I want to start a series for Disney characters that I think are particularly important and why. These characters will range from main characters to minor characters. It’ll be a fun mini sort of project, that’ll be interesting to research and entertaining to write. It’ll also be yet another excuse to watch Disney films!
To start with, I thought I’d take a closer look at Finding Nemo‘s Dory. Both films contain some perspective on animal rights, especially the sequel, so she’s clearly involved in some particularly important films anyway! And her being there just adds to the importance of them.
Dory’s an incredible character, hilarious and so sweet. Within the first and second movie, Dory is always there for Marlin and Nemo, and never gives up on them. Even when she and Marlin has an argument, she still sticks by his side, is loyal to him, and still wants to help him out. While she may be scared, she keeps her courage to help and go out of her way.
Whilst on her adventures, Dory makes friends easily and trusts others. Marlin learns to put his faith in others because of her. He learns it the tough way, but better late than never! Because they trusted others and made new friends, they succeeded in ‘finding Nemo.’ And in the sequel, they found each other and *spoiler* they find Dory’s parents.
Dory is also an amazing character who has a mental illness. Nevertheless, her illness doesn’t hold her back. While it’s difficult for her to cope, she always pulls through. She’s so inspirational that even Nemo thinks, ‘what would Dory do?’ and teaches Marlin to do the same. Watching the movies, you can see that Dory tells us that it’s okay to have a mental illness, and that it doesn’t have to hold you back.
Lastly, Dory is voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, who is gay and is a feminist. Personally, I think she’s one of the best celebrities out there! Her and Dory are quite similar, personality wise.
As you can see, Dory is extremely important. And, actually, quite underrated. She represents some marginalized groups and is inspiring, funny, sweet and loyal. Plus, fishes are cute; so that’s a bonus! I’m sure I’ve left some valid points out, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less important.
Each year, I try to set myself specific goals when it comes to reading. These goals can be from how many books I’d like to read, to specific books I want to read. It’s fun to do and actually help keep myself organised, since I have so many books to read for university. While I don’t always read every book that I specifically planned on reading, it’s nice to at least try, and to have a list in my mind of what to read.
Before I ramble on anymore, let’s get down to it! The amount of books I want to read is 23 (you can follow me on GoodReads here!). I know it’s not an awful lot, but with my university workload, it can sometimes be hard to find time to read. Plus, if I end up reading more than 23 books, I’ll feel proud!
The books I’d like to read this year are mainly books that are on my university reading list for next year. However, this time I’ve been quite lucky, and a lot of these books are ones that I’ve been wanting to read anyway, although not all of them are on this list (lol);
Dracula – Bram Stoker. This one is on one of my university modules next year, but is something I’ve wanted to read for a while but never got around to. It’s a gothic classic, so right down my street.
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens. Another book for university; but this one is what I was meant to read this year, but just haven’t yet. Oops… I will read it, though! But I wanted to read this anyway as well, I love Charles Dickens, I think he’s amazing.
A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas. A couple of my friends recommended this book to me, and one let me borrow it. It sounds amazing and something slightly different for me. I’m very excited to read it!
Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon. I saw this in cinema last year, and thought the movie was pretty good, but slightly cliché. I heard so many good things about the book though, so I’m willing to give it a go!
It – Stephen King. I LOVE Stephen King!!! The movie adaptions of this were absolutely incredible, and I cannot wait to read the book! I purposely left it until I finish my assignments this school year, though, just so I can concentrate on it more.
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks. My English teacher in secondary school recommended this book and I’ve wanted to read it since. Ironically, it’s on one of my university modules next year. Perfect! It’s a horror and a classic, so it should be pretty good.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson. Another book for university. But I’ve heard so many great things that I’m looking forward to reading it anyway. I helped one of my friends with a couple of extract questions before, when she was studying it at GCSE, so hopefully that’ll come to more use.
Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare. I LOVE Shakespeare! And call me a typical girly-girl, but this is my favourite Shakespeare play. I don’t care! I think it’s beautiful. And yes, I also love the movie adaption with Leonardo DiCaprio – it’s a clever adaption.
I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai. This is such an inspiring story and seems as though it will be thought provoking. Truly putting your life in to perspective. I plan on reading more biographies/autobiographies, so this will be a good book to read.
Paul O’Grady’s Country Life. Paul O’Grady is adorable! When I saw this book in Tesco, I had to get it. The photo’s were stunning, there’s some pretty good recipes which I’m sure will be easy to turn vegan, as well as an interesting story.
Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson. A friend recommended this book to me, and I had a copy for Christmas, so I simply must read it now. It sounds like a good read.
Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie. I saw the movie adaption for my birthday (partly because Johnny Depp was in it) and loved it. The story was so well thought-out, and the ending was unexpected. The book must be just as good, if not, better!
Beauty and the Beast – Disney. Obviously, I have to have something Disney on the list! Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favourite films so this should be a good, quick read.
Selected Poems – Robert Browning. I’m starting to enjoy poetry more and would like to start reading more of it. Browning’s poems are very interesting, so his poems as well as a couple of other poets’ are definitely on my list.
So, there you go, the main books I’d like to read this year! Are there any on the list that you’ve read? If so, what did you think of it/them? And what do you plan on reading this year?
Who doesn’t love Christmas? And adding Disney sparkle to that Christmas magic just makes it even better! Here are some of my favourite Disney Christmas songs:
The Christmas Song – Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
A traditional, sweet, and catchy song. I love singing along to this because it just adds to much magic without even trying too hard.
Make Me Look Good – Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas
This just shows family in such a funny way but somewhat real way. Sure, your family can sometimes embarrass you, but that’s what families do.
What’s This? – The Nightmare Before Christmas
Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of Nightmare Before Christmas action. And in this song, Jack literally says (or sings) almost everything there is about Christmas.
Making Christmas – The Nightmare Before Christmas
This song is literally about making Christmas – or, at least, what they thought Christmas was!
As Long as there’s Christmas – Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
This song is so meaningful and beautiful. It’s such a brilliant song! The reprise of this is just as amazing, too.
Stories – Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Yes, this isn’t exactly about Christmas. But it is about a gift Belle is giving the Beast, and it’s such a beautiful song about books. So as a bookworm, how could I not include this?!
Let it go – Frozen/Demi Lovato
This isn’t exactly about Christmas either, but I always feel quite Christmassy because it has that sort of vibe. Plus, I watched it in cinema for my birthday which is pretty close to Christmas, so I still associate Frozen with that memory anyway.
Do You Want to Build a Snowman? – Frozen/Disney Channel Cast
This also counts as a Christmas song, right?
It Feels Like Christmas – The Muppets Christmas Carol
I still actually haven’t seen this film, but I plan to this year! It’s a pretty cute and catchy song, though.
Let it Snow – Liv and Maddie
I love her voice and I feel like she sings this song very well. And the whole scene is just so Christmassy!
Up on the Housetop – Liv and Maddie
This song reminds me of my childhood (big Jackson 5 and former Barney fan here lol) so I had to add this one too. It’s a cute, festive, innocent song. You can’t help but sing along with it. And then have it stuck in your head for years after.
Last Christmas/Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande
Queen Ariana Grande sang these in the Disneyland Christmas Parade 2014, so I had to add these too. She did such a great job, and if you haven’t already watched her perform these songs at that event, you need to!
It’s Not Christmas Without You – Victorious
This isn’t a Disney song, but it’s Nickelodeon so I guess it sort of counts? This song is just so amazing and I actually still enjoy watching the Christmas episode of Victorious, as well as many others.
The Christmas Song – Nickelodeon
Again, it’s not Disney, it’s Nickelodeon, but it’s more or less the same thing, and it’s so festive!!
Christmas is in just 26 days! It’s probably the best time of year. The family comes together, the food is great, the music and movies are just beautifully cheesy, the books and poems are wonderful, and the sales are extremely satisfying. You can’t go wrong with Christmas! And reading festive books is a great way to get in the spirit. Before I keep rambling on, here are some festive books which I think you should definitely read!
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
This may very well be the most iconic Christmas novel ever, and one of Charles Dickens’ most celebrated works. Since its publication, ‘God bless us. Everyone!’ has been a popular and well-used phrase. It’s beautifully written, exciting and reminds you of the true meaning of friendship, family and Christmas.
The Night Before Christmas – Clement C. Moore
I haven’t actually read this myself yet, but I’m planning to on Christmas Eve (just to be ironic). This is another classic Christmas read though. From what I’ve heard, it’s well-written, beautiful, festive and magic. It’s a poem, so it’ll be quite a quick read, so there’s no excuse as to why you can’t read it!
Christmas recipe books are a great way to get creative in the kitchen. It’ll add a little more ‘oomph’ and jazz to your Christmas, by baking something you haven’t baked before. And any recipe book will do, so you could even get one for free on your Kindle! Me? Well, I love baking so I’m going to try to find time to bake some Christmas tree brownies!
Make A Christmas Wish – Julia Williams
This festive novel is a witty, festive piece about a woman who got knocked down in a supermarket car park and died. She’s sort of ‘floating around’ and so needs to make things right with her husband and son, so that she can move on. It’s different, funny, festive and just a little sad.
Let it Snow – John Green, Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson
This book contains three short stories, by the three different authors, which connect to each other. They are funny, relatable, romantic and, sometimes, unpredictable.
Frozen: Book of the Film – Sarah Nathan
This isn’t exactly all about Christmas and festivity, but I feel like it counts. And either way, it’s an enjoyable read – plus it’s Disney!
I know there are so many more, but these are just the ones I read (apart from The Night Before Christmas). What are you going to be reading this Christmas?
Are you having a day when you just feel awful and need a ‘pick-me-up’? Well, look no further. Here are some Disney quotes which could give you the motivation and inspiration that you’re looking for. What can I say, except ‘you’re welcome?’
“Don’t just fly; soar” – Timothy Mouse, Dumbo
Do the best you can!
“Giving up is for rookies” – Philocetes, Hercules
Dreams aren’t for rookies, giving up is. Keep trying; don’t give up!
“Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become” – Mufasa, The Lion King
You’re awesome, give yourself more credit.
“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and snap! The jobs a game” – Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins
Maybe finding the fun in something would give you that bit of motivation you needed? Stay positive.
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all” – The Emporer, Mulan
Something/someone who grows up in hardship can still end up being a rockstar.
“Even miracles take a little time” – Fairy Godmother, Cinderella
Things don’t happen overnight. Be patient.
“Go. Live your dream” – Hook Hand Thug, Tangled
Pretty self-explanatory; but be brave and achieve it.
“Remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine” – Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
See the world, not as it is, but how it could be.
“Shake things up! Use that big head of yours to think your way out. Look for a new angle!” – Tadashi, Big Hero 6
If something isn’t working, try it a different way. Can’t finish the essay? Try a different question. Ask for help. Think about the question in a different.
“Life’s not a spectator sport. If watchin’ is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go without ya” – Laverne, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Involve yourself with people; don’t keep yourself in doing work all the time. Have some fun as well as working hard.
“I may not be a doctor, but I know there’s no better cure for a sour face than a couple of boards and some choice waves” – David, Lilo and Stitch
Take a break once in a while.
“Sometimes the world seems against you, the journey may leave a scar. But scars can heal and reveal just where you are” – Moana’s Grandmother, Moana
Pick yourself back up, get out there, and achieve your dreams! You’ll overcome the bad times.
“But you remember Tiana, that old star can only take you part of the way. You got to help it along with some hard work of your own” – Tiana’s father, The Princess and the Frog
You can’t wait for things to happen, you have to put effort into whatever it is.
“I never look back, darling, it distracts me from the now” – Edna, The Incredibles
Keep looking forward; cheer up, child, it’ll turn out alright in the end, you’ll see.
“The very thing that held you down is going to carry you up and up and up” – Timothy Mouse, Dumbo
Try to use the negatives as motivation.
“Go. Live you dream” – Hook Hand Thug, Tangled
Exactly what he said ;D. (Unless it’s illegal, of course).
“The past can hurt. But they way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it” – Rafiki, The Lion King
Don’t be bitter about the past. Try and move on, and look forward.
“Have courage and be kind” – Cinderella, Cinderella (2015)
Halloween is just over a week away, which means it’s time to go out partying, trick-or-treating, preparing a movie marathon – whatever you enjoy doing on Halloween. But, I think pretty much everyone enjoys dressing up for Halloween. It’s so fun and you can go all out there, without anyone judging you. So, let’s begin!
This iconic mouse is too cute and her outfit is pretty easy to DIY (or buy) with pretty simple makeup!
Evil and classy, this villain would be super fun to dress up as.
Want to be like Cinderella and party until midnight? Now’s your chance; dress up as her! You and your squad could dress up as any princess of your choice. To be even more unique, you could even ‘zombify’ them. Watch my favourite ‘dead princess’ YouTube tutorials by one of my favourite YouTubers here!
Cruella De Vil
Because what’s scarier than someone who wants to kill animals?
If you want to look super cute, I’d suggest dressing up as Tinkerbell or her friends! The wings and unique colours will look amazing.
Elizabeth Swan is sassy and fierce; her ‘boyish’ look is also relaxing, so not only will you have a good time being dressed up as her, you’ll also be comfortable.
If you’re going to a party and want a more classy, sexy look, Jessica Rabbit is the one. Not only will her outfit be fairly easy to copy, but you’d also be looking fine.
You can watch a tutorial by one of my favourite YouTubers here!
The Sanderson Sisters
Going out with your squad? Try to persuade them to dress up as the Sanderson sisters with you! The costumes will go perfect together, and you’ll also have a lot of funny comebacks already prepared for the night (thanks to the movie).
Bonus: Wednesday Addams!
If you don’t particularly want to dress up as a Disney character, but want to have a simple yet fun costume at the same time, Wednesday Addams is the one! Morticia Addams would even be a great idea too!
One of my favourite YouTubers also did a Wednesday Addams look, you can watch it here!
What are you dressing up as? I might be either Wednesday Addams or one of the Princesses!
Taking a break from the Halloween posts, here’s a bit of a fun, personal post.
As you all probably know by now, I love Disney. Why else would I have this blog? Disney is just the best thing ever! Like lots of other people, I’m proud of being such a huge fan of Disney. Being obsessed with Disney, I do still have some confessions!
But, really quickly, I have just got my own Pinterest account, so feel free to follow me! I have boards on Disney, vintage, girly things, the Titanic, Ariana Grande, Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp and cute wedding photos etc.
I haven’t seen any of the Cars or Plans films.
Yep. I haven’t seen a single one. When I was younger, I watched the first five minutes or so of Cars and I didn’t really get in to it, neither did my mam or sister, so we turned it off. And decided to not give the other films a chance. Maybe I should give them another chance now, but I probably won’t!
I’ve only been to Disneyland Paris and Disneyworld Florida.
I’ve been to Disneyland Paris a few times and Disneyworld Florida once. I know that’s a lot compared to some people, so I’m not being ungrateful. But I would love to go to the Disney park in Hong Kong! It looks beautiful.
I hope to spend at least one Halloween, Christmas and/or maybe New Years in a Disney resort.
The decorations! The joy! The festivity! It all looks SO exciting and fun and beautiful. I need to spend at least one holiday there – everyone does!
If I were to work in a Disney park, I would love to be Rapunzel, Tinkerbell, Aurora, Fawn or Cinderella.
Everyone has a character/role they’d love to be at a Disney park, or any other park. Mine would be the princesses or fairies. Yep, I’m a very generic girl!
I didn’t always like Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland.
I KNOW, I DON’T KNOW WHY! The first time I watched it, it just didn’t work for me. But then like the next day, I re-watched it for some reason and fell in love with it. I guess first impressions aren’t always right…
If it’s related to Disney in some way, I’ll buy it.
Call me a hoarder, but if I see anything Disney or at least related to Disney in some way, if I like it, I’ll buy it. I’m just preparing for my future home!
Thanks for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it! What are your Disney confessions?
Halloween is just around the corner! It’s my second favourite holiday (first being Christmas). The costumes, movies, music, festivity is all so much fun to get involved in. There’s something to do and watch for all ages. There’s so many movies to watch so I’m going to have to cut it in to two parts – but I’m not complaining! However, let’s be honest; most of the movies are going to be from the amazing Tim Burton – it’s not Halloween without him!!
Plot: Young Victor Frankenstein is a science nerd whose best friend is his dog, Sparky. But when Sparky dies, Victor is heartbroken. Soon, he comes up with an idea to bring Sparky back to life. The experiment is successful until his classmates find out what he’s done; then, everything goes wrong.
2. Corpse Bride (2005)
Plot: Victor and Victoria’s families have arranged for them to get married. Luckily, the like each other. But that doesn’t stop Victor from being nervous. While he’s in the forest rehearsing his vows, he somehow accidentally asks Emily (a corse) to marry him!
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Plot: Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s Pumpkin King, has become bored with with the same annual routine. When he accidentally stumbles upon Christmastown, he falls in love with the holiday and decides to celebrate and control Christmas, by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over his role.
4. The Book of Life (2014)
Plot: In Mexico, Manolo, Maria and Joaquin have been friends since childhood, although their lives have taken extremely different paths. But, Manolo and Joaquin have one thing in common; they both want to marry Maria. Little do they know that battling husband-and-wife deities have made a high-stakes wager on the outcome.
5. Once Upon A Halloween (2005)
Plot: The Evil Queen plans to conquer Halloween and asks her cauldron to show her several villains that could help her, including Ursula, Captain Hook, Pete and Yzma.
6. Casper (1995)
Plot: Casper is a young, kind ghost who haunts a mansion in Maine. When a specialist comes along to communicate with the ghosts, he brings his daughter, Kat. Casper falls in love with Kat.
7. Hocus Pocus (1993)
Plot: After moving to Salem, Mass, Max explores a haunted house with his little sister Dani and their friend Alison. Whilst there, Max accidentally frees a coven of witches who used to live in that house. With the help of a magic cat, Thachery Binx, the kids must stop the witches from becoming immortal.
8. Edward Scissorhands
Plot: A scientist builds an animated human being, Edward. The scientist dies before finishing him, leaving poor Edward alone, and with scissors for hands. When saleswoman Peg discovers Edward, she takes him home, where he falls for her daughter, Kim. But his looks and shyness makes him an outcast.
9. Halloweentown (1998)
Plot: After learning she’s a witch, Marnie must help save a town full of supernatural beings.
10. Monsters Inc. (2001)
Plot: Monsters Incorporated is the largest scare factory in the monster world, and James P. Sullivan is the top scarer. His scare assistant is his best friend, Mike Wazowski. But, visiting from the human is a little girl, Boo, who’s gone where no human has gone before.
11. Monster House (2006)
Plot: No one believes DJ, Jenny or Chowder when they say that a house is haunted. With Halloween quickly approaching, they must find a way to stop it.
12. The Haunted Mansion (2003)
Plot: Real estate agent Jim Evers takes his wife and kids on vacation. But, on the way, they stop off at a creepy mansion that Jim has been asked to sell, only to discover that it’s being haunted. And now they have to break a curse and rescue wife and mother Sara!
13. The Addams Family (1991)
Plot: When a man who claims to be Fester, Gomez Addams missing brother, arrive at their house, the family are thrilled and welcome him in. However, they begin to suspect that he’s a fraud when he can’t remember some details of Fester’s life.
14. Coraline (2009)
Plot: While Coraline explores her new home, she discovers a secret door which leads to an alternate world. In many ways, it’s a better world. That is until Other Mother tries to make her stay.
15. Beetlejuice (1988)
Plot: After Barbara and Adam Maitland die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their residence, unable to leave. When a family buy the home, they try their best to scare them away, without success. Soon, Beetlejuice, a rambunctious spirit, whose “help” quickly puts the Maitlands and the new family in danger.
16. Matilda (1996)
Plot: This film adaptions of Roald Dahl’s work is about a girl who’s forced to put up with her abusive family and headteacher. But when she realises she has powers, her life isn’t quite the same.
Part two of my recommendations will be up next week – there will be some scary films included in the next one, don’t worry 😉
After a new Pirates of the Caribbean film has recently added to the franchise, it only makes sense to watch the other films and relive the magic.
The new Pirates of the Caribbean film has received mixed reviews. Some fans, like myself, being over the moon. Some claiming it acted ‘like a sinking ship.’ And some lying somewhere in between. It’s all very intense!
Nevertheless, here’s my opinion on the Pirates of the Caribbean films ranked worst to best.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Plot: when pirate Angelica (Penelope Cruz) finds Caption Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), she forces him to accompany her to Blackbeard’s (Ian McShane) ship. Then, they set out to seek The Fountain of Youth. Meanwhile, Captain Jack’s rival, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), is also seeking The Fountain.
With this film, I feel that with Elizabeth (Kiera Knightly) and Will (Orlando Bloom) not being in it, it slightly lost its magic. The mermaids were amazing, though.
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
Plot: the new film shows Captain Jack down on his luck, but things get worse when Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) escapes from The Devil’s Triangle. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the Trident of Poseidon.
Even though I loved this movie, I’d be lying if I said I prefered it to the first three films. The first three have all of the loveable, iconic, characters and are so memorable.
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Plot: Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) comes to collect a debt from Captain Jack, so he must a way to avoid his fate.
There was so much action and drama that, while it was enjoyable, it was sometimes hard to keep up with when I was younger. The ending will always destroy me though – poor Jack!
2. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
Plot: Will Turner, Elizabeth Swan and Captain Barbossa join forces to rescue Captain Jack from Davy Jones’ Locker. Meanwhile, the love between Will and Elizabeth continues to grow stronger as they have the most epic and unique wedding.
I love how fun, adventurous, romantic and dramatic this is. The soundtrack fits in so well with it. Plus, the end credit-scene is great ;).
1.Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Plot: when pirates kidnap the governor’s daughter, Elizabeth, who’s in possession of a valuable coin that’s linked to a curse, Will must rescue her. He finds help from an unlikely source; Captain Jack Sparrow. He’s a pirate that has recently arrived at Port without a ship… Or crew.
This is the film that started it all and introduced us to the beautiful pirate, so of course it’d be the best! It’s filled with humour, action, romance, an amazing cast and an unpredictable plot. What more could you want?
Let me know if you agree, and if you don’t, why not?
So, I wrote this for one of my University modules. I had a pretty good mark on it, so I thought I’d upload it;
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of Disney’s most powerful movies out there. It’s now been released for 21 years, and still, hardly anyone praises it. Either they haven’t seen it, or they just don’t agree with the message it’s sending for some reason. Some people don’t want their kids seeing it because of these representations. However, the representations of certain things aren’t bad; they’re actually pretty realistic, moving and, in some ways, educational. Everyone should watch this film at least once in their life, for the inspiration. They don’t know what they’re missing. Here are some reasons as to why this film is so underrated.
I’ll start off with talking about the message it gives, since I’ve technically already started that point. As most people know, this film is about Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer who finds difficulty in being accepted in society. He’s treated differently because his appearance isn’t up to everyone’s standards, which could be something that some people can relate to. It’s still relevant to society today; having tolerance and acceptance towards other people, no matter how different they are. It explores this message with such great, emotional detail and depth that it’s hard to not be moved after watching this. You really start to think about the question, “what makes a monster and what makes a man?” which is given to us by our narrator, Clopin.
“You mistreat this poor boy the same way you mistreat my people. You speak of justice yet you are cruel to those most in need of your help.”
Esmerelda is the first one who actually calls out Judge Claude Frollo for his cruel actions. She truly is Disney’s feminist icon! The gypsy Esmerelda isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in, even if she has to do it on her own, and does it with sass. She’s a strong, female protagonist that knows what equality actually means. Her song “God Help the Outcasts” is deep and completes the film; it shows just how much she cares for other people, by praying for them instead of herself. The juxtaposition between her prayer and other people’s prayers helps prove this. They ask for wealth and beauty, and what does Esmerelda ask for? She wants mercy and help to be given to those mistreated and asks the important question; “I thought we all were children of God?” Like Quasimodo, she has also been mistreated, but doesn’t allow it to make her bitter, or hold it against anyone.
Speaking of Quasimodo, he’s an unconventional protagonist. He defies all conventional standards of beauty but still has a big heart, despite being abused and secluded from society his entire life. Our dear Quasimodo doesn’t dream of being rescued or finding his true love. All he really wants is to become part of the society that he has been watching from the Bell Tower.
Quasimodo has been abused by his “master” Judge Claude Frollo his entire life. He keeps Quasimodo in the Bell Tower, so that he’s kept locked away, where no one else can see. While being kept isolated in the Bell Tower of Notre Dame, Frollo mentally abuses Quasimodo. Frollo is a cruel and terrifying, yet brilliant villain, and is a very good reason alone to watch this movie. He’s a man of power who genuinely doesn’t think he’s doing anything wrong. Like Clopin says, “he saw corruption everywhere except within.” Frollo’s harmless appearance makes him look like everyone else in the movie; this, again, is relevant to our society today because it proves that everyone and anyone is capable of being a villain.
The Bell Tower that Quasimodo is kept in is so beautiful. That, as well as the Cathedral and stained glass windows have so much effort and detail put into it. It’s a shame as to how underappreciated these animations are. There are few films that can live up to the quality of work that this film has. It’s so realistic, that you can see just how dedicated the workers were when doing this. The Cathedral itself is one greatly underappreciated; as well as its appearance, it’s so important to the plot that it may as well be considered a character as well.
Judge Claude Frollo’s ‘villain song’ “Hellfire” is brilliantly juxtaposed with Quasimodo’s beautiful song “Heaven’s Light.” It shows how different their characters and intentions are. While Frollo’s intentions are selfish and are, to him, sinful, Quasimodo’s intentions are innocent and romantic. The other songs and scores featured within the film are just as well-matched to the message, characters and atmosphere. They are catchy and it is clear to see that a lot of dedication has been put into them.
I left this point to last because I thought it would ironically fit here better. And that is because, romance isn’t the end or main goal. With other unconventional features within the movie, this is one of the most important aspects, and is a good message to children. Quasimodo falls for Esmerelda but she ends up with Phoebus. While most characters would be heartbroken and jealous by not being loved in return, Quasimodo is happy for them both. He isn’t bitter and doesn’t try to separate them. Instead, he supports them. Because, for him, finally being accepted in society is more important. He’s so happy to finally be part of them and ‘allowed’ outside. It’s a beautiful and emotional scene. At first, he’s quite shy and uncomfortable about going outside, but Esmerelda helps him. Then, the town’s people start cheering and hugging him, and he starts crying.
It’s hard to not love this movie. It goes into so much depth about so many things, that you simply have to appreciate it. Everything about it is so beautiful, and so I urge you to watch this film now and give it some love!