Introducing Dyl’s Ultimate Disney Tournament

Hiya folks. 

For those of you who don’t know, I am kind of obsessed with Disney. As much as I love all movies, there’s just something about Disney that’ll always have a special place in my heart. I don’t know if it’s nostalgia, the characters, or the simplicity of the storytelling, but I often run back to my favorite Disney flicks. And, with the world being kind of a nightmare, me having a bunch of time on my hands, and some personal issues I’m dealing with, I kind of needed a light hearted distraction. That’s why I dreamed up this challenge. 

I am going to go on a quest. I’ve done some research and made a list of the 256 best Disney movies of all time. I then entered those into a bracket and will be making my way through it tournament style. Through this process, there will be a lot of movies I have loved for decades and a couple that have eluded me. I will be visiting each movie and giving my honest takes on it. Yes, that means the final two movies will have been watched AT LEAST seven times. I will know the winning movie inside and out by the time we reach the conclusion of this tournament. So, even if you disagree, know that I didn’t make any of my decisions lightly. More than the bracket though, I’m just excited to watch and talk about a ton of Disney stuff. Like I said, I’m super passionate about the topic and need a fun outlet right now. But, yeah, overall I’m just excited to go on this journey and I hope that you’re excited to come along with me. 

But, first, a couple of things that need to be said:

  1. I did not choose which movies would make the bracket. I used (which I love) to narrow the list down to 256. Some movies that I consider supremely underrated did not make the cut. I’m sorry, An Extremely Goofy Movie!
  2. These are Disney Disney movies. If it doesn’t have the Disney name on it front and center, it doesn’t count. Those who know me know that I LOVE my Marvel and Star Wars, but they would’ve just taken up too many spots. Maybe I’ll do another bracket with them some day, but this is for the true Disney movies. 
  3. That having been said, everything Disney in movie form was eligible. I went through the complete list of theatrical, home video, television, and streaming movies. 
  4. Though I will try to keep it going at a regular pace, I cannot realistically commit to how often I will post updates to this challenge. I want to say it’ll be a couple times a week, but don’t really want to commit to three plus hours of movie watching a night. 
  5. I kind of already know who I think is going to win. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time. Heck, I could probably guess the Sweet Sixteen if I went through the bracket. However, that’s not the point. It’s about the journey. Not the destination. Plus, who knows, there might be an underrated Cinderella story in the cards. Pun definitely intended. 
  6. I’d like to post the bracket, but cannot find an easy way to do that with one this big. Maybe after the first round of eliminations, I’ll have one made up. Trust me. The bracket exists and is as fair as I could make it. 
  7. I’m going to try to keep it objective. I will be talking about things like story structure, characters, songs, magical moments, and the overall legacy of the movie. However, at the end of the day, this will be opinion based. I would love to hear from everyone who disagrees, but let’s keep it civil please. These are fun movies and I’m just looking to have some fun talking about them. 

Alrighty. I’m glad we got all of that out of the way early on. Now we can just focus on the movies themselves. This is going to be a looooooong journey. It’s my quarantine project, but, theoretically, could and probably will last a lot longer. So, let’s buckle up and jump into the Disney movie magic. 

Match One will be posted soon and is Toy Story vs. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas. Both are childhood favorites of mine and movies I’ve seen over and over, but only one can win out. Who will it be? Be sure to check in soon!

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