As you can see by the title, this post is dedicated to Disney Films! I’m surprised I haven’t wrote this post much sooner as I feel like Disney has always been a part of my life. I remember watching the films when I was younger on video (yes that’s right, video) and getting so annoyed having to re-wind the tape whenever I wanted to watch the film again. Disney have produced some incredible movies which teach important lessons of educating us between the good and the bad, as well as how to love and care for others. I struggled to narrow my list down to just 10 films as there’s so many I love, but I did.. with great difficulty. So enjoy!
My all time favourite Disney film so of course this had to come in at number one. I’ve loved Aladdin since I was as little as I can remember. When I was younger I was bridesmaid at a wedding and I got to pick whatever dress I wanted, obviously I picked out Jasmines pink outfit from the Disney Store. When I look back I think why on earth was I was allowed to wear that, but I’m so glad I was! I absolutely loved it. It was pink, sparkly and I had an obsession over the cuffed bottoms. I found all the bright colours of Jasmines outfits magical. Also, who doesn’t love the soundtrack? I can belt out all the words to ‘A Whole New World’ and have no care in the world! I especially love Genie and Abu, they’re two of my favourite characters and I always wished I had a magic carpet.
2. The Jungle Book
I remember this being one of the videos I would replay over and over when I was younger. It’s the perfect animated musical and it includes lots of animals! What more could a girl want? I love the soundtrack and my favourite songs are obviously ‘I wanna be like you’ and ‘Bare Necessities’ but I could listen to them all, all day long. I got a little bit excited when I saw Baloo in Disneyland Paris as his relationship with Mowgli is just the cutest. A Disney Classic.
Cinderella has been, and will always be my favourite Disney Princess. Any Disney games I used to play when I was younger that involved picking a character, involved me picking Cinderella. I used to admire her blue dress and thought I was just like her with my blonde hair. Everything about the film is just so magical from the fairy godmother, talking animals and the pumpkin that turns into a carriage. I love the 2015 version more than the animated version (don’t hate on me all at once) as the cast are just incredible and the special effects are amazing!
Believe it or not, I’d never actually watched this film until I went to Disneyland Paris (view that blog post here) and went on the ‘Ratatouille: The Adventure’ ride. It actually turned out to be my favourite ride during our whole trip, and I said to Ryan that we HAD to watch the film when we got home. We actually watched it within a few hours of being home and it really didn’t disappoint! The film brings animals and food together, what more could you want? I love the fact that rats are used, they’re not usually viewed as loving and cute animals but I think this film changes your mind! Would 100% recommend!
Quite a new Disney princess in relation to others, but one of my favourites. Tangled tells the story of Rapunzel, a girl trapped in a hidden tower by Mother Gothel due to the healing powers of her hair. Her hair also allows Mother Gothel to stay young and alive, which is why she’s kept hidden away in a tower restricted from the outside world. Everything changes when Flynn Rider arrives (who doesn’t love him!!) but I love the fact that the storyline is based on a princess not needing a man for a change. Rapunzel is more than capable of fending for herself, she’s strong and intelligent and doesn’t need a man to live her life! Even though her and Flynn do end up together at the end, the story very much portrays that you don’t need a man.
6. Beauty and the Beast
Believe it or not, I can’t ever remember watching the animated version of this film (bad Disney fan). I never grew up loving this film and Belle had never been my favourite princess so when the 2017 version came out in Cinema and everyone was raving about it I didn’t understand what the big deal was… until I watched it. Oh my goodness, this film is incredible! I am a huge Emma Watson fan and feel like the film was specially made just for her. The storyline is just fab, if anyone could create a film with the underlying message that nobody should be judged by their appearance, its Disney. I love the special effects of Mrs Potts and Chip, Lumiere and Cogsworth, oh and not forgetting the soundtrack!
7. Peter Pan
I don’t know when or how my love for Peter Pan came about, but it sure came massively. I feel like this film is really underrated, I don’t see it on many people’s favourite lists so presume everyone thinks it’s pretty much forgotten! But fear not, I am here to spread Peter Pan love! To me this film is very much British, its set in London in a cute town house inhabited by a loving family and their nurse dog called Nana. Ever since I saw Peter Pan I always wanted to be able to fly. Still to this day, if I could have any super power it would be the ability to fly. I love the way the children are whisked off to Neverland and grow such a relationship with the lost boys. Also, who doesn’t love Tinkerbell?! She’s one of my all time favourite Disney characters.
8. A Bugs Life
I’ve never seen this film on ANYONE’s Top 10 List before so I’m proud to be rooting for this film (if you do have it on your list PLEASE let me know!). The story is based on an ant called Flik who’s always messing things up for his colony. He destroyed the food stores that the ants use to pay off grasshopper, Hopper in which he then demands twice as much food as compensation. Flik goes on a journey to recruit fighters to help defend his colony when he meets Circus Bugs and they come up with a plan to scare Hopper. This film is very different to the other films on this list, its not full of princesses or anything pink and pretty. In honesty, I don’t particularly like insects and bugs that much but there’s something about this film I love.
Pinocchio is a Disney Classic but again, I feel like its hardly watched compared to the other films. To me, this is a film with one of the biggest storylines. The film is based around a sad and lonely man called Geppetto who created a puppet to keep him company and become his substitute son. A fairy brings the puppet to life but he must earn the right to become ‘a real boy’ by proving he is brave, truthful and unselfish. Jiminy, a cricket is assigned the role of the puppets conscience to stop him being led astray, although this doesn’t really make any difference to Pinocchio. Of course the main moral of the story is to always tell the truth as even a little white lie can turn into a huge problem. Another, is to always listen to your guardians as they’re only doing their best and trying to help you. When I have children I think this will be one of the films that I have on repeat as there’s just so much to learn from this film.
10. 101 Dalmatians
DOGS. What more can I say? I love dogs and this film can’t get enough of them! Not only does the film have Dalmatians but it includes different breeds of dogs too. I don’t know who came up with all the different names for the dogs but I think they’re fab, my favourite is of course, Pongo. I love the fact that two people fell in love due to their dogs meeting (so cute) and I think the storyline is so relevant in showing that real fur clothes is a massive no go, faux fur all the way. Another fun fact for you all, I used to play 101 Dalmatians on PlayStation 1 many years ago and I loved saving the doggies from the dog catchers.
So there’s my Top 10 Disney Films for you all! I really did struggle to narrow them all down as Disney has created some incredible films and are only bringing out more! I’m loving the updated films they’re bringing out recently too. What’re your top 10? I would love to know so leave me a comment!
Love Kirsty x