In 2013, Disney blockbuster Frozen redefined what "true love" really meant, as we were introduced to estranged Arendelle sisters Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel).
Luckily for us, we get to reunite with the sisterly duo in this November’s Frozen 2. We’re celebrating by picking seven of Disney’s loveliest moments, classic scenes that would melt even the hardest of hearts.
1. 'Something There' – Beauty and the Beast (1991)
The premise is a young woman held captive by a fearsome beast, but there are plenty of heartwarming moments in Disney’s 1991 animated classic.
Proving that appearances can be deceptive, and that there is goodness in every one, our heroine Belle (voiced by Paige O'Hara) slowly realises that there is perhaps "something there" between her and her beastly captor (Robbie Benson), and his fearsome exterior is in fact masking the kind person beneath.
2. "Ohana means family" – Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Two sisters and a mischievous blue alien may not seem the likeliest of allies, but the gorgeously animated Lilo & Stitch is all about creating your own brood.
In the movie, we learn that “Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten” and that alone is a phrase to warm the coldest of hearts.
3. "I’m home" – Finding Nemo (2003)
Forgetful fish Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) has not had the easiest life, but in her quest to find Marlin’s (Albert Brooks) lost son Nemo (Alexander Gould), she finds herself and she finds her home.
In a moment that’s both heartbreaking and heartwarming, Dory confesses to Marlin that being with him helps her to remember as she pleads to remain by his side. She might not always be the easiest of company but it is impossible not to love Dory.
4. Ego’s review – Ratatouille (2007)
A delightful adventure about a rat who wishes to be a chef, Ratatouille emphasises that anyone can be whatever they want to be via the mantra "anyone can cook".
Vehemently disagreeing with this notion throughout, ferocious critic Anton Ego (voiced by Peter O’Toole) has a sudden change of heart when he is taken back to his childhood with the first bite of a delicious ratatouille, cooked by our chef hero Remy (Patton Oswalt).
Food really does warm the soul as much as it fills the stomach, and this is a delightful echo of the sentiment.
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5. Carl gives Russell the 'Ellie badge' – Up (2009)
Disney-Pixar’s Up is absolutely packed with wonderful moments. Of course there is the famous opening scene, which will shatter your heart into a million pieces, but there is also the very underrated ending, which is one of Disney’s most heart-warming scenes.
After returning from their adventures, elderly Carl (Ed Asner) shows up when young boy Russell needs him the most, awarding him the highest possible honour, “the Ellie badge”. This is the soda lid-turned badge that Carl’s late, beloved wife Ellie gave to him when they were kids.
It’s impossible not to feel something at this lovely moment, in which the unlikeliest of friends acknowledge they simply wouldn’t have survived without each other.
6. "Some people are worth melting for" – Frozen (2013)
Of course, we had to include this heart-warming (in more ways than one!) moment from 2013’s Frozen. After Anna is accidentally struck by her sister Elsa, she begins to freeze as she awaits the kiss of her true love to break the spell.
In this incredibly touching moment between Anna and talking snowman Olaf (Josh Gad), he makes a sacrifice to keep her warm, declaring that “some people are worth melting for”. Are we melting too, or are those tears running down our faces…
7. Sadness saves the day – Inside Out (2015)
Disney-Pixar’s masterful animation takes place almost entirely within young girl Riley’s head, as we’re introduced to literal embodiments of her emotions.
Towards the end of the movie, emotions Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) return to headquarters inside Riley’s mind. The controls are then handed over to Sadness so the upset Riley can explain to her parents about why she attempted to run away from their new San Francisco home.
Emotions can be complex things, and this moment absolutely proves that, with the creation of Riley’s first “mixed” memory, a combination of joy and sadness.
It is also a touching moment in Joy and Sadness’ friendship, having gone from a place of tolerance to a place of real understanding and collaboration – sometimes, it’s OK to feel sadness too.
Sarah Buddery is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.