Saturday, February 22, 2014

Frozen: Top 5 of all Disney movies?

Before the family and I went to Disney World last week, my girls wanted to watch Frozen. They saw it first without me and said it was soooooooo good that even I would like it. So we watched it as a family. Again, for them. First time, for me.

I thought it was OK, just OK. It followed the Disney recipe of somebody dies, turmoil, bad guy loses, cute side kick, resolution of good guy wins, happy ever after, etc.

Both my teenagers said that they thought that Frozen was a top five Disney movie of all time, perhaps even top 3. They asked what I thought.

My first thought was that I obviously have failed as a parent.

Top3? Top5? What are they, nuts? The look of utter amazement on my face gave away my thoughts. Then I then asked which were better.

Having watched Disney movies thousands of times while my kids were younger, I knew Lion King was an easy first choice to be king. The Little Mermaid was part of this world.  I said Fantasia had to be included even though it included the featured the song that all double bassoon players strive to master (both of my children are classical string instrument musicians and have an overt bias against wind instruments). They said they never saw Fantasia. I think I heard Maestro Stokowski conduct a collective groan from the Philadelphia Orchestra.

I asked them what movie, in their mind, competed with Frozen. They agreed with the Lion King and said Mulan was up there too. MULAN? I took a deep breadth, sighed, and said what about the classics: Snow White, Dumbo, Cinderella, and the like. There could be some debate on the Pixar flicks on if they count or not but I put The Incredibles, Toy Story 1 and 2, and Up ahead of Frozen. Their retort was Bugs Life.

I then asked them to get real here. You needed story, songs, etc. They wouldn't admit they were wrong. Frozen. Sigh. They want me to watch it again. And probably again after that. They kept saying Elphaba (Idina Menzel) was a great singer. They kept humming and singing "Do You Want to Make a Snow Man."

So, what say ye? What are your top 5? How do I fix my kids?

PS: While at Disney it was fun to get the Disney "cast members" to make a choice in this debate. Lots of religion in Lake Buena Vista.


Kate Geisen said...

Oh I totally am with you on this. I thought Frozen was fine, but nothing special. Lion King, Aladdin, Up, Toy Story, ummm not sure what else. Even if Fantasia IS a classic, it wouldn't make my list. Boring. Sorry, maestros of the world. :)

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

I agree with you, Frozen was good, but it wasn't worth all the hype I've been hearing. Even the music was a not quite up to par with what I think of as Disney these days.

I'm not sure I can put a list of top 5 in order, but here are my big contenders... (only counting animations)

Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Beauty & the Beast, and Alice in Wonderland... I think those would be my top choices.

CautiouslyAudacious said...

Aladdin? I'm sure I'll get schooled on Disney movies as my son gets a little older. :-)

Carolina John said...

Oh yea, you've got some work to do there. I can even understand the girls not wanting to put the Jungle Book up in the top 5, but it's on top for me. Lion King, Aladdin, Little Mermaid also up there. You're not the only person whose kids would put Frozen in the top 5. I haven't seen it yet, but enough people are pushing it that it's only a matter of time. The babies now are going to have Frozen as their Cinderella. crazy.

XLMIC said...


And it's "do you wanna BUILD a snowman?"