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Best Animated Disney Films


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Beauty and the Beast 2012,  G)
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The Lion King 2011,  G)
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Fantasia 2000 2000,  G)
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The Great Mouse Detective 1986,  G)
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Mulan 1998,  G)
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Hercules 1997,  G)
Hercules
Watching it again after many years, I was reminded how much I really enjoy this flick. It's just plain fun, and honestly - it gives me as many chills as the "classic heroic" films like Braveheart. Yeah, some of the jokes fall flat on it's face, and sure, it's not exactly magical or as good as Lion King or Beauty and the Beast. But in my opinion, it delivers the goods and deserved a better shot.
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Alice in Wonderland 1951,  G)
Alice in Wonderland
What a wonderfully trippy movie this is! I saw it once as a child, hated it, and yet something sparked in my mind many years later that I should give it another shot. I mean, any cartoon that can inspire the Matrix should certainly be viewed by someone old enough to understand what "drug hallicination" is. Well, this is probably the most imaginative and creative Disney movie ever made. Rip-roaring fun and dizzingly eccentric, this without a doubt stands alongside Great Mouse Detective as most underrated cartoon ever.
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The Rescuers Down Under 1990,  G)
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Aladdin 1992,  G)
Aladdin
Unlike Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, Aladdin doesn't get better with age. The older I get, the more I appreciate the previously mentioned masterpieces, but watching Aladdin again I found that the fun and entertainment was still there (and now I can get more of Genie's jokes), but the sense of magic and wonder have been dulled down. After Disney's previous big successes with dramatic animation (Little Mermaid and Beauty), they decided to aim more towards the action/comedy route. It makes the film less of an achievement, but it's much more fun to watch than say, Mermaid. A nice little movie that kids will love for ages to come.
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996,  G)
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The Little Mermaid 1989,  G)
The Little Mermaid
Because this is my girlfriend's favourite movie, I feel I should probably explain my 3 star rating, fearing her wrath :P. Basically, the movie is good, but doesn't say anything to me personally. I wasn't a fan as a kid, but then I didn't really like Beauty and the Beast either, and now that's one of my favourite movies. The thing that makes Beauty and The Lion King better animated films is that they speak to me on an emotional level - I feel for the characters, I understand them, I'm moved by them. I don't really feel anything in Little Mermaid. I get the occasional goosebumps, true, but nothing on the level as the previously mentioned Disney classics. This was the one that started the resurgence in Disney films - without it, there wouldn't have been a Beauty, Lion King, etc. I know this. And it is a good film - nice characters, allright story, fun music, visual treats for the eyes. But I've never felt overpowered by it's greatness, and I still feel some aspects of the film are lacking. Sorry leasha. Hope you still love me :)
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The Emperor's New Groove 2000,  G)
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Robin Hood 1973,  G)
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101 Dalmatians 1961,  G)
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Atlantis - The Lost Empire 2001,  PG)
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Pinocchio 1940,  G)
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Fantasia 1940,  G)
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Tangled 2010,  PG)
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Treasure Planet 2002,  PG)
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Peter Pan 1953,  G)
Peter Pan
I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this movie. I watched Borat for the third time a couple days before Peter Pan, and decided to get nostalgic and pop this bad boy in. I was shocked at how Pan is the more offensive and blatantly racist of the two movies. Seriously. I find it ironic how Disney will get so many complaints from parents that they'll go back and digitally alter sexually suggestive clouds (Lion King), or priests with boners (Little Mermaid), but they won't do a thing to the most ignorantly racist cartoon I've ever seen. They say "Injuns" and "Redskins" almost constantly, the Native American cartoons are so red-faced that they look like mentally-handicapped stop signs (and talk like it too), and there's even a song titled "What Makes the Red Man Red". Yikes. Unfortunately, this attitude is so dated and offensive that it casts a pall on the rest of the movie, which isn't classic Disney by any means, but is still pretty good. There's some funny bits, some magical bits, some action packed bits....but it's all ruined by something that would have the movie banned and burned if made today. Too bad.
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Dinosaur 2000,  PG)
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The Sword in the Stone 1963,  G)
The Sword in the Stone
Narratively speaking, this is the lightest and weakest Disney flick I can remember seeing. Arthur and Merlin meet, he does a lot of magic, Arthur pulls sword from stone. The end. So if the storyline sucks, why 3 stars? Really, the only explanation I can give is - classic Disney charm. It's a cute movie. I liked watching them turn into fish, and squirrels, and birds. I loved the magician duel, the only part in the movie with any real sense of excitement to it. Yes, the last act is dreadful (within a minute of being in London, Art pulls the sword from the stone, then has to put it back and do it again, then is king, doesn't wanna be king, Merlin tells him they'll make a movie about him someday, end of flick). But there's no denying that good ol' Disney charm.
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Sleeping Beauty 1959,  G)
Sleeping Beauty
I know it's an old movie, but that doesn't excuse the fact that the writing is awfully lazy. Still, I gotta hand it to them - for a movie started in the 40's, that's some impressive animation.
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The Princess and the Frog 2009,  G)
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The Jungle Book 1967,  PG)
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Pocahontas 1995,  G)
Pocahontas
I noticed something interesting as I watched Pocahontas yesterday for the first time in probably 7 or 8 years - it's not a very good movie. When you go on imdb.com and see it at a 5.6/10 overall, by far the lowest of any major Disney movie, I guess it proves I was behind on the times. But I remember liking it as a kid, and being impressed visually. And I still was, to an extent - the characters sometimes moved almost too fluidly, but the landscapes were quite beautiful and the movie tried it's best to be intense and dramatic but...it just didn't quite work for me anymore. Although it's the same length as almost any Disney flick, it feels about half an hour shorter - there just isn't much plot here. White men come, Pocahontas falls in love, white men leave. It's pretty simple stuff. Disney drums it up with some pretty intense violence for a kid's flick (this was the first Disney cartoon ever to show an onscreen death as it happened, without cutting away). But there's just no real feeling in it. The villian is boring, the hero is boring, the sidekicks are boring, and the heroine - I'm sorry, but she's boring too. Even the songs are pretty but unmemorable. This is all sub-standard for Disney, and there's just no real sense of magic or wonder in the film. Another thing that struck me - how incredibly preachy it is. Simply put - it's hokey. It has a couple "important" messages, but crams it down your throat so intensely that you want to gag. A disappointment - but at least I remember liking it as a kid, unlike that dreadful thing Hunchback of Notre Dame.
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Brother Bear 2003,  G)
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Bambi 1942,  G)
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Dumbo 1941,  G)
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Tarzan 1999,  G)
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The Fox and the Hound 1981,  G)
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Cinderella 1950,  G)
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Lilo & Stitch 2002,  PG)
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The Black Cauldron 1985,  PG)
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937,  G)
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The Aristocats 1970,  G)
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The Rescuers 1977,  G)
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Lady and the Tramp 1955,  G)

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