MassageMNL Home Series: Classic Disney Movies
There are many reasons why so many of us love Disney movies and will never grow tired of it. They are relatable, hilarious, and full of inspiring values that anyone can take away from, regardless of their age. The best films – from classic movies that have stood the test of time, offering us heartwarming comfort, iconic scenes, big laughs, ugly cries, and a life-lesson where we basically grew up and brought with us along until to this date. Disney is simply for every human being, whether you are in your 20’s, 30’s, 50’s, or 80’s. Our grandparents seeing it first in 1937 and passing it onto us is one of the best gifts shared to us.
Our team gathered our top 5 favorites in random orders and here’s why:
1. Tarzan, 1999
A story that taught us loyalty, bravery, and love. A bow who was left behind in the jungle after his parents died, being brought up by Gorilla’s and basically growing up with different species but human not only has shown us great value in respecting others but also honoring lives.
“Why are you threatened by anyone different than you?!” Tarzan’s hard-hitting question raised the matter of why it's a natural inclination to be afraid of what or who we don't understand. A question that is always asked in different situations, scenarios, decision-making, and self-love.
2. Beauty and the Beast, 1991
Tale As Old As Time -- the most memorable and tangled song featured in Beauty and the Beast. The lyrics tie flawlessly together in a scene that shows the majestic side to love. Both the song and scene reminds us that no matter how bad things have been, or how far from okay you feel, or how much you think you’ve done wrong, you can still encounter pure happiness, and come out of it a better person. Adapting to change and admitting the truth to yourself and those around you is a freedom that will always transform and renew.
A classical story delivered not only unforgettable moments, but a story of a non typical princess in a castle story, but an extraordinary woman who went through highs and lows in her daily life.
If i were to choose a character, I would choose Belle. You ask why? Belle has taught us:
- learn from our mistakes;
- how to be unique and not conform nor give seeks approval of others;
- that true beauty comes from within, and we must always practice kindness to keep it emanating;
- that Love is stronger than hate, and good triumphs over evil;
- to now let fear get in the way of new experiences;
- that when things seem hopeless, you have no idea how it all could change
- NEVER STOP LEARNING. Always be on the move to seek knowledge; and
- We should never settle for anything less than you deserve.
3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996
25 years later we still learn from this movie. From the lovable, deformed Quasimodo, to the sassy feminist Esmeralda with her equally sassy goat sidekick, to the evil Judge Claude Frollo, and the handsome Captain Phoebus, the Hunchback of Notre Dame is a classic that is full of great jokes and powerful songs.
My favorite take away from the movie is:
- Don’t judge people based on their appearance.
- to not let your life pass you by. Laverne the statue says “Life's not a spectator sport. If watching is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without you.”
- Doing the right thing sometimes means going against people who are higher in the totem pole.
- Sometimes you have to help people you don’t really want to.
- Nothing is ever completely hopeless
- Be happy for others even if you didn’t get what you wanted. Holding a grudge won’t change anything.
- Have friends that keep your life interesting; and
- Be the encouragement in other people’s lives.
4. Lion King, 1994
In The Lion King, Timon and Pumbaa are the meerkat-warthog duo who live a carefree lifestyle, holding on to the “Hakuna Matata” philosophy. Timon and Pumbaa sang and taught the song to Simba to lerng how to relax and not worry too much about life. Well, we all know what happened, right?
Hakuna Matata, my friend. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to care about things that matters such as work, life, and oh, Covid. Rather, you should try not to worry and instead, live in the present and try to do your best.
A good rule of thumb to remember is: if the problem can be solved, there’s no reason to worry and if it can’t be solved, worrying does no good either.
5. Peter Pan, 1953
"Go on! Go back and grow up! But I’m warning you, once you’re grown up you can never come back." Peter Pan said, as if we can stop from growing, right? Have you ever wished you never grew up? Owning pixie dust to let us fly? Lived in Neverland where there is endless adventures and excitement? Who wouldn't want that, right? But you know, Wendy has taught us to face our reality.
In life, although it’s fine to release the inner child in you once in a while, everyone must learn to face the real world when it comes to it. This means taking up more responsibilities and learning to be independent whether it’s for our studies, career or even family life.
Do you have what it takes to be Wendy? Or have you been living like Wendy all this time?
Whether you are ending your day, starting your week, or just want to go back to your comfort zone because you miss you home or your person, or just simply tired-- Disney paired with hot chocolate never goes wrong. It brings us comfort and nostalgic ambiance. Never fails and what's not to love about Disney!
What is your favorite Disney movie?