What classic Disney movies should you watch with your family?
Before you head to Orlando for your next Disney World vacation, why not watch a few classic Disney movies to get you in the mood? We’d like to help you out by running through a few of our favorite old Disney movies, along with several newer films that also deserve to be considered classics.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Regardless of its quality, this particular movie has gone down in cinema history because it was the first feature-length animated film. The good news is that this tale continues to be highly regarded today for its quality storytelling and endearing spirit.
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
This movie about a small-town professor who creates a new substance called “flubber” wasn’t a success at the time of its release, but later became regarded as a classic. Some people reading this are probably more familiar with the Robin Williams’ remake that was done several years ago, which is a fun movie, too.
The Jungle Book (1967)
This wonderful tale of Mowgli and Baloo has captivated audiences ever since its release. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a group of people who wouldn’t start singing along with “Bare Necessities” if you hummed a few bars. This movie got its own live-action remake a few years back and it’s absolutely delightful, too.
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
There have been many movies and TV shows where teenagers or young adults have had some type of superpowers, whether alien or not, but this may be the movie that popularized the theme. The story is simple – two aliens crash on Earth and must head to Witch Mountain in order to return home – and it’s fantastically enjoyable.
Pete’s Dragon (1977)
This story about a boy and his dragon was unique for the fact that it was a live-action Disney musical and because it combined live actors with a cartoon character. A few years ago, a remake was done that removed the musical element and used CGI instead of a cartoon. If you haven’t seen the new version, it’s just as charming and heartwarming as the original.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
This movie undoubtedly began a new era of animated, classic Disney movies. It was a huge blockbuster success for Disney and it continues to delight audiences today. Sometimes, it’s difficult to decide between Ariel and Ursula when asked who your favorite character in the movie is. Well, besides Sebastian and Flounder, since everyone loves them.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
This movie was so amazing that it was actually nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, which was unprecedented at the time. Like almost every other movie on this list, it has sparked a remake, this time live-action which has become a recent trend. For millions of moviegoers, though, nothing will ever beat the original, animated tale.
Even though Robin Williams was already famous from stand-up comedy and Mork & Mindy, his incredible characterization of the Genie from Aladdin will always be his most recognized work for millions of fans. In fact, it’s almost impossible to think of the story of Aladdin and the lamp without his voice and mannerisms immediately springing to mind.
Lion King (1994)
This movie runs the gamut from philosophical allegory and simple family fun all the way to pure evil and pure of heart. One moment, you’re fearful of Scar’s frightful sneer and not long after that, you’re singing along to Hakuna Matata. Yet, despite these disparate tones, Lion King makes them all work together seamlessly and perfectly.
Since so much time has been dedicated to old Disney movies, we thought it would only be right to discuss a couple modern classics. Millions of people across the globe can’t hear the words “let it go” without thinking of this amazing movie. Some parents may not have enjoyed it being on constant repeat once it hit home, but it’s an absolute treasure despite that.
This film is the most socially important Disney movie to be made in decades, if not for all time. On the surface, it’s about a cute bunny who wants to be a police officer. Underneath, however, it serves as a rich tale of diversity, social hierarchy, and moving past individual limitations. Heady stuff for a movie with a sloth at the DMV, right?
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