I am from a Family of the truest Disney Fans of all time. I have decided to share some of the truest fan's best kept secrets of Disneyland.
Disney is a titan in the world of television and film. Everyone and there mother watched Disney movies and shows at some point in their lives and many still do. While it is often characterized as a something only for children with its family friendly appeal and humor, Disney films offered us moments that were meant to inspire and actually be like the heroes we so badly wanted to be like. Here are some of the my favorite quotes from Disney films:
1) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
In the scene after Will Turner breaks Jack Sparrow (excuse me, Captain Jack Sparrow) Jack decides to sneak to a large ship out in the bay to draw the attention of the Interceptor, the fastest ship in the navy, so they can commandeer it. Now how do they do this? They use a rowboat to trap a pocket of air for the to breath as they hold it while walking on the ocean floor to the ship as to not draw any attention at all. Fantastic! Along the way Will comments, “This is either madness or brilliance,” to which Jack replies, “It’s remarkable how often those two things coincide.” The line is brilliant and honestly, no truer words were ever spoken. Even though Captain Jack was not the main character of this movie, he certainly stole the show with his goofy character, funny delivery, and shockingly wise words such as this.
In the scene early on in the movie where Remy is finding some ingredients in the old lady’s fridge, he hears his favorite chef and hero Gusteau on the TV and wants to show his brother. The big quote in Ratatouille is, “Anyone can cook,” and the quote is even explained at the end of the film. In this scene, Gusteau says, “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from, your only limit is your soul.” I personally think this is a fantastic way to get the same message across, but with more powerful wording and it is for that reason that I believe this to be the better quote. Remy is entranced by the words and is excited to show his brother and it’s not difficult to understand why.
3) The Princess and the Frog
The character of Tiana is entirely described in the second song of the film, “Almost There.” It reveals to the audience her struggle throughout her life, her goal to open a restaurant in honor of her beloved father, and her incredible work ethic. That’s impressive for one song. Within the song, during the part in the kitchen of her ideal dream restaurant she is telling the audience what her father told her about fairytales coming true and she can be heard saying “It all depends on you.” This is a lesson that many should never forget. Even Walt Disney himself said very similar words himself, believing that we have to make our own dreams come true.
4) Mary Poppins
When Mary Poppins becomes the new nanny for the Banks children one of the first tasks she puts the children to is cleaning the nursery. This scene is where Mary sings the song a Spoonful of Sugar helps the Medicine go Down and contains the first lesson to the children. “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun,” says Mary as she helps the children clean the nursery showing them that it isn’t very hard and the sense of accomplishment is quite rewarding as it opens the rest of the day up for other activities. This is a lesson to everyone that wonders why there isn’t enough time in a day to do everything we need to do. According to Mary, instead of putting off those things, just get it done.
5) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a very underrated film. This was a movie that had a great plot, fantastic musical scores, and big lessons to be learned about society and life. In the beginning of the movie when we see Quasimodo dreaming about enjoying the Festival of Fools, his friends Victor, Laverne, and Hugo—the stone gargoyles—are trying to tell him that he should go this year instead of just watch from the bell tower. Laverne even tells him, “if watching is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without you.” This scene tells us that it is important for us to get out and enjoy the world. It’s a lesson that I think everyone can agree with, especially with Covid-19 and the lockdown that had been going on for months. How old was Quasimodo? Imagine being under lockdown for that long.
6) The Lion King
The scene where Simba sees Rafiki after all those years and is chasing him because Rafiki mentions his father Mufasa leads to the scene where Simba speaks to his father in the clouds. Mufasa tells Simba to stop running from who he is and become the King that he is meant to be. After Mufasa disappears, Simba still has doubts and is afraid to face those from his past and the pain that would bring him. Rafiki decides to teach him a lesson by smacking him on the head with his walking stick. Simba, reacting the way anyone would after being hit in the head with a stick, complains that it hurts, but Rafiki tells him, “The past can hurt, but from the way I see it you can either run from it or learn from it,” teaching him an important lesson of growing up and taking on responsibilities we must take on. When he tries to hit Simba again, Simba avoids the stick, thus showing that he has learned his lesson and that he was ready to take back his kingdom and restore order to the land.
Many of us grew up with Disney movies and while these movies are for families, and can seem childish, they have these life long lessons to teach us. These are lessons people need to learn as they're growing up. These are lessons that many grown people haven't grasped yet even though they are grown. They are supposed to teach us valuable lessons to help us go through life. Even adults could use a reminder every now and then. These moments; these movies are meant to inspire us to become better than what we are. They are meant to help us be the best that we can be. Please take this in and remember what these characters had to say. Don't just remember that they overcame something, but how they overcame it.