The Little Mermaid (Ron Clements, John Musker, 1989)

 Whoozits and whatzis and thingamabobs

There is a video doing the rounds on Youtube showing grown men singing Ariel’s beautiful song ‘Part Of Your World’ while at work. They’re all fathers of little girls. What an excellent illustration of the enduring appeal this film has on that group!

Taras Bulba (J. Lee Thompson, 1962)

 ZAPOROZHYE!

No, no, you've got that all wrong. Taras Bulba isn't that great at all. It's almost a holdover from a bygone age, even at the time. It has that strange and fascinating 'a cast of thousands!' brand of sensationalism that today's movies are much too subtle for – HA! But seriously, in so far as the film isn't the grossest vehicle for the grossly alluring Tony Curtis with his impossible eyes, capitalizing on his budding fame with whatever exotic trifle had been sitting on some Hollywood shelf, it's a concoction of weird themes and choices that all but fall flat.