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TOP 15 DISNEY ANIMATED MOVIES by Sheila Nowell

I did a post recently with my favorite Pixar movies.  That was really easy! I’ve been a fan of Pixar since day 1.  Coming up with my favorite Disney animated films is a little harder, and I just couldn’t leave some off the list…hence 15 instead of 10.  My list below is a good reflection of “me” – a girl born in the late 70s who had a great 80s and 90s childhood.  Enjoy!

15. PETER PAN

So, the movies below (#1-14) were easily on my list. I wanted to have 15, so I scoured my “list” and this is the only one that stuck out for a 15th (although Fantasia 2000 was close).  Peter Pan is a classic.  Which is why I just ordered it from Disney Movie Club.  😉  Plus, I’m a sucker for British accents…

14. POCAHONTAS

I love history.  I love Indians and hate how they were treated when Americans took over the land. 😦  I’m glad Pocahontas is a Disney princess. Oh, and I love willow trees, so that just adds to the love here!

13. LILO & STITCH

Stitch is just plain cute. And I love Hawaii.  🙂 And Experiment 626 has a nice ring to it…

12. MULAN

Although it was released in 1998, I JUST saw this for the first time in 2013!  I was blown away by how much I LOVED the movie, too!  I’ve watched it twice since then already. 🙂

11. LADY & THE TRAMP

Such awesome memories watching this in the 80s, and I’m so excited that it’s going to be re-released again this year so I can own it!  Lady is the name I gave my cat…because I wanted a cocker spaniel but am terribly allergic to them. 😦

10.  THE LION KING

Another great movie…it goes along with my love of culture…the African safari, the animals in their natural habitat…and the SONGS…love Elton John songs. 😉

9. ALADDIN

A Whole New World was one of the songs in our wedding. 🙂  A great movie about the poor and the rich.  I could do without Jafar becoming an all-powerful sorcerer in the end, though – too devilish for me.

8. FOX & THE HOUND

My mom tells me all the time how she took me to see this movie and I cried and cried.  So, I just looked, and it was released in 1981…I would have been 3.  I showed it to my girls for the first time in 2013, and my then-5 year old cried like a baby.  It touched my heart…  That song, “When Your The Best of Friends” is a wonderful song.

7. THE LITTLE MERMAID

I know for  a fact that I was in 6th grade when this movie came out, because our teacher (Mr. Tessendorf) sat on his chair on wheels and went around the classroom singing the soundtrack to us all day long.  Thinking back, I suppose him singing “Kiss The Girl” to a bunch of 6th graders is kind of creepy, but at the time, it was pretty awesome!  LOL I am so happy to own it on Blu Ray now!

6. TANGLED

Such a cute movie. I love the colors and songs and everything about this movie!  And I guess I can blame her for having a hidden desire to whack someone over the head with a frying pan…  And those lanterns…amazing!

5. BEAUTY & THE BEAST

Another iconic movie with beautiful songs in it!  Belle and I have so much in common…book worms, family importance, and doing what is right…yup, I’m Belle in a commoner’s body.  I took a “Which Disney Princess Are You?” Quiz lately, and it confirmed it.

4. TINKERBELL (ALL OF THEM)

These all came out when my youngest was 18 months and we were at Disney World for her first time.  We bought the movie AT Disney!  I love all of the subsequent ones that have come out, too.  The Fairies of Pixie Hollow are beautiful little creatures full of life and color!

3. PRINCESS & THE FROG

I LOVED this movie, and I believe Tiana is my favorite princess right now (although Anna from Frozen is pretty close!).  I’ve been to the bayou of Louisiana for the wedding of my husband’s cousin, and her Cajun LA roots are now here in town with us.  In fact, they lived with us for a few months, so we really got immersed in the accent and the food!  In addition, our family of 5 has stayed at Port Orleans Riverside at Disney twice now, and we have really taken a liking to the view.  🙂  I love how that hard-working girl achieves her dreams!

2. WRECK IT RALPH

I’m bad. And that’s good. And I’ll never be good. And that’s not bad.  LOL  This movie is full of memories of old video games, and full of BEAUTIFUL colors and that sweet little girl, Venelope Von Schweetz.

1. FROZEN

What can I say?  It was a wonderful movie, and I just can’t let it go.  I think they may have modeled Anna off of me without me knowing it.  Right down to the freckles…she’s amazing!

 

My goal for my upcoming Disney trip is to get the autographs of as many of the characters above as possible…an impossible feat, I’m sure. 🙂   I realize Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Alice in Wonderland didn’t make the list.  I actually kind of thought about putting Cinderella in #15…. What’s your favorite Disney movie?

TOP 10 DISNEY PIXAR MOVIES by Sheila Nowell

So, there are 14 Disney Pixar movies out so far. I love every single one of them.  I really do!  Here’s my personal Top 10 Pixar movies list. Enjoy!

TOP 10 DISNEY  PIXAR MOVIES

10.  TOY STORY – ALL 3 OF THEM!

I have a bad habit of lumping things together in the Top 10 lists, don’t I?  Well, I love Toy Story movies.  Toy Story 1 was the FIRST Pixar release, and it is what had me “hooked.”  Plus, Toy Story 2 and Toy  Story 3 don’t mean anything without Toy Story 1, right?  I love Toy Story 2 because I LOVE cowboys and anything country. So, even though Jessie is a “girl,” she represents something I would love to be. And Toy Story 3…really?  Who DIDN’T cry at the end of that movie?  Ugh…like, the UGLY cry.

9. CARS

Cars was released in 2006 when my son was 4 1/2…the PERFECT time for a little boy to fall in love with the movie. His love of the movie became my love, too.  We even decorated his room in Cars…and he loved it until he was 7.  Then, he became “too old” for it (in his words) and switched to Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean.  Oh well…  Cars 2 wasn’t nearly as good…or as memorable…except for Mater and the Wasabi…

8. BRAVE

Honestly, I had NO clue that Brave was a Pixar movie. LOL!  But I enjoyed the Irish accents throughout, and watch it just to listen to it. LOL

7. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

This was such a cute movie!  The hype leading up to it was occurring right as I became a Disney Travel Agent, so I became immersed and “sucked in” with everyone else.  Still, as most “part 2” movies are, it wasn’t as good as the first!

6. MONSTERS, INC.

Love love love.  Boo was the cutest little thing ever!  And the idea of monsters being scared to death of a 2 year old little girl is quite ingenious.

5. UP

I admit…the first time I watched this movie, I was so disappointed.  It was so…well…sad, and depressing.  But, 2 years later, we made ourselves watch it again…and LOVED it.  I love the love story, I love Kevin (the bird) and Dug (the dog). I love Carl Frederickson, too, because he stood for his love. He fought to keep what was his.  He is my Pixar hero. 🙂

4. WALL-E

I can’t say that without saying it like a robot ….waaaaaallll- e.  🙂  I like the nostalgia on Earth, and the love story between Wall-E and Eve (again, Eeeee eeee vaaaaaahhhh). I also like the eye opening reality of where the world could be headed if it stays the way it is…no face to face contact, no physical activity, no “green” space… it’s sad to think of it.

3. THE INCREDIBLES

The best super hero movie ever made.  Who cares if it’s a cartoon  Every girl wants to be Elasti-Girl or Violet, and every boy wants to be Mr. Incredible or Dash.  Seriously!  I hope they make a part 2 (did I just say that?) to show off Jack Jack…

2. RATATOUILLE

Ah…this one is hard to explain.  I love to cook. I love new recipes. I love fine dining. I love that cooking is an “art.”  And I love the french accent (my hubby took 6 years of French…enough said).  This movie feels classy all around, and made me love…dare I say it…rats!?!

1. FINDING NEMO

Yes…it’s at the top of the list.  The colors and the sound of the ocean make me feel a strange peace every time I watch it.  I can recite this movie almost word for word.  And P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney…it really exists!?!

 

So, the only movie NOT on this list in some way is A Bug’s Life…and honestly, I have seen it, but only once.  I need to rent it and watch it again soon.  I’m sure it wasn’t a “bad” movie…because the “It’s Tough To Be A Bug” attraction at Disney World is awesome. LOL

What’s your favorite Pixar movie?