5 Top rated Disney movies to enjoy

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By Aubree Gearhart 

It’s movie time!/ Preparing for a movie night, senior Vanessa Soltysek grabs her snacks and drinks before pressing play. Tangled is a popular, princess cartoon and the number one rated Disney movie. Photo by Aubree Gearhart

Disney can easily be considered one of the largest entertainment companies in the world. It’s safe to assume that most people have visited one of their several theme parks around the world or viewed at least one of the hundreds of movies they’ve produced. Disney is very clearly a well known company, not only in the U.S., but internationally. Disney movies are usually aimed at younger generations, but people of all ages can enjoy them. Every movie has a different story, so sit down and watch the top 5 rated Disney movies and see which one you think deserves the number 1 spot. 

Tangled (2010) 

Tangled is an animation, comedy and adventure movie directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard. According to Rotten Tomatoes, box office gross in the US was $200.8 M. The film is rated 89% by critics and 87% audiences. In the film, Princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) is kidnapped by Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) as a baby. Rapunzel’s magical hair ends up putting her in great danger. Mother Gothel kidnaps Rapunzel to use her for her hair to keep herself young and keeps Rapunzel locked away in her tower for eighteen years. Chaos ensues after Rapunzel leaves the tower on her 18th birthday. This movie will have you weeping one minute and laughing the next. 

The Princess and the Frog (2009) 

The Princess and the Frog is rated 85% by critics and 74% by audiences. It is an animation, comedy and adventure movie that is directed by Ron Clements and John Muskers.The film is set in New Orleans, 1926. This movie is one of the first Disney films to include diversity, with Tiana being the first African-American Disney princess. Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) is a waitress that has dreamed of opening her own restaurant since she was a little girl. With such a complex storyline, the characters did a wonderful job of including emotion, music and excitement. 

Beauty and the Beast (1991) 

Beauty and the Beast is an animation, family, and fantasy movie directed by Gary Trousedale and Kirk Wise. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the box office gross in the US is $219.0 M. The film is rated 94% by critics and 92% by audiences. The film is set in a small village in France. Belle and her father live in their own cottage in the village, and Belle is the book-loving girl that everyone loves. Gaston (Richard White) is the type of character who audiences love to hate. He is the village stud, and the ladies love him –except for Belle, of course. The plot of this movie thickens when Belle’s father, Maurice (Corey Burton), goes out on an adventure and gets lost. Belle is worried, and she tried desperately to get her father back . Per Disney usual, there is a love story involved. This movie has been delighting audiences for ages, and its charm isn’t going to wear off anytime soon. 

Monsters Inc. (2001)

Monsters Inc. is rated 96%by critics and 90% by audiences, and it’s easy to see why. It is an adventure-comedy directed by Pete Docter, David Silverman and Lee Unkirch. The film takes place in a fictional city called Monstropolis. Monstropolis is full of monsters that rely on screams from the “Scream Factory” to power their city; the monsters in the city believe that children are toxic. When a child sneaks it’s way into the scare floor, two “scarers” at the scare factory, Mike and Sulley, have to return the child to her door before the company finds out. This movie makes the scary monsters-under-the-bed way less frightening. 

Aladdin (1992) 

Aladdin is an animation, adventure and comedy all rolled into one. This film is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the box office gross in the US is $217.0 M. This film is rated 95% by critics and 92% by audiences. The film takes place in the fictional city of Agrabah, which is based on Southern Asia and The Middle East. Throughout the movie, it follows an Arabian street boy by the name of Aladdin (Scott Weinger) and Princess Jasmine (Lea Salonga). Our protagonist, Aladdin, finds a magic lamp, and a genie (Robin Williams) grants him three wishes. Throughout the movie, Aladdin uses the wishes and learns a lesson about friendship and true love. This comedy will have audiences on the floor laughing for years to come. 

Disney does a great job making the magic come to life in these five films. These are all classics, must-watch films, so sit down, grab some popcorn and your friends to enjoy a Disney movie night.

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Aubree Gearhart is a sophomore, attending her first year on “The Roar” staff. She is not yet sure what section she enjoys writing, but she knows that she loves writing in general and hopes to one day pursue a career in either journalism/broadcasting or criminology. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, reading and writing, painting/drawing and attending jazz class. Her favorite shows are “Friends” and “Criminal Minds”, and her favorite movies are “Ferris Bueller’s Day off” and “The Breakfast Club.”