30 Day Challenge

Favorite Disney Sequel – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 20

Whenever a new movie sequel is announced, I find that my friends and myself tend to respond in the same way.  Especially if the first movie was liked, there’s a decent amount of eye rolling, talk of “ruining our favorite characters!” or “Not even the same actors? Sheesh.”

There are some exceptions.  For example, the second and third Star Wars movies were good.  (The REAL second and third, not the new stuff.  The new ones were barely passable, only decent due to Mace Windu and Ewan McGregor.)  The latest round of Marvel movies have not yet been disappointing, with the exception of “Thor: Oh Crap, We Need Loki Out of Prison So Here’s Another Movie, in which Scientific Coincidences Save Main Characters But Are Otherwise Suspiciously Convenient The Dark World.”  (Okay, it wasn’t terribly disappointing, but it was my least favorite of the Marvel movies yet.)

Then there are Disney sequels.  And thanks to years of babysitting, I have had the, er, pleasure of seeing some of the direct-to-video sequels to some Disney classics.

For example, “Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time.”  It was, surprisingly, an enjoyable movie, or at least enjoyable when watched with a three year old girl, and had a really interesting plot.  However, the second Cinderella was incredibly boring, entailing Cinderella’s new life in the palace and getting used to no longer being a maid with chores.  Think Tarzan 2, but with a really dumb and boring plot.

(Yes, there is a Tarzan 2.  The TV show was better.  Yes, there was a Tarzan TV show.)

In my family, we don’t talk about the terrible film “Parents Are Mad So We Made The Sequel Historically Accurate To Crush Your Dreams of True Love Pocahontas 2.”  Horrendous filth that just broke my little Disney-magic-filled heart as a kid.  (If you haven’t seen the first one, or if you have a heart of stone and like to see a man’s heart broken and life ruined, then you might like it.)

But I’m getting off-topic.

Getting back on topic, I have decided that I am going to pick a favorite sequel only from Pixar’s/Disney’s animated movies.  It makes the job a little easier for me, and sticks to good ol’ Classic Disney style kids movies.

And now, for my first honorable mention…

Toy Story 3
If you claim you didn’t cry… You’re one of those weird Pocahontas 2 lovers.

I know, I know, I didn’t pick it as my favorite!  For the record, it’s a close, close second.  Like, it squeaked by.  They might be equal.  But I’m only officially picking one movie, so we will just pretend that this one came in second.

I still remember watching this movie for the first time, in a crowd of college students who all talked, before and after the film, of how when Andy was a kid, we were kids.  We grew up with him.  We are going to college at the same time as him.  We still, yes, have some toys like he does, and yes, we all cried several times by the end and were not ashamed to admit it.

And for my number one favorite sequel:

The Rescuers Down Under

I watched both “The Rescuers” and “The Rescuers Down Under” a lot when I was little, but I definitely enjoyed the second one more.  The bad guy was not quite as creepy, and there was no icky skeleton in the cave/girl may drown scene to scare me.

Now that I’m a grown up, I still like Down Under the most!  Maybe it’s because I have a thing for movies with a lot of talking animals, a lot of “show the plot, don’t tell the plot” with music, or the adorable way Bernard keeps trying…and failing… to propose to Miss Bianca.

It’s an older film, and not very well known.  If you haven’t seen it, or it’s been a while, give it a shot!  (Last I knew, it was on Netflix… hint, hint.)

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Family, Husband

New Year Changes: Our family grew!

I have a very good reason for not writing in the past few weeks.

EXCUSES EVERYWHERE
But…but they’re GOOD excuses.

Of course, there was Christmas, and since its the first Christmas as a married grown-up, there was Christmas cards, mailing packages, and figuring out how exactly to ‘do’ Christmas with two sets of family traditions! (We figured it out pretty well.)

Your tradition is WHAT?
            Donald’s look sums up some of our conversations about tradition combos.

But the most exciting part (and best reason for not writing) is…

WE GOT A PUPPY!!!

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Meet Heidi, the sweetest all-American mutt ever and our first fur-baby!

She likes to cuddle.
She likes to cuddle.

A few times a week, I volunteer to walk dogs at the local no-kill shelter. Of course, they usually have a few litters of sweet puppies up for adoption, in addition to the big dogs.  When my Husband comes with me, we usually take a few minutes to look at the puppies, pet them, and I usually joke about “We could take this one home!” and give him my best puppy dog eyes. (Which never works. I have terrible puppy dog eyes.)

So this time, we got back from a dog walk and saw Heidi with her sister. We took turns holding and playing with her, and I said (teasing!) “We can’t leave her here! We could take the puppy home.”

And there was no response.

No, “No dogs right now.”

No, “Put the puppy down, dear.”

No, “Maybe after our next business trip.”

There was just silence, and a Husband holding the puppy with a serious yet slightly pleased look on his face.

I immediately knew: we were taking that puppy home.

We have had her home for a week now, and it has been a fun ride of ups (like cute cuddling, playing with toys, teaching fetch and seeing huge tail wags when we come home!) and downs (like dear god, how does something so SMALL make such a BIG noise at 2 am?!)

Here are some things we’ve learned about Heidi so far:

She is a professional napper.

2 hour-long naps are not uncommon.
2 hour naps are not uncommon.

She likes to burrow.

Can't tell which side is up?
Can’t tell which side is up?
There's her left front-paw for some perspective.
There’s her left front-paw for some perspective.

She is a hoarder.

All the toys end up on her bed. And all the socks.  And the slippers.
All the toys end up on her bed. And all the socks. And the slippers.

She isn’t too sure about this harness and leash business.

Purple is definitely her color.
But purple is definitely her color.

Also, she loves football.

Also, she loves to cheer on football with her daddy.
Or maybe just cuddling with her papa?  Nah, it’s gotta be the football.

Wish us luck!

P.S. Heidi would like me to inform my readers that she does NOT like it when her mama is typing on the computer instead of playing with her. At all. Even if the majority was written when she was napping.