Disney cartoons entertained us as kids with their dreamy stories and enchanting characters. However, behind the fairytales, we learn to appreciate as we get older the great life lessons they offer. Here are five Disney cartoons you can watch or re-watch right now.
1 – The Little Mermaid
We are happy the Disney cartoon has a different ending than the original fairytale because either as kids or adults we needed a more hopeful ending. ‘The Little Mermaid’ (1989) teaches us that true friends (even if they were a crab, fish and seagull) will be there for you no matter what and that, in order to be truly loved, you just have to be yourself.
Favorite quote: “You got your own style, now let it come through. And remember no matter what, you got to be you.”
2 – Aladdin
From the song intro, we are introduced in ‘Aladdin’ (1992) to the Arabian nights filled with adventures and treasures. Nevertheless, what we learn from Jasmine, the Disney princess herself, is that looks, wealth and status are overrated. In the cartoon, Aladdin also learns from his relationship with the genie that you should not take your friends for granted.
Favorite quote: “Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what outside, but what is inside that counts.”
3 – The Lion King
We all have experienced hardships in life but the ‘Lion King’ (1994) shows us that we have to overcome our fears and face the challenges that come our way. It also teaches us not to be blinded by power. Most importantly, the cartoon shows us through its main character Simba that grieving the death of a loved one is hard but that life goes on. Since then, hakunama-tata (now worries) has become our favorite motto in life.
Favorite quote: “Oh yes the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.”
4 – Mulan
Don’t be confined by your gender, size or age. This is one of the many life lessons ‘Mulan’ (1998) has to offer. It tells the story of a courageous girl who joins the army to save her father from death and becomes, in the process, one of China’s greatest warriors. It’s a story about how we can learn to be bold, brave and confident.
Favorite quote: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”
5 – Beauty and the Beast
A big number of modern romantic movies is largely based on this classic fairytale because ‘Beauty and the Beast; (1991) symbolically represents some great teachings when it comes to love relationships: do not judge a book by its cover and true beauty is within. One other lesson we learn from this lovable story is not to let the opinions of others affect you.
Favorite quote: “She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.”