Disney¶s 50 Finest: In Order of Awesome

By Scott Harris | November 29, 2010 |



Just days before the release of ³Tangled,´ Disney shocked the world by announcing the film would be their last fairy tale princess story. But while there was much wailing, another, more positive milestone has been somewhat overlooked: ³Tangled´ marks the studio¶s 50th animated feature. We know what you¶re thinking: Surely Disney has made more than 50 movies, right? And it¶s true, they have. But if there¶s one thing Disney knows even more than animation, it¶s how to protect their brand, which is why they¶ve designated some of their features to be official classics and others ² like ³The Jungle Book 2 or ³Pete¶s Dragon´ ² to be, you know, just something they do on the side for giggles and grins. To celebrate the release of ³Tangled´ and this impressive milestone, we thought this would be a perfect time to review and rank all 50 official Disney animated features. Let the subjectivity begin.

So at least something good came out of it. Holy ugh. 47. Amazingly. remember ³Brother Bear. µChicken Little¶ (2005) Disney Zach Braff. 48. ³The Country Bears.´ one of Disney¶s recent illfated attempts to claim a portion of the new CGI animation market.´ set it in modern day New York. Billy Joel and Dom DeLuise. that¶s fine. substitute kittens and dogs instead of people and then add in voicework from Joey Lawrence. Talk about making silk from a sow¶s ear. You could argue whether this is better or worse than Disney¶s other Bear-themed movie misstep. beginning with its dim trailer and ending with its patronizing depiction of Inuit culture. µBrother Bear¶ (2003) Hey guys. µMake Mine Music¶ (1946) .´ but our suggestion: Just block them both out of your mind. ³Oliver & Company´ was so successful when it was released that it spurred Disney to begin annual animated feature releases ² a decision that paid off one year later when ³The Little Mermaid´ started the Disney Renaissance. µOliver & Company¶ (1988) Here¶s the idea: Take the Charles Dickens classic ³Oliver Twist. all while using generally mediocre animation backed by a theme song from Huey Lewis. 49.´ the flick about a boy who is turned into a bear and then learns all the wise things animals can teach mankind? No? Well.50. Joan Cusack and Adam West are just a few of the normally reliable voice stars who sank with the ship on ³Chicken Little. The failure of this film helped convince Disney to finally cut a permanent deal with Pixar to run their combined animation efforts in order to make sure nothing like ³Chicken Little´ gets made again. because this one is memorable for all the wrong reasons.

³The Black Cauldron´ was such a critical. The ³highlight´ of ³Make Mine Music´ was ³The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met.Following World War II. Only hardcore Disneyphiles should even think of watching this movie. the shorts ³Pecos Bill´ and ³The Legend of Johnny Appleseed´ ² but not even an appearance by Roy Rogers can make this salvageable. Sixty years later. the . 44. µMelody Time¶ (1948) Another of Disney¶s postwar anthologies. The only reason to watch this is for the abbreviated adaptation of ³Peter and the Wolf´ ² unless. watch the whole thing. of course. µFantasia 2000 (2000) Disney When ³Fantasia´ came out in 1940. commercial and artistic disaster that Disney essentially disavowed its existence for nearly two decades before finally owning up to having made it. Walt planned to re-release it every few years. ³Melody Time´ is a true mish-mash of castoffs and ill-fated experiments. Add in a section where a character is nearly crushed to death by a fat witch¶s giant breasts and now you know why ³The Black Cauldron´ has become synonymous with failure. A new generation of animators wanted to bring Disney into modern times. The movie does have a couple brief bright spots ² namely.´ which ends with the happy-go-lucky opera whale being hunted down and slain by whalers. 46. µThe Black Cauldron¶ (1985) Speaking of traumatizing viewers. you¶re looking to traumatize your kids forever. in which case. 45. Disney was so short on money and manpower that they resorted to releasing ³movies´ that were just collections of random short cartoons strung together. but instead they almost sank the studio thanks to a villain who bounces from the ridiculous (see: his signature fur-lined mink bathrobe) to the terrifying (the titular cauldron is filled with undead monstrosities). rotating in new musical numbers to replace outdated ones.

µHome on the Range¶ (2004) Here¶s the voice cast: Roseanne Barr. Honestly. as it replaces Jack with Mickey.´ But while we do enjoy the occasional moment in this one ² Merlin¶s performance of the goofy song ³Higitus Figitus´ stands out ² most of this ³Harry Potter´-esque story of a boy being trained for his destiny by an old wizard and a friendly owl falls sadly flat. The first of these. Because of this last factor. giving it just a 46 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. White¶s epic series ³The Once and Future King. Randy Quaid.´ is about a bear who runs away from the circus and is. 42. 41. Donald and Goofy for one of the best known and best loved shorts in the Disney archives. Still. we¶re not sure we really want to watch this film again. µAtlantis: The Lost Empire¶ (2001) This is a love it or hate it film. including Michael J. on the one hand. Somehow. ³Mickey and the Beanstalk. ³Atlantis´ has become a bit of a cult favorite in some circles.. The main problem with ³2000 : almost everything that is cool about it comes directly from the original ³Fantasia.´ is an all-time classic. terribad. ³Fun and Fancy Free´ features just two stories. with ³Fantasia 2000 the result. random is random. Jr. We encourage you to rent it ² just don¶t watch the first half. µThe Sword in the Stone¶ (1963) Ah. ³Bongo. Cuba Gooding. the Arthurian legends brought to life in an adaptation of T. . you know. The second. As they say online. µFun and Fancy Free¶ (1947) This was probably the hardest film for us to rank: issued in ¶47 as part of Disney¶s postwar anthology series.studio finally got around to actually doing it. you can¶t really make something that is half-awesome and half-crap without. and it bombed at the box office as well when it debuted in 2001. but for the rest of the world it falls somewhere between a WTF and a yawn. could you possibly come up with a weirder assortment of people if your life depended on it? That outright bizarre mix does provide some bits of oddball humor in this ¶04 comedy about cows fighting back against wranglers. Fox and James Garner. 40. 43. getting crap on everything. On the other hand. the movie does feature a great cast. along with animation by legendary comic book artist and ³Hellboy´ creator Mike Mignola. frankly. but while we¶d love to attend a party with this guest list. H.´ So why would you ever watch this instead of the original ³Fantasia?´ Answer: you wouldn¶t. goofy villain Madam Mim just doesn¶t have quite the same heft as Lord Voldemort. Jennifer Tilly and Steve Buscemi. Dame Judi Dench. most critics disliked it. so ³Fun and Fancy Free´ will have to settle for a low ranking.

37. ³Treasure Planet´ was one of the studio¶s biggest . what were they doing? ³Saludos Amigos´ provides the strange-but-true answer: Walt and his band of animators were sent by the U. the story. Like a cross between ³Ice Age´ and a Discovery Channel special. as ³Treasure Planet´ offers one of their bolder experiments: The movie takes the beloved novel ³Treasure Island´ and reworks it as a futuristic space epic. which blended high-quality CGI dinosaurs with live-action HD backgrounds to provide a unique visual experience. all done with animeinspired artwork.39. Despite being nominated for an Academy Award in the new Best Animated Feature category. An interesting historical artifact? Without question. Unfortunately. government to South America on a propaganda tour to counter-act pro-Nazi influences there. doesn¶t quite live up to the animation. A great film? Not hardly. ³Dinosaur´ was basically two good ideas that really didn¶t mesh together at all. 38. though. µTreasure Planet¶ (2002) Disney You have to give Disney credit for at least trying to stay current. µDinosaur¶ (2000) The animation is exceptional in this experimental film from 2000. Nice try. The result is a half-documentary travelogue about the trip inter-spliced with short cartoons featuring Donald and Goofy in South American settings. while the cartoony voicework undermined the photo-realistic imagery. S. µSaludos Amigos¶ (1943) So if Disney wasn¶t making features during World War II. while serviceable.

but it might be worth a second look. taking in $38 million domestically against a production cost of $140 million. Coming out just three years ago. µHercules¶ (1997) During the 1990s. this movie is actually pretty good. who is voiced by legendary horror-meister Vincent Price. 35.´ 1986 s ³The Great Mouse Detective´ is easy to overlook. µThe Great Mouse Detective¶ (1986) Squeezed in between two of the studio¶s worst movies of all time. But surprisingly enough. which is kind of cool. which saw the studio churn out one instant classic after another.´ James Woods saves the whole thing from disaster with his inspired voicework as the villainous Hades. just like in the good ol¶ days. ³Meet the Robinsons´ had a limited 3-D release. Of special note is the villainous Ratigan. ³The Black Cauldron´ and ³Oliver and Company.´ it¶s basically ³Sherlock Holmes´ only with mice and whatnot instead of people. an adaptation of the kids story ³Basil of Baker Street. at least compared to those stinkburgers. which is too bad. the animation powerhouse was in the middle of the great Disney Renaissance. because we kind of like what they were trying to do even if they didn¶t succeed in getting there. Failures like that discourage innovation. the flat animation and the corny storyline just seemed kind of half-assed compared to stuff like ³The Lion King´ or ³Mulan. This movie may not be great. µMeet the Robinsons¶ (2007) Disney Pixar¶s John Lasseter took over Disney animation while ³Robinson¶s´ was in development. 36. leading to wholesale changes in order to Pixarify the movie. That¶s one reason why ³Hercules´ was such a big disappointment when it came out. just missing the current wave . 34.failures ever. The result: a pleasant and entertaining if not exactly memorable CGI adventure about a kid and a time machine and the mayhem that follows.

Ichabod and Mr.e. ³Ichabod and Mr. But for modern audiences.´ 30. It also featured the first extensive use of CGI in a Disney film and. 32. Toad´ is a Disneyfied version of ³The Wind in the Willows. this 1949 film suffers from its disjointed nature ² despite the title. ironically enough given its storyline. µBolt¶ (2008) . Toad¶ (1949) The best of Disney¶s postwar anthologies. The Rescuers themselves. 31. Bernard and Miss Bianca ² is sweet. Toad sadly don¶t actually adventure together ² but the individual segments were strong enough to turn the movie into a hit and allow Disney to start doing full-length features again. Bright spot: Comic relief dogs Napoleon and Lafayette are still cool. the Rat Pack-esque lead character and the subpar animation turn this 1970 offering into one of the most outof-date films in the entire Disney catalogue. unusually. ³The Artistocats´ was a good idea at the time. of course.´ Like the other anthologies. A solid movie that was. µThe Adventures of Icabod and Mr. 33. covers ³The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Set in Australia for basically no reason. Toad´ features two unconnected adaptations of classic non-fairy tales: The Ichabod section. The result is a mish-mash where the mish is kind of crappy but the mash ² i. µThe Rescuers Down Under¶ (1990) This sequel to 1977 s ³The Rescuers´ tried to do a lot of different things and ended up doing most of them somewhat poorly. the movie took a story about a kid fighting environmental menaces in The Outback and added the mice protagonists from ³The Rescuers´ to it. had no musical numbers. starting just a year later with the significantly more classic ³Cinderella. a victim of being released in the wrong year. µThe Aristocats¶ (1970) The last Disney film to actually be worked on by Walt himself.of animated megahits using that extra dimension to snare viewers.´ while ³Mr. And the story of some cats in Paris doing a bunch of cat stuff is still fine today.

Throw in some voicework from Disney Channel megastar Miley Cyrus and you pretty much have a surefire hit. shouldn¶t be hyped up for more than what it is: an entertaining and somewhat atypical Disney adventure where the bad guy (Stitch) is the good guy and the good guys (space cops) are trying to protect everyone from him. the movie took four years to complete and it shows. ³Bolt´ is also a genuinely entertaining movie. but the voice performance by ³Kids in the Hall´ stalwart Kevin McDonald is still certainly worth your time. 28. so even though we kind of wanted to see the original (which featured a one-eyed cat and a radioactive rabbit). 29.´ after canning the original director because the movie was too weird for Disney audiences. The original film. µThe Fox and the Hound¶ (1981) Behind-the-scenes office drama crippled the production of this adaptation of Daniel P. stealing nearly a dozen other Disney artists to form his own competing studio. which is too bad. µLilo & Stitch¶ (2002) In the years since its ¶02 release. Moral ambiguity takes a backseat to jokes. as the result is a watered down movie that offends . Lasseter revamped the plot and installed a new regime with order to bang it out in record time.Disney The hand of Pixar chief John Lasseter is all over Disney¶s ¶08 holiday crowdpleaser ³Bolt. the profile of ³Lilo & Stitch´ has been boosted by several direct-to-video sequels and a popular animated series on the Disney Channel. we¶re happy enough with the version Disney actually put out. though. Mannix¶s popular 1967 kids book. As a result. animator Don Bluth abruptly quit Disney in a disagreement over how the movie should proceed.

Feel free to put this on to entertain your kids while you play online poker.´ Fans of Latin music and culture will especially appreciate this film. which is another anthology comprised of South American-themed shorts. but don¶t expect to get too much out of it yourself.´ Disney returned to South and Central America for this sequel. Definitely worth another look if you gave up on it based on the title. 24. sing their theme song. it¶s a good showing for Disney¶s latest heroine.´ that¶s for sure. which landed in theaters just in time for Christmas in 1944. That¶s why sometimes it sucks to be a kid. which features voicework from the likes of David Spade. ³The Three Caballeros. where Donald Duck and his two feathered friends. the Brazilian parrot Jose Carioca and the Mexican rooster Panchito. ³Groove´ turned out to be a surprisingly good and consistently underrated movie. this is no ³Beverly Hills Chihuahua.² and satisfies ² nobody. µTangled¶ (2010) Yep.´ But thanks to some very clever dialogue and an extremely funny turn by Patrick Warburton as the dopey henchman Kronk. John Goodman and Eartha Kitt. µThe Three Caballeros¶ (1944) Following the success of ³Saludos Amigos. µThe Princess and the Frog¶ (2009) . does in fact revolve around an emperor who has lost his ³groove. 25. as Rapunzel powers her way into the top half of our list thanks to some spiffy use of 3-D CGI animation and fun characterization. µThe Emperor¶s New Groove¶ (2000) OK. And the film. is elevated by the title sequence. Go see it and find out for yourself. The fact that Disney has announced that ³Tangled´ will be their final princess fairy tale adaptation is made particularly bittersweet considering this movie seems to prove that the genre can still be relevant for today¶s audiences. The movie itself. we were justly skeptical after hearing the admittedly lame name of this movie. though kids probably will fall asleep. 26. 27.

it¶s a fun film to watch. audiences didn¶t take to ³Princess. But all the ³black princess´ talk may have overshadowed the fact that this is probably the best movie Disney has made in the last decade or more. 22. That¶s because this movie has two major things going for it: Everyone is familiar with the beloved story of Robin Hood. the coolest parts are almost all entirely stolen cel for cel from earlier Disney classics. ³Mulan´ probably generated the most disagreement regarding where it should be ranked. an African-American protagonist of any kind. really. 23. the way they go about it is pretty disjointed and the animation isn¶t great and. A sad legacy for a really good movie. µMulan¶ (1998) Of all the films on the list. Others felt that by the time it came out in 1998.´ please Jesus. frankly. white-knuckle action and girl-power message make it one of the best movies in Disney history. and the movie has a lot of dumb fun telling it. For whatever reason. You¶ll have to watch it yourself to decide whether we got it right in the end or not. catchy tunes. µRobin Hood¶ (1973) Everything we can say about this retelling of the Robin Hood legend can be summed up like so: critics don¶t like it but audiences do. don¶t even say ³Song of the South.Disney Last year¶s entry in the princess genre also happened to be the first Disney film to feature an African-American princess ² or. µThe Hunchback of Notre Dame¶ (1996) . the creative energy from the Disney Renaissance had stagnated into a predictable formula that doomed ³Mulan´ to be nothing more than serviceable but disposable entertainment. Sure. And no. But bottom line. Some felt that the film¶s combination of memorable characters. Isn¶t that what really matters? 21.´ leading to it underperforming at the box office ² and leading Disney to cancel adaptations of other fairy tales in the future.

Bambi.This adaptation of Victor Hugo¶s classic 1831 novel wasn¶t a huge success when it was first released back in 1996 during the height of the Disney Renaissance. Of special interest to movie buffs: The character of Thomas is voiced by Christian Bale. many. µThe Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh¶ (1977) Technically speaking. the movie has become a cult hit. because this isn¶t your mother¶s Disney. especially for the creepy-cool supporting character Clopin and the sexually charged musical sequence where Judge Frollo fantasizes about the gypsy Esmerelda. it¶s actually a compilation of three previously released shorts. thought it was a politically correct whitewashing of history. 20. Regardless of how you . but the surprisingly adult themes were still far darker than movie crowds looking for standard Disney fare were expecting. Hide your eyes. ¶77 s ³Pooh´ was neither new nor truly a feature film per se. critics panned the film for being too sanitized. ³The New World. Well. µPocahontas¶ (1995) Disney Not everyone was on board with this retelling of the near-mythical relationship between Native American icon Pocahontas and English settler John Smith. ³Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day´ (1968) and ³Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too´ (1974). ³Pocahontas´ features typically excellent animation and an engaging romp through America¶s colonial past. tish tosh. For this same reason.´ 19. who would later play Pocahontas¶s husband John Rolfe in Terrence Malick¶s live action version of the story. While it isn¶t perfect. though. including those in the Native American community. ³Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree´ (which first came out in 1966).

classify it. Needless to say. µTarzan¶ (1999) Music fans may remember ³Tarzan´ mainly for the Academy Award-winning song ³You¶ll Be in My Heart´ from Phil Collins. µThe Rescuers¶ (1977) Based on the popular series of children¶s books from Margery Sharp. but though the film was panned in the buttonedup ¶50s. A 3-D sequel is set to come out next summer. but animation buffs know this modern masterpieces more for the fantastic backgrounds and the whirlwind jungle-chases.´ so that¶s something to keep in mind if you ever find yourself stuck in the late-¶70s with nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon. 15. Miss Bianca and Bernard. 17. µAlice in Wonderland¶ (1951) No. The last bonafide box office smash from Disney¶s animation department. ³Tarzan´ grossed nearly $450 million worldwide while racking up an 88 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. though. which was popular enough to spawn a direct sequel in 1990. ³The Rescuers´ features a couple of heroic mice. the Rescue Aid Society. the movie¶s intensely weird visuals were ahead of their time. it became a cult sensation in the drug-fueled late-¶60s as a new generation discovered the film¶s crazy good animation ² animation which more than makes up for any choppiness in the storytelling. 16. ³Rescuers´ was also just about the only honestly good movie Disney put out between 1967 s ³Jungle Book´ and 1989 s ³The Little Mermaid. these adaptations of A. not the 3-D ³Alice in Wonderland´ with Johnny Depp that shattered box office records around the country. 18. as they try to save people in need through their international association of helpful mice. this is the original 1951 Disney version of the classic Lewis Caroll psychedelic adventure. µSleeping Beauty¶ (1959) . Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor supply the voicework for this film. There¶s pretty much nothing bad you can say about this film. A. Milne¶s classic kids books remain family favorites to this day and for most people provide the definitive version of Winnie and friends.

for instance.Everett Collection Here¶s how crazy people were in 1959: ³Sleeping Beauty´ was such a box office disappointment that Disney fired much of the production staff and the movie was never re-released during Walt¶s lifetime. the epic climactic battle between the noble Prince Phillip and perhaps Disney¶s greatest villain of all time. Sure. 14.´ but at least those movies don¶t feature depraved adults turning kids into animals to provide cheap slave labor.´ ³101 Dalmations´ has the distinction of also being adapted into a successful live-action film by Disney as well. the great art design and. of course. ¶101 Dalmations¶ (1961) Like ³Alice in Wonderland.´ drew heavily from Baloo and company to create that whole Hakuna Matata mindset. µPinocchio¶ (1940) No joke guys: This movie is scary. ³The Lion King. and the chorus of vultures modeled on the Beatles ² but the final film to be produced by Walt before his death remains a family favorite. µThe Jungle Book¶ (1967) Cuddly bear mentor Baloo and his signature song ³The Bare Necessities´ immediately launched themselves into the realm of pop culture classics when this adaptation of Rudyard Kipling¶s children¶s book hit theaters in ¶67. That¶s a testament to the strength of the premise and storytelling of this hit (the biggest grossing film of . 12. we wiser folk of the future have come to appreciate the gorgeous score. Watch it and be amazed ² just don¶t watch it with anyone squeamish. the witch-dragon Maleficent. Totally awesome. It¶s like an animated Nike sweatshop or something. It¶s also no coincidence that Disney¶s biggest box office smash. 13. most of all. Say what you will about ³Saw´ or ³Hostel. Since then. some elements seem a little dated ² the sketchy animation technique. But the film also features timeless musical hits like ³When You Wish Upon a Star´ as well as some of the greatest animation ever seen on the silver screen.

µAladdin¶ (1992) Disney Disney may have had better. ³Sleeping Beauty. Nearly two decades later. more dramatic and more technically excellent movie than ³Aladdin. 10. here¶s all you need to know. ³Aladdin´ still remains one of the most popular Disney movies of all time. How can you not tear up at that? 11. µThe Lady and the Tramp¶ (1955) . µPeter Pan¶ (1955) Funny thing about this adaptation of J. M. That honor goes to either strangely loveable villain Captain Hook or the enchantingly devilish pixie Tinkerbell.´ But really. Some aspects of the movie don¶t necessarily hold up for modern audiences (the Native Americans of Tiger Lily¶s tribe have offended some sensibilities) but the movie¶s celebration of childhood and its charms (and dangers) remains timeless. which was forced to go to a shabby Xerox system after the financial tanking of Disney¶s previous film.´ but they¶ve certainly never had a movie that was funnier or more fun to watch. Thanks to the manic antics of comedian Robin Williams at the height of his powers as the wish-granting Genie. this rags-to-riches story just about jumps right off the screen. 9.1961) rather than the animation. no 3-D necessary. depending on who you¶re talking to. Barrie¶s famous play ² Peter Pan himself isn¶t even close to the most beloved character in the movie. a mom and dad dog go on a quest to save a batch of puppies from being turned into a fur coat.

The American Film Institute named this hit one of its top 100 romantic films of all time. Everything was riding on ³Cinderella´ and thanks to classic songs like ³A Dream is a Wish Your Heart . thanks to emotionally wrenching scenes like Dumbo¶s tearful meeting with his imprisoned mother and innovative flights of fancy such as the infamous ³Pink Elephants on Parade´ sequence. 7. which had been plowed under by the demands of World War II.´ the movie. which was based on a toy prototype of all things. the accidental spaghetti-eating kiss between Lady and Tramp. And it needed to be. Chalk one up for spontaneity. Interesting trivia note: The film took so long to develop (nearly 18 years depending on how you figure it) that Disney had time to issue a novelization of the script a full two years before the movie¶s release in order to build up buzz. 8. all apologies to Jessica Rabbit. it has been hailed as one of the studio¶s best movies. thanks in large part to one of the most iconic sequences in all of film. ³Dumbo´ was rushed into production in order to recoup losses from the failure of ³Fantasia. Disney. The result? Only Disney¶s biggest box office success of the decade. features simplified storytelling and animation in an attempt to cut the budget. hadn¶t put out a full-length animated movie in eight long years. µCinderella¶ (1950) Ever since ³Cinderella´ first hit theaters back in 1950. at the time it came out. Twenty years later. µThe Little Mermaid¶ (1989) Disney Like ³Cinderella´ almost 30 years earlier. Ariel remains the cutest ginger in movies. µDumbo¶ (1941) Clocking in at barely over an hour long. The classic calypso-tinged soundtrack helped turn a whole new generation on to Disney and launched a new golden era of animation in America. ³Little Mermaid´ was a return to greatness following a creative drought that had dogged Disney for almost two decades. 6.

Still. ³Fantasia´ was a massive flop when it debuted in 1940. and still doesn¶t.´ the story of how evil humans burn and shoot cartoon animals just for the sheer hell of it. 5. 3. a new (and possibly ² just possibly ± drug-fueled) generation was ready to embrace the breathtaking fusion of animation and classical music. Over 70 years after its creation. Of course. ³The Lion King. By then. which is why ³Bambi´ probably created more vegetarians than every other film in Hollywood history combined. 4. µThe Lion King¶ (1994) Speaking of movies which inspired Broadway musicals. most people never had the chance to see it in the theater. µFantasia¶ (1940) Undoubtedly the most experimental and risky work attempted by Disney.´ which shattered box office records when it landed in ¶94. translated so well to other mediums in large part because it is essentially the culmination of Disney¶s entire . this is maybe the saddest moment in movies.Makes´ and ³Bibbidy-Bobbidy-Boo´ ² and a minimalistic art style that influenced American animation for decades to come ² the film didn¶t. finely crafted storytelling and beautiful artwork that led up to it. due in large part to the fact that most theaters weren¶t equipped to handle the film¶s groundbreaking audio technology. multiply that by 10 billion and you have ³Bambi. µBambi¶ (1942) Disney Remember what we were saying earlier about ³Pinocchio´ being traumatizing for the kiddies? Well. of course. ³Fantasia´ still manages to seem ahead of its time even today. disappoint. As a result. the unforgettable line ³Your mother can¶t be with you any more´ wouldn¶t have the same emotional impact if not for all the great character work. which is part of the reason the film didn¶t actually turn a profit until 1969.

and the film. And anyone watching ³Snow White´ today will immediately see that this was no experiment. which was hailed as an instant classic when it was released. ³Lion King´ offers callbacks to just about every great movie from Disney¶s past. as this classic is as great now as it was 73 years ago. ³Snow White´ is. Yep. Oh. it also created an entirely new artistic medium. Debuting in 1937. µSnow White¶ (1937) Disney When it comes to any ranking of Disney films ² or animated films in general ² the first is still the best. µBeauty and the Beast¶ (1991) Here¶s what you need to know about ³Beauty and the Beast:´ Until the Academy Awards expanded their Best Picture field to 10 nominees last year. that pretty much covers it all when it comes to the movie that would be the greatest animated film in movie history if not for« 1. the number one Disney movie of all time. from ³Dumbo´ to ³Bambi´ to ³The Jungle Book.´ A nearly perfect movie. and will always be. . the new animation genre was born fully formed. ³Snow White´ did more than just tell a perfectly balanced story with memorable music. 2. the bad guy uses antlers in all of his decorating. ³Beauty and the Beast´ was the only animated film to ever earn a nod in the category. complex characters and incredible art ±as the first feature-length animated movie. also spawned a wildly popular Broadway show.animation line: From the great soundtrack and the unforgettable sidekicks to the emotionally wrenching death of Simba¶s father. Plus.

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