Disney Animated Movies - Round 1C


Disney Animated Movies

Is there anything more iconic than Disney animated movies? These are the stories that defined our childhoods. These are the characters that we love more than any others. These are our memories, our histories, and our favorite things. 

1 The Lion King v 16 Ducktales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp

In this modern retelling of Hamlet, Mufasa's death singlehandedly traumatized an entire generation. But hey... hakuna matata, right?

1990's Ducktales movie was the first Disney-distributed film not under the Walt Disney Feature Animation label. Attempting to capitalize on the success of the animated show, this film underperformed at the box office, but has found a cult following in the decades since.

8 Alice in Wonderland v 9 The Great Mouse Detective

Probably the trippiest of all of the features, this loosely held together collection of stories and character from the mind of Lewis Carroll is strange, hilarious, and beautiful. It's given us legends like the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, and the Mad Hatter.

This underrated gem is Disney's attempt at a Sherlock Holmes story, complete with Holmes (Basil of Baker Street), Watson (Dawson), and Moriarty (Ratigan). It's dark, suspenseful, and a lot of fun. Vincent Price provides the delightfully evil voice of Ratigan.

5 Lady and the Tramp v 12 The Rescuers Down Under

Billed as Disney's Happiest Film, this movie was the first animated film created in the Cinescope Widescreen format. And you'll never look at spaghetti the same way.

The rare Disney theatrical sequel, this is the second film of the Disney Renaissance, coming on the heels of The Little Mermaid. Taking place in the outback, Bianca and Bernard are joined by Australian mouse Jack and Wilbur the albatross (voiced by John Candy).

4 The Princess and the Frog v 13 Saludos Amigos

Starring Disney's first African-American princess, this movie explores the history and culture of New Orleans. The evil conjurer Dr. Facilier provides one of Disney's scariest villians.

The first of the "package films," Saludos Amigos contains four short films. It was commissioned by the US State Department to create goodwill between the United States and Latin America.

6 Lilo & Stitch v 11 Bolt

The story of a little girl and her unlikely pet is one of the highlights of the post-Renaissance era. Remember, Ohana means family!

This story about a puppy who sets off on an adventure to save his master is sweet and hilarious. And while Bolt has to come to terms with the fact that he doesn't actually have super powers, he finds something more valuable - family.

3 Dumbo v 14 Ralph Breaks the Internet

Although the casual racism hasn't aged well, Disney's fourth animated film celebrates that what makes us different is often a gift in disguise. It's visually striking, especially the famous "Pink Elephants on Parade" sequence.

Another theatrical sequel, this deep dive into internet culture finds Ralph and Vanellope cruising through all corners of online space, from memes to eBay to online gaming. Will it be dated in a few years? Definitely. Is it dated already? Probably.

7 The Jungle Book v 10 Pocahontas

This bear necessity about young Mowgli comes from the Rudyard Kipling novel and introduces some all time great animal characters - Begheera, King Louie, Shere Khan, Kaa, and one of the great Disney legends, Baloo the Bear.

1995's Pocahontas is notable for many reasons--a Native American Disney princess, some questionable history, and the epic song "Colors of the Wind." In the years since its release, this film hasn't aged particularly well, but it continues to influence new Disney projects.

2 Frozen v 15 Brother Bear

For 6 years, Frozen reigned as the highest-grossing animated film of all time...and Let It Go is the biggest earworm of all time. The story of Anna and Elsa absolutely owned pop culture in the early 2010s.

Mostly known as "the other Disney movie with Phil Collins music," Brother Bear is an underrated film in the Disney catalog. This story of finding acceptance and family is an absolute delight.


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