1. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Beauty and the Beast is a romantic adventure, which has the perfect mixture of music, comedy, horror and romance. It firmly stands as my favourite Disney classic, mainly because of the incredibly colourful host of characters that exist in the story. Belle is headstrong and a ‘bookworm’, disgusted with the idea of being Gaston’s wife. The Beast reveals his cheeky, boyish qualities from below his angry and brash exterior. All of the household items have their own personalities, which compliment each other so well, driving the story forward with revealing new details and undeniable humour. You’ve got to love Mrs Potts’ cleaning OCD, Cogsworth’s grumpy nature and Lumiere’s smoothness and sexual exploits with the feather duster, “I’ve been burnt by you before”, “Oh! Monsieur!”. The cinematography and direction also feels more sophisticated than any other Disney film; it has a real sense of cinema and ‘epic’. Fun fact, it was the first animation to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The moving story, interesting and developed characters, and imagery makes Beauty and the Beast the ultimate Disney classic.