Sunday, April 25, 2010
The ABC's of Disney movies, as told by me (O,P,Q)
Three more letters for you! Don’t you feel special??? :D
Ok, there aren’t that many “O” Disney movies…and from the list I found, I haven’t actually seen ANY of them. Don’t hate me! I will, however, choose one to showcase just so everyone can have an “O” Disney movie to see. I won’t have a little paragraph on it though, since I haven’t seen it. I will keep the facts and quotes, however. :)
Oliver and Company (1988)
The only characters who are derived directly from their Dickensian counterparts are Oliver, Dodger, Fagin and Sykes.
When Oliver wakes up after sleeping on the truck tire, he sees people crossing past the alley where he's slept. One of those people is Roger from One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) (look for the guy with the brown hair, blue shirt, and blue pants).
Fagin wears a Mickey Mouse watch. It's visible on his arm in a close-up as he waits for Oliver's rich owner to deliver the ransom money.
[Georgette sees Oliver in the kitchen]
Georgette: I, um, hope you won't think me rude, but do you happen to know out of whose *bowl* you're eating?
Georgette: [sarcastically] Ooh! Aren't you a clever kitty?
Georgette: And do you have any idea whose *home* this is?
Oliver: I... thought it was Jenny's.
Georgette: Well, it may be Jenny's *house*, but everything from the doorknobs down is *mine*!
Francis: [to Roscoe] Isn't it rather dangerous to use ones entire vocabulary in a single sentence?
Tito: Hey, man, you're ugly! And you're uglier than him! And you're Ugly, Part Three! Hey, you're Revenge of the Ugly!
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
When I first saw this movie, I loved it. It’s full of action and adventure as well as its fair share of romance. Not to mention there are many big names in the movie: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightly to name a few. I really like the fact however, that this movie was actually inspired by the attraction at Disney Parks. Some of the scenes used in the beloved attraction are shown throughout the movie which I think is really cool. I’ve never heard of an attraction inspiring a movie so that was pretty neat to me. And then, once the movie came out, it in turn, re-inspired the attraction!
The final cannon shot during the Black Pearl's siege of the town, billows into a Mickey Mouse head shape against the night sky.
The names of the three main characters are all linked to birds. Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Swann and William Turner, who was a famous ornithologist.
Johnny Depp wore contact lenses which served as sunglasses so he wouldn't be squinting in the sun all the time.
Will Turner: Where's Elizabeth?
Jack Sparrow: She's safe, just like I promised. She's all set to marry Norrington, just like she promised. And you get to die for her, just like you promised. So we're all men of our word really... except for, of course, Elizabeth, who is in fact, a woman.
Jack Sparrow: [looking at all the swords] Who makes all these?
Will Turner: I do. And I practice with them three hours a day.
Jack Sparrow: You need to find yourself a girl mate. Or perhaps the reason you practice three hours a day is that you already found one, and are otherwise incapable of wooing said strumpet. You're not a eunuch are you?
Will Turner: I practice three hours a day, so when I meet a pirate, I can kill it.
Mullroy: What's your purpose in Port Royal, Mr. Smith?
Murtogg: Yeah, and no lies.
Jack Sparrow: Well, then, I confess, it is my intention to commandeer one of these ships, pick up a crew in Tortuga, raid, pillage, plunder and otherwise pilfer my weasely black guts out.
Murtogg: I said no lies.
Mullroy: I think he's telling the truth.
Murtogg: If he were telling the truth, he wouldn't have told us.
Jack Sparrow: Unless, of course, he knew you wouldn't believe the truth even if he told it to you.
I love the classic Disney movies and this movie is no exception. It sometimes takes a backseat to some of the other movies though, which is unfortunate. This is a good-natured, wholesome movie that teaches the valuable lesson to always tell the truth. The songs are brilliant and memorable and the characters are lovable so there isn’t much to not like.
During the musical number "When You Wish upon a Star," when a spotlight is seen on Jiminy Cricket, one is able to see two books to the left of the screen, which are "Peter Pan" and "Alice in Wonderland." Walt Disney would create these stories for the big screen in 1953 and 1950, respectively.
This was the first animated film to win an Academy Award in a competitive category. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) won an honorary Oscar two years earlier.
The Blue Fairy: You must learn to choose between right and wrong.
Pinocchio: Right and wrong? But how will I know?
Jiminy Cricket: [watching] How'll he know!
The Blue Fairy: [to Pinocchio] Your conscience will tell you.
Pinocchio: What are conscience?
Jiminy Cricket: What are conscience! I'll tell ya! A conscience is that still small voice that people won't listen to. That's just the trouble with the world today...
Pinocchio: Are you my conscience?
Jiminy Cricket: Who, me?
Jiminy Cricket: Well... guess he won't need me anymore. What does an actor want with a conscience, anyway?
Well…there actually aren’t any “Q” Disney movies….so I’ll just talk briefly about something I remember watching on the Disney channel when I was really young. I don’t know if anyone else remembers it, but there was a segment called “Quack Attack” and it featured old Mickey Mouse cartoons in half hour pieces. Those were the good ole days….:)
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before, but I get most of my information from www.imdb.com. It has TONS of fun stuff on any movie you could ever think of! So if you haven’t had a chance, go check it out!
Until next time,
HAVE A MAGICAL DAY!