942. The Ballad of Nessie – Stevie Wermers

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SUMMARY: The story of how the Loch Ness Monster (and her best friend McQuack) came to inhabit Loch Ness.

WHY IT’S HERE: Disney’s ‘The Ballad of Nessie’ is a beautiful traditionally animated short which boasts abundant magic and timeless storytelling associated with the studio at their best. Warmly narrated by Billy Connolly, ‘The Ballad of Nessie’ boasts sumptuous storybook visuals and even has turning pages and a climactic image of a closing book, which ought to make any long-term Disney fan well up with nostalgia. Not to worry, it’s ok to cry you know! Although it went largely unhailed at the time, this beautifully traditionally animated film is far preferable to the overpraised ‘Paperman’ which emerged the following year and was instantly embraced as a classic. In fact, it was a flimsy retread of irritating tales of fate and destiny which thought that being in black and white would help smuggle these clichés past the critics. Amazingly it was right and though it looked great, in terms of content it might as well have been called ‘Paperthin’. I’ll take ‘The Ballad of Nessie’ over it any day.

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