An Unusual Disney Film
I think most of us know what is a Disney film. It is for all the family
to enjoy, often taken from a classic story. Don\'t get me wrong. I love
Disney films. Apart from Dick Van Dyke\'s goddawful accent in Mary
Poppins, Disney films are characterised by quality and attention to
detail. But a film that launches an attack on the entertainment
industry and corporate America, now that is unusual for Disney.
The basic plot has been dealt with by other reviewers. It is
interesting that corporate America\'s first reaction to the chimp was
first disbelief, then abduction. Was it just coincidence, or was it
deliberate, that all the business executives in this film - all the bad
guys - wear spectacles that look like goggles?
Fascinating was the use of the adjective "simple", when an executive
says to his chauffeur: "Will you stop that simple wheezing!" I liked it
so much, I started using it myself.
This is one of Disney\'s forgotten films, true it will never be as
spectacular as Lady and the Tramp or Mary Poppins, but it deserves a
watch now and again..
Silly but kids will like it
Young idealistic Steven Post (Kurt Russell) wants to get ahead in the
TV industry but obnoxious boss Francis Wilbanks (Joe Flynn) constantly
ignores him. Then Steven's loving girlfriend Jennifer (Heather North)
gets a chimp (don't ask) who can predict what TV shows will be hits
(!!!). Steve uses the chimp (without telling anyone) and becomes
vice-president of a network in no time (just like real life huh?)...but
Wilbanks is VERY suspicious of how he knows what shows will be popular.
VERY silly Disney comedy. The humor and slapstick are either stupid
and/or predictable, the characters are 1-dimensional and the lines
would be laughed off "The Brady Bunch" as being too corny...but the
kids will like this. Unlike the G rated movies today there's no crude
humor, no violence and no jokes about bodily functions. This basically
has good clean (if silly) humor.
I admit most of the movie had me rolling my eyes but I did keep
watching. I actually did laugh a few times towards the end (the
reactions of a woman being interviewed on the street were very funny)
and it was fun seeing Russell and John Ritter so young. Also Flynn has
his moments as does Harry Morgan as the president of the network. North
is sweet (but not TOO sweet) as Jen and look for Bill Daily at the end.
And the chimp was adorable! So it is silly and predictable with a title
song that makes you want to cut your ears off...but it's perfect for
the kids. I give it a 5..