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After an unexpectedly extended hiatus consisting mainly of Albert playing Cinderella Free Fall (get the app, it’s quite addictive!), the CommentEARS return for a third season with an examination of Disney’s 2015 live-action iteration of the beloved fairy tale, Cinderella. Joining you on this journey through a modernly nostalgic period piece are Albert “It’s Kit, I’m Kit!” Gutierrez, Pedro “Have Courage” Hernandez and Kelvin “Be Kind” Cedeño. The CommentEARS reflect upon the film’s much-needed optimism and hope in comparison to other female-driven films of the era, taking particular notice to how Ella’s characterization gets strengthened by the simple message of courage and kindness. In addition, they look at the film’s practical-minded production design and visual look, compare key scenes to the studio’s animated counterpart, deconstruct how the extended narrative benefit the supporting characters, and share stories of the unexpected audience reactions throughout the film-watching experience.
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For the past 25 years, one film proved it’s better down where it’s wetter and ushered in an era now referred to as the Disney Renaissance: 1989’s The Little Mermaid. In honor of its silver anniversary, we revisit this commentary originally recorded September 2013 in tandem with the Diamond Edition release. Your commentators for this journey under the sea are Pedro Hernandez, Albert Gutierrez, and Kelvin Cedeño. Each of us share our memories of this era, in addition to analytical and historical perspectives, as we discuss the production of the film, the inner struggles and outward action of heroine Ariel, literary comparisons to the Hans Christian Andersen tale, the model and structure of the film in comparison to previous and future Disney Animated Classics, its place within the 1980s teen movie genre, and our own personal views towards the film in both a childhood context and as revisited nostalgia.

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Ooh-de-lally! In honor of its 41st anniversary, we revisit 1973’s Robin Hood, our eighth commentary originally posted August 2013. Your commentators for this trip to Medieval England include Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño. Each of us share different perspectives towards this film, as we discuss its production, earlier concepts set in the American South, literary comparisons to incarnations of Robin Hood and Aesop’s fables, the film’s connections to popular culture and world events of its era, and our own personal views towards the film in both a childhood context and as revisited nostalgia.
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN, COMMENTEARS!

This year’s Halloween episode of the Three CommentEARS takes on the wildly manic and chillingly haunting 1949 animated classic, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. As always, your hosts on this madcap trip to Tarrytown and beyond are Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño, with special guest CommentEAR Tony Lopez coming along for the wild ride. Throughout this commentary, the group discusses Mr. Toad’s theme park legacy, the effective usage of musical score, Ichabod Crane’s multifaceted characterization, and the story and technical elements which have made Disney’s take on two classic tales – Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind in the Willows” – among the most remembered and viewed themed programming for the Halloween season.

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Halloween is beckoning towards us once again; it seems to creep upon every year. A Disney staple for Halloween since 1993, Hocus Pocus continues to enthrall and enchant audiences today. With the season well underway, let’s take a moment to revisit our October 2013 commentary for the film. Your hosts for this bewitching tour of 1993 Salem include Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño. This episode, recorded to celebrate Hocus Pocus’ twentieth anniversary, primarily focuses on the film’s connections to Disney’s other forays into the supernatural and the macabre, tales from the production of the film, and several notable instances of illogical and anachronistic storytelling, while still celebrating the film’s loving tribute to the Halloween season, viewers’ reaction and nostalgia through the years, and our own personal views towards the film in both a childhood context and as revisited nostalgia.

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In our second installment of “Something to Think About,” hosts Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño reflect on Disney films they have experienced at different points in their lives, from as early as childhood to as recently as last year. This discussion was influenced by the late film critic, Roger Ebert, who once postulated that “movies never change, but their viewers do.” The three discuss how their thoughts on particular films have changed, for better or for worse, across time.

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It’s a throwback to the 90s as the CommentEARS hit the ice to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Disney live-action cult classic, D2: The Mighty Ducks. Your coaches, as always, for this commentary are Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez and Kelvin Cedeño. The CommentEARS take a look at how the film has created a meaningful legacy among the youth of the 1990s, despite being a miss with critics of the time. In addition, they study themes and ideas shared with many other sports films of the era, added characterization and narrative context gained by the novelization of the film, and how the Mighty Ducks film series sparked a surprisingly lucrative franchise for Disney that inspired everything from an infamous Disney Afternoon cartoon series to a real-life Disney-owned hockey team.

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We are currently working on our second episode of "Something to Think About". While we polish this episode to a neat shine, here is something for you to think about...

Has there ever been a Disney film you originally disliked or were apathetic towards, but time has helped you appreciate it better? In contrast, what film you first enjoyed deeply, but then grew to dislike as the years went by?
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Fifty years ago, out of the sky she came. Mary Poppins has continued to enthrall and fascinate audiences for five decades, making us believe that spoonful of sugar still helps the medicine go down, that tea parties on the ceiling are perfectly acceptable ways to pass an afternoon, and that flying a kite can give you wings. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, let us revisit our December 2013 commentary for the film. 

As usual, your commentators include Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño, with special guest commentator Aaron Wallace (author of The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom) joining for this special occasion. If you’ll recall, this episode not only took a look at its production, but also made comparisons to both the original P.L. Travers books and stage musical, and looked into how it impacted our lives over the years. In addition, we examined some of the film’s spiritual themes, its high-ranking reputation within the Disney company, the various “Disney Achievements” represented within the film, several connections to 2013′s Saving Mr. Banks and Travers herself, and the film’s impact on all viewers since its release. Please be sure to enjoy our first “legacy” commentary in observance of one of the most enduring “legacy” films in the Disney canon.
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From the 1960s’ jazz-filled Indian jungle, we now trek deeply into the dark, African jungle as we continue our journey through Disney’s Jungle Stories with 1999′s animated classic, Tarzan. Your guides for this journey as always include Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernadez, and Kelvin Cedeño. Unlike most film and television adaptations of the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan stories, Disney’s turn focuses more on the emotional journey all the characters take, as each struggles for acceptance, even amidst the danger, peril, and thrills for which the Tarzan stories are known. The CommentEARS discuss how Disney achieves such feats through the unique musical talents of Phil Collins, the implementation of the innovative Deep Canvas process, and key stories from the voice cast. In addition, the CommentEARS reflect on Tarzan’s deserving status as the closing film of the long-celebrated Disney Renaissance, as well as the film’s legacy within the Disney community since the film’s release.

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