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WALL-E is one of my favorite Disney movies. This movie is still touching with barely any dialogue, and, c’mon- robots.
I immediately regret suggesting this theme to Kelly because now I have to decide what my favorite Disney movie is. I’m not sure how to narrow it down, so I’m going to cop out and pick two! I needed to have my favorite Disney animation represented as well as my favorite Disney Channel Original Movie. The films I’ve chosen are almost identical in their message: conquering prejudice by rejecting society’s exceptions of us and pursuing what is right. They’re stories of true friendship in the face of trial. These movies are both beautiful and meaningful and they make me cry whenever I watch them. Cheetah Girls 2 can’t even compare. Why is that even in the same category? C’mon now, Disney.
The Color of Friendship
This movie was intense. Basically the basis for Mean Girls, the story of Piper and Mahree took place in the 1970’s and was inspired by the true story of teenage girls creating change during the civil rights era. It’s one of those movies you watch when you’re little and you appreciate the basic message of acceptance, but then you watch it again when you’re in college like, “What the…what?? This movie is actually about apartheid??!” I remember thinking Piper was such a cool name when I first saw this. Then I remember thinking I really wanted to read the book Roots when I grew up. You can watch pretty much any DCOM on Youtube these days, and this is always the first one on my list.
The Fox and the Hound
Don’t even get me started. When I was little, we owned hunting dogs and lived in the South, so I have no earthly idea why my family bought us this movie. Granted, it’s a classic. But it’s a classic like “Titanic” or “Schindler’s List” is a classic – you have to see it before you die, but you’re definitely going to bawl through half of it. Featuring the voiceover talents of Corey Feldman and Kurt Russel, this is a story about a fox and a hound that become best friends before realizing the dog is supposed to kill the fox. There are also birds trying to eat a helpless worm for the duration of the movie, adding a funny sub-plot. I get choked up just listening to the theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hIXbN28dcA ;so I’m not really sure why I love this movie but I do, I really do.
My favorite Disney movie is (always has been and always will be) the “Lion King.” I really don’t know why; I’ve just always loved it. I have a toy Simba that I’ve slept with since I was little. And I know all of the songs and dialogue by heart. Plus, who doesn’t love Timon and Pumba?!
While it was definitely hard to narrow it down to only one movie, my favorite Disney Channel Original movie would be “Jump In!” with Corbin Bleu. I remember having the biggest crush on Corbin after High School Musical, and was so excited that he was in another movie! I still remember the lyrics to Push It to the Limit!
Fun fact: The original movie was supposed to have Raven Symone as the main character and be called “Double Dutch,” but Raven backed out for some unknown reason.
I don’t know why but my favorite Disney channel movie is “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.” I guess I thought she was super cool saving her space station and stuff.
“Even Stevens Movie.” This movie was my jam. “Bacon, bacon, bacon. Yummmm.”
“Zetus Lepetus!” This is obviously my favorite Disney Channel Original movie, because back in 1999, who wouldn’t want to be a 13 year old girl living on a space station in 2049?! Also don’t get me started on the 2001 classic “Zenon: The Zequel!”