Friday, October 14

I'll Show you Mine... You Show me Yours ;-)

As you read this, my family is on our way to our annual Mecca: Disney World. It’s Fall Break and we’re getting away from it all for a week of complete immersion into another world. And I’m only feeling a slight twinge of guilt that it means one more week of me not writing on my story.

This is family time. And fun time. And go go go until we pass out time. And the best part about it is how this is the one time where we’re pretty much all in agreement about what to do, where to go, and our desire to fit in as much as humanly possible into our vacation.

So, since I’m traveling to the most magical place on earth, and it’s Friday, I thought I’d just have some fun today: My five favorite Disney Movies. I admit, this is cheating a little bit, because The Mouse now owns both the Star Wars and Pixar franchises, so it would probably be easier to list my favorite non-Disney movies. But the fun lies in whittling down all the Disney awesomeness into just five movies. Here goes, in no particular order:

“Up.” Maybe because I’m married to a crabby ole Mr. Frederickson, but this movie has heart and soul, and a hundred quotable lines my family uses daily. Squirrel!

“Big Hero 6.” Exciting and poignant. And hands-down the best low-battery-induced drunk scene in Hollywood. Not to mention an animated cameo of Stan Lee. I can’t understand why you don’t understand that this movie is AWESOME!

“Fantasia.” The former dancer in me loves the evolution of the music from shapeless colors to mini vignette stories. My kiddos loved watching it as they grew up. Hubby has a kindred soul in Chernabog. And yes, there’s a wine scene.

“Finding Nemo.”  In my house, all animated movies are compared to this one, and often found lacking. Even though we enjoy our animated films—and not just because we have kids, but because they are usually unique and innovative and cutting edge—there are few which truly match the excellence of this one. Call us snobs, but we often say “I really liked it… But it’s no Finding Nemo.”

“Empire Strikes Back.” Unlike the others, it’s not animated. Unlike the others, I watched is as an impressionable young teen. While “Star Wars” was world-as-I-know-it-shattering for me, the growing romance and tension between Han Solo and Princess Leia in “Empire Strikes Back” struck a chord in me and finally resonated fully when I began writing romance. This is what I’m meant to do.

On a side note, I asked Hubby what his favorite Disney movie was. He looked at me like I'd grown two heads... duh! I should have remembered: "Sleeping Beauty." Then he looked at my list and smirked. Those aren't true Disney movies... they just got bought by Disney!

(geez, what a snob! ;-)

So, I’ve shown you my favorite Disney movies…. What are yours?


  1. I love this. Have a great time at Disney! My favorites that I can think of right now (and I don't know who owns what) are Cars, Finding Nemo, Bambi, and--digging WAY into the past--Old Yeller (sniffle).

  2. Tangled tops the list - I just love it so much...and the Robin Hood from the 1970s (with foxes and elephants and hippos!) and then there is Beauty & The Beast (happy sigh) so many!

  3. Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story--all of them, Enchanted(Patrick Dempsey, yes, please), The Little Mermaid, and Mary Poppins. Those are the five that spring to mind, but I love almost anything Disney. Have a great trip!

  4. I have to go back a ways to when my girls were young, because I confess I haven't watched a lot of animated movies in a while. I love The Little Mermaid (great music), Beauty and the Beast, and I'm with your husband on this, Sleeping Beauty.