Before I begin, I have a bone to pick with Disney. You could say my faith in the company isn’t so strong, momentarily. The continuous throwing in of live-actions of which don’t fall beyond mediocre, have become almost unsightly. Decent hits, such as Frozen, are placed only few and far between. What happened to the good old hand-drawn classics? (Well, CGI happened…but that’s not the point.)
As reflected in this list (with no mention of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, to many people’s surprise), I was never one for the ‘glitz and glamour’ of Disney princesses, even as a child…Beauty and the Beast was a favourite because of its strong message, and Snow White, honestly, for the dwarfs! I have always preferred those of which hold a deeper meaning, an exciting adventure, or animals!
Initially, I had set myself out to do ‘Top 10’, but as you can see, that number has certainly increased, due to the fact there are in fact, over 50 titles.
Without further ado, here are my favourite Disney films, ranked!
20. Tangled (2010) – Tangled is a worthy addition to Disney’s Princess collection.
19. Frozen (2013) – Overrated to some degree, but I do love how it is one big gay metaphor! Has a lovely (though overplayed) soundtrack, and is visually stunning.
18. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) – Barely remember this one, though I remember liking Quasimodo’s character. The songs were unique, fitting to the theme.
17. Pinnochio (1940) – Perhaps the scariest viewing as a child, but a good story attached.
16. The Rescuers (1977) – This one has a good pace to it, with likeable characters – a great adventure, especially for the children!
15. The Princess and the Frog (2009) – A beautiful adaptation, amusing at parts.
14. Dumbo (1941) – Of course elephants can fly! A sweet story for all the family.
13. The Great Mouse Detective (1986) – Forgotten/unknown by many, but a gothic treasure nonetheless!
12. Wreck-It Ralph (2012) – A unique film which strives to do something different. One thing I did find, is that the film had quite a Pixar-feel, which was peculiar as it was produced by Disney. Classic gamers will have a field day with this one!
11. The Lion King (1994) – Inspired by Hamlet, Disney brings the animal characters to life. One that only gets better with age.
10. 101 Dalmations (1961) – A dark plot covered by its sweetness, but that isn’t a bad thing! Spot-on!
9. Aladdin (1992) – The best in terms of comedy! “A Whole New World” is certainly one of my favourite Disney soundtracks.
8. Lady and the Tramp (1955) – Forget the modern day romance stories filled with cheese, Lady and the Tramp is a delightful story about love. One really worth wagging about.
7. Brother Bear (2003) – Touching, to say the least. I sobbed profoundly as a child watching this. Also sits in the minority of having a decent sequel; one thing that Disney do not specialise in creating…
6. Alice in Wonderland (1951) – Just like the other classics, this one takes fiction with reality. A queen with no sense of order and talking animals. You asked for bizarre? Wonderland has it all!
5. The Aristocats (1970) – Catchy, and underrated! I could watch it again and again and still find something new to marvel at. And I have to mention, the geese sisters, Amelia and Abigail – absolutely hilarious! I recommend to cat lovers everywhere!
4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) – Considering that it’s one of Disney’s earliest productions, it is enchanting nonetheless. The animation may be dated, but the narrative and dialogue are as professional as anything else. The Dwarfs are lovable too, Snow White continues to be one of the fairest of them all.
3. Peter Pan (1953) – A film that soars high above the majority for me. Captain Hook makes for a great villain. Fantastic film for all ages.
2. Beauty and the Beast (1991) – A fairy tale with an old, gentle soul. The narrative, animation, voice-cast and soundtracks all blend to tell a truly beautiful tale of love, looking past what’s on the outside, to the heart.
1. The Jungle Book (1967) – Disney’s most underrated and splendid masterpiece of its kind, simply unmatched. Will not forgive Disney for making a live-action on this; classics like this one should be left alone.
Do you agree with my list? Comment below your favourite Disney Animation films!