For as long as I can remember, Disney films have been in my life. Although I’m 23 years old, I have no shame in admitting that I still regularly watch them, especially as so many are on Netflix. As difficult as it has been, I have (just about) managed to narrow it down to 10 of my all time favourites.
10. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
I have always adored this film. The mix of animation and live action make for a unique creation that although has been done in other Disney films, but for me none match Bedknobs and Broomsticks. The plot is completely random but is a truly enjoyable film. I will always have fond memories of watching this from my childhood, but for me it’s a timeless film that will never get old.
9. The Black Cauldron (1985)
One of the most underrated Disney films but for me it’s s definite favourite. It’s like no other Disney classic, mainly due to the fact it is completely terrifying. Pathetic, I know. But it honestly makes me shudder in certain scenes, even now! Perhaps this is where my love of horror films comes from. Regardless, this is a real gem that stands out amongst other Disney animated classics that really deserves a lot more credit.
8. Mary Poppins (1964)
It’s Mary Poppins, need I say more? I could watch this film a million times over and never get bored. The songs are just wonderful, it’s funny, heart warming, and just such a joy to watch, as well as to sing along to, obviously. With so many Disney films being remade or adapted recently, Mary Poppins is one that should never, ever be touched.nits, quite simply, perfection.
7. Cinderella (1950)
One of the first Disney films I remember watching, and one of my firm favourites. Cinderella I think is to blame for my love of romance and the idealistic ‘happily ever after’. I love everything about this classic. The songs are some of the catchiest ever created by Disney, and I personally find the whole story of the girl with no one in the world finding her ‘Prince Charming’ has captured my heart since I was a child. It’s not only this particular version of Cinderella that I love. I honestly can’t think of any version of this timeless love story I don’t enjoy.
6. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
The story of two dogs and a cat travelling through the wild to be reunited with their family, a perfect Disney creation. I have so many memories of the film as a child and I will always hold it close to my heart because of this. I find it so heartwarming and moving, yet utterly hilarious at the same time. Having recently re watched it after happily finding it had been added to Netflix, my love for this film has been well and truly rekindled.
5. Tuck Everlasting (2002)
Another of Disney’s underrated films, but one of the greatest. The love story in Tuck Everlasting is one of the most romantic I’ve seen, and the whole concept of whether or not you would choose to live fiercer given the option makes for a fantastic film experience.
4. Oliver and Company (1988)
Yet another Disney film that doesn’t get the credit it deserves, and I honestly don’t know why. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel Oliver Twist, with the characters recast as a cat and a group of dogs, what’s not to love? I’ll always distinctly remember getting the film on VHS for my sixth birthday, and even though I’m 24 in less than six months, I’m not ashamed to admit that I still know all the words to the songs.
3. The Lion King (1994)
A masterpiece. That’s all that needs to be said when describing The Lion King. It cannot be faulted and is utterly untouchable. It’s perfect in every way. The stage musical of this simply amazing film is equally as incredible, and I would highly recommend it to any die hard fan who hasn’t already seen it.
2. The Parent Trap (1998)
Words cannot describe my love for this film. The fact I can still remember the majority if the film word for word 17 years later is testament to this. One of the best films I’ve ever seen let alone one of my favourites made by Disney. It was also The Parent Trap that led to my desperate want to have a twin, purely because at the age of seven I was unaware of how babies came to exist. I don’t think there will ever come a time in my life where I don’t enjoy this film.
1. Toy Story (1995)
It may sound cliche to say Toy Story is my favourite Disney film, but I cannot help it. I love it. With the two sequels that followed in 1998 and 2010, I really felt that the films reflected my own childhood. I had a wild imagination when playing with my toys when the original was released, just as Andy did in the film. When the second film was released four years later, although I still had plenty of time for my then beloved toys, I was beginning to find new things that took up my time. By the time the third and final film was released five years ago, I was all set to move away from home for the first time to attend university, just as Andy was. This is probably the reason why I cried like a baby upon seeing Toy Story 3. For me, the films marked the end of my childhood, just as the original essentially marked the beginning. I think that’s why Toy Story will always hold a special place in my list of favourite films, and why no other Disney film will ever come close to knocking it from the top spot.