…to the Past
You must have seen Anastasia. If not, then shame on you! It’s gotta be said that it’s one of my favourite films ever and ranks highest in my favourite childhood films and then in animated films. I just love it. And I recently downloaded the songs onto my iPod, so whenever they come on I get this warm little feeling inside that takes me right back to when I was about ten, sitting with my Anastasia and Dimitri dolls, singing along to the songs with my sister. It gets me right in the heart, tugging at the strings and every now and then making me well up slightly.
A good kids film has got to have amazing songs. And Anastasia is just one of many that I love singing along to. Thumbelina is also one of these, made by the same person actually. It’s just beautiful! In both films, the animation is amazing and the music is so lovely. Let me be your wiiiiings. I mean, how sweet is that?! Sing that to me and I’m yours, quite frankly.
But it’s not just these relatively girly films, oh no! You’ve heard of The Road to El Dorado, right? Please? It’s about these two con-men who end up on a ship to El Dorado, the city made of gold. So, as you can imagine, they want to take it all for themselves. It is hilarious, beautifully animated by Dreamworks and the music is just awesome, by the one and only Elton John.
And you may have noticed that none of these are Disney films. You’d be right, because as much as I love Disney films with all the nice princesses and everything, I just think there’s something special-er about these kinds of films. Obviously there are others, such as another Dreamworks production, The Prince of Egypt, but these just hold a special place in my heart. I suppose I also ought to mention The Swan Princess, which is a sweet film, full of love, songs and love songs. Perhaps one of the most famous and heart-wrenching lines: “What else is there?” It’s like nooooo, Derek! You silly handsome fool! Princess Odette certainly is a modern woman.
Finally, not to forget the ones that not many people have actually heard of. The Princess and the Pea; this one I found on Sky Movies and I loved it for its sheer cheese! For one thing, the prince is called Rollo which as a name makes me smile because it’s so lovely and for another thing, Rollo manages to crash through a solid iron fence with no injuries, a scene that makes me laugh so much beyond belief. And then there’s a version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This was a video cassette that my Nana had at her house and I used to watch it all the time, mainly because I loved the dress that Snow White wore and how it was animated. Oh the simple pleasures of children, ey?
It took me an absolute age to find both these films, I thought they’d disappeared into a great vacuum of filmic history!