Today is Robert Burns day, or as we would say in Aberdeen, “Rabbie Burns Night”. I’ve not celebrated it every year, but what usually happens, is we have a lovely home cooked meal, that includes Haggis. Along with the Haggis, we have turnips, carrots, and potatoes, or, “Huggis, Neeps n’ Tatties” I know, it probably sounds foreign to you. Celebrating the life and career of the poet, with food, drink, poems and music. People often ask me what Haggis tastes like, and it has got an acquired taste, I always tell people, if you like black pudding, then you will like Haggis.
This year, Aldi has done a great range of products for Burns Night, here in England. I picked up 4 packs of Scotch Pies, and 2 tins of Scotch Broth. Hmmmmm FINE!
So to celebrate today, I thought I would look at Disney’s history with Scotland. Firstly, I looked at all the Disney characters who are Scottish. We have, Scrooge McDuck, who you know from DuckTales. Olivia Flaversham, she seeks Basil’s help in finding her father, in The Great Mouse Detective. Jock, Lady’s neighbour and friend, in Lady and the Tramp. Lady Kluck, Maid Marian’s companion and advisor, in Robin Hood. There’s a few others, from comics and cartoons, which you’ll find here.
Most recently though, Disney released their animated shorts, and one of them is The Ballad of Nessie. It’s narrated by Billy Connelly, and it’s a lovely tale, of how Nessie got her Loch. Beautifully animated, using tartan patterns for the landscape, this was one of my fav shorts from the collection.
Disney’s Pixar created one of my favourite Disney Princesses, and gave her a unique story, while capturing Scotland’s beauty. Brave is a fantastic tale of tom-boy Princess, who is not interested in tradition. She embraces her natural beauty, along with her natural curls, without a care in the world. First Disney Princess story that ended without the Princess kissing her Prince! Merida is the perfect Princess for young girls to admire. She is independent, brave, adventurous, plays pranks, enjoys her food, and is awesome on her horse, shooting her bow and arrows!
They did a wonderful job at capturing the beautiful landscapes, and rivers, with lots of GREEN, and hills, and mountains. That is what Scotland looks like, if you have ever driven through it, you will know what I mean.
But back when Walt Disney was running the show, he made a few movies, that were set in Scotland. Greyfriar’s Bobby you may have heard of. It’s the true story about a Skye Terrier called Bobby, who’s master dies. According to imdb, the dog slept by his master’s grave every night, in Edinburgh.
Walt Disney, surprisingly, made his version of Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue, in 1953. I haven’t seen this version, but it was Disney’s third live-action feature film, but last “costume” style film. The Three Lives of Thomasina, set in the town Invernoch, is a magical story about a cat who brings a family together, through her mysterious death and reappearance. Starring Karen Dotrice, who you know as Jane from Mary Poppins.
I am proud to have been born in such a beautiful and magical place, as Scotland. And it’s clear that Disney found some great stories, and created memorable characters from my homeland. If you’re celebrating Burns Night today, enjoy your supper. If you’re trying Haggis for the first time, I hope you like it – if not, at least you can say you tried!
“To see her is to love her, and love but her forever; For nature made her what she is, and never made anither!” – Robert Burns