10. One of the most iconic scenes from a Disney movie is Lady and Tramp sharing a noodle until they ultimately kiss. Not only is that scene the most adorable thing I've seen two animated thing do, but the rest of the movie teaches us that true love can be found in the most unexpected places. After all, who would have thought that beautiful Lady would fall for the rugged Tramp?
9. Ohana means family, and Lilo & Stitch means number 9 on my countdown. The lovable Hawaiian characters that we find in this story are not only imperfect, they are relatable. Yeah, sure, Stitch is an alien from some foreign planet, but who hasn't felt like an outsider? On the other hand, Lilo is very much human, yet she still finds herself lonely. That may or may not be the reason she bit her "friend" in an early scene.
8. Though Home on the Range was never very popular, I remember loving the film. Three cows attempt to save their farm from foreclosure, and their adventure is one to be remembered. The animation is cute and fun, the pigs being my favorite characters. Fun fact: this film was the last classically animated movie until The Princess and the Frog was released in 2009.
7. One of the most recognizable classics that Disney has produced is none other than The Lion King. Despite the fact that this film is tragically sad at parts, the music and spirit of it is unforgettable. In fact, the story is so wonderful that it has become a hit on Broadway! And, if you look on Twitter, I'd be willing to bet that 10% of accounts have "Hakuna Matata" as their bios.
6. Another less-known film has made my list. Brother Bear tells a story of a Native American man named Kenai, who killed a young bear's mother, and as nature's punishment, he is turned into a bear. He then bonds with the late bear's cub, Koda. The movie is completed with two comedic, lovable moose. Kenai and Koda learn about love, friendship, and the value of life during their journey together. Also, I have to mention that I loved the sequel as well.
5. One of my favorite songs of all time came out of the classic Disney film, Hercules. The love story between Hercules and Meg is literally age-old and magical. The tale tells us that it's okay to be different and that it's important to follow your heart. After all, where would Hercules have ended up without trying to find his real father? We'd have one less classic Disney movie to add to this countdown.
4. I have a weakness for The Little Mermaid for a couple reasons. First of all, my favorite four-year-old, JJ, loves Ariel, so I've probably seen the film 400 times in the past four years. You would think that I'd be sick of "Part of Your World" or "Kiss the Girl," but I don't think Ariel's story will ever bore me. I love that Ariel isn't your average, perfect princess, yet Prince Eric is quite the catch (get it, catch?). Anyway, this movie makes me want to be a mermaid.
3. The Emperor's New Groove is probably the definition of my childhood. Who doesn't love a story about a selfish emperor named Kuzco turned into a llama? Come on, it's a llama. With wonderful, kind characters like Pacha, horribly evil characters like Yzma, and utterly clueless characters like Kronk, Kuzco has quite the journey ahead of him. I guess you'll just have to watch it to see what happens to this drama llama.
2. My kind of predictable runner-up is Frozen. I know that people either love or hate it, but personally, I think the film is magical. We can all learn so much from each of the characters in the film while singing along to amazingly produced songs of the movie. The animation is obviously awesome because it's so current, and I love Kristen Bell's take on the clumsy Princess Anna. Plus, who in this world doesn't love Olaf?
1. I chose Tangled, a new take on the story of Rapunzel, as my number one Disney animation. I think that the combination of characters, music, animation, and themes of the film are wonderful. Also, I think Flynn and Rapunzel are my favorite Disney couple. I love that they bicker but still care about each other. Early couples like Cinderella and Prince Charming aren't exactly realistic. Back on topic, I think that Tangled tells a dynamic, musical love story.
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