Song of the Day: Kiss the Girl by Samuel E. Wright (Sebastian the Crab in The Little Mermaid)
I’m heading off to Anaheim next week to take part in the 2012 RWA conference. And since the conference hotel is next to the Disneyland complex, you can bet I’m going to get a little Disney on. That got me thinking about how much Disney is beloved the world over. Even if you don’t love those Mickey ears, Herbie the Love Bug, or the early Silly Symphonies, chances are you have enjoyed a Disney film or two.
I thought I’d share my favorite top ten animated Disney (and Pixar) films.
10. The Lion King
9. The Fox and the Hound
7. Monster, Inc.
5. Beauty and the Beast
4. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (technically this one is primarily live-action, so sue me)
3. Finding Nemo
2. The Emperor’s New Groove
You can’t say Disney without thinking of the Disney Princesses. Currently there are ten.
- Snow White, the innocent one (did you know her age is listed at 14? Hmm…the prince is rockin’ the cradle)
- Cinderella, the hopeful romantic (ever notice how many wardrobe changes she makes for a French scullery maid?)
- Aurora, Briar Rose, Sleeping Beauty, the multiple-personality dreamer (haha, a little lame humor there)
- Ariel, the rebellious one (curiosity almost killed the mermaid)
- Belle, the stubborn, outspoken, book lover (falls for her captor)
- Jasmine, the independent (at 16, she’s a runaway, becoming a harem slave girl who seduces older men)
- Pocahontas, the wise free-spirit (incidentally, Pocahontas is her nickname which means ‘naughty one”)
- Mulan, the brave one (she’s the only Princess that is not, nor marries into, royalty)
- Tiana, the determined one (kissing frogs sure paid off)
- Rapunzel, the playful daredevil (kicks ass with a frying pan and has a thing for tying up men)
Then there’s that whole Princess debate. Debate, you say. What’s the debate? Who’s the best princess, of course. My favorite princesses are Rapunzel, Belle, and Ariel, in that order. Based on the characteristics I listed above, wonder what that says about me. . .
Now, I can’t leave out the Disney heroes. Those of you who know me, also know I have a thing for Alpha males. It’s no wonder why these fellows are my top pick.
- Flynn Rider (AKA Eugene Fitzherbert), the handsome bad boy
- Beast(AKA Prince Adam), the primal prince
- Hercules, the ripped demi-god
Surely you are not surprised by my choices.
Come to think of it, all these princesses and heroes make great inspirational templates for heroes and heroines in the books we write.
Your turn! What are your favorite animated Disney movies? Favorite Princesses? How about those heroes? Authors, have you ever used a Disney character for inspiration? Come on, I’d love to hear from you.