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Disney Nesting

One reason I really really want Spawnie to be a girl is because I really want to watch Disney movies with her. I know boys can like Disney movies too but I’m pretty sure that princesses are move of a girlie thing. But then again there are a bunch with boyish action and stuff. What do you think? Anyone out there have boys who like Disney movies?

I got to see The Princess and the Frog a week early thanks to a perk of my job… Advanced press screening!

While I really did enjoy it, it didn’t break my Disney top 5. I was SO EXCITED to see Disney go back to the hand-drawn characters, the musicals, the singing, dancing and color! Loved that. Loved that the princess was black (now COME ON Disney, make a Hispanic princess!), loved the New Orleans scene (that’s where my dad is from) but it didn’t make me cry from laughing or sadness… It didn’t break or melt my heart like some other Disney movies. I have to admit though.. I think part of it could be because my expectations were SO HIGH (and that I’d been anticipating it for over a year) and part of it could be because *gasp* … I’m not a little girl anymore.

But I can talk about Disney for days! I can out-play ANYONE at Disney Scene It. I’ll stand and correct you when you call “Anastasia,” “All Dogs Go to Heaven” or “Land Before Time” a Disney movie (cause they’re not.. Although I have those too!).I’ve collected 70-something Disney and Disney-Pixar Animated Classics (oh yes, did I mention I have the sequels too?) from Snow White on to Ratatouille. I just need Bolt, Wall-E, Up and I totally missed Meet the Robinsons (I found that one, I do have it! Watched it for the first time, it was great!). I also would LOVE to collect the Pixar short films! Boy will Spawnie have quite a collection… I’ll be HEARTBROKEN if (s)he doesn’t like it.Being the Disney freak that I am, I decided to rank my top ten Disney movies so you can get an idea as to where The Princess and the Frog fits…

10. Princess and the Frog ’09: Not too bad at all, it made my top 10. I’m being kind of generous. But I really could stop smiling at the beautiful characters and their cute accents and the music! My dad is from New Orleans too so I felt a special connection with the people. Aww. Love! Oh… But don’t get surprised like me… This fact ALMOST ruiened the movie for me. When you think of Tiana (the princess) don’t think “Jasmine” think “Belle” or “Cinderella.” There… Not giving too much away 🙂

9. Lady and the Tramp ’55: This is the oldest movie on my list. One of the original classics I LOVED and will always love… In fact, I watched it a few months ago and loved it just as much. Snoop also loves this movie.. I think the dog barking noises are actually real cause he totally likes watching this!

8. Hercules ’97: Loved the colors, love the music, love the love (You’ll see a trend with this). And I also just enjoyed the Greek mythology coming to life!

7. The Little Mermaid ’89: This was the first Disney movie… Or movie period, I can remember seeing and understanding in the theater. I left wanting to be a mermaid and I did become one… For Halloween my Kindergarten year. I had the red wig and all.

6. Beauty and the Beast ’91: I swear this movie was my entertainment for at least an entire summer. I was one of those kids who could watch the same movie over and over and over and love it each and every time. My sister and I would sct out the characters, running around and singing the songs in our basement.

5. Pocahontas ’95: I know… How can this be above #6? Well, this movie to me was inspiring. A brave brown girl stopping a war between two groups of people… Ok, maybe it didn’t exactly go down that way in real life, but I loved the movie nonetheless. Still do, and I love the love connection with John Smith.
4. Mulan ’98: Once again, I know my taste in Disney Classics may be different than other’s but I LOVED Mulan.. Still do. Mushu was hilarious, Mulan was so pretty, loved her singing.. Loved ALL of the songs! I can put that movie in today and still die laughing through it. it’s also very touching and has a good message.

3. Tarzan ’99: This one is about a tie with Mulan. I LOVE the music in Tarzan probably more than any other Disney movie, however there’s one song I hate so much I almost want to fast forward through it. I love the mother-son connection though, and I like that little boys could like it too. It also makes me tear up!! LOVE this movie.

2. Aladdin ’92: Who doesn’t like this movie? It was on TV a few weeks ago and my husband actually watched it with me. I have this entire movie memorized, love the music, love the humor, love the love! And can’t I have a genie?!

And no surprise to many # 1. The Lion King ’94: This I think will forever be my favorite Disney movie. I will be SO HAPPY if Disney can one day top this but I’m not sure that’s possible. The gut-wrenching plot was enough to bring me to tears time and time again before I was 10 (why do they do that to kids?) and time and time again even today (but it could be the hormones). I can recite this entire movie no problem.The 3-5th grade I had an entire collection of Lion King attire… Clothing, book bag, lunch box, toys. I don’t know how many times we went to Burger King for those collectible cards and figurines. I was obsessed… And obviously still am.

Honorable mentions: Wall-E, Finding Nemo, The Emperors New Groove.

I’m hoping Disney movies are fun for babies to watch cause I’m already envisioning Fantasia lullabying Spawnie to sleep.

What are your favorite Disney movies?

Now that I have movies squared away though I think I’m on to books. Good children’s book recommendations?

PS: I Promise my next post will be about Snoop knowing I’m pregnant, a few people have asked me about that!


Slee says:

favorite disney cartoon- sleeping beauty.
favorite disney movie- watcher in the woods.

KarmaPearl says:

My favorite as a child was Aladdin.. I had Aladdin EVERYTHING, and I even went around for about a week demanding that my family members called me “Jasmin”.

I also love the Lion King, Fantasia, Lilo and Stitch, Lady and the Tramp, the Little Mermaid… There are way too many for me to pick!!!!

kia says:

my 3 top Disney are:

#1 Robin Hood (’93)
#2 The Lion King (’94)
#3 The Sword and the Stone (’63)

Mulan is probably my fave Disney heroine

My husband and I really are fans of Hayao Miyazaki and with our baby due in June are going to theme My Neighbor Totoro if it is a boy or girl.

I am a huge fan of Blueberries for Sal and Le Petit Prince for books.

wow I was kind of surprised about your disney top 10!! I too am excited to see The princess and the Frong…I LOVE Disney movies! I am a huge Disney princess’s fan and made my family stand in Line at Disney in the Princess room just a few years ago!! lol

1: Sleeping Beauty
2: Little Mermaid
3L Aladin
4: Beauty and the beast
5: Lion King

🙂 thought I’d share my top 5!

kia says:

ooops, that robin hood is ’73, not ’93

abonifati says:

On The Day You Were Born is a beautiful book. Old Turtle is another one of my favs. Best of luck and treasure each and every moment, they go by so quickly 🙂

CGBG says:

I love Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Monsters Inc, Aladdin and of course The Lion King 🙂

Estelle says:

The Lion King is my #1 too with The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas following closely behind. I remember seeing The Lion King in the theater when I was a little kid. After the first scene I knew it was going to be an awesome movie. It’s also my sons’ fave too along with Robin Hood.

The Little Mermaid should have been number one! I love that movie so much. I’m a 22 year old married mother of one and I STILL want to be Ariel!!!

You like all the newer ones (Mulan, Hercules)! I HATED those! But Tarzan was cute, I’ll admit.

My favorites:
1. Sleeping Beauty
2. Beauty and the Beast
3. Little Mermaid
4. Cinderella
5. Aladdin

I’m obviously a Disney Princess fan all the way 🙂

Not so hot on Tianna, but might check it out if my 4yo brother is interested (but I doubt it…it’s no Disney Pixar Cars). I do like that this is the first time the female character rescues the prince. It’s much more empowering.

I’m so sad that Beauty and The Beast didn’t make your top 5. I’ve been waiting for years for Disney to re-release that movie. I want my kids to see it so badly. I love the beast, he’s so big and burly and strong…Oh sorry, I was talking about my husband…hee hee

Devri says:

Ditto on everything except for Hercules..blah

I have them all, all pixars, all short films, everything, barbie collection, *repunzal and the 12 dancing princesses are my fav’s from that collection, anything, and yes.. I can’t wait to see Princess and the Frog (december 20th with the school) 😀

I agree you need a girl, my boys hate almost all the movies the girls like to watch. But my little boys are having fun with tarzan, aladdin, and toy story, cars, jungle book.(1&2) ok I could go on and on.. have a great night!

Emmy says:

Awesome list!
And don’t worry, my son loves all of the Disney movies. Including Cinderella and the more girly ones. So either way, you are set.

Chantel says:

My son loves Disney movies, but honestly, I’m totally waiting for the day when I can dig out Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid and watch my daughter’s eyes light up with excitement. Hubby just bought me Snow White on Blu-Ray for this very reason, and I have a Snow White dress up set that I found on sale last year when she was 4 months old and snatched up so she could dress as a princess.

My absolute favorite Disney movie is Cinderella. My daughter loves anything Disney and Veggietales, but her favorite movie is Sleeping Beauty (might be cuz she is named after the wicked witch….).

All day long we have disney movies playing. Today it was Tarzan and Up lol. Yesterday it was Up and Sleeping Beauty. Tomorrow will probably be Up and Robin Hood lol. She watches one movie over and over again on one tv, and has another movie play on the other tv all day. It keeps her entertained, and she doesn’t have as many terrible 2 days lol

Betty says:

Ha ha, The Little Mermaid was one of the first movies I saw in the cinema too!

Mrs. Dew says:

I’d say Littler Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, and Cinderella are my top 3!

MarciaG says:

I can’t wait to take my 5 year old to see this! I love The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Beauty and The Beast.

Princesska says:

I love love love disney movies. For halloween I was arial, belle, and jasmine. Which conincedently are my favorites. Although I always played “pocohontas” in my backyard… haha. I think Beauty and the Beast was my favorite because I looked the most like her… and because of her I would always walk around while reading a book. haha

A book that my little one loves is “Good Night Moon”. I didn’t know if he would appreciate this book but out of all the books he has that pop-up and sing and make noises this is the one he always goes back to. It’s a classic that I read when I was little and I’m glad the he can enjoy it now too!
Oh, Cinderella is my favorite. I used to read (recite) the book to my mom every night and watched the movie over and over!

Brandi says:

I am a huge Disney movie fan too. I have a boy and I know he will love them too. Lion King is also my favorite but I can’t find it on DVD anywhere. Where did you get yours? I also love all the movies in your list too.

Mallory says:

Gosh, I love all Disney! (I’m one of those people that are hard to beat at Disney Scene It!) Oh, and my HUSBAND loves them, too! I have Bolt, Wall-E, Up AND Meet the Robinsons!!! But, I don’t have a lot of Classics that are in the Disney Vault and nearly impossible to buy without paying an arm or a leg. Someday I will have them all!

The Dimino's says:

Have you seen Lion King the Broadway musical??? One word AMAZING!!!

We love Disney movies too! Our collection isn’t QUITE as extensive as yours, but I bought Ben some of the classics for Christmas last year! Can’t wait to see you in Austin in a few weeks!

My goodness – we are a Disney movie family, for sure! And my oldest boy is a Disney fanatic – he doesn’t care for the princess movies (actually because he’s terrified of the villains – he’s 8 and still can’t see or hear Ursula without running for the hills!). Our most favorite ones are Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, and Dumbo (Baby Mine is a song that I have sung to each of my three children – the song that Dumbo’s mom sings to him while she rocks him with her trunk while chained in the train car).

Children’s books are my specialty – and I’m still mostly a fan of classics – Ferdinand, Caps for Sale, Goodnight Gorilla, Madeline, The Little House, Katy and the Big Snow, Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel, Chicka Chicka Boom, Goodnight Moon, The Big Red Barn……those are our tried and trues!

jennie w. says:

Good gravy, you’re young! The Little Mermaid came out when I was in college!!!

Anyway, my little girls weren’t really into the whole princess thing. Some liked princess dresses, but their favorites were Aristocats, Robin Hood and Alice in Wonderland. I have those dang things memorized!

I personally loved Up and Meet the Robinsons. My favorite, though, is Cars! Go figure.

Mammatalk says:

Wonderful taste. I am so looking forward to watching the Princess and the Frog with my four year old. I am so glad they have gone back to hand drawn. Gorgeous!

I wish I grew up with these movies! They all came out when I was a teen or young adult. Except Lady and the Tramp, but never saw that one. Harder to see movies when your childhood took place in the 70’s and early 80’s. No VCRs or DVDs. Now, pardon me, as I waddle away with my cane……..

JoeyRes says:

Disappointing the Princess & the Frog is so far down on your list. We haven’t seen that one yet. I love having a daughter because she likes it all from Tarzan to Cinderella. The princesses are a tougher sell to the little boys, but you can still have the Lion King.

As for my favorite – The Little Mermaid. It made me cry when I first saw it at age 9 and I still love the music!

Check out the author Mem Fox for terrific kid’s books. We love The Magic Hat. (I could recite it for you if you’d like!)

Katie says:

Disney FANATICS around our house with two boys. (Maybe that’s why I’m also blogging at KidsandMice.com? Disneyland specific…LOL). We were the dorks who waited in line for 3 hours when the Nemo ride opened at Disneyland…

I LOVE being a Mom to my two boys. I never imagined life without princess dresses and barbies… but I LOVE the bonds that I have with my two boys. They are so much fun and never cease to amaze me.

And for the record they patiently wait in line with me for Small World and Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland… 🙂

hotpants™ says:

You definitely need all those you mentioned that you don’t yet have. We have and love all of those, especially Meet the Robinsons.

Kelly says:

The Little Mermaid is my all time favorite movie…mostly because of the memories I have of watching that movie with my family when I was a kid! My 5 yr old half brother, will still watch the some of the Disney movies, like Little Mermaid that you wouldn’t think a little boy would like…so don’t worry you will have plenty of Disney bonding with a boy or a girl.
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My very favorite is Aladdin. I was always obsessed. I even have the soundtrack. And sometimes I still listen to it. I know.

Little Mermaid is probably next. And then Beauty and the Beast.

We love Disney movies too! Our collection isn’t QUITE as extensive as yours, but I bought Ben some of the classics for Christmas last year! Can’t wait to see you in Austin in a few weeks!

MarciaG says:

I can’t wait to take my 5 year old to see this! I love The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Beauty and The Beast.

My goodness – we are a Disney movie family, for sure! And my oldest boy is a Disney fanatic – he doesn’t care for the princess movies (actually because he’s terrified of the villains – he’s 8 and still can’t see or hear Ursula without running for the hills!). Our most favorite ones are Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, and Dumbo (Baby Mine is a song that I have sung to each of my three children – the song that Dumbo’s mom sings to him while she rocks him with her trunk while chained in the train car).

Children’s books are my specialty – and I’m still mostly a fan of classics – Ferdinand, Caps for Sale, Goodnight Gorilla, Madeline, The Little House, Katy and the Big Snow, Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel, Chicka Chicka Boom, Goodnight Moon, The Big Red Barn……those are our tried and trues!

Estelle says:

The Lion King is my #1 too with The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas following closely behind. I remember seeing The Lion King in the theater when I was a little kid. After the first scene I knew it was going to be an awesome movie. It’s also my sons’ fave too along with Robin Hood.

abonifati says:

On The Day You Were Born is a beautiful book. Old Turtle is another one of my favs. Best of luck and treasure each and every moment, they go by so quickly 🙂

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