Tuesday, 4 February 2014

My Favourite Disney Films

After I shared a few of my favourite girly films  with you I thought it was time to share a few more of my favourites, this time there's a Disney theme!


I am a massive Disney fan, I first went to Disneyland Paris when I was 23 and I actually cried when I first saw the parade! Yes, I'm such a child. We thought about going for New Year's last year but we decided against it. There's plans in the works to take M when he's a bit older and then when we have another one we'll all head to Florida as a family to do it properly! I can't bloody wait!

Needless to say, limiting it down to 5 was pretty tough for me. I decided to exclude Pixar films from the list to make it a little easier.

So in no particular order....


Sleeping Beauty
The oldest of my selection. It was made in 1959 (cheers Google!) and I admit I liked this when I was little because she was the prettiest... I was a shallow child, but her hair is amazing, let's be honest. But the story is still beautiful. It's a classic, a prince slaying a dragon, you can't go wrong with that plot, it's flawless. The less said about falling in love with a stranger in the woods who dances with animals, the better. 
I love the scene where they make her dress and birthday cake. 7-year-old-me had planned that I wanted my own wedding dress to change from blue to pink while I danced. Luckily I changed my mind otherwise I think I'd have to be contacting that woman from Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and getting her to wire up something highly flammable.

 The Little Mermaid
 For the more observant of you, you might have noticed I mentioned this film in my 50 Facts about me post. It was the first film I saw at the cinema, which will now show my age. I had it on video (for those born after 95 it's what us oldies had to view our films on before DVDs) and I watched it so much I wore the tape out. It took absolutely ages for it to be released on DVD and I was over the moon when it was released the week of my 21st birthday. It was like fate! Amazing songs and proof a man can fall in love with a woman who can sing even if she is HALF FISH. There's hope for all of us. 


The Lion King
This film makes me CRY! Oh when Mufasa Dies! It's a good thing there's the comedy from Timone and Pumba otherwise this film would leave you really down. Of course there's the amazing songs, 'Can you feel the love tonight' features Rick-never-gonna-give-you-up-Astley, Kiki Dee of 'Don't Go Breaking my Heart' fame and friend of the Meerkats Gary Barlow don't ya know! Simba's uncle basically ruins his life, I don't know what it is about Walt Disney and bitter family members, it might say something about his upbringing! And we follow Simba trying to have 'no worries for the rest of his days' (couldn't help it). It's one Disney film without a big in-your-face love story, but they had to throw in a little romance with childhood sweetheart Nala. It's funny, sad, lovely and a little bit deep actually.  If you get a chance you need to go and see the show in the West End, it's incredible.

Beauty and the Beast
In my opinion this is the Disney film with the best soundtrack. Pay attention to the words in Gaston's self indulgent number, they are quite brilliant "I use antlers in all of my DECORATING!"
And the opening song taught us french, how very educational. When I was younger (and had my natural hair colour) I was pleased there was now a Disney princess with brown hair, while my naturally blonde friends got to be Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. I could now be Belle and not Snow White (who had BLACK HAIR Kelly and Verity!) Belle also had the decency to find it strange that inanimate objects talk to her, while the the other princesses think it's perfectly natural to communicate with rodents!

It's not a classic, I admit. But I was so pleasantly surprised with this Disney film on the newer end of the scale. In all honesty I don't think they did a good Disney film after the Lion King (with the exception of The Emperors New Groove!) But this made me laugh the whole way through. Flynns sarcasm is exactly my sense of humour and Rapunzlel's mum and her put-downs made for a much more interesting villain than we were used to. No Disney film is complete without a humorous sidekick from the animal kingdom and Tangled doesn't disappoint, a chameleon called Pascal and Maximus the horse are both equally brilliant. Visually it's very good too but let's not get into technicalities. 

Now I don't know about you but I'm now tempted to go and watch all of these back to back!

Have you been to Disneyland? Was it magical?
What's your favourite Disney film?



  1. We have identical favourites! Even down to The Emperors New Groove. You have great taste haha, thanks for sharing

    Emily x

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    1. Aw it's so lovely isn't it? Makes me cry my eyes out though!

  3. My favourites were Peter Pan and Beauty & The Beast. The Lion King used to terrify me haha xx


    1. It does have a few quite scary bits to be fair. Peter Pan is great too, I'm trying to get my son into that one!

  4. Aw I love this post! You can't beat a good Disney film! I've not seen Tangled yet, need to get on that, I've heard so many amazing reviews! My fave has to be Aladdin! xx


    1. Oh I love Aladdin too! Another one with some great songs!

  5. Went to Disney a few years back and I guess the excitement of seeing all things childhood was over whelming indeed.

    D, x


    1. I'm glad it's not just me! The big kid in me loves it!

  6. I loved Dumbo, The Fox and the Hound, Oliver & Company and so many more! :) Disney films are so amazing!!


    1. I have the Fox and the Hound still in it's wrapper! I can' find a good time to watch it as I know it makes me sob uncontrollably!

  7. My favourites have got to be Hercules and Tarzan!

  8. OMG! Another Disney fanatic! I absolutely adore disney films. I have 5 favourites that I just cant choose between:
    Beauty & The Beast, The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, Robin Hood & Aladdin xx

  9. The Lion King and Tangled are definitely some of my favourites. I haven't seen Beauty and the Beast in ages, really want to watch it again soon.

    Emma x
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