When you think of Disney, you probably think of Mickey and his company or the iconic princesses like Belle and Ariel. Maybe you think of society's recent obsession with Frozen, or maybe even the different kinds of parks.
The movies on this list most likely don't come directly to your mind-- but they most definitely should. If you haven't watched these movies ever before or even in a while, I urge you to give them a watch and, then, seriously reconsider your 'Favorite Disney movies' list.
I will never get over how underrated this movie is. Sure, Mulan is occasionally included in the Disney princess lineup, and yes, they just released a subpar and controversial live action version of the film. But can we talk about how good the animated movie is? Mulan is completely badass, putting her family first and joining the literal war. It takes on feminism, as she has to hide her gender to be taken seriously-- even though they later realize that she was the best warrior out of them all despite being a girl. It's action-packed with an amazing climax/final battle scene, and the romance between Shang and Mulan is just… so good. And don't forget the music-- "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" is still one of the greatest Disney songs of all time.
Mulan | I'll Make A Man Out Of You | Disney Sing-Alongyoutu.be
2.) The Princess and the Frog
Despite my love for Mulan, Tiana has to be my favorite of the Disney princesses. Her story is so inspiring, taking on the 'damsel in distress' stereotype and proving her own worth through her hard work and independence. Still, that doesn't mean that the romance isn't as good-- in fact, it makes it that much better. Naveen and Tiana's chemistry is undeniable, though they try to put it off for as long as they can. The music is fantastic ("Almost There"-- hello!), the plot is completely fresh, and it still holds a place for one of Disney's saddest deaths (no spoilers). My favorite part, however, has to be the happy ending that they deserve, which is both heartwarming and empowering.
Yes, we are including Pixar on this list. Where was the hype for this movie? Not only does it feature the beautiful Mexican culture, but it has such an interesting and fresh plot-- so much so that you can't even take your eyes away from the screen. This movie will make you bawl, and then smile right after. When I first watched this movie, it was all I could talk about for the next week. I will still tear up if I hear even a couple seconds of "Remember Me."
4.) Meet the Robinsons
Okay, I may be sounding like a broken record, but my villain origin story will be how no one talks about this movie. Aside from the soundtrack being full of bops, the story is extremely comforting, and by the end of it, you'll feel like you're a part of the Robinson family, too. The underlying message is one of my favorites from Disney, and something that I think everyone needs a reminder of.
This plot. This plot! Most people seem to have seen Hercules only once, when they were much younger. I implore you to watch it again, for I think it's one of Disney's best plots. Meg is one of the greatest characters that Disney has ever had, and the songs will undoubtedly be stuck in your head for the rest of the day ("Go The Distance" is one of the best protagonist-empowerment songs).
Hercules | I can Go The Distance HD 720pyoutu.be
6.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Still not exactly sure why Disney chose this story to interpret, especially if you know the original story, but wow is this movie good. Quasimodo is such a great protagonist and has such a good message that all developing children need to hear. The music is also phenomenal, with absolute classics like "God Help The Outcasts" and "Hellfire" (we won't talk about the deeper meaning of that song). It is an action-packed, addicting adventure that will keep you holding your breath for its whole duration.
7.) Brother Bear
Okay, hear me out with this one. Maybe you have some vague memory of watching this when you were, like five years old, but this movie is the definition of underrated. It's a beautiful story of self-identity and brotherhood, with characters that you will absolutely fall for. "On My Way" is still one of my favorite Disney songs, too-- and yes, it could be found on almost all of my playlists.
So, if you're looking for something new to watch, definitely check out these movies and give them the attention they deserve. I promise you, you won't regret it-- and don't worry, you can thank me later.