Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thursdays with Mel - Magic of Disney Movies

While I love the Disney parks, Disney movies keep the magic alive the other 355 days of the year when I cannot be at Walt Disney World. Since Christmas is upon us, it is the perfect time to talk about Disney’s holiday offerings, and Disney has been creating holiday features since the early 1930s. One of my earliest Disney holiday memories is the animated short, “The Night Before Christmas” with the toys dancing about. Perhaps this was the inspiration for Toy Story?

I also have wonderful memories of the classic Disney short “Pluto’s Christmas Tree.”  In this featurette, Mickey’s best pal Pluto finds himself matching wits with the unflappable team of Chip and Dale. This short solidified my love for the fabulous duo.

However, my favorite Disney holiday classic is Disney’s take on my favorite holiday story, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Mickey’s Christmas Carol is beautiful, a touch scary, and completely heartwarming. 

Others that top my list are “The Small One” - which is also a wonderful Christmas book - “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and all of “The Santa Clause” movies. Let the Disney Christmas memories begin.

While we are in a holiday mood, Turner Classic Movies is hosting a Disney Marathon event on December 26th which is co-hosted by Rebecca Cline, the Director of the Disney Archives. Classic Disney favorites like Old Yeller and the Swiss Family Robinson will be aired during this mega-Disney movie event.

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