Arguing the brilliance of Disney's Renaissance in the '90's would be futile. The quality storytelling accompanied by Alan Menken's scores marked the childhoods of many, including my own. And while Walt Disney Animation Studios has recently resurged next to Pixar, nothing can really quite touch that decade.
As a kid, it was the characters that lured you in. It was discovering the world through the stories set in the Arabian lands, such as in Aladdin, or the French provincial countryside in Beauty in the Beast. It was the musical numbers that you still remember all the words to (I know that's not just me). It was the female characters, or the Princesses, that wanted more than the life they were born into, seeking desperately for adventure and to find themselves.
Looking back on it as an adult, there is much more to it than what a child's eye could see. The attention to detail to everything, even the promotion department, is a work of art.
Beauty and the Beast
The light shining from behind creates the silhouettes of Belle and Beast, outlining their physical differences but their delicate care for one another.
Mulan's poster has always been my favorite and it was the first clue I ever got for this movie's existence. The red and black hues of the art reference the war themes of the movie and Mulan's armor show us the first glimpse of a warrior female character. What was not to like?!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
I have always felt for Quasimodo. His desire to be part of the world even if just for a day resonates with me in a strange way. I love how they capture that feeling with him sitting in the darkness of the cathedral while freeing a bird into the lightness of the world.
The Little Mermaid
I love the chances Disney took with Tarzan, with the music and the animation in particular, and I love this poster of a single man in the wild, alone and different to everything around him.
The Lion King
It was a memorable time for animation, art and storytelling. I go back to them as often as I can and every time I am more surprised by the genius force behind all these movies.
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