Disney’s blog recently published 12 Disney Movies That Should Inspire Your Twenties, which is a pretty awesome list of the best Disney movies with lessons that most adults can put to use. Here are our top 5 Disney Movies to Inspire Adults.
Top 5 Disney Movies to Inspire Adults
|One of my favorite things about Frozen is the princesses don’t need a man to “save them” in the end. They rely on each other and themselves to solve the problem. That’s a wonderful message for adults of any age because real life ain’t a fairy tale, folks. You have to be your own Prince Charming most of the time.
Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen, the film tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged iceman, his loyal pet reindeer, and a naive snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Frozen underwent several story treatments for years before being commissioned in 2011, with a screenplay written by Jennifer Lee, and both Chris Buck and Lee serving as directors. It features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gadand Santino Fontana. Christophe Beck, who had worked on Disney’s award-winning short Paperman, was hired to compose the film’s orchestral score, while husband-and-wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote the songs.
|2. The Lion King|
|Hukuna Matata means no worries, and who better to be reminded not to stress than busy adults with the weight of the world in responsibilities on their shoulders? But you know what? What will be, will be, even if you worry yourself sick in the process.
The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The story takes place in a kingdom of lions in Africa, and was influenced by the biblical tales of Joseph and Moses and the Shakespearean play Hamlet. The film was produced during a period known as the Disney Renaissance. The Lion King was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, produced by Don Hahn, and has a screenplay credited to Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton. Its songs were written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, with an original score by Hans Zimmer. The film features a large ensemble voice cast led by Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Moira Kelly. The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as king; however, after Simba’s uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible and flees into exile in shame and despair.
|3. Finding Nemo|
|One of my all-time favorite movies (corny as it is), Finding Nemo is chock full of lessons, with one of the biggest being that handicaps and differences don’t have to hold you back. Have dyslexia? Confined to a wheelchair? Have a tiny lucky fin? Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and have no short term memory? You can still do great things. Dory overcame her disability and lived a happy, fulfilled life. Nemo didn’t let his lucky fin or his dad’s fears hold him back from living life to the fullest. Even the sharks don’t let their fish addiction keep them from making wonderful new friends. Fish are friends, not food.
Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film written and directed by Andrew Stanton, released by Walt Disney Pictures, and the fifth film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It tells the story of the overprotective clownfish named Marlin who, along with a regal tang named Dory, searches for his abducted son Nemo all the way to Sydney Harbour. Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and let Nemo take care of himself. It is Pixar’s first film to be released in cinemas in the northern hemisphere summer. The film was re-released for the first time in 3D on September 14, 2012, and it was released on Blu-ray on December 4, 2012. The film received widespread critical acclaim, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and was nominated in three more categories including Best Original Screenplay. It was the second highest-grossing film of 2003, earning a total of $936 million worldwide. Finding Nemo is the best-selling DVD of all time, with over 40 million copies sold as of 2006, and was the highest-grossing G-rated film of all time before Pixar’s own Toy Story 3 overtook it.
|4. Lilo & Stitch|
|Lilo doesn’t always do what’s expected of her and she often has a bit of an attitude, but she’s also got a huge heart. Her inexhaustible commitment to family and spunk help her achieve great things. Because being a people pleaser and being politically correct is SO over-rated. And if you’re lucky enough to find a sidekick partner in crime that’s just as wild as you, like Stitch, live every minute of life to the fullest. Because family is forever, not just the family you’re born with, but the family we choose in life.
Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated action and adventure comedy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 21, 2002. The 42nd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, it was written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, and features the voices of Sanders, Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames, Jason Scott Lee, and Kevin Michael Richardson. Lilo & Stitch was the second of three Disney animated features produced primarily at the Florida animation studio located at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. The film received positive reviews and was nominated for the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, which ultimately went to Hayao Miyazaki’s film, Spirited Away, which also starred Daveigh Chase and David Ogden Stiers. The 2002 film eventually started a franchise: a direct-to-video sequel, Stitch! The Movie, was released on August 26, 2003. This was followed by a television series, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, which ran from September 20, 2003 to July 29, 2006.
|Taking the road less travelled isn’t popular, and it isn’t easy, but it’s always worth it. Pocahontas learns this lesson and she inspires the rest of us to forge our own paths as well. We would all do well to heed her wise example in our adult lives. She bravely faces her fears and explores the unknown because she trusts her own inner compass to lead her in the right direction. Always be true to yourself.
Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated musical romance-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released to theaters on June 23, 1995, by Walt Disney Pictures. The 33rd film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film is part of the era known as the Disney Renaissance which lasted from 1989 to 1999. The film is the first Disney animated film to be based on a real historic character, the known history, and the folklore and legend that surrounds the Native American woman Pocahontas, and features a fictionalized account of her encounter with Englishman John Smith and the settlers that arrived from the Virginia Company. It is also Mel Gibson’s voice acting debut. The film received mixed reviews but was a financial success by over $346 million in box office. A video game based on the film was released across various platforms shortly after the film’s theatrical release, and the film itself was followed by a direct-to-video sequel entitled Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World in 1998.
What are your favorite Disney Movies? What would you add to this list?