No More Midquels, Please

I have a request of you, Disney: can you please, for the love of all that is decent and holy, stop making midquels? Here’s my one negative article of the month: how much I despise every midquel I’ve ever seen, particularly when you take movies from Disney’s golden age and try to rewrite them. Now, for anyone that isn’t aware, a midquel is a sequel that takes place during events shown off-screen of the original. Confusing? Here’s an example: Bambi. In the original Bambi, after his mother’s death, the scene cuts to spring and shows him fully grown. Bambi II shows us what happened in the winter after Bambi’s mother’s death, while being raised by his father and growing into a buck. There are very few redeeming factors in a midquel, and i’m going to explain why I hate them so much.

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My Top Ten Disney Movies

Here’s the most basic subject possible: my favorites. Plain and simple. These vary from classic to new, and have become timeless in my life. This excludes Pixar, Logan will have a separate list for that. In my eyes, Disney and Pixar are two very different companies. They’re both amazing, as far as I’m concerned, but I don’t feel like they belong in the same list together. So, let’s get started.

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Disney Month Is Finally Here!

Hello there, Happy Katana fans. The wait is finally over. Starting today, Happy Katana is going to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Disney. We’re going to have reviews, countdowns, and much, much more. While every other site is going to have a single post dedicated to Disney’s 90th anniversary, we decided to dedicate a whole. After all, Disney has provided generations of fans with nine decades worth of entertainment and magic, so what’s 31 days to us? So sit back, relax, and get ready for the ultimate Disney tribute.

You’ve Waited, So Here It Is: Disney Month- The 90th Anniversary Of Disney

If you follow Happy Katana on Facebook, you have probably seen the post hinting at a huge project we have planned for October. With only one month away, we are finally unveiling it: Disney Month. In honor of Walt Disney’s 90th Anniversary, October will be entirely dedicated to Disney-themed articles, reviews, countdowns, and anything else we can come up with. This will be a huge month (perhaps the busiest so far) for Happy Katana, with at least seven or eight articles planned, and we’re excited to bring it to you.

Film Review: Spirited Away

Studio Ghibli, perhaps the most celebrated anime studio of all time, the studio that brought us such classics as My Neighbor Totoro, Castle In The Sky, and Howl’s Moving Castle brings us arguably its greatest film of all time. Created by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, Spirited Away is a coming of age story about a girl named Chihiro who accidentally stumbles into  a world filled with spirits and has to rescue her parents, who have been turned into pigs after greedily eating the spirit’s food. To save her parents, she must work at a bath house, owned by the evil witch Yubaba. Along the way, she meets new friends and falls in love with a river spirit named Haku. This world is filled with strange spirits, like Yubaba and her nice sister Zeniba, Haku, who can turn into a dragon, Kamaji, the eight armed boiler man, Lin, Chihiro’s friend, the gluttonous No Face, talking frogs, and numerous other peculiar beings. During her time in the bath house, she has her name taken away and changed to Sen, saves Haku from dying, befriends Yubaba’s son and sister, and more. Eventually, she goes from being a whiny little brat to being a mature and responsible little girl. Oh, and she saves her parents.

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