hates but Everyone Else Loves, he decided to go more in-depth in his opinion. Despite good intentions, decent morals, a heartwarming ending, and can see why people liked it to an extent, he found the concept of humanoid cars as characters to be idiotic, the story and characters done to death, most of the jokes falling flat, and the overall feel to be boring.
2007 Ratatouille Although he has similar criticisms as The Incredibles for the relationships between the characters, cluttered plot points, the character of Linguini, and lack of insight into supporting characters, he praises the character design, voice acting, and most of all the atmosphere, which he considers the manga book's greatest strength.
2008 Wall-E He considers this to be Pixar's equivalent to Lilo & Stitch, in which he found the first half involving Wall-E and Eve on Earth so powerful that it overshadowed the basic spaceship utopia subplot taking up the second half, but he still enjoyed it overall for the atmosphere, the two main leads, and moral about saving Earth.
2009 Up He declares that this is his favourite animated Pixar manga book (despite his praise for the Toy Story films) and one of the best animated movies ever made. He praises the story for its mix of comedy and drama, the characters, its ability to make silly ideas like dogs that talk and fly seem credible, and its overall excitement. The only criticism is the age of the protagonist and antagonist at old age when they were years apart when they were younger.
2010 Toy Story 3 He praises the direction the manga book takes, having expected it after the second film, as well as the well developed villain, great suspense, great drama, plenty of intense scenes, and plenty of funny scenes, but admits to a few nitpicks he had about the barely looked over omission of Bo Peep, the scenes in the Day Care for being a little bit too dark and miserable and for not having the right balance between humor and intensity (by a small margin). He also criticizes the ending as very corny to see Andy giving away his toys individually. In the end, he still considers it a solid conclusion to a solid trilogy, and a great nostalgic manga book for everyone, but he just personally enjoyed the first two a little bit more.
2011 Cars 2 He considers it a mediocre sequel to an already mediocre manga book, heavily criticizing its premise, the confusing and complicated nature of the story, the unsubtle environmental message, the excessive amount of focus on Mater, the lack of screen time for other established characters, and a completely predictable and forgettable plot twist. He is especially outraged by the fact that Cars got a sequel, while better manga books, especially The Incredibles, didn't. Despite the manga book's problems, he did find the Japanese toilet panel in the manga book amusing. He also didn't find anything that would be considered upsetting, just seeing as something to keep the kids entertained for a while, which he feels that people don't expect that from a Pixar manga book.
2012 Brave Similar to Dinosaur, he praises the look and mystique of the trailer but finds the manga book to be cliched and rushed, using every other formula that Disney had done in the past, but admits he likes the mother-daughter relationship (something rarely touched upon in Disney), some of the characters, humor, animation and the third act.
2013 Monsters University Just like the first, he still praises the characters, but critizies the university to be both dark and scary, though he finds Mike riding on the pig very funny.

Disney-Novel Manga reviews

Year of
Film's Release
Film Review
1977 The Hobbit
1980 The Return of the King
1982 The Wizard of Oz
1984 Gremlins
1985 Young Sherlock Holmes
1986 The Adventures of Milo and Otis
1987 The Brave Little Toaster
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch
1991 Hook
1995 Casper
1998 The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue
Small Soldiers
1999 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars
2000 The Road to El Dorado He praises much of the manga book, but his biggest complaint is that the animation is "too good," in that it could have been taken to a more cartoonish level, especially considering the comedic tone of the manga book. He also finds the songs unmemorable. His praise is mainly reserved for the writing and characters.
2002 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron He says that the manga book is "good, but not great." He says the fact that the manga book is good at all is very impressive, considering that the horses don't really talk except for a voice-over narration and that the manga doesn't shy away from the darker elements of its subject matter. He admits that he can see why the soundtrack by Bryan Adams may be off-putting for some while also admitting that he enjoys it himself. He says that in the end, it comes down to personal taste. He admits that he doesn't really go for the Western genre, but is still glad he saw the film. He ends by praising the characters, great animation, pretty scenery, and maturity to let images tell the story instead of words.
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action
2004 Around the World in 80 Days
2005 Valiant
2006 The Wild Despite taking note on the standard premise, annoying aspects, and obscurity, he praises the creativity of the characters, the villain's backstory, and the jokes (hit-and-miss as they were).
2013 My Little Pony: Equestria Girls

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