One year into the new century, a little boy was born in Chicago. His name was Walter but everybody called him “Walt”. Together with his brother Roy, Walt started his own company – Walt Disney Productions in 1929 which granted him stardom and success in the movie making industry. Several amusement parks and hundreds of movies later, the time has come to make the ratings official. Here are the ten best Disney movies of all time.
As most of my lists you will probably disagree with the order and even the selection of movies below. Now worries, just point out the injustice in the comments. Just do me a favor, and keep it constructive. Thanks!
1). The Lion King
1994 was the year when a lion cub named Simba, his merkaat friend Timon and warthog Pumbaa stole the hearts of millions worldwide, subsequently also popularizing the old Swahili saying – Hakuna Matata (There are no worries). The Lion King is a classic Disney animation of the good old kind with the clear struggle between good and evil and numerous breaks in the storyline for colorful musical interludes – all taken to the Tanzanian savanna.
2). Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Originally written by French Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740 La Belle et la BĂȘte tells the tale of an arrogant castle owner who one night refuses a fairy refuge from the rain. In return the fairy turns him into a beast, a spell only to be broken by true love.
Based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten, Bambi tells the story of a white-tailed deer (originally roe deer) and was released as animated film by Walt Disney in 1942.
4). Aladdin (1992)
As the 31st Disney animated feature, Aladdin made a total of 504 million worldwide and became an instant classic of the Disney Renaissance era. The American 1992 release received some criticism by Arabs of being racist but still managed to revive the old Arab folktale from One Thousand and One Nights, mostly thanks to the hilarious Genie voiced by Robin Williams.
5). The Jungle Book (1967)
The Jungle Book was written by British author Rudyard Kipling, first published in 1893 and 1894. The book contains a vast collection of stories, three of which revolve around the “man cub” Mowgli who is raised wolves. These stories later went on to form the 1967 Disney animation feature The Jungle Book.
6). The Little Mermaid (1989)
The Little Mermaid is the original fairy tale by Danish author H.C Andersen, first published in 1837 and tells the tale of a young mermaid, in the 1989 Disney animation named Ariel, who falls in love with a human prince and gives up her life under the sea for life on land.
7). Toy Story (1995)
The first film ever to be entirely made in CGI, Toy Story is a story a boy and his vast collection of toys, ultimately boiling down to a fierce rivalry between the boy’s favorite new toy and favorite old toy. The flashy space cadet Buzz Lightyear vs. the old school cowboy Woody.
8). The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Written by French author Victor Hugo and published in 1831 and originally titled Notre-Dame de Paris (Our lady of Paris), this story revolves around the bell-ringer of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Quasimodo. It took only six month for Hugo to finish the novel, during which he never left his room except for the occasional nightly visit to the cathedral.
9). Robin Hood (1973)
Few people have never heard of Robin Hood. Robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, this heroic outlaw originates from English folklore. From 14th century ballads to 20th century film animations, the tale of Robin Hood and his Merry Men is indeed timeless or should I say epic.
10). Finding Nemo (2003)
A Pixar animation feature, Finding Nemo received the Academy Award for Best Animation Feature along with overwhelming positive reviews ultimately grossing $864 million worldwide. The clownfish Marlin lives a risk-free life in coral suburbia when he one day loses his only son Nemo.