Dating as far back as 1923, Disney Studios have gone ahead to rule the animation world with powerful stories that made our childhood memorable and fun. With over 58 interesting movies currently produced and released under their belt, picking a top 12 would be really difficult but possible, so please let us know in the comments section what you think of the list.
No 12. Cinderella (1950)
No 12 in our List is Cinderella. A big Jackpot for Disney and a Fascinating movie for all of us. It is one of Disney’s best stories of all time. A beautiful orphan girl who wanted to attend the royal ball so she can see her friend ‘Kit’, but was hunted by her stepmother who always treated her badly. At the end of the day she was saved by her fairy godmother and she met her friend (Kit) at the palace (who was the prince). The film was a box office success and in 2018 the film was selected for preservation in the United States national film registry by the Library of Congress as being Culturally, and Historically Significant.
No 11. Tarzan (1999)
The 37th Disney animated feature film directed by Chris Buck and Kelvin Lima. It tells the popular story of Tarzan of the apes; a man raised by gorillas and must decide where he belongs when he discovers he is a human. Won one Oscar award and received lots of praise from critics. It is really engaging and enjoyable.
No 10. Tangled (2010)
The beautiful magical long-haired young princess Rapunzel, who spent her entire life in a tower, and comes in contact with a charming bandit (Flynn Rider). Together they set off on an exciting journey filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. Another amazing story from Disney filled with Adventure and humor.
No 9. Aladdin (1992)
The popular story of an Arabian street urchin who finds a magic lamp that has the power to make his deepest wishes come true. The movie is filled with adventure and humor. Another thing that made the movie stand out is the brilliant voice of Robin Williams (Genie). It won two Oscars and another 31 wins with 22 nominations. A dazzling Movie from beginning to end.
No 8. Wreck it Ralph (2012)
The 52nd Disney Animated feature film directed by Rich Moore. It is an action humor plot great at expressing the video game world. It tells the story of the eponymous arcade game villain who rebels against his ‘‘bad guy’’ role and dreams of becoming a hero. The interesting thing about this movie is that it has very little to do with external conflicts, but more of an internal one.
No 7. Moana (2016)
Moana (Auli’i cravalho), daughter of chief Tui, chief of the Polynesian village and the legendary demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), set out in hope to return the relic to Te fiti and save her people. The songs in the film are so sweet and charming, and the chemistry between Maui and Moana are so natural. The film was a box office success and was nominated for 2 oscars.
No 6. Frozen (2013)
An all round entertaining and classic movie from Disney. Superb animation and great music. It was inspired by Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale ‘‘The Snow Queen’’. The film was a box office success and it also won two Oscars becoming the highest-grossing animated movie at the time before being surpassed by the remake of The Lion King in 2019. Frozen is just fantastic and it’s movie for both grown-ups and children.
No 5. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Another wonderful love story like Cinderella. The 34th Disney animated feature film. It follows the story of a fine prince cursed to spend his days as a hideous monster,who sets out to regain his humanity by earning a young woman’s love. Superb animation and great music. The kind of movie you will like to watch over and over again. It won two Oscars and another 27 wins with 34 nominations. Grossed over $425 million worldwide against a budget of just $25 million.
No 4. Big Hero 6(2014)
You can’t possibly name your top Disney movies without including Big hero 6. With a great storyline and excellent animation, big hero 6 follows a young prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter), who forms a high-tech superhero team with a group of friends to fight a masked villain with the help of Hiro’s big-sized inflatable robot Baymax (Scott Adsit). The film won one Oscar and was a box office success.
No 3. The Little Mermaid (1989)
One of my favorites Disney movies of all time. An enchanting and entertaining tale about a mermaid princess who makes a bargain in an attempt to become human and win the prince’s love. It’s a masterpiece from Disney for audiences of all ages and brought back Disney’s reputation in the animation industry. It won two Oscars and received multiple positive reviews from critics.
No 2. Zootopia (2016)
The 55th Disney animated feature film directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore A Beautiful, and well-executed animation with a fantastic storyline. The Movie was a huge box office success, grossing over $1billion worldwide against a $150 million budget. Zootopia was named one of the top ten best films of 2016 by American Film Institute and won one Oscar. In a nutshell, Zootopia is just Epic, Entertaining, and Unforgettable.
No 1. The Lion King (1994)
Just like the Name, The Lion King rules the animation world with a story that is incredibly fun and Instructive. A film that only gets better with repeated viewing and age. The reason I love Lion King so much is because of the performances of Timon & Pumbaa (voiced by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella), they were incredibly great and very funny. For me, the movie is one of Disney’s greatest achievements.
Honorable Mentions: Lots of top missing names like Snow white and the seven dwarfs, Pinocchio, Alice in wonderland, Sleeping beauty, Peter pan, Mulan, The Princess & the frog, The emperor’s new groove and Robin hood.