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.
- Finding Nemo
- The Jungle Book
- Alice in Wonderland
- The Little Mermaid
- Lady and the Tramp
- Robin Hood
- The Sword in the Stone
- The Lion King
- Beauty and the Beast
- Sleeping Beauty
- Peter Pan
- Toy Story
- Fantasia 2000
- 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.)
Maine is beautiful and perfect and everything I love about everything. It smells amazing here. Like the ocean, like grass, like fireflies, like flowers, like dreams, like warm sand, like my childhood, like my mother.
last night I had a crazy anxiety attack around midnight and went into a deep black hole of an existential crisis that mostly involved me wondering if i was going to die alone, if my life had already peaked, and if i would ever find someone to love… you know, that kind of thing. it wasn’t fun. eventually i fell asleep. this morning i woke up and immediately went to a really intense yoga class and then walked down to the ocean and swam laps (well, as much as you can call them laps when you are in the ocean) for about an hour and right now? i feel fucking fantastic.
yesterday i didn’t exercise at all. today, i did.
i guess what i am trying to say here is sometimes the key to happiness is working out your body, because it manages to work out your mind as well. i mean i know we all know this, and annoying fitness models on the cover of Shape magazine tell us this, but i can’t help but be amazed how true it is, or at least how applicable this theory is for my life.
oh, also getting a xanax prescription REALLY helps.
it’s 6pm on a Friday night and I am sitting and working at the bistro table on my deck overlooking the ocean with some lanterns and a cup of coffee and I’m listening to Melanie’s greatest hits and occasionally people-watching as random neighbors walk along Ashland to main street and i can almost imagine how incredible it was to live here in the 70s. i think there’s still so much of that vibe and that magic that remains in this city, i mean how can there not be when you put creative people in a place where it’s almost always sunny — it’s the land of honey and dreams and colors and promise. i think the thing I love most about LA is that this city was built in the seventies and then it just sort of stuck. and there’s something about LA, something sticky, and it’s like time freezes or doesn’t matter, it’s just stuck, and it makes the rest of us want to get stuck here too.
I figured out what my spirit animal is: A SEAL! Why? DUH! Seals live in the ocean and they like to play tricks and sometimes they love being super social in big groups of friends and a lot of other times they like to hang out by themselves and they really love taking naps on the beach and tanning.