Disney’s old ones are best

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DISNEY On Ice proved yet again that the old ones are the best ones, at the Motorpoint Arena last Friday afternoon.

Classic childhood favourites like Peter Pan and the Lion King got by far the best reaction, as the skilled skaters danced and twirled their way through the Disney stories.

A fantastic prolonged ice dance between Nala and Simba during the Lion King section of the show enthralled the audience, bringing a rapturous ovation from both the young and the old in the Sheffield audience.

The Little Mermaid was also well received, with exasperated red Jamaican crab Sebastian amusing the audience through his narrative.

The weakest part of the show, certainly in terms of crowd interaction and atmosphere, was the Lilo and Stitch section.

Although the film is now 10 years old, it was clear that the audience were much more familiar with the other Disney tales, and there was no more than a respectful ripple of applause following the Hawaiian themed scenes.

But incredible props, an enormous inflatable crocodile, skaters flying high on wires, pyrotechnics and a visually stunning choreographed dance featuring dozens of the cast members brought the house down, in the Disney On Ice interpretation of Peter Pan.

The slapstick comedy of hapless Smee, Captain Hook’s right hand man, and the sword fight between the hero and villain delighted the youngsters in attendance.

And as ever with any Disney offering, the memorable singalong songs were the real highlight.

by Graham Smyth

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