Social awareness seems to exude from all Disney films, exposing current issues in the mainstream of the world today. Using its vast army of unique characters to live out romantic fairy tales and heroic escapades, Disney has over the years challenged its viewers to contemplate current social issues using its enchanting storylines. One constant theme in all Disney films is hope. In every tale, there is some element of the hero’s struggles to overcome sometimes unbelievable odds to battle the malicious forces, such as in Robin Hood and Peter Pan. For children, this is important to shape their outlook on life and how they approach difficulties. Through Disney’s films, success is possible because of even the smallest thread of hope of the main characters. Hope motivates us to strive for greatness and good in all life matters.
Because of the ever-present essence of hope in Disney films, children around the globe love these feel-good stories, which they may watch many, many times. Even as adults, we all have our favorite Disney films that we love and cherish, like Dumbo and The Jungle Book. Many of the classics have individuals with famous voices that children will recognize and relate to in their viewing. The voices for the most prominent characters are listed for each film in this review to help parents in their choice of movies for their children. Another aspect of some Disney films is to encourage children to believe in themselves with characters seen as misfits of society. These heroes live on in the stories to outwit and overcome the odds against them and prevail. This is evident in Mulan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame especially. Disney challenges the obstacles of human society and entices children to seek the best in all circumstances.
Although it was very hard to choose, the thirty films highlighted here are considered the very best of Disney movies for kids. From the tremendously popular Frozen to the older, unforgettable pillars of Cinderella and Pinocchio, these timeless classics provide us all with hope and joy to last a lifetime.
Our Top 3 Picks
- Frozen DVD
- 102 Minutes
- The Little Mermaid
- Diamond Edition
- Cinderella (2015)
The Best Disney Movies Reviewed in 2018
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 thirty, choice classic films for children from the huge Disney collection. Most of these chosen have a rich history of entertaining viewers for several generations, like Bambi and Alice in Wonderland. Parents and grandparents can relive the fantastic stories with their children and grandchildren today with these classic treasures.
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 these 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Some of the movies that were animated in the original version are now remade with digital characters, like The Jungle Book. From other reviews, it seems like these remakes are not intended for toddlers because of the death scenes or violent actions. Is the remake of The Jungle Book intended for young viewers?
A: Yes, the film is for all ages, but for the very young that may not like the death or violent scenes, parents can watch along with youngsters to encourage a positive viewing experience. The remakes are intended to enhance the quality and reality of the original film.
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 nomination 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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