11 Things Every Disney Movie Must Include

In case you didn’t know, we’re kind of obsessed with Disney movies. As a result, we’ve selflessly dedicated our lives to watching and re-watching these timeless tales. After years of learning every line and lyric, we have finally figured out why Disney movies are so amazing.


Here are the 11 things every Disney movie must include:


1. A young hero.
A gif slideshow featuring the different Disney hero's when they were babies.
Young and adorable can also mean innocent and naive. When all four characteristics come together, you get a pretty fantastic story of strength, discovery, and self acceptance. (aka every Disney movie.)


2. A loyal sidekick.
Montage GIF of alternating pictures of Disney sidekicks
From Meeko and Mushu to Olaf and Abu, sidekicks are one of the best things about Disney movies!


3. A scary villain.
Scar leaps through the fire onto Simba in the Lion King
Where there’s a King (or Queen, Princess, Prince, etc.), there’s sure to be a creeper waiting to ruin their rein.


4. Magic. And lots of it!
Wendy is covered in Pixie Dust from Tinker Bell in Peter Pan
A sprinkle here, a happy thought there… before you know it, there’s magic everywhere!


5. Transformation.
cinderella dress transformation GIF
Whether it’s a physical makeover, or an emotional one, this is a key part of every Disney film.


6. Music.
Thomas O'Malley's cat party with dancing kittens.
What’s a Disney movie without an amazing soundtrack to sing along to? But you don’t have to take our word for it. Check out the brand new NOW That’s What I Call Disney 3 CD for a full track list of awesome Disney songs.


7. Love (in all its forms.)
Disney movies are full of love. The unconditional love between sisters, the loyal love of friends, and romantic love when characters find the one.


8. Risk.
Kuzco watches as Pacha starts to swing from a rope zipline in a scene from The Emperors New Groove.
Taking risks is part of growing up, especially in Disney movies. Sailing through the air on a homemade zipline is about as risky as it gets.


9. Sacrifice.
Pocahontas lays over John Smith to protect him during a scene from Pocahontas.
Sacrifice is a theme seen time and time again in Disney movies. Pocahontas sacrifices herself to save John Smith, Anna sacrifices herself to shield Elsa from Hans, and Flynn sacrifices himself by cutting Rapunzel’s magical hair.


10. Set backs.
Hans tricks Anna in Frozen.
It ain’t over ‘til it’s over! Just when you think the hero is safe and sound, there’s a twist that sends your mind spinning with surprise. How could you not see this coming?!


11. A happy ending…
End screen from Cinderella showing her kissing the Prince charming with the words, "and they lived happily ever after."
Cue big smiles all around.


What are your favorite moments from Disney movies? Let us know in the comments!

Posted 6 years Ago
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