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I was recently having a discussion with a friend about my favourite Disney Animated Classics, and that got me thinking about what order I would place said favourites. With a lot of contemplation, I have devised a list specifying which order these films place in my Top 10.
A bit of a disclaimer needs to be had on this one. Anyone who knows me knows that I love my Disney, in particular Disney Animated Classics. For me to pick my favourites and place them in order is like asking a mother to chose her favourite child.
That being said, below I have listed my Top 10 Favourite Disney Animated Classics, but please bare in mind, if you were to ask me this question next week, my answers are likely to change. This is my Top 10 Favourites at the moment.
So without further ado, here are my favourites in descending order.
10. Hercules (1997)
I love Hercules. This film has very interesting character dynamics e.g Hercules and Meg, Meg and Hades, Hercules and Phil, Hercules and his parents, etc. It’s not your stereotypical guy meets girl, they fall in love, the end (not that there is anything wrong with that!). But in Hercules you see his character progress, you see him reach a goal and overcome obstacles along the way. He falls in love with Meg, but Meg thinks he’s a bit annoying. Overall I really like this film, thus why it is in my top 10.
09. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
I cannot watch this movie without crying. Seriously it gets me everytime, and for an animated film to have that much impact, you know it’s a good one. Plus this film has one of the most recognisable Disney villains of all time, Cruella De Vil.
08. Pocahontas (1995)
Fun fact, this is the only Disney animated classic to actually portray a true story. Whilst no-one knows the exact details of her relationship with John Smith, Pocahontas is very much a real woman in history. I love this portrayal of Pocahontas. I also have quite a soft spot for Meeko, I don’t really know why, I just think he is adorable.
07. Mulan (1998)
Yet again here is the perfect example of a non-stereotypical Disney Princess movie.
Mulan cuts off her hair, pretends she is a boy, and fights in a war, all to protect her father and family.
What’s not to love?!
06. Tangled (2010)
Normally any movie released after the Disney Renaissance does not really uphold the Disney Animated Classic standard for me, but they nailed it on the head with Tangled. I could watch this movie over and over again, and still never get bored of it. Again the characters are really strong, it has a great villain in the form of Mother Gothel, and the music is fantastic (again it is thanks to Alan Menken!).
I really love this film, if you have not given it a chance because you, like me, aren’t too excited about post-Renaissance Disney classics, then you should seriously think again when it comes to Tangled. I promise you, you won’t regret it. Even my 6 year old (boy) cousin likes this film, so that goes for you too boys!
05. The Lion King (1994)
I know I know, The Lion King is number 5, don’t hate me!
A lot of people will be quite surprised that this only made it to number 5 on my list, from talking to people about Disney classics, The Lion King is almost always in everyone’s top 3. Now don’t get me wrong, I adore this film. I mean, what’s not to love? It contains fantastic characters, an amazing villain, outstanding songs, it’s just amazing, and my top 5 are all very close so do not panic, I love The Lion King, always did, always will. (Besides you can’t tell me you’ve never held up your cat and sang ‘Circle Of Life’…just me?…*cough*)
04. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
This film is, I want to say, one of the more dark Disney films (and it isn’t surprising really considering Victor Hugo’s novel). I think this film is one of my alltime favourite Disney soundtracks (once again, step into the spotlight Mr. Alan Menken!), which I feel adds to why I love this film so much. Not only that but for once the guy doesn’t actually get the girl in the end! Which is sad for Quasimodo, but kind of nice for the viewer in a weird way. Not only is it unexpected but it is refreshing for a Disney film.
Anyways, this film is beautiful and stunning. Please go watch it if you have not seen it already!
03. Aladdin (1992)
This is my Disney movie! And what I mean by that is, your Disney movie is the movie that was released the year you were born. For example, all of my friends were born in 1991 so their Disney movie is Beauty and The Beast which I am actually quite jealous of, but I did get Aladdin which I am quite happy with. (What’s your Disney movie?)
At the risk of sounding repetitive, I love this film. Again, it’s soundtrack is fantastic, and Jafar is actually one of my favourite Disney villains. This is yet another one of those Disney films I could watch over and over and never get sick of.
Interestingly though, before I had ever seen this film, I wasn’t too excited about watching it. For some reason, I had this preconceived notion that I would not like it, and therefore I never gave it a go. Alas, I received it as a present to add to my Disney collection and when I watched it I fell in love with it. I also love Aladdin and Jasmine’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ romance. Fantastic film.
02. The Little Mermaid (1989)
The Little Mermaid and Aladdin fluctuate at the number 2 spot. Everytime I watch one of them, it becomes my second favourite (and because I have watched The Little Mermaid more recently than Aladdin, The Little Mermaid is currently number 2!)
A lot of people I talk to, and a lot of posts I read on the internet, seem to hate Ariel. The call her stupid and naïve, and whilst I do see where they are coming from, I like to take the other approach and say she is determined to get what she wants, even if it means making a few sacrifices.
Again, at the risk of sounding redundant, Ursula is a fantasic Disney villain, again one of my favourites. Also Sebastian and Flounder are one of my favourite sidekick duos. And let me not forget to mention the amazing soundtrack provided by, yup you guessed it, Alan Menken. (Can you see a pattern forming here?).
Also this film is quite hard to get a hold of on DVD. I searched the shops for months, and one day I found it my chance and immediately bought it for my search was now over. But when I was in the shop the next day the DVD was gone again without a trace. So fate has given me my DVD. (But if you are looking for a DVD of this film, you probably can find it on ebay or amazon, but be careful a lot of them are pirate copied DVDs!)
Now last but not least…have you guessed it yet?
01. Beauty and The Beast (1991)
Whilst the order of the other films on this list may vary from time to time, I am pretty confident that Beauty and the Beast will always remain number one.
This film is basically my childhood. The film came out before I was even born so I grew up watching in on our vhs tape (who remember’s those bad boys?). I’m pretty sure the tape has actually worn down now. I also remember watching Belle’s Christmas video over and over and that television show on the Disney channel where an actress dresses up as Belle and reads books to little kids, what was that called again? *new tab, google*…oh yes, it was called ‘Sing Me A Story With Belle’ please tell me some of you guys remember this?!
Okay, I am getting a little off-track. I love Beauty and the Beast mainly because of all the fantastic characters, in particular Belle. I have always associated with Belle as a character. She loves to read and enjoys her own company. This was me as a kid. I’d have my mother take me to the library every other day, I just loved books (perhaps Belle was even the reason I loved books so much, I’m not sure, although it would make sense).
Not only are the characters fantastic, but the soundtrack is incredible, Alan Menken’s finest work. I think that is another major factor as to why this is my favourite. Songs such as ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Belle’, ‘Be Our Guest’ *thinking of one that doesn’t begin with B*, Gaston, Mob Song, etc. They are all fantastic.
I really could go on about how much I love this film, but if you have not seen it for yourself, I recommend you put it at the top of your priority list, and if you have already seen this, then you already know how wonderful it is.
So that is it for my Top 10 Disney Animated Classics. I hope you have enjoyed it and please leave in the comments your list of favourite Disney animated classics (even if it’s just your top 3 or top 5, I’d love to hear them!).