Walt Disney Day | Ultimate Must-Watch Disney Movies

Walt Disney Day | Ultimate Must-Watch Disney Movies

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It’s officially Walt Disney Day, so we’ve compiled a list of the ultimate must-watch Disney movies.
Well, we’ve tried. They’re all great. 
Seriously.

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Snow White is the first ever feature length 'cel' animated movie (meaning each frame is drawn by hand).

Walt Disney fought for the film to be made, even going so far as to mortgage his house to help finance the films production.

In the end, it all paid off (quite literally), Snow White was a critical and public success, internationally earning $8 million and becoming the highest-grossing sound film at the time. 

In 2008 it was named the greatest animated film of all time. 

We agree. 


Dumbo (1941)

At just 64 minutes, Dumbo is one of Disney’s shortest animated features.

But what it lacks in time, it makes up for in its heart-warming storyline. 

Based upon a children’s story originally written for the prototype of a storytelling device called “Roll-A-Book”, Walt Disney immediately saw the potential and purchased the rights.

With a little bit of humour, a few tear-jerking moments, and a damn cute elephant, we’re all for some Dumbo magic. 


Alice In Wonderland (1951)

Based upon the book Alice by Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland wasn’t exactly a big hit during its initial release.

However, throughout the years it has garnered popularity, and has since been regarded as one of Disney’s greatest animated classics. 

With its slightly psychedelic feel and original score based around the poems by Carroll, Alice In Wonderland is a film you can easily fall in to.


Mary Poppins (1964)

Based upon the book by P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins was, is, will always be, a family favourite. 

Receiving a total of 13 Oscar nominations (a record compared to any other film released by Walt Disney), and winning 5, Mary Poppins was the only Walt Disney film to gain an Oscar nomination for best picture. 

With its beautiful soundtrack composed by the Sherman Brothers, and Julie Andrews in her feature film debut, Mary Poppins gets a yes from us. 

Every damn day. 


The Jungle Book (1967)

The last film produced by Walt Disney (who sadly passed away during production), The Jungle Book was a big success, initially becoming Disney’s second highest-grossing animated film in the US and Canada.

With its quirky and upbeat soundtrack, The Jungle Book remains a firm feel-good favourite no matter what your age.


Beauty and the beast (1991)

Tale as old as time…

Following the story of Belle, Beauty And The Beast is a classic tale of love, and not judging a book by its cover…

Winning a Golden Globe award for best motion picture, it was the first ever animated movie to win within that category.

It was, and will remain, a classic love story.

Perfect watching for those cold winter nights.


Lion King (1994)

If you don’t sing-a-long to every single song, who even are you!?

And if you don’t cry when Mufasa, y’know... 

Do you even have a heart!?

With original songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice, a score by Hans Zimmer, AND the voices of James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, and Whoopie Goldberg (the list goes on), we honestly can’t get enough.

If you haven’t watched it, honestly, who are you?


Hercules (1997)

A bit of an underrated Disney movie with a bangin’ soundtrack.

Despite positive critical reception, Hercules slightly underperformed at the box-office, and we can’t understand why!?

Honestly, this film is one of those feel-good slightly screwball comedies with a pretty great cast consisting of people like Danny DeVito and James Woods.

If you haven’t seen it, give it a try. 


Mulan (1998)

Yaaas girls, bring on the strong independent women who don’t need no mans (well, not until the end of the movie).

Based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Disney’s Mulan is hilarious, heart-warming and features some pretty awesome music.

If you haven’t seen the movie, we guarantee you have heard the song ‘Reflection’ recorded by Christina Aguilera…

Give it a watch!

That's it for our ultimate Disney list! Let us know what else you would add in the comments below.

Oh, and we also suggest watching every other Disney movie known to mankind.

Just watch them all.

Every single one.

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