THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989)

   

This is one of our favorite Disney movies. The Little Mermaid is a classic with wonderful music and amazing characters. But we couldn’t help but think of how old we are now because we were constantly telling Ariel how she IS just a child. We remember being kids watching this show thinking that Ariel was so grown up and her father should listen to her and stop treating her like a kid. Now we are watching it and we hear Ariel exclaim, “I’m 16 years old, I’m not a child.” Uh, sorry Ariel, but yes you are! Suddenly all her choices make so much sense. The fact that she instantly falls in love with a boy that is off bounds and that she is so willing to give up her life for him…It’s because she is a little teenage girl. But yes this movie is still amazing. It is a sweet fairy tale about a girl who wants to follow her own path and her heart.

  

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE CONCERT – EXTREME ACCESS PASS (2007)

   

If you liked the music of the first High School Musical, then you will enjoy watching this enough. It is basically just the cast, minus Zac Efron as he was filming Hairspray at the time, performing the songs of the movie with a few of their own songs from their own albums thrown in there. You don’t need to watch it as you can just listen to the album instead, but if you or someone you know is a big fan, they will like it.

  

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)

   

This live action remake of the animated movie of the same name is the best live action remake Disney has done so far. We loved it. Emma Watson was amazing as Belle and Josh Gad as the silly LeFou, but the best casting choice was Luke Evans as Gaston. We loved how it stayed true to the animated version. It kept the all the elements of what made the original so great while also adding new things that didn’t harm or take away from why we love this story. I love how this version worked on answering a couple plot hole questions. I always wondered why the town didn’t seem to ever care or wonder what happened to their royalty. No one noticed that they no longer had a king and that the castle was suddenly under a dark curse? This movie addresses that and I loved it. This movie is beautiful and definitely should be seen by everyone.

  

TANGLED BEFORE EVER AFTER (2017)

   

We love Tangled and were excited to see Rapunzel and Eugene (AKA Flynn Rider) come back and see more of their adventures together. With Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi reprising their roles of Rapunzel and Eugene, this movie kicks off the new series Tangled: The series, which now airs on Disney Channel. Rapunzel gets her long blonde hair back after she and a friend leave the walls of the Kingdom and venture to the same spot where the magical flower that saved the queen and gave Rapunzel the magical hair in the first place once was. While there, Rapunzel touches a rock that turns out to be magical and suddenly more rock spears pop out of the ground and chase them back. Rapunzel returns to her castle now stuck with her long hair again and has to find out what the magical rocks are, why her hair is back and how to get rid of it. Whew. Overall, the movie was ok. It has some humor and seems a good start to the series, but we did get bored and it felt long at times. The kids, however, will love it.

  

THE CHEETAH GIRLS 2 (2006)

   

In this sequel,The Cheetah Girls go to Barcelona to enter a singing competition and that is believable I guess.  The movie plot follows a similar story line where they are a group and then fight and get distracted with other things but then makeup, except they do it in Spain. Some songs are good, some not so much and the beginning of their performance at the competition is super cheesy and awkward. But I feel like The Cheetah Girls movies are DCOMs you just need to check out eventually.

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LEMONADE MOUTH (2011)

   

Five students meet in detention and form a band. It is a great story about kids finding their voice, expressing who they are and just getting through life with the help of your friends. The music in this movie is actually good. I love the “Determinate” song. It gets stuck in my head. I think teens could really relate to and enjoy this movie as well as adults since it deals with stuff I think everyone has either gone through or is going through. And it makes me seriously want to try that lemonade.

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CINDERELLA (1997)

   

We both remember the premiere of this movie on Wonderful World of Disney, Sunday nights on ABC. I remember it being a family affair. We all gathered around the TV, popcorn in hand and waited to see Whitney Houston and Brandy take on the classic fairy tale. I remember being so excited. I had heard about it for weeks, months probably, and couldn’t wait for the show to start. I also remember really liking it as a kid and re-watching the tape (remember the days when you would stick in a tape in the VCR to record your favorite shows?). I was ready to watch it again since I hadn’t seen it since that time. Some of the same thoughts came flooding back, like how does a black lady and a white man make an Asian baby? Is he adopted? And I still like that “Impossible” song sung by Whitney Houston and Brandy. I still sing the word impossible instead of saying it. But watching the movie as an adult, it just doesn’t have the charm that I remembered. The first half of the movie was good and moved quickly, but the second half just seemed to drag on and on. the ballroom scene was forever long. We don’t need to see these random people dance in circles over and over. We just don’t. Get to Cinderella and the Prince. They are who we care about. It’s a fun movie to check out, but not nearly as great as we once remembered.

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THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (2009)

   

After we got back from a cruise that went out of the New Orleans port, and having spent a couple days there to check out the city, we had to come home and watch “The Princess and the Frog”. That way when we watched the movie we could yell, “I’ve been there”. If you haven’t seen the movie, you have probably deduced by now that it takes place in New Orleans. It was a lot of fun to watch the movie after having just come back from the city. We now knew the buildings and places that the background drawings were based. The animation is so beautiful, the music riveting and the characters are so lovable. I mean, if you don’t like Ray the firefly, I don’t want to know you. Just get outta here…and then watch this movie again because Ray is awesome.

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SHARPAY’S FABULOUS ADVENTURE (2011)

   

To finish off all the High Shool Musical sequels and spin offs we have to sit down and women up to watch Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure. Sharpay wasn’t even Sharpay, she was more Sharpayesque. And I’m sorry, but Sharpay is not this super crazy talented girl with most incredible voice ever. If you keep having to say your main character is oh so talented, I think there is a problem. The songs in this movie just didn’t seem to do Ashley Tisdale any justice. “Fabulous” does reappear in the background though, and that is a good song. The best part about the movie… the two dogs in love. So cute.

 

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HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3 (2008)

   

Not as good as the first two but still a fun watch. You can definitely tell this was released in theaters as opposed to just the Disney Channel like its predecessors. A bigger budget was definitely evident, however it still kept in the tone of the others. This movie focuses on the problems that high-schoolers have about graduating and the future and the worrying. Guess what guys, life goes on and it gets worse…also better, also worse.

 

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