Best Disney Movies Reviewed in 2018

Once upon a time…

You’ve probably heard that opener a few too many times by now, but what follows is often widely varied and cleverly constructed. Since its founding in 1923, the Walt Disney Company has been bringing cute, furry little friends and fairy tales to life. What started out as a cartoon mouse on a steamboat has turned into one of the world’s highest-grossing and largest companies. While we love Mickey and friends, we also recognize Disney’s efforts to branch out and tell a broader range of stories in recent years. With so many movies to choose from, it’s a tough job narrowing this list down to just a top 10. We’ve tried to provide some insight into some of the newest and most popular tales, as well as the time-tested classics here. Though Disney’s gotten flack for being hyper-romanticized and unrealistic, we think there are lots of important and true lessons still to be gleaned from these movies: the importance of friendship, honesty, and doing the right thing being just a few examples. Pop that popcorn, break out the blankets, and snuggle up for some of the greatest global hits. That sounds like a Happily Ever After if we’ve ever seen one.

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By Amanda Milewski:

Choosing the top 10 Disney movies was quite a Herculean (see #10) task! Although you can't go wrong selecting any of the Disney classics, these are the all-time greats. We recently updated our list to include a couple new releases and all of the product information--plot line, moral of the story, cost and availability--was researched and updated as necessary.

Our Top 3 Picks

Frozen DVD
  • Frozen DVD
  • 5 out of 5
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  • 102 Minutes
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The Little Mermaid
  • The Little Mermaid
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Diamond Edition
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Cinderella (2015)
  • Cinderella (2015)
  • 4.3 out of 5
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  • Theatrical
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Criteria Used in Evaluation of the Best Classical Disney Movies

The Wonderful World of Disney has enthralled audiences, young and old, for many decades. Here we highlight 10 choice classic films for children from the huge Disney collection. Disney films are watched and cherished worldwide for several very good reasons. Walt Disney, the founder, and creator of the Disney enterprise, constantly strived to emphasize the good in life in his movies by always letting good prevail over evil. In other words, the good guy always wins, even against impossible odds.

All Disney films do impart a lesson to the viewer, whether apparent or not, their meanings are aimed to teach children in several basic areas. We not only delve into the storylines of each film but also look at the possible moral that Disney may be trying to convey to the viewer. These morals are important, especially to children, because they put into action with fictional characters how to approach and solve problems they may encounter. Walt Disney was known to say “I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.” With his vast collection of children’s films, he has done just that for many generations of fans.

Choosing the absolute best of kids movies in the wide assortment of Disney’s classic films is not easy, but the selections we did choose to have the following aspects in common.

The film is enjoyable and beneficial for children of all ages.

The very young and the very old will always enjoy and learn something from one of these Disney classics. Disney insisted on the best stories and the best production methods to put him miles ahead of other producers. These films make you feel like a child again with their simple mode of happiness. They can relax children after a hard day at school or play and can be enjoyed by the whole family, as they are wholesome, good entertainment. Parents do not have to worry if these movies are appropriate for their children because Disney films are intended for children from all walks of life. These stories speak right to the heart and children connect with the characters and the songs. Disney provides the best-quality entertainment any child (and parent) could ever want.

The film is one of Disney’s absolute best creations.

Walt Disney and Disney Studios have over the years made a huge variety of films that touch on almost every social topic and concerns almost every type of human on the planet. It is worthy to note that most of his absolute best work was done in the early years of the Disney dynasty by Walt Disney himself. Because these older films are so great, they are still cherished by parents and children today. Parent like to share them with their own children because they can relive their enjoyment of Disney by watching their children enjoy them for the first time. As with all good movies, if you can watch them numerous times and still see something you did not notice before, then the picture is of great quality and meaning. All masterpiece films require multiple viewings to truly appreciate the intentions of the creator. This is so with Disney’s classics.

The film has and will continue to delight audiences for many years to come.

Even though the stories are simple, they entertain children worldwide with the colorful scenes and enchanting characters. Everyone has their favorite Disney characters and songs that they can identify with or admire. Disney films are so versatile that they are enjoyed around the globe in many languages. When a movie can capture the attention and respect of people in many countries, it has to be good. Disney did not do this just once, but scores of times with their vast collection of classic movies for kids. These movies tend to relax and lift the spirits of children who become enthralled with the animated characters they see. As the children grow to adults, they can someday watch their favorites again with their own children and be once again a part of the magic of Disney.

The film has a positive message or moral for children to carry with them through life.

The morals of each movie have been listed above, but in general, all Disney classics have these basic lessons to share with its child viewers: You are a very unique person to be cherished and respected. Whether you are a child or an adult, you should never grow out of that child-like spirit and always believe in magic. Friendship is a gift, guard your true relationships and always try to gain new friends. In the same respect, always be ready for new discoveries and experiences and never be afraid to reach for new horizons. Walt Disney made it a point to entertain his audiences while bestowing knowledge at the same time. In this, he does not disappoint with these timeless classic movies for children.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Most of the bad reviews concern the packaging of the DVDs or the movies that are streamed online. What are some of the problems that others are having so I may avoid these issues?

A: Some of the movies are coming from foreign sources and some seem like they are being purchased second hand. Sometimes for these packaging is bent or movies are in another language. It is mostly that people are ordering something other than what they wanted by mistake.

Q: Being that all of these Disney films have a moral to teach children, should parents make the lessons of the movies known to children or should they just pick this up on their own?

A: It would be a wonderful, fulfilling experience for children if parents would not only watch the movies with kids but to also discuss the moral to be learned too. In this way, children will always expect to learn something from anything they experience. There is a lesson in everything we say or do.

Q: I noticed that some of the movies come with bonus material after the story. What is the purpose of this?

A: The bonus material after the movie is to further your understanding of the movie content. For example, the movie Moana is about Polynesia, so the bonus material tells you of the real Polynesian islands so the viewers can understand the people and the place much more.

Q: Did Walt Disney actually have a hand in the creation of the movies or did he just produce them?

A: Walt Disney was a skilled animator, director, and producer for many of his original creations. He was also the original voice for Mickey Mouse. Walt Disney also received more Academy Awards and nominations than any other person in history. He has 22 Academy Awards to his credit and 59 nominations.

Q: Which Disney film is the most popular?

A: Walt Disney received an honorary Oscar in 1938 for his animated movie of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It has been called his best work ever and is still a treasured favorite among his fans. However, according to current parental reviews, Disney’s Frozen has by far the most positive feedback of any of his films with over 19,000 reviews.

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