I know this topic has been done to absolute death on blogs and when I started writing more Disney related posts a couple of months ago, I thought I wouldn’t bother writing about my favourite films because like, does anyone really care? But after I put a poll out with a couple of Disney-related options on it, it turns out, that people do actually like reading these posts. If you’re a Disney fan, you’re going to be interested in what Disney things other Disney fans like – I assume!
I’ve grown up with the films and they more or less started my whole Disney journey and how much Disney grew to mean to me over my meager 25 years. There really is nothing quite like immersing yourself in the magic of a Disney movie, with characters you’ve come to know and love and the wonderful songs. And then if you’re lucky enough to visit the parks, getting that interactive experience with these films and characters can be a wonderful experience.
To me, Disney films aren’t just films. I mean, yeah, they’re films just like any other films and if you don’t like them, that’s totally fine. We won’t all like every genre of film, just like we all won’t like every genre of book. But Disney movies can bring so much magic and joy to so many people and I urge you, not to look down on someone who loves Disney films or take the mick or come out with the old, “but they’re for kids!!!” line. Anyway! Enough waffle, here’s some of my favourite Disney films (in no particular order – I couldn’t do that).
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Although I’ve always been familiar with the original Beauty and the Beast, I didn’t realise just how much I adored it until the live-action remake came out. I absolutely adore this film and everything about it. I think they did justice to the original, as well as making it their own. I love the additional songs and scenes – I think they add to the story rather than anything. Honestly, Evermore is always playing on my iTunes!
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
If a film has Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in it, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m going to be watching that. Although I’ve never been a huge Mary Poppins watcher, I was fascinated by this film and bloody hell what an underrated film this is! It was so perfect and captured the story of Walt Disney’s struggle to get the rights to the Mary Poppins stories wonderfully. It’s funny and emotional and perfectly acted.
Peter Pan (1953)
I think this was a pretty obvious one considering my blog name and the fact I have a Peter Pan related tattoo but I love the original Peter Pan film. I know there’s plenty of problematic things you can point out in this film (along with most old, original Disney films) but I take it for what it is, an escape. I love the music, it literally soothes me and a good few years ago when I wasn’t in a very good place, I’d go to sleep listening to this film.
The Hunchback of Notré Dame (1996)
One of the most underrated Disney movies ever? Am I right? Honestly, I don’t know why I don’t see this film about more. On more of these type of posts, more merch – just… there needs to be more because it’s a bloody beautiful film. It’s fun, emotional, the songs are bloody brilliant, the horse is bloody amazing. And don’t get me started on how much I admire Esmeralda.
As the newer animations go, I don’t think Brave gets nowhere near enough credit. I prefer Brave a thousand times over to Frozen yet it clearly didn’t get even half the hype. I think Brave is such a beautiful film because it’s unique, it doesn’t focus on romance and Merida is, quite clearly, one of the most inspirational Disney Princesses is she not? That hair. That hair.
A Goofy Movie (1995)
A Goofy Movie is one of those silly films that I just find hilarious. Like, hilarious. It’s quite embarrassing how funny I find this film. I’m not huge on movies with the original Disney characters in but I’ve always loved Goofy and I think they made a cracking film for him. Again, another one which I with had more recognition!