Week 13: Toy Story (1995)

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I have watched this movie at least twenty times.  I could watch it twenty more and never get tired of it.  As Disney’s first computer animated feature film, Toy Story far surpassed expectations and turned the world of animation on its head.  It comes in at #92 on IMDB’s top-rated movies and was nominated for three Oscars.  For me, it’s once again my childhood all wrapped in a much-loved VHS.  I was ten when this movie came out and we went to see it in theaters.  The Easter Bunny brought me it the following year and my brother and I watched it innumerable times since.  I seem to watch it at least once a year and it’s one of my go-to movies when I’m having a bad day or not feeling well.

Plot Summary: A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room.  (www.imdb.com)

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Fun Facts ( From www.imdb.com):

This was the first animated film in Oscar history to be nominated for a Best Screenplay Academy Award – Adapted or Original.

Billy Crystal was originally offered the chance to voice Buzz Lightyear, but declined. After seeing the finished film, he said the decision was the biggest mistake of his career. Upon learning this, John Lasseter telephoned Billy’s house to offer him the role of Mike Wazowski in Monsters, Inc. (2001). Billy’s wife answered the telephone and said “John Lasseter wants to speak to you.” Billy took the telephone from his wife and said “Yes”.

What attracted Tom Hanks to the role of Woody was the fact that, during his childhood, he would always wonder if his toys were alive and moved around when nobody was in his room. What attracted Tim Allen to the role of Buzz Lightyear was the fact that, before him, they offered the role to his biggest influence in his career, Chevy Chase, who turned it down.

When the Pizza Planet delivery boy enters the Dinoco gas station, he asks for directions to West Cutting Boulevard. West Cutting Boulevard is the street where Pixar Animation Studios was located in Richmond, California, at the time (Pixar moved its entire operation to Emeryville, California, in 2000).

Favourite Character: Slink or Hamm

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Favourite Songs:

“You Got a Friend in Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKTU4AarZ7A

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Quotable Quotes:

“You’re going to jail, Bart. Say goodbye to the wife and tater tots!”

“Ages 3 and up. It says it right on my box. Ages 3 and up! I’m not supposed to be babysitting Princess Drool!”

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“No sign of intelligent life anywhere.”

“The word I’m searching for I can’t say because there are pre-school toys present.”

“That wasn’t flying! That was falling with style!”

“I’m going for fearsome here, but I’m just not feeling it.  I think I’m just coming off annoying.”

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“That’s MISTER Potato Head to you, ya backstabbing murderer.”

“This is a perfect time to panic!”

“Negative. There are no restraining harnesses in the cargo area. We’re safer in the cockpit.”

“I don’t believe that man has ever been to medical school.”

Buzz: “I’ve set my laser from stun to death. Woody: “Oh great! If anyone attacks us, we can blink ‘em to death.”

“Don’t you get it? Ya see the hat? I AM MRS. NESBITT!”

“Being a toy is a lot better than being a space ranger. … Over in that house is a kid who loves you. Not because you’re a space ranger, but because you’re a toy. You’re his toy!”

“We toys can see everything. So…PLAY NICE!”

“Great! Now I have guilt!”

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Final Thoughts:

Sometimes things don’t turn out how we think they will. Sometimes we make mistakes and no one else will let us live them down.  But, if you stop and think, come up with a good plan and have friends you can count on, you can get yourself out of any situation – even Sid’s house!  And, when things get really bad, just remember this: “You’re my favourite deputy.”

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5 Mickeys out of 5:

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Next Week’s Movie: Toy Story 2

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Week 12: Hercules (1997)

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This is one of my top ten favourite Disney movies. It’s my childhood contained on a well-loved VHS.  Meg is one of my all-time favourite female Disney characters – she has this sassy sarcasm I just can’t get enough of.  She’s not your typical damsel in distress – that much is for sure.  It also contains one of my favourite Disney songs – Zero to Hero.  It’s one of the few songs I can actually sing word for word and I can’t get enough of it.

 Plot Summary: The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it. (www.imdb.com)

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 Fun Facts (from www.imdb.com):

During “Zero to Hero” they show Hercules and Pegasus making concrete handprints. There are multiple complete handprints around them including Achilles and Aphrodite. Each block also references a “Sid”. This is Sid Grauman, the creator of the Chinese Theater that showcases celebrity handprints in real life.

Phil cleans himself up using a lion’s skin. The skin once belonged to Scar from The Lion King (1994).

Leaving aside the ‘Pastoral’ segment of Fantasia (1940), this was the first Disney animated feature to be completely inspired by mythology rather than a fairy tale.

 Favourite Character: Meg

Favourite Songs:

“I Can Go the Distance” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EYVepDBAC0

“Zero to Hero” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnxygiE2fX8

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 Quotable Quotes:

“Honey! You mean Hunk-ules!”

“If? If is good!”

“We already got 5. And we want to keep it an even number.”

“Two words: I AM retired.”

“I’m a damsel. I’m in distress. I can handle this. Have a nice day.”

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“My friends call me Meg. At least they would if I had any friends.”

“Somebody call IXII!”

“This is the honest to Zeus truth.”

“Aren’t we forgetting one little teensy weensy, but, ever so crucial, detail?”

“We dance. We schmooze. We kiss. We carry on. We go home happy.”

“People always do crazy things when they’re in love.”

“Guys, get your titanic rears in gear and kick some Olympian … Whoa! Is my hair out?”

“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.”

Final Thoughts:

When things get tough, trust your heart.  Only when Herc lost all his strength and felt he had nothing left, did he truly look inside and become a true hero.

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 5 Mickeys out of 5:

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Next Week’s Movie: Toy Story

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Week 9: Lady and the Tramp (1955)

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This is one of my favourite Disney movies. Every single time I see a Siamese cat, I start to hum, “We are Siamese if you please.” My favourite scene in the entire movie is the spaghetti eating scene – I mean, seriously.

Plot Summary: The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt. (www.imdb.com)

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Fun Fact: After ”We are Siamese”, when Lady is chasing the two cats, the cats knock down bluish coloured curtains which tangle up Lady. After Aunt Sarah comes into the room, Lady is tangled up in red curtains. (www.imdb.com)

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Favourite Character: Trusty

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Favourite Song:

We are Siamese (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92PDgLHAFCw)

Bella Notte (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zyQ1x9Jxoc)

Quotable Quotes:

Have you noticed that since we got Lady, we’ve seen less and less of those disturbing headlines?

Don’t recollect if I’ve ever mentioned Ol’ Reliable before…

Remember they’re only humans.

Everybody knows that dog’s best friend is humans.

Where we find baby, there be milk nearby.

I s’pose you be tellin’ me next, it was the dog that be whistlin’, eh?

Pardon me, amigo – but what is this killy heel?

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Final Thoughts:

If you haven’t seen this classic Disney movie yet, do it today! You won’t be disappointed. In fact, I almost guarantee you’ll fall in love with it AND want to go out and buy a cocker spaniel.

5 Mickeys out of 5:

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Next Week’s Movie: Next week I share my Top Ten with you. What’s on your top ten list of Disney movies?

Week 8: Princess and the Frog (2009)

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This was the first time watching this particular Disney movie. I looked at the DVD case, which said, “The Best Disney Movie Since The Lion King”. I couldn’t believe that this would be true. Now, while I wouldn’t necessarily go that far, I did absolutely love this movie. It’s so fun and the New Orleans accents cracked me right up. Hey, it might even crack my top ten. Speaking of which – that will be the focus of my tenth post. So tell me in the comments what your favourite Disney movie(s) is/are and why!

Plot Summary: A fairy tale set in Jazz Age-era New Orleans and centered on a young woman named Tiana and her fateful kiss with a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again. (www.imdb.com)

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Fun Fact: The Prince of Maldonia is called Naveen. Naveen is an Indian name (meaning “new”), which suggests that Maldonia is a Eurasian country (the name of Maldonia is a mix between Malta and Macedonia). During the “Down in New Orleans” montage, the newspaper mentions in print that Maldonia cannot be found on the map; i.e. it is made up for the movie. (www.imdb.com)

Favourite Character: Ray

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Favourite Song:

Almost There (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woP1GRsvfjg)

Belle Evangeline (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFqLmIP6RA4)

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Quotable Quotes:

No way in this whole world I would ever, ever, I mean never! Kiss a frog!

I’ve been looking for you everywhere. What a coincidence! I’ve been avoiding you everywhere.

I swear I’m sweatin’ like a sinner in church!

I was beginning to think wishin’ on stars was just for babies and crazy people.

No, no, no! There is no way I’m kissin’ a frog and eatin’ a bug on the same day!

I think I just chipped my favourite tooth.

Your breath darn near killed me to death.

Don’t make me light my butt!

My daddy never did get what he wanted, but he had what he needed.

My dream wouldn’t be true without you in it.

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Final Thoughts:

This is truly a story where you find that appearances just don’t matter. Eventually, they just give up on ever becoming human again and just become okay with the idea of being frogs as long as they can be together. It’s when they just give up and give in that their dream finally comes true. It’s a sweet romantic story and I loved it.

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 5 Mickeys out of 5:

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 Next Week’s Movie: Lady and the Tramp

Week 6: Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998)

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*Spoiler Alert!* Who knew John Smith would somehow turn out to be a pompous jerk? Who knew Pocahontas wouldn’t end up with him??? I loved their love story in the first movie…so sweet and romantic. In this movie, I was glad he got his own ship and took off and that she ended up with someone else. The short moment that John Smith and Pocahontas get back together in this movie made me a bit upset because I’d already fallen in love with John Rolf and written Smith off as dead.

 Plot Summary: Pocahontas sets off on a journey to England with Meeko, Flit, and Percy. Hearing rumors of John Smith’s death, Pocahontas tries to prevent war and battle. (www.imdb.com)

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 Fun Fact: Most of the bear sounds are real, but one loud sound during the “bear baiting” sequence was actually an elephant. (www.imdb.com)

 Favourite Character: Pocahontas. Also, a huge fan of her bodyguard.

 Favourite Song:

Where Do I Go From Here? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfTieVPjN7E)

Between Two Worlds (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFtdhuyAdpk)

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 Quotable Quotes:

Treason?!? You must be looking for Radcliffe!

“I beg your pardon.” “Well, you have it!”

John Rolf: “Whatever happened to manners and etiquette?” Pocahontas: “Well, since you are new here, I wouldn’t expect you to have them.”

You will always be with me.

There are many voices around you, but you must listen to your own voice.

We walked the same path once, but I have found where I belong.

I have duty to honour what is in my heart.

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 Final Thoughts:

Maybe you’ve walked the same path with someone for a while and then drifted apart. Remember that we each have our own path to take and we must listen to our own heart, our own voice, to determine our own path. When you find where you belong, you will know.

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 3 Mickeys out of 5:

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 Next Week’s Movie: Mulan

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