Thursday, February 27, 2020

Disney Animated Movie Challenge: Part IV

I'm so glad to be back and continuing to power through this challenge. This outfit was such fun to put together, especially after just reading Julie Andrew's memoir where she covers her time working on Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins was also the first musical I ever saw on Broadway back in 2008. 

This list includes my all time favorite Disney movie in it and I'm so glad that it's now a part of Dinsey+ so I can have the movie on repeat, especially when I need to put on a movie that just feels familiar to me. 

Check out the fourth part of the Disney animated movie challenge below and let me know which ones are your favorite from this list! 

Mary Poppins (1964)

Seeing this movie again has made my love for this movie grow. The musical based off this movie was actually my first show to see on Broadway, so the movie holds a special place in my heart. Of course you can never go wrong with soprano goddess Julie Andrews as the title character and Dick Van Dyke is amazing also. I've always loved the songs "Jolly Holliday" and "Step in Time" for their big dance numbers, but "Feed the Birds" is a gorgeous song and is always the song that is stuck in my head after either watching the movie or listening to the soundtrack. This score is one of my favorite Disney scores. This may have been the first time seeing the movie since Saving Mr. Banks came out, and so to understand the background of the storyline more and to watch it as an adult, understanding how Mary Poppins was there for the father and not the children was more clear and sentimental. The line that Bert says to the children about taking care of the father really stuck out to me this time.

The Jungle Book (1967)

This movie has never been a favorite of mine. I have the biggest fear of snakes possible, and so the fact that the villain was a snake also did not end well for me as a kid. Watching it for the first time in many years, I realized I did not remember the storyline at all and it's still not one of my favorites. But overall, I felt that I related more to Bagherra than any of the other characters, trying to keep everyone out of trouble.

The AristoCats (1970)

This was my favorite movie when I was kid! You can't help but have "Scales and Arpeggios" stuck in your head the next day. I'm so excited a video went viral of that scene matching up to Lizzo's "Truth Hurts". I just love how after Disney did two dog movies, they did a cat movie and it's a good comedic movie, where every character has at least one funny line. I feel like this is another underrated movie for Disney, but it's such a great one to at least watch once if only for "Everybody wants to be a Cat" scene.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

This was my first time seeing this movie and honestly, I probably won't see it again. For me it was kinda boring and the plot line was kinda confusing. The only good thing in the movie was Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson, even though I can only see him as Mr. Banks. By the time we got to this movie, I started to realize that the Sherman brothers did a lot more Disney movies than I thought.

Robin Hood (1973)

This movie! How did I not appreciated this movie when I was younger. This movie was so much fun to watch because I had actually remembered more of the songs than I thought. So many of the songs are so great and ver underrated in the world of Disney. I also enjoyed watching the dancing scene in the forest and figuring out which movies they reused the animation from, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Jungle Book, and the Aristocats. This is definitely a movie I plan to watch more times and now have an appreciation for.

The Rescuers (1977)

This was my first time seeing this movie and I thought it was really cute. I loved that it was set in Louisiana because I thought the only Disney movie that's set in my home state was The Princess and the Frog. The animation seemed to take a set back in time instead of growing with the times, but I think it also worked in the movie. I also loved how when the mice first flew from NYC to Louisiana, the background music was the Air Force anthem, which is special to me because two of my grandparents served in the Air Force. I also thought how cool it was that the movie was set in the two places that I have lived in.

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