Wednesday, February 16, 2011

All the Best Disney Films Were Made Before I Was Born! (Part III: #10-1)

Finally! We’ve made it to my Top 10 (of 30) of the Best Disney Films made before I was born! I’m surprised so many live action films made it to my list. I “blame” Wonderful World of Disney for that.

#10: Lady and the Tramp (1955) – I cried when Trusty got hit by a car. I giggled with glee when Lady had puppies. I loved the Siamese Cats despite how evil they were (because they were CATS)!

#9: Alice in Wonderland (1951) – I enjoy this movie more now that I’m an adult and I’ve seen the live action Johnny Depp “sequel” to it. I am always a little nervous I'll see the Mad Hatter at Walt Disney World because he does scare me a bit.

#8: The Parent Trap (1961) – Hayley Mills (aka Miss Bliss from Saved by the Bell) as a set of twins one with an American accent and the other with a British accent singing a duet? Loved it!

#7: Pollyanna (1960) – Hayley Mills strikes again! It's like she's the 60s version of the 90s Lindsey Lohan (but didn't turn out the way Lohan did.) Remind me: wasn’t there something about crystals making rainbows in this movie?

#6: Swiss Family Robinson (1960) – This movie made me wish my family would shipwreck and build a fantabulous tree house on an island! OK the pirates were scary, but we could just skip that, right? My dad could have totally built that house and made improvements! When we went through the tree house at WDW last November, Dad and I were surprised at how much washed up intact from the ship. Handy how all that stuff made it to shore, no?

#5: Sleeping Beauty (1959) – Princess movies aren’t usually at the tops of my lists, but this one was a definite favorite. The Good Fairies were lovable, the music was beautiful (Once Upon a Dream is a an all-time favorite of mine), Maleficent was a beautiful villain (until the whole dragon thing), and the prince (Philip) had a personality. All winners in my book!

#4: Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955) – My dad had some fun songs he would sing to me as bedtime songs. The one about Davy Crockett (“Born on a mountain top in Tennessee…”) was one of my favorites, and I would beg for him to sing it all the time!

#3: Robin Hood (1973) – The music made this movie great for me!

#2: Peter Pan (1953) – Tinker Bell is one of my absolute favorite characters (tied with Stitch and Kuzko), so of course this ranks up there on my list. Besides, she carried glitter (sorry, pixie dust!) with her all the time! What child didn’t dream of flying? I still call “Bye Nana!” in a bad British accent to the dog on the Peter Pan ride at Walt Disney World.

#1: Mary Poppins (1964) – The music, the penguins, Bert, Julie Andrews! Ahhhh I loved it all! I can’t say enough good about Mary Poppins! I’m not sure Disney has made another live action movie quite up to this caliber and that’s saying a lot coming from me considering some of my other favorites. I hope to get to see this on Broadway someday, so I can hear them spell Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious backwards. ;-)

So there you have it. Check out this page to see all the Disney films ever made to see if I missed your favorite pre-1983 films. :) Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the comments section!

Next week I'll move past 1983 with my Top 20 Disney Live Action Films. Final week of this series will be my Top 28 Disney Animated Films. Funny how I started to do a Top 50 list and ended up with 3 Top # Lists totaling 78 films. Whoops!


  1. Regarding "Swiss Family": Not all of that stuff "washed up intact". They ship ran aground on some rocks off the shore of the island, and the dad and sons brought most of it back via lifeboat and raft "trailer", including some live animals, before it completely broke apart and sank. OK, I feel better now. :) Can you tell I love that movie?

  2. My bad. :) Obviously I need to watch that movie again. It's been a while since I've seen most of these.

  3. Why didn't the Robinson's just take over one of the Dharma hatches?

  4. Annnnnnnd NOW Swiss Family Robinson is just *that* much cooler! Hee hee! Next time I watch it I'll be thinking of Desmond and his predecessors down in the hatch pushing the button.