My Favorite Walt Disney Movies

I was enthralled the very first time I heard the Disney sing along tape that came with a book. 3 sets of them. It was a gift for my brother but since he preferred toys over music, the Disney tapes became my property. I sang with Robin Hood, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Snow White and so on. And thus, my love for Disney began at a young age.

Being a serious kind of a child who loved to contemplate, I always tend to think and analyze stuff. And movies were not an exception. As the clock ticked, I have found much joy and delight in singing and learning from many of the Disney animations that have become part of my growing up years. I share them here knowing that each one of us has a unique perspective; respecting our shared thoughts and feelings and differences as well.

Welcome to My Favorite Walt Disney Movies in animation!

Snow White:Whistle While You Work

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

This classic Disney movie reminds me that there are people in this world, like Snow White's stepmother, who refuses to be happy for others; incessantly obsessed with how good one looks, and how jealousy can lead one to do anything to be on top. And yet, amidst all these, I see also that a joyful spirit as shown by Snow White can draw in the best things in life - friendship, compassion, kindness and love.

So if you ever find yourself in a negative situation, just "whistle while you work" and your joy will surely change it into a positive one.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Cinderella: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo


Amidst cruelty and unkindness, fairy godmothers in the form of a friend, a kind teacher or mentor, a lover, a spiritual partner, an angel, or a parent can come and show you that life is beautiful. And sometimes when you least expect it, love enters your life and transforms it magically.

If the shoe fits, will you wear it? Allow Cinderella to remind you that there is magic in the ordinary things and that gratitude can bring the miracle of love into your life.


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Mulan: Reflection


When Mulan sang the song “reflection”, I found myself recognizing that I too always yearned to be the perfect bride or the perfect daughter and failed miserably. “Who is that girl I see staring straight back at me? When will my reflection show who I am inside?”

Mulan’s story brings me into awareness that each of us needs to discover who we really are. And it is a journey (with all its adventures, thrill, pain and joy) that we all make sooner or later. The last part in the story where Mulan and her dad had their conversation brought me to tears – for after all the triumph she experienced, at the bottom of it all, what mattered most was knowing that she was loved by her family for who she was.

Do we know who we truly are? Do we recognize that our experiences in life is part in the journey of knowing ourselves?


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Little Mermaid: Part of Your World

Little Mermaid

The beloved story of Ariel in the Little Mermaid struck me that there are really persons whose desire is so strong that they dare venture into the unknown, out of their comfort zone to discover the meaning and purpose of their lives. They are willing to defy conventions and norms; undeterred by other peoples’ reactions; and ready to put on a different pair of shoes, sacrifice certain things in the pursuit of love and joy. Are we brave enough to take that leap? How far do we go to fulfill our dreams?

Little Mermaid

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Pocahontas: Colors of the Wind


Sometimes our destiny takes us on a different path – a path that may be disapproved by those we love. How do we respond to such a challenge? How do we know what is truly in our hearts? How sure are we that we are not merely responding as an act of rebellion?

The song "Colors of the Wind" is also my favorite in the film Pocahontas. I love how I am reminded to honor the earth and nature and everything in it. Are we loving God’s creation? Or are we destroying it without care?


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Aladdin: A Whole New World


The Genie of the Lamp seems to be the key person who brought Aladdin his luck and fortune. But this story reminded me that each person’s dream is precious. Like the Genie, persons or opportunities may present itself to us; but if we are not open to receive these blessings, they too shall pass. The world is a wondrous place to be. What is our view of the world and our life? Do we see the endless possibilities?


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Lilo and Stitch: Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride

Lilo and Stitch

I am not fond of aliens so I almost skipped this movie. Fortunately, one day I decided to watch it. I was so astonished because I found myself with a tug in my heart. Actually, I was in tears. I saw how the love of Lilo transformed this hideous alien named Stitch to change.

Ohana means family and in a family nobody gets left behind. Talk about unconditional love in the home. Our families may be a little broken and it’s not perfect but if we see that it’s still good; very, very good, you would have found your priceless treasure.

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Beauty and the Beast: Something There

Beauty and the Beast

Many of us go through life believing that the “beast” in us is who we are. And it is the one that is always pointed out. Belle in the story reminds me of all the angels in my life who have come and showed the beauty in me. It is seeing the dirt and yet choosing to focus and see the diamonds. Our challenge is to find that which is good in another and allow the best in them to thrive. Because there is something there…there is something there worth loving.

Beauty and the Beast

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Lion King: Circle of Life

Lion King

The story of Simba in the Lion King showed me how a tragedy, or sorrow, or pain can cause us to forget our innate goodness and greatness as we blamed ourselves for past mistakes. Are we ready to forgive ourselves? Are we ready to move on and continue to weave the threads that will contribute to the magnificent tapestry of our lives?

Lion King

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Tarzan: You'll Be In My Heart


My last on the list but certainly not the least of my favorites is the story of Tarzan. I found solace seeing how certain situations in which we may term as “negative” could actually turn into a positive one. I found joy in seeing how man can easily adapt to situations and how love can be shared even those that are seemingly different in so many ways. Whatever race, creed and beliefs we all have, the need to be accepted, to give, to share, to belong remains to be true for each of us. Will acceptance be part of our being? Will we allow ourselves to open our minds and hearts and embrace our differences?


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

What a nice hub. Cinderella is my alltime favourite. I always loved that there were not wicked witches in the movie. And of course the message that there is magic and love everywhere around us if we are open to see it.

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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

ripplemaker all of the above are lovely movies. You are obviously too young to remember Fantasia. When I first saw it I was very young and it frightened the living daylights out of me. All the same I was enthralled.

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Princessa, LOL yes the witches scared me too. Cinderella indeed does not have a witch in the story. Just wicked stepsisters. Thanks for the comment.

Hi agvulpes, yes, haven't seen Fantasia. Will it scare me now if I watch it? LOL I better skip that one.

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Ripplemaker, this hubs speaks much about your beautiful heart and spirit. You make the animated movies come alive in our midst in this present moment. What a unique way of presenting your hubmob topic. I feel so good inside. You really have a gift of bringing out the child in all of us. Way to go Ripplemaker. You touch hearts effortlessly. Love it. Hugs dear angel. Godbless:)

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi dayzeebee, I had fun writing this one. I never knew there were many things I have learned until I wrote all of them down. :-) Thank you for seeing the beauty and I rejoice with you :-) Hugs dear angel daisy.

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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

I still own all the classic Disney movies. I look forward to my granddaughters visits all the time so I can watch the great Walt Disney movies. Most of them I can quote from memory as I've watched them sooooo many times.

Loved the hub Michelle regards Zsuzsy

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RVilleneuve 7 years ago from Michigan

ripplemaker very nice hub. I started saving Disney movies years before my children were born.

mikeq107 7 years ago

Hi Michelle :0)

Ok for me it was snow white and the disgruntled dwarfs LOL...We had just moved to a new city and to break the Ice my Dad took us to see the show and its a moment and movie I will never forget and my next fav is Beauty and the beast as that was the year they began to use computer animation , especially the ballroom scene and the first one I ever saw was Pi nacho ( wrong spelling guess my nose will get shorter : ) and that was In Dublin when I was 6..always feared being turned into a donkey :0) never happened though, but I have made an ASS of myself many times HAHAHAHA...

Sorry have not written much latley but gald you have :0)

Lots of love and blessings to you ...Mike :0)

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dana825 7 years ago from Chicago

THIS IS FANTASTIC! Disney rocks. I am 18 and I don't care that I still watch Disney movies and make sure I get my favorites on DVD so I can watch them now that I don't have a VCR anymore =D. I LOVED this hub.

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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

I love Disney movies too. One day I hope you can come to California to see Disneyland because I think you would love it. When my niece was younger I took her and her friend on the pooh ride and took them to get a cookie afterwards. I cannot ride some of the bigger rides because of my back, so I like to look at the shops and ride the kiddie rides.

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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

You almost infused life in these fictional characters. It's commendable. At one point I felt as if you stole my thoughts. Want to know which ones? I'm copy pasting the text here...

"....persons whose desire is so strong that they dare venture into the unknown, out of their comfort zone to discover the meaning and purpose of their lives. They are willing to defy conventions and norms; undeterred by other peoples’ reactions; and ready to put on a different pair of shoes, sacrifice certain things in the pursuit of love and joy."

If you get some time to visit my website ( you would understand what I mean. Two people can be so similar despite having no connection whatsoever. Strange, isn't it?

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi ZsuzsyBee, we introduced the Disney movies to dad a couple of years ago. Like you and me, he fell in love with it too. He was amazed that he was quite touched by "cartoon" shows as he named them. LOL Thanks for the visit. :-)

Hi RVilleneuve, I love that idea. That is what I would want to do - have a collection of all the original Disney movies. Well, I'm sure your kids would enjoy the shows as we did. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. :-)

Hi Mike, that makes me smile when dads spend time with their kids and the kids remember these moments even if many years have passed. You are so truthful so yes your nose will get shorter. LOL Glad to hear from you and hope you could write more soon. You take care...

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Dana, I'm 37 and I still watch them too LOL And I still enjoy them immensely along with the songs. It's good to be a child at heart always. Keep on! :-)

Hi SweetiePie, the nearest Disneyland is in Hongkong and our family has been there last December. It was a treat and I enjoyed looking at the shows and the kiddie rides. But they say it is nothing compared to the Disneyland in the US where it is super duper huge and great. Wow, that must be something. Maybe someday. I'll wish on a star tonight. :-) Thanks for being here.

Hi anjali, I just went to your website to read what you've written. LOL Yes that is the beauty right? We (at some point or the other) can share similar thoughts and feelings and get connected across time and space. "From the Desk of A Daughter" sounds very intriguing. Thanks for sharing :-)

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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Gee there are 2 here I haven't seen actually heard of...Lilo and Stitch and Tarzan??? Guess it's cause I had to quit childcare...the kids keep one up to date...Nicely done my dear...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Hi Ripplemaker,

I did not know you had a Disneyland was so close to you. I thought the closest one was in Japan to you, but it makes sense there would be another one closer. The Disneyland in Hong Kong is probably comparable to the one here in California, but Disney World in Florida is much larger for sure. I have never been to Disney World myself, but since I live in California Disneyland is just as fun. If I had the money to travel across the country I would go to Hawaii instead of Florida. I still yearn to go back to Hawaii, but I cannot afford to do much right now.

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Ms Chievous 7 years ago from Wv

Alice in Wonderland was my favorite. I also like song of the south. I remember crying a little girl because I did not have any of my own cartoon birds to play with!!

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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Hi Ripplemaker , I have to agree with you definitely on Lion King just a great Disney movie ! Also there was an older one because I am an older man I remember called FANTASIA ! It was nothing short of amazing ! And Uncle Remus with Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox was fantastic. I am 48 now and I still love Disney movies ! I still have some kid In me you know !

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Well done Ripplemaker.  Your hub makes me want to cuddle up and watch all of these great Disney films all over again. 

The one I watched the most was the Little Mermaid with Tracey, that was her fav. My sons fav was the Lion King.

The song whistle while you work reminds me of my husband John because he whistles all the time.  Thats how I find him when we get separated in a store.  I stop to listen and within seconds, I hear him...

My favorite though is Beauty and the Beast, I don't know why for sure but I just do.  Now that I think of it I really loved Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs too.  I'm just going to have to watch these all over again like I said.  I'll make sure I have plenty of hot cocoa and popcorn in the house.  LOL

Thanks Sis for this beautiful hub. Thumbs up. {hugs}

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sunkentreasure 7 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

Dear Michelle

You have certainly picked a topic that's very dear to my heart. I adore Disney movies. I love the amazing animation and all the wonderful songs in every delightful fantasy. My all-time favorite Disney movies are Peter Pan, Snow White and Bambi.

Thank you Michelle for a wonderful Hub.

Warm Regards

Bernard Levine

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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Michelle: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast were my most favorite stories, along with the Wizard of Oz. I enjoyed how you described the spiritual and psychological message behind the fairy tales. The human journey and its many expressions such as love and hate will always be a part of life, but its reassuring to know that there will always be the healers, story tellers, the average loving person, adding the beauty of the human spirit.

Thank you fo this warm hub.

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hipattrick 7 years ago

Beauty & the Beast, Cindrella all are so beautiful stories listening to which we grew up. They are special memories of our childhood. And yeah favourite entertainer too.

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi G-Ma, Lilo and Stitch and Tarzan made cry. I'm such a sentimental person. I guess I could relate so much to the story one way or the other. LOL Thanks for being here. :-)

Hi SweetiePie, Hawaii is a beautiful place too. That would surely be nice. I pray that someday you will be able to fulfill your dream to go back there. :-) Now hawaii reminds me of Lilo and Stitch and surfboards and all. LOL

Hi Ms chievous, ooh Alice in Wonderland is cool too. The cheshire cat is grinning at you. Hehehe Thanks for sharing you favorite Disney show. :-)

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Tony, I love the child in you. Don't ever lose it! LOL THe Lion King is a great movie...and since you are the second person who mentioned Fantasia, I believe I should look for that movie and watch it too. Thanks for sharing. Keep on loving life the way you do. :-)

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Angel Dottie, you made me grin ear to ear when you shared how you listen to your husband's whistling to find him. That is sooo cute. LOL You sure have a child in your heart still alive and kicking. Okay, bring in the popcorn, let's watch all these shows together...laugh and maybe even cry and enjoy life together! Thanks for being here. It's always nice to have you around sis. Hugs back.

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Bernard, loved hearing from you and for sharing your favorite Disney movie! Hmmmm so you secretly never wanted to grow up like peter pan? LOL I loved that show too. :-)

Hi VioletSun, thank you for your comment --so full of wisdom with the right kind of perspective to warm my heart. I so love how you worded it. You captured what is exactly in my heart. Hugs to you my dearest friend. :-)

Hi hipattrick, wonderful stories + entertainment = beautiful memories! I like that equation of life...may we have more of that :-)

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

I am a huge Disney fan, and you've included some great classics! I have a very large book you would love called, "The Art of Walt Disney." It's not just finished cells, but studies, tests, things that were never made, etc, really incredible stuff. I take it down off the bookshelf occasionally and make an afternoon of it. I also look to it for inspiration when I'm drawing.

Thanks for my inspiration for the day!

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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

I really enjoyed reading this!! I had those books with the tapes, too. The tape was in a little plastic envelope on the back of the book. I still have one of the books, but the tape got lost somewhere over the years. I couldn't help it, I voted for at least three of the movies as my favorites, just because I love them all sooo much!!

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Christoph, "The Art of Walt Disney" --- that sounds really interesting! Before computer animation came to be, my best friend and I have often wondered what it's like to make animation come to life and have been intrigued by it tremedously. Ohhh artwork, now you are making me curious about the artworks that you do. :-) Thanks for dropping by.

Hi Anna Marie, that was exactly what I had too. I would sing for days and days on end. The tape got destroyed but the worn out books is still with me. LOL Thanks for taking the time to vote. :-)

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Journey * 7 years ago from USA

This was a nice topic to write about and I like your choices. Love Lion King and Lilo and Stitch is a really funny movie. -Journey*

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

The first is always the sentimental favourite so for me it would be Bambi! That said, I think all Disney features have a room in the child in us :D

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Journey, Lilo and Stitch made me cry. Sniff sniff Hahaha I guess when it comes to family and all that, it strucks a deep chord within me. Thanks for commenting. :-)

Hi Cris, Bambi! Drip drip drop little April Shower...I like that song from Bambi. It is a heartwarming movie too. :-)

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Madison Parker 7 years ago from California

I love Disney movies! So do my grandchildren; classics. When you put one on, you can be sure your children are viewing something special.

Beautiful hub

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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

When my sister was working at McDonalds she used to bring home Lilo and Stitch toys for my nephew. I remember those days, it is hard to believe it has been about ten years since that movie came out, which means my nephew is ten also.

I love Lilo and Stitch because it takes place in Hawaii, and it is so cute on top of that.

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Laila Rajaratnam 7 years ago from India

Ripplemaker.. a truly enjoyable hub! The magic of fairy tales are immortal and it stays evergreen in us! Snow white & all the songs from that movie are my all time favs!:)Ofcourse,I love all the songs you mentioned as well,particularly Lion King.I have never seen Lilo & Stitch..I’ll check it out! I loved your adaptation on each story. Thanks once again for sharing this wonderful hub! :)

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Madison, it's nice to know you love the disney too :-)

Hi SweetiePie, thanks for sharing those tidbits of information. We also used the Lilo and Stitch songs when the kids perform in our class. :-)

Hi Laila, glad you had a marvelous time revisting the Disney movies. Do watch Lilo and Stitch and tell me if you like it. :-) Enjoy.

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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Wonderful memories. My all-time favorite Walt Disney film is Lady and the Tramp.

Antoinette 7 years ago

Along with Carpenters, Disney music and animation has been a part of me... Hello Ms Michelle! What a wonderful hub you have written. It reminds me well of the past years with my father. Waking up in the morning hearing mixed Disney loved songs with my father humming along with it... For now, i guess Cinderella would be my theme. You know why. hehehe....

"If the shoe fits, will you wear it? Allow Cinderella to remind you that there is magic in the ordinary things and that gratitude can bring the miracle of love into your life." True indeed. Amidst the cruelty of the world and hardships, if we are just grateful in everything, miracles will appear....

i love you Ms. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub... GOD bless you more!

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Antoinette, it's wonderful to read your comment here. I see you have the time off today to be on the internet. THere is magic and miracles everywhere and one just has to be willing to see it. Thank you for sharing your Disney memories with your dad. Love you too.

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ProCW 7 years ago from South Carolina

I love Disney Movies... especially the Fairy Tales! Bookmarked!

Thumbs up!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks ProCW! More power to the Hubmob! :-)

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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

My brother and I had the set that was a 45 record with each book. We went through many record needles listening to them! Of course, that just shows you how much older I am. Doesn't matter, though--Those LPs entertained us for OURS!! We didn't have VCRs and only got to watch the movies when they came on TV. And you had to be home and tuned in to catch them--no DVRs back then! We loved the family nights every week on ABC when they would show a Disney movie. Mom would let us get the TV trays out and eat while watching the movie. The WHOLE family--together. We should have it so good these days.

My favorite movies include the older ones like Herbie, The Ugly Dachsund, Blackbeard's Ghost, etc. Aladdin and The Little Mermaid hold a very special place, as well.

You have a great hub here, ripplemaker! Thank you for writing it!

Eddie Perkins 7 years ago


You and I must be brother sister because we have so much in common.  I’m always analyzing movies for the truths that are hidden behind the entertainment.

My all time favorite is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs because I like the dwarfs and the music.

Thank you for a great hub and good memories. ~ eddie

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi ProudMom, I love the child in you! My dad who never got into Disney  movies just recently started geeting hooked!  And it delights me endlessly.  :-)  Thanks for sharing your memories.  I feel I am seated there with the family eating and having fun as well.  That is so nice!

Hi Eddie, oh that one! :-)  Yes I do that a lot too.  In a way, it makes something relevant and adds more depth to the movie.  Thanks for being here Eddie! I sure would love to have you as my big brother too! :-)

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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

I adore these movies.It was only the other day I sat down and watched Snow White again. I could watch them all again and again. Big kid or not lol. Disney films have a special magic that cannot be denied.

"I can show you the world"

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi blondepoet, I believe that is the magic of you say, "Big kid or not" one can enjoy the movies they have made through the years.

Can I ride on the magic carpet with you as you show me the world? That sounds a lot of fun! LOL

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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

well, ripple, i'm with uninvited, lady and the tramp was my very first movie and never has another topped it...kinda pathetic....

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Well, that is okay Dolores. I believe everyone has different tastes. And I found some of the movies touching because it resonated with some of my perception, beliefs and present issues. :-) Cheers to the Lady and the Tramp! movie :-)

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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Lovely hub. Still adore Disney films, especiallythe older ones, like me. All time favourite has to be Snow White

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Ethel, it's great to meet another person who adores Disney films..LOL Aaahhh Snow White, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of us all?"

Gasp, you? (wicked laughter) heheheh Have a snowy white day :-)

sophs 6 years ago

I LOVE this hub!! It's brilliant! I luurrvvee Disney! :-) The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast are my favourite,,, I think, far too many to choose from though :-)

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rembrandz 5 years ago from Dubai Media City

Hello Ripplemaker

Thank you for this hub. As a disney fan I totally enjoyed it. All the important movies are right here to spent some fun time whenever I want to take some time off to relax.

sharon 5 years ago

i would like to purchase these for my daughter we live in south africa

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