A couple of weeks ago I sent out a tweet asking if anyone wanted to do a Disney collaboration, and a couple of lovely ladies got back to me. This first guest post is from Nikki who has spoken about Disney films, her love for Disney and her opinion on the live-action releases. I love everything Disney and was so happy that Nikki wanted to take part. Please feel free to let me know if you would be interested in taking part. I am also looking for people who have been to Walt Disney World.
What are your top 5 favourite Disney films and why?
1) The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh (1977)
Pooh bear is a bear of very little brain, but such a big heart. As my life has progressed I find myself becoming more like Pooh, ‘short, fat and proud of that’, I don’t have the ability to wander around in just a red t-shirt, nor float on a balloon, but ‘think, think, think’ is my motto. Pooh teaches us to be accepting of everyone, no matter if they are scared, depressed, moody, snobbish or over zealous, to love your friends for who they are, and to understand that we all bring our own individualness to the companionship we seek.
2) Robin Hood (1973)
A classic take on a tale, with animals of all types taking the roles. From cowardly Prince John, sucking his thumb and stroking his ear ‘oh Mummy!’, to the Sheriff of Nottingham who you have to love to hate, each character’s animal gives you a hint as to their personality, but this only becomes apparent as you become an adult. Love triumphs over evil! (and Prince John gets tricked time and time again!).
3) The Little Mermaid (1989)
Sebastian is the star of the show! This is one of the best films for a good old singalong too, which is something Disney is renowned for. The age old adage of ‘be careful what you wish for’ rings true, Ursula takes one prized possession to give Ariel her legs, maybe a nod too ‘if you cherish beauty you may lose your voice’.
4) Fantasia (1940)
This was my first real experience of classical music, the colours and the characters portrayed in the cartoon are breathtaking, whilst being paired with so many emotions gleaned from the music, it is truly a marvel. Not your classic Disney movie, but well worth watching.
5) Alice In Wonderland (1951)
‘Off with her head’!! The Queen of Hearts is a scary character when you are only 7 or 8 years old, being forever angry that she is not getting her own way! My two loves in this film are the stoned caterpillar (I don’t think he is stoned, it’s just a hookah he’s smoking) he just looks spaced out, and the Cheshire Cat. He started a fascination in me and I am soon to have him, his new 2010 counterpart and the P.C. version of him portrayed in American McGees Alice permanently inked on my leg. Be careful of food in jars and bags, labelled ominously!
What films do you think are over-rated and under-rated?
Aladdin – The best thing about the film is Robin Williams as the Genie!
The Princess and the Frog – Outstanding music and characters you can fall in love with (especially Evinrude!)
What is it about Disney that makes you such a big fan?
There are such depth in the characters, the story lines. They are colourful and fun as you are a child, but as you grow older you begin to understand the nuances of the story and realise there are underlying lessons to be learnt.
5 Disney films you haven’t seen but are on your watch list
2) The BFG (2016)
3) Incredibles 2 (2018)
4) Christopher Robin (2018)
5) Toy Story 4 (2019)
What’s your opinion on all of the live-action releases? Do you think it’s time that some of the classic films are re-made?
I hate the live-action releases with a passion! It makes me so angry that they haven’t got the talent to make new movies with new stories, they just rehash the old ones that do not need touching! I think none of the old films should be remade! Touched up, recoloured, made HD, fair enough, but they shouldn’t be re-made! They are part of Disney lore, move on, not re-shoot!
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It has been so much fun hearing different opinions on films etc. What are your favourite Disney films?
Would you be interested in doing some sort of a Disney collab? Get in touch!
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