Growing Up with Disney

By Martina - Sunday, January 15, 2017

So, as you might know I met my friend Vava for breakfast yesterday. We chatted a lot, trying to catch up with each other's life in the space of a couple of hours, sitting in front of our cappuccinos and sweet treats. Before we left the café we exchanged our Christmas presents, then we said goodbye - and let's hope we can meet again soon, maybe even next month. 

Moving on to the present she got me, let's just say she knows me very well. She handed me a huge Disney Store bag and when I opened it I found Toy Story's Bullseye - how adorable is that - and a beautiful Woody mug.

So yeah, it's time to be honest with you all: I'm actually a seven years old tomboy.

No, just kidding. I'm not really a tomboy, I think I've been quite feminine for most of my life. But I can't promise you I'm not actually seven, because I'm not too sure myself.

Anyway, after noticing the recurring theme of Vava's presents (she is the one that got me a Woody doll last year) I thought I might just talk about the films I used to watch the most when I was younger.

Right now I love most Disney films if not all of them, and I really, really can't pick favourites because I feel like I would just be unfair, but when I was little my brother and I used to watch the same VHS tapes over and over, and I remember their titles clearly.

The first film I really got into, when I was teeny tiny, was Dumbo. Quite a weird chioce if you ask me, I don't even know why my parents picked that one, but I still have a thing for little Dumbo and I love the way it is coloured and drawn (does that even make sense? I don't know).

Then, my second huge favourite was Robin Hood. I guess my love for foxes and woodland animals in general might start from there (and other cartoons like The Animals of Farthing Wood, how good was that?). Robin Hood's story and characters are just so great, I still quote that film sometimes ("One o'clock, and all's well!" is a must in my family), and growing up I've always loved a good medieval-like setting. I also have this sweet memory of my grandfather teaching me how to shoot an arrow with the handmade bow he made for me when I was little, and my mum told me that I used to play Robin and he was Little John.

My next huuge favourite is Hercules. I think I can still sing most of the songs and repeat half of the lines in that film. Maybe it's not my favourite style drawings-wise, but it's an awesome film that suits both children and grown ups ("Hey man, wanna buy a sundial?" still cracks me up). Hades must be one of my favourite Disney villains. Oh and how cute is newborn Pegasus? 

Then I'm moving on to Toy Story. You already know I (capital L) Love it. My brother and I lived for that series. We watched those VHS tapes so many times they'd look all blurred and scratched if you try to play them now. Toy Story is still one of my favourite examples of computer animations, and I've always been fascinated by the fact that it has been Pixar's first feature-length film, and it's almost my age.

My other favourites were The Sword in the Stone (Merlin is the best of the best), Red and Toby (again, foxes), A Bug's Life, and then some non-Disney features, such as All Dogs Go to Heaven (that pizza, guys), Thumbelina (wanna talk about its soundtrack?) and Anastasia (Once Upon a December *-*).

As you can see, I didn't watch many girly films or traditional Disney princesses films. I used to love them as well and I had a couple of VHS tapes, but my brother and I were just more into other genres. I'm really happy about that though, because I feel like I had the chance to appreciate some unusual films and now that I'm older I can still watch all the ones I didn't watch back then.

What about you? What did you watch when you were little?
Marti xx

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  1. My favourite Disney will always be beauty and the beast! I love it!

    1. I've only watched that film once or twice but I loved it, Belle is fantastic!

  2. I love Disney too. The latest Toy Story film is really sad :-( x

    1. Yes! I only watched it once but I guess I didn't love it just as much :/


  3. Ohh I love Disney but the film i always rewatch is Peter Pan. I just love it. Your Toy Story merch is extremely adorable !


    1. I love Peter Pan as well! But I didn't have the VHS for most of my childhood, I had to make up for that later. Peter Pan is a great story, and all the characters are amazing too.