Everybody loves Disney movies, right?
It’s about a grumpy, old-age pensioner who wants to travel to his own private paradise but who reluctantly manages to take an annoying, over zealous boy scout along for the ride. Except Carl Fredricksen isn’t travelling by normal means, he’s using hundreds of helium balloons to transport his entire home. The premise doesn’t exactly sound like much but after the introductory five minutes of simple montage, Up manages to engage us in overwhelming sentimentality, combining subtle yet tearful humour with intense grief. In fact the beginning is so engrossing and emotional it’s as if this isn’t even a children’s film at all. Enter boy scout Russell and Up shifts straight into comedy territory typical of Pixar. However throughout the film it never fully lets go of why Carl is going on this journey. It’s his last tribute to his beloved wife, who couldn’t be here with him to experience it.
This one’s inclusion, especially so high, might surprise a few of you. How do I say this without sounding so corny. Tangled truly has a special place in my heart because it reminds me so much of my relationship with my girlfriend. Not that she has long blonde hair with magical potential or not because I’m a rogue hoodlum with smouldering good looks. No, simply because the moments and songs in the movie represent a part in our lives when we realised that our shared love for all things Disney was a critically important aspect of our relationship at the time. It also helps that Tangled is one of the funniest, charming and well written Disney movies of the last decade or so. Knife!
3. The Jungle Book
Forever beloved and never outlived, The Jungle Book remains one of the most iconic Disney movies of all time for various reasons. The classic story from Rudyard Kipling has been adapted a bunch of times but never bettered than this 1967 version which sees Baloo the bear belt out probably one of the most memorable Disney songs ever ‘Bare Necessities’. And we can’t forget about King Louie. He’s a fairly small character with little screen time but has somehow become this huge personality that everybody loves.
2. The Lion King
This may be a bold statement but I would go as far as saying that The Lion King is one of the most important Disney movies ever made. Beautifully animated and brought to life with an unforgettable musical score, The Lion King is a majestic masterpiece. It’s a box-office slaying, coming of age dramedy that asks genuine moral questions centring around adult themed dilemmas. Probably one of the reasons why it’s been so successful and loved by all is that it doesn’t pander to a younger, credulous audience but has this unique quality to remain innocent and childish when it needs to be. A quintessential classic if there ever was one.
And my favourite Disney movie of all time is…
1. Toy Story
Remember when you were young and pretended that all your toys came to life? I’m not even sure I need to say anymore. This was the movie that kicked off the Disney/Pixar partnership and eventual worldwide dominance, and guess what, it’s still the best. Helped by a fantastic voice cast, it’s endlessly entertaining, not merely breaking down the walls for animation but smashing through them. There’s literally never a dull moment. At twenty years old it’s still as re-watchable now as it ever was. Important not only for it’s influence on computer generated animation but more so for it’s cleverly competent storytelling technique and character longevity, Toy Story isn’t just one of the best animated films ever, it’s right up there with one of the best films of all time.
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