Disney is one of the world’s biggest and most recognisable brands. We’re introduced to the characters, films and toys at such a young age that it’s pretty much impossible not to feel nostalgic with the mention of one their films. The amazing thing about Disney is that, despite being targeted at a younger audience, so many of their films are considered classics across generations and not just for kids. From the oldest like Snow White and The Seven Dwarves to the latest releases like Moana, the stories told in Disney films are classics that will live forever. Relive your childhood by checking out our list of the best Disney films.
1. The Lion King
The king of animated films, The Lion King is based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet and is poetry in cinematic motion. The story follows a pride of lions led by Mufasa, who tries to teach his young son Simba how to be a leader. Tragedy strikes before Mufasa can finish his lessons, and Simba is forced to fend for himself. An amazing score underlines the whole film, which features music from Elton John and the legendary Hans Zimmer. It’s nothing short of a masterpiece, and it’s popularity has led to a stage show that is performed live around the world
2. Beauty and the Beast
Released three years prior to The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast was the start of the Disney renaissance during the 90s, in which many of the classics were released. The film’s main message is not judging a book by its cover, as a young woman falls in love with a supposed beast, who is actually under the effects of an ancient curse.
3. The Jungle Book
Based on a Rudyard Kipling classic, The Jungle Book follows Mowgli, an orphaned child who is raised in the jungle by a pack of wolves. Along the way he encounters various animal friends and foes, and learns how to live on the ‘bear necessities’.
4. Mary Poppins
One of Disney’s greatest non-animated features, Mary Poppins stars Julie Andrews as an all singing all dancing magical nanny who arrives to an English family on the wish of the kids, who goes on to change their lives forever. Walt Disney was heavily involved in this film, and his relationship with the writer of the Mary Poppins book spurned a film of its own.
A recent Disney classic, Frozen involves two female protagonists, Elsa and Anna, in a film which has become an obsession for little girls. Elsa has magical powers which allow her to control the cold, and an accident as a result of these powers force her to leave the kingdom. A musical masterpiece follows and will keep young and old entertained from start to finish.