Congratulations Newies!

Waking up was hard this morning. All I had to do was open my eyes to the shining light coming through my window and the sound of the Metra train coming into the station. I was tried and I didn’t want to get up but I had to. I opened my eyes to see that I slept with my computer on my stomach again. Working late nights to get work done just hours before they are due has become a very bad habit of mine.

Trying to wake up, I woke my computer up telling it that we had work to do. The screen turned on, blinding me with the sight of my Facebook page. I couldn’t remember why I was on there on the first place. But since I was already logged on, I looked at my New Feed. As a musical theatre geek, I love watching and celebrating the Tonys. They are everything to me. So it’s natural that I follow Broadway pages on facebook. All over my News Feed were the nominees for the Tonys. I was so excited. I clicked one of the Links and saw that Newies was nominated for 8 awards including Best Musical.

Newies cam out in 1992 staring a young Christian Bale. The story takes place around the turn of the century. The way the news got around in the morning, was through the Newies, a group of boys who sold the newspapers. When the head of a newspaper company raises the money for how many papers the Newies could sell for, they were outrages. They basically had to give back whatever they were paid. So they decide to strike the head of the company.This movie, made by Disney, is on of the best musical movies that came out during the 90s. It had great music, great dancing, and a wonderful storyline.

So congrats Newies for going to the Tonys. You have come a long way since just being a movie with a young Christian Bale.

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Disney Channel, Where in the World Did You Go?

Lizzie McGuire

That’s So Raven

Even Stevens

The Proud Family

The Famous Jet Jackson

Bug Juice

Kim Possible

Dave the Barberian

What ever happened to these shows? In the 90s and the early 2000s, these were the shows that everyone watched on Disney Channel that actually made sense. There were no wizards, no secret pop stars, no dancers. They were shows about preteens/teens dealing with real problems. Yeah Kim Possible was a super spy along with Jett Jackson, but they had story lines that didn’t sugar coat problems people went through like today. I will have to say that the only Disney Channel show worth watching now is Phineas and Ferb. That show brings the true meaning of what Disney Channel use to be: Fun and educational. What was your favorite show?

Journal Entry: My Favorite Disney Movies

What was my favorite Disney movie? That has been a big question since I entered into college. For a while I pretended that it was the Lion King. But then I realized that I only like the movie because I love the musical. But this took a year to really think about the answer for. I was lost thinking about every single Disney movie I watched as a child over and over again. What movie I watched every week not which one I had the most toys from because that was what my parents and my Grandparents got me. It was a challenged but after a year of thinking, I think I came up with the answer.

I thought about the times I would visit my Big Mama, my mom’s mother, over on the West Side of Chicago. Since she only had local channels, I would bring over my own movies to watch. The three movies I would always bring were The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Oliver and Company, The Rescuers: Down Under, and The Fox and the Hound. Sure I loved the Disney Princesses and I was a huge fan of Peter Pan since I loved Tinkerbell so much. But those four movies were always the ones I would watch. Kind of strange isn’t it?

My favorite Disney Movies

However they weren’t strange or random picks by a five-year-old going to her Big Mama’s house. All four movies were related in a way. These four movies weren’t fairy tales where the main character got everything they wanted, well maybe Oliver and Company, but all of them had the message of being different is normal. That you have to face your problems head on and that no matter what, you will have friends by your side. Now you might be saying “Hey there Monica, that’s The Lion King you are talking about.” But it’s not. The Lion King had a whole different message to it. Yes those were the sub messages, but the main one was that you have to follow the circle of life. My four favorite movies dealt with more serious issues. They were a bit darker than most, and they had a more mature story line than the Lion King. (Please don’t kill me) These three movies including The Great Mouse Detective, which I never owned but saw on a few occasions, were some of the most underrated Disney films ever. They deserve more hype than they have.

Sitting with friends and talking about why we love the films we loved, I knew why I love these three films better than any other Disney movie. Yes the Lion King showed Mufasa’s death and all that jazz, but it didn’t show the true darkness and sadness that the Hunchback showed. It didn’t show the loneliness that Oliver and Company had. And it didn’t show the true bound of Friendship and trust that Oliver and Company had. I might be rambling right now but this is a simple journal entry about my thoughts about my favorite Disney movies. I just feel like they should be heard. What was your favorite Disney movie and why? Do you think it’s underrated?