About 8 years ago, I started building up my Disney DVD movie collection. I was determined to have a stockpile of my favorite Disney movies in place and ready to play by the time my first kid popped out. Over the years, I’ve scooped up the special releases, platinum editions, and other releases of the classic favorites. I’m amazed that even as an adult, I can sit back and truly enjoy the animation (which is pre-3-d animation), the story lines, and the music. Here’s a list of my top 10 Disney movie DVDs that I think are a must have in every family with kids. Some are newer and some are classics you may have forgotten, but all of them stand the tests of time.
|Cinderella – The classic story of a girl who grows up with her demanding step-mother and step-sisters. With the help of her furry & feathered friends (and her fairy godmother), she goes to a the royal ball where she meets the prince. As she rushes to leave the ball so her coach doesn’t turn into a pumpkin, she loses a glass slipper which the prince uses to search high and low to find her. The glass slipper finally makes its way onto Cinderella’s foot and she and the prince live happily every after!
Favorite Cinderella Song: A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes
|Sleeping Beauty – When a young daughter is born and a wicked queen isn’t invited to the castle to celebrate, she casts a spell on baby Aurora, cursing her with death when Aurora would prick her finger on a spinning wheel. Thanks to three fairies, instead of death, Aurora falls into an enchanted sleep from which she will awaken from with true love’s kiss. Prince Phillips battles dragons and braves fire to fight his way to Aurora’s side so that he can awaken his princess.
Favorite Sleeping Beauty Song: Once Upon A Dream
|Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” When Snow White’s step mother, the queen, gets an answer she doesn’t like, she sets off with poisoned apple in hand to get rid of her competition – Snow White. Fortunately, Snow White has seven dwarfs as friends who help her find the prince to wake her from the spell!
Favorite Snow White Song: Whistle While You Work
|The Lion King – When young lion cub Simba is tricked by his evil uncle Scar to think that he killed his father, he runs into the jungle where he meets fun-loving Timon and Pumbaa. While Scar has taken over the pride and is ruling it into hunger, Simba grows into a lion. After re-uniting with his lost friend Nala, he returns to the pride where he fights Scar to take his rightful place as head lion.
Favorite Song: Can You Feel the Love Tonight
|The Little Mermaid – Adventurous and rebellious mermaid Ariel has a fascination with the two-legged humans who walk on land. When she saves a prince from drowning in a storm, she falls in love and makes a deal with the sea witch Ursala – Ariel’s voice in exchange for legs. To get her voice back, Ariel, with the help of her friends Flounder and Sebastian, must kiss the prince. While things are smooth sailing at first, the sea witch has other plans.
Favorite Little Mermaid Song: Under the Sea
|Pinocchio – Lonely carpenter Geppetto longs to have a son. One day, he wishes upon a star that a puppet he has named Pinocchio could become a real boy. That night, the Blue Fairy comes to grand that wish, but for Pinocchio to become real, he must prove himself. While with his friend, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio faces many temptations and tests, including trying to rescue Geppetto from giant whale Monstro’s belly.
Favorite Pinocchio Song: When You Wish Upon a Star
|Aladdin – “Street rat” Aladdin has his life changed when evil Jafar “rescues” him from prison to help him take a special lamp from the Cave of Wonders. When Jafar double-crosses him, Aladdin finds himself with his monkey Abu and a magical carpet trapped in a cave with the lamp, which contains a genie. After rubbing the lamp, Aladdin finds himself on an adventure made possible by the genie and on his way to winning the heart of Princess Jasmine.
Favorite Aladdin Song: A Whole New World
|Beauty and the Beast – When Belle’s father, Maurice, is imprisoned by the Beast, a cursed prince, Belle goes to the Beast’s castle to rescue him. After Belle exchanges her freedom for her father’s, she and the Beast learn to become friends, eventually leading to the Beast releasing Belle. Unfortunately, the town has been worked into a frenzy and tries to overtake the castle and kill the Beast, with Belle in the middle trying to stop it all.
Favorite Beauty and the Beast Song: Beauty and the Beast
|Mary Poppins – Technically, this isn’t a fully animated movie, but it was just too good not to list. Julie Andrews stars as Mary Poppins, a nanny who is “practically perfect in every way.” She comes to help the Banks family children learn a little but of fun (and discipline) while also helping the work-a-holic father learn to love and appreciate his family more.
Favorite Mary Poppins Song: Feed the Birds
|Robin Hood – The classic story of the brave Robin Hood robbing from the rich Prince John to give to the overly-taxed poor. Making daring rescues and barely escaping the clutches of the Sheriff of Nottingham and his henchman, Robin Hood, Little John, and Friar Tuck help those in need until King Richard returns to set things right.
Favorite Robin Hood Song: Love
Finally, although these weren’t in my top 10 movie picks, they are all excellent Disney movies and should also be in your DVD collection.
Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did NOT receive any free products – all DVDs that I have were purchased on my own, with my own money.