We were a bit late on watching movie #8 of our Movie Resolution, which was Make Mine Music. This was the first time we had seen this movie. It’s a lot like Fantasia in the fact that it’s a collection of animated shorts with lots of music. There were two shorts in the film I had seen: Casey at the Bat and Peter and the Wolf. I remember reading the Peter and the Wolf book as a child and Casey at the Bat is one of my favorites, being a baseball fan!
Honestly, my boys were “bored” with several parts of this movie. They enjoyed “All the Cats Join In”, “Casey at the Bat”, “Peter and the Wolf”, and “The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met.” Since none of us had seen the whole movie, I wasn’t sure what type of treat or snack to make, so we settled on xylophone cookies! Since the title is “Make Mine Music” we decided to make a musical instrument- even though a xylophone is not anywhere in the movie!
After the movie, I thought we should have had a ballpark meal of corndog nuggets and fries, since that’s what we always eat on Main Street when we dine at Casey’s Corner!
Movie #7 in our New Year’s Resolution list was The Three Caballeros. This film premiered in Mexico City on December 21, 1944. It was released in the United States on February 3, 1945 and in the United Kingdom in March, 1945. This was the first time I had seen this movie all the way through. One thing that immediately stood out to me was the Birthday of Donald Duck. In the movie, Donald receives 3 presents from his friends in Latin America for his birthday on “Friday the 13th.” I always thought Donald’s birthday was June 9, 1934… so I did some research and found this on disney.wikia.com:
Donald’s birthday is officially recognized as June 9,1934, the day his debut film was released, but in The Three Caballeros, his birthday is given as simply “Friday the 13th,” while in Donald’s Happy Birthday, it is elaborated to be March 13th.
Regardless of when Donald’s birthday really is, this movie obviously reminded me of the Gran Fiesta Tour in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase. Watching this movie will definitely make you appreciate this attraction more!
|Gran Fiesta Tour|
|The Three Caballeros movie|
- Lake Titicaca, where Donald Duck visits Lake Titicaca, mingles with the locals, and meets a llama.
- Pedro, a short about a small airplane, Pedro, who has to pick up mail from Argentina and bring it back to Chile while dealing with Aconcagua, the tallest mountain outside of Asia, a vulture, and plane trouble.
- El Gaucho Goofy, American cowboy Goofy is taken to Argentina to learn how to be a Gaucho.
- Aquarela do Brasil, this means Watercolor of Brazil, and that is exactly what the cartoon is about. A watercolor paintbrush paints the scenes of South America and Donald Duck meets his new friend Jose Carioca.
- mini ‘nilla waffers
- Hershy Kisses
- Mini chocolate chips
- peanut butter
Movie number 4 in our 2016 Resolution to watch all the Disney Animated Movies was “Dumbo.” This was one we have all seen several times. Last year, we even had a “Dumbo” birthday party so we had all the things we needed to pull off this movie night with ease!
Before we watched the movie, we had to get our snacks together. This time, we chose “Jumbo Jr. Pretzels.” Soft pretzels are always a favorite of ours at Walt Disney World, the circus, sporting events, and anywhere else they are sold! It was easy for us to tie this treat into the movie. We also had Circus animal crackers. We used these as party favors at our Dumbo birthday too! There are so many fun, creative snacks to go along with this movie. You can find some of them in my birthday party post or on my Pinterest page!
|Dumbo wore out our youngest!|
Dumbo was released on Halloween in 1941. Watching this movie gave us several opportunities to talk. We talked about how the other elephants treated or mistreated Dumbo and how Ms. Jumbo responded. The Stork brought up questions about “where baby animals come from.” My standard answer of “God wanted them to have a baby” didn’t work this time because Ms. Jumbo didn’t have a husband, according to C-man. I was able to dodge it a little while longer! Then, the song, “Pink Elephants on Parade” led to an interesting conversation too! This was the first time I was asked by the boys why Timothy and Dumbo were acting silly, what made them do this, and what are Pink Elephants. “Don’t drink, kids!”
This weekend we watched the third movie in our 2016 Movie Resolution, Fantasia. This Walt Disney movie was released on June 21, 1940. In 1940, this was a very bold move for Walt Disney to combine animation with western classical music. This movie originally was meant to be a short to boost Mickey Mouse’s career, since it had declined in popularity, but instead turned into a full length movie. The film has eight animated segments all set to classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski and performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
- Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
- The Nutcracker Suite: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
- The Nutcracker Suite: Chinese Dance
- The Nutcracker Suite: Dance of the Reed Flutes
- The Nutcracker Suite: Arabian Dance
- Russian Dance
- Waltz of the Flowers
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
- Rite of Spring
- The Pastoral Symphony (The Sixth)
- Dance of the Hours
- A Night on Bald Mountain
- Ave Maria
For the second movie night of 2016, we watched Pinocchio. This movie was released in 1940 and neither of my boys had seen it before. It was fun to see them so excited about this movie. While they have seen the characters in the parks, they weren’t familiar with the story. There are so many great lessons in this movie!
There are lots of great foods and snacks you can make to go along with this movie. We chose to make it VERY simple!! We got pretzels for “Pinocchio’s Nose”, chocolate covered raisins for “Jiminy Crickets”, and whale crackers as “Monstro.” My boys mixed up all three to make trail mix. We looked for star shaped marshmallows to represent “When you wish upon a star” but had no luck.
Other ideas would be to serve Stromboli for dinner. You could also use goldfish crackers for “Cleo.” Blue punch would be great as “Blue Fairy Juice.” Cotton Candy is a treat to represent Pleasure Island. My favorite would be to use large pretzel rods and dip them in melted white chocolate and sprinkle blue sprinkles on it to be the Blue Fairy’s wand.