With Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast being released in just a few months, my excitement is at an all-time high! I've always been a huge #Disney fan, and I feel like a lot of people forget about the live-action films due to the popularity of the animated classics. So, I've composed this list to give the forgotten greats a shoutout. Most of these are nostalgic for me, as they were huge parts of my childhood.
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10. 'The Parent Trap' (1998)
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson
I'm sure you all know the plot of this remake of the 1961 comedy: Two girls meet at summer camp, realize they're identical, and yet it still manages to take them 30 minutes to come to the conclusion that they might be related. Separated at birth by their divorcing parents, the girls reunite and plot to bring their parents back together.
This was Lohan's breakout performance, back before she was a household name, and she is the highlight of the movie, playing both Hallie and Annie to perfection. However, the supporting cast — notably Elaine Hendrix as the evil fiancé Meredith — really bring the movie together and make it the classic it is.
9. 'Mighty Ducks'
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson and Joss Ackland
Everyone loves an underdog story, and I personally love it even more when Emilio Estevez is involved. Estevez plays Gordan Bombay, an ex-ice hockey player currently completing his community service as a pee-wee hockey coach. His team, "District 5," is inexperienced and just plain bad to begin with, but with Bombay's coaching they transform into the mighty Ducks. Overcoming adversity and getting to the finals of the championship, it's everything you'd expect and hope for in a film like this.
8. 'Mary Poppins'
Starring: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and David Tomlinson
Yes, there is an animated sequence, but it counts. Besides, you can't have not seen this movie. There has been buzz about #EmilyBlunt taking on the role of Mary for a remake, however nothing will ever beat this original musical classic.
Andrews plays the "practically perfect in every way" #MaryPoppins, an all-singing, all-dancing super nanny. She floats down from her umbrella in the sky to bring the Banks' children in line, and boy does she! From the first "Spoonful of Sugar" to the last "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," Mary and Bert (Van Dyke) bring this story to life (although, the dancing penguins help). This fun-packed picture is one of the first Disney films I ever saw, and it is definitely an all-time classic in my house.
7. 'The Pacifier'
Starring: Vin Diesel, Brittany Snow and Lauren Graham
If you haven't seen this film, go see it right now. It's an unusual choice, and I feel some people may not agree with me. While the plot of this movie might seem a bit obvious, that doesn't stop the amazing #VinDiesel from busting out his comedic chops and making movie magic with a cast of talented youngsters.
After the death of her husband (top-secret scientist), Julie Plummer (Faith Ford) enlists the help of Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe (Diesel) to protect her children while she goes out of town to find out what her husband was working on. Wolfe has a difficult time bringing the five Plummer kids under control. From becoming a drivers ed instructor, a den mother, wrestling an unruly sports coach and learning the "Peter Panda Dance," Shane must work to look after the children and stop the threat against them, before it's too late.
Starring: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey and Idina Menzel
Yes, this also has animated moments, but the vast majority is set in the real world, so it counts. #AmyAdams plays the overlooked Disney princess Giselle, who lives in the magical world of Andalasia. Everything is perfect — her animal friends help her out of every tough situation, and she's about to live happily ever after with her "true love" Prince Edward (James Marsden). That is, until the evil Queen Narcissa (Susan Sarandon) banishes her to our world. The very confused and naive Giselle runs into Robert (Dempsey) and his daughter, and starts a brand new adventure, causing lots of hilarious chaos along the way.
Incredibly overlooked by Disney fans, however Giselle has always been a firm favorite of mine, and #PatrickDempsey was the first Disney character to dispute spontaneous sing-alongs (not Flynn Rider!).
5. 'Pirates Of The Caribbean'
Starring: Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom
As if I could leave #POTC off this list. Admittedly I'm not a fan of the fourth film, but the trailer for Dead Men Tell No Tales looks as if the series may be back on the up and up:
The movies tell the story of Capt. Jack Sparrow (Depp), Elizabeth Swann (Knightley) and Will Turner (Bloom) and their adventures on dangerous waters, battling krakens, Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), maelstroms and scary goddess wannabe Calypso (Naomie Harris).
4. 'Bedknobs & Broomsticks'
Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson and Roddy McDowall
National treasure Angela Lansbury stars in this film, which always let my imagination run wild when I was younger. Before anyone says anything, yes there are animated sequences, and yes I am still counting it.
Trainee witch, Miss Eglantine Price (Lansbury), takes in three children who are being evacuated during the Blitz. In search of the mysterious Professor Emilius Browne (Tomlinson), Miss Price takes the kids, and her bed, into London to get her final magic lesson, which proves more difficult than she thinks. Long story short, after a sing song on Portabello Road, a musical trip to the ocean and a crazy soccer match in the jungle, it turns out magic may just be the key to saving the day.
3. 'Hocus Pocus'
Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy
A #Halloween staple in my household, this hilarious tale of three sister witches coming back for one final scare is essential viewing for any Disney fan.
Young Max (Omri Katz) is a very skeptical virgin (it's relevant, I promise), who's just moved to Salem, at Halloween. He lights a candle and events spiral out of control. Between his crush, his sister and Binks the talking cat (Sean Murray), he tries to defeat the three witches, who only want to steal the life force from the children of #Salem to remain immortal. Easy!
This movie is hilarious from start to finish — not too scary for younger viewers, and with just the right amount of innuendo for the adults in the audience. My personal favorite is the trip to "Satan's" house.
2. 'The Princess Diaries (1&2)'
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews and Hector Elizondo
I loved the Princess Diaries books, all 11 of them (yes, there are 11). Anne Hathaway plays embarrassing, geeky teenage girl Mia Thermopolis, who is about to find out she's a princess of a small European country called Genovia. She gets a makeover from the hilarious Paolo (Larry Miller) and with the help of her grandmother Clarisse (Andrews), her best friend Lilly (Heather Matarazzo) and her bodyguard (Elizondo) she learns what being a princess is all about.
In the sequel, a more mature, college-grad Mia moves to Genovia to begin her role as Queen. However, a plot against her tries to stop her reign and the scheming John Rhys-Davies and #ChrisPine try to steal the throne. It's not an Oscar winner by any means, but it's a fabulous cheesy movie, with an amazing soundtrack.
Starring: Lily James, Richard Madden and Cate Blanchett
The classic re-telling of my favorite Disney animated classic. Yes, I loved it. Yes, it was perfect. Lily James is my perfect #Cinderella, and #CateBlanchett was fittingly terrible as the wicked stepmother, Lady Tremaine. The ball scenes were amazing and I even enjoyed Bellatrix Lestrange — I mean, Helena Bonham-Carter — as the spacey fairy godmother. They also give more of a backstory to Ella, which I loved. If you love fairytales as much as I do, you will want to watch this immediately.
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