Friday, April 2, 2010

Best Disney Movies of the late 90s

Ok so to continue on from the last post! Disney-fest! :)

Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released in 1996 and it was inspired by Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Like all good stories it is a love story where Quasimodo, the deformed, sweet bell-ringer at the cathedral, falls in love with the beautiful gypsy Esmerelda who is kind to him and shows him that his soul is beautiful even if his exterior is not.

The movie dealt with alot of adult themes such as lust and infanticide, but they were approached with the view to being child-friendly. It is a age-old story of acceptance. It was also the first Disney film to use the word "damnation".

Here's the song "Topsy Turvy".

101 Dalmations

101 Dalmations is a live-action remake of the 1961 animated film One Hundred and One Dalmations. It was released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1996 and it was a huge hit that year.

The plot goes; Roger takes his dalmation Pongo for a walk one day where he sees Anita, a clothes designer, walking her dog Perdy. Both humans and canines fall in love and soon after Perdy has puppies. Anita designs a spotted coat but her evil boss, Cruella, wants to use actual dalmations and after Roger and Anita reject her money she has 2 henchmen steal the puppies. Chaos ensues and in the end Cruella loses and Anita and Roger adopt all the puppies she has stolen and end up with 101!
It's a great family movie full of action as we see the puppies and dogs around England try to sabotage the evil Cruella. And they are such cute puppies! I badgered my parents for years to get a dalmation after seeing this movie :)

Here's a snippet from the start of the movie.


Mulan was released in 1998 and was a huge success because it was different from Disney's other movies in terms of music and artistic design.

In the story, there is a war in China and when Mulan's father is injured she disguises herself as a boy in order to take his place. She is accompanied by her guardian dragon, Mushu, and a cricket. At the start of the movie she is clumsy but as she gains experience she becomes independent and courageous. And like all Disney movies it seems, she falls in love with a handsome warrior and China is saved and everyone lives happily ever after.

Mulan is probably my favourite Disney princess because she is determined and strong-willed and she really is a great role model for that.

Here's my favourite song from the movie when Mulan is training to become a warrior, called "I'll make a man out of you".

Toy Story 2

Toy Story 2 is the sequel to Toy Story and was released as a CGI film in 1999. It is the last movie in the Disney Renaissance. The movie keeps most of the original characters and voices from the first movie with a few extra thrown in. It's a great family movie full of action and excitement and I must have watched it weekly or about 2 years after it came out I loved it so much :)

The story goes that Woody is left behind when his owner goes to camp and he is stolen by a toy collector for his collection and of course the rest of Andy's toys rush to his rescue. It's a great storyline and it follows on nicely from the first movie. And as I mentioned before I truely cannot wait for the 3rd Toy Story that's coming out this Summer, it's gonna be so great to feel like a kid again!

Here;s the bittersweet song, "When Somebody Loved Me". Jessie, the cowgirl doll, sings it to show Woody how kids grow up and forget about their toys.

Well that's all the Disney classics from the 90s decade. Beauty and the Beast is my no.1 favourite and then Toy Story 1 but then it gets confusing and I just love them all. They all have amazing animation and the soundtracks are so inspiring and even catchphrases from the different movies like "Hakuna Matata" have filtered into everyday life. Even now, at the age of 19, I still love to watch a good old Disney movie. They're timeless and they will never get old.
Hope you liked the post!
Til next time :)

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