Cinderella - Lucifer's Tea Cups
Frozen - Elsa's Foot Stomp
The Little Mermaid - Ariel Adjusts Her Hair
Ariel's hair could have a movie of its own. But interestingly, it's best shot is out of the water. Even after she tames it down, spare sprigs wisp in front of her face.
Lilo and Stitch - Scrump
For my money, there's no more heartbreaking scene than this. Lilo tries to play dolls with her "friends" (people she's trying to be friends with at least). She shows them Scrump, the doll she made herself. The other girls gasp in horror (especially since she made up a story that there are bugs laid in her ear). The girls leave. Lilo throws her doll on the ground and walks down the hill, abandoning something she clearly spent time and devotion to. The camera stays on the scene for a few seconds. Lilo totters back up, picks up Scrump, and hugs it affectionately, then walks back down. So good.
The Sword in the Stone and The Jungle Book - Dog Attack and Face Wipe
I'm now realizing that caption is going to get me a few google hits I don't want. Anyway, Disney's no stranger to reusing animation, especially in its leaner days. But for some reason, this clip gets to me. Especially the way he wipes his face at the end. It's as quintessential as the "Whoa, what? WHOA!" sound bite.
Winnie the Pooh - Pooh Does Stuff
Brave - Mom's Butterfly Kisses
Peter Pan - Most of Tink in the Nursery
I'm pretty sure they used a model for just about all these shots. And I think they made big furniture for her to climb on for reference. The result captures Tinkerbell's personality in a few short shots.
Bambi -- "Thumper Gets
an Erection Kissed"
This is the one scene from Bambi that I don't totally hate, although it's really because of this video. I like how Thumper tries resisting, but his ears keep giving him away. There's something that twisted itself in my little kid mind about this scene, about women and love and eroticism.
Beauty and the Beast -- "How'm'I Doin'?"
While Beast is dancing with Belle (a move which every guy thinks will make or break the date, but really has no influence whatsoever) she places her hand on his hip. He checks his household-object friends and gives them the ultimate bro look.
Dumbo -- "Baby Mine"
You can't be a parent and not shed tears at this scene. Dumbo's mother has been locked away in the circus equivalent of an insane asylum. Her leg's are shackled, she's in a near windowless room. She's cut off from her baby, except for one thing. The thing elephants are famous for.
Honorable Mention - A Goofy Movie -- Goofy Does This