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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Ahlephia's Top 13 Must See Disney Movies

We all know that I'm a horror movie fan.  But I also love my Disney movies just as much.  So after a bit of a discussion I finally decided to list my Top 13 Must See Disney Films.  Does your favourite make the list?

13) SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)The classic movie which taught the world to "whistle while you work" focuses on a young vision of beauty named Snow White who is tormented by her mean stepmother.  Snow White escapes to join the company of seven lovable characters named Sleepy, Dopey, Sneezy, Happy, Bashful, Grumpy, and Doc and makes fairytale history by being rescued by a handsome prince.

12) ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951)When Alice chases a bunny into his burrow she discovers a musical, fantasy-filled world beyond her imagination.  Mesmerizing and mystical characters such as the Mad Hatter, the King of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, dancing cards, and singing flowers greet Alice at every turn and introduce her to a magical wonderland.

11)  101 DALMATIANS (1961)
Roger and Anita were the proud parents of two beautiful dalmations, Perdita and Pongo.  Before long their little clan grew into one big happy family full of dalmations, 101 of them to be exact.  With a family this big it's going to take the whole neighborhood to keep them together.  (This also makes the list because I'm the proud owner of a beautiful Dalmatian)

10)   HOCUS POCUS (1993)
Salem, Mass. 1693: Three sisters (deemed witches by townspeople) are publicly hanged after allegedly killing another girl and transforming the slain girl's brother into a talking cat.  Dissolve to Salem, Mass. 1993, October 31st (Halloween) to be precise. 

New high school student Max isn't adjusting well to his new school or classmates.  Apparently Max is an object of ridicule because he scoffs at the legend of the three witches, which is held to be a "sacred truth" in Salem.  Reluctantly, Max agrees to accompany his younger sister on her "trick-or-treat"-ing rounds, where they become involved in strange goings-on at the house where the three 17th-Century "witch" sisters lived. 

9) THE MIGHTY DUCKS (1992) - A group of young hockey players wind up with a lawyer coach who's only there to do community service.  Little do they all know that the players need Gordon Bombay almost as much as Gordon Bombay needs them.

8) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL (2003)Captain Jack Sparrow is content to be a dry-witted, swashbuckling, gritty pirate, but adventure always seems to find him. When the evil Captain Barbossa kidnaps Jack's best friend's girl, it's up to Jack to come up with a plan and save the day. The life of a heroic pirate is a tough job, and Jack soon discovers it may be more trouble than it's worth.

The evil Horned King desires to conquer the galaxy and the land Prydain, but he'll need the help of the Black Cauldron.  By kidnapping Hen Wen, a pig with mystical knowledge of the Black Cauldron, Horned King can form an invincible army which will stop at nothing to rule the world.  It's up to a young man named Taran and his misfit friends to protect the Black Cauldron and save the universe.

Flying high atop a magical flying bed, orphans Carrie, Paul, and Charlie take on an incredible, mystical world along side their house parent Miss Price.  From Naboomboo Lagoon to Portabello Road, they experience wonderful places and learn the secrets of magic as Miss Price learns to become a real witch.

5) CINDERELLA (1950)
In this ultimate fairytale story, Cinderella finds herself living as a slave to her two stepsisters after her father dies and leaves her to be raised by her evil stepmother.  When the King decides his son the prince must find the perfect wife among all the fair maidens in the village, Cinderella is heartbroken to watch her mean stepsisters leave for the ball to meet the prince while she must stay home and work.  With the help of some furry and feathered friends, Cinderella is transformed into a beautiful maiden and sent off to meet the prince, but she must be home by midnight or her fairytale will turn into disaster.

When uptown Lady, a well manicured Cocker Spaniel from an affluent family met a downtown mutt called The Tramp, it was canine love at first sight.  From sharing spaghetti in the epitome of romantic dinners to dreamy walks through the streets, Lady and The Tramp were inseparable, love-sick puppies on an incredible adventure.

The timeless fairy tale about a young prince transformed into an ugly beast after turning away an elderly beggar woman who in reality is an enchantress, is told beautifully, and as to be expected, the animation, music and special effects are nearly flawless.

2) THE LION KING (1994)
One of the biggest-grossing animated films of all-time, and with a celebrated musical score from Elton John, Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer, Disney's 1994 family musical The Lion King continues (and no doubt will do so eternally) to enchant and entertain audiences. 

The story of the honored lion prince Simba follows him as he frolics through his happy childhood and then turns tragic with the murder of his father by his evil uncle, Scar.  Simba's exile and triumphant return incorporates elements of the Bible, African folk legends, along with a dash of Shakespeare and classic mythology to produce a thrilling, wonderfully told tale that is timeless. 

An esteemed cast of voices lend realism, including Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and Cheech Marin.  The Lion King received two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Song, as well as winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture.

Princess Aurora was born into a wonderful royal family and blessed with indescrible beauty, charm, and elegance.  The sinister, malicious witch Maleficient was consumed with jealousy toward Princess Aurora and placed a wicked curse on her which would mean death on the 16th birthday of the princess.  It's up to love of a magnificent prince to save his sleeping beauty.

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