50 Best Disney Animated Movies

50 Best Disney Animated Movies

Disney released their first animation feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, back in 1937. That’s 84 years ago, can you imagine? Today, the studio has made headlines with new titles, and the following are the best Disney animated movies.


Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

raya and the last dragon

Imdb rating: 7.4

Director: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada

Writerss: Qui Nguyen, Adele Lim

Cast: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang

Raya and the Last Dragon tells the story of the harmonic world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons coexisted peacefully. However, evil monsters known as Druun threatened the land and the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humans. Now, 500 years later, the Druun are back, and it’s up to Raya, a warrior, to find the last dragon and save her world. This film is one of the latest releases from Disney and features gorgeous animations and an exciting story.


Frozen 2 (2019)

Frozen 2

Imdb rating: 6.8

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Writer: Jennifer Lee

Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad

In Frozen, Elsa, the Snow Queen, feared that her extraordinary gifts of creating ice and snow were too much for the world. However, in this installment, she hopes whether they are enough. She is unsettled and veers off into the enchanted forests and dark seas after a mysterious voice calls out to her. Her adventure turns into a journey of self-discovery, and the answers will not only help her settle down but save the kingdom too. Frozen 2 is a worthy sequel and has enough action, adventure and music to keep young and older viewers entertained.


Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Imdb rating: 7

Directors: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore

Writers: Phil Johnston, Pamela Ribon

Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot

This action-packed adventure follows two loners, Ralph and Venellope, who travel to the World Wide Web searching for a part to save her video game, Sugar Rush. The journey isn’t easy, and the two seek help from the citizens of the internet, including Yesss, the head programmer at trend-making site BuzzzTube and Shank, a tough driver from the Slaughter Race game. Ralph Breaks the Internet is a funny, heartening sequel and focuses on the central characters and relationships.


Moana (2016)

Moana

Imdb rating: 7.6

Director: John Musker, Ron Clements

Writers: Jared Bush

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Rachel House

Moana is an adventurous and fearless teen who’s ready to go the extra mile for her people. She goes on a daring mission to prove that she’s a master Wayfinder and fulfils her ancestors’ quest. Along the way, she meets the demigod Maui, and the two embark on an action-packed, fun-filled voyage. They encounter breathtaking underworlds, giant sea creatures, and go through impossible odds. This journey helps Moana discover her own identity, something she’s always sought. Moana is a family-friendly adventure for all ages with swanky animation and a story that adds depth.


Zootopia (2016)

Zootopia

Imdb rating: 8

Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Writers: Jared Bush, Phil Johnston

Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira, Idris Elba

Zootopia, with fancily named neighborhoods like Tundratown and Sahara Square, is a place where all animals, big and small, can thrive. However, this is not the case for Officer Judy Hopps, who finds that it will not be easy for her as the first bunny officer in a police force dominated by big tough animals. But she’s optimistic and highly determined to beat the odds and even partners up with the fast-talking fox, who’s also a scam artist to solve a mystery. Zootopia connects various elements, including comedy, action and social themes, to make an entertaining animated film thought-provoking and funny.


Big Hero 6 (2014)

Big Hero 6

Imdb rating: 7.8

Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Writers: Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson

Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, T.J. Miller

Any animation released by Disney comes with many expectations, and Big Hero 6 fulfills them all with heart, humor, and action-packed comedy. It’s a story of Baymax, a likeable personal companion robot and his robotics prodigy friend Hiro Hamada. After an unexpected turn of events, the two find themselves in the middle of a dangerous plot unfolding in San Fransokyo. Hiro turns to Baymax and his friends Wasabi, Go Go Tamago, Honey Lemon and Fred, to transform into a band of heroes. Big Hero 6 is an entertaining spectacle and a touching story for viewers of all ages.


Frozen (2013)

Frozen

Imdb rating: 7.4

Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Writers: Jennifer Lee

Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff

An epic journey that sees Anna link up with mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven. They’re searching for Elsa, Anna’s sister, whose icy powers are out of control and have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in endless winter. The journey isn’t easy, and the party has to go through harsh conditions and mystical trolls to get there. Frozen is a favorite for kids because of fun moments, humor and memorable tunes.


Wreck It Ralph (2012)

Wreck It Ralph

Imdb rating: 7.7

Director: Rich Moore

Writers: Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee

Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer

This is the prequel to Ralph Breaks the Internet and is about Ralph, who has always been seen as a bad guy. Many perceive him so because he has played as the bad guy in his triumphant video game for years. Ralph embarks on an adventure to prove to everyone that he’s a kind-hearted hero where he meets other misfits, including the feisty Vanellope Von Schweetz. Ralph soon realizes that he holds the fate of the entire arcade when an evil enemy rises. This film is one of the best Disney animated movies with lots of fun, joyous moments and hidden references, worthy of more than one viewing.


Winnie the Pooh (2011)

Winnie the Pooh

Imdb rating: 7.2

Director: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall

Writers: Stephen J. Anderson, Clio Chiang, Don Dougherty, Don Hall, Kendelle Hoyer, Brian Kesinger, Nicole Mitchell, Jeremy Spears

Cast: Jim Cummings, Bud Luckey, Craig Ferguson

When Eeyore, who’s now old, loses his tail, Owl calls upon Pooh, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Piglet and Rabbit to find him a new one. It’s a contest, and whoever finds a new tail for Eeyore will get a pot of honey which gets pooh interested. As the game continues, Owl lets everyone know that The mysterious Baksun has abducted Christopher Robin. In the end, it turns out to be a busy day for Winnie, who was only in it for the honey. Winnie the Pooh is a timeless classic with original charm and brand-new songs.


Tangled (2010)

Tangled

Imdb rating: 7.7

Director: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard

Writers: Dan Fogelman

Cast: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy

Flynn Rider, is the kingdom of Corona’s most wanted criminal. He hides in a mysterious tower, where Rapunzel takes him hostage. She is a beautiful teen with 70 feet of magical golden hair but has been locked in the building for years. Desperate to find a way out, she cuts a deal with the good-looking thief, and they set off on an action-packed adventure. Tangled is good enough to appease families with kids looking for a magnificent film to watch on movie night.


The Princess and the Frog (2009)

The Princess and the Frog

Imdb rating: 7.1

Director: Ron Clements, John Musker

Writers: Ron Clements, John Musker

Cast: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David

Tiana is an ambitious and hardworking beautiful girl who dreams of owning a restaurant in New Orleans. Her life takes an unusual twist when she meets Prince Naveen, who has been turned into a frog. The prince frog desperately wants to be human again and plants a kiss on Tiana, thinking she’s a princess. But things don’t go as planned as Tiana turns into a frog as well. The Princess and the Frog is an animated comedy-musical and is a story that everyone can enjoy.


Bolt (2008)

Bolt

Imdb rating: 6.8

Director: Chris Williams, Byron Howard

Writers: Dan Fogelman, Chris Williams

Cast: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Sussie Essman

Bolt is the star of a hit TV show in Hollywood. The only problem is, he thinks that his life on set is real. He’s accidentally shipped to New York City, where many bad things are happening around him. Bolt is determined to use his powers to defeat evil and eventually find his way back to Hollywood. He sets off on an incredible journey to meet new friends who teach him you don’t need superpowers to be a hero. This movie is a fun film for the entire family with lessons on love and friendship; one of the best animated Disney movies.


Meet The Robinsons (2007)

Meet the Robinsons

Imdb rating: 6.8

Director: Stephen J. Anderson

Writers: Jon Bernstein, Michelle Spitz, Don Hall, Nathan Greno, Aurian Redson, Joe Mateo, Stephen J. Anderson, William Joyce

Cast: Angela Basset, Daniel Hansen, Tom Selleck

This fun-filled Disney animated comedy will take you to a new world full of adventure, imagination, and many surprises. The events follow Lewis, a young inventor who travels through time to find the family he never knew. After traveling to the fantastical world of 2037 accompanied by Wilbur Robinson, Lewis soon learns that the fate of the future is on him, but he can’t do it alone. He seeks help from the eccentric Robinson family to teach him to keep moving forward and never underestimate himself. Meet the Robinsons is an exciting and mind-blowing trip your family will enjoy.


Chicken Little (2005)

Chicken Little

Imdb rating: 5.7

Director: Mark Dindal

Writers: Steve Bencich, Ron Friedman

Cast: Zach Braff, Joan Cusack, Don Knotts

After Chicken Little is hit on the head with what he thinks is a piece of the sky, he claims that the sky is falling. But he can’t find the piece that hit him, and everybody scorns him. A year later, he’s hit on the head again, and this time, he discovers the piece is from a UFO. He tries to convince the town, but no one believes him. Together with his misfit friends, Chicken Little has to create a plan to save the world from an impending alien invasion. Chicken Little is a good movie for children or any animation fan.


Home on the Range (2004)

Home on the Range

Imdb rating: 5.4

Director: Will Finn, John Sanford

Writers: Will Finn, John Sanford

Cast: Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench, Jennifer Tilly

Home on the Range is about an unusual animal alliance of three determined cows, a karate-kicking stallion named Buck and a corral of critters. The group has joined arms to save their “Patch of Heaven” dairy farm under threat from a greedy outlaw. Home on the Range might not be a classic, but it’s a cute and funny fun-filled ride to keep young children entertained. The voice acting is excellent too, which means a lot in animated films.


Brother Bear (2003)

Brother Bear

Imdb rating: 6.8

Director: Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker

Writers: Tab Murphy

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Jason Raize

Brother Bear is an epic animated adventure about a brave Indian boy named Kenai. When a bear mauls his brother Sitka, Kenai kills it, but he’s magically turned into one himself. After his other brother, Denahi, vows to kill the bear Kenai has become, he escapes to the magical mountain where he hopes to change back into a human. His journey introduces him to a forest full of animals, including a lovable bear cub Koda. Brother Bear is a morality tale and features five amazing songs from Phil Collins.


Treasure Planet (2002)

Treasure Planet

Imdb rating: 7.2

Director: John Musker, Ron Clements

Writers: Ron Clements, John Musker, Rob Edwards

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray, David Hyde Pierce

What would you do if you found a map to the most extraordinary pirate trove in the universe? Go on an intergalactic treasure hunt. That is precisely what happens to Jim Hawkins, who joins up with the funny cosmic crew headed by the brave Captain Amelia. The team sets off in search of their destiny aboard a glittering space galleon. Jim meets John Silver, a cyborg cook who helps him learn the actual value of friendship. He then links with his new robot friend B.E.N and the shape-shifting morph to find the greatest treasure in the universe. Filled with thrills and excitement, Treasure Planet is a classic story of courage, friendship and self-discovery.


Lilo and Stitch (2002)

Lilo and Stitch

Imdb rating: 7.3

Director: Chris Sanders, Dean Deblois

Writers: Dean DeBlois, Christopher Sanders

Cast: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere

Lilo and Stitch is a story about a young girl and a mischievous creature from outer space. After Lilo adopts a small funny-looking dog, she names him Stitch. But she doesn’t know that Stitch is not a dog but a genetic experiment who has escaped from his alien planet. Lilo has lots of love, faith, and unwavering belief in the bonds of family (Ohana), and through that, she unlocks Stitch’s heart, giving him the ability to care for others. This animated movie is full of action, humor and soul and all the sentiments and charm you can expect from a Disney film.


Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

Atlantis The Lost Empire

Imdb rating: 6.9

Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Writers: Tab Murphy, Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale, Joss Whedon, Bryce Zabel, Jackie Zabel, Tab Murphy

Cast: Michael J. Fox, James Garner, Cree Summer

The world’s most qualified crew of explorers and archeologists board the 1000-foot submarine and go deep into the mysteries of the ocean to unravel the ancient secret of the Lost Empire of Atlantis. Their primary mission, a simple exploration of Atlantis, quickly turns to a save the empire mission after an unexpected turn of events. The movie is an excellent watch for a family movie night with laughs, stunning visuals, a captivating story and messages of friendship and teamwork.


The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

The Emperor's New Groove

Imdb rating: 7.4

Director: Mark Dindal

Writers: David Reynolds, Mark Dindal

Cast: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt

Most animations from Disney have an underlying message, and this movie doesn’t disappoint. It’s about Emperor Kuzco, who’s turned into a llama by his scheming advisor Yzma and her hunky henchman, Kronk. Now the ruler who had it all is stranded in the jungle, and the only chance he has of getting back home is working with a peasant named Pacha. The two must overcome their differences as they go on a hilarious adventure. This movie carries the profound message of discovering the good in everyone regardless of the differences; a great watch.


Dinosaur (2000)

Dinosaur

Imdb rating: 6.5

Director: Eric Leighton, Ralph Zondag

Writers: Walon Green, Thom Enriquez, John Harrison, Robert Nelson Jacobs, Ralph Zondag, John Harrison, Robert Nelson Jacobs

Cast: D. B. Sweeney, Alfre Woodward, Ossie Davis

This special effects phenomenon tells the story of Aladar, an iguanodon dinosaur who’s separated from his kind and raised by lemurs. After a meteor shower destroys their home, Aladar and his family join other dinosaurs as they head to the “nesting grounds”. He meets new friends along the way, including Baylene, Eema and Neera. Together, they must stand firm to fight off carnotaur attacks, food and water shortages and differences with Kron. The movie has great visuals and is a treat for the animation enthusiast.


Fantasia 2000 (2000)

Fantasia 2000

Imdb rating: 7.2

Director: James Algar, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Hendel Butoy, Francis Glebas, Eric Goldberg, Don Hahn, Pixote Hunt

Writers: Hans Christian Andersen, Carl Fallberg, Irene Mecchi, Perce Pearce, David Reynolds

Cast: Steve Martin, Itzhak Perlman, Quincy Jones

Fantasia is dubbed as a musical program interpreted by a team of distinguished Disney storytellers and artists. Adding to the fun, celebrity hosts from different aspects of the entertainment scene introduce each of the segments. Fantasia 2000 is an extravaganza of sight and sound where viewers experience the wonders of music and animated imagery. With a star-studded lineup, Fantasia 2000 is a fantastic watch for the family.


Tarzan (1999)

tarzan

Imdb rating: 7.3

Director: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima

Writers: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White, Henry Mayo, David Reynolds, Jeffrey Stepakoff, Ned Teitelbaum

Cast: Tony Goldwyn, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver

The story starts deep in the jungle when a family of gorillas takes in orphaned baby Tarzan. Even though the group leader shuns him because he’s different, the other gorillas love him and raise him as one of their own. Tarzan makes new friends like Turk and Tantor and learns how to survive in the jungle. However, he recognizes he’s human when a British expedition team enters the jungle. Tarzan must choose between a “civilized” life with a beautiful lady named Jane or stay with his loving gorilla family. Tarzan is Disney’s animated adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s story of the ape-man and is one of the best Disney animated movies.


Mulan (1998)

mulan

Imdb rating: 7.6

Director: Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft

Writers: Rita Hsiao, Christopher Sanders, Philip LaZebnik, Raymond Singer, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer

Cast: Ming-Na, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong

Mulan is a clever, brave girl who disguises herself as a male soldier “Ping,” so her sick father isn’t drafted into the Chinese Imperial military. She’s accompanied by her guardian dragon Mushu and a cricket named Cri-Kee. She trains hard to gain the respect of fellow warriors and their captain, Shang. Her incredible adventure culminates atop the Imperial Palace, where the emperor’s fate and her family’s honor are on the line. Mulan is an inspiring animated film ranking among the best animated Disney movies of all time.


Hercules (1997)

hercules

Imdb rating: 7.3

Director: Ron Clements, John Musker

Writers: Ron Clements, Irene Mecchi, John Musker

Cast: Tate Donovan, Josh Keaton, Roger Bart

Hercules was taken from the gods as a newborn child and brought to earth, where human parents adopt him. He tries to fit in but later discovers that his father is Zeus and his home is not earth but Mount Olympus. However, the only way to go back home is to prove he can be a hero. He links up with Pegasus, the flying stallion and Phil, a trainer. But his mission gets complicated because he has to outsmart Meg and deal with Hades, who plans to rule the universe. Hercules has something for everyone with a bold animation style, colossal voice cast and fantastic music.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Imdb rating: 7

Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Writers: Tab Murphy, Irene Mecchi, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White, Jonathan Roberts

Cast: Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Tony Jay, Kevin Kline

This Disney animated feature is based on a Victor Hugo book and takes us into the life of Quasimodo. He’s a gentle bell ringer for the Notre Dame Cathedral, where he only has gargoyles for company. The gargoyles urge him to venture out and make new friends, and that’s how he meets the beautiful Esmeralda. Quasimodo turns into an unlikely hero when he fights to save the people and the city he adores. The Hunchback and the Notre Dame is another Disney animated film that teaches us to see people for who they are, rather than how they appear.


Pocahontas (1995)

Pocahontas

Imdb rating: 6.7

Director: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg

Writers: Carl Binder, Andrew Chapman, Joe Grant, Susannah Grant, Philip LaZebnik

Cast: Irene Bedard, Judy Kuhn, Mel Gibson

The lives of the free-spirited Pocahontas, and her two pals, Meeko and Flit, drastically change when they discover the first English settlers at the shores of their village. She meets Capt. John Smith and other settlers who are out to discover new worlds. Later on, she falls in love with him, but her father disapproves of the relationship because he wants her to marry a native warrior. Capt. Smith’s associates have a hidden agenda and want to rob the natives of their gold. Will her love for the captain save the day? Pocahontas is a fun-filled classic with tales of adventure, courage and friendship that your family will cherish.


The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King

Imdb rating: 8.5

Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff

Writers: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Neve Campbell, Andy Dick

The Lion King follows the extraordinary coming of age adventure of Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), who cannot wait to be king and his father Mufasa (James Earl Johnson). But their uncle Scar (Jeremy Irons) also wants to be king and plots to kill the two. Unfortunately, Mufasa is killed, but Simba survives and has to escape to save his life. Years later, he returns as an adult to take his throne from Scar and save his friends. Perfection is the only word that can describe this movie. This list of the best Disney animated movies would not be complete without including the Lion King.


Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin

Imdb rating: 8

Director: Ron Clements, John Musker

Writers: Roger Allers, Ron Clements, Ted Elliott, John Musker, Terry Rossio

Cast: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin

This classic animation from Disney tells the story of Aladdin, the determined princess Jasmine and the hilarious genie. Aladdin frees a genie from a lamp who returns the favor by granting him three wishes. The three embark on a wondrous journey filled with laughter and action. This movie is a delightful musical comedy with Robin Williams producing one of the best Disney performances of all time. The perfect holiday entertainment for the entire family.


Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the Beast

Imdb rating: 7.1

Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Writers: Linda Woolverton

Cast: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White

The story is about Belle (Paige O’Hara), a courageous village girl who goes on an adventure of a lifetime as she sets out to rescue her father. She discovers an enchanted house where her father is imprisoned by a young prince who’s been turned into a beast. The beast’s enchanted servants help her draw the beast out. Beauty and the Beast is a timeless tale overflowing with memorable characters and fantastic music.


The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

the rescuers down under

Imdb rating: 6.9

Director: Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel

Writers: Jim Cox, Karey Kirkpatrick, Joe Ranft

Cast: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy

This epic animated adventure is set in Australia’s vast Outback and follows a young boy named Cody. He forges a friendship with a great golden eagle, and when a merciless poacher sets out to capture the eagle, Cody steps in to protect him. Cody knows he can’t save the eagle alone and calls out for help. Two brave mice, Bernard and Bianca, answer the call and, together with their albatross friend Wilbur, take on their most dangerous mission. The Rescuers Down Under is an incredible animation with a heartwarming friendship and a delight for a family.


The Little Mermaid (1989)

The Little Mermaid

Imdb rating: NA

Director: Ron Clements, John Musker

Writers: Roger Allers, Ron Clements, John Musker

Cast: Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Christopher Daniel Barnes

Ariel is an adventurous and fun-loving mermaid who loves everything about humans. However, her father warns her to stay away from the world above the sea. One day, when a prince she secretly adores is caught up in a raging storm, Ariel swims to the surface and rescues him. Afterwards, she’s highly determined to be human, so she can win the prince’s love. She strikes a deal with the sea witch, Ursula, to become human for three days. She links up with Flounder and the hilarious Sebastian, two long-term friends who help her in her quest to win the prince’s love and save their kingdom. The Little Mermaid is a superb animation musical for audiences of all ages.


Oliver & Company (1988)

Oliver & Company

Imdb rating: 6.7

Director: George Scribner

Writers: James Mangold, Jim Cox, Tim Disney

Cast: Joey Lawrence, Bette Midler, Billy Joel

Oliver & Company is an adaptation and update to the classic story of Oliver Twist. It follows Oliver, an orphaned but feisty young cat joined by a pack of hilarious dogs, namely Dodger, Tito and their pals. Oliver feels at home with his newfound friends but somehow ends up under the care of a rich young girl. This movie is exciting and funny from start to finish, earning its place among the best Disney animated movies of all time.


The Great Mouse Detective (1987)

The Great Mouse Detective

Imdb rating: 7.2

Director: John Musker, Ron Clements, David Michener, Burny Mattinson

Writers: Peter Young, Vance Gerry, Steve Hulett, Ron Clements, John Musker, Bruce Morris, Matthew O’Callaghan, Burny Mattinson, David Michener

Cast: Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin

This movie takes us through the cobblestone streets of 1897 London. Olivia, the daughter of the renowned London toymaker, hires Basil after her father goes missing. Basil assistant Dr Dawson and loyal dog Toby come in to help unravel the mysterious disappearance. The trio find clues that implicate the hard-hearted Professor Ratigan to be behind the abduction. But they also uncover that Ratigan has a plan to depose the Mouse Queen. Children may be afraid of the flawed characters who are so mean, but they will love the brave mice. The movie has enough style and wits that adults will enjoy.


The Black Cauldron (1985)

The Black Cauldron

Imdb rating: 6.4

Director: Ted Berman, Richard Rich

Writers: Lloyd Alexander

Cast: Wayne Allwine, James Almanzar, Grant Bardsley

There’s a Black Cauldron in the land of Prydain, and whoever releases it will be invisible. The Evil Horned King is desperate to get his hands on the Black Cauldron, but he’s challenged by the young Taran, an assistant pig keeper. With the help of the brave Princess Eilonwy, Fflewddur Fflam and Hen Wen, the prophesying pig, he goes on a journey to stop the Black Cauldron evil for good. This animated film is about courage and the will to succeed and a great watch for the family.


The Fox and the Hound (1981)

The Fox and the Hound

Imdb rating: 7.3

Director: Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Art Stevens

Writers: Ted Berman, Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Steve Hulett, Earl Kress, Daniel P. Mannix, Burny Mattinson, David Michener, Peter Young

Cast: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey

The Fox and the Hound is an excellent story about an unlikely friendship. It tells the story of Tod, the fox who the Widow Tweed takes in. That’s where Tod meets Copper, a hound dog, and they become inseparable friends. However, their friendship is put to the test because Copper has to take on his natural role as a hunting dog. Tod also has to take his role as a wild fox. The two must overcome the differences to save their friendship. This movie is grand entertainment for kids and their parents too.


The Rescuers (1977)

The Rescuers

Imdb rating: 6.9

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, Art Stevens

Cast: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Paige

The Rescuers is a film about two mouse heroes Bernard and his sidekick Miss Bianca who go on a mission to save a young girl named Penny. They take off on the wings of their trusted albatross friend Orville, their destination being the swamp of Devil’s Bayou. They find themselves in Madam Medusa’s hideout, who tasks Penny with finding the world’s largest diamond. This film is full of high-flying fun and is an impressive spectacle for the family.


The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Imdb rating: 7.6

Director: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reithermann

Writers: Larry Clemmons, Ralph Wright, Vance Gerry, Xavier Atencio, Ken Anderson, Julius Svendsen, Ted Berman, Eric Cleworth

Cast: Sebastian Cabot, John Fiedler, Sterling Halloway

This animation is the Disney classic that started the Pooh tradition. The stories are full of timeless Pooh adventures, including Pooh’s first meeting with Tigger. There are hilarious tales like how Pooh got stuck in a rabbit’s house after overeating honey and other lovable characters. It also features all the songs that endeared Winnie the Pooh to viewers of all ages, such as Rumbly in My Tumbly and Little Black Rain Cloud.


Robin Hood (1973)

Robin Hood

Imdb rating: 7.6

Director: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reithermann

Writers: Larry Clemmons, Ralph Wright, Vance Gerry, Xavier Atencio, Ken Anderson, Julius Svendsen, Ted Berman, Eric Cleworth

Together with his most trusted companion Little John and his band of devoted men, Robin Hood is out to bring happiness to the residents of Sherwood Forest. To do that, they must stay one step ahead of the greedy Prince John. Robin Hood is also one of the best Disney animated movies with tales of courage and friendship. It features incredible adventures, memorable characters, splendid music and lots of fun.


The Aristocrats (1970)

The Aristocrats

Imdb rating: 7.1

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

Writers: Ken Anderson, Larry Clemmons, Eric Cleworth, Vance Gerry, Tom McGowan, Julius Svendsen, Frank Thomas, Ralph Wright

Cast: Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway

The Aristocrats story is based in Paris and is about an eccentric woman who leaves her entire estate to her cat Duchess and her three kittens. However, the greedy and jealous butler drugs them and abandons them far away in the countryside to have the fortune for himself. Now it’s up to the rough alley cat, Thomas O’Malley and his cat jazz band to step in and save the day.


The Jungle Book (1967)

the jungle book

Imdb rating: 7.6

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

Writer: Based on Rudyard Kipling’s books

Cast: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima

The Jungle Book takes viewers on an adventure-filled journey with the young boy Mowgli as he makes his way to the man-village accompanied by the wise panther, Bagheera. Mowgli makes new friends along the way, including King Louie, Kaa and Baloo. His new buddies help him go through the many perils of the jungle and avoid the man-eating tiger Shere Khan, who’s out to kill him. All the characters in this movie are memorable, and the message is so simple for little kids to understand.


The Sword in the Stone (1963)

The Sword in the Stone

Imdb rating: 7.2

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

Writers: Bill Peet

Cast: Sebastian Cabot, Rickie Sorensen, Alan Napier

This Disney animation tells the story of the humble beginnings of King Arthur, who was then known as Wart. He is a loving child and trains with his foster brother Kay, who wants to become a knight. During training, Wart comes across a cabin belonging to Merlin, a young talented wizard, who informs him he’ll do great things in the future. When Wart and Kart travel to London to attend a jousting contest, they find out that Merlin was right. The Sword in the Stone is a beautiful animated Disney movie that brings the Arthur legend to life.


One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Imdb rating: 7.3

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

Writers: Bill Peet, Dodie Smith

Cast: Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, Cate Bauer

When Cruella De Vil abducts all the Dalmatian puppies in London, including 15 from Pongo and Perdita’s family, a fur-raising adventure kicks off. Pongo, who has the incredible power dubbed the Twilight Bark, calls out to all animals to come together to ambush Cruella and save the puppies from her cruel grasp. One Hundred and One Dalmatians is one of the original Disney movies to unleash total suspense and excitement. A timely classic for the entire family.


Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Sleeping Beauty

Imdb rating: 5.3

Director: Clyde Geronimi, Les Clark, Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman

Writers: Charles Perrault, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, Milt Banta

Cast: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley

The evil and jealous fairy Maleficent casts a curse on the Kingdom’s beloved Princess Aurora. Three good fairies, namely Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, catch wind of this information and spirit Aurora off to the forest, where they raise her as their daughter. But even their presence isn’t enough because, on her 16th birthday, Aurora pricks her finger on a spindle and falls into a deep sleep. Now, they have to intervene and help Prince Phillip defeat a fire-breathing dragon and rescue Aurora from her deep sleep through a true love kiss. Sleeping Beauty is an epic story of adventure, hope and love.


Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Lady and the Tramp

Imdb rating: 6.3

Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

Writers: Ward Greene, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Ralph Wright, Don DaGradi

Cast: Peggy Lee, Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts

This thrilling animated adventure is about Lady, a pampered cocker spaniel and Tramp, a mutt with a heart of gold. Lady lives a comfortable life, but everything changes when her owners have a baby. Things go from bad to worse when Lady ends up in the streets, but a tough stray mutt named Tramp comes to her rescue, and the two are attracted to each other. However, because of their unconventional upbringing and the drama unfolding at Lady’s household, Lady and Tramp find it hard to stay together. You can’t help but love this movie because of its critical romantic sequences, a family classic.


Peter Pan (1953)

Peter Pan

Imdb rating: 7.3

Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

Writers: Ted Sears, Erdman Penner, Bill Peet, Joe Rinaldi, Milt Banta, Ralph Wright, William Cottrell

Cast: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried

What would you do if the hero of your bedtime stories flies right into your bedroom? Go on a fantastic adventure, right? That’s what happens to Wendy and her two brothers. Peter Pan teaches them how to fly and takes them to Neverland, where children stay perpetually young. However, Pan’s nemesis, Captain Hook, stirs a lot of trouble which causes the kids to yearn for their old life. Peter Pan is a delightful Disney animation that will appease children and grownups alike.


Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Alice in Wonderland

Imdb rating: 6.4

Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

Writers: Winston Hibler, Ted Sears, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Milt Banta, Joe Grant, Dick Huemer, William Cottrell, Tom Oreb, John Walbridge

Cast: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn

This classic Disney animation is based on Lewis Carroll’s fantasy tale and is about Alice. She’s a restless young British lady, but one day, she falls into a hole and enters the magical world of Wonderland. She meets extraordinary characters such as the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat. Tweedledee and Tweedledum and the White Rabbit. This animation is still great to watch fifty years on with its bright colors and fun and whimsical original songs.


Cinderella (1950)

Cinderella

Imdb rating: 7.3

Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

Writers: Ken Anderson, Homer Brightman, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Charles Perrault, Harry Reeves, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears

Cast: Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Cinderella is probably the most recognizable Disney animated classic with unforgettable characters, an everlasting story and iconic artistry. The kind and hardworking Cinderella can’t attend the Royal Ball because of her wicked stepmother and jealous stepsisters who’ve kept her in rags. However, her fairy godmother appears and rewards her with an evening at the Royal Ball, where she enchants Prince Charming. This animated movie is an absolute masterpiece and is one of the best Disney animated movies of all time.


The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad

Imdb rating: 7

Director: Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, James Algar

Cast: Eric Blore, J. Pat O’Malley, John McLeish

This Disney animation is an adaptation of two children’s stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and “The Wind in the Willows”. First, we meet Mr Toad, who wants an automobile to go on wild motorcar rides with his buddies Mole, Rat and Angus MacBadger. In the Legend of the Sleepy Hollow, we meet Ichabod Crane, who’s fallen in love with the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel despite opposition from Brom Bones, the local town bully. The rivalry introduces Ichabod to the legend of the headless horseman, leading to a scary climax. This animated film is short, simple, engaging and lively and is narrated in the best Disney style.


Melody Time (1948)

melody time

Imdb rating: 6.3

Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney

Cast: Roy Rodgers, Dennis Day, Ethel Smith

Melody Time is an anthology musical film from Disney and is expertly crafted and filled with cheerful numbers. The stories include wintertime lovers who are helped by forest animals, a bumblebee circled by jazzy caterpillars. There’s also the tale of Johnny Appleseed, Donald Duck and his parrot friend being bullied by a bird and the legend of Pecos Bill. Melody Time is more entertaining than you’d expect; it’s sweet and well done so that viewers will enjoy it.

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Chris Mack

Chris Mack

Chris is a technology and entertainment writer whose main interests revolve around the art of writing and expression. He loves writing research-based articles in different niches and translating his thoughts into words that inspire others.


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