The world of Disney was created by Walter Elias Disney, who created many immortal works and characters. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck… all over the world people know those characters. Walt Disney said that “all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” He is so outstanding. I think that Disney animation is very famous all over the world. It always give us hopes and dreams. It makes us smile. Why is it so famous and popular? I will show you what I mean.
My Favorite Disney Animation History
1. Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast is a feature film which was made in 1991. It is said that the original was a French folk story. The main characters are Belle and the Beast. Belle has a beautiful heart and appearance. Beast is actually a prince, but he was curse by a witch. He met Belle and changed his heart. Recently this story was made into a live-action version through movies and plays. The latest version of Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon, was released in 2017. Emma Watson played Belle. Her beauty was a hot topic all over the world.
Cinderella is a feature film which was made in 1950. It is said that the original story was written by Charles Perrault (in French). The main character is Cinderella. She is kinder than any other person. She always has dreams and hopes. She can also talk with animals. Animals and her Fairy Godmother helped her. Cinderella sings “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes.” It was so popular that it became nominated for an Academy Award. Cinderella was made into a live-action version through movies. It was released in 2015.
3 The Little Mermaid.
The Little mermaid is a feature film which was made in 1989. This story is about the adventure and love of a mermaid. Her name is Ariel. She lives under the sea with her sisters and father. She is a friend of Flounder (a yellow fish) and Sebastian (a red lobster). Flounder is so cute, but a coward. Sebastian is powerful. He can also sing a song well. Ariel wants to go to a new world, which means land. She went there and met Prince Eric in the new world, and they fell in love. Shiki Theater Company in Fukuoka is presenting this work now.
III About the Soundtrack
I introduce my favorite sound track of Top 3.
1 Part Of Your World (The Little Mermaid)
I love t his song. This song is sung by Ariel. It sings of aspiration of the new world. I have studied dance for 15 years. When I had a dance recital, I used this song. This song has been sung by many famous singers now, including Carly Rae Jepsen, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, the Jonas Brothers, and so on.
2 I See The Light (Tangled)
This song is sung by Rapunzel. She is so cute and active. She hopes to see the light outside the tower where she is kept secluded. This song was sung when she saw the light for the first time. Rapunzel had prayed for the light. She was kidnapped by a witch and searched for by her mother and father. The animation is so fantastic. This scene is said that it is similar to a festival in Thailand. It is a festival of prayer for Buddha. It is held in November every year. I want to see it in the future.
3 A Whole New World (Aladdin)
This song is sung as a duet by Aladdin and Jasmine. They were riding on a magic carpet and viewing the beautiful world scenery. They differed in social standing. Because Jasmine was a princess of Agrabah. But they were attracted to each other. This song won an Academy Award in 1992.
Disney Resorts in the World
There are six Disney Resorts around the world. First, Disneyland Resort in California. Next, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort in China, and Shanghai Disneyland in China. There are many attractions and characters. We can enjoy attractions, restaurants and shops. Many people visit there. And the Disney Resorts make them happy and excited. I will tell you my recommended attraction.
Disneyland Resort in California.
Disneyland Resort was made in California in 1955. It has two theme parks. They are Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. I recommend the attractions in Fantasyland. This is “It’s a Small World.” You can also ride on this in Tokyo, but it has different features between Tokyo and California. In California, the color of the buildings is white. And you can see 37 Disney characters: Cinderella, Lilo and Stitch, Alice, Ariel and Flounder, Woody and Jessie, and so on. If you have a chance to ride, let’s search for them. Another attraction is Radiator Springs Racers. It is in Disney California Adventure Park. In this attraction, you can see characters from the film Cars. This land’s size is bigger than Tokyo Dome and reproduces the animation completely.
Walt Disney World in Florida
Walt Disney World Resort was made in Florida in 1971. It has two theme parks. They are Disney Park and Disney Water Park. I recommend the attraction in Epcot Center. It is The Sea with Nemo & Friends. We can enjoy it as if we are in the sea. We can also see dolphins and manatees there.
Disneyland Paris in France
Disneyland Paris was made in France in 1992. It has three theme parks. They are Park Disneyland, Walt Disney Studios Park, and Golf Disneyland. I introduce Castle of Sleeping Beauty. It is a pink color and so cute. It is said that it was made in a German “Neuschwanstein Castle” motif. The inside can rotate on foot, and there is the “Sleeping Beauty Gallery,” a part under the ground of the second floor contains the “cave of the dragon.”
V New Disney Animation
I will show you about new Disney animation. I choose Zootopia, Frozen, and Inside Head. Recently Disney animation is popular among not only children but also adults. When we watch them, our hearts were moved.
Zootopia was released in 2016. The main character is Judy, a rabbit, and Nick, a fox. This is animation. The figure of Judy doing her best towards a dream gives us courage. And I am impressed with the posture that continues making an effort even if she attains her dream. I taught my heart to value a family, a heart not to give up.
Frozen was released in 2013. This is a Disney work which assumes the first double heroine, namely, two Disney princesses, as chief characters in history. Their names are Elsa and Anna. In this animation the songs are especially famous, for example, “Let It Go.” As a song inserted into the play, Idina Menzel, the singer, sings songs a voice actor of the princess Elsa position, an American actress. In Japan, it was sung by Takako Matsu.
Three Inside Head
Inside head was released in 2015. This story is about the inside of Riley’s head. Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger are found in there. They grow up through various events. I can calm down and think that it has a reason when I am afraid, when I am disgusted, when I am angry, and when I grieve, and think that a tangle is developed in the head in various ways to be kind, and to contact others.
There are a lot of unique characters in Disney animation. But I think that it may be common. It is not to give up an obedient thing and a dream. I think that there are a lot of fans simply because the message reaches the person who watches. And we can see characters and enjoy if we go to Disney World Resort. As a result, Disney can give hopes and dreams to many people. I want to continue watching the evolution of Disney from now on.