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If you're a fan of both Disney movies and the ASOIAF books (or Game of Thrones, the television show), then no doubt you have entertained where your favorite Disney characters would be placed within George R. R. Martin's world.
Beyond some amazing fan art, both Disney universes and the universe of Game of Thrones offer endless options for world building and imagination.
Snow White: I may be a little bit biased because her name is Snow, but I think Snow White fits in House Stark. She's kind and pure and has a good sense of honor as far as we know. And come on, she'd be awesome saying "Winter is Coming."
Aurora: I think DjeDjehuti made a great choice in putting Aurora as a Lannister, but only because of her gorgeous blonde hair and her tumblr-born sass, though based on her actual character alone I think it would be interesting to put her in House Baratheon (maybe even a royal child who was raised by the Lannisters?).
Cinderella: I can also see Cinderella as a Baratheon, but like a ward of the royal family who finds her time to shine. She is determined and works hard but fits in well with the royal family.
Ariel: Ariel must be in House Tully: she has the beautiful red hair, the house's symbol is a fish, and the words are "family, duty, honor" which almost perfectly reflect Ariel's values at the end of her tale.
Belle: I really want to place Belle in House Tyrell, if only for the rose as a symbol, though I don't think she's anywhere near as devious as Margaery or Olenna Redwyne. Willas Tyrell is a good parallel: Willas is calm, studious, kind-hearted, and educated just like Belle.
Mulan: It's tempting to throw Mulan into House Targaryen (dragons, warriors, etc.) but Mulan doesn't possess the trademark Targaryen madness, and she is completely motivated by "family, duty, honor" so I also want to place her into House Tully. You could probably make a case for House Arryn as well, but they're crazy too.
Jasmine: This is an easy choice: House Martell. Jasmine is headstrong and she is perfectly represented by the motto "unbowed, unbent, unbroken." Plus her fashion choice matches the Dornish weather and Dorne's radical views on women's rights would be right up her alley.
Rapunzel: I'm tempted to put Rapunzel in House Arryn just for the puns on her being kept in a tall tower (as high as honor, am I right?), but I also feel like she would make a great Greyjoy. The Iron Islands are kind of isolated from the rest of Westeros, and Rapunzel's fierceness and courage reminds me of Yara Greyjoy.
Merida: No doubt about it, Merida is a wildling. She's completely skilled with a bow, has a gorgeous accent, and her fiery red hair is reminiscent of Ygritte's. Merida doesn't need a house, because she'll be shooting for her own hand.
Tiana: Tiana heavily reminds me of Missandei, Daenerys' trusted adviser and handmaiden. Both are determined and loyal, with fascinating journeys and emphasized work ethics.
Pocahontas: Pocahontas would fit well in House Tyrell, with the motto "Growing strong." Linked with her surrounding nature, Pocahontas certainly grows strong over the course of her story, fighting for what she believes is right.
Anna: Anna is also, hands-down, a Stark. In fact, she could basically be Sansa (with a bit of a happier journey). She is fairly young and naive at the beginning of her journey, and way too preoccupied with a boy who turns out of be awful, but over a long quest she grows up and becomes a fierce warrior.
Elsa: Elsa is certainly reminiscent of Daenerys, with her strong and stubborn attitude and extremely blonde hair, but putting Elsa anywhere other than House Stark would be to steal from her the excitement of saying, "Winter is coming, and the cold never bothered me anyway."
Keep an eye out for more characters soon!
Sorry about the major lack in posts, I've literally been up to my head in work. I am super excited to get started again though, and I will be doing a super fun Halloween week two weeks from now (or maybe next week-ish).
Anyway, I put together a quick list of the top 10 underrated Disney movies so you can check that out below!
10. A Goofy Movie
I'm fairly certain you can ask any millennial and they will espouse the importance of this movie. After Goofy's son Max finally gets a girl to notice him, Goofy proposes a cross-country fishing trip to increase the bond between the two. Max is basically salty the entire time, but eventually learns love and acceptance. This movie was released straight to VHS and played on Disney Channel, so it missed the major applause it could have garnered. Still, it's worth a watch for a comical yet sweet story.
9. Oliver & Company
Love old stories imagined in new ways? Check out this sweet retelling of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist with a kitten and a pack of "ruff" dogs. It's sweet and musical and well worth a watch.
8. The Sword in the Stone
Following the retelling series, Disney's version of the story of King Arthur and Excalibur ties together adventure, silliness, and a crazy villain with the old-time Disney charm.
7. Treasure Planet
Arguably one of the most well-known underrated Disney movies (and one that never had its heyday in the theaters as it was Disney's biggest financial loss), Treasure Planet tells the story of a young man named Jim Hawkins who stumbles upon the map to a great treasure trove. A crazy race for the treasure ensues, featuring aliens, gold, supernovas, and more.
6. Brother Bear
As another movie that flew under the radar of many fans, Brother Bear ties in a Phil Collins soundtrack with a heartwarming coming-of-age story about an Inuit boy named Kenai who is transformed into a bear to learn how to "see through another's eyes, feel through another's heart, and discover the meaning of brotherhood."
5. Meet the Robinsons
I feel like Meet the Robinsons was a movie that had its heyday more on Disney Channel than in the theaters. This heartwarming and complex story follows a young inventor who is catapulted into the future where he finds a crazy family (The Robinsons) and must battle off an evil (yet fairly dumb) mastermind. The film's time-traveling theme brings the perfect plot twist and the moral of the story -- you always have true love and acceptance in your family, even if they're not blood -- could make anyone cry.
4. Emperor's New Groove
For a great overview of this movie and my reactions to it, check out my post here. This crazy adventure of a Incan emperor turned into a llama blends comedy, coming-of-age stories, and quick-moving storytelling for a story fans will never forget.
3. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
A young cartographer with major determination to find Atlantis ends of uncovering a major mystery when he travels to find the lost secrets of the underground city. Like Treasure Planet, this adventure film was totally overlooked in the theaters even though it features a cast of strong characters and an interesting plot that leaves viewers wanting to find Atlantis themselves.
2. Robin Hood
When movies are fairly old, we tend to forget that they exist (see: The Sword in the Stone, The Black Cauldron, etc.). Still, Disney's Robin Hood will forever live on in my heart as one of my favorite Disney movies. The film tells the famous story of a bow-and-arrow-wielding outlaw who steals from the rich to give to the poor, but rewrites every character as a member of the animal kingdom under King John (a problematic lion). With Robin Hood as a charming fox, Maid Marian as a sweet vixen, and Little John as a huge bear, the movie twists together amazing music, charming stories, and a happily-ever-after for a classic that lives on.
1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
By far, Hunchback is my favorite Disney movie. Based on Victor Hugo's dark short story, and with quite a dark plot itself, the film centers on Quasimodo, a hunchback who rings the bells for Notre Dame. He dreams of leaving his tower and falls in love with the gypsy Esmeralda, but his caretaker Judge Claude Frollo has sinister plans that get in the way. It is a great mix of important morals like accepting yourself and an adventure that never stops.
For today's post in our Studio Ghibli week, I'm going over some of the best quotes from Studio Ghibli movies! Without further ado, let's get started!
1."No matter how many weapons you have, no matter how great your technology might be, the world cannot live without love." -Castle in the Sky
2. “You cannot alter your fate. However, you can rise to meet it.” -Princess Mononoke
3. "I've loved you since the wind brought you to me." -The Wind Rises
4. “We each need to find our own inspiration. Sometimes it’s not easy.” -Kiki’s Delivery Service
5. "Whenever someone creates something with all of their heart, then that creation is given a soul." -The Cat Returns
6. "This life, that is both our dormant and our treasure, was never meant to endure for eternity." -Tales from Earthsea
7. "The way you fell from the sky, I thought that maybe you were an angel or something." -Castle in the Sky
8. "A heart's a heavy burden." -Howl's Moving Castle
9. "My heart is stronger now that you're in it." -The Secret World of Arrietty
10. “They say that the best blaze burns brightest when circumstances are at their worst.”-Howl’s Moving Castle
11. “Everybody, try laughing. Then whatever scares you will go away!” -My Neighbor Totoro
12. "Airplanes are beautiful, cursed dreams, waiting for the sky to swallow them up." - The Wind Rises
13. “Life is suffering. It is hard. The world is cursed. But still you find reasons to keep on living.” -Princess Mononoke
14. "It doesn't really matter what color your dress is. What matters is the heart inside." - Kiki's Delivery Service
15. “Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them.” -Spirited Away
16. "There’s no future for people who worship the future, and forget the past” -From Up On Poppy Hill
17. “Life, as they say, has its ups and downs. At times, the waves may taunt you, tossing you in their swells. But take heart. It’s hard to stick with it and make it on your own. But even a couple of losers can survive most things if they’re together.”
-My Neighbors the Yamadas
18. "Life is a wave on the sea. Would you force the sea to grow still to save one wave? To save yourself?" -Tales From Earthsea
19. "May all your bacon burn!" -Howls Moving Castle
20. "The rough stone is inside you. You have to find it, and polish it. It takes time and effort." -Whisper of the Heart
Thursday's post, as you have probably guessed would occur, is a ranking of all of the Studio Ghibli movies, from worst to best.
Standard disclaimer: this is all my opinion. If you have a differing opinion, let me know in the comments!
Without further ado, let's get started.
Because what everyone needs as a countdown of the best Disney Christmas movies!
13: A Christmas Carol: This one requires some explaining. So I love the original story of A Christmas Carol, but this version disappointed me. I'm not a big Jim Carrey fan, but I put that aside to watch the movie and wasn't as impressed as I expected to be. I have a problem with how the people are animated (maybe it's uncanny valley?), even if the landscapes are pretty. From here on out, I'll stick to just reading the tale.
12: Santa Buddies: By the time these movies had come out, I wasn't watching Disney Channel any more, so I never got into them. But I've heard the originals were a hit with kids, so still worth checking out!
11: The Ultimate Christmas Present: I'll admit, I've never seen this movie, but by watching the trailer, it doesn't look so hot...
10: The Santa Clause 3: While the first of these movies was fantastic, the sequels fell short (at least of my approval).
9: The Santa Clause 2: see above
8. I'll Be Home for Christmas: This once takes eighth place because I remember it being so odd that it was funny. Jonathan Taylor Thomas tries to go home for Christmas, is pranked majorly, and shenanigans ensue!
7. One Magic Christmas: Following in the footsteps of Christmas classics like It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, One Magic Christmas is a heartwarming tale about learning the joy of Christmas. Plus, it has loads of adorable kids in it (even if this trailer is a little creepy).
6. Twas the Night: Oh the movie that made me want to be a con-man (woman?). No, i'm kidding, but this movie is pretty great. Young Josh Zuckerman works with Bryan Cranston (YES! OF BREAKING BAD FAME!) to deliver a funny science fiction Christmas flick.
5. The Santa Clause: Now I will admit, Tim Allen's presence may have had an effect on this movie's high ranking. Either that, or the fact that this movie shaped my childhood. The Santa Clause is a classic that is surely shown on ABC Family twenty times during the holiday season.
4. Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas: This one was a staple in my house during the holiday season, and it's easy to watch just one or two of the small stories. It makes fourth because no one can resist Christmas stories told by the classic Disney characters!
3. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas: Basically the same as the second movie, but it came first so it rates higher! Also, there are less weird reindeer involved.
2. Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse: This movie is fantastic, mostly because it's a huge crossover between all of the Disney characters. This movie has EVERYONE you can think of! They laugh, worry, and sing in this adorable Christmas tale.
1. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas: I not only loved Beauty and the Beast as a kid, but I adored this movie! It's probably my favorite because of the nostalgia and the capacity it has to get someone into the Christmas spirit!
What do you think about these movies? Leave a comment below!
#5: Shere Khan (The Jungle Book)
One of the number one qualities of a fantastic Disney villain is a great voice actor, and George Sanders was a perfect choice. Shere Khan is a ruthless yet sophisticated villain who's almost like a less-"Claudius" version of Scar from The Lion King.
#4: Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)
Not only was she a fantastic villain in the original, but the recent live-action adaptation was AWESOME. Ugh, Angelina Jolie is the queen. She was have been strangely creative and overly dramatic with her curse, yes, but who doesn't want to be able to deliver lines like her.
#3: Yzma (The Emperor's New Groove)
Yzma makes the top list because we need some comic relief. This movie is so funny and her lines ("Not that leverrrrr!") are a staple in my house.
#2: Claude Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
I adore Claude Frollo because he's one of the realest villains. This man, for most of the movie, thinks that he's doing right. He feels like he is fighting for a noble cause, fighting for the cause of God, but then he starts to fall in love (or really lust) with the one thing he knows is against his religion. In the original book, the stark contrast is even greater because Frollo is not evil in the beginning. Disney did a fantastic job on adapting this classic novel and the man who faces questions that we all do at some point of our lives: How can we choose what is right and what is wrong, and do we listen to our brains or to our hearts?
#1: Hades (Hercules)
Where do I even begin with Hades? Funny, cunning, manipulative, the list goes on and on. All he wanted originally was to be included, but they banished him to the underworld. From there, he takes his evil plans to world domination to spite his brother, and poor Hades doesn't deserve the end he got. Even with the end, he still manages to deliver what is arguably one of the best puns in the movie (which, I admit, only makes sense in context): "Oh, I don't feel so good! I feel a little flushed!"
Kat Shambaugh: photographer, graphic designer, wannabe Disney princess. Literature, Media, and Communications major at the Georgia Institute of Technology.