Continuing my new series sharing my top 10 favorites in a given category, I wanted to spotlight Disney movies this week. While Disney has their fingers in a lot of production pies, I’m keeping the list limited to Disney animated films.
Counting Down My Favorite Disney Films
If you’ve never seen the 2011 twist on the classic tale of Rapunzel, you’re missing a good time. As is true with most Disney films, the animal companions really give an extra sparkle to the story, and Mother Gothel is positively icky. This movie is a favorite because of Rapunzel’s bright personality and the sense of adventure that even makes her unhappy moments promising.
9) Beauty & the Beast
How can anyone resist this tale as old as time? A story encouraging us to be kind and not judge a book by its cover, Beauty & the Beast never fails to give me all the feels. Fun fact, I have a B&TB tattoo – that’s just how much I love it. The only reason it isn’t ranked higher is that other Disney films have more fun/adventure rather than just romance and drama.
8) A Goofy Movie
If you caught my Instagram post yesterday, you know that I could never leave out this Goofy classic. First, we have Tevin Campbell as Powerline – and that would honestly be enough to make the movie a success. But then there’s Goofy as the adorable and endearing dad, and the sweet teen romance between Roxanne and Max. What’s not to love?
7) The Aristocats
I might be in the minority of people that have this in their top Disney favorite films, but it’s just too cute to leave out. The playful relationship between the kittens and the smooth cool of Mr. O’Malley is just *chef’s kiss*.
6) Oliver & Company
Another animalesque classic, this has always been one of my favorite Disney movies. Why Should I Worry lives rent free in my head, and I get so moved by Oliver the orphan that I usually skip the first few minutes of the movie. I strive to be as fabulous as Georgette (albeit much nicer) and this film always makes me miss New York.
How could Mulan not be in the top 5? She’s a badass hero who saves her whole country but all in a month’s work, right? This Disney movie is SO funny, and the love interest? Drool-worthy. Plus, Mulan has a great soundtrack. Overall, 10 out of 10.
Aladdin will always hold a special place in my heart because Jasmine was my favorite princess for most of my life. Although she’s been bumped to slot 2, her feisty personality and love of glamour speaks to me on a deep level. This isn’t just one of my favorite Disney animated films, but it is one of my favorite romantic comedies.
The Muses alone; I mean, c’mon. While Hercules is totally adorable and Hades and Phil are hilarious, the Muses seriously steal the show. Hades’ and Meg’s sarcasm means I can still heartily enjoy this movie as an adult. I’m ready for another watch right now, if I’m being honest.
2) Princess and the Frog
I’m just going to address the elephant in the room because you’re probably wondering why this isn’t my top pick. Yes I love Tiana, and Mama Odie and Naveen – even Facilier – but there are a few things holding this movie back from #1 status; one being the soundtrack. I briefly mentioned this the other day, but I don’t like that Tiana is a Black princess that spends most of the movie as a frog. No other princess has to undergo that kind of transformation. Still, life on the bayou is hard to resist and it’s still a favorite even if it isn’t the favorite.
Before I unveil my top pick, I do want to say that there are SO many great Disney animated movies that I didn’t make the list. The soundtrack on Tarzan alone is immaculate, and Ratatouille is a personal culinary hero. It was really hard to narrow down and rank my list, but I stand by it. Don’t forget to share your favorite Disney film before you go.
1) The Lion King
This favorite is based on the cinematic uniqueness, the beyond perfect soundtrack, the all-star cast, and the incredible story itself.
I have no critiques of this movie. More than that, Simba is sort of a hottie, and I grew up wanting to look like Nala (I am still trying to accomplish that).
Though this movie is tragic AF and scarred me so bad that I still don’t watch the stampede scene, I think Simba’s story is one we can all relate to – or at the very least we can relate to the hyenas.
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