Patton

May 8, 1945 will be forever known as Victory in Europe Day! On this day Germany surrendered with the start of peace being restored. Although, this road would be a long and hard one for those who lived in the countries who surrendered, today is best known for the day the Nazis were defeated. In honor of this day I have decided to do a blog post on Patton. This 1970 film follows the career of George S. Patton as he lead battles on the front lines.

The movie opens with Patton giving a speech about his time in war and what he had learned. The film then brings us to Patton as he prepares his troops for battle. In North Africa, George Patton is in a pickle due to his troops suffering a humiliating defeat. Patton then goes and instills discipline into his troops to set them up for another battle. Eventually, he leads his troops to victory in another battle. However, he has to manage to bring his troops into Sicily. Yet, he has to face off with Bernard Montgomery’s slow and cautious plan. This leads to Patton disobeying orders causing him to have to apologize to Montgomery. The film then leads us into the events following D-Day in Normandy with Patton leading the Invasion in Europe. From there Patton learns about the dire state of the Allied soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge. With help and cautious planning, he manages to bring his soldiers into assisting the soldiers in their time of need. After making it into Germany, Patton makes remarks about America and the United Kingdom working together in the future. However, he inadvertently insults a Russian general, but the situation is diffused when he insults him right back. The more Patton talks the more trouble he ends up getting himself into. This leads to Patton losing out on his command. Once the war has ended, the movie shows Patton helping rebuild Germany. Sadly, many events foreshadow George Pattons death in a car crash. The movie then ends with a final shot of George C. Patton walking his dog.

Victory in Europe Day is celebrated in many different countries. On May 8,1945, the Nazi’s surrendered to the Allies. In the 1970 movie Patton, we are shown some of the events leading up to this victory.

The Tigger Movie

Jun Falkenstein is quite the animation director! On May 7, she turns another year older. In 2000, she directed The Tigger Movie. This movie is based on the lovable Winnie the Pooh character who is looking for his family.

Tigger is a tiger who is full of bounce surrounded by his friends at the 100 Acre Wood. Little Roo looks up to Tigger on a daily basis and he does what he can to make sure that he can be just like Tigger one day. When Roo hears about Tigger longing to meet his family, Roo tells his friends about it. Tigger write to his family and plans a family reunion with them when they reply. However, the Tigger relatives who have replied are: Owl, Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Kanga, Rabbit, and Roo. At the family reunion that has been planned by Tigger he is delighted to meet all of his “relatives.” The jig is up when Roo tries to pull of Tigger’s epic bounce that he showed Roo earlier. When Roo attempts this he fails, this leads to the exposure of everyone in the party being a “Tigger impersonator.”This upsets Tigger with the rest of them leaving the party all together. Tigger packs up and leaves because he believes that they are mocking him. In a dangerous snow storm, Tigger heads off leaving behind his family and friends. However, the residents of 100 Acre Wood set off after him. Eventually, they convince him to come home. However, Tigger inadvertently sets off an avalanche creating more danger for those who came after him. Roo manages to rescue Tigger and the rest of them bringing Tigger back home. Once back home, Tigger throws a family reunion party with his family, this time the residents of 100 Acre Wood come. Christopher Robin shows up at the end giving Roo and Tigger a locket with their pictures inside. Tigger has finally found the family he has always wanted.

Jun Falkenstein directed this 2000 Disney classic. Following the beloved bouncing tiger Tigger, we are taught a few lessons through the characters. On May 7, 1969, Jun Falkenstein was born, only to become a well known animation director.