I just attempted to watch a special on ABC, the subject of which was the great Disney 2D animated films. Now wouldn't you think that'd be a GREAT special, full of wonderful animated history and insightful commentary?
Yeah, you'd THINK.
But what I SAW was a TEDIOUS hour-long commercial full of the kind of sappy commentary that infests Extreme Makeover and WORSE , it was commentary by TWITS. Like Whoopee Goldberg (how is she still in show business?), some Disney tween star whose name means nothing to me, Jamie Lee Curtis (why was she there?), Kirsten Chenowith (spelling? OH, does it really matter?) that loud chef Emeril guy (man, he's hard to take in a close-up) and a couple of black actors I"m not acquainted with. And they said stupid sappy things, non-stop. Interspersed with very brief clips of classic Disney animation. About halfway through this "special", I yelled at the TV : "SHUT UP AND SHOW THE CARTOON!" The whole thing reminded me, most unhappily, of the treacly DVD of Walt Disney world I received when I was planning my vacation. All these people saying syrupy stomach-turning platitudes about "wishes" and "magic" and blah blah. Hey, I love WDW. It's amazing. But MAN that DVD turned me off.
The only person on that "special" who had anything interesting to say was Dick Van Dyke, who actually worked as an actor on Walt's most celebrated film - Mary Poppins. He was warm and wonderful. And, despite his advanced age, he actually looked better than most of the rest of the cast (especially Emeril. Ack!) Why didn't the special focus on him, and perhaps on the voice of Pinocchio, who's still alive, and more, MUCH more, on the animators and producers of that Frog movie? That would have been 100 times more interesting than that boring infomercial.
It's just another indication that the new regime at Disney haven't the SLIGHTEST understanding of Walt's legacy. Walt himself would have hated this "special". He knew crap when he saw it.