Hmm, I'm feeling awfully nostalgic today. Shall we set sail for the most magical place on Earth via my favorite Disney films? Of course!
Have faith in your dreams, and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through.
My favorite movie to watch on VHS as a kid. When I am asked what Disney princess I could be if I choose (not the princess I most act like, mind you), it is always Cinderella. I came away from this movie believing that if you work hard and are a kind human being, good things will inevitably happen for you. With this logic in mind, I believe that anyone, no matter how old or young, can have a real-life Cinderella story.
And from this slumber you shall wake, when true love's kiss the spell shall break.
Another blond princess I enjoyed as a little girl. When I was 18, one day I was having a miserable day, but trying to turn it around with a some lunch from Panera Bread. Usually when I eat, I like to watch movies or TV, so I went into my room and found an old copy of Sleeping Beauty. The perfect companion! Sure, she's not the most engaging of princesses, but the fairies are amusing in their war to make her dress blue. Or is it pink?
I don't see how a world that makes such wonderful things, could be bad.
-The Little Mermaid
This entire dinner scene cracks me up. It took me many years to like this movie though, mostly because I could not get over that she gave up her beautiful voice for a guy she never had a conversation with. All of the musical numbers and Sebastian and even Ariel wound up winning me over in due time. Sometimes I need to really employ a suspension of disbelief with Disney. Plus, dingelhoppers!
And for once it might be grand, to have someone understand. I want so much more than they've got planned.
-Beauty and the Beast
A classic and the very first movie I saw in theaters at the age of 4. I still weep during it. There's not much I can say to describe the film except that it is about learning to be around those who are different from you and embracing that difference rather than running from it because it is unlike you. For years, my Dad would clip out newspaper articles about this movie for me to read. It was also the first Disney film to be nominated for an Oscar in Best Picture (though not the last...)
He's got the outfit, he's got the elephant, but we're not through yet! Hang on to your turban kid, we're gonna make you a star!
Like any good kid growing up in the '90s, Robin Williams made me laugh, laugh, laugh. Mrs. Doubtfire, Ferngully, and The Birdcage were among my favorites of his. Therefore, simply by the presence of the Genie alone, this movie is on my list.
Uh, I mean, uh, sorry you had to see that, but you know how it is, when you get those manly urges! And you just gotta kill something! Hm... Fix things, cook outdoors--
Girl power! I could cut my hair and pose as a boy in the army to fight on behalf of my father. Well, not really. You see, I have three brothers who would most likely take that position for me and some defined womanly curves that really would prevent me from ever being mistaken as a boy.
This soundtrack, by the way, was pretty much the classroom favorite in 5th grade. My teachers played music while we worked on homework or class assignments and Mulan was the soundtrack of choice, with all of the original songs, the Christina Aguilera one, and the Stevie Wonder song about being true to your heart. Good times!
You've been a very kind friend to me when I had none, and I would never want to make you unhappy or cause you any trouble, so... I'll go. I wish you every happiness.
This was the last movie I saw in my childhood theater before it closed up for good. Enchanted I deeply enjoyed, with the live action interspersing well with the animation. Amy Adams is cute as can be and the perfect princess though I'm fairly certain that when you first arrive to New York, it is a lot meaner, dirtier, and Patrick Dempsey doesn't rescue you from a billboard. Again, suspension of disbelief, suspension of disbelief. Cute musical numbers, sweep me away!
Oh, Pixar. You and the geniuses there can take me away to new worlds and old ones better than anybody else. In this case, you took me to a future where Earth is a big landfill where a plucky robot named WALL-E is still cleaning, unaware of the fact that he is the last robot around doing so. He meets Eve, another robot sent to find signs of life there, and falls in love. Cannot blame the guy, Eve is adorable, like a little hovering ghost. WALL-E made me teary-eyed, appreciative of nature, definitely against sitting in a chair for too long lest I never get out, and brought in some more of that wonderful Thomas Newman score that I love so much.
My name is Dug, I have just met you and I love you!
You will cry during this movie. Many times over, but mostly in the short 4 minute "Married Life" scene. I did. I still do. And that evoking of emotion alone was enough to make it one of my favorite Disney/Pixar films ever.
What are your favorites?
Love to you all,