Everybody loves Disney movies. You can be two or 50. Doesn’t matter. Just think of how many you have seen. I don’t have enough finger/toes in my household of three. But what’s the best one?
Now we venture into dangerous territory. How can you pick a handful? I’m not going to rank all of them. For one I don’t have that kind of space and seriously who wants to read that. Okay you probably would, but I’ll leave that to BuzzFeed.
A few ground rules before we get started. A list of ten. It has to be animated, so “Remember the Titans” you’re out. And it has to be a theatrical release. And it starts.
10. ‘101 Dalmatians’
Not the best story in the world, but easily the best Disney villain in Cruella de Vil. Hands down. I mean she wants to kill puppies to make them into fur coats. Are you serious! If that doesn’t put you down in history as the worst person ever. I don’t know what will. Mainly I love dogs so this had to make it on the list.
I didn’t want to put “Frozen” on this list. I know I will probably break the internet, but it deserves to be here. I’m sorry but you don’t become the highest grossing animated film of all time and not get some cred. This is old school Disney. Great story and amazing soundtrack make this one unforgettable. And Olaf is one of Disney’s best sidekicks ever.
8. ‘Monsters Inc.’
This was like watching all my nightmares console me. I could sleep easy knowing all those monsters under my be d were just trying to provide energy for their community. In all seriousness though it was great to see that Billy Crystal and John Goodman were funny again. I felt like it was the 80’s all over. Although, “Monsters University” kind of sucked.
7. ‘Beauty and the Beast’
This is just a classic morality tale of not judging a book by its cover, which is a little cliché considering that was Belle’s passion. The song were top notch, including one of my favorite’s “Be Our Guest.” Gaston as the villain was spot on coming off very bro-ish.
You can’t have a top ten Disney list and not have the one that started the Pixar craze. I mean how cool was it to see a movie that revealed your toys were alive. The in jokes in this film are still the best of any Pixar movie. The Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were the perfect pairing as the two main characters. And when Buzz flies, I mean falls with style, at the end that was another MJ fist pump moment. It’s not every day you get two of those in one franchise.
5. ‘Finding Nemo’
“Nemo” marked the first time that Pixar touched on some really emotional stuff. You have a single parent trying to raise his son after his mother dies. This one really pulls at the heartstrings of parents as they struggle with letting their kids become more independent. Ellen was amazing as Dory. That’s probably why she is the basis for the sequel.
4. ‘The Little Mermaid’
I know this one was considered a movie for girls, but I don’t care. In my opinion there is no such thing is Disney-world. See what I did there. The music is second best to only “The Lion King.” I would know too, our class sang this at our third grade program. Ursula is one of the best Disney villains ever and Scuttle rules. If you don’t know what a snarfblat is … oh boy you are missing out.
Great villain. Check. Classic story. Check. Good soundtrack. Check. Disney checked all of their prototypical boxes on this one, but the one thing that sends it over the top is Genie. Robin Williams was in his prime here and he shined in this one. His one-liners made this an instant classic.
2. ‘Toy Story 3’
This misses out on number one simply because It didn’t come out until I was 27. It loses to nostalgia. Although I cried little girl when the toys were sliding to their doom in the trash compactor only to be saved by “the claaaawwwwww.” That was a total Michael Jordan fist pump moment. The ending propelled it to number two because I can remember getting rid of my toys as I grew up. #toughtimes
1. ‘The Lion King’
The soundtrack alone should put “Lion King” in the top ten. It highlights the dark parts with Scar’s “Be Prepared” and the lighter parts with “Hakuna Matata” or “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.” The overall story of redemption is classic Disney stuff and the comedy duo of Timon and Pumbaa is gold. Also, “The Lion King” on Super Nintendo is probably the best video game based on a movie I have ever played.
Honorable mentions: “Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Wreck It Ralph” and “Hercules”
Do you like my top ten? Hate it? What’s in your top ten? Feel free to comment below.