Top 10 Disney family films for Xmas

December 5th marked the 114th birthday of Walt Disney. With Christmas around the corner here is a list of our top 10 Disney movies for you to watch with the family over the festive period, from old classics to new hits.

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Mary Poppins (1964)

Going around the office it is clear that this film brings back many fond memories, even if many couldn’t remember some of the stranger scenes! Regardless, the songs are incredibly catchy and the ending encapsulates the spirit of Christmas perfectly – definitely worth introducing to yet another generation.

Jungle Book (1967)

The Jungle Book is one of the most world renowned films, basing the story on Mowgli, a boy abandoned and raised by a family of panthers. You’ll be up singing to the tunes with some of the catchiest songs to ever feature in Disney, from “The Bare Necessities” to “I Want To Be Like You”.

The Fox and the Hound (1981)

A lesser known Disney movie, but an absolutely fantastic film nonetheless. Against all odds a fox and a hound become childhood friends, but when the hound is trained to kill, the friendship is put to the test. Such a great family movie they made a sequel.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

A true Xmas film that combines a classic Charles Dickens novel, leading actors such as Michael Caine, renowned characters including Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge and some Muppet mayhem. Brought to you in song!

Cool Runnings (1993)

Cool Runnings is a feel good film about the first ever Jamaican bobsledding team taking part in the Winter Olympics. Led by a disgraced trainer trying to build his reputation, there’s a lot of comedy. So feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s bobsled time!

Lion King (1994)

Widely considered to be the best Disney film of all time – at least here in Beagle Street – the Lion King is the ultimate tale of good conquering bad, with some amazing characters and some great sing-a-longs thrown in for good measure. Just watch it and feel the Hakuna Matata.

Toy Story (1995)

A seminal film, Toy Story blazed a path for many of the more recent animated classics. As funny for grown-ups as it is for the kids and packed full of some great action, albeit in miniature, it is a must-see family classic.

Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

One of the few Disney movies on this list that isn’t animated, and doesn’t have a good sing along! A family favourite around Christmas time, a blacksmith teams up with an eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow to save his love from undead pirates.

Wreck-It-Ralph (2012)

Many kids will receive video games this Xmas, but Wreck-It-Ralph brings the video game appeal to the big screen with a character who plays a villain in his video game, but has an adventure to fulfil his dream to be the hero.

Frozen (2013)

This latest hit has taken the entire world by storm, with parodies of the infamous “let it go” song across the web and even on the recent Vodafone advert. Whether we like it or not it’s here to stay in the history books of Disney, so watch it and embrace it!

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