Friday, 11 August 2017

My Unpopular Disney Opinions

Hi lovelies! There's been quite a few times where I've found myself very much in the minority with my Disney opinions so today I thought I'd share a few of my unpopular opinions in the hope I find someone who agrees with me, haha! Before I begin this though, I wanted to state that these are just my own (garbage) thoughts and I'm not here to bash anyone who has a different opinion to me!

1. I know most Disney fans are sick of Frozen but I still love it!
I'm not going to lie, the merchandise is definitely a bit OTT and I think everyone's heard Let It Go one too many times, but I still love the film so much. Bring on Frozen 2!

2. I don't understand why Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid are some of the most beloved Disney films
Of course I like them but in comparison to other Disney films, even from the same era, I'm not sure why they get the most love?! There are at least 20 Disney animated classics that I prefer in preference to them. Eeeek.

3. Every time Disney announces a new live action re-telling film I'm just like YYAAASSSS!
I think they're a great way for Disney to update their best-loved stories for a new generation I love that they add extra details to the story in doing so!

4. I think Zooptropolis did deserve to win the Oscar over Moana
Don't get me wrong, I love, love, LOVE Moana, but I think Zootropolis is a more well-rounded film and it's message is especially important with what is happening in the world right now (Donald Trump, I'm looking at you).

5. I don't really like Tinkerbell
I know this is like Disney fan sacrilege but I've just always found her a bit annoying! I love Peter Pan as a film though so of course I'll still be picking up some pieces from the upcoming Cath Kidston x Peter Pan collection, even if they are covered in Tinkerbell motifs!

6. The soundtrack from the second Lion King film is better than the first
He Lives In You is better than Circle of Life. Don't @ me.

Hahaha... Don't mind me I'll just be hiding in the corner forever now! Feel free to give me a tweet if you agree or disagree with any of these! *gulp*


Saturday, 5 August 2017

The 2017 Disney Halloween Gift Exchange!

Hi lovelies! I don't know about you but despite the fact I'm a Summer baby through-and-through, as the days creep closer to Autumn I'm already getting excited for Halloween! Last year I organised a Disney Halloween gift exchange on Twitter so I thought I'd organise another this year to satisfy my Halloween cravings! In case you're not familiar with gift exchanges, you'll be given a person to send a gift to and you'll receive one yourself off someone else. It's a great way to get to know more people in the Disney community!

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If this sounds like something you'd like to take part in, here are all the details:

1. As with last year the theme for this gift exchange is Disney and Halloween, so make sure you include something Halloween-y in your gift, like some themed sweets or a print/card (Alice Vitrum's Deadly Apple Print would be perfect!). If you'd like to see examples of the gifts people sent last year, take a look at the #DisneyHalloweenGE hashtag on Twitter.

2. The budget is £10 again but handmade gifts are more than welcome!

3. This will be a secret exchange - I will collect everyone's details and then randomly allocate everyone a person to send to! Remember to include your twitter handle with your gift so the recipient knows who sent it!

4. This is open to anyone who would like to take part but only addresses in Europe I'm afraid due to postage costs!

5. I will be collecting details until the end of 1st October and I'll let everyone know who their recipient is shortly after that

6. You can begin posting your gift from the moment you know who your recipient is, but the last posting date is Friday 13th October so everyone can receive their gift before Halloween. If I haven't heard from anyone that they've posted their gift before this date I'll be chasing people so make sure to let me know when yours is posted!

7. Due to problems with a couple of gifts last year, you must obtain proof of postage and send a photo of this to me once you've posted your gift

8. If you haven't received a gift by 23rd October let me know and I'll sort something out for you - everyone will definitely receive something one way or another!

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If you'd like to get involved, send me a direct message on Twitter (@kindnesscourage) with these details:

1. Your full name and address
2. Whether you'd be happy to post to another country in the EU
(Don't worry if not, I totally know what it's like to be on a budget!)
3. A few of your favourite Disney characters/films
(To make it easier for the person who is buying for you)
4. Whether you'd be happy to receive sweets/chocolates

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I think that's everything! As always, feel free to pop me a tweet or a direct message if there's anything you're unsure of or would like to ask!



Friday, 4 August 2017

5 Films I Wish Disney Would Make More Merch Of

Hi lovelies! As a regular shopper with the Disney Store (25 years old and I still place an order about once a month...) I can't help but notice that they seem to cycle through the same number of films for merchandise which unfortunately means quite a few get left out! So today I thought I'd share 5 of the films I've been wishing for more merchandise of:

I honestly don't know if I've ever seen a single piece of Tarzan merchandise on the Disney Store website in recent years, aside from the DVD itself! Tarzan is such a great, great film so I can't understand why it doesn't feature on any products.

The Princess and the Frog
Although there is a fair bit more of The Princess and the Frog merchandise about than other films I've included in this list, there is still a lot less of it in comparison to some of the other Princess films. I've been after a Tiana mug for months but the Disney Store hasn't released a single one recently!

Mulan is easily one of my favourite ever Disney films so it breaks my heart that Disney seem to mostly neglect it in the merchandise department. With the upcoming live action adaptation though I'm hoping it might get some more love. Fingers crossed for an Art of Mulan collection!

Wreck-It Ralph
Despite being released only 5 years ago Wreck-It Ralph seems to have already disappeared off the Disney Store's radar which is such a shame. Like Mulan though, Wreck-It Ralph has another film on the way, Wreck-It Ralph 2, so hopefully we'll see some more pieces then. I need something with Vanellope on!

And finally who doesn't want a beautiful Hercules mug?! I'd have thought Meg and the Muses would have at least made it onto some merchandise from their sheer sass but there's never anything from this film available!

So please Disney Store give some of your other films a little love! Let's face it, I'd probably buy a mug of every Disney film I like if I could haha!

What Disney films would you like to see more merchandise of?


Monday, 17 July 2017

Summer 2017 Disney Wishlist

Hi lovelies! As usual over the past few weeks I've been building up yet another wishlist of Disney merchandise that I'll probably be adding to my basket before long, so I thought I'd share a few of my favourite recent finds today:

1. Tale As Old As Time T-Shirt, EMP - £19.99
2. Winnie the Pooh Mug with Lid, Disney Store - £12.99 
3. Baymax Mug, Disney Store - £12.99
4. Best Day Ever T-Shirt, EMP - £24.99
5. Disney Animators' Collection Mug, Disney Store - £9.99
6. Remy Ratatouille Tsum Tsum, Disney Store - £3
7. Beauty and the Beast Shirt, EMP - £24.99
8. Belle Quote Mug, Disney Store - £8.99
9. Lilo & Stitch Earring Set, EMP - £12.99

As you can see I've had my eye on a fair few mugs from the Disney Store recently! Their mug designs seem to be getting better and better and I've been loving the new Princess ones, especially this Belle one (#8). I'm trying to limit my mug buying at the moment as we're about to move into a tiny (but adorable) new flat but I don't think I'll be able to resist this one much longer!

EMP have also been killing it recently with their Disney clothes. I happened to be on a train when I spotted the Best Day Ever shirt on their website (#4) and I actually said "oh my god" out-loud, haha! I'm going to have to scrape some pennies together to buy this to wear on a future Disney trip!

And finally how ridiculously cute is this Remy Tsum Tsum (#6)? He's being released tomorrow morning and I will definitely have to get my paws on him. His little chef hat is just an ILLEGAL level of cuteness.

What Disney finds have you come across recently?


Sunday, 2 July 2017

My 10 Favourite Disney Soundtracks

Hi lovelies! I was actually planning on doing an updated "my ten favourite Disney songs" post when I found that I was having difficulty choosing between songs from the same soundtracks so I thought I'd make my life a little easier and share my favourite soundtracks instead!

10. Mary Poppins
The catchiest, most adorable songs! I'm so excited to see what Disney do with the songs for the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns film too.

9. Pocahontas
This soundtrack is just on a next level with its beautiful, meaningful lyrics. I can't listen to "Just Around The Riverbend" without feeling like I want to run out the door and take every chance life throws at me!

8. Frozen
I'm sure a few years ago this would have been much higher in this list but I have to admit even I'm getting a little tired of "Let It Go" now.

7. The Lion King 2
I'm sure I'll probably get kicked out of the Disney fandom for this but the soundtrack for the second Lion King film is just better than the first, okay?! "Not One Of Us" is just uh-mazing (*insert 10 clapping emojis here*)

6. Tangled
"I See The Light" is hands down the greatest Disney love song. Ever.

5. Aladdin
Even my not-100%-keen-on-Disney boyfriend loves this soundtrack! It's hard to listen to any one of the songs without wanting to sing along!

4. Hercules
Bless my soul, HERC WAS ON A ROLL. No other Disney soundtrack has quite this much sass.

3. Moana
This soundtrack just proves how Disney are still very much on top of their game with producing brilliant, original songs still. There's honestly not a single song on this soundtrack that I didn't love from the moment I first heard it!

2. Tarzan
I'm not going to lie, pretty much every Disney soundtrack makes me tear up but none do it quite as well as the Tarzan one! Phil Collins' voice tho.

1. Mulan
As the top two songs on my 10 favourite Disney songs post were from this film, it's not surprising this is my most beloved soundtrack! LET'S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS TO DEFEAT THE HUNS.

Would you guys choose the same soundtracks? Let me know which ones would make your list!


Thursday, 29 June 2017

5 Female Disney Characters That Inspire Me

Hi lovelies! As Disney continue to make new films I think they're getting better and better at making more diverse, strong female characters. As a result there's so many Disney female characters that I look up to and draw inspiration from so I thought today I'd share five of my favourite heroines:

Ella - the live action Cinderella
Ella's unwavering kindness and optimism are so truly inspiring. Throughout the film she faces many hardships yet she's always able to pick herself back up and remain hopeful for the future. The example of this that always sticks out for me is when a local farmer comes to tell Ella that her father died on his trip away. Despite her grief and the horrible comments from her step-mother and sisters, she thanks the farmer as she understands that it must have been very difficult for him to bring her this news. That's why I want to get the quote that Ella lives by in the film, "have courage and be kind", as my first Disney tattoo. It's such a great life message.

Tiana - The Princess and the Frog
Whenever I'm lounging in bed procrastinating I always think of that bit near the start of The Princess and the Frog where Tiana comes home from one job and goes straight back out to another! Tiana is always working hard in pursuit of her dreams which is why I watched The Princess and the Frog on 1st January this year - I'm trying to make 2017 the year where I have Tiana's kind of drive to chase my own dreams!

Rapunzel - Tangled: Before Ever After
I've always loved Rapunzel but it wasn't until I saw the TV movie that accompanies the new Disney Channel show that I really started to relate to her and become inspired by her. As well as always remaining kind despite the traumas she's been through in her life, in Before Ever After Rapunzel is determined to live her life on her own terms and won't let anyone stop her from her love of exploring and experiencing new things. This is something I'm facing myself right now so I'll be drawing lots of inspiration from Rapunzel to keep myself from wavering.

Judy Hopps - Zootropolis
Like she says in the film, Judy Hopps doesn't know when to quit and even when people are stomping all over her dreams and laughing at her for them, this just makes her even more driven to achieve them. She doesn't care that the odds are stacked against her or the difficulties she faces in chasing her goals, she just keeps working hard. GIRL, YES.

Mulan never needs saving by anyone, not Shang, nor any of the other soldiers. If anything if she's not saving herself, she's saving someone else, like the whole of China for example...! She's so strong willed and determined, and she never gives up which is a total inspiration for me.

I'm sure I'm forgetting some other kick-ass girls here so I'll likely do a part two to this in future! Which female Disney characters inspire you?


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Why I Love Kylo Ren So Much

Hi lovelies! I was recently flicking through the recent Vanity Fair issue that had a feature on the upcoming Last Jedi film and I was just overwhelmed with my love for Kylo Ren (y'know... As you do...). I know there's a lot of people who aren't the biggest fan of him so I thought I'd write a post where I attempt to explain why I think he's such a brilliant character in the hope I can convert a few of you! Just a warning - this post will contain spoilers for The Force Awakens so proceed with caution!

He's beautiful AF
I mean, let's get the obvious out of the way first right? When he takes his helmet off in The Force Awakens, OH MY GOSH. That hair though. I spoke to someone on Instagram who said she audibly gasped in the cinema at that bit and girl, YES.

He is not your average villain
Whether it's Disney, Star Wars or any other franchise, I've never really been a fan of villains so it took me by surprise when I came out of the cinema loving Kylo! I think this is because he's not the usual villain as he is conflicted about which path he should take, between the dark side and the light. Combined with his emotional instability, I think this makes him a much more interesting and realistic villain than ones that are 100% villainous as you're never really sure what he'll do or how he'll react and I'm looking forward to seeing how this plays out in the next two films.

He's also a complete badass
There's a lot of examples I could give here but my favourite has to be the scene in the forest towards the end where he purposely smacks the injury in his side from Chewbacca, acting like it's totally no biggie that he's just been shot and is casually bleeding all over the place.

His imagery is EVERYTHING
From his awesome-as-hell crossguard lightsaber, to the design of his ship and costume, everything about Kylo's concept is so aesthetically pleasing. It also reflects his personality brilliantly, such as the serrated edges on his lightsaber which are due to the crystal inside that powers it being incredibly powerful yet unstable.

So there we are... That's why I'm hopelessly in love with Kylo Ren haha. I'm so excited to find out more about his background in the upcoming films and to see how much he lets himself be cosumed by the dark side. I hope I've at least convinced anyone who wasn't previously a fan of him just a little bit of how great a character is!

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