The Ultimate Walt Disney Company Performances Bracket -- Round Three, Day Seven
Before we dive into today’s matchups, I want to note (because I happened to write this intro after writing the little “Here’s how I would vote” part below) that I’m in the middle of my first rewatch of Mad Men. (I mention it because the word “hobo” will rear its head soon, and if you know the show, you know why that connection stood out to me.) I don’t have much at this point to say about Mad Men — which I watched when it aired but just hadn’t revisited since it concluded in 2015 — aside from wishing that, as Homer suggests that everyone ask where Poochie is when he’s not on screen, every other show I watch could be as good as Mad Men.
Alas. To the vote!
(1) Bob Hoskins, Who Framed Roger Rabbit vs. (17) Jonathan Freeman, Aladdin: I continue to wonder if the matchups will be as easy in the next few rounds for Bob Hoskins. (Can he win this entire supersized matchup? Of course he can. But he’s going to have to get through Robin Williams and Michael Caine first.) Today, I imagine things will not be terribly challenging, though I must again point out that Jonathan Freeman is basically the only person who has ever played Jafar, which speaks to his immense talent as an actor, both in the recording booth and on the stage.
That said, I again doubt a surprise here. Time to vote!
(25) Timothy Spall, Enchanted vs. (9) Dick Van Dyke, Mary Poppins: Honestly, this one is kind of tough. In the end, I will be voting for Dick Van Dyke, if only because he throws his entire being (often literally) into the role of Bert the…I guess we’d call him a vagrant, wouldn’t we? (He has odd jobs, it’s true, but…he is a vagrant or I suppose the English version of a hobo.) Anyway, the point is, while Timothy Spall’s English accent is much more enjoyable to listen to, in part because he’s…y’know, English, I will go with Van Dyke here.
How do you vote?
(4) Amy Poehler, Inside Out vs. (13) Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln: Now, listen, if this was another Daniel Day-Lewis performance, such as his volcanic work in There Will Be Blood (one of my other picks for ten best of all time), I’d vote for him. It’s hard to quantify what it is about his work in Lincoln that doesn’t quite swoop me up the way his other roles do. There’s something ever so slightly…predictable. Who but the greatest actor of his generation could play Lincoln, in a film from the greatest and most popular American filmmaker of his generation? Amy Poehler’s work as Joy is slighter, and obviously very different, but it’s what I gravitate to in this matchup.
What do you think?
(37) Paul Winchell, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh vs. (12) Hans Conried, Peter Pan: I have always adored the characters of the Hundred Acre Wood, but I’m going with Hans Conried on this vote. Paul Winchell is absolutely irreplaceable as Tigger, but if I am being completely honest with myself, I would prefer to vote for a culture-defining villain role as brought to life by the estimable Hans Conried than a supporting character. But that’s just me. (And is it not true that a villain can be a supporting character? It is true! And yet, I vote how I vote.)
How do you vote?