The Most Iconic Disney Movies Of The Millennial's Teenage Years
The songs, the fashion and the animation remind us of a simpler time
We hate to admit it, but the years have done their job on us. The music that we listen to is different, the clothes that we wear have changed and our standards for movies have matured. But while these things are inevitable, we’d be lying if we said we’ve forgotten our old Disney original favorites.
Who can forget the touching story of Marlin and Nemo? Marlin literally swam the ocean to find his son and made an adorable but clingy friend in Dory along the way.
Two strong-willed women from different generations that have different beliefs within one family? You knew there was going to be drama—and a few lessons along the way.
High School Musical
The love story of Gabriella and Troy is still a favorite. They fell in love through music and defeated any and all problems with the help of song. And when high school stereotyping was at an all-time high, it was refreshing to see an athlete put on an apron.
There was just so much to look up to in Monster’s Inc.—from the friendship between Mike and Sully, to Mike’s romance with Celia and the unlikely relationship of Sully and Boo. There was love and courage everywhere you looked.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Adventure was always out there, but from our sheltered teenage worlds, we were satisfied to watch Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan get into all sorts of trouble. Besides, it made us feel grown up because the content was always a little mature.
If there was ever a movie that taught us to embrace what we have despite society’s unwelcoming ways, it’s The Incredibles. The Parr family was never ideal, but they did make it work. Not to mention, their matching costumes were just too cute.
The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Lizzie McGuire was with us through every awkward stage of our teenage years and we could not thank her enough for it. So when the movie finally showed her growing out of her shell, it told us our time was coming too.
The Parent Trap
There were too many scenes we recreated from The Parent Trap. From the special handshake to that nerve-wracking poker play, we just could not get enough. And we know you were shook when you found out that Lindsay Lohan actually wasn’t a twin.
The Princess Diaries
Don’t deny that you once dreamt of waking up and leaving the life of a commoner behind to become a princess. And when Disney decided to take this dream and turn it into a movie franchise, we were hooked for life.
Unlike most movie franchises, Toy Story literally grew up with us. We were kids when Andy was a kid and we were growing up by the time he left for college. Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang will always have a special place in our hearts.
These movies helped make our teenage years worthwhile. And while new material is great and everything, these iconic Disney films can never be replaced.