Disney Movies :)

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Disney Movies :)
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Mon, 01-28-2013 - 10:51pm

So we've been on a Disney movie kick around here lately.  Clara had her first set of High School Mid-terms recently and after an intense week of studying, she wanted to relax and watch a marathon of Disney movies (I'm bring her up just right! LOL).  So we've been breaking out a little bit of everything from Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty to Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Lion King and anything else that catches our fancy.  I had joined the Disney Movie Club when they were little so we've got quite a collection.  After watching Sleeping Beauty the other night, I realized that I just might be able to watch some of the cooler Bonus Features like the "Making of...." type of stuff, especially since Clara is so into drawing right now.  When they were little, we could only play the games on all of these DVDs.  I so enjoyed watching the making of Sleeping Beauty and Lady and the Tramp - great to see Walt talking about them and see stuff that was not used, etc.  So now we might have to have a Making of... marathon :D

Also while we were looking for something we hadn't seen in a while and we stumbled upon "Atlantis - the Lost Empire".  Now I bought this ages ago when it first came out and we watched it once.  I had thought that something was wrong with the DVD and that was why, but we popped it in and it played fine.  I realize now that I probably said that to them but I really thought the plot was over their head and it was quite violent, especially when they were so young. However, now at ages 14 and 12, they (and me too!) really enjoyed this movie! It reminded me of an animated National Treasure type of movie - it involved history, legend plus funny characters and Michael J. Fox!  Afterwards we wondered why this movie hadn't been more popular with older kids, especially boys, at the time it was released.  And now I think I might have to pick up Treasure Planet and give it a whirl too :D

So...watch any good Disney movies lately?? 

Val, Co-CL Disney Vacations

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Tue, 01-29-2013 - 7:50am

Back in 2008 I had bought a bunch of Disney movies for the girls to watch as we drove to our first trip to WDW.   There were two movies they just couldn't sit though - The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under.    Normally the girls will pick the same Princess movies every weekend to watch - about 2 weekends ago I pulled out the two Rescuer moviees and to my surprise they both really enjoyed them.    

I have others I had have bought over the years that they wouldn't watch, that  I plan to start pulling out - like Pete's Dragon, The Sword and the Stone.    I don't have Pollyanna, but it was a favorite of mine when I was younger - so I'd like to get that and see if they'd watch it with me.   Emperor's New Groove was one that I loved - I found it so funny, but when they were younger the humor was over their head. . .may have to give it a try again.  :)

I remember watching Atlantis - The Lost Empire with my DS.   He would have been a teenager at the time.   I have not thought about that movie sense.   I'll have to keep it in mind!  

 

  

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Thu, 01-31-2013 - 5:04pm

Pete's Dragon is one of my all-time favorites! I used to watch it over and over as a kid, I'm pretty sure I could have read the script from memory :)

Back in 2008 before our first trip, I came up with a list of 17 movies I wanted DD to see. She actually hadn't seen hardly any Disney movies at that point, and I was afraid she wouldn't know any of the characters. So we started having movie night every weekend a few months before our trip. This time, I came up with a list of 12 movies, mostly that I wanted to watch for DS's sake, since it's his first trip, and a couple that I thought DD would appreciate more now, being older. Well, DH is being a party-pooper and says that's WAY too many (5 less than in 2008, but, anyway...) he wants me to narrow it down to like 3 or 4. But... we ended up watching 2 this weekend during our ski trip - Toy Story and Monsters Inc, so just 10 more to "sneak" in at some point in the next 2.5 months :)

The only recent Disney movies we've seen are Brave, which I wasn't that fond of (seemed like they stole too much of the plot from Brother Bear), and The Muppets, which I thought was great - brought back lots of childhood memories :)

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Thu, 01-31-2013 - 9:44pm

That sounds like the perfect way to unwind after exams! We are huge on Tarzan around here right now. Something I really want to get into is the Disney Nature movies, the kids are a bit young still and DH isn't going for it though. I will admit that Pollyana and the original Parent Trap movies are at the top of my list when Gabi is older!

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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 5:02pm

Meredith and I just watched "In Search of the Castaways" the other night with Haley Mills.  Well, we still have 20 minutes left.  We enjoyed it, but the special effects are just awful LOL!  You just have to shake your head at it really.  We watched the Little Mermaid before our Nov. trip.  I was hoping that they'd have some of the new Fantasyland opened up, and I wanted a refresher course; and boy did I need it!  It has been ages since we watched that.

Maybe we'll watch "The Lion King" this weekend; that's Ken's favorite.  Otherwise, I don't think it will be family movie night.  I don't see he and Mitchell watching "Beauty and the Beast" with us Smile

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Sat, 02-02-2013 - 12:01pm

Ooh, you all gave me some great movies to dust off and try again.  We haven't seen the Rescuers/Rescuers Down Under in years - I think they're worth pulling out again.  When they were little and we bought a movie, we'd watch it over and over so for a while there, Sword and the Stone and Robin Hood were very popular here (two more I need to pull out); same for Jungle Book - although we watched that not too long ago when Sara was in a kid's play version of it (she was a monkey! LOL).  Then over time, it seems they have their few favorites that we watch or whatever's newest.  If they're feeling "nostalgic", they pick a princess movie :D  I love when they tell me it's my pick and then they veto what I want to watch LOL  The fact that Clara loves to draw Disney animated characters has helped so we've busted out Hercules (which they both LOVE now - but I credit that to Sara's obsession with the Percy Jackson novels which are based on gods/goddesses).

We did watch Brother Bear after I posted this - love the Phil Collins music (time for Tarzan again too!) and we all enjoyed that (even Alan who watched the last half).  That was one we saw in the movies, I bought and we watched once so it was pretty much new to Sara again.  FUnny, even with Sleeping Beauty - a movie we'd watch a gazillion times; Sara was pretty little and she knew all the characters and the basic plot but it'd been so long ago, she wasn't sure of the storyline at times - so it was like watching it for the first time with her GASP! LOL

I had picked up the Emperor's New Grove way back and they had no interest in watching it - as a matter of fact, we never opened it and I believe I donated it.  Recently Clara's been searching for Disney music and clips online so she found some for Emperor's and wanted to watch it - and we didn't have it!! Another gasp! LOL

As I said, she's very much into the animation right now, so it's hard to convince her to watch Disney live-action, even Mary Poppins which we all love.  Years ago I took Pete's Dragon and Swiss Family Robinson from the library - they loved Pete's Dragon so much I bought it and even my nephew thought it was cute - how could you think otherwise with Elliott ;)  - but I was surprised that Clara liked Swiss Family so much; don't think Sara did.  But made it more enjoyable to visit the S.F. Treehouse at WDW next time. 

We've seen the newer (not so new anymore!) version of the Parent Trap (ah! Lindsay Lohan before she became a car wreck!) and that's always a favorite we pull out from time to time but they've never seen the original. And Pollyanna - may have to do something about that too!!

Lastly, we recently set up a turntable with our stereo - I begged for one for years, not so I could play my Donny Osmond or Rick Springfield records (really!) but b/c I have these beautiful read-along Disney book/records that I got when I was a kid - Cinderella, Snow White, etc.  The girls are past the read along phase (way past!) but it's never too late when it comes to Disney in my house!  I even have a Song of the South read-along which is great since you can't buy the movie.  Also in my collection was a It's a Small World book/record where the narrator guides you along the DL version of the ride.  It was like finding lost treasure!! :D

Val, Co-CL Disney Vacations

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Sun, 02-03-2013 - 4:10pm

Last weekend (I think it was) we were watching Mary Poppins.  It was on ABC Family, not a DVD.   I was telling my DH how I use to have the album. . .as a kid I had quite a few Disney albums, it wasn't just a soundtrack - but actually the show being played out on record. . ..and the songs too of course.    Snow White & Mary Poppins were my two favorites, as I loved to sing along.     He couldn't believe they had the stories in album form waaaaay back then.

My DDs are currently interested in Harry Potter.    We got through the first movie fine. . .we were watching the second movie but had to stop it when it started to get dark. . .it is too scary to watch before bedtime still - but they are fascinated with the boy wizard.  :)

 

 

 

  

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Mon, 02-04-2013 - 2:41pm

We just watched a classic days ney film "Pluto's Day" from 1956. it was on demand with Comcast. I do know they have lots of those classic films on DVD. Would the girls have any interest in those or the Pixar shorts DVDs?

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Sat, 02-09-2013 - 8:05am

Val, I have all of those albums, too!  I just got them out in Dec. and borrowed my parent's turntable and listened to bits of each.  I then asked Ken for a turntable that plugs into your laptap and turns it into a digital copy.  Sadly, I didn't get that Frown  I have a stack that's about 8 inches high of them LOL!

BTW, let me take the time to complain about iVillage coming up with their own software or whatever to run these boards.  It Stinks!!!  And not just the obvious lack of options we had before.  Every time that I've been on lately, it's like the program can't keep up with how fast I type; it misses letters, and I have to go back and fix it.  Such a pain!!!

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Mon, 02-11-2013 - 9:31am

Kait broke her leg a little over a week ago (yep - broke again, 8th, maybe 9th time in 4 years) and was home all last week. When she finished the work I picked up for her she started going through our Disney DVD collection. It is funny to see their reactions to movies that they haven't seen in a while.

M'Shel - you can add constantly having to log in (every time you come to the board, and at least 3 times in a row before it lets you respond) to the list of aggrivations in the new format. It's a HUGE part of the reason I don't post much anymore. It takes at least 5 minutes to log in to post a response.

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Mon, 02-25-2013 - 9:22am

M'Shel, I hear you on what a pain ivillage is right now!!!  I am actually posting here to see if posting a response will let me start a new thread ... I've been trying to for a few days now and it keeps bouncing me out! I almost never reply to anything since the changes, sadly it's just too time consuming.

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