Tuesday 9 May 2017

7 Vintage Disney Films My Children Love - Guest Post by Cardiff Mummy Says

Next to provide a Disney guest post is the lovely Cardiff Mummy Says.

We are big Disney fans in our household, but aside from the modern favourites such as Moana, Frozen, we also enjoy watching the older animated films too. Many of these are films I grew up watching, so it’s been lovely to share them with my children and see them loving them as much as I do.

Here, in no particular order, are 7 vintage Disney movies my children love to watch. All of the films are older than me, never mind my children, just going to show Disney’s enduring appeal.

Do you have a favourite vintage Disney film?

1.     Peter Pan
Based on JM Barrie’s original story, Peter Pan dates back to 1953 yet the adventutes of the three children, Wendy, John and Michael as they meet Peter, the little boy who didn’t want to grow up, and fly off to Neverland still captivates my children more than 60 years later. My three-year-old loves Captain Hook and the crocodile; my seven-year-old daughter used to be obsessed with Tinkerbell but now loves Wendy; while my five year old son loves the Lost Boys and the Indians. We all love playing Following The Leader and singing the song.

2.     Robin Hood
Both my husband and I loved this as children so we couldn’t wait to watch it with our three. The 1973 animation introduces the legend of Robin Hood but using a cast of animals. Robin and Marian are foxes; Little John is a bear; Friar Tuck is a badger; The Sheriff of Nottingham is a wolf; and Marian’s lady in waiting Lady Kluck is a hen. It doesn’t have the big blockbuster songs of other Disney films, but we love The Phony King of England and Oo De Lally. We love the scene where the children of the rabbit family accidentally fire an arrow into the grounds of Maid Marian’s castle and meet Marian and Lady Kluck, who pretends to be the nasty Prince John.

3.     The Jungle Book
Released in 1967, this contains some of my favourite Disney songs including The Bare Necessities, I Wanna Be Like You and Colonol Hathi’s March. We regularly have the soundtrack on in the car. I’m so pleased my children love this film and the music as much as I did as a child. It tells of the little boy Mowgli, who was raised by wolves in the jungle but who is convinved by his friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear to leave before the evil tiger Shere Khan arrives.

4.     Alice in Wonderland
I was amazed to discover recently that the film was initially panned by the critics when it was first released in 1951. Fans of Lewis Carroll were upset that Disney had Americanised a great work of English literature. It wasn’t until the psychedelic 1970s that the film found favour again. My children love the surreal adventures of Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and the scary Queen of Hearts – “Off with their heads”. They also love the idea of having an ‘unbirthday’ on every day that isn’t their actual birthday.

5.     Dumbo
I see this 1941 film so differently now I am a mother. My eyes can’t help but well up with tears for Mrs Jumbo, the mummy elephant who loses her temper when the other elephants laugh at her baby’s big ears and nickname him Dumbo. My children love Dumbo doing his circus acts and accidentally getting drunk on champagne and seeing hallucinations of pink elephants. Plus it’s only an hour in length, so it’s a good one when we don’t have time to watch a long film.

6.     Pinocchio
Disney’s second animated film dates back to 1940. My children used to be a bit scared of some scenes, such as all the boys turning into donkeys, but now they’re older, the tale of the wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy is one of their favourites. We love the songs I’ve Got No Strings and Give A Little Whistle.

7.     Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

It might have been the first ever animated musical film made by Disney way back in 1937, but it’s still a much-loved classic. My children found the Wicked Queen scary to begin with, but there are plenty of happy and delightful scenes too, such as the dwarfs going off to work in the mines and singing Heigh-Ho; and Whistle While You Work as Snow White does the housework with the help of the animals of the forest.

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  1. My favorite Disney movie is a Goofy Movie. I also like the Hunchback Of Notre Dame

  2. Thanks so much for having me guest on your lovely blog x

  3. Our son loves The Jungle Book and Aristocats from the vintage era. All the favourite songs from those movies are on a Spotify playlist and he either asks for Mussy-cats or Elephants. I was thrilled he loved the Jungle Book as it's my all-time favourite Disney movie.

  4. Peter pan theboy who never grew up and the Jungle book about the boy living in the jungle. Fabulous films that i remember fondly

  5. I would love my kids to watch more Disney but Matthew finds it really hard to have any danger or peril so it's a bit of a nightmare even if it has got a happy ending :( I love Disney though :) My grandad used to show Snow White on a projector, happy memories


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