So, I decided to take a break from writing about spiritual things for the time being…after all, this is a blog that is encompassing the things in life that make me happy and it’s not all related to my spiritual practices and beliefs.
So this blog is going to be dedicated to my top 5 Disney films.
I have always loved Disney films ever since my late Nana and Grandpa put them on every Saturday my family went to see them when I was little, right up till the days they passed away. Disney films are something that make me extremely happy and brighten up my day when I watch them, no matter what. I love the themes, the music, the songs the characters…there was always a message that I understood and felt aligned to within the movie.
Walt Disney definitely understood the magic, impact and messages that animated and live action films could portray to the audience, both big and small. And he knew how to portray his films in a way that everyone could enjoy them. He knew how to take a story, good or bad, happy or sad and sprinkle it with a little magic to make it memorable for everyone.
Some of my favourite quotes from Walt Disney himself include:
So today, I will talk a little about each film that really inspired me, both during my youth and adult years (thus far) and tell you why these top 5 are my favourite.
Well…I am a pinickity bitch to put it politely.
I KNOW what I like and what I DON’T like.
I am picky.
Deal with it. 🙂
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! (IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THESE FILMS!)
Top 5 Disney Films
- In at Number 5…Atlantis: The Lost Empire. (2001)
This is a very good action packed animated film.
The basic plot is of a group of rag-tag, unlikely explores looking to make the archaeological find of the century – Atlantis – but stumble across a still-living civilisation and the great power it holds. And when that power is threatened to be used and abused, it’s up to the linguist Milo Thatch and Princess Kida of Atlantis to restore the power and save the ancient civilisation.
What I liked about this film was the research into all the theories the modern world has about Atlantis – from technology to crystals to a well-advanced culture. I also loved the action – there are no songs in this film (although I wish there was!) – it was a slow action crescendo to the finale where the true power of Atlantis is unleashed to save all within it.
I also did not see the twist come through before the finale – where the true villains are revealed – the film did everything to make it look as though the villains were someone else (kinda like with Frozen).
I liked Kida, Princess of Atlantis – she was very strong and independent warrior woman and willing to talk to Milo and the others in order to save her people and culture – she is definitely an over-looked Disney Princess. All I can further say about her is…wow…the magic with the crystals she does – very awe-inspiring to a crystal healer like myself. 🙂
- In at Number 4…The Hunchback of Notre Dame. (1996)
One of the “darkest” themed Disney films out there, I loved how, as a child, I could see the basic messages of “standing up for justice and don’t treat others different because of…” but as I got older…whoa boy…
The Hunchback of Notre Dame stars Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer and his adventures on leaving Notre Dame to explore Paris with the gypsy Esmerelda, while trying to deal with his strict and religious master, Frollo. But when Frollo starts to go after Esmerelda and threaten the very safety of Notre Dame and Paris, Quasimodo must rise up against all the rigid strictures he has been brought up to follow and has dealt with to save everyone
The Hunchback of Notre Dame deals with real-life issues of discrimination, racism, dark desires (lust) and religious fanaticism. Subtle, but it IS there.
I loved Esmerelda, her sense of freedom and justice being important to me (as a Sagittarius, I can totally relate to those issues) and Quasimodo, his kindness than shone through no matter what, despite him being treated different because of his deformity – but even as a child, I saw the themes of discrimination – even if I did not understand it at the time. It was the same for some of Frollo’s scenes – they made me shiver as I understood that something dark was there – but did not understand until I was older. It’s incredible and scary and creepy when you think about the deeper meanings as you grow older. And you appreciate the film for that protrayal when you were a child and as an adult. But the film is still there for all the family to enjoy.
Such is the wonders of Disney to portray such strong messages for both younger and older!
- In at Number 3…Frozen. (2013)
Probably, no surprise to anyone…Frozen is a modern Disney masterpiece with the main message of “be yourself”.
Frozen is about two royal sisters, Elsa and Anna. Elsa is hiding a secrect…she holds the power of ice. Anna, oblivious to her sister’s torment – accidentally reveals her sister’s powers at Elsa’s coronation, which in turn sets off an eternal winter. So it up to Anna to find her sister, reconcile and bring back summer. However, only an “act of true love” can thaw a frozen heart and save the kingdom and the sisters, so Anna and Elsa try to be true to themselves and work out their relationship as sisters, to save their home..
I will admit, I did not see this film until one year later, after it came out – and it came along at a crucial time in my life. I watched it when I went through my depression in the winter of 2014 and (no surprise to anyone again…) “Let It Go” really resonated with me – letting go of past hurts and moving forward and being yourself – all resonated with me as I also found my spiritual path in Wicca around the same time. This film also made me appreciate my relationship with my little sister even more so as well. Love doesn’t have to be romantic…family love is just as important.
Elsa and Anna were both very interesting characters and both resonated with me – Elsa being more so – as both sisters are trying to be themselves but they’re conforming to social formalities (at first) and then breaking those boundaries, pushing the limits and learning about themselves and fighting past the fear that can warp and destroy, if love doesn’t factor into relationships. I loved the villain twist near the finale too – so unexpected but amazingly done.
It truly was a film that touched everyone’s heart and thawed them to reveal many true selves to shine through in a better way. Mine included. 🙂
- In at Number 2…Moana. (2015)
Wow…is all I can say about this film.
I know I said I wouldn’t bring spirituality into this blog but….
THERE’S SO MANY GODDESS REFERENCES IN THIS FILM!!!!!
But…keeping it real…this film follows the same path of Frozen of being true to yourself, discovering yourself and following your true self.
And you know what else is cool about this film?
There is no “love” themes within it either. Which is not a bad thing…it’s just different, mixing up the formula a little and…it worked out in this film.
Moana…a story about a girl who is set to be the next chief of her people, but has a great love for something taboo – the ocean. But when her island is threatened with destruction, Moana has to break the taboo to sail the ocean and restore the Heart of Te Fiti – the Goddess who gave life to the world. Along the way she teams up with a demigod – Maui – who teaches her about the ocean and the adventure allows Moana to explore and discover what it is that makes Moana…her true self.
And that really touched my heart in the best way possible. The scenes with Grandma Tala touched me deeply and reminded me of my own Nana and how she inspired me.
Even with all odds against you, you should always listen to the voice inside and follow what you love – no matter what it is. Be true to yourself. Be who you are. Be someone who “…Knows the way…”.
- In at Number 1…Beauty and the Beast. (1991 & 2017)
I have listed both versions here…I seriously LOVED both of them!
But if I REALLY, REALLY had to pick just one – it would be the 1991 version.Ok, all I can say about these films is…they are PERFECTION in my eyes.
Wonderful and beautiful story, visuals, music, themes, songs, characters, magic….
Need I say more?
Beauty and the Beast (1991) was the first Disney film I ever remember seeing and it having a major impact on me.
Beauty and the Beast is about a village girl named Belle, who wants “more than this provincial life…” and gets it when her father is taken prisoner inside an enchanted castle, home of the Beast; a prince cursed for being selfish – his only hope is to find love and earn it in return before the last enchanted rose petal falls. Belle is able to show the bad-tempered Beast kindness throughout the film and is able to see through the Beast and realise the man within and bring back out the kindness that had always been hidden within the Beast. But there is a shadow in the form of Gaston – a man who wants Belle for himself and is willing to do anything to get her, leading to an epic battle on the castle rooftops and wonderful magic and transformations to occur after love triumphs!
First off…Belle is a brunette and a bookworm…kinda like me! She is feisty and independent and knows what she wants out of life, besides romance – kinda like me! Belle can also see the true person within and doesn’t judge a book by its cover (yeah…I know…I had to do at least one bad pun in here!), kinda like me!
So yeah, Belle is the Disney Princess that I can relate to the most and as such, she has always been my favourite since I first saw her. Princess Belle is probably my most inspirational idol besides Neo Queen Serenity from Sailor Moon.
Belle’s gold ball gown – definitely memorable. I remember trying to dress up in skirts and tops of my mum’s that related to the colours of what Belle would wear in the film as it came on (but I cried EVERYTIME when the ballroom scene came on as I didn’t have anything to represent the gold ball gown) – that’s how much I loved the film – apart from belting out nearly all the songs on a regular basis. And I still sing the songs a lot even now as an adult!
The themes within the film are so intense and subtle at the same time. Especially the theme of not judging something by appearance along…which is something modern society and the whole damn world still needs to learn and catch up on!
But going back to the film, Belle being ostracised by the village for the simple act of reading – it reflects what happened to me during High School in some ways – I was made fun of for being “different” in that I loved reading and I wanted to be an archaeologist/Egyptologist and did things that weren’t the “norm”. I am sure that many, many of you can relate to that in some way.
Also the fact that when you meet someone new, it will take time to get to know them, despite their outward appearance. Some of the nicest people in the world have tattoos, grumpy attitudes etc., and some of the most lovely looking people out there have actually a very ugly soul inside. People always wear a “mask” at first meetings and you can never really know who they are or what they are like until you can see past the outer appearance, get to know them after a period of time and see who they truly are inside.
People should NEVER judge on others but outward appearance alone. But we do and it’s no wonder the world is such a sad, dark place now.
I think we all need to look back and realise how ridiculous the world is now and start to take steps to make it brighter and happier, where people can be who they want to be and not be judged by it.
Beauty and the Beast is my absolute top favourite Disney film of all time. It is such a beautiful story and is still very inspirational to me and many others to this day. Belle was seen as being one of the first independent Disney Princesses who didn’t follow the “older” pattern of waiting to be saved by a Prince – it was Belle who actually did the saving, if you think about it.
And she did it by being herself, by being kind, by not judging by appearance, by taking time to getting to know the Beast and in turn was able to save the day with her bright soul and love.
That, in of itself, is truly awe-inspiring. And it lights up my soul everytime I think of this film and it’s beauty…both without and within.
So, there you have it – my top 5 favourite Disney films of all time (thus far).
I am glad that I got to share this with you, more than likely in the future this list could be revamped depending on what other films Disney will bring out in the future, but I think I can safely say the number 1 spot will always go to Beauty and the Beast.
It will always hold a special place in my heart, childhood and adulthood.
Not going to lie – it was also nice to do a blog that had nothing to do with spirituality too! It’s always good to mix things up – that’s how one keeps things interesting and fresh. 🙂
I do hope that you enjoyed this blog post and that in some small way, it has made you think of your own favourite Disney films and appreciate them more for what they are.
So until the next time, take care and Brightest Blessings to you all.