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My first ever Disney movie – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 15

How many of you remember the first movie you ever saw in theaters?  Anyone?

Well if you do, you are lucky.  Because I know which movie I first saw in theaters, and it was also my first Disney movie (that I know of, unless mom had me watch a Disney movie at home, before I was two, without my knowledge.  Sneaky.)

But though I know what my first Disney flick was, I don’t remember going to see it at all.  But since I trust my mother on this one, seeing as her mind was much more developed in 1992 than mine was, we’ll go with her memory banks.

First ever Disney movie: Aladdin

Apparently, my first Disney movie at 2 years old.
Apparently, my first Disney movie.

 According to reliable sources (aka mom & dad) my dad took me to see this, my first movie in a theater!

Come to think of it, maybe that’s why it’s still one of my favorites, and has my favorite Disney kiss, one of my favorite princesses…

Maybe why I have a thing for Disney thieves…

But I digress.

And I must give a nod to the first Disney movie I remember seeing in theaters, though of course by the time it came out, I was well into my career-level of Disney movie-watching, with dozens of rounds of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White under my belt.

First Disney Movie I remember seeing in theaters:

iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii  don't know what they're SAYYYINNNNGGGG, but let's all sing aloooonnngggg…..
iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii don’t know what they’re SAYYYINNNNGGGG, but let’s all sing aloooonnngggg…..

 

There were a lot of runs for more popcorn when we went to see this, that much I remember.  And that’s about it, besides a vague recollection of sitting next to my mom and seeing lions and Zazu on the screen.

Zazu
Gee, I wonder where my lifelong love of snarkiness came from? *Bazinga*

Of course, I’ve now seen this movie around 100 times (thanks, little sister!) and know the music and words by heart–thank you Elton John!

(*cough*Of course this is only his second-best animated musical… Dreamworks’ El Dorado was amazing, *cough cough*)

What was your first Disney movie?  I’m always curious how some people got to adulthood, let alone ten, before ever seeing a Disney masterpiece.  Whether you were itty-bitty, or not-so itty-bitty, I’d love to know what your first Disney experience was! 

 

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Favorite Villain – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 8

Ah, so many good villains to choose from… Well, villains who are good at being bad, anyway.  I have several honorable mentions, so let’s start with those.

Honorable Mention 1:

Scar

Sibling rivalry can go WAY too far. 

Scar gets a lot of villain points for having a really good plan in place, and for his dramatic flair.  “Be Prepared” is one of my favorite Disney Villain songs, and actually helps get you moving when housework calls.

"Be prepared for sensational news…"
“Be prepared for sensational news…”

And of course, he’s voice by Jeremy Irons, who actually sings Scar’s parts.  Oh yeah.

Lesson learned: Don’t trust the important jobs to your henchmen, er, hench-hyenas.

Honorable Mention 2:

Maleficent

Literally the Mistress of Evil.
Literally the Mistress of Evil.

Extra villain points for the creepy crow familiar, and for awesome magic powers.

But seriously, why get so ticked off about not being invited to the party?

(Actually, Tumblr answered that question…)

Thanks, Tumblr.
Thanks, Tumblr.

And now, for my favorite Disney Villain…

Mother Gothel

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This woman’s got skills.  And she didn’t start out completely evil…

…just really, REALLY creepy.
…just really, REALLY creepy.
She wasn't even going to take Rapunzel at first.
She wasn’t even going to take Rapunzel at first.  Just cut off her hair.  Of course, that plan failed. 

Mother Gothel is a brainwashing genius.

With a flair for the dramatic.
With a flair for the dramatic.
Lotsa flair.
Lotsa flair.

Not only has she fooled Rapunzel, she even manages to fool the audience for a little while.

Look closely, she's looking at herself!
Look closely, she’s looking at herself!

Mother Gothel is so good that it almost seems she believes her own lies.

As evidenced by this look of shock when Rapunzel realizes she is the lost princess.  Mother Gothel's face reads "Oh crap, there goes my entire life."
As evidenced by this look of shock when Rapunzel realizes she is the lost princess. Mother Gothel’s face reads “Oh crap, there goes my entire life.”
This really made me laugh, but again, great manipulator.
This really made me laugh, but again, great manipulator.

And why everyone loves to hate her:

One of the few villains to succeed in killing everyone they intended to.
One of the few villains to succeed in killing everyone they intended to.
Fun fact: every time Mother Gothel tells Rapunzel "I love you," she's either looking at, touching, or kissing the hair.
Fun fact: every time Mother Gothel tells Rapunzel “I love you,” she’s either looking at, touching, or kissing the hair.

Who is your favorite villain?

 

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Favorite Sidekick – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 7

I have to be honest, the first sidekicks I thought of are Dreamworks characters…

Because Tulio and Miguel act like the sidekicks.  It's really a serious story about the horse's journey.
Because it’s really a serious story about the horse’s journey as he gets stuck with two ridiculous Spanish outlaws.

Oops.

But I do have a favorite Disney sidekick duo, too!  So without further ado… Continue reading “Favorite Sidekick – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 7”

Art

Humanized Disney Animal Characters

As I was perusing the internet for pictures of my favorite Disney characters for the 30 day challenge, I came across some impressive Disney drawings that portray classic animated Disney characters as humans.  The artist is known as Chaico, and has an amazing gallery on Deviant Art of both Disney and non-Disney characters.  Here are some of my favorites, categorized by their movies.

Aladdin

The facial expressions and characteristics carry over perfectly.
The facial expressions and characteristics carry over perfectly.

Iago

Abu

Lady & the Tramp

Lady
Lady
& the Tramp
& the Tramp.
I always thought it was spelled Jaques...
I always thought it was spelled Jaques…

The Lion King

 

The face and mane are captured so well!
The face and mane are captured so well!

Nala

The Little Mermaid

Sebastian

Well, we knew what Ariel looked like...
Well, we knew what Ariel looked like…

Oliver & Company

 

The personalities are still intact, as are a lot of the facial features.
The personalities are still intact, as are a lot of the facial features.
Even the posturing is accurate.
Even the posturing is accurate.

Classic Characters

Gotta love the shape of the hair.
Gotta love the shape of the hair.

Minnie

I love Donald's eyes and lips. That's where you can see him.
I love Donald’s eyes and lips. That’s where you can see him.

Daisy

My husband's favorites. Rescue Rangers!
My husband’s favorites. Rescue Rangers!

Max Goofy

Now Pete's easy to see! Lookin' like a classy, old-time gangster.
Now Pete’s easy to see! Lookin’ like a classy, old-time gangster.

If you like the artist’s work, please check out their site here.

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Favorite Animal – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 6

Day 6: Your favorite animal.

Really?  Really?  How can I be expected to pick just one Disney animal?  They are all just so cute.

I almost picked Lady, but as I am just slightly more of a cat person than a dog person…

Favorite Animal: Marie

The sweetest little white kitty ever.
The sweetest little white kitty ever.    
She has a knack for knowing good manners.
Training her brothers to be gentlemen.
Training her brothers to be gentlemen with her sass.
But her brothers keep her grounded. 

Sister

A sweet little hopeless romantic. 

romantic

Very hopeless. 
How to flirt, as taught by a kitten.
How to flirt, as taught by a kitten.
Plus, cats are cool, especially cats that hang out with O’Malley the Alley Cat. 
Yes, yes they do.  Even if they won't admit it.
Yes, yes they do. Even if they won’t admit it.
Let’s not forget her lovely mother. 
Duchess & Marie.
Duchess & Marie.
And of course, she is the reason we know the difference between a scale and an arpeggio. 
So it's not Marie.  It's still fluffy and cute.
So it’s not Marie. It’s still fluffy and cute.
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Favorite Character – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 1

So I was casually browsing blogs when I came upon a post that included this list: IMG_0962.PNG Since most of my writing time is now being taken up by National Novel Writing Month (click here for more info), I figure this will be a good way for me to keep good blogging habits between bigger posts. One thing to note is that some of these questions could be repetitive.  Look at the first three.  There is no reason a princess can’t be a heroine.  For the sake of this list and just keeping some variety, though, I will do my best to not repeat answers.  Also, I will keep princesses to the ones who actually wear fancy crowns.  (Sorry, Pocahontas.  You’ll get in my list, I promise.) So without further ado:

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Day 1: Favorite character

Of course, the hardest question is the first one.  At first, I thought this character might also be my favorite princess.

 But after giving it some thought (and getting the Smuggler’s opinion), I realized that I do have one character that I have loved since I was a little child, Continue reading “Favorite Character – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 1”