Originally published by me on Mamamia.com.au.
You know when you sit down with a good Disney movie, popcorn in hand, kids in front of the TV, your hair in that messy bun you do when no one from the outside world is around to relive your childhood and cry about how times have changed?
Yes, you do. Isn’t it great?
If you’re running out of choices, we’ve got you covered with our definitive list of old and new Disney films.
1. The Lion King (1994)
Domestically, no other Disney classic has ever made as much money as The Lion King. And with its heartwarming recount of Shakespeare’s Hamlet,which is depicted through the eyes of cute lion cub, Simba, it’s not hard to see why. The classic has got tragedy, humour, deceit and romance – something for everyone!
Plus, who gets sick of thrusting their household cats into the air while chanting “The Circle of Life“?
Nobody, that’s who.
2. Aladdin (1992)
Obviously. The plot is on point, the villain is outstanding and all of the characters have endearing, crazy and enormous personalities. What more could you possibly want?
Aladdin has got to be one of the Disney movies of all time purely because the storyline is so unique. How many other tales revolve around lamps, genies, flying carpets and royalty?
3. The Little Mermaid (1989)
There’s no doubt The Little Mermaid is many a wannabe Ariel’s favourite of the bunch.
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale, the film is about a mermaid who gets to live in an under water wonderland and sacrifices her voice for the man she loves.
More importantly, there’s a talking crab, an evil woman-cross-octopus and some of the catchiest songs ever to be screened during an animated film.
4. Maleficent (2014)
This one’s a real-life Disney action film, so it’s a tad different. And even though some would say it doesn’t live up to the reputation of some of the other Disney movies on offer, it’s still freaking amazing – and not only because Angelina Jolie’s a kick-arse actress.
Maleficent herself is based on the iconic evil villain in Sleeping Beauty, who’s heart turned to stone after a hideous betrayal. She was seriously scorned by a man (join the club, girlfriend) and unlike many other Disney films, Maleficent is a unique story of female strength and determination. In fact, the movie focuses more on the awesome bond between mother and daughter.
5. Cinderella (2015)
While the 2015 live action version of Cinderella is based off earlier animated versions, there’s just something about seeing one of your favourite movies come to life. And it was understandably a huge hit at the box office. The acting, wardrobe, scenery and even the cast’s chemistry all contributed to making this version of one of the best Disney movies.