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Sneak Peek | Disney Mural

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So if I have been awol recently it is because I have been a busy bee (ha get it?!). I have finally started a project that I have been planning for a

very long time now and that is a DISNEY MURAL!!

As you may or may not know I am a huge Disney fan (as in animated classics) so I thought I would put together two of my favourite things; Disney and art, and create a mural in my bedroom.

While I am very far off actually being finished I thought I would show you a sneak peek of the progress so far.

I’ve worked in this for about 5 days now (over the past two weeks not consecutively)IMG_0797

So this is half the mural. PLEASE note that it is nowhere near finished so it will get much better, but do let me know what you think of it so far and let me know if there are any characters I HAVE to include!

Until next time,

Bee ūüôā

 

The Lion King | West End Show

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lionkingGreetings,

Apologies for my absense over the past 2-3 weeks, I have been a very busy bee.

Yesterday, I finally got to use my Christmas present, which was tickets to see The Lion King on the West End…well, sort of.

I live in Ireland, so I was very excited to find out that alot of West End shows would be coming on tour to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin. For Christmas my brother surprised me with tickets for The Lion King which coincided with my birthday (as my birthday is next tuesday).

I really enjoy seeing shows, especially musicals, whether they be completely amatuer, or performed by well known actors (like the time I got to see Cillian Murphy in his one man play!). However, seeing as this was a West End production, and considering I am a huge Disney fanatic, I had very high expectations for this show. Not only were these expectations met, they were greatly suceeded.

I had never been to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre before, so I didn’t really know what to expect. The place was really nice, and our seats were perfect. They were in the dead centre and I had a perfect view of both the stage and the side stalls which included some performers throughout the production.

As far as the actors go, they were superb! Baby Simba and Nala were so adorable! The guy who plays Pumbaa got the voice dead on, he was amazing. And I love the fact that Zazu was Scottish!

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There were some great gags throughout the story also, I especially loved the riverdance. Perhaps anyone who has seen this show can tell me, is the riverdance included in every production or was this just a special gag for the Irish audience?

As for the music, I am speechless. I knew all the songs going into the show but I was seriously blown away with how they were performed, especially ‘Circle of Life’ and ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’. ‘Circle of Life’ is the very first song perfomed in this show (as it is in the film) and I honestly got really teary-eyed. Not because it was sad or anything, I was just overwhelmed with the production. I was also seriously impressed with how well the kids performed ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’.

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So if you can get your hands on some tickets to see this show, DO! It is simply the best show I have ever seen in my life. No doubts about it. I’m already planning my next trip back to the theatre!

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The Lion King gets 5 stars from me, it is well worth seeing.

– Bee

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 na√Įve, 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

13 Songs That Didn’t Make The Cut (Disney Animated Classics)

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There are several songs that didn’t make the cut across all 52 of Disney’s Animated Classics. If you look them up I am sure you will come across many you like and some you may dislike. Here is a list of 13 songs thats didn’t make the cut;

1. As Long As There’s A Moon – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

As explained in the clip above, the reason this song got cut from the final film is because it draws too much attention away from Quasimodo (after all, the film is called The Hunchback of Notre Dame, not Esmerelda and Phoebus’ love story!).

This song revolves around the marriage of Esmerelda and Phoebus. It is a good song, but in my opinion, does not match up to the quality of the rest of the songs in this film.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is probably my favourite soundtrack of all the Disney Animated Classics and I just don’t think this song would fit in. Also, as mentioned in the video above, there just really isn’t a need for it in the film. It doesn’t add much to the overall story.

2. Be Prepared (Reprise) – The Lion King (1994)

This is an interesting song. One in which I am very disappointed got cut from the final film.

As shown in the clip above, this reprise to ‘Be Prepared’ shows Scar’s reign over the pride lands. Scar decides he needs a Queen to help him rule, and in true villain fashion, he chooses the first lioness he lays his eyes on, Nala. Nala thankfully rejects him, and Scar banishes her and reveals that the hyenas will keep the other lionesses in line.

This essentially explains their hostility for the remainder of the film, which I feel is important seeing as they do not yet know that Scar is the one who killed Mufasa (although one of the hyenas almost blows his cover in this song also!).

This is a great song, I really wish it was in the final film.

3. Dancing To The Wedding Drum – Pocahontas (1995)

This is an interesting one also. The song is okay, but what I found interesting is the early portrayal of the character of Kocoum (whom Pocahontas is set to marry).

Before the song starts, Pocahontas is going to speak to her father about her doubts as to whether she can marry Kocoum. On her way to see her father, the cast breaks into song about the upcoming wedding, and Pocahontas meets Kocoum, who is portrayed as a very happy, friendly character.

I am happy they changed Kocoum’s personality from this to a very serious and sombre man.¬†It gives Pocahontas more validation into her doubts about marrying Kocoum, and also makes us as an audience root for her relationship with John Smith that much more.

4. Humiliate The Boy – Aladdin (1992)

I’m so sad that this didn’t make the final cut. Jafar really should have had his own villain song. Not only that but this song is actually really good.

Jafar is determined to belittle and humiliate Aladdin in front of Jasmine, the Sultan, and his mother. Yes, in the early production of Aladdin many more characters were in this film, including his mother. (Unfortunately she later got cut from the film).

Perhaps the reason this song could not be used in the final film is because initially the Genie could grant an unlimited amount of wishes, however in the final film, he could only grant three.

This song clearly demonstrates Jafar asking for several wishes so he can destroy Aladdin. Regardless, I love this song and wish it was in the film.

5. I Can’t Believe My Heart – Hercules (1997)

This song is a solo song for the character of Megara. If you listen to the song you will more than likely hold the same opinion as everyone else who listens; the song not only sounds similar, but basically has the exact same meaning as Megara’s solo song (that can be heard in the final cut of the film) ‘I Won’t Say I’m In Love’.

In this song she is explaining how she hasn’t had luck with men in the past, and then in comes Hercules who she is afraid to admit, is falling in love with.

Although it’s a good song, there really is no need for it in the film.

6. I’m Odd – Alice In Wonderland (1951)

I only have one question…WHY DISNEY WHY?! Why was this song cut from the movie?

I love this song, I think it’s fantastic. The Cheshire Cat is one of the most iconic characters to have been portrayed in this film and why he did not get his own song is beyond me.

One thing I will say though is, if you close your eyes and just listen to this song, doesn’t it sound like Winnie The Pooh is singing to you? This is because the voice actor who portrayed the Cheshire Cat, Sterling Holloway, was the original voice of Winnie The Pooh before Hal Smith and Jim Cummings took over.

This song gets right down to the point, the Cheshire Cat is odd, Wonderland is odd, heck even this film is odd. It would have been a fantastic addition to the film but alas it got cut.

7. Keep ‘Em Guessing – Mulan (1998)

This song, as stated by the director, was supposed to be an introduction to the character of Mushu.

The production team however felt that Eddie Murphy had enough charisma to pull of introducing Mushu in a couple of lines, as oppose to a 1-2 minute song in the final cut of the film.

While I agree that this song may be unneccessary for introducing the character of Mushu, when listening to it you also get a feel of Mulan’s doubt as to whether she can pull of being a man, which I feel is an important aspect of Mulan’s character.

Regardless, the song was cut, but at least we get to hear what could have been.

8. One Dance – The Little Mermaid (1989)

Many say this song is too similar to ‘Part Of Your World’, however¬†I think (depending on where in the film this song would have been used) could have worked.

I really liked this song and it was interesting to listen to. It has the same principle as ‘Part Of Your World’ in that Ariel wants to dance with Prince Eric and essentially be part of his world, but the song itself is quite different.

9. Proud Of Your Boy – Aladdin (1992)

Not only am I a huge Disney fanatic, I am also a big fan of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, etc.

As some of you may or may not know, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman were working on the score for Aladdin (having previously¬†worked on¬†Beauty and the Beast together). Howard Ashman wrote this song, ‘Proud¬†Of Your Boy’ and was very proud of his song (why wouldn’t you be?!).

Unfortunately though, with¬†changes to the story, the character of Aladdin’s mother got cut. At the same time Howard Ashman passed away after¬†succumbing to his illness.

Alan Menken fought hard to adjust the song so they could keep it in the film and honour Howard Ashman however it unfortunately didn’t work and had to be cut.

I love this song and am sad that it didn’t make the movie but at least we get to listen to it now.

10. Snuff Out The Light – The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Disney cut an Eartha Kitt song? Yes. Yes they did.

With the changes made to the storyline regarding Eartha Kitt’s character, the song no longer made sense and was therefore cut.

11. The Middle Of The River – Pocahontas (1995)

This song was intended as a duet between Pocahontas and John Smith. However the song very closely resembles ‘If I Never Knew You’ and therefore was cut.

12. To Be King – The Lion King (1994)

Oh dear. I’m sorry to say that I am actually glad this song did not make the film.

Nothing against the song, it’s not bad really but I think it would have completely taken away from the character of Mufasa. This is one song best left on the cutting room floor. Still interesting to watch though.

13. Why Me – Aladdin (1992)

Again, why didn’t Jafar get a villain song?!

I love this, not only is the song really catchy, but it’s full of self-pity and lust for power.

I really wish this song made the movie. Jafar needs his villain song!

This song was replaced with ‘Prince Ali (Reprise)’.

– Bee

Disney Villains vs the 7 Deadly Sins

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Originally I was going to write a blog about the various villains of Disney’s animated classics, however after reading an article about the 7 Deadly Sins, this inspired me into thinking about what Disney villains are guilty of said sins. Thus resulting in a new idea for this blog.

The seven deadly sins is a classification of the following vices;

  • Envy
  • Gluttony
  • Greed
  • Lust
  • Pride
  • Sloth
  • Wrath

The villains in question are taken from Disney’s animated classics. So which of these villains are guilty of these sins?

Envy

The dictionary describes envy as “a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.”

This trait can be seen in many villains in Disney’s animated classic.

The Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)

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The Evil Queen is the main antagonist of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and the first Disney animated canon villain. There is no denying the Evil Queen is guilty of envy. When she discovers Snow White has overtaken her to becoming ‘the fairest of them all’ the Queen¬†becomes completely envious of Snow White, and wastes no time in hatching an evil plan¬†to kill Snow White so she can once again reclaim her title.

Lady Tremaine (Cinderella, 1950)

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It comes as no surprise that Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s wicked step-mother also holds a place¬†under the ‘envy’ category. Jealous of Cinderella’s beauty, she treats her as a slave her in our home¬†after her father’s death.

Ursula (The Little Mermaid, 1989)

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Once again, no surprise to see Ursula’s name here. Jealous of Ariel’s beautiful voice, she uses Ariel’s longing to be part of the human world to her advantage by striking a deal (which she also goes on to sabotage). She is also jealous of King Triton’s position of power and also manipulates the naive Ariel in order for her to usurp the throne.

Scar (The Lion King, 1994)

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Another Disney villain jealous of the King’s position of power, Scar is so envious of his brother, Mufasa’s, role as King, that he hatches a plan to kill Mufasa¬†and, in a classic villainous move, leads Simba¬†to believe he is responsible for his own father’s death. Poor Simba.

Hades (Hercules, 1997)

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Last on my list of envious Disney Villains (although you could argue there is many more) is Hades. Now I’m sensing a pattern here, because just like Ursula and Scar, Hades is envious of Zeus’ position of power as King of Gods, and plans to usurp his brother and kill his nephew Hercules.

Gluttony

It was surprisingly difficult to think of a villain who portrayed gluttony, and then I remember, Kaa.

Kaa (The Jungle Book, 1967)

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Kaa is a sly snake from Disney’s The Jungle Book, who is almost constantly hungry. He is seen on many occasions trying to devour Mowgli (however obviously failing).

Greed

Stromboli (Pinocchio, 1940)

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Stromboli’s only concern is making money. Therefore he falls under the greedy category after using Pinocchio in his puppet show to earn even more money.

Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians, 1961)

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One of the most iconic Disney Villains of all time, Cruella De Vil’s greed involves her stealing puppies and skinning them to make herself a fur coat.

Governor Ratcliffe (Pocahontas, 1995)

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Governor¬†Ratcliffe is perhaps one of the most (if not the most) greediest Disney villains there is. The entire film see’s his longing for gold, gold, and more gold, in order to become obscenely wealthy.

Mother Gothel (Tangled, 2010)

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In the opening scenes of Tangled, Mother Gothel’s greed is immediately highlighted. She is determined to keep the magical healing flower hidden (even though¬†it can save the life of those who are ill) in order to keep herself looking youthful. Once the flower is taken by the King and Queen, she then steals their child and hides her in a castle, again just to maintain her youth.

Lust

Jafar (Aladdin, 1992)

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Although Jafar is pretty much guilty of all the 7 Deadly Sins (apart from gluttony perhaps), lust is probably his most predominant characteristic. Not only does Jafar lust after Jasmine, he also lusts after the title of Sultan which sees him desperately try to kill Aladdin (so that Aladdin will not marry Jasmine thus resulting in Aladdin becoming Sultan).

Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996)

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Throughout the entire film, (even though he spends most of it insulting her also), Claude Frollo¬†lusts after the gypsy girl Esmerelda. In fact, he even sings a song about it! In ‘Hellfire’ he sings “be mine or you will burn”. Also once she is captured Frollo¬†gives her two options, Frollo, or death. She wisely chose death, which infuriates Frollo.

Pride

Maleficient (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)

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Maleficent¬†is the ultimate face of pride. In an attempt to get revenge on the King and Queen, Maleficent¬†curses Princess Aurora. She is very malicious, spiteful and ruthless. She is determined to¬†kill Princess Aurora, but why?¬†Oh yeah, because she wasn’t invited to the christening…yikes! Definitely¬†a proud villain not to be messed with.

Gaston (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)

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When Belle, the most beautiful girl in all the¬†village, rejects the highly narcissistic Gaston, his pride (and ego) are hurt. Therefore he seeks revenge by plotting to kill the Beast who has stolen Belle’s affections.

Sloth

Bill Sykes (Oliver & Company, 1988)

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Skyes is the ultimate villain to represent sloth. Not only is he a brutal murderer, he doesn’t do any of the work himself. Instead he gets people to do his dirty work for him. Evidently highlighting the reason he is categorised under sloth.

 

Wrath

Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)

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If anyone has a problem with rage, it’s this lady. The Queen of Hearts is notoriously known for wanting to cut of people’s heads. Although she is one of the more comical Disney villains, there is no doubt that she conveys wrath to perfection.

Captain Hook (Peter Pan, 1953)

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If there was ever a reason to be full of rage, Captain Hook has the best excuse. Although he portrays a character full of wrath, he does have a very good reason, after all Peter Pan fed his hand to a crocodile (wouldn’t you be angry?)

 

That concludes my list of Disney Villains that represent the 7 Deadly Sins.

I hope this was an interesting read!

– Bee