And so it ends, just hours before our flight to Orlando:
Disney Animated Classics:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Pinocchio Fantasia Dumbo Bambi Saludos Amigos The Three Caballeros Make Mine Music Fun and Fancy Free Melody Time The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Cinderella Alice in Wonderland Peter Pan Lady and the Tramp Sleeping Beauty One Hundred and One Dalmatians The Sword in the Stone The Jungle Book The Aristocats Robin Hood The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh The Rescuers The Fox and the Hound The Black Cauldron The Great Mouse Detective Oliver & Company The Little Mermaid The Rescuers Down Under Beauty and the Beast Aladdin The Lion King Pocahontas The Hunchback of Notre Dame Hercules Mulan Tarzan Fantasia 2000 Dinosaur The Emperor’s New Groove Atlantis: The Lost Empire Lilo & Stitch Treasure Planet Brother Bear Home on the Range Chicken Little Meet the Robinsons Bolt The Princess and the Frog Tangled Winnie the Pooh Toy Story A Bug’s Life Toy Story 2 Monsters, Inc. Finding Nemo The Incredibles Cars Ratatouille Wall-E Up Toy Story 3 Cars 2 Brave(for my review of Brave, check out this post)
Totals: 64 Completed, 0 Remaining
I saved my favorite four, the four that really have had a significant impact of life, for last. The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and, of course, The Little Mermaid.
There’s a whole bunch I can say about these films, like how The Little Mermaid is a great example of script economy–nothing here is wasted, save, perhaps, the “Les Poissons” number, which gets a pass since it’s such a crowd pleaser. Or how Aladdin may be the most well-crafted of all Disney films. Or how I find Moira Kelly just as annoying as the voice of adult Nala as I do her character from Season 1 of “The West Wing.”
BUT…I did want to take a second to give props to what makes these four films truly great, in a class all their own among the Disney animated canon: they have the best villains! Think about it: Scar, Gaston, Jafar, and my personal favorite (who, like me, is modeled after Divine, world-famous drag queen), Ursula the Sea-Witch.
In all of these films, the viewer spends a not insignificant amount of time with the villains. Their personalities are multifaceted. You can kinda understand why Scar is a jealous weasel, and you get a kick out of Gaston being as much full of nauseating, humorous bravado as he is mean-spirited, “jerkface jock from gym class.” You actually end up caring about them, in a twisted-beard sort of way. How many other iconic Disney villains can you say that about? Malificent is a wonder aesthetically, but her range is from “mean” to “really mean.” Cruella De Vil may be the only other Disney villain I can think of who is actually an interesting character.
I love these movies; they mean a lot to me, and I’m glad I took the time (4 whole days of my life–some 96 hours!) to revisit them. I hope everybody at Blizzard Beach is ready for the fat behind I gained from my movie marathon immobility coming down Summet Plummet.
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