disney classic movies

Beauty and the Beast 30-day challenge: Day 11

Time for question eleven.

11. Where does the movie rate on your list of best classic Disney movies?

I think it’s one of Disney’s best (most aesthetically pleasing, best pacing, most developed characters, most thematically powerful, most memorable songs). It easily tops my favorite list, though Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, and Emperor’s New Groove are also high on my list–but they’re all good movies for such different reasons. BatB, though, is the most consistently good. I’m not really surprised that this was the movie that got people to look at animation more seriously as a genre that could have adult appeal.

I also think it’s interesting that it’s one of Disney’s few true musicals. By which I mean, the songs are not just kinda incidental and there for fun, they’re integral to our understanding of the story and characters, and if you took them out, the movie wouldn’t make sense. (Even “Be Our Guest,” which I’d argue is technically the least necessary of the songs, still serves a purpose in the plot beyond just spectacle–it gives Belle a reason to start feeling a little more comfortable at the castle and trust the staff, because they clearly like her and want her to feel at home.)

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
Looking back, I can’t remember the truth. I blew everything out of proportion so I could feel the hurt and betrayal and write about it in vivid detail. It was my own method of torture. My own undoing; and I enjoyed every second of it.
—  c.j.n.

“Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children’s approach to life. They’re people who don’t give a hang what the Joneses do. You see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought - sometimes it isn’t much, either.”      

-Walt Disney