I know that today Disney seems like a monopoly of a company as they keep buying studios and owning Star Wars and Marvel (even though it is an advantage having all together on Disney +). I believe that Disney pioneered animation and for many years produced great animated shorts and films. Inventive and imaginative to this day those films and shorts remain great. I grew up on Disney movies and shorts and it is so great to see some of them on Disney +. For this list, I am not including Marvel or Pixar movies because I feel they are studios that they own but not work directly on them.
In no particular order, these are the films that I remember fondly and like.
- Pinocchio (1940)
One of my all-time favorites, as I am writing this post this movie is playing on my phone. I have always liked the story of this film and the animation is amazing especially the scenes on the ocean and when they are swallowed by the whale. it was shocking how the boys turned to donkeys, but the message of doing things right is well understood after that.
- Peter Pan (1953)
Who has not dreamed of a world where time stands still and you never grow. It is a beautiful story and a fun adventure film.
- The Parent Trap (1961)
This is a live-action film starring Haley Mills in a dual role as two twins that when the parents got divorced they each took a girl and lived separately one in England and one in the United States. When they both attend summer camp they realize that they are sisters and switch places and develop a plan to ring their parents back together, trouble arises when the father announces he is getting married again. I like the story and the camping scene where the twins torture the new girlfriend.
- The Apple dumpling gang (1975)
Don Knotts is a really funny actor, I loved him o Three’s Company, and in this film, he is a funny as a not so bright thief trying to steal from Donovan, a slick gambler that arrived in town.
- Beauty and The Beast (1991)
This is the first animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture and deservingly so. I am not big on the musical aspect of Disney films, but in this film, I like even the songs. It is a charming movie with a nice love story.
- Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Return (1964 and 2018) and Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
I am putting these three films because I like them all and they are related. Mary Pippins with Julie Andrews was released in 1964 and it was a groundbreaking film mixing animation and real actors. Filled with adventure and yet have a touching story. The sequel released in 2018 starring Emily Blunt was an enjoyable film and had a lovely story also, Emily Blunt did a good job as Mary Pippins. Saving Mr. Banks is maybe the best of the three. It tells the story of how Walt Disney convinced Mary Poppin’s creator to let him make the picture. It is a touching movie as Walt discover why was that character so protected by Travers. I loved Tom Hank’s and Emma Thompson’s performances.
- Hercules (1997)
I don’t remember this film being received like the normal Disney movie, but I like to this day. The story of this God trying to prove himself a hero.
- Sleeping Beauty (1959)
I have to mention this one because I love Maleficent character, I consider her Disney’s best Villain.
- Mickey through the mirror (1936)
One of my favorite Mickey Mouse shorts. I like the images of this film. From Mickey getting small, to him dancing with the cards to fighting with the king of the cards. Little words are said is all music and imagination.
- A Disney Halloween special (1983)
This was a special, not a film but I have always liked it and I still see it sometimes if I find it. It has different segments, one it looks at Disney movie villains and spooky segments or short films. And my favorite Donald Duck cartoon called Trick or Treat.
- Aladdin (1992 and 2019)
The animated movie is, of course, great in large part because of Robin William as the Genie. I like both the animated version and the Will Smith live-action movie.
Other films I would mention
- The Aristocats
- Robin Hood
- 2000 leagues under the sea
- Swiss Family Robinson
- The Little Mermaid