Attention: My husband and I go on our honeymoon in 5 days. And in 8 days I will proudly set foot for the first time on hallowed, sacred ground: Disney World. A Mickey Mouse shirt shall adorn my breast and I will ball like a baby because this is, truly, my dream vacation.
[Back story: I was a bona fide Disney kid growing up. I feel I was part of the last, true Disney generation, when Disney still meant Mickey and the gang. I watched and owned all the Disney cartoon movies, and sometimes I’d act them out, too. Every day was Disney Day in my life and Donald was my absolute favorite. Amen. The End.]
So with my husband by my side, we shall conquer Disney and ride the tea cups and shake Captain Hook’s hand [Ha!] and have our picture taken with Cinderella.
In honor of this blessed event, and to commemorate my love for Classic Disney, I shall watch some of my favorite Disney nuggets this week. I say nuggets, because there are plenty of great Disney feature films, but there are also great short films and cartoons as well.
Tonight’s feature is the understated and sophisticated, The Sword in the Stone. The Sword in the Stone is a bit different than they typical Disney cartoon feature. There is singing and talking animals and magic. The singing isn’t your average melodious Disney song, though. And the talking animals are funny, but not particularly cuddly or cute like Winnie-the-Pooh or the mice in Cinderella. And there is certainly NO princess in this film. There is the opposite of the iconic Disney Princess, and if you look up “opposite of Disney Princess” in the dictionary, you’d find Mad Madam Mim.
But all of these “off-Disney” elements are what make this film special. Though Madam Mim is is pretty horrid, her song is hilarious, and one of my favorite Disney scenes ever occurs in this movie. Why I find it so funny and entertaining, I do not know. I do know; however; that I’m not alone in my love for this atypical Disney flick and all of his quirkiness. My very good friend, Mrs. Sarah Salisbury Persia, is a fan of the film for all the same reasons I am, which probably explains a lot about our friendship.
In any event, it’s time for a little dessert and Disney movie action.