never really sat right with me, maybe because I prefer to have romance in my Disney movies - however cheesy it may turn out to be
- and the lack of a potential love interest for Jim in TP kinda put me off. And, yes, I know it wouldn't even fit with with the story. Still, it's a great adventure movie nonetheless, with a touchy subject, strong emotional conflict and fantastic visuals. Why it failed? Beats me. I guess the timing wasn't right, and I'm not just talking about it being released at the same time as Chamber of Secrets
and Two Towers
. For some reason, TP always felt like it came straight out of the '80s to me. It has that Back to the Future/Masters of the Universe/Goonies/Indiana Jones
As for it being black sheep of modern Disney, I think that title belongs to either Atlantis
or Home on the Range
So anyway, for me, Ron & Jon are incapable of making a bad movie. Go PatF!
Btw, why is this Disney decade considered the worst among the fans? The only real stinker is probably Chicken Little
, every other movie took risks, dealt with important subjects and avoided being formulaic at the same time (something that can't really be said about Disney of the '90s, which, for the record, is my favorite Disney decade). I mean, first you have The Emperor's New Groove
which broke that musical mold of the '90s and became hated because of that, then action-heavy Atlantis
, emotionally-punching Lilo & Stitch
and Brother Bear
, a brief return of the musical with Home on the Range
, all the way down to Meet the Robinsons
and their contemporary themes.