Forget everything you thought you knew about heroes and villains. Casting is now underway for a new Disney Channel contemporary live-action movie titled Descendants that follows the teenage lives of the children of some of Disney’s most villainous characters.
This. Seems. Awesome.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the TV movie (which is set to be released in 2015) will focus on Beast and Belle’s kindhearted teenage son’s quest to take over the throne — but his first proclamation involves a shot at redemption for the misbehaving kids of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen from Snow White, and Jafar. The teens attend the kingdom’s hottest prep school alongside other famous offspring, including the children of the Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Mulan. Will they follow in their parents’ footsteps or embrace their own inner hero?
This exciting announcement made me take a long look in the mirror and ask myself a difficult question, “What’s my favorite Disney movie?” My top five favorites may surprise you.
5. The Little Mermaid
Setting aside the fact that my first crush was human Ariel, The Little Mermaid is secretly an extremely relatable film about wanting more than our current lot in life. Well, as relatable as a movie about a cartoon mermaid can be at least.
“Up where they walk, up where they run
Up where they stay all day in the sun
Wanderin’ free – wish I could be
Part of that world”
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Since this franchise has been sequeled time and time again, people tend to forget how the original Pirates of the Caribbean was a goose bump inducing cinematic adventure. Listening to the film’s motivational score while writing this post inspired me to challenge my cup of coffee to a quip-filled, broom substituted, sword fight. That’s right, this movie will galvanize you into bantering with a cup of coffee!
3. Toy Story
A classic. Toy Story ushered in a new era of Disney movies that were just as fun for adults to watch as they were for children to enjoy.
Aladdin was just a cool dude. A guy I’d invite over to my apartment for poker night — as long as he didn’t attempt to steal my bread. Genies, pet monkeys, flying carpets, a pretty girlfriend, I wanted to be Aladdin. Actually, I want to be Aladdin. Present tense. Also, Aladdin’s a very sympathetic character. Take the song “One Jump” for instance. Aladdin has no food, one friend (a monkey) and the neighbors are throwing some series shade at our intrepid hero (“I’d blame parents except he hasn’t got em'”). Really, fictional drawings? You’re going to poke fun of the fact that he’s an orphan? You’re lucky I don’t have an eraser handy.
1. The Mighty Ducks
“I hate hockey and I don’t like kids.” The Mighty Ducks is the younger generations Rocky. A tale of ragtag underdogs who join together to defy insurmountable odds and conquer their foes with an unorthodox combination of ingenuity and trenchant aplomb. A movie that’s admittedly better when viewed with a heavy handed pour of nostalgia, The Might Ducks nevertheless inspired a generation of underdogs to never give up — and to quack at authority.
The catalog of Disney gems is so prolific that this list doesn’t even include new favorites like Wall-E, Up or The Muppets or old classics like Lion King, Beauty and the Beast or The Parent Trap. Plus we didn’t even mention the surprisingly entertaining movie where Nicolas Cage, unironically, attempts to steal the Declaration of Independence! So many amazing movies, so little time.
Do you agree with my personal top five? Did my list make you so angry you wanted to throw a tomato at my head? We want to know your thoughts. What’s your absolute, no questions asked, desert island favorite Disney movie? Let us know in the comments where your vote will remain for infinity and beyond!
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