Disney has been making full length animated films since 1937 with Snow White. Here at Popcorn Whiskey we looked to rank the all time top ten best animated Disney films. We left out the Pixar films and looked at the following for guidelines: box office and DVD sales, critical reviews, cultural importance, story telling, music, and animation. Here are our top 10 Disney films.
Mowgli, bro’s before h…. aw forget. The Jungle Book starts the list of a greatest Disney animated films of all time thanks to the music, coming of age story of a boy raised by wolves. With great villains like Kaa, King Louie, and Shere Khan, the Jungle Book kept you wondering if Mowgli was ever going to make it out safe. I think every kid wanted Baloo to be their best friend and learn how to enjoy the Bare Necessities. The Jungle Book happens to also be the last animated film that Walt Disney had a personal touch on, before his death in 1966. The Bare Necessities and I Want to be Like You are two of Disney’s most popular songs and are just good old fun. In the end, Mowgli has to decide if he should stay in the jungle or go to the man village and of course he see’s a pretty girl (how old is he?) and decides that he should be with the humans.
While Frozen is not our favorite Disney film, we don’t hate it at all. In fact, we look past the flaws in the story (hey it is a kids film after all) and focus in on the music, than Frozen is a lot of fun. But really, how good is Let it Go? And we love Do you Want to Build a Snowman. I think we can all relate to Elsa and her fear that people won’t like her if they really know who she is. And than her anthem, Let it Go where she accepts that she can’t pretend to be someone else anymore….that’s just magic (yeah she had to freeze a whole city and get in a fight with her sister to get there but hey it’s all about the journey right?). And we have Anna, who will stop at nothing to show her sister that she loves her and that family means everything. Of course, we need to laugh too right? Luckily for us, we have the lovable Olaf who unfortunately for Frosty, is the new most popular snowman in the world. How many kids will be singing Olaf the snowman this year at their Christmas concerts?
The story of Rapunzel got the Disney treatment in 2010 and quickly became one of our favorite Disney films. What we love about Tangled is that Rapunzel is so fearless and relatable. When Rapunzel sings When will my Life Begin you can remember being in high school or college and feeling the same way, knowing that something bigger is waiting outside of your tower. And then you get to the end and our Rapunzel sings I see the Light, and she knows that she’s where she’s meant to be. But besides Rapunzel, we have a killer supporting cast. Gothel, the witch who kidnapped Rapunzel and pretended to be her mother is one of our all time favorite villains. In Mother Knows Best we get to see the mind games a truly evil and selfish person can play without you even having a clue you’re the kid on the milk carton. Than we have Flynn Rider, a thief who charms every woman who lays their eyes on him. There’s Maximus, the horse who is trying to capture Flynn and bring him to justice, who is used so brilliantly as comic relief without having to go the silly route. And there is our favorite scene in Tangled, and that is the Gaul thugs full or dreams at the Snuggly Duckling Inn. Showing us that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, the thugs confess their dreams of wanting romance, interior design, and and cupcake baking..it’s pure Disney magic. And lastly, Rapunzel taught us all that frying pan makes an epic weapon.
Every red head’s favorite princess, the Little Mermaid is one of the greatest Disney musicals of all time. How many of these songs have you sang along to: Under the Sea, Part of your World, Pour Unfortunate Souls, and Kiss the Girl. Yep, us too. The Academy Awards felt the same way and the Little Mermaid won the awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Under the Sea. Ariel falls in love with Prince Eric but there is only one problem….he’s human. In order to get to know Eric, Ariel makes a deal with Ursula (one of the coolest villains for sure) where she can be a human for 3 days. If Eric falls in love with her, she will be turned into a human for good but if he doesn’t than she belongs to Ursula forever. On top of that, she has to give Ursula her voice as payment for her “service”. The story is fun and romantic but it;s Flounder and Sebastian, who steal the show. Flounder is the cutest fish of all time (sorry Nemo) and Sebastian who has a Jamaican accent is movie gold every second he is on the screen and he is so wise ( us humans do love our crab legs, have you ever been to a casino buffet those people go crazy for those things).
Peter Pan is an iconic Disney movie with three of the most well known Disney characters: Peter Pan, Capetian Hook, and Tinkerbell. Peter Pan had every kid wishing for a little pixie dust so they could learn how to fly. This movie has everything an adventure movie needs: pirates, Indians, and mermaids….what more can you ask for? But really, the heart of the movie is the gift of childhood, how growing up leads to the lost of innocence and imagination and with Peter Pan we learn that if we just think happy thoughts than we have a chance of regaining some of our childhood. Of course who doesn’t love Capetian Hooks lovable and goofy sidekick Mr. Smee. The only thing we don’t understand is the popularity of Tinkerbell, who tries to kill Wendy and betrays Peter Pan by telling Hook where Peter’s hideout is located……sounds like a jealous jerk to us…but to each their own we guess. Over all, Peter Pan is a fun adventure that left child and old alike full of wonder and imagination.
We wish you a merry Unbirthday to you! What’s now is considered one of the most popular Disney films, Alice in Wonderland was actually a flop when it first came out, and Walt Disney labeled it a failure. Over 20 years later however, Alice in Wonderland was a perfect fit for the psychedelic drug culture and was re-released to the joy of audiences around the world. What makes this story of Alice’s trip through the rabbit hole so special is the setting of Wonderland. In fact, most people don’t even care that much about Alice, but rather just love watching how crazy Wonderland is. But with characters like the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and the Cheshire Cat filling Wonderland, Alice really never had a chance of being the fan favorite. While the film is very nonsensical, it is still a great story, one children can not fully understand and either can us adults. Really try to explain the Walrus and the Carpenter to a bunch of 7 year olds, we dare you. We love Alice in Wonderland for being so different and visually stunning.
Walt Disney’s second full length animated film, Pinocchio is over 70 years old, but still stands the test of time. When you Wish Upon a Star is without a doubt the greatest Disney song of all time and has become the theme of Disney it’s self. Who has never wished upon a star before? (did they do that before the movie?). Pinocchio tells the story of a wooden marionette who comes to life after his maker, Geppeto wishes that Pinocchio could be a real boy. His wish is granted (well kind of) and Pinocchio comes to life, but he is still a wooden puppet. In order to become a real boy, he must prove himself to be brave, truthful, and unselfish and he much be able to tell the differences between right and wrong. With Jiminy Cricket as his conscience, Pinocchio aims to prove himself. We’ll he does not do his best job, and gets into lots of trouble, making a jackass out of himself (no really, he’s starts turning into an donkey). Of course the love of his father turns everything around, and Pinocchio ends of sacrificing himself for Geppeto. The movie thought generations of children the difference between right and wrong, and has use all check to see if our nose grew every time we told a lie. Pinocchio is dark at times, and can scare children, but the risk Disney took with Pinocchio payed off.
Who doesn’t want a genie? Aladdin is one of the most fun Disney movies of all time. Aladdin himself starts out as a street rat who lives day to day by steeling bread from the marketplace but you can’t help to love him after the musical number One Step Ahead. This is where he meets princess Jasmine who longs for more than a life within the palace walls (man if only she had a magic carpet or something). We than meet maybe the most evil of the Disney villains, Jafar who is so hungry for power that he’d do anything to get his hands on the magic lamp inside the Cave of Wonders. He forces Aladdin to help him retrieve the lamp, but once Aladdin meets the Genie, he uses the power of the lamp for himself. The movie would really be not on the list if it wasn’t for Robin Williams who plays the Genie. This was Robin Williams at the top of his game, and he made the Genie feel like your best friend. Genie’s song Friend Like Me is probably the funniest song ever recorded for a Disney film. Then we have the whole Jasmine and Aladdin romance. What we love about Jasmine is that she is not looking to marry someone based on money or power, but based on what’s inside. A Whole New World won the Oscar for Best Original Song and is one of the most popular Disney love songs of all time. Aladdin a movie everyone can enjoy, it’s got a princess, a action star, and a genie, no wonder it;s a hit!
Bold statement but Beauty and the Beast is the best princess movie of all time. Another bold statement, Belle is the greatest of all the Disney princesses. Belle is intelligent, caring, brave, and independent. Aside from Belle, Beauty and the Beast is a fantastic story. A arrogant prince is cursed by a an enchantress who refusing her shelter and the prince has to learn to love someone else and have that person fall in love with him before the magic rose loses it’s last petal or else he’ll be trapped as the beast forever. (Anyone feel bad for the house servants who get turned into household items, what did they do wrong?). Beauty and the Beast also has an amazing cast of supporting characters . Gaston, Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts and Chip are all beloved characters. Watching the Beast grow as a person through his interactions with Belle makes you root for him the whole time and you totally believe that Belle and Best are meant for each other. Of course we’ve left the best for last, and that is the music. Beauty and the Beast is the over all best Disney Soundtrack ever made. Get ready for this little trivia…at the Oscars that year, Beauty and the Beast had 3 songs nominated for Best Original Song: Belle, Be Our Guest, and Beauty and the Beast. Though not nominated, Gaston, and Something There are also amazing songs. The soundtrack also helped launch the career of Celine Dion. And we know it’s a cartoon, but the dance scene during the song Beauty and the Beast is one of our favorites of all time. If you put on Beauty and the Beast during a date night and you don’t get a little something something, there must be something wrong with you.
From the opening number, the Circle of Life, the Lion King had us hooked. While Beauty and the Beast almost reached the top spot, we are giving the Lion King the number 1 spot thanks to the overall journey the story takes us through. We start the the movie with Mufasa, the king of the animals announcing to the world the birth of his first son, Simba, the heir to the throne. Mufasa starts teaching a young Simba the responsible of being king. Enter our villain, Scar, Mufasa’s brother who wants Simba dead so he can inherit the throne. Scar is without a doubt the most hated Disney Villain of all time, and his song Be Prepared gives us a glimpse into his dark mind. Scar ends up trapping Simba, in front of an wildebeest stampede but Mufasa is able to save Simba. Climbing to avoid the stampede himself, Mufasa asks his brother to hep him. With the words Long live the King, Scar throws Mufasa into the stampede as Simba watches his father die in front of him. Without a doubt this is one of the saddest moments in Disney film history. Scar tricks Simba into thinking his fathers death is his own fault and so he runs away. (Man this is some heavy stuff for a kids film). Now in the jungle, Simba is taken care of by Timon and Pumbaa who teach Simba to live life free of worries through the song Hakuna Matata. Simba grows up, and finds out the under Scar’s rule as king, his home is not like a graveyard. He decides to face his uncle, and ultimately becomes King, and has his own son, a true circle of life. The music in the Lion King is top notch, winning the Oscar for Best Original Song for Can you Feel the Love Tonight. Our favorite is Just Can’t Wait to be King, sung by a young Simba. Timon and Pumbaa add great humor to the story, helping us cope with the death of Mufasa. Another reason why the Lion King comes out on top is it;s appeal to both genders. Boys and girls loved the movie equally, making $987,483,777 at the box office (yeah Frozen has made more than the Lion King but tickets weren’t $12 each back than like they are today)).
That’s our list. Which movies did we leave out? What your favorite Disney movie of all time. Let us know at Popcorn Whiskey by leaving your comments below.