I remember as a child I’d sit there engrossed in a movie only to play it again straight after it ended, Disney films always did it for me they allowed me to run away with my imagination! I’d watch Ariel with her lush red locks and mermaid tale and want to become her, I remember trying to make my own mermaid tail once with some cardboard and a pair of tights! Snow White was another fave, although it led me to believe I could be some sort of animal whisperer, Dr Doolittle later only confirmed that theory! No matter how old I get I always go back to Disney, they have a funny way of cheering you up and lifting your energy. Disney movies will forever be my favourites!
It wasn’t until more recently that I’ve got back into watching some of the classic oldies thanks to my eldest. Only now when watching them I’ve realised that they’ve taught me some really valuable life lessons, ones that I didn’t necessarily notice when I was that little girl running away with my imagination. So here they are – 5 Disney movies that unknowingly shaped my very existence!
Beauty & The Beast
I watched this again for the first time in YEARS just the other day, it actually made me feel really emotional (I know – soppy cow) in ways I can’t even explain. Beauty and the beast was without a doubt one of my most watched films as a child. All of the words to the songs came flooding back when I rewatched it, I felt elated! Belle is this beautiful, modest girl that isn’t in the least interested by Gaston the town hunk that all the other girls drool over (Disney are winning with that one). Anyway, things happen and Belle is trapped in this huge castle with the Beast unable to leave. The Beast has terribly poor social skills but deep down has feelings, emotions and a kind heart which Belle witnesses. Belle and the Beast inevitably grow feelings for each other and end up madly in love breaking the beasts spell so magically he turns into a human again.
Moral of the story – Looks aren’t as important as the person inside! Gaston may have been hunky but personality wise he was a real BIG dick. Having a kind and loving heart always wins.
Now dumbo was one of those films that I loved yet hated at the same time. I loved Dumbo but hated the way he was treated it was sometimes hard to watch as a child (so dramatic)! Dumbo has one of the most important life lessons embedded into its storyline that I think we all need a little reminder of from time to time. Dumbo is this cute little elephant with huge ears out of proportion to his body, everyone teases and bullies him for it. Eventually he finds out that he can use his huge ears to fly and everyone then thinks he’s amazing and special because what other elephant can fly!?
Moral of the story – What makes you different, makes you special! Dumbo could do something none of the other elephants could, he turned a negative into a positive.
I honestly couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this film, its been more than a lot. I was often scared to lie after watching this in fear that my nose would grow bigger (yeah seriously)! Pinocchio is a puppet created by Geppetto a wood crafter, he is magically made alive and told that if he proves to be brave, truthful and unselfish he can be a real boy! Unfortunately Pinocchio is led astray and gets caught up in a stream of his own lies, thats when his nose starts to grow! Pinocchio soon discovers that his creator Gepetto had been swallowed by a whale and in an attempt to save him he sacrifices his own life, he’s later turned into a real boy!
Moral of the story – Lies won’t get you anywhere they are more likely to get you into quite a pickle, but you can always turn that around if you choose to be the best you that you can be. Pinocchio’s lies led him into a dark place but he found himself again and remembered whats more important.
Lilo & Stitch
Heres a film I could recite the entire script to!! My eldest would watch this film a thousand times a day if he could! Lilo is a little girl being taken care of by her older sister Nani after her parents passing, and like most siblings they don’t always get along (I relate to this so much, I am Lilo)!! Lilo ends up buying a pet that doesn’t quite resemble a dog but they believe is one, he’s actually an alien that ends up on earth mistakenly; she names him stitch. Stitch is suppose to be this evil, wrecking machine but through showing him love and giving him a family he becomes civilised and one of their own. The most important line in the whole film is ‘Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind’. Its such a cute, film I love all the songs too!
Moral of the story – Blood makes you family by default, real family are the people you love who love you back. Stitch was able to remind Lilo and Nani the importance of family whilst they taught him love & made him a part of their family.
I love brother bear, its one of those films that you get emotionally involved in! Kenai is the youngest of three brothers, their tribe is super spiritual. As a kid you’re given an animal totem (your spirit animal), Kenai’s is a bear but he refuses to acknowledge it by stating all bears are thieves. During the hunting of a bear his eldest brother is killed, Kenai then kills a bear in retaliation. The spirits repay him by transforming him into a bear. Kenai ends up looking after this cute cub called Koda and accompanies him on his mission to find a salmon run. Later on he finds out that Koda’s mum was the bear he killed. Kenai finds out what life as a bear is like and grows attached to Koda, they both feel a strong brotherly bond between them.
Moral of the story – Always give people a chance, Don’t make assumptions or judgements until you have walked a day in thier shoes. It wasn’t until Kenai saw how the other half lived that he realised they aren’t at all how he perceived them to be!
So you see Disney taught me a lot.