Friday, March 14, 2008

Gen/Dis Fridays: Disney

If you thought we'd get through Gen/Dis without some Disney, sorry. It's early in the game, but I'm leaving for the old spring break tomorrow and wanted to make sure I got this up. (I guess that was supposed to be an excuse, but it didn't come out as one.) No, but really. I have picked out some high class Disney stuff for you pretty things. Check it. Oh yeah, and number one Disney dame? Jessica Rabbit. Love her and her Veronica Lake hair. I mean, just try to argue it.

"Why Don't You Do Right?" [Amy Irving, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?]
She's not bad, okay? She's just drawn that way.

"I Won't Say I'm in Love" [Susan Egan, Cheryl Freeman, LaChanze, Vaneese Thomas, Lillias White, Hercules]
Hercules, I think, is often overlooked (though well reviewed) and has some great songs, most with the zippy gospel-flavored Muse vocals-- lotsa fun. Unfortunately, it was up against Titanic that year, so as you can imagine. . .

"Poor Unfortunate Souls" [Pat Carrol, The Little Mermaid]
"Part of Your World" [Jodi Benson, The Little Mermaid]
Ah, the Little Mermaid. I had Health teacher who looked like Ursula, except she was pink. But putting that aside, Ursula is hilarious and very wicked ("baaahdy laaangwige.") Now, Jodi Benson could do a better job convincing me that she really forgot what a street was called, but she has a lovely voice.

"He's a Tramp" [Peggy Lee, Lady and the Tramp]
Okay, yes, the dogs howling and wailing in the back are a little obnoxious. This is a naughty little song, but according to Wikipedia, the movie's more than that. Apparently there's an implied sex scene. I never really thought about how all those babies appeared. My childhood just went right out the window.

"Let's Get Together" [Hayley Mills, The Parent Trap]
THIS MOVIE HAS MAUREEN O'HARA. And Brian Keith (waaatch it). And that Hayley Mills girl. Who is awesome in The Trouble With Angels. I had a friend whose parents were big Hayley Mills fans, I think, or whatever it is that explains about 75% of the movies we watched at her house just happening to star Ms Mills. And omg, she's singing with herself. Like there's really two of them.

"So This is Love" [Ilene Woods & Mike Douglas, Cinderella]
I haven't seen Cinderella in a long long time, but this is classy stuff. I'm not 10 so I don't know who they are, but the Cheetah Girls covered this song. (Oh jeez. I just looked it up on Youtube. For the love of Mickey, don't make the same mistake.)

"Best of Friends" [Pearl Bailey, The Fox & the Hound]
I haven't seen this movie in a long time either, but I remember it is completely tragic. (Oh, wait, I thought one of them died. I guess not. Okay, here's the last time I saw the movie: at the Boys and Girls Club when I was like, two feet tall.) But Kurt Russell is in it. And Pearl Bailey was, after all, the Ambassador of Love.

"Beauty and the Beast" [Angela Lansbury, Beauty and the Beast]
It blew my mind when I found out Briscoe was the candle guy. But here we have Angela Lansbury being a cute and wise teapot who knows about love.

"Feed the Birds (Tuppence A Bag)" [Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins]
Say what you will about Julie Andrews, but she has a wonderful voice and a wonderfully warm personality. This song is absolute magic, and evokes some of the dark cityscape that you see in this movie but never remember because all you remember are those weird cartoon people with studs on their clothing. Somebody's gonna tell me that was the most important pre-WWI fashion with deep socioeconomic implications. (Ha! Yeah! Sing-a-long!) What a weird movie. Gotta love it.

"Love" [Nancy Adams, Robin Hood]
This song is pretty! It was up for an Oscar in 1974, and definitely deserves better than the critics give. Those grumps.


Jim said...

Oi, ready your emails, I'm wanting to go to bed, but didn't in case you sent me a reply :P

Jim said...

Also, J. Rabbit was responsible for many a youthful awkward feeling, just like Ariel.

Man, cartoons have messed me up.


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