Saturday, March 27, 2010

Best Disney Movies of the early 90s

Well I had to definitely include a post about some of the greatest childrens movies from the 90s, mainly because I was a child in the 90s and so I didn't watch anything apart from these and cartoons :) ...Ok so it is just a list of Disney's finest movies from the 90s but what can I say, I think they're the best! Also there was a Disney Renaissance during the 90s, starting with The Little Mermaid in 1989 and finishing with Tarzan in 1999. During this time Disney produced loads of films, many using new computer technology, and all of them were brilliant in their own way.
So lets reel back the years and remember all those Disney classics from the 90s. Enjoy!

First up in the Disney lineup-
Beauty and the Beast

This was and, lets be honest here, still is my FAVOURITE Disney movie of all time, maybe my fave movie of all time Disney or not. Beauty and the Beast was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released to theaters in November, 1991. It is widely considered one of Disney's greatest animated films, and is the first of only 2 animated films to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture (the other being Disney/Pixar's 2009 film Up). The story is based on the fairy tale La Belle et la Bete by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont.
Now I'm pretty sure everyone reading this post must have seen the movie so you'll know the storyline but to sum up; a young, selfish prince is turned into a horrible beast and to break the spell he must find true love, then conveniently he imprisons an old inventor whose beautiful and smart daughter, Belle, swaps places with him and to make a long story short Belle and the beast fall in love and the spell is broken. And they all live happily ever after. Oh, and the servants of the castle were all turned into walking, talking objects like a candelabra, a clock and a tea-pot. What more could you possibly want from a movie!? :)

Heres my favourite scene from the movie. The servants who are objects are giving Belle an extravagent dinner at the castle and the musical number, "Be Our Guest", is totally amazing. I know all the words off by heart and I'm totally proud of that.

Next up- Aladdin

Aladdin would be in my top 5 Disney movies, I love the genie especially; Robin Williams did a great job in that role in my opinion.
Aladdin was released in 1992 and was the most successful film of that year. It is based on the Arab folktale of Aladdin and the magic lamp from One Thousand and One Nights. The film won many awards and was nominated for many, many more, most of them for it's soundtrack.
The storyline goes; poor boy meets rich girl and tries to win her affections, but this boy has a genie (who will grant him 3 wishes), a magic, flying carpet and a pet monkey who weas a fez. Needless to say he gets the girl and all ends well :)

Here's a video for arguably the most famous song from the film, "A Whole New World".

Next up- The Lion King

The Lion King was released in 1994 and it was influenced by Bible stories and by the Shakespeare play Hamlet. The film was the highest grossing animated film of all time until the release of Finding Nemo and it still holds the record as the highest grossing traditionally animated film in history.

The storyline goes; Mufasa is king of all the animals in the Pride Lands and he teaches his young son Simba to appreciate all life. He is murdered by his evil brother Scar who convinces Simba it is his fault and he runs away and eventually meets Timon, a meercat, and Pumbaa, a smelly warthog, whose famous catchphrase is Hakuna Matata, which means 'No worries'. A young female lioness, Nala, finds Simba and begs him to come back and save the Pride Lands from Scar's tyrannical rule, which he does and everything is restored. There's some very tragic moments but in the end it's a heartfelt story of how Simba discovers himself and becomes a good leader and saves everyone.

Here's a video of "The Circle of Life", one of the first scenes in the movie.

And now- Pocahontas

Pocahontas was released in 1995. It is the first Disney film to be based on a real historical character, Pocahontas, and it features a fictionalized account of her encounter with Englishman John Smith and the settlers who arrived from the Virginia Company.

It is a beautifully animated movie that has a touching story and an amazing soundtrack. Pocahontas meets John Smith and falls in love with him but his comrades have ideas for taking over the native's land and so their love is forbidden. A battle ensues and John is injured and must return to England to be treated and so he and Pocahontas bid farewell and continue on with their lives.

Here's a video of one of the most famous songs, "Colours of the Wind".

Toy Story

Toy Story was released in 1995 and features the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. It was the first feature film released to only use computer-generated imagery (CGI) and it has since set the tone for CGI movies.

Its a great storyline all about friendship and it's action-packed, it's definitely my 2nd favourite movie of all time after Beauty and the Beast. It is so bright and colourful and it has a great soundtrack. Also it made every kid who ever saw it believe their toys came alive when we weren't looking and got into all sorts of trouble.

I love Toy Story and I can't wait for the upcoming Toy Story 3! I'm like a big kid :)

Here's a video of the opening scenes and my fave song of the movie, "You've got a friend in me".

In the next post I'll continue on from 1995 til 2000. Hope you enjoyed the post!

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