10 Classic Disney movies to binge-watch this summer

#NowWatching: my entire Disney childhood.

July is here and, regrettably, that only means that the season of summer is close to its end.  If you are similar to myself, you have plenty on your to-do list before the season disappears (the upcoming D23 Expo, on my own list!). But, if on any given day, you fancy either a lie-in in your bed or staying in the confines of your home for the day, why not flip your television on to binge-watch the following 10 Disney classic films, guaranteed to tickle your nostalgia?  Who knows, watching the following 10 classics may even end up being the highlight of your summer!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is, and will forever be, Walt Disney’s crowning achievement. It was his first feature-length animated film, which, automatically, makes it iconic. No matter if it is 1938, or 2038, it will forever be a classic. To those unaware of what lies ahead of the film, it is of a beautiful princess, Snow White, who is on the run from her wicked stepmother and, eventually, takes refuge in a forest (in a home, owned by seven dwarfs, specifically).

The legendary film is a shining example of how we are to be generous, kind, and selfless. Additionally, the character of Snow White is the perfect demonstration of how a person can go places, just by having grace. Though scary, the film is equally enchanting and fun…and, sweepingly romantic!  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a perfect film for anyone and everyone who loves fairy tale and fantasy romance.


Disney's Pinocchio

Pinocchio is a timeless story about a puppet, who dreams of turning into a real boy. It is every bit as heartwarming and magical as viewers have come to anticipate from a Disney film.  It is a beautifully rendered and a greatly dramatized tale of morality. Additionally, the music was masterfully composed—the song, “When You Wish Upon a Star”, quickly became a staple theme song for Disney. I highly recommend that you watch this film.  It is Disney, at its best. It belongs in your watch list!


Disney's Dumbo

Dumbo is an outstanding film, with gorgeous, handcrafted animation. Its themes include friendship, the acceptance of differences, and the importance of believing in oneself. Its characters (the African-American crows, particularly) are dated, by today’s standards. Having said that, the film does not deserve to be bashed, only due to its stereotypes. One should learn to appreciate its general story, which is of a little elephant who learns to believe in himself.  (The film had won an Academy Award, in case you needed any more of a reason to watch it!)


Disney's Cinderella

Cinderella is the epitome of a classic Disney film. Additionally, its songs are no less than a masterpiece: “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”, “So This is Love”, and the standout, “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”. The story is clichéd; however, charming. Its message, is that your dreams can come true—your true friends will be the ones to assist you in reaching your dreams. I can still watch this film, 60-some years later. It is an honorable rendition of Charles Perrault’s fairy tale.

Peter Pan 

Disney's Peter Pan

Peter Pan is an excellent film, in my opinion. The animation is beautiful, the characters are original, and the Neverland/Victorian London scenery takes you to a whole new world. The whimsical style of the film will capture anyone and everyone who watches it. Peter Pan has everything that one would hope for in a film: mermaids, pirates…it is a dream, come true.

Sleeping Beauty

Disney's Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty is one of the most beautiful films in the Disney canon. It is a treat for the ages. As in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a hopelessly romantic, sleeping princess can only be awakened by a kiss from a prince, whom she is to fall in love with at first sight. The nostalgia of this classic film will live on, forever. It is a cute and sweet fairy tale. I highly recommend it.

The Fox and the Hound

Disney's The Fox and the Hound

I have been deeply moved by The Fox and The Hound, from the time that I had first seen it, as a toddler. This film teaches of the power of friendship, how friends will protect each other and stick together. Though heartbreaking, it is worth watching…and suffice it to say that the ending is bittersweet, which only adds to its charm. I would recommend this film, in a heartbeat.

The Little Mermaid

Disney's The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is loosely based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen…with a happier ending, of course! Unlike the princesses before her, Ariel is a curious and spirited one who, instead of dreaming about the day that her prince will come, is willing to do whatever it takes to be with the man of my her dreams, Prince Eric. Disney had entered the top rank of animated features with this superb film. I have loved this film, since I was itty bitty! Both the music and the story are entertaining!

Beauty and the Beast

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast is one of most beloved Disney Princess stories, and the first animated film to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Additionally, it had won a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture. The film sends out an excellent message, that your inner beauty is what truly matters. Beauty and the Beast is my all-time favorite Disney film…which is saying something, as I love all of them!


Disney's Aladdin

Aladdin was one of my favorites, growing up. I would watch it, all of the time. All. Of. The. Time. It is a cute and entertaining film—its plot is genius, and Robin Williams was hilarious and quintessential as Genie (his passing still hurts, to this day). Additionally, Aladdin is one attractive man, and Jasmine is one of my favorite Disney Princesses. What more can I ask for, in a film?

I want to hear your thoughts! Would you want to binge-watch these 10 Disney classics?  Sign off, below!

P.S.  The nostalgia will be even sweeter, if you have the old VHS releases. Amirite?

(Featured image via n3rdabl3.)


Christine Cenon

Christine has earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in Journalism, and has prior educational experience in screenwriting. Apart from writing for Pure Fandom, she is a contributing writer for FanBolt and Tell-Tale TV, and participates in roundtable interviews about Supergirl at TV After Dark. She also has two complete, unproduced screenplays under her belt.

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