So, for those of you who are new to my blog, and there do seem to be a quite big number of you. this is the Tuesday Top Ten. For those of you who have already followed me for a bit, go doodle a little while I quickly explain what it is to all my lovely new followers.
Basically…I love making lists, naming my top books or my top female characters, my top male crushes, my top weapons, my top fictional places that I would like to live in, things like that. So I came up with a weekly blog post on Tuesdays, called the Top Ten, where I count down the Top Ten.
You can see past top tens HERE.
I recently did a Top Ten where I counted my top ten Pixar movies, which of course, always causes discord amongst my followers (DAD!) haha. So I decided a good one to do would be Disney movies. This one was REALLY hard, like…really, really hard. Disney has been making movies since the 1930s. It was incredibly hard to narrow it down to ten. Mostly I thought about my childhood and what stands out the most to me. I was a child during the 1990s, and this was a fantastic time for Disney movies.
So here it is, this week’s Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite Disney Movies.
10. The Lion King
I remember when I found out later in life that this movie was based off of the famous Shakespeare play “Hamlet”, I was absolutely shocked. Who would have thought? Then you watch this movie as an adult, and you can see that, you can see the absolute maturity of this movie and its something that I totally appreciate as an adult, the themes of the movie. As a kid, and a kid’s movie, its just fantastic. Its hilarious, the songs are super addicting and its just a beautiful movie. I think the biggest reason that it appealed to me as a kid is all the animals. Let’s be real, kids LOVE animals and this movie is chock full of them.
9. Lilo and Stitch
I saw this movie when it first came out when I was 13 years old, a little “old” for a kids movie, though you’re never too old for Disney, now are you? I think the thing that really appealed to me about this movie was that it was finally a CHUBBY Disney character. I love Disney princesses, I’m a girl and I adore the princesses but Lilo was awesome. She’s this short little kid with chubbiness going on and her sister has these big ol’ thighs and they just feel so real, which seems kind of ironic since Stitch is an alien but its true. And even though its an alien, and all that, its still such a relatable story about family and how family can come from places you never really expect. It really shows you that, sometimes, your family doesn’t always need to be those who are blood related but can come from those people who are so special, so supportive, and so loving. I love this movie. And come on, who doesn’t feed Pudge the fish on sandwich day because he controls the weather?
8. Peter Pan
A place where there are pirates and Native Americans (I know, the movie calls them Indians, I can’t help but be politically correct haha), mermaids and adventure and never having to grow up? Sign me up! Especially on those days when your gas tank is on empty, your bills are due, there are two papers and three midterms coming up and nothing seems to be going your way and you wish so badly that you could go back to that completely uncomplicated time of being a child. That’s where Peter Pan steps in. Its a wonderful movie to remember that growing up, its not so bad…but that we can always be a child. I’ve grown up, and still will continue to grow up, in all the right ways but I always will have that child in me, because if I don’t…well then whats the point of life? Where does the fun come in? I enjoy watching Peter Pan because it reminds us that we should always remember to dream and we should always remember to be a little kid.
7. Mary Poppins
I ADORE MARY POPPINS and its the only non-animated movie on the list because I absolutely positively adore this movie. I think this movie is the movie that kind of ushered in my love of musicals. Its all about imagination and having fun, but learning lessons along the way as well, like cleaning your room and feeling connection with others, and things like that. I love the children’s mother and her fight for women’s rights too. Its barely noted except for the one song but I just adore it, especially since the father is so weirded out by it but she just keeps fighting. I love the children and I just love Mary Poppins. Julie Andrews is just so beautiful and fantastic and talented in this movie, and if I ever wanted a nanny, you bet I’d want one like that, who teaches you to clean your room in the best way possible, and takes you into the land of chalk drawings, where you race horses from a merry go round. I only wish that I could have the chance to see this performed on stage.
You know, I’ve always loved this movie but I don’t think I ever would have included it in my top ten if not for my boyfriend. My boyfriend will watch this movie over and over and over and over again and because of the million and one times that I have sat and watched this movie with him, it really has become one of my favorites. Its such an old school kind of fairy tale. You have the love story, the evil character waiting to usurp the throne, the faithful sidekicks in Abu and the Magic Carpet and the kind of wise old mentor, which in this case is also the hilarious Genie played by Robin Williams. Its funny, its action, its romantic, and its just a straight up good movie. Once we get past the fact that Princess Jasmine is 15 years old and needs to get married…its a great movie.
Everything about this movie screams unrealistic cheesy romantic fairy tale but I think that this is exactly why I like it so much. Its very magical, if completely bonkers. Cinderella gets a fairy godmother to make her a beautiful dress, and helps her get to the ball where the handsome prince falls madly in love with her and rescues her from the clutches of her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. Isn’t that what all girls want…a prince charming to come riding in, to sweep them off their feet and rescue them from the boring monotony that is their life and give them a life of excitement and love? There’s a reason that Cinderella remains one of the most popular princesses, because she has the most magical and most romantic of all the fairy tales and I love me some good romance stories and this is why it is so high up. Even though love isn’t always sunshine and rainbows and choruses singing, its nice to remember, even when times get hard, that love is beautiful and we could always do with a little romance.
4. A Goofy Movie
This is absolutely one of my favorite MOVIES period of all time. I grew up watching this movie over and over and over and over again. One, I love that Goofy gets his own movie, he is one of my favorite Disney characters because, well, he’s goofy! He’s silly and klutzy and fun but we get to see more of Goofy in this movie. He’s a dad in this one, and he’s determined to be the best dad that he can be, determined to help his son turn out to be a good kid. Its a pretty heart warming film, when you think about it, and it results in a bond between Goofy and his son Max. Its also really fun though, and the amount of times that I’ve laughed watching this movie, though I’ve watched it a million times, is just too many to count. And the music? I can still sing, WORD FOR WORD, every song on this soundtrack. Actually, I’m pretty sure I have this soundtrack on my itunes…
I actually saw this movie a good year or two after it had come out in theaters. I had seen it, but hadn’t really had any desire to watch it. My old boss at Panera, however, kept saying how good it was and her daughter was super obsessed with (and okay, her daughter was a year old but whatever) and it just piqued my interest. I saw that it was on Netflix and figured, “meh, why not?” I am SO glad that I did. I have watched it about a hundred million times since then and I seriously just love this movie. It has Mandy Moore (love!) as Rapunzel and Zachary Levi (LOVE!) as Flynn Rider and its just a fun princess adventure. Sure, we’re back to the super gorgeous and skinny princesses but Rapunzel has spunk and cleverness and bravery, and she doesn’t wait for Flinn to save her, but she does the work herself and they work together. This is SO much different than what we’ve seen before. And the amazing Alan Menkin, who has done music for so many of the brilliant Disney movies, does the music in this one. Another soundtrack on my itunes…
2. Beauty and the Beast
Can I be honest for a moment? The biggest reason that I love this movie so much and that Belle is my favorite Disney princess is because she is a READER. I remember as a little kid wanting to be able to walk and read the way she does…and by the way? I totally can. But I loved how she read and I loved the way she talked about reading and books. Its exactly how I feel, the way you can escape into books, the way they teach you and the way they make you want to be so much more than what you are. Belle is a big dreamer and she gets so much of that from her love of books. And Beast…possibly the BEST Disney prince ever (though, I must admit, Prince Philip is the hottest…and he barely talks, which some girls might consider a win haha), gives Belle something so personal and thoughtful. The other princesses get woken up from slumber and married, like Snow White and Aurora, or win the prince without ever speaking a word, like Ariel but Beast recognizes the beauty AND intelligence of Belle and gives her a LIBRARY. A LIBRARY! What an amazing gift! Hey, boyfriend, why don’t you get me a library????? Just kidding…or am I? Anyway, I love this movie because Belle is the princess that I relate to the most and I always do and always will.
1. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
I love Winnie the Pooh. I loved him as a child, and I adore him as an adult and he is my absolute favorite Disney character. I have a huge stuffed Pooh on my bed that I sleep with, and a hand drawn Pooh Bear on my wall from Disneyland. My favorite ride at Disneyland is the Winnie the Pooh ride. One of my absolute favorite children’s books is the book of Winnie the Pooh, and House at Pooh Corner and all of those. Winnie the Pooh consists of silly and fun stories, adventures of stuffed animals but there is so much more to it as well. There’s little lessons here and there on friendship and love and its all so very sweet. And Pooh is just so lovable. He’s one of those characters that you just can’t help but to love. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too have never gotten old to me, and they were made quite a long time ago, long before I was born. They hold so strong and true with children and that’s why this is my absolute favorite Disney movie of all time.
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I hope that you enjoyed this week’s top Ten!
What are some of YOUR favorite Disney movies? I’d like to hear! As always, share below in the comments!
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