The Best Disney Animated Films

Introduction

Disney is probably one of the most well-known film companies in the world, so we thought it would be a good idea to count down ten of the best Disney animated films. This list only includes films from ‘Disney Animation Studios’ and doesn’t mention any Pixar or Live Action Disney films. So, without further ado, let’s see what films have made it onto our list.

10. Peter Pan

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a flying boy that doesn’t age! ‘Peter Pan’ follows the three Darling kids on their adventures in Neverland with fairies, mermaids, and fighting against pirates. Although the representation of Native Americans in this film is highly questionable, the film itself is full of fantasy, adventure, and heartfelt moments, gaining this film the tenth place on our list.

9. Bolt

‘Bolt’ is a film about a dog actor (voiced by John Travolta) who stars in action movies, but soon gets himself lost in a dangerous situation himself. ‘Bolt’ is such an interesting film which is very entertaining to watch, but because it isn’t based on a fairytale and it doesn’t have a sequel, it is commonly forgotten about and is one of Disney’s lesser-known animated films. But it is still such a good film, hence why it has earnt the ninth place on our ranking.

8. Beauty and the Beast

It’s a tale as old as time. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ follows the protagonist Belle, who is tired of her normal life, living in a small town, so when her father is held captive by a Beast, she decides to make the ultimate sacrifice and take his place in exchange for his freedom. After a rocky start, she soon falls in love with the Beast that’s holding her captive. Although this film is heavily criticised, with many critics claiming that Belle’s affection for the Beast comes from Stockholm Syndrome, the film is so sweet and has many likable sidekicks like Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts, so it has gained the eighth position on our list.

7. Lilo and Stitch

‘Lilo and Stitch’ follows young girl Lilo who adopts a new ‘dog’, who she doesn’t realise is an evil alien monster with a cute appearance. Lilo soon discovers Stitch’s evil side and begins to teach him how to be good, through the use of Elvis Presley’s music. This film is on our list for one reason, and one reason only… STITCH. Stitch is probably the most loved Disney character of all time and after watching this film it is apparent why. He is just so funny and cute, and the film would not have gained half the success if it hadn’t had been for Stitch.

6. Frozen

Most people say its time to ‘Let it Go’ and that ‘Frozen’ is too overrated. Yes, I agree that it is slightly overrated and might not deserve all the hype that it gets, but it features the voices of two huge Broadway icons- Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff, as well as a very catchy soundtrack, and most importantly, it’s the first Disney princess movie to move away from the importance of romantic love, and to focus more on family love, which is why it has made the sixth place on our list.

5. Zootopia

‘Zootopia’ is a film that follows bunny, Judy Hopps, a new police officer who must team up with a sneaky fox, Nick Wilde to solve a huge government conspiracy. When predatory animals start turning savage and reverting back to their former jungle instincts, its clear that something’s wrong, so it’s up to Nick and Judy to figure out what’s going on. This film holds an important message of equality and anti-discrimination which makes this film unlike any other Disney animation film.

4. Aladdin

Just ‘one step ahead’ of Zootopia, we have ‘Aladdin’, a film that follows a ‘Street Rat’ who stumbles across a magic lamp with a genie residing inside it. Aladdin now has three wishes, which he uses to become royalty to get the girl of his dreams. This film is full of magic, villains and adventures set in a ‘Wondrous Place’ giving this film the fourth spot on our list.

3. Wreck-it-Ralph

‘Wreck-it-Ralph’ is such a clever Disney film, featuring cameos from famous video game characters such as Sonic, Bowser, Pac-man, Q*Bert and many others. The film follows Ralph, the main villain from the arcade game ‘Fix-it-Felix’, Ralph is fed up with everyone assuming he is a villain, just because he plays one in his own game, so he decides to jump over to another game to try and be a hero and win a medal to show everyone that he can be good, but this soon backfires. This is such an interesting film with a great voice cast, including the voices of John C Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch, so this film deserves the third place in our ranking.

2. The Lion King

“Long live the King.” I don’t think I’ve met anyone who dislikes this film. ‘The Lion King’ follows Simba on his journey through the ‘circle of life’, losing his father and growing up in exile, unaware that his uncle was responsible for his father’s death. This film is full of family drama, friendship, great songs by Elton John and Tim Rice and the hilarious sidekicks Timon and Pumba. This film is so entertaining and just a nice film to watch with the family.

1. Tangled

Everything about this film is amazing. The twist on the story Rapunzel, the characters, all the songs are amazing, and even the villain, Mother Gothel is likable, and you’d almost wish she survives at the end of the film. Although this film portrays a message of romance between Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder, it also holds a message of self-acceptance, as Rapunzel didn’t accept herself for what Gothel told her she was, so she knew she had to go and find out who she really was. With all these elements combined, it was clear that Tangled had to gain the top spot on our ranking.

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