I’m a MASSIVE Disney fan…I’m as bad as my daughter and never tire of watching movies with her. Our DVD collection is huge and we love nothing more than heading to the cinema to see the latest release. At the minute I’m so excited for Tangled and can’t wait for its release in the UK early next year, a WHOLE 2 months after the US release (screams it’s not fair!!!)
To pick out my top five Disney movies, I enlisted the help of my five year old fellow Disney addict and after much debate, this is what we came up with.
The Princess And The Frog
One of the most recent Disney releases and newest addition to the Disney Princess gang, we loved A Princess And A Frog lots! Tiana isn’t your usual Princess, she doesn’t hang around waiting for prince Charming ala Snow White and Cinders, the girl has a career plan and she’s determined to go for it (but still has a gorgeous dress for every little girl to lust after…win!) But what I really loved about this movie was the music and vibrancy of the 1920’s setting…oh and Raymondo the firefly who made me laugh and sob uncontrollably (geeez Disney…that was HARSH!)
Beauty and The Beast
There are two reasons why I mainly really like Beauty and the Beast… Belle LOVES books and wow that library in the Beasts Castle has me frothing at the mouth! And the song Be My Guest just rocks. Belle’s a clever girl, she wants more than her little tiny village and local stud Gaston (and we all know a Gaston…right?) and she also has a huge heart…what’s not to like? The moment the Beast changes always has me in floods of tears and is just beautiful *sigh* My own little princess reckons she has the best dress too.
So this one caused the most debate amongst my daughter and I. She would have had Cinderella in the list but as it’s my blog I put my foot down. Mulan Rocks…end of.
Oh Ok I’ll elaborate. A girl who doesn’t want to fit into societies ideal of her finding a good marriage, who loves her sick father so much she disguises herself as a boy and goes off to war so he doesn’t have to, the most hysterical group of sidekicks imaginable and a love interest that really ain’t half bad for a cartoon (did I just admit that?) That’s why Mulan makes my top three. (Sorry daughter…you’ll thank me when you’re older 😉 )
This was almost No 1 but was just pipped to the post. If you’ve never seen Finding Nemo then you really must. Even if you think animated movies are not your thing…just do it. It’s hilarious and heartwarming and is just brilliant. The relationship between Marlon and Nemo is a typical protective parent one that many parents will recognise, I dare you not to cry at least a couple of times. But the star of the show is a little blue fish called Dory. Voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, she is absolute genius with some of the best lines ever and I promise you will be in hysterics. Just keep swimming!
Toy Story 1, 2 and 3
There’s no way I could pick just one so the Toy story films come a collective number 1. They’ve been a firm favourite in this house since my Son was tiny (I remember taking him to see Santa aged 4 or 5 and him telling him his name was Buzz Lightyear…he’s 14 now so sssh don’t tell him I told you!) With a cast of lovable toys with real human flaws both children and adults will relate to Toy Story appeals to the whole family and captures the imagination of young and old. And it doesn’t suffer that well known effect of the rubbish, money spinning sequel (yes Shrek I’m looking at you!) each one is as good, if not better than the last. Toy Story 3 was our movie of the summer, we saw it twice in it’s opening week! It was stunning in my opinion and extremely poignant as my own son has grown up on these films. I did indeed blub like a good ‘un…thank god for 3D glasses!
So, What do you think of our list? Do you agree or is there something we missed that would absolutely make your top 5?