I’ve let you in on my Top 5 Films and my Top 5 Film Series, so now it’s time to let you in on my Top 5 Disney Classics. I’m sure my number one will be pretty obvious, but the other four might surprise you. Here they are.
5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
This is one of Disney’s darker animated films, making the story a little deeper and more gripping, which seems to make it all the more engaging. You feel for Quasimodo in his bell tower prison and you are just rooting for him to stand up to the evil Frollo. Just like most Disney classics, I really love the songs in this movie, particularly God Help the Outcasts, sung by Esmerelda, who is my favourite character (I also love her wild black hair and green eyes).
4. The Lion King
It may surprise you that The Lion King is so low on the list, but the film as a whole doesn’t really appeal to me in the same way as some others. The film has another deep story and it is full of emotion, but for me, the best thing are the songs. I think that The Lion King is made up of some of the best Disney songs ever, which is saying something. I love every single one of them, but my favourite is the beautiful Circle of Life.
“Prince Ali, mighty is he, Ali Ababwa!” I’m sorry, but I love that line of the song and there was no way I could start without it. It’s a line you’ll find me singing all the time. Not only do I love the songs in Aladdin — Robin Williams as the genie singing Friend Like Me is just genius — but I love the characters, the imagery and of course, the story. It’s always been one of my favourite Disney classics.
Mulan is a really great film and if you haven’t seen it, you need to. Mulan is one of the strongest and most inspiring characters in any Disney film, with her smarts, determination and ability to hold her own in a men’s army. The story is one of Disney’s best, it has some real good quotes and again, there is the music. Not only does Mulan have great songs — I’ll Make a Man Out of You is my favourite — but the score is amazing.
1. The Little Mermaid
Seeing as The Little Mermaid is my favourite film in the world, it’s pretty obvious that it would me my number one Disney classic. I love the story, I love the characters, I love the imagery and I love everything Sebastian says. And of course, I love the songs and the score. You already know that Part of Your World is my favourite song from the film, but Under the Sea is a very close second.
I’ve got to give a special mention to Beauty and the Beast, as the songs in that film are pretty special and Belle is a strong female character who loves books — there is also that amazing yellow ball gown she wears, which is my favourite Disney princess dress ever. What Disney classics are your favourite?