All 58 Disney Animated Classics and How To View Them

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Disney animated classics. These are the movies that define Walt Disney Studios, and to be honest, the Disney brand as a whole.

From the pioneering work of art that is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Frozen II, Disney has released a staggering fifty-eight animated classic movies.

That’s a lot of content, but what most people don’t know is what order these films come in and how they can be watched in several different ways. We’re here to break the Disney animated classics down for you and explain in which order you can watch them.

Watching the 58 Disney Animated Classics in order

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The most sensible and traditional way to watch these classic movies is of course, chronologically. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Frozen II, these movies span nearly ninety years and make up some of the best animated, if not just best movies of all time.

Let’s take a look at what we’ve got!

1) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The iconic animated film from the Walt Disney animation studio tells the tale of Snow White in this exemplar fairy tale. It is considered pioneering in the field of animation and was even included within the US Library of Congress in 1989, while the American Film Institute dubbed it the Greatest American Animated Film of all time.

2) Pinocchio (1940)

This dark tale of a living puppet is notable for including the “When You Wish Upon a Star” song for the first time, sung by Cliff Edwards. The song would become synonymous with the Disney brand as the years went on. Original Disney studio artists also crafted some fantastic imagery, with concept art from Pinocchio fetching as high as $75,000 at auction in 2017.

Related: Tom Hanks to Play Geppetto in Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’

3) Fantasia (1940)

Sort of an animated experiment, this Disney animated movie is a collection of different animated stories told entirely through classical music and stunning imagery. It’s most famous for the Sorcerer’s Apprentice short featuring Mickey Mouse and some out of control brooms.

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4) Dumbo (1941)

Disney‘s shortest feature length film is also one of its most trippy. The Pink Elephants parade will also be remembered as a source of nightmare fuel for kids around the world. Disney animation studios sure did love scaring us half to death back in the day.

Related: Disney+ will not make “Song of the South” or the Jim Crow scene from “Dumbo” available for streaming

5) Bambi (1942)

Continuing the theme of darkness, Bambi is remembered moreso for the shocking death of the titular character’s mother as opposed to its cute animals and charming score.

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6) Saludos Amigos (1943)

A collection of short films, this charming little movie is notable for its introduction of José Carioca, the Brazilian cigar smoking parrot. It is considered by some to be Disney‘s shortest animated feature, though some film institutes class anything below fifty minutes to be a short, so that’s up for debate.

Related: Pepe by José Andrés joining Jaleo at Disney Springs

7) The Three Caballeros (1945)

José returns! The second film about Latin America, The Three Caballeros is once again a blend of live action and animation. It stars Donald Duck alongside José and was part of the studio‘s good will message to the continent.

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8) Make Mine Music (1946)

Another anthology film, this one was significantly impacted by WWII. After many of Disney‘s staff were drafted, a number of ideas had to be condensed into one movie. This film is notable for being entered into the Cannes Film Festival. It also weirdly the only Disney animated classic not to be released on Disney+.

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9) Fun and Fancy Free (1947)

Same story as Make Mine Music. This one was another film designed to save money during the tight 1940s after WWII. It’s notable for featuring Pinocchio‘s Jiminy Cricket in one of the first examples of cross movie characters. It also marks the last time that Walt himself voiced Mickey Mouse.

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10) Melody Time (1948)

Say it with me now: “this film is another musical anthology that saved money during the 1940s.” While not as widely known or praised as Fantasia, Melody Time received generally favorable reviews at the time.

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11) The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Finally, Disney made a return to traditional animated storytelling with this animated package film featuring two shorts. The Wind in the Willows quickly became a hit and lives on today within Walt Disney park history. The Sleepy Hollow segment was widely thought to be both excellent and terrifying for young viewers.

Related: The Wild Rides of Mr. Toad

12) Cinderella (1950)

After a long hiatus, Disney properly returned with Cinderella. The second ever Disney Princess cemented what the title meant more than Snow White did. Everything about this movie is memorable, from Cinderella’s blue dress, to the pumpkin carriage, and the adorable mice.

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13) Alice in Wonderland (1951)

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Adapting Lewis Carroll’s already iconic book wasn’t an easy task, particularly with how crazy the imagery gets. This didn’t bother Disney, who was more than up to the challenge and created perhaps the most definitive version of this wild story.

Related: Over 30 Disney Musicals Missing From Disney+

14) Peter Pan (1953)

Peter Pan was an instant Disney classic, and Wendy, Peter, and Captain Hook all became classic characters. There’s a reason that despite being an opening day attraction, Peter Pan’s Flight still has hour long queues at the Disney Parks.

Related: Live-Action ‘Peter Pan’ to Start Production in 2021

15) Lady and the Tramp (1955)

After the wild and fantastical adventures of Cinderella and Peter, Lady and the Tramp‘s contemporary setting and simple plot seem quaint by comparison. That doesn’t stop the film being a charming gem with an iconic cast and memorable moments, most notably the spaghetti scene which has seared into the pop culture zeitgeist forever.

Related: Disney+ adds content warning to classic animated movies for “outdated cultural depictions”

16) Sleeping Beauty (1959)

The third Disney Princess is perhaps the most timeless. Princess Aurora, Maleficent, and the fairies are all iconic Disney players. The song “Once Upon a Dream” is nearly as prevalent in Disney parks as “When You Wish Upon a Star” and do we really even need to mention the castles. Disneyland in California, Paris, and Hong Kong all have this movie to thank for their signature centerpieces.

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17) One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

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What a charming film One Hundred and One Dalmatians is. Set in London, it follows the plight of Roger and his Dalmatian Pongo as they meet and fall in love with Anita and her spotted pooch, Perdita. What follows are a lot of puppies (three guesses how many) and a maniac fur enthusiast by the name of Cruella De Vil. Not Disney‘s most subtle villain name but a classic one nonetheless.

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18) The Sword in the Stone (1963)

The Sword in the Stone takes inspiration from European mythology and adapts the tale of King Arthur and Merlin the Wizard (albeit in Arthur’s younger years). It wasn’t hugely well received at the time, but it did give us those awesome swords to pull out of the ground at Disney parks. It’s also notable for being the first Disney movie with a score by the Sherman Brothers.

Related: Live-action “Sword in the Stone” and “Aladdin” movies in the works at Disney

19) The Jungle Book (1967)

The tale of Mogli is notable for a number of reasons. Most importantly, it marks the last film that Walt Disney produced, and he even died during the film‘s production. It has also been adapted more than almost any other film, with live action remakes in 1994 and 2016 as well as an animated sequel in 2003. It also boasts a banging soundtrack with tunes like “Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’Na Be Like You.”

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20) The Aristocats (1970)

Duchess and her three kittens went through a number of development issues before seeing release. The film was even greenlit by Walt himself before he passed away. As is, it’s a bit of a cult classic and is beloved by most Disney fans for its quirky attitude and excellent soundtrack, most notably “Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat.”

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21) Robin Hood (1973)

Oo-De-Lally! This adaptation of the English folk story is a really charmer and again, the definitive Robin Hood story to many. Sorry Kevin Costner. A number of viral videos have also pointed out the amusing use of reused animation from The Jungle Book in this movie, particularly regarding Little John and Baloo.

Related: Oo-De-Lally! Disney+ Announces NEW “Robin Hood” Remake!

22) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

The first Disney musical anthology since the 60s! Winnie the Pooh is a timeless character and — at the risk of sounding like a broken record — the Disney version is in many ways the most iconic version of this story. “The Winnie the Pooh main theme” by the Sherman Brothers will always be associated with that lovable yellow bear.

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23) The Rescuers (1977)

An interesting choice for Disney for sure, The Rescuers starts to show a little decline of quality and a fairly generic idea. Perhaps there’s a reason it was initially shelved in 1962 by Walt. Still, it’s a fairly inoffensive feature that’s sadly remembered more for an infamous real-life naked woman poster in the background than for its story and characters.

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24) The Fox and the Hound (1981)

This buddy drama pulls on the heartstrings with its story of two natural born enemies who become the best of pals. It even stars future Guardians of the Galaxy actor Kurt Russell as Copper; who knew!

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25) The Black Cauldron (1985)

Oh, boy. Disney‘s most infamous film was stuck in production hell for years and was widely considered a commercial and critical failure upon release. It’s absolutely Disney‘s darkest film, but it’s up for debate whether it’s objectively the worst on the list. It has a growing cult following and is actually quite fascinating from an adult’s perspective.

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26) The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Disney does Sherlock Holmes! Vincent Price is the clear star of the show here as the despicably evil Ratigan. The film was received far more warmly than its predecessor but it still wasn’t the hit that Disney was looking for.

Related: Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective to get live-action remake

27) Oliver and Company (1988)

The solution to Disney‘s growing financial problems was… Billy Joel and Charles Dickens? No, as it turns out, but this strange adaptation is still full of charm and charisma despite trading Victorian London for contemporary Manhattan.

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28) The Little Mermaid (1989)

“And Disney lived happily ever after…” Yes, The Little Mermaid marks a huge turning point for the mouse as it enjoyed critical and commercial success and a triumphant return to the Disney Princess brand. The name Alan Menken became arguably as beloved as the Sherman Brothers and the film went on to gross a very respectable $233 million at the box office. The Disney Renaissance had begun.

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29) The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

Often forgotten due to being wedged between two undisputed masterpieces, Down Under is a far superior version of its 1977 predecessor. The updated animation style does wonders for this Australia-set adventure and the movie benefits from stunning imagery, particularly when the bird of prey is involved. It also marks the first Disney movie to be made entirely digitally and the final performance by the legendary Eva Gabor.

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30) Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast is a cinematic masterpiece; there’s no two ways about it. Often called the greatest Disney movie of all time, this classic animated film follows Belle as she slowly falls in love with the Beast who slowly becomes more likable and relatable. It’s got it all: an excellent female role model, a divine soundtrack, and stunning animation. It was nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards for a reason. At the very least, it’s regarded as one of the finest Disney animated classics.

Related: Title Revealed for ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Prequel on Disney+ 

31) Aladdin (1992)

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Aladdin (1992)

From France to the fictional city of Agrabah. Aladdin was another smash hit by Walt Disney Studios and follows the titular character as he embarks on a classic, magical adventure. Robin Williams as the beloved character of Genie is the clear highlight, but the songs from Alan Menken including “Friend Like Me,” “Prince Ali,” and “A Whole New World” are certainly nothing to sniff at. Aladdin remains an insanely popular film and it’s live action remake (also called Aladdin) is currently the 37th highest grossing film of all time.

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32) The Lion King (1994)

The famous project of Disney‘s “B animation team” that became for the longest time the highest grossing animated film at all time. Wow. The story of Simba is ably accompanied by revolutionary animation techniques and a compelling score by Hans Zimmer as well as songs by Elton John and Tim Rice. Throw in an all-star cast including James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, and Matthew Broderick and you have one of the most memorable films ever made.

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33) Pocahontas (1995)

Pocahontas suffered hard by being preceded by The Lion King. Its more divisive plot about English colonists was heavier than people were expecting and its more realistic animation didn’t do it any favors either. It’s a shame as the film is quite beautiful in places, Pocahontas is a great role model, and the soundtrack is stunning. “Colors of the Wind”? Yes please.

Related: “Pocahontas” may be Disney’s next live-action remake

34) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

If you’ve read my OpEd, you know that I think Hunchback is the greatest animated film Disney has ever made. Sadly, many didn’t agree and the Victor Hugo adaptation was met with a mixed reception. Whatever your thoughts, no one can deny how stunning the animation is, how earnest Tom Hulce as Quasi is, how electrifying Alan Menken’s score is, and most of all; how incredible a villain Judge Claud Frollo is.

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35) Hercules (1997)

Hercules is an adaptation of the Greek myth of the same name, but actually it’s more a retelling of DC Comics’ Superman origin story. It then blends Motown music, Michael Bolton, and the artwork of Gerald Scarfe (the man most famous for the animation in Pink Floyd’s The Wall). Somehow, Hercules still manages to be very entertaining and was received warmly by audiences, and mostly warmly by critics.

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36) Mulan (1998)

Mulan takes inspiration from a Chinese legend for the first time and gives us our first Asian Disney Princess. Mulan herself is also one heck of a female role model as she is far less passive and far more heroic than many of her contemporaries. The cast features big name actors like Eddie Murphy and Donnie Osmond and is notable for the perpetual earworm “Make a Man out of You.”

Related: ‘Mulan’ European Pricing: Cheaper Than U.S., Free in France

37) Tarzan (1999)

Often considered the final film of the Disney Renaissance era, Tarzan is notable for not being a musical. Well, not in the traditional sense. It has a number of songs written by Phil Collins, but more often than not, they’re performed by Collins as opposed to the characters. Tarzan is notable for its implementation of 3D animation, something also seen in movies like Hunchback.

Related: Disney to make live-action Tarzan, could star Ryan Reynolds

38) Fantasia 2000 (1999)

Just shy of sixty years after the release of Fantasia, it finally gets a sequel in the form of Fantasia 2000. This film is notable for being the first feature-length Disney sequel to get a theatrical release, something not seen again until Ralph Breaks the Internet and then Frozen 2. The idea was pitched by Roy Disney and the film received an impressive critical response, particularly the climactic Firebird scene, Fantasia 2000‘s equivalent to A Night on Bald Mountain.

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39) Dinosaur (2000)

The first computer-generated/live-action animated classic is often forgotten or at best remembered as being not all that memorable. It features highly impressive animation for the time and did very well at the box office. Sadly, it’s lack of an original plot and poor characters left critics underwhelmed. It lives on at the Disney Parks though, particularly through James Newton Howard’s score which often loops at Paris’ Walt Disney Studios and Orlando’s Hollywood Studios.

Related: 90’s Cult Classic ‘Dinosaurs’ Coming Soon to Disney+

40) The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Ha! Boom Baby! The Emperor’s New Groove had a fascinating production cycle that could easily be its own article. Starting life as a more serious original project called Kingdom of the Sun, the underwhelming box office performances of Hunchback and Pocahontas spooked producers into making it lighter-hearted. And lighthearted it was, filled with amusing jokes delivered by an all-star cast consisting of John Goodman, David Spade, Eartha Kitt, and Patrick Warburton. The film follows a selfish Emperor who is turned into a llama and must befriend a peasant to become human again.

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41) Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

Long rumoured to be getting a live action remake, Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a bold sci-fi adventure set around the allegedly lost city of Atlantis. The film made use of computer-generated imagery and maintained a similar ‘blocky’ art style to the Emperor’s New Groove and a steam punk inspired aesthetic. It follows a cartographer named Milo (Michael J. Fox) as he becomes part of an exploration team to find the lost city of Atlantis. It also spawned a direct-to-video sequel and marks the first science fiction film on this list.

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42) Lilo and Stitch (2002)

Lilo and Stitch takes Disney to a new location: contemporary Hawaii. A little girl finds that her new dog is actually an experimental alien and an escaped convict. Critics praised the film‘s emotional and realistic dynamic between Lilo and her sister as well as a truer representation of how a child acts. The Elvis link, soundtrack, and watercolor backgrounds were also heavily praised. The film was so successful it spawned three sequels and turned Stitch into a cultural icon.

Related: Lilo and Stitch Fans Celebrate Film’s 18th Anniversary

43) Treasure Planet (2002)

Disney‘s third sci-fi film in a row took four years to make but was in the works for far longer than that. It was first pitched to then CEO Michael Eisner in 1985 and was rejected several times before Walt Disney Jeffrey Katzenberg finally agreed to make it after the completion of Hercules. The film loosely adapts Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island and stars a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jim Hawkins. Sadly, the years of waiting didn’t pay off and the film was a commercial failure and only received lukewarm critical acclaim.

Related: Treasure Planet may be the next live-action remake by Disney

44) Brother Bear (2003)

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Brother Bear is a comedy drama focused around an Inuit boy named Kenai (Joaquin Phoenix) who kills a bear. The Spirits take vengeance on him by transforming him into a bear, leading him to ironically joined by the bear’s young cub named Koda. The movie was received fairly well and was even nominated for the Academy Award for best animated picture. It also marks the last film on this list to be produced by the Feature Animation studio at Disney-MGM studios in Orlando.

Related: “Brother Bear” could be the next Disney live-action remake

45) Home on the Range (2004)

Mostly forgotten by Disney fans, this Disney animated classic received mixed reviews and a poor box office performance despite featuring the likes of Judi Dench and Cuba Gooding Jr. It features a group of cows in the Old West trying to capture a Cattle Rustler for his bounty to save their farm. One of the most questionable Disney animated classics to be given the title.

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46) Chicken Little (2005)

Often considered the second fully computer-generated Disney classic, Dinosaur actually includes live-action elements so Chicken Little is in fact, the first. Scrubs star Zach Braff stars as the titular character who is known as a coward after he freaks out thinking that the sky is falling.

Related: Disney is open to the return of hand-drawn animation

47) Meet the Robinsons (2007)

This quirky animated classic is often forgotten or disliked for its weird since of humor and fast-paced action. It didn’t perform terribly well with critics, but was adequate at the box office. It’s loosely based on the book A Day With Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce. Not one you’ll hear Disney talk about much these days.

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48) Bolt (2008)

Music superstar Miley Cyrus stars alongside John Travolta in this computer-generated story about a dog who thinks he’s a superhero. It’s notable as one of the final roles of James Lipton before his death as well as being nominated for the Academy Award for best picture.

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49) The Princess and the Frog (2009)

A triumphant return to 2D animation for Disney‘s artists, The Princess and the Frog follows Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen as they are both turned into frogs. The New Orleans set musical features songs by Pixar alumni Randy Newman and is fresh retelling of The Frog Princess by E.D Baker. It marks the first time that a Black Disney princess joined the brand and is the first fully 2D animated classic since Lilo and Stitch. The film performed OK at the box office and was met with good reviews.

Related: Everything to Know About ‘The Princess and the Frog’

50) Tangled (2010)

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Disney then made a quick return to computer-generated animation with Tangled. The film is loosely based on the German folk tale Rapunzel. It was largely praised and performed very well at the box office, taking nearly $600m on a $260m budget. Alan Menken’s score and Mandy Moore’s performance as Rapunzel were highly praised by critics and the film has become a core part of the Disney brand at the theme parks.

Related: Tom Holland Won’t Play Flynn Rider in Live-Action ‘Tangled’ Film

51) Winnie the Pooh (2011)

This very short return to form features Disney legend Jim Cummings as the adorable title character and really aims to re-capture the charm of 1977’s The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It’s notable for featuring a version of the Sherman Brothers’ “Winnie the Pooh” theme sung by New Girl and Yes Man actor Zooey Deschanel. It was met with critical acclaim by critics though its box office performance was lacking.

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52) Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

A brand-new franchise appears for Disney and it isn’t based on a preexisting story. Wreck it Ralph tells the story of an arcade game villain (John C. Reilly) who is sick and tired of being the bad guy. The film was a certified hit and is notable for including a plot twist and several popular video game characters like Bowser from the Super Mario Bros series.

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53) Frozen (2013)

Walt Disney had considered an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen since before the release of Snow White, way back in 1937. Nobody was prepared for how insanely popular this musical would eventually be as it became the highest grossing animated film of all time. It has since lost this title to its own sequel and The Lion King live action remake, but it still sits at number three. It’s even the sixteenth highest grossing film period and was the fifth at its peak. Needless to say, Frozen was the first movie on this list to top $1 billion and it became a household name and worldwide phenomena overnight.

Related: Josh Gad Speaks on a Potential “Frozen III” in New Interview

54) Big Hero 6 (2014)

Following Frozen was clearly no easy task, but a convoluted superhero story with no musical elements was certainly a bold route to take. Big Hero 6 is certainly an ambitious film, however, as it follows Hiro Hamada in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo and his adorable (and marketable) best robot bud Baymax. This big bundle of robotic joy has since become a staple of the Walt Disney World and Big Hero 6 is generally remembered fondly. It is notable for being the first Disney film to use another property’s (OK, one owned by Disney) characters as the brand is owned by Marvel comics. Baymax looks significantly different in the source material!

Related: New “Big Hero 6” animated shorts “Baymax Dreams” coming to DisneyNOW app, YouTube

55) Zootopia (2016)

Zootopia (Zootropolis in other regions) is a buddy cop movie set in a world where anthropomorphic animals live in a society not dissimilar to ours. The film stars a whole host of celebrity voice actors including J.K Simmons, Idris Elba, and Shakira. It was widely praised for its subject matter which tackles the issue of prejudice.

Related: ‘Zootopia’ Directors to Make New Disney Film ‘Encanto’

56) Moana (2016)

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The Disney princess brand returns after a short hiatus following the smash hit that is Frozen. Moana didn’t quite hit the numbers that Frozen saw, but it still made a very respectable $690m. The film follows the titular princess as she contends with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Maui to restore order and appease the goddess Te Fiti. The diverse cast, strong female role model, and great songs by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda as well as Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i were all praised.

Related: Lin-Manuel Miranda Writing Songs for New Disney Movie

57) Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

Wreck it Ralph returns and this time he takes on the world wide web. His relationship with best friend Vanellope von Schweetz is tested as the two realize that they’re looking for different things in life. The film is notable for including every Disney Princess seen so far, using many of the original voice actors as well as other Disney property characters like C-3PO and Iron Man. It also received controversy for attempting to “whiten” Princess Tiana ahead of release, something that was fixed when the film hit theaters.

Related: Disney Princess spin-off idea in talks with “Ralph Breaks the Internet” directors

58) Frozen II (2019)

Frozen was bound to get a sequel after hitting the $1 billion mark, and Frozen II certainly didn’t disappoint. The film sees Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven, and Kristoff venture out of Arendelle to discover the origins of Elsa’s mysterious powers. The movie saw mixed-favorable reviews but was even more successful than the first commercially. It is currently the 10th highest grossing film of all time and the second highest grossing animated movie, behind the Lion King live-action remake. Long may the success of the Disney animated classics stay like this.

Related: ‘Frozen 2’ Soundtrack Makes Billboard History

The Different Eras of Disney Animated Classics

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You can of course view your classic Disney animated film collection in a slightly different way, by working through the different ages of Disney history.

The Disney animated classics are easy to break down into separate eras, particularly as the Wartime era already shows an obvious lack of resources, while the Disney Renaissance is marked by consistent quality and the most well-known Disney animated classics on the list.

Here’s how to break down your favorite Disney movies by release era:

1937-1942, The Golden Age:

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1) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

2) Pinocchio (1940)

3) Fantasia (1940)

4) Dumbo (1941)

5) Bambi (1942)

1943-1949, The Wartime Era:

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6) Saludos Amigos (1943)

7) The Three Caballeros (1945)

8) Make Mine Music (1946)

9) Fun and Fancy Free (1947)

10) Melody Time (1948)

11) The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

1950-1959, The Silver Age:

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12) Cinderella (1950)

13) Alice in Wonderland (1951)

14) Peter Pan (1953)

15) Lady and the Tramp (1955)

16) Sleeping Beauty (1959)

17) One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

18) The Sword in the Stone (1963)

19) The Jungle Book (1967)

1970-1988, The Bronze Age:

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20) The Aristocats (1970)

21) Robin Hood (1973)

22) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

23) The Rescuers (1977)

24) The Fox and the Hound (1981)

25) The Black Cauldron (1985)

26) The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

27) Oliver & Company (1988)

The Disney Renaissance, 1989-1999:

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28) The Little Mermaid (1989)

29) The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

30) Beauty and the Beast (1991)

31) Aladdin (1992)

32) The Lion King (1994)

33) Pocahontas (1995)

34) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

35) Hercules (1997)

36) Mulan (1998)

37) Tarzan (1999)

The Post-Renaissance Era, 2000-2009:

38) Fantasia 2000 (1999)

39) Dinosaur (2000)

40) The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

41) Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

42) Lilo & Stitch (2002)

43) Treasure Planet (2002)

44) Brother Bear (2003)

45) Home on the Range (2004)

46) Chicken Little (2005)

47) Meet the Robinsons (2007)

48) Bolt (2008)

The Revival Era, 2010 – Present:

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49) The Princess & the Frog (2009).

50) Tangled (2010)

51) Winnie the Pooh (2011)

52) Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

53) Frozen (2013)

54) Big Hero 6 (2014)

55) Zootopia (2016)

56) Moana (2016)

57) Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

58) Frozen II (2019)

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Use Disney+ to watch nearly every Disney animated classic

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Right now, all of the Disney animated classics are available to stream on Disney+, with the exception of Make Mine Music. Unlike Song of the South which released shortly after, it is unknown why Disney has yet to include Make Mine Music. Here are our picks for how to watch these movies on Disney+.

The Best of the Best

Bear in mind this one is purely subjective, but here are our picks for the ten best Disney animated classics. We’re no supervising animator or film director, but it’s hard to deny that these Disney movies are among the best the company has ever made. They are, however, listed in no particular order.

30) Beauty and the Beast (1991)

32) The Lion King (1994)

1) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

49) The Princess and the Frog (2009)

34) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

31) Aladdin (1992)

12) Cinderella (1950)

19) The Jungle Book (1967)

28) The Little Mermaid (1989)

55) Zootopia (2016)

The Disney Princess Collection

Use our playlist to watch every single Disney Princess movie. This is a must for any Disney fan! The Disney Princess brand has become one of the most important assets that Disney has and it remains a huge reason for the company’s success.

These are the stories that helped to define what it means to be a Disney Princess. Many of these stories were derived from beautiful hardback books, folk stories, and even mythology.

Bear in mind that we’re only going with official Disney princesses, so Disney animated classics like Atlantis, Hercules, and Tarzan can’t be included. Sorry Kida, Meg, and Jane!

1) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

12) Cinderella (1950)

16) Sleeping Beauty (1959)

28) The Little Mermaid (1989)

30) Beauty and the Beast (1991)

31) Aladdin (1992)

33) Pocahontas (1995)

36) Mulan (1998)

49) The Princess & the Frog (2009).

50) Tangled (2010)

53) Frozen (2013)

56) Moana (2016)

58) Frozen II (2019)

The Disney Animated Classics That Are Sequels

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This is going to be a pretty short list, but it’s worth noting that a handful of these movies to maintain continuity with one another. If you’re looking to watch these in order using Disney+, your own Blu rays, or in other way, here’s how. Heck, you might even own some secretly super rare and valuable Disney VHS tapes!

There are of course many sequels to popular Disney films like Mulan 2 and Aladdin and The King of Thieves, but these films are not considered Disney animated classics and thus will not be listed.

The Fantasia series

3) Fantasia (1940)

38) Fantasia 2000 (1999)

The Wreck-It Ralph series

52) Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

57) Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

The Frozen series

53) Frozen (2013)

58) Frozen II (2019)

Which of the Disney animated classics if your favorite? Are there any Disney animated films not listed here that you love? Let us know in the comments below.

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