Aladdin ★★★★★

I don't know if I can think of a movie that means more to me than this, even if sometimes I swing between loving it vs just liking it. It's not the greatest film Disney has made (although it's certainly close in my eyes). But I think, especially for a young brown guy who wants to be a filmmaker, it's my favorite of the Disney animated films.

My memories are really hazy from when I was a young kid, but I distinctly remember wearing out my family's tape from how much my brothers and I watched it. Seeing people that had our skin color in animation, in retrospect, was so validating. It really opened my eyes to the fact that there are stories that can be about brown people for Western audiences, even though there's still a ways to go.