Okay guys, I’ve proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Tangled and Bioshock Infinite are basically the same thing. I’ve broken down how most of the songs in Disney movies fall under five various types. I’ve raved and raved about how good Inside Out was and I’ve raved some more.
So that’s why it should come of no surprise that I’m doing the Disney Tag. I’ve seen this around some other blogs and youtube videos and now that the Oscar craziness is over I can stop campaigning for Spotlight (which won! Hell yeah!) and go back to making overly long posts about princesses and faerie tales.
1. What Disney scene do you wish you could experience?
Easy. The lantern scene from Tangled. And it’s based off of a real festival that takes place in Thailand. So let’s mark that one down for a must-see once I get around to that around the world trip.
2. An unforgettable experience you’ve had at the parks?
I’ve only been to Disneyland once. The least forgettable part of that trip wasn’t memorable in a good way… Yeah, not fun.
3. What non-Disney song brings back memories of Disney?
This may be cheating, but every song in ABC’s Galavant. Quick overview for people who haven’t heard of the show: Galavant is a musical-comedy-faerie tale written by Dan Fogelman, with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Fogelman, Menken, and Slater all worked on Tangled so that’s why it may be cheating, but that’s what makes Galavant such a must-see for Disney fans. It’s what would happen to your favorite Disney movies once they hit their teenage years.
4. When was the first time you went to a Disney park?
Aforementioned misadventure happened senior year of high school.
5. If you could choose any of the characters to be your best friend who would you choose?
So, the real answer has to be Rapunzel. But so as not to overload this post with Tangled I’ll name a few more honorable mentions.
Anyone who wouldn’t hang out with the genie is just wrong. Plus, it means Robin Williams can come back 😦 . Funny, all-powerful, and spontaneous music numbers? Sign me up.
I’d love to nerd out with Belle over books. We’d probably have deep political conversations about life and stuff.
And finally, Jack Sparrow is technically a Disney character. Oh man we’d have fun pillaging and sailing the Caribbean.
6. Who is your favorite Disney Princess?
7. Name a scene in a Disney movie that never fails to make you cry?
I’ve cried at all of one scene in all of movie history. It was the end of Toy Story 3. That got me so unexpectedly… I’ve seen it and cried at it two or three times now.
8. What is your favorite Disney movie?
Okay, so first we’ve gotta categorize Disney movies. I’m not counting Marvel, I’m not counting Star Wars, I’m not counting ESPN movies. Just Disney brand live action and Disney and Pixar animated movies.
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Finding Nemo
- A Bug’s Life
- The Incredibles
- Inside Out
- Lilo & Stitch
- Emperor’s New Groove
- Beauty and the Beast
9. Overrated Disney movie?
Frozen is the trendy pick, but I’m going to go bold here. The Lion King has a breathtaking opening, and the rest of the movie is kinda meh. Dishonorable mention to Up for the same reason. A fantastic first ten minutes followed up with meh.
10. Underrated Disney?
I can go on forever here.
Treasure Planet was a flop that deserves a second life. It’s fun, imaginative, and just an all-around romp combining steampunk, cyberpunk, and pirates.
Tangled, despite the 700,000,000 dollars at the box office and the 90% Rotten Tomatoes score, doesn’t get its fair shake. It’s seen as “that other CG movie that isn’t Frozen” right now, especially among kids. But it’s every bit as good (and I, of course, would argue it’s better.) Anecdote time: My parents were once babysitting a couple of rambunctious, diagnosed-ADHD girls. They’re sweet kids, but never. Stop. Moving. They kept asking to watch Frozen, a movie we don’t own. The one movie I do own on DVD? Tangled. So I put it on, and voila, they’re perfectly still and focused on the movie for 90 minutes. As if a spell fell over them. I’ve never before or since seen them stay still for so long. It’s freaking magic, that movie.
The movie before Tangled, Princess and the Frog, is also underrated. Even more so, as it’s often just plain forgotten about. Odds are it will be the last 2-D animated Disney movie, and what a movie to go out on. The animation is brilliant, the songs are fantastically jazz-infused, and it features one of the creepiest, coolest villains in Disney’s history.
For Pixar, A Bug’s Life is criminally underrated. I find it so much funnier and better animated than Toy Story 1 and 2. So many great one-liners, and it’s usually relegated to the bottom tier of Pixar. Cars this most certainly is not.
And finally, I’m going with the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. They’re flawed, I get that. They aren’t as good as the first, but all of them are still really fun. 2 and 3 are still excellent movies in their own right, with world-class, ageless special effects, memorable and fun villains, and fantastically choreographed action.
11. Favorite Disney song?
Don’t make me pick between…
I See the Light- Tangled
I Have a Dream- Tangled
Be our Guest- Beauty and the Beast
I Won’t Say I’m in Love- Hercules
Friend Like Me- Aladdin
I’ll Make a Man Out of You- Mulan
12. Least Favorite Disney Movie?
I disown Cars 2. It’s not Disney to me. That makes my least favorite Disney movie Snow White.
13. Most Memorable Disney Villain?
Pirates of the Caribbean’s Cutler Becket was perfectly played by Tom Hollander. Cool, calm, calculating. He really commanded every scene he was in and was a perfect foil to Jack Sparrow. Thankfully the shrewd, manipulating businessman rising to control a nation is something that only happens in the movies…
14. Favorite Classic/Favorite Modern Disney movie?
I think there’s four eras of Disney. Classic, (Snow White – Oliver and Company) Renaissance, (Little Mermaid – Tarzan) and Modern (The Emperor’s New Groove – Bolt) and Neo-Princess (Princess and the Frog – Present)
Classic favorite: Sleeping Beauty
Renaissance favorite: Aladdin
Modern favorite: Lilo and Stitch
15. Favorite Disney score?
Some very rare films have scores that end up being iconic pieces of music. Among them, Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Inception, and this.