Sana’s Personal Recommendations Of Disney Animated Movies

Hi Guys! After a series of grown-up related posts, I decided to help the kids battling the beginning of the school year blues. I really hope through my recommendations and the categories I have put them in will help kids pick out a Disney animated movie depending on their mood and interest for the day.

On a side note, I plan on doing another piece on my writing. See my previous one HERE. This time on literary devices I personally created and why I created them. You have probably heard of these literary devices. They are called puns, foreshadowing, and personification. While the concept of puns was made very young with the help of my dad and grandfather, the latter two were made in college. If you guys care to know how I got my crazy imagination and killer writing skills, it all began here with Puff The Magic Dragon (See HERE). Before this cartoon, I was a regular girl with no imagination. I would have thoughts, but nothing to tie them together. And then I happened to watch this short movie of Puff The Magic Dragon and all my writing troubles disappeared. Poof! My first writing was a poem on my imaginary cat at age 6 (or was it 7?). The truth is that it doesn’t really matter as long as I wrote it. I don’t know why I wrote about a cat I never had or even saw, but I knew I loved that cat as if it was a real-life pet. So kids, in conclusion, if you want to learn how to write, watch this short cartoon on YouTube and see all your brain blocks disappear. Poof!


These days my two cats, Miss Suri the Calico, and Miss Coco the Siamese are my Puff’s. I talk to them and they tell me imaginative stories to be inspired by 😉

Now, the topic of today’s post is about Disney animated movies so let me turn your attention to that. Disney movies, along with television cartoon shows like Sesame Street, Gumby, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood were my favorites. While my cousins and I loved watching evening cartoons such as Thunder Cats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Alvin and The Chipmunks, Denver the Last Dinosaur, Disney’s Duck Tales, Smurfs, Gummi Bears, Incredible Hulk, The Jetsons, Scooby Doo, Thunder Cats, and Care Bears (just me since I was the only girl), it was those rare Disney movie airings that captured my imagination. I visited California in 1991 and actually spent the entire summer watching Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network cartoons. Of course, we did visit San Francisco, Los Angeles, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Lake Tahoe, and Muir Woods, but what I shared with my friends in Pakistan were all the cartoons I saw on television in America.


During this summer when I was in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to visit those archaic movie stores (yes, there were actually stores where people could go and rent videos at home) and rent Disney cartoon movies. The shortlist of movies I rented were The Little Mermaid (See HERE), Cinderella (See HERE), 101 Dalmatians (See HERE), and Sleeping Beauty (See HERE). Believe me when I say the remaining Disney movies on the recommended list were watched and appreciated the same amount when I was well into my teenage years.

The following is a short list out of Disney’s 56+ animated movies. I have recommended these movies for various reasons and the categories should steer you in the right direction. Ironically the list contains ALL the animated Disney movies I’ve seen, but between school, family, and school friends, there is only so much a girl can do with watching cartoons.

Those That Teach About Romantic Relationships

  1. UP
  2. Beauty And The Beast
  3. Peter Pan
  4. Sleeping Beauty
  5. Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

Those That Taught Me About Responsibility

  1. Monsters, Inc.
  2. Aladdin
  3. The Sword In The Stone
  4. Toy Story
  5. Frozen
  6. Oliver & Company
  7. James & The Giant Peach
  8. The Incredibles

Those That Taught Me About Heartbreak

  1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  2. The Lion King
  3. Pinocchio
  4. Dumbo
  5. The Aristocrats
  6. Bambi
  7. A Bug’s Life

Those That Were Feel Good

  1. Cinderella
  2. The Little Mermaid
  3. Alice In The Wonderland
  4. Pocahontas
  5. Robin Hood
  6. The Rescuers Down Under
  7. Finding Nemo
  8. Ratatouille
  9. The Princess and The Frog
  10. Tangled
  11. The Fox and The Hound

Honorable Mentions

  1. Lady & The Tramp
  2. DuckTales The Movie: Treasures of The Lost Lamp
  3. 101 Dalmatians
  4. The Jungle Book
  5. Hercules
  6. Mulan
  7. Tarzan

After watching these movies, one-at-a-time please, write something. Maybe pick a character and put him in a new setting. Or introduce one character from one movie to a character from another movie and turn it into a romantic story. Yup!

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