Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The forgotten Disney movies

I’mma lay something on the line for you. I know it might come as a shock, but here it is: I wasn’t that cool as a kid. I assume you’re all so shocked that you’re currently murmuring together with disbelief. Much like this:

But I digress. As a kid I almost never enjoyed the T.V., movies, and music that everyone else my age liked. I blame that on the fact that I’m the youngest of four and I always wanted to be cool like my older siblings. I watched Armageddon and Ever After at least five times each, even though I was eight when those movies came out.

Every time this scene gets me. EVERY DAMN TIME.

Then there were the Disney movies. I never seemed to like the Disney Classics that every other girl liked. I watched Sleeping Beauty for the first time when I was 17, and I’ve never completed Cinderella. However! I did enjoy a wide variety of obscure Disney Classics that seemed, for everyone else, to be the “back-up option.”

Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a description of my love for two obscure Disney movies. They may not have been everyone’s favorite, but the young girl in the back of the class with the glasses, expander, and butterfly clips sure seemed to enjoy them.  

1)    Alice in Wonderland

Oh Alice. You and I had such fond memories together. And by that I mean that I would sit two feet from the T.V. and watch you from start to finish several times a day.

Do you remember how once you got to the very end of a VHS tape it would rewind itself and then start again? Yeah. I do.

How hilarious did I find the Mad Hatter and the March Hare? Incredibly. I would sit and laugh and laugh while my sisters and brother looked on in disbelief. The part where they repair the rabbit’s pocket watch? Funniest thing I’d ever seen in my life.

Q: Did I have “The Jabberwocky” memorized at a young age?
A: I would rather not say. But if I did, I certainly could NEVER have learned it from this Muppet Show sketch that I also watched obsessively. Good lord, the more I write the more I wonder why I had friends.

Moving on. To….

2)    Peter Pan

Here’s one thing that bothered me the most about Peter Pan: How did Wendy sew Peter’s shadow onto his feet? Also, he tries to put soap on his feet, then get the shadow to stick. I don’t… I can’t….

 Yes, yes. This is certain to work. 

I understand that there are things in the movie that are a lot less believable than soap being used as an adhesive (flying children and fairies come to mind) but it was always the one thing that I could not let go of.

Otherwise I was completely obsessed with that movie. And it led to my later obsession with one of the greatest movies of all time.

Hook. It gets better every time I see it. And I don’t care what you say, Dustin Hoffman is the best Captain Hook of all time. I don’t want to overstate this… but Dustin Hoffman is also the greatest person in the history of forever.

And there is it. My two favorite Disney movies as a kid. I did like other normal Disney movies too, like The Lion King and Aladdin, but not as much as I liked these two. 

For the truly curious, here is the short list of the other movies I watched most as a kid (I only WISH I was making this up)

  1. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  2. The Pagemaster
  3. Tall Tale
  4. All Muppet Movies
So were there any movies I missed? I'm sure I'm not the only person with weird movie obsessions. 



    My childhood was also filled with The Sound of Music, White Christmas, the 1955 version of Peter Pan the play (with Mary Martin as Pan).

    Apparently, we had a thing for old movies.

  2. Those are not obscure Disney movies. Oliver and Company is the most obscure of all. I think my immediate family might be the only ones who have ever seen it.

    1. 100% agree. Let's chat after you watch The Rescuers (traditional or down under), the aristocats, or, better still, the three caballeros.

  3. Smee, try to stop me.

    The older Shepards watched the 1955 Peter Pan more than the Disney version, but we had moved on before Hannah got into it, I guess.

    1. The best part is that it was taped off the TV and the old school commercials were for Cadbury eggs, Oshkosh B'Gosh, and Peter Pan peanut butter staring Cousin Larry from Perfect Strangers.

    2. I almost included The Tale of the Bunny Picnic featuring Bean Bunny, and that brought back memories of everything else on that taped VHS. Including, if my memory serves me right, a really creepy version of Jack and the Beanstalk?

    3. OSH B'GOSH B'GOSH! We did have Jack & The Beanstalk taped on VHS. It was not creepy, it was awesome.

  4. Okay I will admit that these are not the most obscure Disney movies but they aren't the classics that everyone remembers. And I chose not to include some doosies just to keep the post short. I loved the Aristocats and Robin Hood as well.

    1. How could you not? Everybody wants to be a cat.

  5. OH MY GOD, Hannah. Just yesterday I saw this pillowcase: and at first I thought it said "Wake up, Smee" and it was a quote from Hook and I nearly fell off my chair, Karen Walker style.

    I would sing that intro bunny song all the time, it's pretty much the happiest tune that has ever existed and you can only truly enjoy it when you're a little kid and you know nothing of the sad realities of the world.
    Also, that one raggedy bunny that just stares blankly and chews on grass.....ahahaha

    It's decided. My nieces are getting this on DVD.

  7. Grace that's the perfect gift!