Disney has created so many amazing movies for the last century. It's so hard to believe how many good movies there are!
There's so much I can say about how Disney has influenced my life that I might just save it for another article altogether. But there is one thing I know for sure. Disney has many masterpieces in the history books. And that is an accomplishment worth being proud of.
A fair number of Disney movies have been apart of my childhood, and even into my adulthood. Even now, I still enjoy the ones I've seen more times than I can count. I still have a lot of them on VHS. Shows how old I am.
To be honest, it's really hard to narrow down my favorite movies and put it on a list. But I'm gonna give it my best shot.
However, I just wanna make something clear. To me, Pixar movies count as well, since they are owned by Disney, so expect at least one in this list to fill in some gaps that I might have. Just so you all know.
MOVIE SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT! IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED ANY OF THE MOVIES LISTED BELOW, GO WATCH THEM, THEY'RE GREAT! IF YOU DON'T PLAN TO, JUST KNOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
So without further ado, here are my top six favorite Disney Films (that I've seen):
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Who doesn't love Phil Collins? When he takes control for the soundtrack of a movie, you know it's going to be enjoyable. And Tarzan is no exception.
If it wasn't for Collins, I wouldn't have enjoyed the movie as much as I did. But there's also the fact that the story is unique.
The story is about an orphaned human raised by gorillas since he was a newborn, naming him Tarzan. He's pretty much considered the black sheep to the leader of the gorillas and refuses to accept him as one of their own.
One day, Tarzan soon meets others of his kind for the first time since he was a baby. And through them, he soon learns that he is no gorilla, and goes on a journey of discovering who he truly is.
The uniqueness of this story comes from the fact that the movie has a strange balance between light-hearted and dark moments. At one point, the movie seems happy-go-lucky, until you're hit hard with serious moments that give the movie the kind of edge it needs.
Plus, I believe it was the first movie I ever saw someone get hanged in. Major plus for that not scarring me for life. So, look at that however you wish.
5. Monsters Inc.
While not the first Pixar movie I've seen, it's definitely something I can't forget.
Something about how the movie is organized just fascinates me. Whether it be the overall story, the likable characters, the comedic moments, I'm not sure what stands out the most to me.
The story is about two monsters named Mike and Sulley who end up bringing a human child to the monster world. This causes mass hysteria due to what the people of Monstropolis have been made to believe for so many years. These two must do whatever they can to hide the fact that they have the child and send her back home so everything will go back to normal, with a whole slew of obstacles standing in their way.
As I've said, this movie stands out due to its likable characters and great story with plenty of twists, and lots of room for character development.
I think my favorite scene is when Mike and Sulley have been banished and are now with the Abominable Snowman. During this scene, there's a really dramatic moment when Mike makes it clear what could happen to Sulley is he keeps risking his life to save Boo. It's not that Mike plans on stopping him. Rather, he lets him do what he wants, but he has to do it alone.
What really hits me about this scene is the fact that Mike could have been bluffing the whole time. It's most apparent the moment he realizes Sulley left regardless of what he said. Maybe it's just my writer's intuition, but I think this scene is supposed to show more than we realize.
"Nothing is more important than our friendship." That's a lesson we can all relate to. But there's also another lesson to learn from this. A lesson about true friendship. Basically, the moment Sulley leaves the cave, Mike comes to an understanding that he hasn't been a true friend as of late. With that in mind, being a true friend means you'll stand by their side, regardless of the choices they make. It's the reason why he decided to go after Sulley to begin with.
To me, it's mainly a subtle hint at that, but that's what I see. Mainly because in my opinion, Mike's face says it all when Sulley leaves, much to his disbelief. That's only one of the reasons why I love this movie. I could go on for a long time, but I gotta keep this train moving.
4. The Incredibles
Probably my favorite Pixar movie to date (hopefully the sequel comes around to top that). Though, the reasons for it being so are much different from that of Monster's Inc. Sure, it benefits from a clever story structure, epic action scenes and very likable characters, but there's more to it than that.
The story focuses around Robert Parr, formerly known as Mr. Incredible. Years ago, his actions led to all superheroes no longer being able to resume hero work, having their secret identity being their only identity. Throughout the story, Robert secretly continues being Mr. Incredible, not realizing that his past would soon catch up to him. In doing so would soon put not only his own family, but the lives of everyone in his hometown at risk.
The movie is pretty much a story of the "family dynamic and how superheroes play into that". And I honestly think that's an awesome concept. If it was just another superhero movie, it probably wouldn't be as interesting, or as much of an all-time classic that it's been made out to be.
But the biggest thing that cements this movie as one of my favorites is one character who is the highlight of the movie whenever she's on screen:
Considering it's The Incredibles I'm talking about, this should have been obvious.
Edna Mode is one of my favorite Pixar characters of all time. And frankly, she stole the show whenever she had a scene.
She adds so much life to the movie with her unique personality and way of thinking. She's probably the only character I can think of that can make progression in the plot hilarious, yet still work at the same time. Edna's definitely one of a kind in terms of her character.
Alongside that, the movie is an all-time classic for how many different lines have been quoted from it. At least 14 quotes can be taken from the movie and someone is bound to figure out what you're referencing.
But probably my favorite line from the movie is one that everyone remembers:
Also, Syndrome is a great villain for Mr. Incredible's character arc in the movie. He put his heart and soul into wanting to help his favorite superhero and it all crashed and burned because of Mr. Incredible's selfishness. It definitely makes what he said seem justified: "You can't count on anyone, especially your heroes."
It makes Mr. Incredible realize the error of his ways and regret what could have been avoided. It shows that he does have a heart. It's just that he didn't show that side of him because he was more worried about taking down the bad guy and trying to keep anyone not involved from harm. But as a result, his actions and attitude caused more damage than he realized, and soon his past would catch up to him in the form of Syndrome.
The name Syndrome is kinda fitting as well. It represents the damage Mr. Incredible caused being a disease that couldn't be cured, in a manner of speaking. As such, ignoring it for too long would have all the pain from it catch up to him, forcing him to fight it head on.
All of this makes me wonder if The Incredibles 2 will hold up. I guess I'll find out soon enough.
3. The Emperor's New Groove & Kronk's New Groove
So...yeah, I love these movies equally. I can't say one's better than the other.
The overall charm of these movies is what gets to me. Especially Kronk's New Groove.
The story of The Emperor's New Groove takes us through the journey of Emperor Kuzco as he goes through thick and thin to return to his palace. With the help of his "acquaintance" named Pacha, he must go through different trials and tribulations, while also trying to avoid his former servants out to kill him.
Much like The Incredibles, it's another story of realizing the error of your own ways. However, since this story is through the perspective of an emperor, the concept takes on a whole new meaning. Kuzco's actions end up biting him in the butt by being reduced to a level even lower than the people he's meant to rule over: a llama. But it's also a story about learning the major responsibilities that are required to be an effective emperor.
There's also the great amount of hilarity that ensues when Kuzco and Kronk are in the same scene. David Spade and Patrick Warburton have such great chemistry when it comes to acting in a scene together.
Plus, Kronk is usually the highlight of the movie, so much so that they made a standalone sequel where he is the focus.
The story of Kronk's New Groove takes the focus off of Kuzco (For the most part) and proceeds to show us more about Kronk that we didn't get to learn before. His father is coming for a visit, in which a series of prerequisites Kronk has made for himself need to have been met before he arrives. Since he failed to follow through with all of them in the past, things eventually come full circle, as he must decide what's the most important thing to him.
Learning more of Kronk's backstory definitely cemented him as one of my favorite Disney characters. Because, as we all know, he has a heart of gold. Knowing where it came from was a plus, especially his passion for cooking. And the charm of the first movie bleeds into this one seamlessly. While it would have been nice if Kuzco got a similar treatment, I'm okay with what was given.
We didn't need to know Kuzco's past. All we needed to know is what we got throughout The Emperor's New Groove. That's satisfying enough for me. If it wasn't for the fact that I got both of these movies on DVD at the same time on one of my birthdays, my opinion might have been slightly different.
Oh yeah, the music in The Emperor's New Groove is catchy, and I love the song used in the credits. Hits me everytime.
2. Oliver & Company
If you've never heard of this movie, I'm gonna be shocked. This is probably the craziest Disney animal movie you'll ever see, and in a good way.
Oliver & Company is about an orange cat named Oliver who never got adopted and left to die. He eventually becomes friends with a stray dog named Dodger and even makes friends with his gang later. There's a lot more to the story, but I can't seem to recall everything about it. Just know that it's very much a sad story with plenty of suspense and comedy to go around.
But what I do remember, and would never forget, are the songs. Yes, this is another movie with a bunch of different musical numbers. And even though I forget the lyrics for almost all of them, I still remember how they sound. I would never forget it.
This is also one of those movies where you want to root for Oliver. I myself am allergic to cats, sure, but that doesn't mean I hate them. It's because of this movie that I've come to appreciate cats and also feel bad for those without a home. And I'm not the only one who feels that way either.
This shows another perfect example of how Disney movies can make an impact on the lives of those who watch them.
This movie, in a manner of speaking, also has an educational message to it. If you see a stray animal on the street, see what you can do to help them. And I don't mean bring them to your house. Get in contact with people who can help find homes for them.
Oliver & Company sure had a great effect on me. It's one of those gems that I can never forget about. Heck, I still have it on VHS. I'd be perfectly fine with watching it again. It's a wild ride from beginning to end, and it definitely deserves your attention. That much, I can guarantee.
Honorable Mention: Atlantis - The Lost Empire
This is definitely a movie worth mentioning, even if it doesn't necessarily make it to one of the top spots on this list. If anything, consider this the #7 spot.
I think one of the best things about this movie is not only constant suspense of not knowing what'll happen next (at least when you watch it for the first time), but also how beautiful it all looks. For a movie that's almost 20 years old to still look good today is an accomplishment in itself. Kudos to the animators.
If the title of the film doesn't give away the basic plot, I don't know what will.
The action is intense and the characters are all likable to certain extents. Especially the villain who you may love to hate. It's the kind of movie you go back to for the sake of memorabilia. Definitely a classic in my eyes.
1. The Lion King
Do I even need to explain why The Lion King is on this list, let alone my favorite Disney film of all time? It's a masterpiece!
However, there's so much I love about this movie that I can't just summarize it all in just a few paragraphs. I wouldn't be doing the movie justice at all. Maybe I'll make a review of the movie some time in the future. Expect it to be very much in-depth when I do get to it.
But here's what I will say about it. How can you go wrong with a movie that has some of the best songs you could ever imagine in its soundtrack? Much like The Emperor's New Groove, the music in The Lion King is a blast to listen to. Though, in this case, there's even more songs to listen to and enjoy. The Circle of Life, I Just Can't Wait To Be King, Be Prepared, Hakuna Matata, Can You Feel The Love Tonight? I think you get the picture. The music deserves the praise it's been given.
Now I wish The Lion 1 1/2 and The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride could have held up to the first movie's high expectations. Can't win 'em all I guess.
And those are my top six favorite Disney animated films of all time. I hope you enjoyed such an in-depth reading. Plus, you get to know a little bit more about me, so that's a plus.
Thank you all for giving this a read. This was a lot of fun to write, and it was nice to reminisce about the past.
I just want to make something clear, though: if a movie you like isn't on this list, it does not mean I don't like it.
Did any of you agree with my list? Did you disagree with any of the choices I made? Did I miss certain ones that you like? Be sure to let me know in the comments section below.
Anyway, that's all I have for you guys. I will catch you all later. Peace. Out! ;)