There is obviously no method to my madness since I started Tuesday night's Disney movie bonanza Into The Woods, which seems a bit odd after the plethora of Christmas DVDs and animator documentaries. We saw this one in the theater, but I only went because James Corden was in it (I've been in love with him ever since his Gavin & Stacey days). I did actually end up really liking it despite the fact that it seems as though they sing the same song throughout the entire movie and, as a general rule, I don't care for Meryl Streep. But I will admit, this is probably my absolute favorite all-time role of hers. I do typically like to say that I don't care for the bastardization of fairytales where they are changed so much they are unrecognizable, but considering I am not only a Disney animation fan, but also a Once Upon A Time fan, that argument really doesn't hold too much water once I think about it logically.
And I've never been much of a Chris Pine fan either, but the song between him and Billy Magnussen is absolutely one of the most hilarious duets ever put on film!
After Into the Woods, I was in a princess mood, but I've exhausted all my princess movies...well, all but The Princess Diaries. I have always absolutely adored these films and have seen them both dozens of times. I'm still not sure why people don't like Anne Hathaway, but I always have and these movies are some of her best stuff (and I can't forget Ella Enchanted, but that's not Disney). Plus, these movies embody that sweet-natured wholesomeness that I really do prefer more and more the older I get. And even though Mandy Moore is a bad guy in this one, I still like her too...she's one of those people you just can't hate, no matter how evil a character she plays. I've always related to a lot of this movie as well because I worked very hard to be invisible in school (and still do most of the time). What few friends I had were just like Mia's and the popular kids behaved just like these do.
But, I do have to say, that The Princess Dairies 2: Royal Engagement, is one of those sequels that is actually better than the first one. Like I said, I'm not a Chris Pine fan, but I adore him in this movie, and despite the rather reserved kissing scenes (it is a Disney movie after all), there is real chemistry between him and Anne and I LOVE that in a movie. When I complain about movies like Maleficent and their over-pushy feminist views, this is the direction these movies should go in...there is no reason why you can't be a strong woman and get your prince at the same time.
I really wanted to watch Ella Enchanted afterwards, but it was too late, so I opted for listening to Darren Hayes' version of Strange Magic while I was getting ready for bed. I don't usually care for fan videos that just have a series of pictures, but it's Darren Hayes singing, so I make allowances. Duran Duran might be my favorite band, but Darren Hayes will always be my favorite singer, so let's interlude a bit.
Anyway, back on the Disney track...I was in a very weird mood Wednesday night and went in the classic direction, starting with The Gnome-Mobile. If there is one thing I love more than animated classics, it's Disney's live action classics. I watched this movie a lot as a kid because I could relate since my "imaginary childhood friend" was actually an entire colony of little people. The special effects in this movie are horrible by today's standards, but I barely notice because I just remember the good times of watching this movie as a kid:
Since I was on a roll, I went with The One And Only, Genuine, Original Family Band next. This is another one of those that I saw a lot as a kid but I never made one important connection in it until last night...Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn were both in this movie although they really didn't share screen time and they were both kids at the time (I didn't realize that she was older than he is). And a lot of people don't know that Kurt Russell was a Disney child star, but I've got a whole set of his Disney movies just waiting in the queue to be watched. I have also really liked Lesley Ann Warren, especially in her younger, Disney days, so this movie wins all the way around.
You really can't watch Family Band without watching The Happiest Millionaire. Although they are completely different characters, seeing Lesley Ann Warren and John Davidson falling in love as different characters is one of those "awwww" moments for me every time I see this one. As far as movie stars go, this movie is filled with some of the greats of the time, making it all the better. I do so love old movies, particularly of the Disney variety. I couldn't find a good trailer for this one, but I found the neatest clip of Walt himself talking about the movie and I think it's a good way to end this post!
Live Action: 85
Full-Length Animation: 110
Animated Shorts: 289
Live Action Shorts: 1
Mixed-Medium Shorts: 3
Animated Series: 84
Mixed-Medium Series: 2