A few months ago, I participated in a 30-day Disney blogging challenge. I am still a little bit in shock that I actually finished all of those posts - but this one has been drafted since the end of the challenge.
I started looking back at the different favorites I had chosen - and realized that amidst the favorite castle, first move I saw, favorite outfit, and favorite theme park, there are a whole lot of movies I love that somehow just didn't fit any of the categories for the challenge. So, here they are - in no particular order - the rest of my favorite Disney movies!
This movie is amazing. I used to run to this soundtrack all the time. Christian Bale + Santa Fe = amazing. I'm a little bit disappointed that we haven't made it to NYC to see the Broadway version (Andrew and I talked for years about how much this show needed to be onstage), but sometimes the original is best and I feel like this may be one of those instances.
I remember the first time I saw this movie (on Thanksgiving in 2004 while visiting family in Indiana). I loved it. When I watch it now, I find it a little bit far-fetched, but isn't it kind of magical to imagine something this incredible could happen in real life? Now, I won't say quite the same for the sequel. Random: I met Justin Bartha a few years after the film's release.
I watched this all the time as a kid, and my mom was constantly telling us to play "the glad game." It's a classic Hayley Mills film, and is just wonderful. Pollyanna's spirit is certainly one to strive toward - I need to dig this one out and start watching it with my kids. I also think that Andrew has never seen it, so a family viewing is certainly in order.
Tuck Everlasting. This is a sweet little film that seems kind of forgotten to me lately, but I enjoyed it a lot. The turn of the century fashion alone makes it worth a watch, in my opinion. It has a great soundtrack, as well.
Mary Poppins. Seriously, this one didn't make it into the 30-day challenge? Shame on me. Classic story, amazing characters, beautiful costumes, and gorgeous music. This movie definitely has it all. We don't own it yet, but I requested it from the library recently so we can enjoy it with the kids. It's a jolly holiday with Mary...!
Why yes, I did have a serious crush on Orlando Bloom after seeing this film. When the DVD was released, I watched it over and over and over. So good. I even went to Walmart dressed as a pirate one time. I didn't enjoy Dead Man's Chest or At World's End as much, but found On Stranger Tides to be somewhat redemptive for the franchise.
The Apple Dumpling Gang.
I honestly don't remember a lot about this, but I know I watched it over and over and laughed myself silly as a child. Definitely another classic that needs to be in our family collection.
It kind of seems that it's all of the live-action films that didn't make my 30-day list. I guess there is logic behind that! I was busy thinking about Belle, Ariel, and Nemo to concentrate on this part of Disney history.
What do you think? What else should have made my list?