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This Was My Childhood

Fun fact. I’m a classic Disney nerd. If it’s not on VHS, it’s not classic Disney for me. I posted a photo in my Beauty and the Beast review of my collection but it has grown a little since then. I’m still missing a couple but here’s what I have so far:

The reason I keep these, besides my love for them, is because any future children I may have should not only know what VCR is, but to see and experience one of the things that made me who I am today.

I remember growing up constantly watching these movies. I saw Lion King and The Little Mermaid in theaters. My Grams would gather up the grandchildren with some popcorn and drinks and we would be good kids and stay in our seats and watch the movie. I was always riveted. I also remember having a birthday/slumber party centered around 101 Dalmatians where the decorations were dalmatian themed and we watched the animated version followed by the live action version when Glenn Close played Cruela DeVille.

Now that Disney has shifted direction and is going live action on my classics, it’s exciting but also has me skeptical a little. They are changing the stories up a tiny bit but so far I liked the successful ones: Maleficent, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. I know the Lion King is one of the next ones on the docket and I can only hope it will be spectacular considering James Earl Jones is reprising his vocal role as Mufasa.

I saw this video on Facebook last night and it just brought home the fact how great these movies are. Not only did they spurn the imagination but they were also good teachers. I know I’ve quoted a few of these movies a time or two.

Check out this compilation of Disney films. Does it bring back any memories for you? Do you have a favorite classic? Favorite quote? How do you feel about the live action reboots? Let me know in the comments below!

Nel

Happily married, bookaholic, Netflix-a-holic sharing random experiences and interpretations of my world which is brutally honest most of the time.

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17 thoughts on “This Was My Childhood

  1. newepicauthor

    That was awesome and the imagination of Disney really has made this world a wonderful place to live in.

    1. Nel Post author

      I agree! I can’t even imagine what the world would be like if we didn’t have these wonderful films. Thank you for visiting!! πŸ˜€

    1. Nel Post author

      Oh my!! You should start collecting again! Besides the ones I had since I was little, I’ve found most of the others at exchange stores or half price books for a few bucks!

  2. mainepaperpusher

    Wow! I had to really think about Disney movies for your tag and also for a post that’s coming up. I never realized how many I loved and how many I haven’t seen yet and should!

  3. soulstories2017

    Lion King will ALWAYS be my favorite!!

    I honestly haven’t watched any live action reboots. I’ve been avoiding them like plague. I know they are good and I should watch them…. but I can’t… I just can’t. goosebumps

    1. Nel Post author

      One day you will! They aren’t bad at all especially beauty and the beast! They did a super good job with that one!

  4. theorangutanlibrarian

    Oh wow what a collection!! We used to have all the vhs of disney, but since we didn’t have a vhs player anymore, we gave them all away and started from scratch with dvds. And aww yes I love Disney!!! It’s so hard to pick a favourite and it really changes with my mood, but I’m really into Lion King and (oddly enough) Aristocats at the moment!! Have you seen the live action Cinderella by the way? I watched it recently and thought it was so underrated!! πŸ˜€

    1. Nel Post author

      Oh I love aristocrats! ‘everybody wants to be a cat’ and ‘now think goose!’ those tunes stay in my head. I haven’t seen the new Cinderella! However my favorite version of the film is still Rodgers and Hammerstein’s version where Whitney Houston is the fairy godmother and Bernadette Paige is the evil stepmom!

      1. theorangutanlibrarian

        YES!!! hehehe gets me so excited!! I don’t know if I’ve seen that one (I’ve seen so many versions over the years, cos I’m a bit obsessed with Cinderella) but I have to say this one was gorgeous!! Really recommend it!!

        1. Nel Post author

          I’ll find it and give it a watch! If you find R&H version, you must watch it! It’s cheesy but so fantastic hahaha

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