Thursday, April 1, 2010

The ABC's of Disney movies, as told by me (H/I)

Sorry it took so long to get this post out. On to the next 2 letters!

H –

Hercules (1997)

This is definitely one of my favorites if not my favorite Disney movie. It is nonstop humor and I think Hercules’ character is one we can all relate to. And again, I love when there are strong female roles, like we see here in Megara. And I don’t know about anyone else, but I constantly sing the songs from this movie. I love them!

Fun Facts:

In the scene where two kids were trapped under a boulder, they said "someone call I, X, I, I". Though pronounced as letters, this is a reference to the Roman numerals IX, I, I, or 911 - the emergency phone number in the United States.

At one point during Meg's musical scene "I Won't Say I'm In Love," the Muses sing while appearing as marble busts. The busts are in the same arrangement as the singing busts in the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

When Phil and Hercules first enter Phil's hut, Hercules bangs his head on what Phil tells him is the mast of the Argo. In Greek mythology, Jason, the captain of the Argo, was killed when the mast hit his head.

Fun Quotes:

Meg: Is Wonderboy here for real?
Phil: What are you talkin' about? Of course he's real.
[gets a proper look at her]
Phil: Whoa! And by the way, sweet cheeks... I'm real, too.

Hades: How sentimental. You know, I haven't been this choked up since I got a hunk of moussaka caught in my throat.

Hercules: Aren't you... a damsel in distress?
Meg: I'm a damsel, I'm in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice day.

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Some people aren’t really fond of this movie, but I am. I like this movie because I think it does a really good job of pulling in all the different parts that we love in the ride at the Disney Parks such as Madame Leota, the hitchhiking ghosts, and the singing busts. Plus, I really enjoy the storyline.

Fun Facts:

Hidden Mickeys: - when Jim and Sara are at the gate to the mansion, Sara picks up the lock on the gate which is shaped like a Mickey head. - When Ramsley pours the powdered poison in Sarah's drink, a Mickey forms when the powder and drink mix. - The couch in the library is vaguely shaped as Mickey's head.

The Dapper Dans, a barbershop quartet that performs in Disneyland's Main Street USA, make a special appearance as the voices of the singing busts.

Fun Quotes:

Jim: Wait a minute. You're telling me this guy is dead, and the only reason we were brought here is he wants to get jiggy with my wife.
Ezra: Pretty much. Are you upset?
Jim: The guy is dead, and he's trying to get with my wife. And the house isn't really for sale. Yes, I'm upset.

[Ramsley has just revealed what really happened to Elizabeth]
Ramsley: The Master must never know. Edward and his love will be reunited and this curse will be broken.
Jim: That's not her, that's my wife!
Ramsley: And what she sees in you, I'll never know.

I –

The Incredibles (2004)

This is a great movie for any age. It’s very family-oriented and charming, so it will pretty much be a hit with anyone who watches it. It’s kind of like the spy world meets the superhero world with all its gadgets and secret locations. Plus, they have some really awesome powers. Who wouldn’t like this movie?

Fun Facts:

In the beginning of the film, when a robber is going through a woman's purse on the roof of a building, a Mr. Incredible Pez dispenser can be seen among the items scattered on the ground.

The handwritten text that zips by sideways at the beginning of Mr. Incredible's footage interview reads: "Pixar Animation Studios production #50840: The Incredibles, reel 1AB."

This is the first (and so far only) Pixar film to feature a full family (mother, father, children).

Fun Quotes:

Lucius: You tell me where my suit is, woman! We are talking about the greater good!
Honey: 'Greater good?' I am your wife! I'm the greatest *good* you are ever gonna get!

[to Mr. Incredible]
Syndrome: Oh, no. Elastigirl? You married Elastigirl? Ho, ho, ho...
[sees the kids]
Syndrome: Oh - and got biz-zay! It's a whole family of supers! Looks like I hit the jackpot! Oh, this is just too good!

Helen: [on getting no response from the island's air tower, Helen reaches for her superhero costume, then pulls back] Easy, Helen, easy, easy girl. You're overreacting, everything's fine, they're just... all getting coffee! At the same time. Yeah.

Inspector Gadget (1999)

This is a really cute movie and it’s hilarious. I love watching all the different and crazy gadgets that just appear out of nowhere and Mathew Broderick does a great job as the main character. This movie holds a special place in my heart because a good bit of it was actually filmed in Pittsburgh!

Fun Facts:

At the Bradford Institute parking lot scene, Brenda Bradford hums to the original Inspector Gadget theme song.

The movie had more than 150,000 Skittles spilled in the Gadgetmobile after he crashed on Scolex's limo.

Fun Quotes:

Inspector Gadget: I don't know what you're up to, Claw, but I will stop you.
Dr. Claw: Aw touché, Inspector, I think someone has been watching way too many Saturday morning cartoons.

Inspector Gadget: I owe you one, Scolex. You wrecked my car, and I really liked that car.
Dr. Claw: Well, you crushed my hand and I really liked that hand. So Go-Go get over it!

Until next time,


1 comment:

  1. AHHH I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT INSPECTOR GADGET!! I need to go re-watch that movie!