The release of UP on DVD and Blu-ray has kick started the much debated topic ‘what is your favourite Disney movie?’
It’s fair to say that that’s not an easy one to answer given that the Disney stable have eighty years of history, some of the most iconic films in their DVD and Blu-ray back catalogue and have the recent link up with Pixar, the studio who have really raised the bar over the last twenty years .

When discussing Disney DVDs there’s always the temptation to concentrate on animation ranging from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Jungle Book through to nineties smash The Lion King.

What shouldn’t be discounted though are live action classics such as Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks latterly the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean and High School Musical.

So here’s our top 10 Disney Movies, let us know if you agree…

1937 / Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a cinematic milestone as it was the very first full length animation film in English and colour, which earnt Disney an honorary Oscar.

The film was the most successful motion picture of 1938 grossing over $8 million.

The fairytale still remains as popular today as many still recognise the feat that Disney achieved getting it to the big screen, the film kick started Disney’s golden era.

2009 / UP

Up, a film so fantastically buoyant, so soaring and so universal, that it’s hard to check the urge to get down on one’s knees before the cinema screen and give thanks for the joy of being a moviegoer in an age when this animation studio has produced a run of brilliant titles that compares with the golden era of late-1930s Disney.

1995 / Toy Story

Toy Story was the first collaboration between Disney and Pixar and saw the beginning of CGI animation which was to set a standard that other studios would try to match.

Based around the toys of a nine year old boy Toy Story grossed $354,300,000 worldwide and, at the time, was labelled the greatest animation movie ever made by some critics.

Toy Story began a successful partnership between Pixar and Disney that have brought a new breed of animation to the big screen with much success.

1964 / Mary Poppins

Released in 1964, and based on a series of books, Mary Poppins was a new kind of Disney film as it blended it’s well known animation with live action.

The film received thirteen Oscar nominations winning five, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews.

1967 / The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is a very significant picture in Disney’s history as it was the last picture that Walt Disney himself worked on, he died during it’s production.

Inspired by The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling the film remains one of the most popular films in the Disney collection with a string of classic songs.

1991 / Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s ‘tale as old as time’ is a contemporary retelling of the classic French fairy story an remains one of the most popular animations almost twenty years after it’s release.

The release of Beauty and the Beast saw a return to form for Disney and the film remains the only animation ever to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

The enduring legacy of Beauty and the Beast is the movies heart and soul, the telling of a simple fairy story with unforgettable characters who deliver the message that the greatest thing that you will ever learn is to love and be loved in return.

And for an animation to deliver so profound a message in so convincing a way is, even to this day, an amazing achievement, the ballroom scene is one of the best moments ever committed to film.

1994 / The Lion King

The Lion King was one of the last truly great traditional Disney animations before it’s partnership with Pixar and the CGI animation era.

The 32nd Disney movie The Lion King is the highest-grossing traditionally animated feature film in the United States. Grossing over $783 at the global box office.

Like Beauty and the Beast before it The Lion King restored Disney’s supremacy as the number one animators as the film also did well critically.

2003 / Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is the film that, on paper at least, should not have been a success. Based on a film genre that never did well at the box office and inspired by a theme park ride that filmed was slammed before it was ever released.

Yet the film didn’t crash and burn it became one of the most successful films of 2003 grossing almost $654 million worldwide.

The film gave birth to one of the biggest cinema icons of the last decade Captain Jack Sparrow as well as delivering two sequels, both of which appear in the top five biggest grossing movies of all time.

1942 / Bambi

Bambi was only Disney’s fifth full length animation motion picture to be released and is based on the 1923 book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten.

The film is seen as a milestone in children’s animation as it combines the usual trademarks of Disney movies: lighthearted, bright set to music with the harsh realities of life.

The film was the first Disney movies to bring the idea of death to such a young audience.

1992 / Aladdin

Aladdin was the thirty first animated feature to be produced by Disney and was based on the story of Aladdin and the magic lamp from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights along with some influence from The Thief of Baghdad.

Aladdin was released during a period were Disney was enjoying a new success, sandwiched in between Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. It was the most successful film of the year grossing $504 million worldwide.

With the help of Robin Williams‘ unforgettable performance as the Genie Aladdin was a hit critically and commercially.

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Join the debate; what’s your favourite Disney movie?

Clare Potts

Clare Potts

Lifestyle Editor

If I’m not at my desk poring over my favourite blogs and online magazines for inspiration, you’ll find me exploring the fells of the Lake District, trying out a new restaurant or styling my future home on Pinterest.

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