Disney movies have themes that resonate with people of all ages, such as facing your fears, love is blind, or differences are a good thing, so if you don’t enjoy the nostalgia of watching a film you loved as a child, you might appreciate the storytelling, not to mention the animation and music. Gather the entire family for a movie night – it’s a chance to disconnect from devices (and the outside world) and focus on spending quality time together. Snuggling up on the couch together is a fantastic way to relax after a hectic week, but choosing the perfect movie isn’t easy. If you choose poorly, everything can result in a flurry of tears and slammed doors.
Keep the reels rolling with these selections of Disney movies. Tis the season of cozy blankets and movie marathons.
Snow White and The Seven Dwarves
The American animated musical film was first released in 1937 and will remain a cornerstone in American cinema and animation. Snow White and The Seven Dwarves is based on the fairytale by the Brothers Grimm, first written in the early 19th century. The story features elements such as the magic mirror, the glass coffin, the poisoned apple, etc. Countless technicians worked on the expensive production to the degree that it became referred to as the “Disney folly.” If you’re familiar with the fairytale, Snow White is exiled by her stepmother to the woods, where she meets a bunch of dwarves who dug and mined for ore in the mountains. Snow White awakens from the curse through her true love’s kiss.
Sleeping Beauty is one of the most romantic fairytales you could fall in love with. Some of the early versions of the story were very dark and not considered children’s stories at all. The Brothers Grimm adapted the tale from Charles Perrault’s version, which dates back to 1687, leaving out the most disturbing details. Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil fairy Maleficent to sleep for a hundred years before being awakened by a charming prince. Philip must battle Maleficent and a dragon to break the spell – it’s a journey of transformation. Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was released in 1959, taking nearly a decade to produce.
Sleeping Beauty is simple, just perfect for youngsters to follow and enjoy. Anything with their favorite characters is the perfect gift, so if you’re looking for a Christmas present, a birthday gift, or something just because, your kid will adore a lovely wristlet wallet. Children learn so much from the narrative and the words and actions of the protagonists of the movie. There are many lessons to be learned from Sleeping Beauty, namely that patience is key, there’s always a happily ever after, and family is your greatest support. Sometimes, life presents risks that you can’t avoid, regardless of how hard you try.
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Released in 1961, One Hundred And One Dalmatians was a box office success, pulling the animation studio out of a financial slump. A litter of Dalmatian puppies are abducted by Cruella De Vil, who wants to kill them for their fur. The similarities between the puppies and their owners are evident. For example, Pongo tries to find a suitable mate for his human Roger (and for himself). The best part of One Hundred And One Dalmatians is the villains. Cruella de Vil is the main antagonist, a character that has become a household name owing to Disney’s many renditions of the story, followed by Jasper and Horace Badun, fairly amoral, simply wishing to make money.
The Beauty and The Beast
Of course, The Beauty and the Beast has to make it onto our list. Based on the fairytale of the same name, the movie was released in 1991, and it’s one of Walt Disney’s crowning achievements. The film concentrates on the relationship between the Beast, a young prince cast under a spell that could only be broken with true love, and Belle, a young woman who is forced to replace her father as the Beast’s prisoner. The tale is widely known on account of the story in cinema, where songs were added and bold, personified objects.
There are many lessons to be learned from this enchanting tale. For example, it’s not what’s on the outside but what’s on the inside that matters. The Beast, ashamed of his monstrous form, hides himself inside his castle, convinced he’ll live out his days alone and unloved. Belle sees beyond his exterior and acknowledges his kindness and vulnerability. Equally important, you shouldn’t let criticism get you down. Belle was often criticized by townspeople and considered odd because she changed and aged. No one enjoys being told they did something wrong, but for kids, being criticized can be especially painful.
The Lion King
Finally, yet importantly, there’s The Lion King, a story that was inspired by the lives of Joseph and Moses from the Bible. Others say it was inspired by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Anyhow, the movie follows the adventures of Simba, who comes of age and kinghood in the African Pride Lands. Upon his father’s death, Simba’s uncle blames him for the murder, exiling him from the Pride Lands. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland with the help of his friends, Timon and Pumbaa, which represent the confusion between stoicism and hedonism. The original film of the franchise was released in 1994.
All in all, most classics are worth a watch, but the ones discussed earlier sprinkle a little bit of magic, catching you under their spell. No matter what movie you settle on, give it your undivided attention, especially if it’s more than two hours long; of course, it depends on how much time you have. You can re-watch the films, including on mute, to get to the heart of what they’re really about. Nothing can compare to watching a movie at the theater; watching a movie at home is more opportune, not to mention less expensive. You won’t be bothered by people chatting on their phones or talking to one another while the movie is playing.