Last week’s post about Disney’s Descendants 2 had me thinking about musicals.
Are you a fan of musicals?
I am. In fact, some of my fondest memories are sitting around the TV with my parents watching them. As a child, The Wizard of Oz was probably one of my favourites. I loved every glorious minute of that movie and still do. I have since transferred that love to my kids, and the Little Mouse could watch that movie repeatedly. Skipping down a pretend yellow, brick road never gets old.
I loved watching West Side Story over and over again with my mom. Singing Maria and America, and my mom’s favourite I Feel Pretty. I love that she still has the original soundtrack on vinyl.
I learned that a Spoonful of Sugar always helps the medicine go down from Mary Poppins, and how to say goodbye in a few different ways in So Long, Farwell from The Sound of Music. I also have fond memories of singing Do-Re-Mi, which I still know to this day. (Let’s face it, I probably know the whole soundtrack by heart).
I don’t think I appreciated Singin’ in the Rain, when I was younger, but watch in awe at the fancy footwork of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor.
Of course, you can’t talk about musicals without including Grease. Danny Zuko, Rizzo, Frenchie, Kenickie and Sandy. Those characters are legendary. Those songs will forever be burned in my memory and connect me to dancing on the couch to Greased Lightnin’, or belting out Beauty School Dropout and another one of my mom’s favourites Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee and There are Worse Things I Could Do. The movie musical is gold.
Annie is another childhood favourite. Carol Burnett’s Miss Hannigan is one of my all-time beloved drunks in a movie, and it’s hard to choose the top tune with hits like Tomorrow, It’s a Hard-Knock Life and You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile. The re-make with Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis is okay, and my kids like it, however for me there is no Miss Hannigan but Burnett.
Disney movies fall into this category too, including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Frozen and the latest Disney princess offering Moana. And with the latest live-action remakes on the rise, I think the studios are doing both the animated originals, and their soundtracks justice.
I’ll even throw in a few non-Disney animated musicals that I think are great including, Rio (and Rio 2), Trolls, Sing, and any of the Chipmunk movies. My kids adore all of them and while I think D would rather scoop his eyeball out than watch Trolls again, I still like it.
There are the musical movies that are so bad, they’re good, including Hairspray, Rent and Mamma Mia; and while I enjoyed the theatre shows more than these movies, I still always stop to watch them if they are on TV.
So, did I miss any good ones? What are some of your favourites?
Today’s Music Monday pic is America from West Side Story. I dare you not to tap your toes while you watch Rita Moreno (Anita) sings about the great land of America! Is it ironic that George Chakiris’ (Bernardo) arguments against America are still valid today?
Things that make you go hmmmm….