Quick 5 – Disney Movies and Cartoons

Last month, I posted about ‘feel good’ films. As I said at the time, I could have chosen 25 or 50 ‘feel good’ films, because once I started thinking about them … well, you know how it is!

spirited awayOne category of movies that I missed out completely was cartoons/animation. Those of you who have been with us a while know that I’m a huge fan of Studio Ghibli and the genius of Hayao Miyazaki. Whether it’s the splendour of Howl’s Moving Castle, the sweet tale of Kiki’s Delivery Service or the sometimes scary adventure in Spirited Away, these award-winning animated films delight all ages! If you’ve never seen them, they are worth checking out, especially on a cold, darklady and tramp winter’s evening.

And while you’re at it, why not revisit some of your Disney favourites? The other night, lovely hubby and I did just that. There was nothing else to watch on TV and he’d never seen Lady and the Tramp (!!), so we spent a lovely couple of hours watching and enjoying. It still make me smile to think of Lady calling her humans ‘Jim Dear’ and ‘Darling’. And that Tramp … what a guy!

DisneySo, I thought we’d have some Quick 5 fun on the blog today, covering the topic of Disney movies and cartoons … though feel free to add in other animated favourites.

1. Minnie Mouse or Daisy Duck? (For the blokes – Mickey, Donald, Pluto or Goofy?)

2. Favourite Disney characters?

3. Favourite Disney film?

4. Favourite Disney sidekick?

5. If you were a Disney character, who would you be?

Bonus question – have you seen any of the Studio Ghibli films and which is your favourite?



  • Jane says:

    Hey Anna,
    1. I’ll have to go with Minnie.
    2. Belle and Rapunzel
    3. Beauty and the Beast and Tangled
    4. Lumiere
    5. I want to be Belle just so that I can have that grand library.
    I love Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle.

    • Helen Sibbritt says:

      Love your answers Jane and have fun with th Rooster


    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hey Jane – commiserations on having to put up with that pesky bird – but yay on a great night of hockey for both of us last night!

      What a great answer to why you’d like to be Belle! Having seen One Upon a Time, I could handle being Belle to spend some time with Robert Carlyle (not when he’s got that creepy grrn make-up on, though *g*)!

    • Jane, congrats on the bird! I’d love to have Belle’s library, too.

  • Helen Sibbritt says:

    Hi Anna

    I really enjoy these here is my answers

    1. Minnie Mouse or Daisy Duck? (For the blokes – Mickey, Donald, Pluto or Goofy?)

    Minnie mouse

    2. Favourite Disney characters?

    Belle from Beauty and the Beast

    3. Favourite Disney film?

    Beauty and the Beast and Lady and The Tramp and Snow White LOL sorry I couldn’t just pick 1

    4. Favourite Disney sidekick?


    5. If you were a Disney character, who would you be?


    Bonus question – have you seen any of the Studio Ghibli films and which is your favourite?

    No I haven’t but I will be trying to get them I am sure the grandkids and I would love to watch them

    Have Fun

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I’m so glad you enjoy the Quick Fives, Helen. It’s fun thinking up different topics for you all!

      The Studio Ghibli films are great for older kids because they have really cool storylines. Spirited Away is about a girl who gets lost from her parents and enters a world full of magical beings.

  • Mary Preston says:

    1. I’m going to have to pick one for the blokes – Goofy.

    2. Mary Poppins


    4. Timon & Pumba from THE LION KING.

    5. Mary Poppins: I want that touch of magic thank you.

    I have seen HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE – not long ago actually.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Aww – nice to see Goofy getting some love, Mary!

      I LOVE Mary Poppins! I know people moan about Dick Van Dyke’s terrible Cockney accent, but it’s such a great feel-good film … and of course, there is the most amazing sequence with the penguins. That’s one of the things that got me into collecting penguins!

      Uh oh – now I’ve got ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ on the brain!

  • Disney – what fun!
    1. You know, I’ve never been too interested in either Minnie or Daisy. Maybe that’s because Disney wouldn’t hire women animators for so long. The male characters were far more adventureous and interesting. I guess if I had to choose one, I’d go with Minnie. After all, you can’t find a Daisy Duck ears hat in Disneyworld 🙂
    2, I like them all – but Bambi and Thumper haven’t been mentioned yet, so I’ll pick them.
    3. Always liked Snow White with the dwarves, and Peter Pan. Oh – and Fantasia. Of the newer films, I like Enchanted.
    4. Jiminy Cricket. LOL. Guess I’ve always been a sucker for a top hat.
    5. This is difficult. I’ll be the Sourcer’s Apprentice. I like the idea of commanding the brooms to do the house cleaning 😉

    • Anna Sugden says:

      LOL Donna – I’d like to command brooms to do the cleaning too! I remember getting into Enchanted when you talked about that scene where she commands the beasts to clean the apartment and it’s cockroaches and pigeons!

      I adore Thumper – definitely one of my favourites.

  • Connie Fischer says:

    1. I love Daisy Duck because I had ducks when I was a child.
    2. Cinderella and Goofy are my favorite characters. Yes, strange combination I know. I still love novels with a Cinderella-type plot and I think Goofy’s silly humor is the best.
    3. Lady and the Tramp is the most precious movie.
    4. I’ll stay with Goofy for my favorite sidekick. Maybe he simply mirrors my personality. 🙂
    5. I think I would be Peter Pan because I want to fly and be free to have fun in life.
    6. I have not seen any of the Studio Ghibli films probably because I don’t have any little children at home.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I love Cinderella plots too, Connie. Not just because of the cool shoes *g*, but because they show dreams coming true and nasty people getting what’s owed them!

      The nice thing about Studio Ghibli films is that they work on so many different levels, so you can watch them as an adult and enjoy them (I don’t have kids either and I love them).

  • Janga says:

    1. Daisy Duck, who is one smart duck. Minnie needs rescuing too often.
    2. Belle from Beauty and the Beast because she’s a booklover and a nonconformist.
    3. Alice in Wonderland because it was a girl’s adventure movie when such things were rare, and it has the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat.
    4. Jiminy Cricket because everybody needs a conscience.
    5. I’d like to say Belle, but I’m neither young nor beautiful. A more honest answer might be Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast), who is serious, loyal, and perhaps too much a follower of rules, or Archimedes (The Sword in the Stone), who is highly educated, cranky, stubborn, and sometimes guilty of intellectual arrogance.
    Bonus: My youngest nephew has been a major fan for a long time. Because of him, I’ve seen most of them: Castle in the Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Whisper of the Heart, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and Arrietty. Howl’s Moving Castle is my favorite, but that is partly because I loved Diana Wynne Jones’s book long before I saw the anime.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I’d never thought of it that way, Janga – I always thought Minnie had the best shoes *g*. I like the idea of Daisy being a smart duck – you can buy cute shoes, but you can’t buy smarts!

      Oh cool on your nephew! Howl’s Moving Castle is gorgeous! Such a beautiful film.

  • 1. Minnie, because she always wears such great shoes. Yes, I’m shallow like that! 🙂

    2. Woody from Toy Story. He’s so loyal and such a great guy.

    Ryder from Tangled. He’s a Regency rogue if ever I saw one!

    And as for female characters I have to go with Belle for her love of reading and her sense of adventure. And Rapunzel for spunk and her ability to manipulate Ryder!

    3, Favorite Disney film? That’s a tough one! My top three currently would have to be :


    Beauty and the Beast

    Toy Story 3

    4. Favorite Disney Sidekick?

    Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast

    Maximus from Tangled

    5. The Fairy Godmother from Cinderella! I would love to be able to grant my friends and families their fondest wishes.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      LOL Louisa – I’m just that shallow and we know at least one other Bandita *cough* Tawny *cough* who is too!

      I forgot about Tangled – I saw that on a plane some time ago and loved it!

  • Hey Anna S! What fun. I’ve been revisiting Disney movies a lot the last few years with a house full of grandkids!

    1. Minnie Mouse or Daisy Duck? Daisy. While Minnie is cute, Dasiy is sassy…and for some reason that suits me. Yeah, I don’t know why either, hehehe

    2. Favourite Disney characters? Genie from Aladdin. Robin Williams makes him so….frenetic. BaLou from Jungle Book, I mean who doesn’t love The Bare Necessities? The three fairies from Sleeping Beauty, love them fighting over dress colors!

    3. Favourite Disney film? Recently I’ve loved Tangled. That’s one spunky heroine and the hero is such a wannabe bad boy turned good guy.

    4. Favourite Disney sidekick? uhm…lets’ revisit question 2. Apparently I LOVE sidekicks.

    5. If you were a Disney character, who would you be? Peg, the singing dog in the pound. He’s a tramp, he’s a scoundrel…Oh yes, love that song!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Oh yes, Suz – Peg is fabulous – love the way her fringe droops over one eye and her hip-swaying strut.

      I love that bit in Sleeping Beauty with the fairies!

  • Minna says:

    1. Donald
    2. Donald, Scrooge and Huey, Dewey and Louie.
    3. Robin Hood
    4. Little Helper
    5. Magica De Spell. Sure, she’s a bit mean, but she can do magic.
    Bonus question – have you seen any of the Studio Ghibli films and which is your favourite?
    I’ve only managed to see bits and pieces of them when they’ve been on tv. Somebody is actually making a thesis about them in my university. I think it was about comparing the Finnish and English dubbings and how much more stuff there is in the English version, because you guys don’t tolerate silence as well as Japanese and us Finns.

    By the way, has any one of you read this duck story by Don Rosa?:

    • Anna Sugden says:

      How interesting, Minna. I know that the ‘English’ version is actually driven by Disney, so there is a lot of their influence in the script.

      I think the Studio Ghibli films actually lend themselves to translation into many languages very well because the visuals do a lot of the work. You almost don’t need to hear what’s said because you can see it.

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  • 1. Actually the girls never really did it for me in Disney – that I just realised a dyslexic would probably write as Sidney!

    2. Favourite Disney characters? Baloo the Bear!

    3. Favourite Disney film? The Jungle Book.

    4. Favourite Disney sidekick? Mowgli

    5. If you were a Disney character, who would you be? Sher Khan!

    Hmm, for some reason I’m riffing on the Jungle Book. It’s like a jungle out there. Sometimes I wonder how I keep from going under… Snork!

  • melody may says:

    I love post like this. Being a Disney child love answering question like this.

    1. Minnie, never really was a fan of Daisy
    2. Tough call, but I’m going to with Princess Aurua, Mulan, Robin Hood, and so many more.
    3. Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Tangled
    4. Dory
    5. Mulan or Belle
    Bonus question answer would be no.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      You know, I’ve never seen Mulan, Meldoy May. Must put that right – keep thinking about it every time she pops up in Once Upon a Time.

      Dory is an awesome character – in fact Finding Nemo is a lovely film full of great characters. My favourite scene has to be the seagulls … mine, mine, mine!

  • Anna, fun five!

    I’ll go with Minnie over Daisy. I like Minnie’s hair bow. In fact, I used to have mouse ears with that bow on them, but then the dog we had at the time decided to know the ears, and that as that.

    Favorite Disney Characters would include Mulan, Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty, Belle and the Beast, and Lumiere (I think that’s his name), Pongo, Perdita (animated version only), and Peter Pan. I haven’t kept up with the more recent films since the boy, for some reason, resisted seeing them.

    My favorite Disney movie will always be Sleeping Beauty, even if she’s not a kick-butt heroine. I just love it. I also love Mulan and Beauty and the Beast.

    Favorite sidekick–Lumiere (I do hope that’s his name since I’ve put it in here twice)

    If I were going to be a Disney character, I’d choose either Mulan or Belle.

    Yes, we’ve seen many Studio Ghibli films. The boy loved them. My favorite remains the first one we saw, My Neighbor Totoro (it’s Miyazki, anyway, and I think it’s SG).

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I can see you as Mulan, Nancy!

      The classics are so appealing – Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty were my first two Disney films and they still have a soft spot in my heart.

      Yes, My Neighbour Totoro is SG – it’s my latest acquisition and I look forward to watching it.

      • Anna, I think you’ll love Totoro. It’s not only exquisitely done but a very sweet movie, without being saccharine. The boy watched it so much, he literally wore out the VCR tape.

  • catslady says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve watched a Disney movie lol. I always liked Beauty and the Beast but really I enjoy them all.

  • 1. Minnie Mouse or Daisy Duck? (For the blokes – Mickey, Donald, Pluto or Goofy?)
    Minnie but really I don’t like either of them much. They’re not exactly 21st century women!

    2. Favourite Disney characters?
    I love all the secondary characters in the movies like Lumiere and the clock in Beauty and the Beast.

    3. Favourite Disney film?
    That’s really tough. As a child it was The Jungle Book but now I think I’d have to say it’s a toss-up between The Incredibles and Toy Story 2.

    4. Favourite Disney sidekick?
    Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story

    5. If you were a Disney character, who would you be?
    I’d be that forgetful fish in Finding Nemo. What was her name again? *G*

    Bonus question – have you seen any of the Studio Ghibli films and which is your favourite?
    No, sorry, I haven’t seen those but they sound intriguing.

    • Oh, I totally forgot The Incredibles! That would have to be one of my favorites!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I love the secondary characters in a lot of Disney films, Christina – they are so well-drafted and appealing. Like the two dogs in Lady and the Tramp – Jock and Trusty.

      I think you’d enjoy the Studio Ghibli films – they’re definitely a step above the Disney’s for adults to enjoy.

  • Pissenlit says:

    1. Mickey. I don’t particularly like the others.

    2. Ariel, Prince Eric, Prince Phillip(so cute when he’s a kid and he peers into Aurora’s cradle and makes a face!), Mulan, Megara, and Merida

    3. The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty followed by, in no particular order, Tinker Bell, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, Hercules and Brave!

    4. Flounder

    5. Let’s go with Merida…or Ariel…

    Bonus: I watched Cantonese dubs of My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service back in 1989 or 1990, I think. I didn’t really like them. In fact, I was pretty badly weirded out by the first movie(and fully freaked out by the catbus!! I still am!) and so I didn’t pay as much attention to the second one which I watched immediately after.

    • Pissenlit, by Cantonese dubs, do you mean there was no English? Do you speak Chinese? Where were you when you were doing this?

      See, I’m just a fount of curiosity!

      • Pissenlit says:

        Nope, no English! They were just fully dubbed in Cantonese. Heh ya, I’m Canadian-born Chinese and while technically, I learned to speak Cantonese side by side with English as a kid, I’m better with English nowadays. 😀

        Oh, I saw them here in Canada. There were a bunch of us at someone’s house and the adults put on the video(laserdisc? *shrug*) to keep us kiddies(I was 9 or 10) occupied in the basement…which was a smart move because I also remember playing a game of tag where you were safe if you were standing on the furniture. 😀

  • Pat Cochran says:

    Thanks for the Quick Five, Anna!

    1. Minnie
    2. All the Princesses
    3. Cinderella
    4. Goofy
    5. One of the Fairy Godmothers or Cruella
    or Ursula. ( The last two just for giggles!!!)
    Bonus: To my knowledge I have never seen
    any of them, but would love to!

    Pat C.

  • Diane Sallans says:

    1. Minnie & Goofy

    2. Favourite characters – Raphunzel

    3. Favourite film – Tangled

    4. Favourite sidekick – Maximus in Tangled

    5. If you were a Disney character, who would you be – Peter Pan

    Bonus question – have you seen any of the Studio Ghibli films – No, I’ll have to look for them

  • Tawny Weber says:

    Ohhhhhh. I love Disney! Actually, I love cartoons *g*


    1. Minnie, baby. She’s got the killer heels.

    2. Tinkerbell 🙂

    3. I can only pick one? Oh, this is tough. Traditional: Beauty and the Beast. Modern: Brave (see, I couldn’t pick just one).

    4. I adore Jiminy Cricket.

    5. The Blue Fairy. Except I don’t look good in blue. hmmmm…

    Bonus question –I’ve seen quite a few of them. My daughter adores them, but Howl’s Moving Castle is our absolute favorite. I fell in love with Christian Bale’s voice in that movie, and she fell in love with anime style cartooning 🙂