TEN: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
No Disney top ten can be anything without the Snow White, the first full length animated feature. Adapted from Grimm's tales, it is an adventure of magic, dwarves, evil step-mothers and a truly handsome prince.
NINE: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
A novel I have read only once, and immensely enjoyed, this film is a Disney retelling. The famous words within the first song 'who is the monster and who is the man' really makes an impact. The love triangle is deeply touching and the characterisation is superb.
Hercules, though altered from the Greek myth, is a great addition to my top ten. I love Greek mythology and as a child, when my interest was evlving, I watched this over and over again. The creatures fascinated (and disgusted) me; they still do! The film is enjoyable for all ages and once again, the side-kicks and secondary characters take centre stage. Pain and Panic are hilariously funny, with Pegasus and Hermes coming a close second. The three fates are also really cool - though albeit really creepy.
The historical figure gets her own place in my top ten with this brilliant action packed, freedom fighting adventure. Not be out done by the men, Pocahontas can run, climb and swim as well as any man; she is fierce, independent, intelligent, curious and peace loving. With her many side-kicks, including the wise Old Mother Willow, she goes on her own path.
Tigers, carpets and Genies, oh my! A wonderful story of triumph over adversity with that all so cautionary tale of 'be careful what you wish for'. The idea that who you are is much much more imprtant than what you are really comes through in this film, with poor Aladdin, the street kid, being the kindest of them all and power-hungry (not to mention very rich) Jafar being the evil character. Thumbs up to the talking parrot :)
FIVE: Robin Hood
Such a fun film with some brilliant music. The rooster at the beginning, who remains to narrate the story? A stroke of genius. The fact that Robin is a wily fox? Funny. And Prince John as the spoilt and cowardly lion... Excellent! One of the best adaptations of the story.
FOUR: Sleeping Beauty
Grimm's fairy tale retold, Sleeping Beauty is a magical film. With evil witches and three squabbling old magical helpers who can't cook flying around, who needs any other form of entertainment? Not only this, you have the damsel and handsome prince.
Tangled, a retelling of Rapunzel, is a fun and light hearted film. There is enough humour to keep us so called adults interested and it's childish enough for the kids. The characters are incredible and the reason why the film takes the Bronze medal. Maximus, the hound-like horse is simply superb and the bitchy step-mother is so evil, it's almost funny.
SILVER: Beauty and the Beast
Belle, the sacrificial lamb, gives up her freedome in order to rescue her father. She stays with a cursed Prince and instead of being the damsel in distress, takes one for the team and saves the day!
GOLD: The Lion King
This was my favourite film as a child, and even now it fills me with glee. Watching Simba and his friends kick some Scar and Hyena butt is very satisfying and with Timone and Pumba as side-kicks, Nala not far behind, where can the film go wrong?
Have yourself a merry Disney Christmas! What are your favourites?
Let me know!