The Great Mouse Detective- This is one of my all time favorite Disney movies even though it was released during the Disney Dark Age/Pre-Renaissance Era. This will be the first of two “mouse” movies on the list. As a teacher my class will ask me for my favorite Disney movie and when I give my top three (The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and The Great Mouse Detective) they give me a strange look. Let’s talk about the plot, this movie is based off Sherlock Holmes. Basil of Baker Street is trying to bring to justice the notorious crumble Ratigan. This description is perfect for the movie. It’s set in London and Vincent Price is the voice of Ratigan, if you need another reason to watch it. I saw this movie for the first time as a young child, my father worked at Caldors in the entertainment department and would bring home movies after they had been played in the store. I loved it from the start, it can be scary for little ones but this movie is a must see. The songs are catchy and it was directed by Burny Mattinson, David Michener, John Musker, and Ron Clements. Musker and Clements went on to direct The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. The movie was originally released in 1986.
The Rescuers- This is another movie that due to it’s release during the Disney Dark Ages and the first movie that can be considered Pre-Renaissance Era it’s often overlooked. The movie is about the Rescue Aid Society which is a mouse organization based in New York. The society receives a message in the bottle from a little girl named Penny asking for help. This movie has some celebrity voice work with Bob Newhart as Bernard and Eva Gabor as Miss Bianca. The animation is this movie isn’t great but the storyline is good and the characters are great. The movie was originally released in 1977.
The Princess and the Frog- This is a newer movie and you can still find Tiana and Neveen can be found in Disney World and merchandise can be found. This movie was a throw back to the Disney Renaissance Era which I grew up in. The Princess and the Frog was the first movie in the Disney Revival Era. I loved the hand drawn characters and the storyline was amazing! Tiana had some sass and she’s a girl with a dream, most of us can relate to that. I also enjoy the setting, New Orleans. Dr. Facilier is also one of the more sneaky villains to come around in some time. Overall this is a feel good movie and great for children and adults of all ages. This movie was originally released in 2009.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire- This is one of the first movies in the Post-Renaissance Era which has a lot of forgotten Disney movies in it. Most people hear this title and think: is that really a Disney movie? The story line for Atlantis is a good one. Milo Thatch grows up on tales of Atlantis from his grandfather who was an explorer and he longs to find the lost city. Eventually he gets there but his benefactor’s crew has turned on him and they have plans of their own. Milo is one of those characters who isn’t really likable at first until he really comes into his own. The animation isn’t as great as the Renaissance Era but this movie is defiantly worth a watch. Atlantis: The Lost Empire was released in 2001.