Top 10 Favorite Disney Movies
We are a Disney family. We watched Disney movies as kids, then as teens, and then as our kids grew up, not to mention that we also visit Walt Disney World every chance we can. There is something really magical about Disney movies, and we can often watch them several times. There’s definitely a lot to love about Disney movies, most notably, the loveable characters, the plot and the wonderful music, but what would be my favorites I asked myself. As every blogger would do, I decided to challenge myself and try to choose my top 10 Disney movies and then write about it.
I kept it to only animated Disney movies, but it turns out that it still wasn’t an easy task. Here is the list I came up with, starting with my favorite.
1 – The Little Mermaid (1989)
This is an easy one for me. A beautiful mermaid who trades away her beautiful voice to become a human, all for love. This is a wonderful movie and it is always a favorite of ours. Although Walt Disney’s original plan was to make this movie in the 1930’s, it was delayed and the idea was subsequently shelved for 50 years before being revived and finally released. The Soundtrack for this movie is fantastic and songs like Part of your World, Under the Sea and Kiss the Girl are amazing. I actually was talking to someone recently who had never watched this classic. I didn’t know those people existed – LOL. If by chance you are one of those, please make some time and watch it!!!
2 – The Lion King (1994)
The music is stellar, the plot is intense and most importantly, the characters are so loveable. This combination props the Lion King into my second spot. Simba needs to fight his inner demons with the help of trusty sidekicks like Timon and Pumba and he finally grows into his rightful place as king. Disney hit it perfectly with this movie. I’m not the only one who thought so. When it was released, The Lion King became the second highest grossing movie at the time. Sir Elton John was also called upon to write songs for the movie, seeing the soundtrack come together amazingly. With songs like Circle of Life, I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel the Love Tonight, it’s easy to see how impactful the music was to the overall movie.
3 – Monsters Inc. (2001)
The plot of Monster’s Inc. is brilliant. An alter-reality of Monsters satisfy their power needs by pulling the energy from children’s screams. Disney and Pixar hit a home-run with the characters as well. It doesn’t take long to realize how much careful thought and planning went into every detail. For its time, the quality of the CGI animation was magical and gave us promise for what the future could offer. I could watch this movie over and over.
4- Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story was a game changer for Disney. The first computer-generated animated feature movie didn’t just showcase that the technology was possible, but also delivered a fantastic plot. Many times, you find yourself so immersed in the movie that you forget that it is indeed animated. All the characters have their own special charm and add so much to the whole story. I moved this movie up and down my list a few times, but I comfortably settled on it snagging my number 4 slot.
5 – Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Be our Guest! Those 3 simple words elicit an immediate memory of Lumiere, Hogsworth and Mrs. Potts dancing around the castle. This movie is beautiful, moving and holds a special place in my heart, not to mention, Belle’s beautiful yellow gown is one of my favorite of the Disney dresses. (BTW, I loved the non-animated movie too)
6 – Cars (2006)
Life definitely is a highway. There is something quite nostalgic about The Cars Movie. What I love most about this movie is how strongly it reinforces our need for belonging. Mater was a big part of the movie and almost stole the show, but the others are so very charismatic, it’s hard for me to choose my favorite. The Soundtrack is also fantastic, matching existing classics to the theme of the movie perfectly, including great tunes such as Life is a Highway, Route 66, Our Town & Real Gone.
7 – Lilo & Stitch (2002)
When Disney released Lilo & Stitch, I was very confused. The animation seemed crude, the concept seemed strange and it just looked like Disney had missed the mark with it. It turns out I was wrong. I loved it and it had a special way about it. Most of the music came from Elvis’ top hits, which complimented the Hawaiian backdrop and provided a unique old-school charm.
8 – The Jungle Book (1967)
This is an often overlooked Disney movie. No, it doesn’t have the flashy animation, but it is filled with warmth and charm. Mowgli, Baloo, and the others are such fun characters and bring the plot together nicely. Even I forget about how much I enjoy this movie until I find it playing on TV and I end up watching it to the end. There are some really fun and cheery moments, such as the when the song The Bare Necessities comes on and it just makes me feels so good.
9 – Finding Nemo (2003)
The Walt Disney Corporation again teamed up with Pixar to deliver this amazing movie to the world. The animation is so great that you could swear you are actually underwater. Seeing this in the theaters provided a really special experience. I have a confession to make, however. We actually bought our son a fish after he saw this movie and yes, the fish’s name was Nemo. Are we bad parents, totally cliche or both? LOL.
10 – Mulan (1998)
Again, this is another often forgotten Disney movie. Mulan was an amazing movie for its time. It pushed the boundaries of gender norms, showing the extent that a girl had to go, in order to show that she was indeed as capable as the boys. The theme of this film is great and let’s not forget the powerful song I’ll make a man out of You!, sung by none other than Donny Osmond.
Well, there you have it, my top 10 Walt Disney animated movies. I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts and if you agreed with my list. In the meantime, it’s time to pop some corn and select one of these to watch tonight.