A bit of Disney trivia for you. This day in 1960, The Swiss Family Robinson premiered. This legendary movie was about a Swiss family shipwrecked in the East Indies en route to Port Jackson, Australia.
This movie was directed by Ken Anakin and is adapted from Johann D. Wyss’s classic novel. The original title of the novel was “Der Schweizerische Robinson”. Johann David Wyss was a Swiss pastor who wrote the novel intending to teach his four sons about family values, good husbandry, the uses of the natural world and self-reliance.
When I finally did come and check on MagicalDisney.net I discovered that most of the video clips I had previously gathered had been removed off of Youtube. I do understand why, but it was a lot of work. It was a chance I took because they are Disney’s property and NOT for public distribution. They deserve to make a buck by selling the videos to you. You wouldn’t need to buy any if you always had access to them for free.
That being said, I went back out and gathered some more. LOL Some I found are in full, some just pieces and as always some are trailers, advertisements, etc. So, just check out what is available and go from there. I will pay closer attention to this site from now on.
In Bridge to Terabithia Jesse Aarons (played by Josh Hutcherson) is an artist. His talents have gone unnoticed by family and schoolmates. He is bullied quite a bit but “takes it like a man” amazingly well for a 10-year old. At school me meets Leslie (played by AnnaSophia Robb), the new girl in the class.
These two have something in common right off the bat, she is as well is looked down upon even though she has a cheery disposition. She also is an artist of sorts with the pen being her instrument of artistry, a talent that has been handed down by her parents. She is a writer, he an artist. These two do not immediately mesh, it takes a bit of work. Soon, they are doing everything together and their explorations of the woods lead them to a place they dub Terabithia — their special place for their special friendship!
This film brings to light that “gifts” that children possess should be nurtured and allowed to bloom. It also shows that imagination is tantamount to our own state of emotional and psychological well-being. It is a necessary element of our lives and should be allowed to be explored and flourish as well, adults and children alike.
Collectively they imagine Terabithia where tree houses become fortresses, trees become giant trolls, and squirrels are vicious man-eaters (not to mention really good shots). Their “enchanted forest” is there solace, they can get away from the world and adventure and invent. This therapy of sorts seems to work well for them, their outside worlds are a little more bearable to the point that Jesse even lightens up on his little sister, May Belle (played by Bailee Madison).
Beware: this story takes a very sad turn, similar in fashion to “My Girl”. You must watch it for yourselves from this point on.
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Beauty and the Beast is a contemporary retelling of the classic French fairy tale. Once upon a time, there was a handsome but heartless prince, whose punishment from a for being spoiled, selfish and unkind was to be turned into a hideous beast. He had only one hope for freedom: unless he can love and be loved before the last petal of a magical rose falls, his fate will be sealed and he’ll be doomed to beastliness forever.
The years passed; the Beast remained alone. Then one day, Maurice, a poor inventor and Belle’s father, accidentally stumbled upon the Beast’s lair after losing his way in the forest. Maurice has a bungling but warm-hearted personality. You can’t help but like the guy. The angry Beast instantly swore to kill him — until he saw Belle, Maurice’s lovely daughter, who had come to to the palace to fight for her father’s life. The Beast promised not to harm Maurice on one condition: Belle must stay with him. And so began Belle’s journey into her new life with The Beast. She learns the true meaning of beauty… a lesson that would bring her love and happiness ever after.
The characters in this story, including all the inanimate ones are well thought out and extremely charming. Gaston – the village heartthrob (to all but Belle) is a likable guy even in his malicious dealings. His “no clue” personality is endearing. All of the enchanted items in the castle take on a life of their own like no other movie. The music in this film is remarkable and very memorable. All in all, this film is “A Must See” for all ages.
Click here for lyrics to Beauty and the Beast including the ever so famous “Be Our Guest”.
There is a missing clip in the “Belle’s Magical World” videos – Part 3 is missing & I found one that might fit (it is named 3/10). The other group has only 9 sections so I think there will be some overlap somewhere, sorry best I could do.
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