“A Disney movie is the perfect cure if you’re feeling under the weather.”
So spoke a good friend, many years ago, when I was suffering from a cold. It is a piece of advice that I’ve always taken to heart – if you’re feeling down (be it physically or emotionally), one of the best pick-me-ups is to stick on a feel-good movie and settle back to forget your woes for 90 minutes or so.
Of all the films you can pick in those moments, Disney movies must come near the top of the list. They contain almost everything you need in your pursuit of escapism – the laughs, the romance, the action. They whizz along without ever demanding more than a fleeting attention span; there is something deeply comforting about them, taking us back to our childhoods when everything seemed to have a simple solution.
But do they always work? Are some better than others? That’s the thing I want to put to the test: while I’m currently off work, recuperating from illness, will a steady diet of Disney classics help to get me back on my feet?
Over the course of this blog, I will be watching a variety of Disney movies, from out-right gems to underappreciated flicks and probably a few stinkers. I’ll take in all the official animated Disney Classics (from Snow White through to Moana), along with motion pictures from the likes of Touchstone. I’m not going to include everything – the selection is entirely based on what I want to see. But they will all come under the banner of Disney. That said, there will be a few omissions – I’m not going to include any Marvel, Lucasfilm or Ghibli films, although I will cover Pixar. I’ll try to cover the films in chronological order and I’ll do my best to point out interesting facts along the way (well, I think they’ll be interesting).
Ultimately, this is just an excuse to watch some cracking films and gather my thoughts on them afterwards. You might not always agree with me – I already know that when I eventually get to The Lion King, I’m not going to be sharing many popular views – but I’d love to hear your own ideas about them. And, at the end of the day, these are just kids movies, so let’s not get to hung up on things. Let’s just sit back and let these films make the world a slightly happier place to be.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at where it all began, with a mouse taking a boat ride…
Coming next: Steamboat Willie (1928)