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The Adventure Movie Countdown - Intermission: Impossible

Positronic Brain

Out Of Warranty
This list is becoming a "movies Positronic should have included in his list" List. I am particularly annoted at myself for overlooking The Fifth Element. I saw that movie three times at the theatre, how could I forget? It's a movie so fun it overrides my "wait, this doesn't make any sense" critic circuit. And Gary Oldman chews so much scenery in this movie I'm surprised he still has teeth, good stuff.

I tried not to add half of Disney's catalog in my list, so I picked Moana because I think it's the most Adventure of Disney's movies. Like Johnny highlighted, it has not one but two different characters going through the adventure arc. It's really good stuff, and the only injustice is that Bowie wasn't alive to sing Shiny. This is not a good timeline.

I think How To Train Your Dragon is the best Dreamworks movie. It's probably oneof the best animated movies - it's practically perfect. Not even the seuqles get close. Watching it it's amazing how much density it has - you get a father and son arc, and an enemies-to-lovers arcs, and an enemy-mine arc... There's a shot at the end, where we get shown Toothles and Hiccup walking leaning on each other, each one with their own prosthetic, that breaks my heart every time.

BTW, I'm getting Moana's trailer embedded in the "How To Train Your Dragon" entry, @Johnny Unusual - Moana did have alternate titles around the world because of copyright issues, but I'm sure "How To Train Your Dragon" wasn't one of them =p


A most radical pontiff
(He, Him)
I consciously limited my disney choices as well to prevent making an all cartoon list. Moana is a solid pick, though.

I can’t say I’ve seen a dreamworks movie that wasn’t at least watchable. I tend to avoid the sequels, though.

Johnny Unusual

44. Aladdin
If I had a monkey in a vest, I'm not sure there would be much left for me to wish for.

You ain't never had a friend like me!
57 Points, 3 Lists, #14 4-So

Directed by: John Musker, Ron Clements
Starring: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin​

Aladdin is a young street rat in the city of Agrabah who’s finds himself meeting a charming naïve young woman. He learns too late she’s the Princess Jasmine and imprisoned by the city guard, who believe he had ill-intent. While in jail, Aladdin is given an offer by a mysterious old man to enter the “cave of wonders” to retrieve a single lamp. Nearly dying from the cave, he completes his mission only to be betrayed and is trapped in the cave with the lamp. But once Aladdin investigates it, it releases a powerful Genie who can give him three wishes to make his dreams come true. And Aladdin’s wish is to find a way to meet the Princess and win her over. And the only way to do that is to become a prince. With his old betrayer lurking in the castle, will he lose everything to his enemy’s ambition?

I remember growing up during the 1990s Disney renaissance when the company had a big animated comeback after some flops and a few decent movies. But the Little Mermaid hit like a bomb and they seemed to be striking again and again. Eventually, they’d get into some weird territory; a film about real life person Pocahontas, like Victor Hugo’s massive tragic epic The Hunchback of Notre Dame re-written with talking gargoyles and a happy ending. But even in those there was some amazing success. And as a kid, I felt like Aladdin was the pinnacle of animated adventure, particularly Robin Williams imagination capturing Genie. And the film still holds up and while some of Williams’ shtick doesn’t play so well today in different ways, he isn’t JUST doing shtick and the genie isn’t JUST a joke machine, he’s a full character and his friendship with Aladdin makes the movie, much more than the romance for me (and it isn’t a bad romance either). Disney still makes great movies and had some wonderful animated gems after but Aladdin felt like a real turning point, just as the Little Mermaid was two years prior.

Hero’s Journey: Aladdin learns to be honest with the woman he loves and sees how indentured servitude hurts his friend.

Originally, Jafar was more hot-tempered while Iago was a cool, haughty British-type. The filmmakers felt that having Jafar losing his temper too much made him less menacing, so the personalities of the two characters were switched.

Ready, Set, Piece



While it's a bit of a long watch, this actually very early take on the whole "Wicked" formula of "what if the villain wasn't actually evil" deals really does work as a great companion piece if you watched Aladdin recently enough. And have 2 hours to kill. And want to kill them with a nerdy musical.


Lapsed Threadcromancer
I'm late but I was sure the trivia for 5th Element was going to be how a huge chunk of it is lifted directly from Heavy Metal...

Johnny Unusual

43. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Tuco would probably win more gunfights if he knew not to aim the gun at his crotch.

You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.
59 Points, 2 Lists, #2 Johnny Unusual

Directed by: Sergio Leone
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef​

Tuco is a brutish bandito hunted by many and wanted for every crime under the sun. Angel Eyes is a clever and deadly mercenary with no scruples. Blondie is a bounter hunter who has found a way to turn his target as a renewable resource. What do they have in common beyond a terrifying body count and no morals? They are all on the trail of a hidden cache of confederate gold that will make them richer than they could ever imagine. Tuco and Blondie, after nearly killing each other, learns that the other each have one half of a clue to lead them to these riches and Angel Eyes, who has been on the trail for a while, wants to use them to get it. Backs are stabbed, alliance are built and broken and Tuco and Blondie even learn a little about each other. But as the men reach their gold, can anyone be trusted? Nope. Absolutely not.

It’s weird how this trailer misidentifies who is bad and who is ugly.

If you thought we were done with cartoons for a while, you are technically right. But spiritually wrong. I was never a big Western fan as a kid. There was an increased interest in the 90s and I caught a bit of that but when I went to John Wayne movies, they never clicked. But the films of Sergio Leone did. No upstanding lawmen, just delightful antiheroes and villains. And more than that, his films are both very cool and also very funny. Blondie is “the good” but it’s a title that is only presented after he does something really shitty. And his relationship with Tuco is a real Bugs/Daffy pairing; both are skilled but for much of the movie, Blondie is one step ahead of Tuco, even when Tuco is one step ahead of everyone who isn’t Blondie or Angel Eyes. And yet, while these guys are amoral criminals whose arc never really lets them be “heroic” (any heroism is simply incidental to their goal of getting gold), Tuco and Blondie become more endearing, particularly Tuco, who gets a backstory that humanizes him and explains him while never making him a better man, just one we can feel for a bit more despite everything. The Good the Bad and the Ugly is a three hour film but I assure you, the time just blows by.

Hero’s Journey: I don’t want to say but pockets that were empty become lined and a grave is filled with a corpse.

Because writer and director Sergio Leone spoke barely any English and Eli Wallach (Tuco) spoke barely any Italian, the two communicated in French.

Ready, Set, Piece


Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
I did not really consider The Good The Bad and The Ugly an adventure, though thinking about it I don't know why not. If I had considered it for the list, it would have been high.


Post Reader
I think this is my first nomination to make the list. It's as epic and adventurous as Westerns get, and a great example of both genres.


A most radical pontiff
(He, Him)
I’ve seen all of two westerns in my life and clint eastwood wasn’t in either of them.

Not sure why I’ve avoided the genre, I likes em when I sees em.

Beta Metroid

At peace
Echoing that I didn't really consider this one, but totally would have included it. Also that it's one of the few westerns I've been able to get into (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is pretty much the only other one, which I'd heartily recommend but have a hard time labeling as an "adventure").
Aladdin was one of two Disney flicks I allowed myself. The story itself is one of the most famous of the 1001 for a reason, and Disney's version is fantastic. I didn't think of Moana though.

I have never seen The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (need to rectify that someday), but even if I had I don't know whether it would have occurred to me to vote for it.