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My Top 10 Favourite Disney Animated Classics

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Yay my laptop is fixed, back to blogging more!

I was recently having a discussion with a friend about my favourite Disney Animated Classics, and that got me thinking about what order I would place said favourites. With a lot of contemplation, I have devised a list specifying which order these films place in my Top 10.

A bit of a disclaimer needs to be had on this one. Anyone who knows me knows that I love my Disney, in particular Disney Animated Classics. For me to pick my favourites and place them in order is like asking a mother to chose her favourite child.

That being said, below I have listed my Top 10 Favourite Disney Animated Classics, but please bare in mind, if you were to ask me this question next week, my answers are likely to change. This is my Top 10 Favourites at the moment.

So without further ado, here are my favourites in descending order.

10. Hercules (1997)

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I love Hercules. This film has very interesting character dynamics e.g Hercules and Meg, Meg and Hades, Hercules and Phil, Hercules and his parents, etc. It’s not your stereotypical guy meets girl, they fall in love, the end (not that there is anything wrong with that!). But in Hercules you see his character progress, you see him reach a goal and overcome obstacles along the way. He falls in love with Meg, but Meg thinks he’s a bit annoying. Overall I really like this film, thus why it is in my top 10.

09. 101 Dalmatians (1961)

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I cannot watch this movie without crying. Seriously it gets me everytime, and for an animated film to have that much impact, you know it’s a good one. Plus this film has one of the most recognisable Disney villains of all time, Cruella De Vil.

08. Pocahontas (1995)

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Fun fact, this is the only Disney animated classic to actually portray a true story. Whilst no-one knows the exact details of her relationship with John Smith, Pocahontas is very much a real woman in history. I love this portrayal of Pocahontas. I also have quite a soft spot for Meeko, I don’t really know why, I just think he is adorable.

07. Mulan (1998)

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Yet again here is the perfect example of a non-stereotypical Disney Princess movie.

Mulan cuts off her hair, pretends she is a boy, and fights in a war, all to protect her father and family.

What’s not to love?!

06. Tangled (2010)

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Normally any movie released after the Disney Renaissance does not really uphold the Disney Animated Classic standard for me, but they nailed it on the head with Tangled. I could watch this movie over and over again, and still never get bored of it. Again the characters are really strong, it has a great villain in the form of Mother Gothel, and the music is fantastic (again it is thanks to Alan Menken!).

I really love this film, if you have not given it a chance because you, like me, aren’t too excited about post-Renaissance Disney classics, then you should seriously think again when it comes to Tangled. I promise you, you won’t regret it. Even my 6 year old (boy) cousin likes this film, so that goes for you too boys!

05. The Lion King (1994)

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I know I know, The Lion King is number 5, don’t hate me!

A lot of people will be quite surprised that this only made it to number 5 on my list, from talking to people about Disney classics, The Lion King is almost always in everyone’s top 3. Now don’t get me wrong, I adore this film. I mean, what’s not to love? It contains fantastic characters, an amazing villain, outstanding songs, it’s just amazing, and my top 5 are all very close so do not panic, I love The Lion King, always did, always will. (Besides you can’t tell me you’ve never held up your cat and sang ‘Circle Of Life’…just me?…*cough*)

04. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

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This film is, I want to say, one of the more dark Disney films (and it isn’t surprising really considering Victor Hugo’s novel). I think this film is one of my alltime favourite Disney soundtracks (once again, step into the spotlight Mr. Alan Menken!), which I feel adds to why I love this film so much. Not only that but for once the guy doesn’t actually get the girl in the end! Which is sad for Quasimodo, but kind of nice for the viewer in a weird way. Not only is it unexpected but it is refreshing for a Disney film.

Anyways, this film is beautiful and stunning. Please go watch it if you have not seen it already!

03. Aladdin (1992)

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This is my Disney movie! And what I mean by that is, your Disney movie is the movie that was released the year you were born. For example, all of my friends were born in 1991 so their Disney movie is Beauty and The Beast which I am actually quite jealous of, but I did get Aladdin which I am quite happy with. (What’s your Disney movie?)

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I love this film. Again, it’s soundtrack is fantastic, and Jafar is actually one of my favourite Disney villains. This is yet another one of those Disney films I could watch over and over and never get sick of.

Interestingly though, before I had ever seen this film, I wasn’t too excited about watching it. For some reason, I had this preconceived notion that I would not like it, and therefore I never gave it a go. Alas, I received it as a present to add to my Disney collection and when I watched it I fell in love with it. I also love Aladdin and Jasmine’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ romance. Fantastic film.

02. The Little Mermaid (1989)

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The Little Mermaid and Aladdin fluctuate at the number 2 spot. Everytime I watch one of them, it becomes my second favourite (and because I have watched The Little Mermaid more recently than Aladdin, The Little Mermaid is currently number 2!)

A lot of people I talk to, and a lot of posts I read on the internet, seem to hate Ariel. The call her stupid and naïve, and whilst I do see where they are coming from, I like to take the other approach and say she is determined to get what she wants, even if it means making a few sacrifices.

Again, at the risk of sounding redundant, Ursula is a fantasic Disney villain, again one of my favourites. Also Sebastian and Flounder are one of my favourite sidekick duos. And let me not forget to mention the amazing soundtrack provided by, yup you guessed it, Alan Menken. (Can you see a pattern forming here?).

Also this film is quite hard to get a hold of on DVD. I searched the shops for months, and one day I found it my chance and immediately bought it for my search was now over. But when I was in the shop the next day the DVD was gone again without a trace. So fate has given me my DVD. (But if you are looking for a DVD of this film, you probably can find it on ebay or amazon, but be careful a lot of them are pirate copied DVDs!)

 

 

 

Now last but not least…have you guessed it yet?

 

 

 

01. Beauty and The Beast (1991)

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Whilst the order of the other films on this list may vary from time to time, I am pretty confident that Beauty and the Beast will always remain number one.

This film is basically my childhood. The film came out before I was even born so I grew up watching in on our vhs tape (who remember’s those bad boys?). I’m pretty sure the tape has actually worn down now. I also remember watching Belle’s Christmas video over and over and that television show on the Disney channel where an actress dresses up as Belle and reads books to little kids, what was that called again? *new tab, google*…oh yes, it was called ‘Sing Me A Story With Belle’ please tell me some of you guys remember this?!

Okay, I am getting a little off-track. I love Beauty and the Beast mainly because of all the fantastic characters, in particular Belle. I have always associated with Belle as a character. She loves to read and enjoys her own company. This was me as a kid. I’d have my mother take me to the library every other day, I just loved books (perhaps Belle was even the reason I loved books so much, I’m not sure, although it would make sense).

Not only are the characters fantastic, but the soundtrack is incredible, Alan Menken’s finest work. I think that is another major factor as to why this is my favourite. Songs such as ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Belle’, ‘Be Our Guest’ *thinking of one that doesn’t begin with B*, Gaston, Mob Song, etc. They are all fantastic.

I really could go on about how much I love this film, but if you have not seen it for yourself, I recommend you put it at the top of your priority list, and if you have already seen this, then you already know how wonderful it is.

So that is it for my Top 10 Disney Animated Classics. I hope you have enjoyed it and please leave in the comments your list of favourite Disney animated classics (even if it’s just your top 3 or top 5, I’d love to hear them!).

– Bee

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13 Films for 2013

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2012 saw some superb films emerge including The Hunger Games, Avengers Assemble, The Hobbit, Silver Linings Playbook, and The Dark Knight Rises.

So what films can we expect from 2013, and will they top 2012?

Here are my picks, of which films I am most looking forward to seeing.

Stoker

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Release date: 1st March 2013

Director: Park Chan-Wook

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, and Jacki Weaver

Rating: 18

Plot:  After India’s (Mia Wasikowska) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

My POV: I love a good thriller (not horror, oh no!) but thrillers I am all for. Although this film appears very dark with themes of a sexual (and lets face it creepy) nature, I am very excited about this film. I am a fan of Mia Wasikowska after seeing her performance in The Kids Are All Right, and no-one can forget Nicole Kidman’s performance in the psychological thriller The Others, therefore I hold high expectations for this film. I am also excited to see Jacki Weaver in this film. I loved her performance in Silver Linings Playbook.

Oz: The Great and Powerful

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Release Date: 8th March 2013

Director: Sam Raimi

Starring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff.

Rating: PG

Plot: When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot–fame and fortune are his for the taking–that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late.

My POV: I have been looking forward to this film for the best part of a year and very excited that it is coming out next week. Everyone loves The Wizard Of Oz (it’s called a classic for a reason!) and Wicked, the musical production is equally as enthralling. So why not add another to the collection with this film, Oz: The Great and Powerful. A film which stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Zach Braff as a talking monkey is bound to be a winner, right? We shall soon find out!

The Great Gatsby

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Release Date: 17th May 2013

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke

Rating: TBA

Plot: Nick Carraway (Tobey Macguire), a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leondardo DiCaprio). He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.

My POV: As a graduate with a degree in English, and an avid film-lover, I get very excited when I hear about book to film adaptations, however with this excitement also comes scepticism. However, with the acting talent of Leonardo DiCaprio, I am sure this film will live up to its expectation.

The Wolverine

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Release Date: 26th July 2013

Director: James Mangold

Starring: Hugh Jackman

Rating: TBA

Plot: Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels to Japan, where he engages a mysterious figure from his past in a fight that has lasting consequences.Vulnerable for the first time, and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel, but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than ever before.

My POV: I am a huge X-Men fan, and although X-Men Origins: Wolverine left little to be desired, I am hopeful that this film will meet the standard of the previous X-Men trilogy. Besides, it’s Hugh Jackman!

Spring Breakers

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Release Date: 5th April 2013

Director: Harmony Korine

Starring: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine

Rating: TBA

Plot: Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.

My POV: Okay, hear me out. This film is on the list basically because I want to see how bad it is, is that wrong? Perhaps if they had cast actors not trying to break their good-girl Disney image this film may be seen as acceptable (and who knows may even interesting!) but when you cast Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in a film about girls who rob a restaurant, land in jail, and work for a drug dealer?…I mean really? As I said, let’s see how bad this movie turns out. My guess is, it’ll be a flop (or a joke) of a movie.

Jurassic Park 3D

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Release Date: April 2013

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, BD Wong, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Ariana Richards

Rating: PG

Plot: During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

My POV: Sure, it’s just a ploy to get people to pay to watch a movie they’ve already seen, but I love that they are re-releasing Jurassic Park into theatres (and in 3D no less!) 2013 actually marks the 20th anniversary since it’s release!

Dorothy of Oz

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Release Date: TBA

Director: Will Finn, Dan St. Pierre

Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, Lea Michele, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, Patrick Stewart, Oliver Platt, Martin Short

Rating: TBA (most likely G)

Plot: Dorothy (Lea Michele) returns to Kansas to find it devastated. Dorothy then finds a new way to get back to the Land of Oz only to discover that her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer), Cowardly Lion (James Belushi) and the entire Land of Oz are all in grave danger. On Dorothy’s new journey through Oz, she meets new friends like a marshmallow man named Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), a china doll princess (Megan Hilty), an ancient tree named Tugg (Patrick Stewart), and a large owl named Wiser (Oliver Platt). With the help of her new friends, they band together against a wicked Jester (Martin Short) who wants to control Oz by turning important people into marionettes.

My POV: Very very excited about this Wizard of Oz adaptation also. A great voice cast too! I have very high hopes.

Saving Mr Banks

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Release Date: December 2013

Director: John Lee Hancock

Starring: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell

Rating: TBA

Plot: The film centers on the life of Travers, shifting between 1907 with her childhood in Queensland, Australia, the negotiations with Walt Disney and the making of Mary Poppins in the 1960s.While in California for filming, Travers thinks back to her difficult childhood in Australia, most especially to her father, the inspiration for the role of the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks.

My POV: While I have not heard much about this film (virtually nothing in actual fact), I am very excited about the prospect of a film about Walt Disney, and the adaptation of Mary Poppins from book to screen (on our screens!). Very excited about this film, pity it’s so far away. I am also looking forward to seeing Tom Hanks’ portrayal of Walt Disney.

Red Dawn

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Release Date: 15th March 2013

Director: Dan Bradley

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise

Rating: 12

Plot: A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

My POV: Even though this was released in the USA in 2012, Ireland unfortunately has decided to wait until March to release this film (which thankfully is only two weeks away). It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Josh Hutcherson, and I’m not going to lie, that is the main reason I want to see this film. However it does look promising so I am hopeful that it will be a good action film.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues

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Release Date: December 2013

Director: Adam McKay

Starring: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, John C. Reilly (rumoured)

Rating: TBA

Plot: The continuing on-set adventures of San Diego’s top rated newsman.

My POV: Will Ferrell, probably definitely my favourite comedic actor ever. I also love Paul Rudd, and Anchorman, so really this sequel has been long awaited. Again pity it’s not released until December (and that’s in the US, which means I could be waiting another year to see it over here!). Alas I shall look forward to it nonetheless.

Frozen

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Release Date: 6th December 2013

Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff

Rating: TBA (more than likely G)

Plot: When Anna (Kristen Bell) is cursed by her estranged sister, the cold-hearted Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna’s only hope of reversing the curse is to survive a perilous but thrilling journey across an icy and unforgiving landscape. Joined by a rugged, thrill-seeking outdoorsman Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his one-antlered reindeer and a hapless snowman, Anna must race against time, conquer the elements and battle an army of frozen sinister warriors if she ever hopes to melt her frozen heart.

My POV: Disney Animated Classics + Hans Christian Anderson = One very happy me. Plus what a great cast! The Disney nerd in me is definitely freaking out!

Monsters University

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Release Date: 12th July 2013

Director: Dan Scanlon

Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren

Rating: TBA (again more than likely G)

Plot: A look at the relationship between Mike and Sully during their days at the University of Fear — when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends

My POV: Cannot contain my excitement over this one. Monsters Inc is definitely one of the best Pixar movies there is (then again, they’re all amazing!) and whoever came up with the idea of a prequel set in Mike and Sully’s University days…I salute you. Big expectations for this one, doubt very much I will be disappointed.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Release Date: 22nd November 2013

Director: Francis Lawrence (no relation to Jennifer Lawrence)

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Rating: TBA (I’m guessing 12)

Plot: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

My POV: Don’t know where to start with this one. I love The Hunger Games trilogy. Suzanne Collins knew what she was doing when she wrote those babies. With the alarmingly perfect and talented cast (I’m looking at you Lawrence and Hutcherson), The Hunger Games has proved to be a highly successful franchise. The first film of the series, The Hunger Games was phenomenal. I am most certainly looking forward to seeing what the new director, Francis Lawrence, can bring to these films (he is signed on to do the next film also). Indeed this is certainly my most anticipated film of 2013.

– Bee