This may have taken me long to do as I have been very busy lately but I’m finally ready to talk about my top two Disney films but first, here are a few honourables mentions of the movies that almost made my list:
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
I am a massive Tim Burton fan and one day, I thought about the different films that he has created with Nightmare being one of them. In the end of the day, I knew that I had to watch this one and I’m glad that I did.
This film is the one that I love more and more as I watch it. For me, this is a Christmas movie as it has heartfelt moments and you understand Jack the Skellington. Everyone has a moment in their life when they want to do something different and Jack is no exception. He’s gotten tired of doing the same thing ever year and when he hears about the land of Christmas, he just wants to spread his knowledge about Halloween to this land.
This is the film that started up the company Lakria who brought us great stop-motions such as Coraline. It is definitely in my top three for Christmas movies and I love every single song especially ‘This is Halloween’ and ‘What’s This’. This is the beginning of Danny Elfman’s musical masterpiece as he composes and sings the songs( only the Jack Skellington parts).I have given this movie an 8/10 and recommend it to anyone who is a fan of musicals, stop-motion and Tim Burton films (even though he only produced this movie)
A Goofy Movie (1995)
I have written a review about this movie previously so I won’t say a lot about it. All I would say is that it is one of the best Disney movies based on the main Disney characters. It shows a father and son relationship and how a parent would also see their child as they were in their first years even though they have matured into an adult. It also has an incredible song by Terry Campbell called ‘I2I’. I have given this film a 9/10.
The Incredibles (2004)
I know that a lot of people will be ranting on about how this movie is part of Pixar only but this is still part of Disney. I have watched this movie recently and seen the Disney logo at the beginning so this is most definitely a Disney product. Also, the fact that they actually brought the company tells us that they own everything Pixar. Anyway, the first time I had ever watched this film was when it came out on DVD. I knew the company behind it and I trusted them so much that I decided to get the home release without any knowledge and it was a good thing too because it is part of my honourable mentions.
The Incredibles lives up to everything that I hoped it was going to be and more. It is an incredible (see what I did there) movie that makes you want to live in a world with these superheroes. It also reminds you of your favourite heroes for example, when I see Mr Incredible and Buddy, they remind me of Batman and Robin. How Robin was always the little annoying sidekick that always got into trouble.
It sort of a quick movie but it’s good because it gets the point across without making it seemed rushed. The villain, Syndrome is fantastic and his assistant is great. I am really going to miss Elizabeth Pena (R.I.P). I was surprised at how many quotes that I could pick up in this movie as it had been a long time since I’d watched it. For example, Edna has some great classic quotes with my favourite being ‘No Capes!’ or when they are in the water and Dash says ‘we’re dead! We’re dead! We survived but we’re dead!’ And one of my favourite scenes is the ‘where is my super suit’ scene. It always cracks me up every time I see it.
This film deserves a 9.5/10 for still holding up after all this year and to honour a great storyteller, brad bird who has created great movies such as the iron giant and mission impossible 4. Let’s hope that he keeps getting better with films such as Tomorrowland and The Incredibles 2 coming out in the future.
PS. Violet is my favourite character in this movie and always will be because I used to be that shy girl and felt that I was always invisible and now, I can’t stop talking.
1. The Lion King (1994) and Toy Story 2 (1999)
It is hard for me to pick my favourite out of these two because they both mean so much to me. Toy Story 2 is one of the first movies that I remember watching in the cinema, whereas The Lion King is the first film that I actually remember watching in my life and it gives me so many memories. So, let’s start off by talking about The Lion King.
The Lion King is a movie based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It is a coming of age story about a lion named Simba who is the prince of the pride lands. When something tragic happens, he has to try and not run away from his destiny while taking responsibility.
This is one of the first films that I had on VHS (Video Home System aka the device that we used to watch movies before DVD and instant download came out) and I loved it. I also had the cassette tape and the book based on the movie that I would read all the time.
The Lion King teaches kids about death and facing our fears. We may grow up to become a different person but we should never forget who we are and where we came from. This is something that I always tell myself everyday. It also tells us that it doesn’t matter what happens in the past, what matter is how we learn from it to improve ourselves.
The music is fantastic with my favourite being Circle of Life. The opening scene with that particular song is incredible, teaching us the moral of the story and introducing us to what we may learn about from the movie. It is also a great way to bring up the main title because it just appears after that last note in the song. I always watch this clip on YouTube and it brings a smile to my face.
James Earl Jones has the voice of power. It is the reason he voiced the king in this movie and played one in Coming To America. It is also the reason why he voiced Darth Vador in Star Wars. Every time I hear him talk, I alway think of the line from the Lion King when he says “You Deliberately Disobeyed Me”.
This is a great movie that everyone should watch. It is why it was the number 1 Disney animated film in the box office for a long. It is also in my top 5 for my favourite movie of all time. I have given it a 10/10 because it is perfect.
Toy Story 2
I have previously made a review for this movie so I will try and keep this short. All I would say is that recently, I watched a movie fight by one of my favourite YouTube channel, Screen Junkies. It was an epic fight between them and CineSims. One of the questions that they had was what is the best Pixar movie. Screen Junkies picked Toy Story 2 and their argument was, Toy Story was a great fun adventure and Toy Story 3 brought the whole gang together, whilst ending Andy’s story. Toy Story 2 started those emotions that developed in the third movie. If it wasn’t for that movie, we probably wouldn’t have the spectacular trilogy. It also made us realise that we are all Emily because we have given up on our toys and either donated them or kept them in the shed. It is the reason why it has a place in my heart. It has an incredible adventure plus heart-warming moments. I made me feel guilty of my actions in the future but like Woody says “You’re right, Prospector. I can’t stop Andy from growing up… but I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” I didn’t miss out on the moments of having a toy in the first place and every time I feel as though I did, I just need to remember that I will always have a friend in Toy Story 2. This is why it deserves it’s 10/10.
In conclusion, Toy Story 2 and The Lion King have given me different emotions that I never thought I could get in a kids film. I have enjoyed making this list as it has given me a lot to think about on why Disney is so special to me and why it has lasted for all those years.
If you like this or any other review that I have done, you can feel free to leave comments below and also suggest films that I should review.
Here is a link to some previous views that I have talked about in this list:
My top 10 Disney films of all time (6 to 3)- https://filmaticreviews.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/my-top-10-disney-films-of-all-time-6-to-3-2/