The Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Disney Movies

So, information pills for those of you who are new to my blog, price and there do seem to be a quite big number of you. this is the Tuesday Top Ten. For those of you who have already followed me for a bit, this web go doodle a little while I quickly explain what it is to all my lovely new followers.

Basically…I love making lists, naming my top books or my top female characters, my top male crushes, my top weapons, my top fictional places that I would like to live in, things like that. So I came up with a weekly blog post on Tuesdays, called the Top Ten, where I count down the Top Ten.

You can see past top tens HERE.

I recently did a Top Ten where I counted my top ten Pixar movies, which of course, always causes discord amongst my followers (DAD!) haha. So I decided a good one to do would be Disney movies. This one was REALLY hard, like…really, really hard. Disney has been making movies since the 1930s. It was incredibly hard to narrow it down to ten. Mostly I thought about my childhood and what stands out the most to me. I was a child during the 1990s, and this was a fantastic time for Disney movies.

So here it is, this week’s Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite Disney Movies.

10. The Lion King

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I remember when I found out later in life that this movie was based off of the famous Shakespeare play “Hamlet”, I was absolutely shocked. Who would have thought? Then you watch this movie as an adult, and you can see that, you can see the absolute maturity of this movie and its something that I totally appreciate as an adult, the themes of the movie. As a kid, and a kid’s movie, its just fantastic. Its hilarious, the songs are super addicting and its just a beautiful movie. I think the biggest reason that it appealed to me as a kid is all the animals. Let’s be real, kids LOVE animals and this movie is chock full of them.

9. Lilo and Stitch

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I saw this movie when it first came out when I was 13 years old, a little “old” for a kids movie, though you’re never too old for Disney, now are you? I think the thing that really appealed to me about this movie was that it was finally a CHUBBY Disney character. I love Disney princesses, I’m a girl and I adore the princesses but Lilo was awesome. She’s this short little kid with chubbiness going on and her sister has these big ol’ thighs and they just feel so real, which seems kind of ironic since Stitch is an alien but its true. And even though its an alien, and all that, its still such a relatable story about family and how family can come from places you never really expect. It really shows you that, sometimes, your family doesn’t always need to be those who are blood related but can come from those people who are so special, so supportive, and so loving. I love this movie. And come on, who doesn’t feed Pudge the fish on sandwich day because he controls the weather?

8. Peter Pan

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A place where there are pirates and Native Americans (I know, the movie calls them Indians, I can’t help but be politically correct haha), mermaids and adventure and never having to grow up? Sign me up! Especially on those days when your gas tank is on empty, your bills are due, there are two papers and three midterms coming up and nothing seems to be going your way and you wish so badly that you could go back to that completely uncomplicated time of being a child. That’s where Peter Pan steps in. Its a wonderful movie to remember that growing up, its not so bad…but that we can always be a child. I’ve grown up, and still will continue to grow up, in all the right ways but I always will have that child in me, because if I don’t…well then whats the point of life? Where does the fun come in? I enjoy watching Peter Pan because it reminds us that we should always remember to dream and we should always remember to be a little kid.

7. Mary Poppins

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I ADORE MARY POPPINS and its the only non-animated movie on the list because I absolutely positively adore this movie. I think this movie is the movie that kind of ushered in my love of musicals. Its all about imagination and having fun, but learning lessons along the way as well, like cleaning your room and feeling connection with others, and things like that. I love the children’s mother and her fight for women’s rights too. Its barely noted except for the one song but I just adore it, especially since the father is so weirded out by it but she just keeps fighting. I love the children and I just love Mary Poppins. Julie Andrews is just so beautiful and fantastic and talented in this movie, and if I ever wanted a nanny, you bet I’d want one like that, who teaches you to clean your room in the best way possible, and takes you into the land of chalk drawings, where you race horses from a merry go round. I only wish that I could have the chance to see this performed on stage.

6. Aladdin

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You know, I’ve always loved this movie but I don’t think I ever would have included it in my top ten if not for my boyfriend. My boyfriend will watch this movie over and over and over and over again and because of the million and one times that I have sat and watched this movie with him, it really has become one of my favorites. Its such an old school kind of fairy tale. You have the love story, the evil character waiting to usurp the throne, the faithful sidekicks in Abu and the Magic Carpet and the kind of wise old mentor, which in this case is also the hilarious Genie played by Robin Williams. Its funny, its action, its romantic, and its just a straight up good movie. Once we get past the fact that Princess Jasmine is 15 years old and needs to get married…its a great movie.

5.  Cinderella

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Everything about this movie screams unrealistic cheesy romantic fairy tale but I think that this is exactly why I like it so much. Its very magical, if completely bonkers. Cinderella gets a fairy godmother to make her a beautiful dress, and helps her get to the ball where the handsome prince falls madly in love with her and rescues her from the clutches of her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. Isn’t that what all girls want…a prince charming to come riding in, to sweep them off their feet and rescue them from the boring monotony that is their life and give them a life of excitement and love? There’s a reason that Cinderella remains one of the most popular princesses, because she has the most magical and most romantic of all the fairy tales and I love me some good romance stories and this is why it is so high up. Even though love isn’t always sunshine and rainbows and choruses singing, its nice to remember, even when times get hard, that love is beautiful and we could always do with a little romance.

4. A Goofy Movie

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This is absolutely one of my favorite MOVIES period of all time. I grew up watching this movie over and over and over and over again. One, I love that Goofy gets his own movie, he is one of my favorite Disney characters because, well, he’s goofy! He’s silly and klutzy and fun but we get to see more of Goofy in this movie. He’s a dad in this one, and he’s determined to be the best dad that he can be, determined to help his son turn out to be a good kid. Its a pretty heart warming film, when you think about it, and it results in a bond between Goofy and his son Max. Its also really fun though, and the amount of times that I’ve laughed watching this movie, though I’ve watched it a million times, is just too many to count. And the music? I can still sing, WORD FOR WORD, every song on this soundtrack. Actually, I’m pretty sure I have this soundtrack on my itunes…

3. Tangled

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I actually saw this movie a good year or two after it had come out in theaters. I had seen it, but hadn’t really had any desire to watch it. My old boss at Panera, however, kept saying how good it was and her daughter was super obsessed with (and okay, her daughter was a year old but whatever) and it just piqued my interest. I saw that it was on Netflix and figured, “meh, why not?” I am SO glad that I did. I have watched it about a hundred million times since then and I seriously just love this movie. It has Mandy Moore (love!) as Rapunzel and Zachary Levi (LOVE!) as Flynn Rider and its just a fun princess adventure. Sure, we’re back to the super gorgeous and skinny princesses but Rapunzel has spunk and cleverness and bravery, and she doesn’t wait for Flinn to save her, but she does the work herself and they work together. This is SO much different than what we’ve seen before. And the amazing Alan Menkin, who has done music for so many of the brilliant Disney movies, does the music in this one. Another soundtrack on my itunes…

2. Beauty and the Beast

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Can I be honest for a moment? The biggest reason that I love this movie so much and that Belle is my favorite Disney princess is because she is a READER. I remember as a little kid wanting to be able to walk and read the way she does…and by the way? I totally can. But I loved how she read and I loved the way she talked about reading and books. Its exactly how I feel, the way you can escape into books, the way they teach you and the way they make you want to be so much more than what you are. Belle is a big dreamer and she gets so much of that from her love of books. And Beast…possibly the BEST Disney prince ever (though, I must admit, Prince Philip is the hottest…and he barely talks, which some girls might consider a win haha), gives Belle something so personal and thoughtful. The other princesses get woken up from slumber and married, like Snow White and Aurora, or win the prince without ever speaking a word, like Ariel but Beast recognizes the beauty AND intelligence of Belle and gives her a LIBRARY. A LIBRARY! What an amazing gift! Hey, boyfriend, why don’t you get me a library????? Just kidding…or am I? Anyway, I love this movie because Belle is the princess that I relate to the most and I always do and always will.

1. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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I love Winnie the Pooh. I loved him as a child, and I adore him as an adult and he is my absolute favorite Disney character. I have a huge stuffed Pooh on my bed that I sleep with, and a hand drawn Pooh Bear on my wall from Disneyland. My favorite ride at Disneyland is the Winnie the Pooh ride. One of my absolute favorite children’s books is the book of Winnie the Pooh, and House at Pooh Corner and all of those. Winnie the Pooh consists of silly and fun stories, adventures of stuffed animals but there is so much more to it as well. There’s little lessons here and there on friendship and love and its all so very sweet. And Pooh is just so lovable. He’s one of those characters that you just can’t help but to love. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day  and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too have never gotten old to me, and they were made quite a long time ago, long before I was born. They hold so strong and true with children and that’s why this is my absolute favorite Disney movie of all time.

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I hope that you enjoyed this week’s top Ten!

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The Tuesday Ten: Favorite Pixar Movies

One of the best things about being a nerd is that you get to act like a kid, viagra 100mg and there’s a bunch of other adults who are acting like kids just like you. Its the best part, treat easily. Its like John Green said, side effects you don’t just say “hey, I like stuff”; you get to jump up and down and yell and squeal and get excited. There’s no holding back and its GREAT. You get to show all the excitement you feel for things and it makes you feel like a kid.

And being a kid is fun. And being a nerd is the best of both worlds: I get to be an adult without all those rules of being little but I get to have and enjoy things like we all do when we’re kids. I’m still going to cover my walls in posters and photos like I did when I was younger but instead of NSYNC and the Spice Girls, I now have Harry Potter and Doctor Who on the walls.

But that kind of inspired my Tuesday Top Ten today. One thing that has always really drawn me to Pixar and their movies, especially as an adult, is how you really can have the best of both worlds in their movies. You have all the awesome and fun of a kids movie, with the humor and silliness, and fun stories but you also have these very adult themes, and these incredibly touching moments and lessons.

Over the years, Disney has produced okay movies, but I was a child during the amazing golden years of the 1990s (Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, etc). So while movies that have come out in the last ten to fifteen years are good, none of them with the HUGE exception of Tangled, have really jumped out at me the way they did when I was a child.

The exception to this (besides Tangled) is the Pixar animated films. Ever since I first watched Toy Story when I was a child, I have enjoyed each and every one that has come to pass and I have as an adult as well. Pixar captures the amazing stories of a kid and an adult and you can enjoy them and love them no matter what age you are.

Sounds a little bit like a nerd kind of thing, doesn’t it?

So that brings us to this week’s Top Ten.

10. The Incredibles 

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Robert Parr, a.k.a. Mr. Incredible, was used to a life of action and worship as a superhero, and he completed the circle by marrying a fellow super, Elastigirl, and started a whole super family. But superheroes are forced to go into hiding, to acclimate into normal society. But Rob doesn’t want that, he misses the day of being a superhero and when he finds an opportunity to get back in the game, he jumps in. It doesn’t take long to realize his enemy has reeled him in and its a race for survival, and to save the world one more time. Everyone wants to be a superhero so whats not to love about this movie? Its a funny, family movie that has its humorous moments (Dash is probably the HIGHLIGHT of this movie-“We’re going to die!”) but it also stresses the importance of family, and appreciating the love you get from the people you care about, and less about the applause you get.

9. A Bug’s Life

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I swear, this Pixar movie is the most underrated movie of the Pixar collection. I feel like everyone forgets this one when listing Pixar movies but it is is so awesome. Flik is a little ant, determined to make a difference, to be different from all the rest. And he’s also determined to protect his colony from the evil grasshoppers who terrorize them. He finds a group of circus bugs and convinces them to pose as warriors to save the colony, to convince the colony that his inventions and ideas are not crazy. Of course, the secret comes out and the colony isn’t happy…but then they realize that together, they can stand against the grasshoppers and eventually defeat them. Its a super sweet movie, and the story teaches us just as the others do: if we can stand together, we can accomplish so much. We should believe in ourselves and think out of the box. Anyone can be hero, no matter what size you are…which is one of my favorites. As a little person (I’m nearly 25 and only four foot eleven), those kind of lessons, that sort of themes, well, they’re awesome.

8. Ratatouille

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Isn’t that picture cute? Its a rat that makes food. A RAT that makes FOOD. Put those two together, and it sounds like something awful. We had rats in our house a few years back and it was awful. Remy is a rat living in Paris, where some of the most delicious food in the world exists, but he is surrounded by his family, who will eat whatever they find. After sneaking into a kitchen and preparing a soup, he is spotted by garbage boy, Linguini, and they pair up to become awesome chefs, to bring back the glory to a formerly five star restaurant. But this movie has so much charm, and its so deliciously French. And it involves food. I love food. Who doesn’t love food? Dumb, skinny people. I’m kidding. But this movie is so CHARMING. Its the first word that pops in my head when I think of this movie. The characters are all lovable, the storys is unique and great and its a fun movie to watch. And it teaches us that you can judge people on what they look like, or your preconceived judgements. Remy is a rat, and you definitely wouldn’t let him into the kitchen, but it turns out he is a great chef, a fantastic one, and he would never have gotten the chance if it wasn’t for Linguini believing in him.

7. Brave

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In response to the fact that Pixar did not have a strong female character, they created this most recent movie, Brave. Brave follows the character, Merida, who is the princess of Scotland. However, she isn’t quite the princess material, not like the princesses we know of previous Disney movies. She likes archery, eating, belching, riding her horse. She wants her freedom and she wants to break the rules. Of course, this doesn’t endear her to her mother, and they disagree often. Then when her mother is transformed into a bear by a spell, they have to work together to fix it and they both learn a little about ecah other. I love this movie because straight up, Merida is badass. Its about time we get a REAL princess. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love Belle (BOOKS! She gets a library from the beast!) and I adore Rapunzel, but they’re so classically beautiful and skinny and perfect. Merida is short, has amazingly wild flaming red hair and can shoot better than anyone in her kingdom. Its a nice movie to show little girls, showing them that they can accomplish anything.

6. Toy Story

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As the first Pixar movie I have ever seen, as the first one to come bursting into our hearts, it has to make my top ten list. I don’t know anyone who didn’t wish their toys would come to life when they were a child. I don’t know many people who didn’t think they actually did. Wouldn’t that be absolutely wonderful? Woody is a cowboy toy, the favorite toy of Andy, and he enjoys being basically the king of Andy’s room. That is, until brand new and hip space toy, Buzz Lightyear comes into the room and everything changes for Woody. In the end, friendship conquers everything as Buzz and Woody realize that despite their differences, they are friends first and foremost. This is a story about friendship, hands down and you continue to see this sort of theme in the other two movies.

5. Finding Nemo

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I LOVE THIS MOVIE. My boyfriend doesn’t really like this one (He’s got this sort of negative bias when it comes to Ellen DeGeneres…and oddly, Kevin Costner) so I don’t get to watch it as much as I wish I could. However, I have seen it several times and I adore it; it really is a jewel in the Pixar family. Marlin is an uptight and overprotective father to son, Nemo, after his wife and the rest of their potential children are killed. One day, Nemo defies his father, in order to gain some freedom and is “kidnapped” by a fisherman. The movie continues as Marlin embarks on an epic journey to track down his son and bring him home, making friends and enemies along the way. I have always been into sea creatures, and I love that every creature in this movie has such a personality from Marlin to Dory the fish, Crush the turtle, Bruce the shark, and so on. And it really teaches us that we have to get out there in the world, experience things. We should always approach things with caution of course, but we won’t experience life or live life unless we loosen up a bit. Brilliant movie.

4. Monsters Inc

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I know a lot of people who would put this a lot lower on their list (Dad!) but I adore this movie. Its monsters, but unlike we’ve really seen them before. We learn of Monsters Inc, a company that uses the screams of children to power their city. They have “scarers”, monsters who sneak into kids rooms and scare them in order to get the screams and the energy. They don’t do it because they enjoy terrorizing us; in fact, they’re kind of scared of us. They just need the energy. Then one day, something goes a little wrong and a little girl, Boo, sneaks into Monstropolis and chaos ensues as Mike and Sully try to get her back home. I like this one because of Boo, mostly; she’s damn adorable and even though she’s a toddler, she’s fearless and she’s able to change the views of everyone in Monster world. It goes back to that idea of preconceived perceptions; they thought children were evil and hazardous but it turns out that they’re not, of course (I mean…most of the time…) and that laughter is actually a better source of energy than screams. I am still waiting for the sequel where we see an older Boo but I can’t wait to see Monsters University this summer.

3. Wall.E

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THIS MOVIE IS SO DAMN CUTE! It is one of the cutest and most romantic movies in the whole world and there isn’t even a lot of talking in this movie. Wall.E is back on earth, an earth of the future, where we have trashed it to pieces and have abandoned it for space. Wall.E remains, cleaning up the mess because that’s his job…until one day, EVE appears and he falls madly in love with the female robot. He follows her into space, on to the great ship where the humans are, and we see them try and convince them to come back, to bring the earth back to where she used to be. Its a beautiful story. First and foremost, its a love story and its one of the most sincere love stories I’ve seen in awhile. Most love stories nowadays are so chaotic and tragic and this one is just so simple and awesome. Some people think this movie is a little preachy but I like it. It may be a little bit extreme but the movie shows a lot of the truth. We need to take care of this planet, no matter how badly it gets and we should never abandon it, because it takes care of us. I also think the whole fat people in hover chairs on the space ship was a little dig too, that we need to get outside and enjoy life more often. I hope that I am able to do that and I know sometimes I am not. Another fantastic Pixar movie.

2. Toy Story 3

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This is one of the most emotional, raw movies I have ever seen…and its an animated childrens movie. We have now reached the end (or so we thought until they brought up Toy Story 4), and Andy is about ot go off to college. The toys haven’t been played with for years and they’re feeling neglected. Woody is going off to college with Andy but the rest of the toys are going to be put up in the attic…until the accidentally get donated to a preschool, and they are suddenly under the tyrannical rule of Lotso Huggin Bear. It really gives the toys a chance to think about their lives, even though their toys, and whether they need to hold on or move on. The scene where the toys hold hands together as they are heading toward death…tears. One of the most mature and real and raw portrayals of death and the acceptance of death I’ve ever seen…and in a children’s movie. The scene where Woody makes the decision that the toys should move on, go on to make a new child happy, and Andy realizes how much the toys have done for him…beautiful. I first watched Toy Story when it come out back in 1995 and to come full circle with these characters that I fell in love with as a child in 2010 at 22 years old is a wonderful thing.

1. Up

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I have seen this movie a hundred million trillion times. I can quote this entire movie. I quote this movie randomly throughout my daily life. (“I like you temporarily”. “But its a talking dog!” “Tomorrow, come back tomorrow and I will have the bird”) Its a sweet movie, it has romance and adventure. It begins with Carl as an adventure loving child, who meets Ellie, another adventure loving child. It shows their entire life together (to the tune of “Married Life”, which I am totally walking down the aisle to…and is the BEST part of the entire movie) all the way up until Ellie’s death, before they are ever able to go on their adventure to South America. Then we see Carl as an old man, stuck in his familar world, afraid to move on, talking to Ellie as if she’s still alive…and then he decides to go on an epic adventure, tying hundreds of balloons to his house, and taking off to Paradise Falls, meeting young Russell along the way. The movie shows an epic romance, a traditional classic romance that we all wish for, and it shows the sadness after the romance is over, after your partner dies. But it also shows us that we can find love in other ways, in the way that Carl finds love in Russell, and he is able to move on. Its such a wonderful, beautiful movie and I will never tire of it. Never ever. There is a reason that this movie (along with Beauty and the Beast and Toy Story 3) is one of the few animated films to ever be nominated for Best Picture.

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So there’s my top ten. I am so eager to see what else Pixar brings us in the future. They have never disappointed me (except maybe in the case of Cars 2, but I’ve never seen it so who knows) and they continue to make fun, and life changing movies.

I left off Toy Story 2, Cars, and Cars 2. I adore TS2 and Cars very much, but they just didn’t quite make the list. I also have never seen Cars 2 because, well, I don’t really have a desire to see it :/ However, I am very, very excited for Monsters University this summer!

Coming soon: post on Gallifrey One! I know, its so LATE but its coming, I swear! This month is insane! SO much going on. Its my birthday tomorrow!

What are YOUR favorite Pixar movies? Share them below!