11 Disney Films You Should Rewatch As An Adult

by Mary Grace Garis

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.


'Beauty And The Beast'

This one's a gimme: you want to be well-informed when you have to make comparisons to the live-action Emma Watson version comes out on March 17. Just a head's up: they took out, "Marie, the baguettes" in "Belle."

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'The Hunchback Of Notre Dame'

There are a lot of sophisticated themes in here, and something strangely cathartic about seeing the corrupt, lust-driven Judge Frollo fall to his doom. Hm...

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Watch it again to get examine those alleged historical inaccuracies with a more mature mind.

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A great performance from Danny Devito as himself, and James Woods as himself, not to mention Meg is probably the most relatable Disney heroine out to all of us who have been love-scorned.

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I actually don't have much of a reason here beyond Aladdin being phenomenal, just in case you forgot. Also, because you still miss Robin Williams.

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'Mary Poppins'

Because Julie Andrews really should be your new style icon.

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'The Lion King'

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.

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'A Goofy Movie'

It's really true to it's name.

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'The Parent Trap' (1998)

Sigh. Just to remember the Lindsay Lohan's early career.

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'Toy Story'

I just feel like there's a lot of Woody's sass that gets neglected in your younger years, and this initial rivalry between him and Buzz will totally remind your office rivalry.

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Because she's the strong female warrior we could really use right now.

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