If I had to describe my childhood in one word it would scream Disney. I spent so much of my time watching my favourite classics on cassette tapes. They were filled with movies on Mickey and the whole gang and also the fairytales that we were raised on. Somewhere along the way, I told myself that If I ever were to be a parent I would do the same for my children. I made a list and thought I would collect the movie prints along the way and save them to my hard-disk. Now with Disney+ having launched via Hotstar, I will forever have access to my favourite childhood flicks.
I’m so grateful that Disney+ has finally released because this will help families with kids during this lockdown. I’m so excited to be watching these movies and reminiscing about my childhood days. Love how nostalgic movies can make people. I can remember what I was wearing, what my kitchen smelled like and what I was going to eat.
Here’s a list of animated classics to binge-watch on Disney+
1. The Little Mermaid
Ariel is my favourite rebellious character and her hair game gave me serious envy. I remember dunking my head in a bucket of water to make it move the way her hair did. I was obsessed with her beauty and femininity and enjoyed her thrill for adventure and ambition to follow her dreams.
2. 101 Dalmatians
I don’t have to say this but I’m a dog person, so when this movie came out Cruella quickly became my favourite character to hate. But damn that lady had style. Beware! this movie makes you go aww several times.
If I had to track back to when I became inclined towards shoe hoarding I realise it had a lot to do with Cinderella‘s glass slipper. I’m not a big fan of the damsel in distress kind of plot lines but I love the fairytale romance and have always wished for a fairy godmother.
4. The Jungle Book and its live-action counterpart on Disney+
This movie is an enthralling tale about Mowgli an orphaned human boy who is raised by his animal guardians in the jungle. He sets out on an adventure of self-discovery.
This movie ponders on life’s choices, faith and destiny—it is a love story about following one’s heart. My favourite character is the wise and spiritual willow tree that dispenses advice to Pocahontas through the film. Pocahontas‘s native American features were so alluring and her beautiful wave always made me teary-eyed.
6. The Lion King its live-action counterpart on Disney+
A classic tale of good overcoming the bad. Simba is cute as a button and watching his journey from cub to being a king was heartwarming. This one I know for sure is a universal favourite. This one’s live-action movie is also available to watch on Disney+.
7. Beauty And The Beast
This one teaches us that beauty is skin deep and to never judge a book by its cover. Often, we are enamoured by the way things are packaged and sold to us that we forget about the true essence of things. I love how the inanimate objects are given fitting personalities. It was beautiful to watch the beast get tamed and transformed because of love and kindness.
8. The Fox And The Hound
This movie is about an unlikely friendship that forms between a fox and a hound and how their friendship gets tested along the way.
9. Sleeping Beauty
A story about how love conquers all. Magic, fairies, a princess, death and a prince. I have to say I had a huge crush on Prince Phillip and thought he and Princess Aurora made a very handsome couple.
Some of these movies have even been turned to live-action hits and I can promise you they are even more fantastic to watch than the classics. These are also available to stream on Disney+.
I’ve listed out a few of my favourite movies above but do let me know about your favourites in the comments below. What movies do you plan to be nostalgic over?