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.
From: Lightning McQueen
Genre: Movies, Cartoons
Who said it?: Cars
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney/Pixar film from 2006, Cars. This was a huge hit for the company and launched a franchise.
The quote comes near the end of the movie. Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is about to win the Piston Cup, which was his long-time dream. One of his rivals, Chick Hicks is about to take third place, coming behind McQueen and veteran racer Strip “The King” Weathers. Not wanting to lose, Hicks rams into Weathers, causing the grizzled veteran to crash. McQueen, just a few lengths from the finish line, sees the crash and remembers Doc Hudson (voiced by the late Paul Newman), who he befriended during his stay at Radiator Springs. Not wanting Weathers’ career to end as tragically as Doc’s, stops and goes to help Weathers.
Weathers questions McQueen’s decision as he was about to win the Piston Cup. Recalling Doc’s disdain for the Cups he’d won, McQueen delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: We live in a world where we crave material things as well as fame and glory. In the grand scheme of things, these are just superficial wants and there is more to life than just those goals. Life is much bigger than that but the problem is we can be clouded into thinking that those are the only reason to life as those are just fleeting. Try to get more meaningful goals in life and you’ll end up feeling more fulfilled in the long run.
From: Winnie the Pooh (specifically, Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin)
Genre: Movies, Cartoons
Who said it?: Christopher Robin
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the Disney direct-to-video movie, Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin. The plot has Winnie the Pooh and his friends go on an adventure to find Christopher Robin, who they have determined to have been captured by the so-called Skullasaurus.
The quote comes early in the movie. Christopher Robin tries to have a heart-to-heart talk with Winnie the Pooh as he is going to be gone for a while. Pooh just can’t understand and tells Christopher Robin that he’s helpless without him. This is when Christopher Robin delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: When we feel down on our luck, we can feel helpless. But you’re only helpless until you really try to help yourself. While there’s nothing wrong with asking for the help from others, we should also try to rely on ourselves as well.