Just because it’s #10 on our top 10 Disney movies list doesn’t mean it isn’t as great as the others. The folks over at Disney give us a gem in Bambi. Movie fans will experience love, joy, and pain right along side famous characters in the Disney camp. What is your favorite scene? Bambi’s comical crossing of the frozen pond, or his romance with the adorable doe Faline? Share your family’s favorite below!
9Lady and the Tramp (1955)
There are two major reasons this Disney pic makes the grade: It’s the first Cinemascope animation film, and the first full-length feature to boast complete originality. Lady is the pampered female dog belonging to Jim Dear and Darling. When her owners introduce a baby to the home, Lady begins to feel self-conscious. She believes her days are numbered. Lady chooses to run away and runs into Tramp–an unconventional male dog from the wrong side of the tracks.
8The Jungle Book (1967)
The Disney magic continues with #8 on our top 10 Disney movies list: The Jungle Book. It is the last animated movie produced under the supervision of Mr. Walt Disney. Drawing from the well-known storyteller Rudyard Kipling, the story takes place in a tropical jungle. It is here that Bagheera, the Panther (Sebastian Cabot) discovers a baby. Mowgli (Bruce Reitherman) is raised with wolves for ten years–gaining instinct and skill, but will it be enough to face the return of Shere Khan, the Tiger (George Sanders) who has no affinity for humans.
7Finding Nemo (2003)
A 2000’s hit earns the #7 spot on our top 10 Disney movies list. A deep sea adventure filled with comedy, sentiment, and memorable characters. Finding Nemo is an all hands on deck effort to reunite the Nemo family to their Great Barrier Reef counterparts. While hanging out in a dentist office may not be so bad for some, Nemo wants badly to return to his ocean home. Danger at every turn, Nemo’s plan to escape his new life is met with one obstacle after another. But with the support of a new friend, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), Nemo is well on his way back to familiar territory.
What’s a good way to encourage a child to appreciate classical music? You guessed it, Walt Disney’s masterpiece Fantasia. The standards are all here: Bach, Tchaikovsky’s, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Schubert, Ponchielli and more. But they’re only responsible for the backdrop, it’s the unforgettable Disney characters: the dancing mushrooms, dinosaurs, hippopotamuses, and Mickey Mouse, that keep us glued to the screen.
5Beauty and the Beast (2012)
We’ve reached the halfway mark on our top 10 Disney movies list. Sometimes it’s a good idea to introduce new audiences to a classic tale. Beauty and the Beast is a story of both physical and internal allure. This film captures the fascinating journey of Belle (Paige O’Hara), a bright and beautiful young woman, who’s been taken prisoner by a unsightly beast (Robby Benson) in his castle. Making the best of her desperate situation, Belle befriends some of the castle’s enchanted staff: a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock. She ultimately learns to see beyond the Beast’s outward appearance and discovers the heart and soul of a prince.
#4 on our top 10 Disney movies list stars the beautiful Pocahontas. Disney had fallen out of favor with theater goers in the 1980’s, but because of the huge success of The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, and other movies they were able to enjoy new commercial success. Arranged marriages can work, but are sometimes met with resistance–the plight of Pocahontas (Irene Bedard). Showing little interest in a suitor picked by her family, Pocahontas enjoys time spent in her canoe or adventures with her pals Meeko and Flit. Her simple way of life is threaten with the arrival of European settlers and one special John Smith (Mel Gibson) with whom she becomes enamored with.
3The Little Mermaid (1989)
Love knows no boundaries as evidenced in Disney’s big hit The Little Mermaid. Our mermaid Ariel (Jodi Benson) ventures to the surface and meets The Prince (Christopher Daniel Barnes)–a dashing young man with whom she falls head over heals for. Of course there is one drawback: she is a mermaid. But the malicious sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll) guarantees to fix that. Ariel’s father King Triton (Kenneth Mars) isn’t blinded by love however, and battles Ursula to dissolve the ill-advised agreement entered into by his daughter.
2The Lion King (2011)
As Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas/Matthew Broderick) approaches adulthood he is visited by the spirit of his father (James Earl Jones), who instructs him to defeat the wicked Scar (Jeremy Irons) and reclaim his rightful throne. Borrowing elements from African folk tales, Hamlet, and classical mythology, The Lion King tells its mythic coming-of-age tale with a combination of spectacular visuals and lively music. King features light and rhythmic songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, and a music score by Hans Zimmer.
1Toy Story (1995)
What does a child’s former #1 toy (Sheriff Woody) do when replaced with a new #1 toy (Buzz Lightyear)? Gather all the other toys together and plot to destroy the new one of course. Bringing the entire gang of toys together to displace the shining new spaceman is not easy. Mr. Woody (Tom Hanks) soon finds out that he and Mr. Lightyear (Tim Allen) must actually work together if they’re to survive two more pressing threats: a family relocation and its new neighborhood troublemaker Sid (Erik von Detten).