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    Analyzing the Disney Villains: Percival McLeach (The Rescuers Down Under)

    PERCIVAL C. McLEACH Origin: The Rescuers Down Under (1989) The movie is better than I remembered, but I think it’s more processing than kids can handle. Maybe that’s why it’s Disney’s smallest net gain (although it had a small budget). It seems like whenever Disney makes the setting part of a character, it fails. Lilo and Stitch did the same thing with Hawaii. It comes off as propaganda. Maybe it’s because the world is smaller and these places aren’t exotic anymore. Maybe because we don’t care about worlds we can visit. We want either worlds we know with fantastic characters (like New York style superheroes) or totally new worlds with…

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    Analyzing the Disney Villains: Man (Bambi)

    MAN Origin: Bambi (1942) Oooh, I’ve been waiting for this one (rubs hands gleefully). Fuck this villain. This guy makes every top ten list, but he’s nothing. He’s NOTHING, guys. He’s just a pair of hands in the bushes. You might as well make the iceberg the villain of Titanic. I like that he kills the stupid animals. You know who’s a better villain in this movie? Ronno (the deer that fights Bambi for Faline). He didn’t have any lines either. Motivation: I’ve already talked about hunting. (A lot of villain sportsmen in Disney, aren’t there? And there are still a few to go.) But I’m not against it. Nevertheless,…

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    Analyzing the Disney Villains: Clayton (Tarzan)

    CLAYTON Origin: Tarzan (1999) Clayton is not a very good villain. I’ll just put that out there. He’s like a lot of other Disney villains: foppish, British, egomaniacal, greedy, impatient. You could sub in Ratigan or Governor Ratcliffe and there’d be no real difference. All he does is serve as a plot-moving device. In fact, in the original novel, Clayton is Tarzan’s friend. Because the story is really about Tarzan’s identity crisis. Motivation: GO-RIL-LAS. … Fine, more detail. He accompanied marshmallow dad and British chippy so he could hunt down some gorillas, presumably to mount them on his wall or sell them, providing a paper-thin motivation for a bad guy.…

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    Analyzing the Disney Villains: Amos Slade (The Fox and the Hound)

    AMOS SLADE Origin: The Fox and the Hound (1981) The Fox and the Hound has the distinction of being the crossroads of the old guard (Disney’s Nine Old Men) with the new guard (Don Bluth, Frank Thomas, John Lasseter, Glen Keane, Brad Bird, and others). Unfortunately, this crossing meant lots of conflicts. This is the movie that motivated Don Bluth to start his own studio, with a bunch of similarly disgruntled Disney animators, that held its own for a few years. Of course, none of this has anything to do with villains, it’s just interesting. I’m not sure how a villain like Amos Slade would play out these days. Probably…