To cap off this great week, we wanted to share something that will take you back to your childhood. We have had previous lists before, but nothing like this. Here are my top seven Disney movies from the 90’s. This list is not limited to just cartoon movies. It can be anything and everything associated with the mouse.
Number seven is one of the most underrated comedies ever put out by Disney, Heavyweights. This 1995 classic starred Ben Stiller, pre-There’s Something About Mary. He takes over a fat camp for boys and attempts to turn the experience into an infomercial. What’s not to love? Half of the cast of the Mighty Ducks is in the movie, it is full of toilet humor jokes, and Judd Apatow was one of the main contributors. The jokes and the fashion represent the 1990’s so well, but it has lines that you will be quoting for days. If you haven’t seen this, I highly suggest it for some good laughs and a little hint of what Ben Stiller’s character from Dodgeball would look like in black and purple spandex. Oh wait, he did that twice…
My next movie has to be the timeless classic that will put a spell on you, Hocus Pocus! This movie can be billed as a top option based on the cast alone – Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. The story revolves around the Salem witch trials of 1693, and how their spirits have come back 300 years later to haunt the children of Salem. The witty humor and terribly awesome effects make it so 90’s! This movie is an instant favorite of mine every Halloween, and something you can watch with the kids.
Heading into my top five is a movie that may be higher on your list, but sits fine right here for me, Aladdin. This film has caused some controversy in the past regarding the spoken lyrics and ethnic representation of Arabic people. The music and cast really make this movie an instant classic. To this day, I can still sing the guy (and girl) part of “A Whole New World”. The witty child and adult humor are blended together so well by the Genie, voiced by the late Robin Williams. He alone made this movie amazing, catchy, and eye-popping. This movie is so 90’s in the sense of lyrics, colors, and the marketing behind the movie. I mean, Steve from Full House voiced Aladdin.
I offer up another wildcard at number four, Cool Runnings. The movie based on the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team reeks of the 90’s with the cast (John Candy as the USA head coach), the music (“Some people know you can’t believe, Jamaica we have a bobsled team”), and the story. This classic has been around for over two decades, and I still watch it every time it is on.
The number three spot goes to another holiday classic, the Muppets Christmas Carol. This is by far my favorite film from the Muppets.
Ebenzer is played by living legend Michael Caine before he was Alfred in Batman but post-Alfie. The musical really sets it apart from any other adaption of this yuletide classic. I consider this movie to be so 90’s.
Number two goes to one of the greatest movies and franchise that Disney has ever created, Toy Story. This movie is unique because of the time frame regarding it. The first was released in 1995 when I was a wee lad. The third one hit the big screen when I was a young adult. The winning ensemble of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, John Ratzenberger, Don Rickles, and more made it one to remember. The writing, design, and soundtrack are things that resonate with any generation. This movie is totally 90’s purely because it encompasses the epic-ness of the decade.
Finally, the top spot goes to a film close to my heart, the Mighty Ducks. Who doesn’t enjoy an underdog story, especially when it deals with youth hockey and that Breakfast Club guy? Emilio! This film has a basic storyline: a few dorky kids who can’t play hockey get a drunk for a coach and magically learn how to win. However, you find yourself falling in love with these characters as the story unfolds. This movie did give me hopes, dreams, and a false sense that I could become the next Wayne Gretzky. It oozes 90’s with the cast, soundtrack, and especially the acid washed jeans and mullets.
So there you have it folks, my top seven Disney movies of the 1990’s. I hope you enjoyed them. I would love to hear any comments – good or bad. Until next time, party on Wayne!