31 Days of Disney - Day 31
Your Favourite Disney Ending: 'Toy Story 3'
Reason for Choice: Well, I mean, does it really need an explanation. An end of an era. The perfect end to a spectacular trilogy (yes, I'm aware they're making a fourth one, but I truly don't think it needs it). Great way to close out the Andy chapter.
Honourable Mentions: 'Inside Out', 'Monsters Inc.', 'The Lion King', 'Coco', and 'Up'
31 Days of Disney - Day 30
How Has Disney Influenced Your Life: A Love of Writing and Film Criticism
Reason for Choice: I love discussing, analysing, and decompartmentalising films. Breaking down the elements so as to develop a well-rounded discussion and/or debate is enthralling.
I can understand some people's notion that Disney films are simply 'kids' movies'. To me, however, they were my first introduction into the realm of storytelling and cinematic discussion. I enjoy listening to people's contrasting opinions and rebutting where necessary.
My love of film (thanks in no small part to Disney) is what drives me to analyse the medium more. I love writing my thoughts down and mustering up conversations. Film criticism is something I hope to do someday.
And it all started with a mouse... No Honourable Mentions today.
31 Days of Disney - Day 29
Disney Moment You'd Like to Experience Yourself: Visiting the Spirit World like in 'Coco'
Reason for Choice: How amazing would it be to witness something so beautiful. To be able to see a different world whilst still being alive. Pixar delivers the goods in terms of colours and textures. It would be a spectacular sight for sure.
Honourable Mentions: Turning into a frog like in 'The Princess and the Frog'; having ice powers like in 'Frozen'; door chase like in 'Monsters Inc.'; sailing like in 'Moana'; and seeing laterns fly like in 'Tangled'
31 Days of Disney, Day 31: Favourite Ending
While I thought strongly about Hercules and The Little Mermaid for this category, I think I have to say Toy Story 3. I think this is a near perfect film overall, but the whole last scene is beautiful. I remember trying to hold in tears at the cinema, and then just giving up and basically sobbing when Bonnie makes Woody wave goodbye to Andy. Also, I love the pan up to the clouds. Such a lovely way to bookend the films. (I know there's a fourth one being released, but I'm ignoring that for now.) #31daysofdisney
31 Days of Disney - Day 28
Traditional Animation or Pixar: Both. Equally.
Reason for Choice: Sorry for sitting on the fence here, but both animation institutions are equal in their brilliance and storytelling in my book. I do not perceive either to be superior over the other as their quality is outstanding on so many fronts.
A number of films are not just some of my favourite animations, but also some of my favourite movies. Period.
Highlighted Films: 'Mulan', 'Inside Out', 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Monsters Inc.', 'Tarzan', and 'Up'
31 Days of Disney - Day 27
Disney Character You're Most Like: Jane Porter from 'Tarzan'; Violet Parr from 'The Incredibles'; and Tiana from 'The Princess and the Frog'
Reason for Choice: It's difficult to narrow down to a singular character, so I'm focussing on aspects of three.
Firstly, Jane Porter is moderately adventurous with a love of learning. She finds wonder in the greater world. All she wants to do is improve herself intellectually in hopes of helping others in an educational realm too.
Secondly, I chose Violet Parr simply as she is introverted. As the film progresses her confidence builds. I am someone who doesn't like to open up to others until I truly get to know them. In that sense Violet is a reflection of my personality there.
Finally, I strive to work hard and reach personal goals like Tiana. Possibly not quite as stringently; but certainly active in a pursuit of common aspirations.
I feel these three are the closest representations of me in different facets of my personality. Hence their inclusion here.
Honourable Mentions: Belle from 'Beauty and the Beast'; Mulan from 'Mulan'; Moana from 'Moana'; Elizabeth Swann from 'Pirates of the Caribbean'; and Judy Hopps from 'Zootopia'
31 Days of Disney, Day 29: What Disney moment would you most like to experience yourself?
@fenski thinks this is ridiculous, given all the literal magic I could choose, but I love love love the scene in Beauty and the Beast when he shows Belle the library, and he opens all the curtains and it's just the most beautiful thing. So, I'd love to be Belle in that moment, experience that sense of wonder. #31daysofdisney
31 Days of Disney, Day 28: Traditional animation or CGI?
While I think computer animation can be beautiful, like in Tangled, I am a total sucker for traditional 2D animation. For me, it carries more soul, warmth and richness. This scene from Beauty and the Beast truly encapsulates the best of Disney's 2D art. #31daysofdisney
31 Days of Disney, Day 27: What character are you most like?
So, I have three answers for this, from three different people. I remember when The Incredibles came out, my dad thought the babysitter was just like me, mostly in the way she talked and her mannerisms. I asked @fenski what he thought, and he said I'm like Rapunzel, because she wasn't seeking a big giant adventure or power, she just wanted to see the pretty lanterns... I do like pretty thing. In the end though, I think I'm kind of like Winnie the Pooh. Loyal and loving, but ultimately kind of a clumsy fool who loves food. #31daysofdisney
31 Days of Disney - Day 25
Your Favourite Funny Disney Moment: Storytime with Jane from 'Tarzan'
Reason for Choice: Who hasn't been in a situation where you're trying to explain an experience and just go on a rambling tangent. Minnie Driver's delivery is utterly perfect here. Professor Porter's reaction is priceless also.
This scene perfectly encapsulates the screwball comedy aesthestic of the late 19th/early 20th century (the time period). P.S. Sorry for the temporary freezing throughout.
Honourable Mentions: "Someone Call IX-I-I" from 'Hercules', "Shoe Size Doesn't Matter" from 'Frozen', Jack Sparrow's Enterance from 'Pirates of the Caribbean', "Flowers. Chocolates. Promises You Don't Intend to Keep" from 'Beauty and the Beast', and The Sloths from 'Zootopia'
31 Days of Disney - Day 24
Your Favourite Disney Villain Song: "Be Prepared" from 'The Lion King'
Reason for Choice: It's challenging to sympathise with many villains in the Disney canon. Now, I don't condone Scar's ambition or actions, but you can't help but admire his charisma and flair in convincing his minions to support his plans.
Peter O'Toole and Jim Cummings deliver a maniacal, passionate song that is truly reflective of an evil plan. Its juxtaposition with a catchy rhythm makes this a great song in general.
So "Be Prepared!" Honourable Mentions: "Hellfire" from 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', "Gaston" from 'Beauty and the Beast', "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from 'The Little Mermaid', "Friends on the Other Side" from 'The Princess and the Frog', and "Mine Mine Mine" from 'Pocahontas'
Day 31: Favorite Disney ending. Ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to live in the beginning and ending of Lady and the Tramp. When I was little, I would think of these scenes when I was sad, to calm me down or cheer me up, which I’m sure is NORMAL. Anyway, I’m sad that my #31daysofdisney are over, and I hope some of my friends do it too so I can see theirs. Until then, back to pigeon photos.
31 Days of Disney - Day 23
Your Favourite Disney Love Song: "I Won't Say (I'm In Love)" from 'Hercules'
Reason for Choice: The meshing of genres such as Broadway, soul, and do wop make this song unique and charming. It gives Meg the chance to shine in a film whereby she isn't highlighted all too often. Everyone can empathise with having feelings for someone you're not ready to admit to yet. That is why this song is so mesmerising and lovely. Susan Egan has a brilliant voice too! :) Honourable Mentions: "A Whole New World" from 'Aladdin', "When Somebody Loved Me" from 'Toy Story 2', "You'll Be in My Heart" from 'Tarzan', "If I Never Knew You" from 'Pocahontas', and "Right Here, Right Now" from 'High School Musical 3'
Day 30: How has Disney made an impact on your life? Well, I definitely loved it obsessively as a kid. As an adult, I love it a lot but not with the same gusto. My trips to Disneyland with @hollywoodhoose and @nataliepalamides helped rekindle the love, and now @nataliepalamides and I host this super weird podcast about Disney underbelly shit. So now I am acutely aware of Disney at all times! Anyway, the point is, listen to #hiddenmickies please. #31daysofdisney
31 Days of Disney - Day 22
Your Favourite Pixar Movie: 'Inside Out' 😁😭🤤😠😧 Reason for Choice: Up until 2015 my first honourable mention was my favourite film in the Pixar canon. Then this beauty of a film came raging into cinemas.
Pixar has an indeliable skill in storytelling. This movie feels like its most poignant and appealing for all generations. Regardless of whether you are a preteen girl or a middle-aged man, chances are you will be able to identify with Riley and their realistic dilemmas she finds herself in.
The movie does not pander to children: it treats them with maturity and respect as deserved. Sadness is an important element in people's lives, and is needed on occasion. Pixar's creativity is paramount throughout, making this a truly mesmerising piece of cinema. 'Inside Out' is a masterful film. It is not only my favourite Pixar film, but quite honestly one of my all time favourite films. Period. 🎵Triple Dent Gum. It'll make you smile🎵
Honourable Mentions: 'Monsters Inc', 'Up', 'Toy Story Trilogy', 'Coco', and 'Finding Nemo'
31 Days of Disney - Day 21
Your Favourite Disney Sequel: 'High School Musical 3'
Reason for Choice: Yes, it is cheesy, predictable, and pandering; but this is easily one of my biggest guilty pleasure films.
HSM3 came out when I was in my first year of University and really struck a cord with me regarding growing up and choosing a new life path. I'd always enjoyed the songs of the trilogy, but this is the film with the strongest narrative I feel.
Characters such as Kelsi and Ryan were fleshed out further than in previous installments. Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens had fully come into their own too now having had deep exposure to the entertainment industry.
I can't deny that it is a silly, formulaic, 'bad' movie; but, aren't all guilty pleasure films?! 😜
Honourable Mentions: 'Toy Story 2', 'Finding Dory', 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End', 'Monsters University', and 'The Lion King 2'
Day 28: I’m supposed to say whether I prefer traditional Disney hand-drawn Animation or Pixar. Pixar has one of the best track records in Hollywood, and I love it, but I choose hand drawn classics. I think Pinocchio exemplifies what’s so beautiful about the true classics: beautiful, haunting, charming and creepy all at once. #31daysofdisney
31 Days of Disney - Day 20
Your Favourite Disney Soundtrack: Moana
Reason for Choice: Three simple words: LIN. MANUEL. MIRANDA. ❤❤❤ The lyrics, rhythm, and storytelling of each song is intrinsically linked to the film's progression.
Disney made a magical decision the day they decided to recruit the mastermind behind 'Hamilton' to score their new film. And much like the phenomenial Broadway show, I could listen to the 'Moana' soundtrack on endless repeat and not get tired of it. It's that darn good!
Honourable Mentions: 'Pocahontas', 'Tarzan', 'High School Musical Trilogy', 'The Lion King', and 'The Little Mermaid'
31 Days of Disney - Day 19
Your Favourite Disney Scene: "Why Is The Rum Gone?!" from 'Pirates of the Caribbean'
Reason for Choice: Although some may (understandably) argue that Johnny Depp has lost a lot of his momentum in recent years, never was his comedic timing so on point than in this film. Imagine swapping him out for any other actor and instantly he isn't the same Jack Sparrow (Captain!) Oh, and for one of her first big roles, Keira Knightley knocks it out of the pack. She does not skip a beat. Together they deliver one of the best scenes in recent Disney history... or at least the funniest and wittiest.
Honourable Mentions: The Door Chase from 'Monsters Inc.', Beast's Transformation from 'Beauty and the Beast', Mulan Leaving to Join the Army from 'Mulan', "When Somebody Loved Me" from 'Toy Story 2', and "Friend Like Me" from 'Aladdin'
31 Days of Disney, Day 23: Your Favourite Love Song
No contest here, it's Can You Feel the Love Tonight. The amazing @alisoneastland played it on guitar as I walked down the aisle at @fenski and my wedding last year 💛 #31daysofdisney
31 Days of Disney - Day 18
Your Favourite Disney Villain: Judge Claude Frollo from 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'
Reason for Choice: A true villain is one whom can instil fear into any protagonist and seems utterly reprehensible. There are many Disney villains that spring to mind who I have a soft spot for due to their humour or sympathetic position, but only one seems befitting of such a tyrannical description: Judge Claude Frollo.
What makes Frollo beyong intimidating is the fact that he commits aborrant atrosicities claiming them to be the right thing (as expressed by God and the Church). He shifts blame, corrupts, and murders without the aid of any supernatural or magical entities. Quite a feat for a Disney villain: he is terrifying whilst only being a regular human being.
I am so happy that Disney chose such a horrific character to fill the role of villain in its (arguably) most dark and mature animated feature. It emphasises that true evil can come from within; that is the most villanous thing of all. Judge Claude Frollo is the best Disney antagonist: he is easily the most apt personification of the word "villain". Honourable Mentions: Scar from 'The Lion King', Gaston from 'Beauty and the Beast', Cruella De Vil from '101 Dalmations', Jafar from 'Aladdin', and Hades from 'Hercules'