Note: This is a rework of an old blog post I wrote back in 2010. There are a few Disney men that weren’t around for this list, and I decided not to add them in. If you think I should have, let me know in the comments!
Welcome back to Nerdy Thursday!
This week, I wanted to take a walk through my childhood with a Top Ten list. Namely, the top ten men of my childhood. I am the biggest Disney fan in existence, as any regular reader can attest.I can watch any Disney movie, and instantly tell you whose voice that is just by hearing it and knowing the year. Because Disney used a lot of the same voices in his early movies, such as Cinderella and Dumbo and Jungle Book. I troll IMDb for news about Pixar and Disney and the direction they’re headed. I keep up with what they’re doing now, and I’m an expert on their past. It’s my passion, only augmented by the fact that I had two girls who love Disney as much as I do. So, when I say the men of my childhood, that’s what I mean. 🙂
So, without further ado, I give you:
Top Ten Disney Men!
Starting, of course, with number ten…
10. Shang (Mulan)
Ah, Shang: the brave captain who trains the troops to find Shan Yu and his nasty band of Huns. Being one of the only princes to remove his shirt during his movie(Aladdin’s isn’t really there for half his movie, and John Smith loses his at the end of Pocahontas) would have put him higher, if he hadn’t been such a jerk to Mulan, who happens to be one of my favorite princesses.
I mean, really now: one scene he says she has his trust, and then just two or three scenes later he decides that she’s no longer trustworthy just because she changed her clothes? I get the fact that hey, she lied about being a man, but still, she saved your life! That has to count for something, right? So, even though he is definitely a looker, he snags #10. But he’ll never beat out…
I absolutely love this character.
No, he’s not pretty: no one could ever say that. But the heart that comes through in his character is beautiful, and it shines through even the darkest adversity. He only falls at #9 because his story is so gosh darn depressing. After all, he was madly in love with Esmerelda, and nearly laid his life down to protect her. And what does she do? Runs off with a handsome Captain of the Guard named Phoebus. In the book, she gets hanged and Quasimodo carries her body to burial grounds and dies holding it. He could be a beautiful man, if only someone would give him a chance. Saying that…
Now that’s a beautiful man. 😉
I mean, come on…which of you 90’s girls out there didn’t just swoon over this dashing street rat? I know I did, and I was little when I first saw this movie. But what makes Aladdin even better is that his heart is very good: even though he steals to live, he is also generous with whatever he has. The only reason he falls at #8 is because he’s kind of stupid.
I mean, really thick.
For being a boy/man who lives off the streets, he seems very naive. He falls for the disguise of the evil Jafar in the prison, and is generally dumb throughout the entire movie. That’s why I never enjoyed Aladdin the way I did the earlier Disney features: he annoyed me with his naivete. That’s why he got beat out by…
Who couldn’t love those gorgeous blue eyes?
When I first saw this movie when I was a little girl, I couldn’t stand Eric. He seemed too…ordinary to be a Disney man. I watch it now, as an adult, and I see the rather complex nature of his character: a man trying to find his true identity in a world where his present identity is being dictated to him. Wanting to see, explore, and then find his perfect woman are concepts that most twenty-somethings struggle with even today. The only reason he falls in the bottom 5 is because he doesn’t appear very long in his film. Although, when he is there, he makes a wonderful impact. However much I relate to him, however, he will never amount to…
How cute is he?
I love this character, even though they weren’t technically true to the myth surrounding Heracles, I still think they captured an essence of his story that filmmakers had hitherto overlooked: his childhood. Specifically, how he “grew into” his godlike powers. His complete and utter vulnerability is different than Aladdin’s stupidity: Hercules was genuinely befuddled by life as a god, but Aladdin had lived in the streets his whole life and was still stupid. 🙂 Hercules’s ignorance endears him instead of making him annoying.
And who doesn’t love a guy with muscles like that? 😋
5. Flynn Rider (Tangled)
Although not technically from my childhood, he’s still a huge favorite. If there weren’t three “original” princes (from before the so-called “Disney Renaissance”) and one not-really-a-prince-but-still-wonderful character, he would be higher on the list. His debonair attitude at the beginning of the movie somewhat turned me off to him at first, but he reveals a depth of character and courage rarely seen by Disney in princess movies such as these. His courage in admitting that what he was doing was wrong and changing his ways is refreshing to see, and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. And his song, “I’ve Seen The Light”, is exactly what every girl in the world wants her man to think about her. It’s a beautiful story, and a fantastic character. ❤
4. Robin Hood
Yes, that is a fox. No, it is not human. Yes, he still makes my list.
This is probably in my top five favorite Disney movies of all time, and so naturally the lead hero will fall in my top five men of Disney. He is dashing, smart, and madly in love with a beautiful young vixen(no innuendo intended or meant). He was a great part of my childhood, and I still watch(and prefer, to be honest) this version of Robin Hood over and over again. He is the quintessential hero, and my favorite fox. ❤️
3. The Prince (Cinderella)
Strong and silent: the perfect man.
And now we come down to the final three: the original trifecta, as it were. These are the three princes we think of when we think of “Disney princes”. We are at #3, with the Prince from Cinderella. Now, many people argue that both the prince from Snow White and Cinderella are both called Prince Charming. This is, however, not true: neither are actually referred to in their respective movies by name. This prince is simply called “The Prince”, with no other name ascribed to him. He says very little: his animators preferring to center on Cinderella rather than fleshing out the Prince whom she marries. In the later adventures, he is rather fleshed out, but still referred to as simply “The Prince”.
Also, I never liked the look of him, per se: he was too stiff.
2. Prince Ferdinand(Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
He is fantastic.
Being the original Prince, he is normally given the title of “Prince Charming”: however, it has been discovered that his name is actually Ferdinand. He ranks at #2 simply because of the song:
One song, my heart keeps singing of one love only for you…
Makes my heart melt every time.
And the winner and #1 is…*drumroll*
1. Prince Philip(Sleeping Beauty)
Oh yes. Always.
He is brave, kind, handsome, and knows his mind. He has a great sense of humor, and is willing to go his own way when he wants/needs to. And just look at him! Gorgeous.
He was the first fully fleshed Disney prince, complete with a name and backstory of his own. He has always been my favorite, and always will be. I just wish he’d gotten a better princess.
And there you have it: every one of my top ten favorite Disney men! You’ll notice there are a few on here that I didn’t even mention: The Beast and Naveen for instance. As for those two in particular, there is one good reason: they weren’t themselves throughout most of their movie. However, this lists till displays all the Disney men that made my childhood magical. 🙂