Review: Oh You Pretty Things “Pixar” Surprise Box

Now if anyone knows me, they know that I really like surprise boxes and subscription boxes. Sadly at the moment I don’t get any regular subscription boxes because to be honest, there aren’t any around at the moment that cover my interests enough; but luckily I am still able to get my surprise box “fix” from one of my favourite small businesses around, Oh You Pretty Things, which is run by the fabulous Lauren (aka Queenkewpiex on Instagram). As well as surprise boxes, Lauren also offers prints and mugs of her own artwork; plus she sources some amazing vintage/retro Disney (and other items) such as badges, mirrors and more. She doesn’t just do Disney either; other recent boxes she has done include Anastasia, Thumbelina, The Simpsons, Trolls, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and much more! I also happen to know she is working on a new box that I am SUPER excited about and will definitely be getting when they are available 😉

So anyway, lets get back to my order! As well as ordering my surprise box, I also ordered a couple of vintage badges from Lauren of Genie and Chip which you can see below; and Lauren even kindly included that amazing Sorcerer Mickey keyring, as well as a cute card and some princess stickers ❤

Now onto my surprise box! Firstly, everything comes BEAUTIFULLY packaged and I stupidly didn’t take pictures of that because I was just so eager to open it all up! But anyway, below is a quick picture of everything I got inside.

I’m afraid I forgot to take a picture of the Toy Story trading cards (another of my favourite things!) as I have already put them in my folder, but they were super awesome. In terms of handmade items by Lauren, she included the amazing Edna Mode quote print, the beautiful Reach for the Sky necklace, and the To Infinity and Beyond banner. I need to mention here how incredibly sweet Lauren was with regards to the necklace. She knows that I can only use one hand/arm so she was so super sweet and ordered some special magnetic fastenings for the necklace to make it easier for me, and even included some extra ones in the box that I can use on some of my other necklaces. Such a kind thought, I was so touched ❤ I need to get a frame for my print but the banner is already hung on my bed and I adore it!

Also inside my box was the amazing Anger plush, and a figure of Merida which I was super excited about as she is from a set they did in Disney Store of all the princesses but the only one I wanted was Merida so I didn’t buy it, so I am thrilled to have her now 🙂 I also got the amazing Bing Bong Little Golden Book which has actually been on my Amazon wishlist for months and the illustrations are just adorable; plus the iron on Woody patch which again, I’ve been meaning to order one for a while to customize some clothes so really happy with that. Finally, I also got the beautiful pin of Carl and Ellie from Up which I am just over the moon with as I adore them and its such a beautiful pin ❤ Overall, I was absolutely thrilled with my Pixar surprise box and will definitely be ordering again from Lauren in the future!

 

My Top 20 Disney Movie Songs

I previously shared my top 10 Pixar movie songs with you here; so now I thought I’d share some of my favourite Disney ones with you. It was impossible for me to choose only 10 but my excuse is there are a lot more general Disney films than Disney Pixar films 😛 So I have managed to get it down to 20 and even that was hard! Like my Pixar list, these are not in a specific order; they are just 20 that I really love ❤ Once again, let me know if you agree with any of my choices or if you think I am crazy for missing certain songs out 🙂 There are quite a few quite key films that I haven’t included a song from so I think some of you may find the ones I have missed off quite surprising 😉

  1. Belle (Beauty & the Beast) – Paige O’Hara, Richard White et. al.

The opening sequence from Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourites in a film ever and the accompanying song is just fantastic. I love how it rally introduces us to the character of Belle and I love all the interactions between her and the other villagers etc. I also love to whistle and this song is a great one to whistle to XD

2. Friend Like Me (Aladdin) – Robin Williams

Robin Williams is one of my most favourite actors of all time and even though we only hear him in the role of Genie (as opposed to seeing him also), he manages to put so much of his unique humor and style into the role and this is so evident in Friend Like Me. He is just so funny and you just really get the feeling that he had such fun recording it which makes it such a joy to listen to. Its also incredibly catchy which is always a plus!

3. Give A Little Whistle (Pinocchio) – Cliff Edwards & Dickie Jones

As mentioned earlier, I love whistling myself so I have always enjoyed this song because it involves actual whistling XD. However, I also love the meaning behind it and the interaction between Jiminy and Pinocchio is wonderful ❤

4. Hakuna Matata (The Lion King) – Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, and Joseph Williams

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this song because it is just so fun and can’t help but make you smile. Timon and Pumbaa are one of the greatest double acts from a Disney film ever and this song is just so comical, yet it has a great meaning behind it. I especially love Pumbaa’s part in the song, it really made me laugh so much as a child, and still makes me chuckle now 🙂

5. I’ve Got A Dream (Tangled) – Brad Garrett, Jeffrey Tambor, Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, and Ensemble

I had a hard time choosing between this song and “I See the Light” but in the end, I just had to go for this one because it’s so funny and catchy and just makes me smile whenever I hear it. I also love the message behind it and hearing the somewhat surprising dreams of the bar “thugs”, showing us that you can’t judge by appearances.

6. I’ll Make a Man Out of You (Mulan) – Donny Osmond, Jerry Tondo, Harvey Fierstein, Matthew Wilder, Eddie Murphy, Lea Salonga & Chorus

The Mulan soundtrack is another one where I have multiple favorites but the ultimate is definitely I’ll Make a Man Out of You. I love the score and its so inspirational; I often listen to it when I have to do something tedious (like cleaning lol) as it really gets me in a “doing” mood XD I think anyone who says they don’t join in at full volume for “let’s get down to business” is fibbing 😛

7. Jolly Holiday (Mary Poppins) – Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews

If I could choose this entire soundtrack for my list I would, as I adore literally every single song on it; however, I wanted to make sure my list had only one song per fillm I featured and if you really made my choose, this would be my ultimate favourite from Mary Poppins. I just love the whimsicality of it and if you listen to some of the lyrics these days, they just make me chuckle (when Mary says you needn’t fear when Burt is near because basically he won’t assault you XD). Its also special to me because my grandmother was called Mary and I used to sing this to her when I was little ❤

8. Just Around the Riverbend (Pocahontas) – Judy Kuhn

It was a toss up between this one and Colors of the Wind for my favourite song from Pocahontas but in the end, I had to go with this one. I love the lyrics and the symbolism behind them, and it sounds silly but as mentioned before, I love to whistle, and this one has some fantastic melodies in it that I really enjoy when I whistle along to it ❤

9. Ma Belle Evangeline (The Princess and the Frog) – Jim Cummings

This is yet another film whose soundtrack ranks as one of my very favourites as a whole so again, it was hard to pick one song to feature but in the end it had to be Ray’s song. I just find it so sweet and romantic, yet so sad, especially after seeing the film the first time, because we know that Ray will get to join his love, but not in the way we would hope 😦 His little voice is just so adorable too ❤

10. Thats What Makes the World Go Round (The Sword in the Stone) – Karl Swenson and Rickie Sorensen

I think this is one of Disney’s most underrated films because it is so charming and funny yet it hardly ever gets the recognition it should with regards to merchandise available etc. As such, its soundtrack is also hugely overlooked in my opinion, and you’ll rarely find any of its songs on Disney compilation CDs for example, despite the fact that it has several cracking songs in it! My favourite though would have to be this one because its so jolly and I love the interaction between Merlin and Wart. Its a really fun sequence to watch within the movie also.

11. Once Upon a Dream (Sleeping Beauty) – Mary Costa, Bill Shirley & Chorus

This for me is my ultimate favourite romantic Disney song and quite possibly scene, in all of the Disney films. I just find the music and lyrics so beautiful and Mary Costa’s voice is absolutely wonderful. Prince Philip was “my” Prince when I was a little girl and I still find it incredibly romantic even now when he starts singing on the track ❤

12. Some Day My Prince Will Come (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) – Adriana Caselotti, Roy Atwell, Pinto Colvig, Billy Gilbert, Otis Harlan, & Scotty Mattraw

Another beautifully romantic song that I particularly adored as a young child. I like to listen to versions where they have included Snow White answering the dwarfs questions before she starts singing as their voices and interaction with her are just so adorable. I am always in awe of high incredibly high Adriana Caselotti was able to sing too! Just amazing!

13. The Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book) – Phil Harris and Bruce Reitherman

With many of Disney’s classic songs, its not until your are older that you really truly appreciate some of the meaning behind the lyrics and The Bare Necessities is one that I find incredibly wise when I listen to it now. I wish I could take some of Baloo’s advice and relax but its a lot harder than he make’s out XD I love the £prickly pear” part and again, its a lovely song to whistle to ❤

14. The Mad Tea Party/The Unbirthday Song (Alice in Wonderland) – Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn & James Macdonald

On the official soundtrack listing this track also includes the Twinkle Twinkle, Clean Cup Move Down, and Mad Watch sequences but the version I most enjoy just listening to away from watching the film is one that includes just The Mad Tea Party and The Unbirthday Song parts. I particularly love all the different sounds and melodies used and its just so silly it can’t help but make you smile, plus I also love the concept of the Unbirthday 😛

15. Under the Sea (The Little Mermaid) – Samuel E. Wright

Another incredibly hard film to choose just one song from, especially as Jodi Benson’s singing voice is one of my absolute favorites; but Under the Sea is the song I always put on when I am feeling low because it instantly makes me feel happy again as it is just so joyful. As soon as I hear the steel drums at the beginning, I am smiling ❤ The sequence in the film is just so colorful and vibrant too.

16. You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly! (Peter Pan) – Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Paul Collins, Tommy Luske & Chorus

This scene/sequence has to be one of the most magical moments in a Disney film ever because what could be more magical and exciting to a child than learning how to fly? It amazed me when I was a child and I spent many hours leaping from walls and the sofa trying my hardest to think happy thoughts so I could do it too. If you asked me then if it ever worked, I’m sure I’d have said yes XD Anyway, the versions I like best of this as a song to listen to away from the film must include the spoken parts where Peter is instructing the children how to fly as its just so adorable, especially little Michael’s parts; but the whole song, in terms of the composition and lyrics is just magical.

17. We Know the Way (Moana) -Opetaia Foa’i & Lin-Manuel Miranda

Again, so hard to choose one favourite from this film as the whole soundtrack is absolutely stunning but I find this track really uplifting and inspirational. I really love traditional Polynesian music anyway and this track is just such a wonderful blend of traditional and modern. It gives me goosebumps when I see the sequence it is played with in the film; and I also adore its reprise at the end of the film.

18. What’s This? (The Nightmare Before Christmas) – Danny Elfman

First of all its important to state that Danny Elfman is a true master XD Not only did he write and compose this masterpiece of a song (well, whole soundtrack really!), he also provides the voice of our dear Jack of course and I seriously think this is one of the best “acted” Disney singing performances ever. The emotion in Jack’s voice is incredible as he is discovering the delights of Christmastown for the first time and you can’t help but feel excited and share the wonder with him as you listen.

19. When I See an Elephant Fly (Dumbo) – Cliff Edwards, Jim Carmichael, & the Hall Johnson Choir

This song absolutely cracks me up so it absolutely had to be included. I love silly puns so I find the lyrics hilarious (I seen a peanut stand, heard a rubber band, I seen a needle that winked its eye!) and the voice performances are just brilliant.

20. In Summer (Frozen) – Josh Gad

I couldn’t do the list without including a song from Frozen right? However, I think my choice probably isn’t one that people would typically expect. I just find Olaf’s song adorable and so innocent when he sings about his dreams of experiencing summer, not realizing how it would affect him being a Snowman and all… Josh Gad is one seriously talented dude too and he really brings the song and Olaf to life with his performance.

My Top 10 Pixar Movie Songs

I thought I’d start writing some posts about some of my favourite Disney things e.g. songs, characters etc. and so I am starting off with my top 10 songs from the Pixar films, including the short films. Now this list isn’t in a specific order, though the first one listed is my absolute favourite. Let me know if you agree with any of my choices or if you think I have missed out one you think is awesome ❤

  1. You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Toy Story) – Randy Newman

I don’t think this is going to come as a great surprise to anyone that this is my ultimate favourite song from a Pixar film. I just love the lyrics and the meaning behind it. I also have a treasured memory of one of my best friends in school printing off the lyrics for me and presenting it to me as a gift as a symbol of our friendship ❤

2. If I Didn’t Have You (Monsters Inc.) – Billy Crystal and John Goodman

I love this song because its so fun and such a classic buddy song. I love how its been done in character and the lyrics are brilliant, I love listening to it at the end credits of the film.

3. Life is a Highway (Cars) – Rascal Flatts

This is real feel good song and it also feels a little more “grown up” so if you ever feel the need to listen to a Disney song in an environment where it might not be so appropriate to be belting it out to “Let it Go”, this song is perfect XD

4. Sailing No More (Toy Story) – Randy Newman

This song is up there on my list as one of the saddest Disney songs ever! It just breaks my heart when Buzz realises he is “just” a toy and you see the emotion on his face. The song matches his emotions completely and is timed so perfectly as he falls and crashes on the floor. So although it is one of the saddest songs to me, it is a real work of art too so I had to include it even though it upsets me XD

5. Put On Your Sunday Clothes (Wall-E) – Michael Crawford

This song was originally from the film musical “Hello, Dolly!” but part of it is used in the opening sequence of Wall-E. I just feel it was really clever as the opening lyrics are perfect for applying to the wonder of the universe and the shots of outer space it is set against are just incredible; but then as we lower down to see Earth as it has become, full of rubbish and no signs of life; the song starts to fade out which I think has a really powerful impact.

6. Time of Your Life (A Bug’s Life) – Randy Newman

Another great song from Randy Newman with great lyrics. It plays during the end credits of the film but you can still listen to the lyrics and relate it to how Flik felt when he was going off out into the world and seeing all these new things and it matches his personality so well too.

7. Married Life (Up) – Michael Giacchino

This is the only song on my list that is purely instrumental but it is one of my absolute favourite pieces of music ever as it just conveys so much emotion in a few short minutes. I can picture the sequence from the film that it it set against perfectly when I listen to it and get just as emotional just listening to the music on its own as I do when I watch the film. Just beautiful.

8. When Somebody Loved Me (Toy Story 2) – Sarah McLachlan

Earlier I talked about “Sailing No More” being one of the saddest songs ever, but this one takes the number one spot for that title! This is of course “Jessie’s Song” where we learn her story of once being loved by her girl Emily, and then abandoned when Emily grows up. It is beautifully sung by Sarah McLachlan and perfectly conveys Jessie’s feelings in that moment in the film. As I have grown up myself, I actually find it too sad to listen to on its own now, but it still had to have a place in my top Pixar songs ❤

9. Boundin’ (Boundin’) – Bud Luckey

This is a musically narrated story from the Pixar short, Boundin’, written, directed and performed by Bud Luckey. I just adore the story/lyrics and the musical composition is just adorable. Its my favourite of all the Pixar shorts and when I am feeling down, I always watch it or listen to it to help myself feel better ❤

10. Lava (Lava) – Kuana Torres Kahele & Napua Greig

This is from another of Pixar’s short films (and my 2nd favourite of all their shorts) and again, the lyrics and story and meaning behind the song are just so beautiful and it is beautifully sung by Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig. It has so much emotion in it; its heartbreaking when he disappears beneath the sea, but when his love starts singing and you hear him burst out and find her, its so joyful and makes me so happy. Its just a wonderful love song ❤