Unlike most 90’s children, I didn’t really get into Disney until about 4 years ago when I met Matt, whose mum has a huge collection of Disney movies that all of her children grew up watching. It wasn’t really a choice for him; he was born with Disney in his blood!
For me though, I only fell in love when I became a bit of a film fanatic. It started in the early days of our relationship when me and Matt got ourselves a subscription to Love Film, a service which sent your requested movies by post, pretty much lazy DVD rentals. What started off as an easy way of passing the time, really quickly turned into a massive hobby and it wasn’t long until we’d created our IMDB (Internet Movie Database) account to help document the ever-growing list of watched films and their star-based ratings. Currently, we’ve watched and rated 392 films together – pretty cool.
Anyway, from there, I properly found Disney, it’s beauty, it’s music and now we’re so smitten that we’re even planning to incorporate a lot of (small but significant) Disney elements into our wedding! To highlight all of this loveliness, I’m going to round up some beautiful pieces of art, jewellery and clothings (alongside some of my favourite Disney movies) and share them with you over the next couple of days.
Tonight, some of my most loved Disney movies. Enjoy!
Alice in Wonderland (1951):
Alice in Wonderland was one of the first animated Disney films I re-watched as an adult, and it stuck with me massively – it is my favourite Disney movie. Much like the novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the sinister tone and actual concept of the film is partially overwhelmed by the fun portrayal of ‘nonsense’ – singing flowers, talking cats, unbirthday tea parties, smoking caterpillars. It’s all completely dream-like.
I think that watching as an adult, rather than with the innocence of a child, is much more of an experience. Still, to this day, it freaks me out a little bit but that’s all part of the fun.
The Aristocats (1970):
I don’t think I could call myself a cat person if The Aristocats wasn’t one of my favourite Disney films – to be honest, it’s right up there with some of my favourite non-Disney films too. A lot like Step Up (2006), it’s a bit of a love story that overcomes the differences in class and wealth: Duchess and her kittens, who, as you can tell by Duchess’ name, are from a high class Parisian background, and O’Malley, a charming stray cat with a love of Jazz music, is living in abandoned houses and alley ways. Because of this, there is a lovely combination of classical opera and Jazz music, which for me, makes this movie even more enjoyable.
It’s a feel good, too cute, smiling ear-to-ear sort of film with a catchy soundtrack and what’s not to like about that? “Everybody wants to be a cat…” ♫
Mary Poppins (1964):
Mary Poppins is such a classic. It was the first movie I watched that combined both live action and animation, and I thought it was brilliant. It’s magical, it’s childish and it has a hugely iconic soundtrack. Thinking about it now, I can’t even begin to decide which song is my favourite.
It wakes up your imagination with so many wonderfully creative scenes – my favourite, and a favourite of many, is the street walk chalk painting scene, in which the group enters a magical (and animated!) world, full of talking, dancing and singing animals. Very typically Disney, but enjoyable nonetheless!
Thanks for reading – pop back tomorrow for some beautiful Disney inspired art and crafts.