March 4, 2017
Top 10 Favorite Disney Movies
If you don't have a favorite Disney movie, I don't trust you. Whether you prefer the Pixar/Disney collaborations, the Princess stories, or the musicals, I think Disney has something for everyone and I'd be lying if I said I didn't still enjoy watching them! My favorite Disney movies all have ties to my childhood and I wish I could still watch my collection. Sadly they're all on VHS and I no longer have a VHS player! I'll have to settle for watching them with my cousins at Christmastime, where my 21 year old sister and I are paying far more attention than my younger cousins!
1. Lion King 2: Simba's Pride
I used to watch this on repeat when I was little. While I love the original Lion King, the sequel revolving around Simba's daughter Kiara and Scar's heir Kovu is my all-time favorite Disney movie. I know a lot of people don't like Disney sequels, but this one has a really good plot and I love the music! I hadn't seen it in a long time but when I rewatched it recently all of my great memories about it returned. I even remembered the songs!
2. The Great Mouse Detective
This little-known movie inspired by Sherlock Holmes was another favorite of mine growing up. I still love anything based on Sherlock Holmes, so it makes sense that this is on my list. In general I prefer the non-musical Disney movies and this is one of them. I wish more people knew about this one!
3. The Aristocats
I like the animal movies, if you can't tell. I used to come home from school and watch this one on repeat, along with #1 and #2 on this list! I thought the cats in this were absolutely adorable and I also really like the geese characters.
4. Alice in Wonderland
I never actually owned this Disney movie but I requested it whenever I went to my aunt's house. Something about Alice's journey really enchanted me, I loved the bright colors and strange characters. It sounds weird but this movie reminds me of my dreams, because they're so nonsensical and bright!
5. Sleeping Beauty
My favorite princess was Aurora (although she barely makes an appearance in her own movie?) so this classic makes my list, too! In my opinion the best fairy tales and myths involved castles, knights, faeries and dragons and this fairy tale-inspired film is no exception. Which reminds me, I still haven't seen the live-action Maleficent movie!
6. The Rescuers
This movie terrified me when I was little but I watched it at Christmas recently and I actually liked the storyline a lot. It's one of the darker Disney movies involving a kidnapped orphan, pirate treasure and a scary-ass submerged cave. Plus animals.
7. Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea
The original Little Mermaid is good...but I always found it hard to relate to a mermaid who wanted to be human. A human that wants to be a mermaid, however...that I can get behind! This sequel revolves around Melody, Ariel and Eric's daughter, whose ocean past is hidden from her because of a threat from Ursula's evil sister.
When I was in elementary school I was in an acrobatics-dance group and we did a play based on Aladdin, so now whenever I watch the animated version I'm reminded of how much fun I had doing that play! The music in Aladdin is amazing and Jasmine was always one of my favorite princesses.
9. Emperor's New Groove
My best friend had this movie and we would always watch it in the car when we were going anywhere together. It's a funny, quirkier option from Disney that is about a (Incan? Mayan?) spoiled young prince who gets turned into a llama.
I haven't seen this one in ages but I love Greek mythology so I know I would fall in love with it all over again! I prefer the Disney movies that are based on plot and adventure and Hercules definitely fits the bill!
Honorable Mentions: Tangled & Frozen
My favorite Disney movies all can be traced back to my childhood, but some of the more recent releases have impressed me, too! I haven't seen the Princess and the Frog yet but I think that I would like it. Tangled and Frozen I have seen and really liked. The animation is more fancy but the storylines are just as good, if not better, than the classics. I'm always down to watch Tangled with the younger members of my family, and who doesn't know the words to Let It Go?
Let me know your favorite Disney movies in the comments below!