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#65 The Friday Five 22/02/13 – Disney Movie Edition

This is a different kind of Friday Five due to me going away and my camera being packed already. Inspired by the lovely Sophia of Tattooed Tea Lady, and her question on twitter this morning, I’m going to share my five favourite Disney Movies. I’ll warn you now my favourites are pretty much all Disney princess movies, I’ve always been heavily into the princess movies since I was probably not much older than my daughter.
I know a lot of people these days are anti-Disney due to some of the in depth messages and what some say Walt Disney believed in, but it was such a huge part of my childhood and something I never grew out of. My favourite childhood memories are those that revolve around trips to Florida and Disney World. I’m looking forward to being able to take my daughter and give her those memories too. Disney is still a big part of my life, not just for my daughter.. I love Disney Couture jewellery, Disney DVDs.. I have a few Disney Tradition ornaments, I even have a Disney kettle and salt & pepper grinders! My parents believe I’m getting worse, but who cares? I love that quite a few of my friends are heavily into Disney too.
Anyway, I still have a lot to do before I head off for my premature twenty fifth birthday celebrations and my cuppa is starting to get cold.

1. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

I think my love for this movie comes from my love of the book as a child. My godparents bought me a beautifully illustrated copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland when I was seven and thus my love for Wonderland was born. My dad caught on early on and started to call me Alice.. it helped I constantly day dreamed, had an over active imagination and the same attitude problem.. my favourite phrase for a long time was “I don’t care” said very like Alice in the Disney version. I even had a ginger Kitty Kitty Kitten called Dinah. My dream is to own an Alice in Wonderland tea set like my old house mate Kariss.

2. Beauty & the Beast (1991)

 
I have always liked Beauty & the Beast, but as I got older my like has turned to love. Of all the Disney characters I most identify with Belle. Small town girl who is branded as different with dreams of the big wide world. I also love books. Beauty & the Beast is one that I ALWAYS cry at, even at almost twenty five I’d still sob my heart out to, it’s such a nice story with a brilliant message that beauty is within. I even love the version on Once Upon a Time.

3. The Little Mermaid (1989)

 

For a long time I wasn’t allowed to like The Little Mermaid, it was my sisters favourite Disney movie to the point it bordered on obsessive. I have never known ANYONE have as much merchandise for a movie as my sister and she STILL collects. I have read the original Hans Christian Anderson version, and well it’s just a bit disturbing (I remember sobbing to my mother as a child begging her to tell me she didn’t die) so I much prefer the Disney one. I think Ariel is a beautiful piece of animation and as I’ve said I’d love her hair. I LOVE the songs, I love the characters. Again, I still cry at the end.

4. Tangled (2010)

I’ll always remember Tangled as the first Disney movie I watched with Little Miss. She was only a few months old so she wouldn’t of really watched it but she sat in my lap cuddled up. It was the first time I’d seen it too so that’s what made it so special. I love the characters in this movie, I love the music, the take on the story.. and god it’s another one that makes me cry. I love Flynn and Rapunzel’s relationship and I especially love the ending!

5. Hercules (1997)

In my opinion this is one of the most underrated Disney movie ever. It is fantastic and one that my whole family can quote, we also can sing all the songs after months of having the soundtrack in the car. I think it has some of the best one liners, the funniest characters and a great take on the story (which actually isn’t that nice in it’s Greek myth form). You can barely buy anything related to the movie these days, especially in this country which is such a shame. It’s always so over looked in the lists of great Disney movies which is so sad.

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Some honorable mentions include Peter Pan; I plan on getting two Peter Pan related tattoos when I save up it was also the first ever movie I saw at the cinema. Brave; I have only recently seen this so I can’t chalk it up to being a favourite yet but I did enjoy it. And Monsters Inc; my favourite movie by Pixar.. closely followed by Up!

And some of my least favourite/most overrated movies, The Lion King.. sorry but apart from the music I’m just not a fan, Bambi and Pinocchio both of these films traumatised me as a child.

So what are your favourite & least favourite Disney films? And if you don’t like Disney.. WHY?
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