My Top 10 Disney Animated Movies

As well as being a huge musical theatre fan I'm also a massive fan of Disney and I was thinking about my favourites only to realise my list is quite obscure! There was too many to choose from therefore I've separated my picks in to two lists, animated movies, and live action movies. This week I thought I'd share my top 10 Disney animated movies (although it's really 12), and spoiler, there's a lot of sequels... 

10. The Lion King 1 1/2

This retelling of The Lion King is conveyed from the perspective of meerkat Timon and warthog Pumbaa and shows how the pair became friends. When Timon leaves his colony because he doesn't fit in, he meets the lonely Pumbaa. Together Timon and Pumbaa search for a new home, having adventures along the way and eventually meeting up with lion prince Simba, who is in exile from his home and must challenge Scar for the title of The Lion King.

This is basically the first film from Timon and Pumbaa's perspective and is very humorous and entertaining. I would highly recommend watching it because it definitely completes the original for me.

9. The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

Simba's relationship with his daughter Kiara is put to the test when she escapes Timon and Pumbaa's care, ventures into the forbidden lands and befriends Kovu, the son of Scar.

This film gives off major Romeo and Juliet vibes just like the original has a lot of similarities with Hamlet, it's got some great songs and I believe it's just as good as the original. 

8. Peter Pan / Return To Neverland 

Peter Pan: Peter Pan and his friend Tinker Bell, a fairy, whisk away siblings Wendy, John and Michael to the island of Never Land, where Captain Hook seeks vengeance against Peter.

Return To Neverland: The film follows Wendy's daughter who refuses to believe in her mother's story during the Blitz in London, only to be mistakenly brought to Neverland by the pirates. In order for her to get home, she meets Peter PanTinker Bell and the Lost Boys who encourage her to fly and make her believe.

I included both films on this list as I couldn't decided between the two. I think they're equally as good as each other and the idea of Neverland just screams childhood to me. One of my favourite musicals is Finding Neverland, and my favourite TV show is Once Upon A Time which has an entire season based in Neverland so I guess you could say I'm a fan.

7. The Jungle Book / The Jungle Book 2

The Jungle Book: Mowgli is a boy brought up in the jungle by a pack of wolves. When Shere Khan, a tiger, threatens to kill him, and a panther and a bear help him escape his clutches.

The Jungle Book 2: Mowgli misses his old jungle friends and runs away from the Man-Village. Unaware of Shere Khan's thirst for vengeance, he finds himself and the lives of the villagers in danger.

Again I really couldn't choose between these two. Both films have so much nostalgia for me as I used to watch them with my Dad all the time. The first Jungle Book is a classic and a unique animation, and the sequel is entertaining with a cute storyline along with fresh and catchy songs. Definitely one to be considered for your Disney collection.

6. Cinderella III: A Twist In Time

Lady Tremaine gets her hands on the Fairy Godmother's wand, then turns back time to the day Cinderella tried on the glass slipper. She enlarges the slipper to fit one of the stepsisters, Anastasia, then erases Prince Charming's memories of meeting Cinderella. Now, Cinderella must foil Lady Tremaine's scheme and win back her prince.

Whilst I still like the original Cinderella, it's has never been a huge favourite for me, and to be honest I can't really remember the second one. However, the third instalment is without a doubt the best. The movie gives us a closer look at the prince and his father, and his perspective of the night he and Cinderella met, as well as Anastasia. I urge you all to go and watch it!

5. Tangled

Rapunzel, a na├»ve and young girl, is locked up by her overly protective mother. Her wish to escape into the world outside finally comes true when she meets the good-hearted thief, Flynn Rider. 

Tangled is definitely a Disney favourite and it's no surprise why. There's so many things I love about this film I don't even know where to start. It's easily one of the best feel good movies out there and it's very heart warming and funny! It's also got what I personally think is one of the best Disney scores.

4. Aladdin

Aladdin tells the story of a poor boy living on the streets who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets a young girl who happens to be Princess Jasmine and a genie from a magical lamp. 

If you know me you know I absolutely love Aladdin and it's probably my favourite Disney musical which has been adapted for the stage, (along with The Little Mermaid). I think one of the great things about Disney films is that they are not just aimed at children. For adults that enjoy good entertainment and comedy, Disney films can make a great viewing and 'Aladdin' is no exception. Beautifully animated, it contains some lovely songs and has a story line that holds your interest to the inevitable happy ending. 

3. The Little Mermaid

A young mermaid named Ariel makes a deal with Ursula, a sea witch, to meet Eric, a human prince she falls in love with. However, unaware of Ursula's evil plans, Ariel ends up in trouble. 

Whilst this is obviously the original, it's the second story in The Little Mermaid collection and a classic. If I'm honest, when you think about the story realistically, it definitely has it's flaws, however for young children I think it's perfect and I used to watch this all the time as a child. The music is by far some of the best Disney has ever created. The song-writing combination of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman really can't be beaten. 

2. The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning 

After losing a beloved wife who dies while trying to recover a music box, King Triton bans music from his kingdom. But things change when his youngest daughter, Ariel, discovers her love for music.

This is the third Little Mermaid film made however comes first chronologically. This prequel is funny, has great music and is perfect for any Little Mermaid fan.

1. The Little Mermaid 2

Melody, the daughter of former mermaid Ariel and Prince Eric, embarks on an adventure after Ariel refuses to answer her questions about a magic locket she finds in the sea.

If you know me you'll know this is my all time favourite Disney movie and probably my most watched movie ever. All I can remember from my childhood is watching this movie, it's got some great songs and it's a movie I could never get bored of. Whilst I love the original, I'd 100% choose the sequel over the first film any day and if you haven't seen this movie, I urge you to go and watch it. 

So that was my top 10 Disney animated movies, very obscure I know! I'll be sharing my top 10 Disney live actions soon but in the meantime I'd love to hear you're favourites! Are there any Disney animations you think don't get enough hype?

Stay safe.

Mia x