Monday, March 21, 2011

Back to Normal

Whew!  That was a wild ride.  Never in my wildest imaginings did I expect such an awesome response for this giveaway--that was unbelievable!  Clearly there are some book lovers out there who are willing to go the distance to win books or book paraphenalia or gift cards to buy books!  Clearly you are a tasteful group!

In terms of a winner, well here's the thing...I am experiencing technical difficulties.  The Random Number Generator picked a random number, I cross-referenced it with my spreadsheet, and checked that the requirements for entry had been met...and hit a roadblock.  I'm hoping to have this resolved today in order to announce the winner.  If I cannot get it resolved, it's back to the Random Number Generator, so stay tuned.

 But now it's time to get back to normal here on the blog.  Normally, I talk books and whatever else strikes my fancy.  And today, I'm talking Disney movies...not the new ones...the oldies.  And not the animated ones--the live action ones that were just good, clean fun, minus the special effects.  Bascially, the ones some of you have missed out on, and that's a darn shame.

Over the past few years I have systematically been checking out all the old live-action Disney movies that I loved when I was a kid and watching them with my boys.  These are kids who LOVE video games and cool special effects.  But they also love slapstick humor and out-and-out silliness, and they have loved these.  Here are my top five.  Please feel free to list your faves in the comments.  I'd love to think I've missed one or two...




1.  The North Avenue Irregulars...a CLASSIC, full of hilarious hi-jinks
2.  The Apple Dumpling Gang...two kooky but loveable small-time thiefs foil some true criminals
3.  The Swiss Family Robinson...a shipwreck, pirates, an ostrich race, and a little romance
4.  Mary Poppins...practically perfect in every way
5.  The Absent-minded Professor...so out of control, it's cringe-worthy

Runners up: The Parent Trap, That Darn Cat, The Shaggy Dog, Candleshoe
Anybody else got a favorite?

8 comments:

Stacy said...

Am I no longer your friend if I admit that I haven't seen any of your favorites, not even Mary Poppins? Clearly, I should be adding these to my Netflix queue as I love old Disney.

I am a huge fan of the original Parent Trap and That Darn Cat.

David Cranmer said...

My favorite Disney will always be 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Starring Kirk Douglas and James Mason.

Sarakastic said...

I watched Swiss Family Robinson like a billion times, I must have had a crush on one of the actors...(Don't judge, Matt Damon wasn't around yet)..I will have to check out The North Avenue Irregulars..

Amosette said...

I love mary poppins! The others im not familiar with but it gives me a good list to look for and check out. Thanks

Alyssa Goodnight said...

All I can say, Stacy, is you need to plunk yourself down in front of a TV and have a little Disney marathon one day soon. Then we'll talk. :)

I'm not sure I've ever seen that one, David. Must remedy that!

Fritz or Ernst, Sarakastic? ;)

Yes, definitely check them out, Amosette!

Teenage Bride said...

I have not seen The North Avenue Irregulars..... i should check it out

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

A ROCKING list--esp. the first two. Add in one more: Pete's Dragon.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Definitely check it out, Jill! It's hilarious!

Green Girl, that is an excellent addition!