From: Lyle Straight
Who said it?: The Straight Story
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney film, The Straight Story. Directed by David Lynch, the film is based on the true story of Alvin Straight who, upon learning that Lyle Straight, his estranged brother, suffered a stroke, makes the long trip to visit him. However, as he has poor eyesight and in poor health, he has been denied a driver’s license. So, to circumvent this, he decides to take the arduous trip on his lawn mower.
The quote comes at the very end of the film. Alvin Straight (played by Richard Farnsworth) finally arrives at his brother’s home. His brother Lyle (played by Harry Dean Stanton) greets him on his porch. Realizing that Alvin must have used the lawn mower and how long and troublesome the trip must have taken him, Lyle tearfully delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: People will go through painful things for the people they love. But it doesn’t matter to them. What matters is that they’re there for their loved ones. That’s what true love is.
Genre: Movies, Cartoons
Who said it?: Fairy Godmother
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the classic 1950 animated Disney film, Cinderella. The film is a basically a retelling of the fairy tale based on an old folk tale that does follow the general beats of the story seen in the movie. The story focuses on a girl named Cinderella who is living with her abusive step family. But her fortunes change when her fairy godmother helps her get into the royal ball to meet her Prince Charming.
The quote comes somewhere near the middle of the film. After her stepsisters destroy the gown she made for the ball. Cinderella is left alone in the house, distraught. Her fairy godmother appears and says there’s still time to get to the ball and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Not all good things come instantly. Sometimes, you have to be patient for these good things to come.
From: Pirates of the Caribbean (specifically, The Curse of the Black Pearl)
Who said it?: Jack Sparrow
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the first Pirates of the Caribbean film. The movie is based on the theme park ride found in the various Disney theme parks all around the world. The first Pirates of the Caribbean was a huge success and launched an entire film franchise. The series generally follows the adventures of the rogue and eccentric Jack Sparrow.
The quote comes early in the film, The Curse of the Black Pearl. Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) is captured by the city guards as he is a known pirate. The leader of the guards search Sparrow and comments on how rubbish his equipment is and how basically he is the worst pirate he’s ever heard of. This is when Jack Sparrow delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: It’s best to look at the bright side of things. Even though he’s told he’s not a good pirate, the mere fact that Jack Sparrow is still well known means that he’s doing something right from his point of view.
From: The Incredibles
Who said it?: Elastigirl/Helen Parr
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from Disney/Pixar CG animated movie The Incredibles. The film is about a family of retired superheroes headed by Mr. Incredible. He is hired by a mysterious company to take out a rogue robot. Once he does, he starts to use his powers more openly, not knowing the company he’s working for has nefarious motives.
The quote comes in the middle of the film. After arriving on the island where Mr. Incredible is being held, Helen Parr AKA Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter) tells her children she’s going to explore the island to rescue her husband and their father. She tells them to put on the mask to disguise themselves, delivering the quote in the process.
Geek wisdom: You are who you are and you should always be proud of who you are. Your very being is what makes you special and unique, after all.
From: The Lion King
Who said it?: King Mufasa
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the Disney classic, The Lion King. The film focuses on Simba, a young lion who, after being tricked by his uncle into believing he is the cause of his father’s death, exiles himself. He then realizes the deception and returns to reclaim his kingdom. The movie has become one of Disney’s most beloved movies and has been re-released in theaters and has become the basis of several sequels, cartoon series, a Broadway musical and even a CGI “live-action” remake.
The quote comes near the middle of the film. A young Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is in trouble as he was nearly killed visiting the elephant’s graveyard, a place he was told he shouldn’t go to. King Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones) begins to scold his son and Simba tries to explain that he was just trying to show he had courage like his father. This is when King Mufasa delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Being brave doesn’t mean you should be looking for trouble. Being brave is doing the right thing at the right time.
From: Wreck-It Ralph
Who said it?: Wreck-It Ralph
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney animated film, Wreck-It Ralph. The film is about a video game character named Wreck-It Ralph who plays the villain in a game called Fix-It Felix. Tired of playing the antagonist, Ralph decides to go on a quest to get a medal just like the one Felix gets for defeating Ralph in the hopes of becoming a “good guy” and much more well liked.
The quote actually comes at the very end of the film. Ralph (played by John C. Reilly) is garnering more respect after his adventure and has even made friends with Vanelope, another video game character. He reminisces that, as he is lifted and thrown off the roof of the building, he doesn’t need a material object to prove he’s a good guy and be liked, which is when he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: A lot of people confuse obtaining material wealth to being well liked. While some strangers might admire you for it, you don’t actually need a lot of stuff to be well-liked. All you need to do is to show kindness to others and it will be returned.
From: Disney’s Recess
Genre: Television, Cartoons
Who said it?: Spinelli
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney original series, Recess. The show focuses on a group of friends who, well, enjoy the recess period from school as it represents a time when they can be themselves. However, it is during this recess period wherein they also have to contend with the other groups of the school.
The quote comes from the episode “The Beauty Pageant.” The Ashleys, a group of stuck up girls, decide to enter Spinelli, the tomboyish girl who hates girly things, into a beauty pageant as an act of revenge for a prank. However, as she gets deeper into the contest, she and the gang and even the Ashleys start getting serious about winning. During the final question and answer portion, Spinelli is supposed to give a rehearsed spiel about what she will do if she wins. However, she relents as this really isn’t her. This is when Spinelli delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Sometimes, we force kids to grow up too fast and take on responsibilities. While that’s fine and good to teach them about those topics, we should also allow them to enjoy being young and carefree as well. Allow them to discover who they are and not force them into the image you think they should follow.
From: The Mandalorian
Who said it?: Kuill
The story behind the quote: For such a short series, The Mandalorian already has a couple of good quotes worth mentioning! This week’s quote comes from the Disney+ exclusive series set in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian follows the titular character (portrayed by Pedro Pascal) throughout the galaxy with a young child of Yoda species, who fans have dubbed Baby Yoda.
The quote is given by a character named Kuill (played by Nick Nolte). The character becomes an acquaintance of the Mandalorian and, whenever he proclaims something that will be done, he delivers the quote to punctuate it.
Geek wisdom: When you say you will do something, you have to stand by it and follow through.
From: The Mandalorian
Who said it?: The Mandalorian and other Mandalorians
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from The Mandalorian. The Mandalorian is a series made by Disney and is set in the Star Wars universe. The series focuses on a bounty hunter who belongs to the Mandalorian race and his adventures throughout the galaxy.
The quote is uttered several times but it is first said during the third episode, The Sin. The titular Mandalorian returns to his Covert with a horde of Beskar steel, payment for the bounty of The Child (AKA Baby Yoda). While The Armorer uses most of the Beskar steel to reinforce his current armor, the Mandalorian requests that some be left over for “the foundlings,” the orphans of war. The Armorer agrees as the foundlings are the future. This is when she, as well as the other Mandalorians, say the quote.
Geek wisdom: A person has to stand for something in his life. It has to be something he strongly believes in and, even in times of strife, he or she must stand by that central core belief.
From: Finding Nemo
Genre: Movies, Cartoons
Who said it?: Dory
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney/Pixar animated film, Finding Nemo. Released in 2003, the film follows a clownfish named Marlin and a forgetful regal blue tang named Dory as they search for Marlin’s son, Nemo.
The quote comes sometime in Act 2. Marlin (played by Albert Brooks) and Dory (played by Ellen Degeneres) are swallowed by a whale. Marlin is distraught as he promised to Nemo that he wouldn’t let anything happen to him and now he himself is trapped. Dory does think this is a weird thing to promise to someone, especially a child…
Geek wisdom: Parents will instinctively try to protect their children from harm. However, by doing this, they may be preventing them from learning from life’s greatest teacher: experience. Children will need to experience rejection and failure and, while it is painful, they will learn and adapt from the experience, making them stronger. Parents should never overprotect their children and let them experience life.