It's fair to say that if you were a child of the '80s and '90s you grew up with a steady diet of Disney films, but the stresses of real life may have kept you from pressing rewind on the classics. If such is the case, you may be scratching your head over what Disney movie deserves a second look as an adult. And of course, I have plenty of suggestions for your mature, grown-up self, from Beauty and the Beast to Alice in Wonderland.
And you might want to soul-search and figure out the why of why you want to go back to the Disney Renaissance. Is it strictly for a nostalgic kick? Or is it more about understanding the film on a new level? Or it could be for all of those reasons — don't worry, I won't judge. I don't know what's in your heart, but I'll do my best to provide reasons why each of these movies might be worth another watch while you're older and wiser.
So if you ever get a moment to dust off your old VHSes (or you could stream a film on your computer), consider revisiting these Disney classics with the lens of maturity and nostalgia.
I'd kind of be shocked if you haven't rewatched The Lion King between 1995 and now. If your last viewing was sometime before 10th grade, though, now might be a cool time to pop in that DVD and realize how much it's like Hamlet.