Hello everybody, welcome back! I am a big fan of Disney, so I thought it would be fun to share with you my top 10 favourite Disney films. I have also spoken about some of my favourite Disney villains, which was just as fun!
1- The Lion King.
This has always been my all time favourite film. I’ve always been a big fan of anything animal related and I think that semi-stems from growing up with this film. In-case anybody doesn’t know what the story’s about (if you don’t then what are you doing?), its basically about a lion cub called Simba who is next in line to be king, but his uncle Scar gets a bit jealous so he sets up a plan to kill Simba. The king is killed by Scar and so he takes over, but little does he know the heir is still alive who later comes back to fight Scar and take his place as king. It’s such an uplifting film in parts, but at the same time it is very emotionally scarring with the death of Simba’s dad. Make sure to have tissues at hand when you watch it! This is one of the most comforting films to me and takes me back to my childhood every time I watch it.
2 – Beauty and the Beast
My next all-time favourite, almost tied with The Lion King, has to be Beauty and the Beast. Belle is by far my favourite princess, and the whole idea of the film is just pure magical. I get emotional every time I watch it, especially when Mrs. Potts is singing and they’re having their dance. I must admit I tear up whenever I hear the song! If you don’t know, the story is about a young arrogant prince (called Adam but this isn’t ever mentioned in the film) who is cursed to turn into a beast until he learns to love another and earn her (Belle’s) love in return, before the last petal from his enchanted rose falls. All the castle’s staff also turn into household objects, including a clock and a candlestick who we get to know well. Belle gets stuck in the castle as a prisoner after going there looking for her Dad, and we see a romance start to blossom between her and the beast. The villain is a ‘handsome’ man called Gaston who wants Belle to be his wife, but it’s safe to say she is repulsed by him. This annoys him, and when he learns about the beast he storms the castle to try and get rid of him. This however doesn’t end well for him, and he ends up falling off the roof after stabbing the beast. Belle, thinking the beast is dying, proclaims her love for him, just before the last petal falls. He then turns back into Prince Adam and they live happily ever after. This is such a heart warming film with a classic fairy-tale ending, and the songs are seriously addictive.
3 – Snow White
Being the first Disney film to be made in the 1930’s, this film is what I think of when someone says Disney to me. It is such a classic film, and I’m sure everyone is familiar with the story, but I’ll give you my take on it just in-case. It starts with a queen who is obsessed with being the ‘fairest’ of everyone in the land, until one day her magic mirror says her stepdaughter – Snow White – has overtaken her. The queen then orders her huntsman to take Snow White into the forest and kill her. He, of course, can’t go through with it, and she runs away and comes across a little cottage in a clearing in the woods. This turns out to be the house of 7 dwarves, who take her in so she can cook and clean for them (womanly duties, obviously). The queen later finds out Snow White isn’t dead, so she goes after her herself with a poisoned apple. It turns out that one bite of this apple puts the eater into a ‘sleeping death’, from which they can only be awoken by TRUE LOVES KISS. A prince, that Snow White happened to meet at the beginning of the film, discovers her body, and unknowing of the curse (in the original story, it is not clear whether he knows about the curse in this version), kisses her ‘dead’ body (gross I know), at which she awakens and they lived – you guessed it – happily ever after. This film is full of happiness throughout, and if you haven’t seen it – although I don’t know anyone who hasn’t – go and watch it now because honestly, it’s a good’en.
Next on my list is the recently (ish) released Maleficent. It’s a less traditional Disney story showing the point of view of the ‘villain’ in the original Disney portrayal of Sleeping Beauty. Maleficent is a powerful and respected winged fairy, but when her wings are stolen from the man she loves in order to become king, she quickly turns ‘evil’. She places a curse on the king’s daughter (Aurora), by pricking her finger on a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday she falls into a death-like sleep, until her ‘true love’ kisses her and wakes her up. Aurora secretly lives in the woods with 3 good-hearted but dim-witted fairies who will return her to the castle the day after her 16th birthday. However, Maleficent refuses to stay away from Aurora and ends up developing maternal feelings for her, eventually inspiring her to try to undo the curse she placed upon the princess. This doesn’t happen, and Aurora ends up pricking her finger and the curse takes hold. There’s then a lot of fighting and eventually, after a prince fails to wake the princess up, Maleficent kisses her on the forehead and wakes her up, for she has developed ‘true love’ towards the princess. This film is so so good and has quickly become one of my favourites, and I definitely recommend you see it if you haven’t. Also can we just appreciate Angelia Joly for a second. If she’s not a reason to watch a film, I don’t know what is!
5 – The Lion King 2 – Simba’s Pride
My next favourite is The Lion King 2 – Simba’s Pride. I absolutely love this film, and for a sequel I think it is just as good as the first film. It centres on Simba and Nala’s daughter Kiara, who falls in love with Kovu, a male lion from a banished pride that were followers of Scar from the first film. “Separated by Simba’s prejudice against the banished pride and a vindictive plot planned by Kovu’s mother Zira, Kiara and Kovu struggle to unite their estranged prides and be together.” If you liked the first Lion King, I definitely recommend seeing this one as it carries on the story perfectly without going too far and making it rubbish.
6 – Tarzan
With many adaptations, you should all be familiar with the storyline, but it’s basically about a baby boy that gets orphaned on an island. A gorilla mother loses her baby to a jaguar, and she comes across the baby and decides to adopt him to replace the one she lost. He gets brought up amongst the gorilla family, so he thinks he is one of them and doesn’t speak ‘human’. Jane Porter is on expedition on the island, where she gets rescued by Tarzan. She then starts to teach him to talk and how to act. Jane’s companions are hunters and want to catch the gorillas, so Tarzan has to decide which family he belongs to. He ends up saving the gorillas from the hunters, and Jane decides to stay on the island with him when the boat leaves for England. One thing that gets me about this film is that Jane is from England and has an English accent, but when Tarzan learns to talk – learning only from Jane and the English companions – he has American accent which I don’t get. He also doesn’t appear to have any facial or body hair. But apart from that it is a really good film full of really catchy songs.
7 – The Jungle Book
Again, there have been many adaptations to this story, and although I absolutely LOVED the recent Disney live action adaptation, nothing can beat the classic Disney animated version. The story follows a young orphan boy called Mowgli in the jungles of India by a black panther called Bagheera. The panther takes him to a mother wolf who has just had cubs, who raises him as her own. After about 10 years, a man-eating Bengal tiger has returned to the jungle, so Bagheera volunteers to escort Mowgli back to the ‘man-village’ for his safety. Mowgli soon meets up with a bear called Baloo, who promises to raise Mowgli himself and never take him back to the Man-Village. Later there is a big fight between them all and Shere Khan, ending in the tiger running off with his tail on fire. Mowgli goes to the man-village and that is where it ends. Again, it is a brilliant film and the songs are so catchy!
8 – Robin Hood
I absolutely love the story of Robin Hood, it’s such a classic! It tells the story of the original Robin Hood legend, using anthropomorphic animals, following the adventures of Robin Hood, Little John and the inhabitants of Nottingham as they fight against the excessive taxation of Prince John. It is such a cute, romantic film with some humour added, mostly at the expense of the villain, and I recommend watching it if you haven’t already.
9 – Mulan
I’m sure a lot of you will agree this is the ultimate heroin story. It’s about a girl who runs away – and makes herself look like a man – to take father’s place in the Chinese army when the Huns invade. With the help of Mushu, a little dishonoured dragon, she helps the army defend China, and falls in love with the captain. He falls for her too (even though she still portrays a male at this point?), and finally discovers her gender and sends her home. There’s a big fight and in the end she ends up saving China from the Huns. It is such a ‘girlpower’ film, again with brilliant songs, and I recommend you see it if you haven’t.
10 – The Little Mermaid 2
Last but by no means least is The Little Mermaid 2. I do like the first one but I think the sequel is even better! Ariel’s daughter – who is human – is forbidden from entering the water world out of fear of Ursula’s sister harming her. Ariel and Eric decide to withhold the truth from Melody about her mermaid heritage and build a wall around the castle to keep away anyone coming or going to the sea. However, 12 years later Melody ends up running away to the sea, where Morgana approaches her and offers her to be a mermaid in exchange of King Triton’s Trident. Melody accepts and together with her new pals, Dash and Tip, she embarks on a visit to Atlantica. Ariel turns back into a mermaid to look for her. It’s a brilliant film, and I highly recommend it!
And there you have it, my top 10 Disney films! This was such a difficult post to make as I love pretty much every Disney film made. Let me know some of your favourites in the comments, and I’ll be sure to check them out if I haven’t already. As always, make sure you’re following my Instagram, twitter to keep up to date with my posts.
Until next time.