I had always liked the original but thought it was a little bit cheesy but the kind that is tolerable in small doses. This edit makes it much better. I love the pan flute. How often to you get to say that?
A LIST OF MY TOP TWENTY FAVORITE ANIMATED DISNEY MOVIES
I made this list because I am in a coffee shop and I am supposed to be working on a pilot but I started thinking about Disney movies. I felt that I need to quantify my thoughts. So, from I LOVE THIS THE MOST WITH ALL MY SOUL to I LOVE THIS SO MUCH BUT FOR THE PURPOSES OF LISTS THIS IS THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM MEANT FOR THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE, here is A LIST OF MY TOP TWENTY FAVORITE ANIMATED DISNEY MOVIES. And some notes at the end.
The Jungle Book
Alice in Wonderland
The Little Mermaid
Lady and the Tramp
The Sword in the Stone
The Lion King
Beauty and the Beast
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Some notes (as promised):
- At first I wasn’t sure if I could include the Pixar films because I don’t know that they are technically on equal ground as say, an older Disney animated movie like PETER PAN, but ultimately there was no way I couldn’t have FINDING NEMO at number one. That movie speaks to me on the level of my soul (more on that later).
- I really, really love the premise of both FANTASIA movies. The original (although you’ll note I also loved the 2000 version — “The Pines of Rome” is an especially incredible sequence I suggest watching immediately) was in our VHS collection but it was usually my last choice for movies to watch. I got bored of it sometimes as a child — in the beginning with the lines and the orchestra and the noises and the colors (which of course is now one of my favorite sequences)? Total snooze fest — but once I figured out fast-forwarding I watched the ones I liked the most. When I was little I of course loved the “Nutcracker Suite,” but eventually it was all about Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony” and the brilliant visual accompaniment. I learned everything I know about Greek Mythology between that movie and my older brother’s well-worn copy of Bulfinch’s Mythology.
- A lot of my reasons for a certain movie being wherever it is on the list are personal, sentimental and entirely nostalgic. I love LADY AND THE TRAMP so much because it was the first Disney VHS tape my family ever owned and I watched it over and over again. No wonder i am obsessed with dogs. I love ALICE IN WONDERLAND so much because one time I got really stoned and watched it and it was just fucking awesome. Just really fucking fun. I recommend it. And FINDING NEMO. Oh how I love that film. FINDING NEMO is the last Disney movie I watched with my mom, when she was sick, and we watched it over and over and over again and when she died we put her ashes out to sea, and when I am swimming in the ocean, when I visit an aquarium, when I am on a boat out on the water, when I lose myself in the magic of a movie, I think of my mother and she is here with me again. When I watch FINDING NEMO she is watching with me and it is magical.
- What Disney movie would have been next? LILO & STITCH. I cannot tell you how much I agonized over where to put it on the list but just realized I didn’t like it as much as anything that came before, even though I love it a whole lot. I mean Stitch is essentially a baby alien pet, which is my dream. It’s like if I can’t have an Ewok I want whatever Stitch is.
- My favorite music is in THE JUNGLE BOOK. “I Wanna Be Like You” is a masterpiece. It’s the song I most frequently play in my car so I can sing along.
- Yes, I really did devote some serious time and energy to deliberating all this. But it matters to me, okay? Okay. I promise I’ll get back to my REAL writing now. Just after I watch some of these YouTube clips…
(That was fun. Anyone else? What are your Top Twenty Favorite Animated Disney Movies? With some notes & anecdotes. Go.)
The Jungle Book is one of my FAVORITE Disney movies and it is blowing my mind that there are multiple studios doing live-action remakes right now. I just… nothing beats the original for me. I used to watch it several times a week!
“I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations. They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it’s nothing to do with them. It’s an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it; they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal. This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience. I don’t think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it’s a rather alarming sign if we’ve got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s.”—
Fine. But the emotionally-stunted or “subnormal” adult-male audience is not just feeding on the Superhero franchises; Hollywood has had them on a bottomless diet of Sandler-sagas, Hangovers, and Seth Rogen-overloads for years. The fact that this audience exists is a cultural issue. The “infantalization of our culture" is a deeply-rooted American epidemic. It’s not Hollywood’s fault that (the majority of) our men refuse to grow up. Hollywood is simply doing what it’s built for: profiting off of them.
“The problem in society is not kids not knowing science. The problem is adults not knowing science. They outnumber kids 5 to 1, they wield power, they write legislation. When you have scientifically illiterate adults, you have undermined the very fabric of what makes a nation wealthy and strong.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson (via thescienceofreality)