In conjunction with my post last week, where I ranked my roughly 10 favorite live-action Disney films, now I will be ranking my 10 favorite animated ones. I expect most of them to be the old classics I grew up watching, but we shall see!
#10 Robin Hood (1973)
Robin Hood is a fox and his band of animals do what Robin Hood does best, steal from the rich and give to the poor, and attempt to marry Maid Marian, who conveniently is a fox as a well.
#9 Oliver and Company (1988)
Disney’s take on Oliver Twist, this focuses on an adopted cat who gets lost and is taken in by a hobo and his ragtag band of thieving dogs, all the while battling a deadly loan shark who wants them all dead. There’s love, great songs, and ransom in this exciting tale!
#8 Bolt (2008)
This is about an adorable action-star doggy who essentially gets lost and has to make his way out in the real world. Circumstances force him to see if he really has the stuff that he pretends to have in the movies. A massive test of character if you will.
#7 The Princess and the Frog (2009)
An interesting take on the old children’s story, when Tiana, who is mistaken for a princess, is convinced to kiss a prince who’s been turned into a frog, but winds up a frog herself. Then the two go on an intense adventure both in personal growth, and survival. There are a lot of great characters, very sad moments, as well as heart-warming ones, and a lot of great songs, mostly focused around that awesome New Orleans sound.
#6 The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998)
This movie focuses on Nala and Simba’s child, as well as the offspring of Scar. It’s essentially Romeo and Juliet…with lions. And it’s great. The songs are ridiculously good in it.
#5 The Lion King (1994)
A tale about Simba, a lion prince who’s blamed for the death of his father and tricked into running away, where he’s content spending the rest of his life living with a warthog and a prairie dog until he is convinced to face his destiny by his starving ex-girlfriend. He must return to his old kingdom and retake it from his bloodthirsty uncle, all the while clearing his own name. Simba also gets beat up by a baboon for good measure.
#4 The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
This is a sequel about two mice who work for an organization that work to help children. In this case, they need to free a child from a psychotic poacher who’s hell bent on killing some fancy, endangered eagle. Oh, and the kid too, who happens to be the eagle’s friend. Not to worry little boy, some rodent pests are on the job! It sounds silly, but it’s really good.
#3 The Rescuers (1977)
This movie is really stinking dark. The entire setting, tone, themes, music. It’s all extremely dark and depressing. It’s about two mice who volunteer at an organization that helps kids in need. They embark on a dangerous journey to help an orphan who is adopted strictly for slave labor to mine in a cave that gets flooded at high tide. She is guarded by alligators, and when she is no longer needed, she’s left to die. It’s really a depressing and fantastic movie.
#2 Aladdin (1992)
A homeless guy who’s only friend is a monkey is tricked by a sorcerer to find a lamp. He is left to die, but manages to steal the loot, which happens to contain a genie. After some intense life events, the homeless guy ends up nailing the hottest woman ever. All in all a very solid movie.
#1 Tangled (2010)
This movie really surprised me. Every single character is great, even the villain. Rapunzel is absolutely adorable and innocent. She’s been locked in a tower her whole life, so virtually knows nothing about the world, until a wanted criminal with a moody horse accidentally find her, and after a bunch of intense and hilarious events, Rapunzel learns about her life that was robbed from her as a baby, as well as a few other things about life in general. This is seriously a great movie, very funny and entertaining.
Well, there you have it. So most of them I grew up watching. I am amazed that my favorite one actually came out when I was in college. I’m glad to know Disney is still making quality stuff after all these years.