Monday, April 25, 2011

The 30-Day Movie Challenge, Disney Style

I have no idea where those personal life experience questions/topics start on Facebook (does anyone, really?). You know what I'm talking about. Those questions that ask you to name 20 things your friends don't know about you, or to highlight the classic books you've read out of a list of 100. You post them on your Notes page and then tag all your friends because you know they'll be amazed with your keen insight and cultured education. I tend to avoid these questions like the plague, myself. Time wasters, all of them.

OK, maybe I did do "My 25 Favorite Movie Quotes" last December, but that was it.


I think.

One topic that's been trending on Facebook lately is the 30-Day Movie Challenge (along with its cousins the 30-Day Music Challenge and the 30-Day Photo Challenge). The object is to come up with a single movie each day for 30 days that relates to a particular theme. For example:

Day 1: Favorite film
Day 2: Least favorite film
Day 3: Favorite comedy
Day 4: Favorite drama
Day 5: Favorite action
Day 6: Favorite horror
Day 7: Favorite animated feature
Day 8: Favorite thriller
Day 9: Favorite musical
Day 10: Favorite foreign film
Day 11: Favorite kid's movie
Day 12: Favorite love story
Day 13: Favorite chick flick
Day 14: Favorite documentary
Day 15: Favorite play adaptation
Day 16: Favorite book adaptation
Day 17: Least favorite book adaptation
Day 18: Film that is your guilty pleasure
Day 19: Film that made you cry the hardest
Day 20: Movie with your favorite actress
Day 21: Movie with your favorite actor
Day 22: Movie you wish you could live in
Day 23: Movie that inspires you
Day 24: Movie with your favorite soundtrack
Day 25: Movie with the most beautiful scenery
Day 26: Movie you're most embarrassed to say you like
Day 27: Movie with your favorite villain
Day 28: Movie with your favorite hero
Day 29: First movie you ever remember watching
Day 30: Last movie you watched

As a movie buff, this one sounded kind of fun, especially when I thought, "What if I made every movie on the list a Disney movie?"

Naaaa. Disney never made horror movies.

But, wait. Quite a few Disney films had horror themes and elements. Hmmmm.

Yeah, but Disney didn't make foreign films.

Well, they kinda did. Disney produced a crop of live-action films in England after World War II. That counts.

OK, I'm in.

Since it's my list, I get to use my rules. All the movies on the list can't just be owned by Disney, they have to have a Disney label. So Touchstone, Miramax and Hollywood Pictures releases are excluded. But, I really like Pixar films, so they count (hey, my rules). Also, on Day 15, I'm reversing the tables and naming a Broadway show based on a Disney movie.

I'm also going to try to list 30 different movies. No repeats.

That should cover it. I'll draw on 74 years of Disney animated and live-action feature films and post my favorite one tonight. This is going to be fun.

Want to play along? I'd love to hear what makes your Disney movie list. Please post your comments below or reach out to me on Facebook or Twitter.

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