Author’s note: A version of this post originally appeared on my old site, The Ink and Pixel Club.
Back when I was blogging solo, I posted about a “How many of these animated movies have you seen” meme. Afterwards, I got an e-mail from my dad. He mostly wanted to share his reactions to animated films he had enjoyed, such as The Incredibles, The Triplets of Belleville, and WALL-E – which Dad thinks should have won Best Picture. (Have I mentioned that I love my dad?) But it wasn’t all praise. Dad also wanted to chide me for awakening his long dormant and thoroughly unpleasant memory of Don Bluth’s Rock-a-Doodle, a movie which he now remembers as being “god awful.”
After reading his e-mail, I decided that I had to rewatch Rock-a-Doodle and write about my impressions. Despite Dad’s negative memories and my own vague recollections of it being less than stellar, I tried to watch it with an open mind. I hadn’t seen it in over fifteen years. Had my father and I been unfair? Was this movie actually a flawed gem like The Secret of NIMH? Or was it really the cinematic disaster that my dad remembered?
The short answer? Dad was right. Continue reading