Don't get me wrong Beauty and the Beast is an utter masterpiece but The Lion King to me was just better because it had tragedy, heart, humor, and it was epic. Beauty and the beast has all those qualities but I just think Lion King did it better. The Lion King is still to this day my FAVORITE ANIMATED MOVIE EVER!
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it came out when my oldest daughter was a toddler, and it's her very favorite movie ever! MY personal favorite on your list is Mulan, but my daughter is such a HUGE fan of Alladin I had to go with that one instead. Of course, my younger daughter likes Beauty & the Beast, so it really should be a tie between those two.
I'm not defending Little Mermaid as #1, but
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I give it credit for helping Disney get back into the animated groove again. I think they learned from the good & bad of that movie and went on to make much better ones. So I have a sort of soft spot of gratitude for it, even though I don't care to ever watch it again.
To this day, I can remember my genuine fright at the lionesses' charge
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I was watching that movie with a mix of adults and kids in the theater, and generally thought it was a fun cartoon, but towards the end, when the lionesses revolt and charge against Scar and his cronies, there was something incredibly real about it, and they charged right at the screen, and suddenly I was downright *scared.* The scene was over in a moment, but wow, they pulled some good tricks with that movie.
The opening sequence was as stunning to me in 1991 as the opening sequence of "Star Wars' was on the big screen in 1977. So far beyond what animation had been until then. I haven't had that reaction to any Disney animated movie since, as amazing as most of them have been.
it's far more than standard disney fare. powerful, respectful to the culture. well-rounded leads, well-acted, superb music, transcendent lead vocals, amazing music and lyrics, and score.... powerful visuals that tell the story rather than enslaved to cgi.
I have to go with Beauty and the Beast because IMHO it has such a classic fairytale feel and the best developed story, but if I could only save one from my burning house and not be able to replace any others it would truly gut me to have to sacrifice the Lion King, which I consider to have the best opening and voice cast out of the Disney animated movies. I do like Mulan and Tarzan quite a lot, and also have The Little Mermaid in my collection. Hunchback - Boy, do I have a complicated relationship with it. The music (Dear Lord, Paul Kandel's voice in Bells of Notre Dame!) and art were incredible, but the gargoyles just took me out of the drama - which really frustrates me because I feel it could have been a classic. Last summer, I saw the musical they're trying to bring to Broadway at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. It was phenomenal, combining the Disney music with (for the most part) Hugo's dead-serious, devastatingly tragic story.