Happy 60th Birthday Disneyland!
In honor of Disneyland’s 60th birthday, Kara and I created a questionnaire about our favorite Disney Animated features. The rules are: No repeats, no live action and gifs must be included! We hope you enjoy and thanks again, Disneyland, for being our home. 60 is going to be a good year.
On to the questionnaire!
Walt Era Favorite (1937-1970): Cinderella
Cinderella, for so many reasons. Lucifer, the fact that Cinderella single-handedly saved the Disney corp and allowed for them to begin building Disneyland, and more. The animation is stunning. The music is iconic. And Lucifer.
Honorable Mention to Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and The Aristocats. I feel like I’m ripping my soul out to not include you all.
Lost Years Favorite (1971-1988): The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
Pooh Bear is my body positive goddess. Also, I love the stories; I love the history; I love its childlike atmosphere. It’s just a story that makes you happy.
Honorable Mention to Oliver and Company
Disney Revival Favorite: (1989-2000): Goofy Movie
I’m having the hardest time with this section. I fully believe Hunchback deserves this spot but there is no other film that belongs in the favorite score section. Disney Revival films happen to fall in my least watched movies, and it’s not because they’re not amazing, it’s just because they’re so much. They have so much of everything going on.
Fuck it. I’m going Goofy Movie. This movie is the goddamn shit.
Honorable Mentions obviously to Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Lion King, Tarzan, and Mulan. You all deserve this spot but none of you have Powerline.
Present Disney Favorite: (2001-2010): Tangled
I’m struggling a lot with my runner up, but Tangled. This is the most expertly crafted Disney film that I’ve seen come out of the Disney company in a long time. The characters are so fully and wonderfully developed, the score is delightful (a million stars to Kingdom Dance), and the lantern scene. Every single time I watch the lantern scene I cry because I fully believe with all of my heart that Walt would have been blown away by that scene; that everything Disney Animation has crafted was a build up to make that breathtaking scene. Watching it makes me proud to be a Disney fan. Animation at its absolute finest; it is untouchable.
Honorable mention to The Princess and the Frog (which was my runner up), Lilo and Stitch, Wreck it Ralph and Big Hero 6.
Favorite Animation: Cel Animation (Like Aristocats and 101 Dalmatians)
I love being able to see the sketch marks within the drawings. I love the scenery and how the animated characters flow within it. I think it’s so detailed and yet… raw at the same time. I think there’s so much passion in it.
Honorable mention to 2d computer animation and 2d hand drawn.
Favorite Score: Hunchback of Notre Dame
There are no words for this incredible soundtrack. This movie, score, story is Disney Renaissance at its finest. And this movie is so overlooked. Which is horrific. Go watch it, go listen to it, find perfection.
THERE IS NO HONORABLE MENTION.
Favorite “Make ya’ laugh”: Lilo and Stitch
I’m having a hard time with this one too. There are so many Disney movies that I go to for the lulz. But Lilo and Stitch is one of my favorite Disney movies for more reason than it being hilarious. It reminds me of my childhood spent in Hawaii, it’s quirky and weird, and Lilo is character perfection. I CAN’T FEED PUDGE TUNA. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TUNA IS??? ITS FISH.
Honorable mention to Emperors New Groove, Brother Bear, Aladdin, Hercules and Monsters U.
Favorite “Make ya’ cry”: Meet the Robinsons
I’m choosing Meet the Robinsons because Up and Tangled are already being used in different categories and I will not speak of The Fox and the Hound in any favorites ever.
Meet the Robinsons is a delightful movie and is the first movie that gave me a spark of hope for Disney Animation after Brother Bear. I really thought that Pixar was going to take over and Meet the Robinsons was such a breath of fresh air. It was similar to Pixar films in the animation style, of course, but it had deep Disney roots and the last couple of scenes never fail to make me weep. Seeing Walt’s famous Keep Moving Forward quote at the end does me in.
Honorable mentions already mentioned.
Favorite Love Story: Ellie and Carl, Up
How could I not choose Carl and Ellie? Carl and Ellie’s love story is the one Andrew and I relate to most. When we first started dating, I called Andrew Mr. Fredricksen. I hope with all my heart that we have a love story like theirs.
No honorable mentions; there is no competition.
Favorite Friendship: Baloo and Bagheera, Jungle Book
Again, this one is my favorite for personal reasons. Kara and I found our friendship in Baloo and Bagheera. She follows the rules, I like to sleep.
This one gets honorable mentions though: Pascal and Rapunzel, Tangled. Pain and Panic, Hercules. Timon and Pumba, Lion King. Archimedes and Merlin, Sword in the Stone.
Favorite Siblings: Rutt and Tuke, Brother Bear
They’re Canadian Meese. There isn’t anything else I can say.
Not even an ounce of competition.
Favorite Pixar: Ratatouille
I couldn’t decide so ALL THE GIFS.
Favorite Pixar score, favorite Pixar setting, favorite Pixar story line, AND IT’S ABOUT FOOD. The score… it’s just. Just. The whole movie has such a traditional Disney vibe. It feels passionate and wonderful.
Honorable mentions to Brave and Up.
Favorite Pixar Short: Presto
Magic and vindictive bunnies. Forget the old man playing chess, this is the greatest Pixar short of all time. It is also the most hilarious.
Favorite Disney Short: Paper Man
Paperman was innovative, funny, sweet, beautiful and every other positive attribute there is. The animation style was just insane. It was glowy and passionate and there wasn’t even any dialog! Just incredible.
Most Quotable: Hercules
Easy. Hercules. Kara and I have spent hours quoting this film back and forth to each other.
Honorable mention to Lilo and Stitch.
Disney Tattoo Ideas: Paperman or Princess and the Frog
I really want to get the paper airplane from Paperman, but if I go to New Orleans, I’m getting a voodoo doll.