I am a self confessed Disnerd. I was brought up on it so it’s very close to my heart, and visiting The Happiest Place On Earth really drives that passion home. I consider myself quite knowledgeable regarding Disney films, and even though it took me quite a while, I’ve managed to put together my Top 5 Disney Movies.
Coming in at number 5 we have Disney Pixars Up. Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Edward Asner) always loved adventure. Ever since being a little boy (and meeting the love of his life Ellie) he wanted to travel to South America and explore Paradise Falls. The only way he can fulfil his and his wife’s dream to get there is by tying 500 balloons to his house and flying there, so that she can be with him in spirit. However, he doesn’t realise that he has an accidental stow-away on board, Russell (voiced by Jordan Nagai). The two go on a self-finding adventure, picking up a talking dog on the way and learning about eachother. I love this film because the lesson behind it is so inspirational. Never give up. After 64 years of dreaming of Paradise Falls, Carl finally gets there. It just takes time.
The first time I watched this movie, I sobbed. Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) devastatingly loses his big brother Tadashi (voiced by Daniel Henney) and slips into depression. Tadashi was an inventor, and created an inflatable health care companion called Baymax. One day whilst sitting in his room, Hiro triggers Baymax and he inflates, and they form (along with 4 other inventors from Tadashi’s University) a group of extremely technical super heroes. This film made it onto my top 5 because the story is that even in the darkest of days, something good can come out of the other end.
It wouldn’t be a real Disney list if there wasn’t at least one princess in there somewhere. After careful consideration, my number 3 spot (and favourite princess) is Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson) has a fascination with human land. She often visits the surface to speak to her friend, Scuttle, to learn about it. Her father, Triton, doesn’t approve of her visiting the surface, or with her interest in the land above water, but she doesn’t listen anyway. One day, she comes across Prince Eric (voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes) and immediately falls in love with him but she could never be with him because, well, she’s a mermaid. She makes a dangerous deal with Ursula, who will turn her into a human for 3 days, and if she doesn’t kiss Prince Eric within those 3 days, she’ll turn back into a mermaid and she’ll lose her voice forever. She kisses him, she stays human, and they live happily ever after. And not to mention The Little Mermaid soundtrack is amazing, everyone loves it!
These last 2 movies were extremely difficult for me to decide on. Wreck-It Ralph is an extremely feel-good film. Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is sick of being seen as the bad guy. Inside his video game, he’s the villain, who smashes the building up and Fix-It Felix comes along and fixes it. In the dead of night, after being refused into the good guy party, he leaves his video game to become a hero in another one. Little does he know that he’s about to wreck havoc on the entire arcade. If you die outside of your video game, you don’t get to restart. His plan is to break into a first-person shooting game, win a medal, and become a hero, but unfortunately his plan fails and he lets the deadly bugs inside the game, out. The bugs then infest the other games in the arcade, and it’s upto him and his new friends, including Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman) to rescue the arcade. The story behind movie is also an extremely inspirational one. Even if you don’t quite fit in, you’re still extremely important. If you changed, you wouldn’t be you anymore.
Where do I even start with this movie. One of the most underrated movies that Disney ever released is The Emperors New Groove. This is at my number 1 spot for several reasons. 1) it’s nostalgic, this was one of the movies that I replayed over and over and over when I was a child. 2) it’s hilarious, and a lot of the jokes go over childrens heads but are in there for the more grown up children. 3) it’s super underrated. I’ve never heard anybody talk about this movie and in my opinion, it’s one of the best, hence why it’s at my number 1 spot. Emperor Kuzco (voiced by David Spade) is cocky and self loving. He fires his administrator, Yzma (voiced by Eartha Kitt) and she decides that she needs revenge on him. So, she decides to poison him, but it doesn’t go to plan. The poison that was supposed to be given to him, is mixed up with a potion that turns him into a llama. He then ends up in the hands of Pacha (voiced by the one and only John Goodman), a family man who raises llamas. Pacha decides to help Emperor Kuzco (even after Emperor Kuzco was going to knock his house down and build a water park where it previously sat) to help regain his place on the thrown. It’s a hilarious story, something that I feel everybody needs to see. But there’s an underlying message. Always be kind spirited. Even after Emperor Kuzco told Pacha that he was going to knock his house down to build a water park, he still decided to help him. And it changes Emperor Kuzco. He turns out to be a nice guy. Be like Pacha.
No matter your age, don’t ever let anybody tell you that you’re too old for Disney. Nobody is too old for Disney. The movies were created to give people enjoyment and entertainment, and for generations, that’s exactly what they have been doing. And there’s so many lessons that can be taken from the movies too. So next time you’re watching a Disney movie, really think about the story and what you can take away from it, because there’s guaranteed to be something there.
Bye for now!~^^~