I’m a very big Disney fan, and sort of a burgeoning animation geek, so I’m much more familiar with these movies than your average red-blooded 27-year-old American male with no children has any right to be. That said, while I’ve seen some of these very recently, a lot of this is based on half-remembered thoughts and opinions. So this might not exactly be my definitive list. Also, Pixar movies don’t count here; this is just Disney Animation Studios stuff. Here’s the official list. In honor of my upcoming, highly anticipated trip to Walt Disney World, here are my thirty favorite Disney Animated Classics (movies I haven’t seen, or don’t remember, are excluded and listed at the end).
30) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
I haven’t seen this movie since it came out, and I don’t remember it that well, really. But I was utterly disappointed by it at the time, and it certainly confirmed to us what Pocahontas had hinted at the year before: the modern golden age of Disney classics was over.
29) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
This movie is a big deal. It’s the first full-length animated film ever made. At the time, people thought making a feature-length animated movie was ridiculous. Reading about Walt Disney’s drive to get this made and the technological breakthroughs he and his animators made during the production is even sort of inspiring. That said, this movie is boring as hell nowadays. And the animation style, in my opinion, is not at all visually interesting.
28) Pinocchio (1940)
This movie gave us “When You Wish Upon A Star,” which is a great song. That’s pretty much all it has going for it. It’s divided into three completely unrelated, nonsensical acts, each possibly more dull than the last. Rarely does an hour and a half feel this long.