Musical Monday- Go the Distance

 

Today’s Musical Monday goes all the way back to 1997 with the movie Hercules.  I’ve always been a fan of the this classic Disney film.  In fact, it comes in as #5 on My Top 10 Disney Animated Films list.  As I mention in that previous blog post, Hercules has made the top 10 list for 2 reasons; 1) my love of greek mythology, and 2) for the music!!!! My absolute favorite song from the movie (and quite possibly one of my favorite Disney songs ever) is “Go the Distance.”  This stunning arrangement features two pianos and the talents of Shawn Hook and Kurt Hugo Schneider.  Enjoy this week’s Musical Monday!

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Happy Anniversary Snow White

On this day in 1938 the classic Disney film Snow White hit the big screens across America.  It premiered in Hollywood with much success in December of 1937 at the Carthay Circle Theater.  Here are some fun facts you may not know about the film-

  • This was the first full length animated feature in English and Technicolor

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  • The film grossed $8 million which was unheard of during the great depression and was the highest grossing film at that time.
    • It held the title of highest grossing film for a year until Gone with the Wind was released.
  • The original film budget was $250,000.  It ended up costing $1.5 million and Walt Disney had to mortgage his home to fund the film’s production.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first film to ever release a motion picture soundtrack
    • In fact the composers (Frank Churchill and Larry Morey) wrote 25 songs for the film, with 7 making the final cut into the movie

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  • To animate the film it took 750 artists creating 2,000,000 sketches, and 240,000 separate final drawings.
  • During production there were live animals in the studio for the animators to use as reference.

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  • Lucille La Verne voiced the Evil Queen and the witch.  To achieve the unique voice of the witch she removed her front dentures.
  • Walt Disney was awarded an honorary Academy Award for the film.  The Academy discussed nominating it for Best Picture, but opted to award a special Oscar for the film’s unique contribution to film history.  The award has one large traditional oscar, and then 7 smaller oscars on a staircase to represent all of the title characters.

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  • Snow White has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Happy 80th Anniversary Snow White… and Doc, Happy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Grumpy, Bashful, and Dopey as well.

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Doc Hudson’s Voice in Cars 3

Cars 3 has taken the nation by storm as the number 1 comedy in America the past two weeks.  Mr. Mouskaholic and I have seen it twice already and we loved it!

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As much as we loved it I sat in the theater wondering the entire time, how did they do Doc Hudson’s voice?  In the original Cars movie came out in 2006, Doc Hudson was voiced by Paul Newman.  Newman passed away at the age 83 in 2008.  With the story line of Cars 2, it wasn’t really necessary to “resurrect” the voice of Doc.  However Cars 3’s storyline relies on Doc Hudson’s character (that’s all I’ll say, no spoilers!).  So as I sat in the theater, I thought WOW, whoever they got to do the voice of Doc Hudson sounds A LOT like Paul Newman!  I immediately got on IMDB.com after the movie to see who they got to replace Newman, and much to my surprise it listed Paul Newman as the voice of Doc.

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Now some of the lines that Doc Hudson says in Cars 3 are recycled from the original, but there are other new lines that Doc has in the newest film.  So how did they do it?  Well John Lasseter was definitely thinking ahead.  Paul Newman was quite the story teller, so whenever they weren’t officially recording, they kept the tapes rolling per John Lasseter’s requests.  They ended up with 28 additional hours of recordings of the late Newman that they were able to pull from to use as the voice of the “Fabulous Hudson Hornet.”  In addition to the 28 hours of recordings Pixar had on file, they were also able to contact the Newman Foundation for additional archived recordings.  Pretty amazing stuff right!

My Top 10 Disney Animated Films

Bear in mind as you read this, it is merely my opinion of my 10 ten favorites!  Feel free to disagree!  This list will also exclude Pixar.  It’s not that I don’t LOVE Pixar (let’s be honest, I’m a mouskaholic, so DUH I love Pixar!).  So here it is, my top 10 favorite animated Disney films.

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10. Oliver and Company

I’m going with this one because I remember it being one of my favorites as a kid.  I remember the little Chihuahua “Tito” smoking a cigar and saying “If this is torture, chain me to the wall”.  It always made me laugh, and I loved the Billy Joel song “Why Should I Worry.”  I would sing a long at the top of my lungs as a kid!


9. The Lion King

The only reason this one is towards the end of the list is because gosh darn it, it’s sad!  I know everything ends up happy and Simba becomes who he is supposed to be because of the adversity, but yikes, can we say Shakespearean tragedy?!?!

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The Lion King

8. The Little Mermaid

Of course this is in my top 10!!!  What little girl growing up in the 90’s didn’t swim around her pool pretending to be a mermaid after seeing this movie!

7. Beauty and the Beast

I remember being just stunned with the beautiful animation in this film!  Even though the plat may have various holes (like why would an enchantress punish a 10 year old boy for not letting a stranger into the house, and um where were his parents?!?!)  Anyway, still a favorite.  Plus Gaston is just one of those villains that I love to hate!

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Beauty and the Beast

6. Wreck it Ralph

While this one is rather new to the Disney library of animated features, it in my mind is an instant classic!!!  I loved the story line, the magnificent animation, and the heartwarming nature of this one.  I thought the entire thing was clever, and the voice actors were simply brilliant!

5. Hercules

This one takes the number 5 spot for two reasons.  I grew up with a slight obsession with learning about Greek Mythology (yes I know that this is a cartoon movie and that not all the myths are necessarily correct), and the song “Go the Distance”  (The movie version, NOT the Michael Bolton version) This sticks with Disney’s rich tradition of musicals and I love love love the music in this film!

4. Emperor’s New Groove

I think this is one of my favorites just because it’s quirky, quotable, and just funny!  So many great parts of this movie!

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3. Tangled

This like Wreck it Ralph to me was an INSTANT classic!  I loved to see Disney returning to it’s musical roots.  I know that I may be speaking blasphemy but I honest to goodness feel that Tangled is WAY better than that movie about the two icy sisters… If you disagree, just let it go!  This was another Disney film that gave us a new unique princess who wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands!  She knew what she wanted and she pursued it!  I love it all!  (Oh and hello… the smolder!!!)

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Rapunzel and Flynn during the 2012 WDW 1/2 Marathon

2. Mulan

Okay, I’m pretty sure that Mulan might be the most kick butt heroine that Disney has ever put out there.  She loved her family, and stood up to protect them, knowing full well that if she was caught she would be put to death.  She made a huge sacrifice, and not only saved her family, but her entire nation.  Oh and the music is great, and the comedic value is pretty spectacular as well!

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1. Lilo and Stitch

I cannot say enough good things about this movie.  I love that it’s quotable, I love that it’s funny, and I love the incredible story line.  Even though it’s a story of a struggle of a broken family, it shows the importance of sticking together.  And even though I’m not a young orphan, I relate to Lilo.  Somehow we both have a slightly twisted sense of humor!

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