Greatest Walt Disney Animation Studios Movies

Just to be clear. These movies are made solely by the company of Walt Disney Animation Studios. I don't want people adding any Pixar or DreamWorks films on the list. These are the movies that are classified as "just Disney". Now that that's out of the way, Disney has cornered the market on making high quality animation for generations. From the Golden Age of the 40s and 50s to the struggle of the 70s and 80s. From the Renaissance of the 90s to the second popularity decline, leading up to the Second Renaissance of recent years, Disney Animation has always been a factor in movie history.

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1The Lion King

The Lion King is simply put a masterpiece, and truly shows the magic that Disney is capable of. So many people, young and old, have been left in awe while watching this film. Featuring wonderful songs, great characters, and an intro that gives me chills to this day, it's safe to say that we won't be forgetting this movie any time soon. Who would have thought that Disney could make a Hamlet movie in a way that children could easily understand? - phillysports

Considered by some to be Disney's animated crown jewel. I definitely love it but, when there are so many of Disney's animated works to pick from, it's hard to rank them. My personal favourite is Pinocchio, but I can understand why this takes top spot. - BKAllmighty

Why is this on #1? It does not deserve the praise it gets and it deserves to be destroyed. How it created it's characters and how it views animals is not acceptable. Please boycott the movie and watch something else instead.

The lion king is the best of the best

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2Wreck-It Ralph

Wanna know the best part? Wreck-It Ralph is getting a sequel in 2018, folks! A brilliant video-game themed movie with an original story about a bad guy who's tired of being the bad guy and wants to be the good guy, sprinkled with gorgeous animation and great music is very deserving of getting a second movie! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I'm not even a computer game kind of guy, I just love this movie.

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Aladdin is a very interesting film. Featuring a well-rounded cast of characters, stunning animation, and wonderful songs like "A Whole New World", "Prince Ali", and "One Jump Ahead", Aladdin is overall a very well put together movie. But what really makes this movie a classic is the Genie played by the wonderful legend that is Robin Williams (R.I.P.). Seriously, this guy is one of the funniest animated characters ever thought up, and his presence with Williams' performance lights up the screen whenever he makes an appearance. Aladdin is just an overall great movie in every department imaginable. - phillysports

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You would've thought it was from Pixar... But right outta the blue, it's WALT DISNEY... - DontMakeARookieMistake

At first I though that it was going to be another cheesy and plotless movie, but actually, it is really adorable and funny. - Catacorn

Zootopia should so be 1 or 2 it's so cute and funny!

I've heard this movie is very good - Unknownguy

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5Beauty and the Beast

This is most likely the greatest adaptation of a fairy tale that Disney has ever made. Belle is one of the most likable, well-written, and kind-hearted protagonists that the studio has ever made, and the Beast goes from being an intimidating, villainous menace to a fantastic tragic hero. The story and setup of this movie is just fantastic. The songs such as "Be Our Guest" and "Beauty and the Beast" are Disney staples and Gaston is one of the biggest jerks the studio has ever conceived, and yet he still is likable in how much of a d-bag he is. There's no wonder why this was the first animated film to ever be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. - phillysports

It wasn't my favourite growing up but it has grown on me immensely as an adult. Not sure why, exactly. - BKAllmighty

This is my favorite walt disney movie, and will always be my favorite. - alimarashian

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6Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The film that started it all. As Disney's first animated feature made all the way back in 1937 (79 years ago! ), Snow White has held up "relatively" well. The movie is as recognizable as anything Disney has ever made. The dwarfs are all classic staples of the company and many of us can still name all seven of them by name. That is, if we think hard enough. Overall, Snow White is just a classic not just by Disney standards but by the standards of movies in general. - phillysports

It's significance, alone, should give it a spot in the top ten. It should probably be higher than exactly "10", if we're being honest here. - BKAllmighty

This deserves the top spot it was their first film - VideoGamefan5

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7The Little Mermaid

Hans Christian Anderson's original story may be shaken up quite a bit in this adaptation (much like how "The Snow Queen" was), but like Frozen it holds up as a fantastic movie nevertheless. Ariel might get some flack nowadays for changing who she is solely for the purpose of getting with a guy she doesn't know, but I instead look at her determination and drive as positive characteristics. This movie also has many different wonderful characters as well such as the funny Sebastian and Scuttle, the adorable Flounder, and the awesome villain that is Ursula. - phillysports

The beginning of Disney's comeback decade known by all as the 'Disney Renaissance'. Could we possibly have been gifted with a better start than this? - BKAllmighty

Teaches you to believe anything is possible

8Big Hero 6

If it weren't for Social Justice Critters, I'm pretty sure this would be much higher like it should be. Unfortunately, Social Justice Critters does exist and is insanely popular, thus this gem is now even more underrated than it already was.

Amazing movie! It shouldn't be this underrated...

(Spoiler alert) I loved this movie, it's sad when his brother dies - Unknownguy

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It's funny and it has twists what more could you ask for? Oh and it's an original

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Younger audiences may not be all that into Fantasia seeing as its just animation with classical music, with no real flowing narrative, but older viewers can really see the effort being put into every single frame of this creation. Without any words, the animation takes us on an emotional thrill ride that excites us and calms us at the same time. While not that known to younger Disney fans, Fantasia still holds a spot in many people's hearts. - phillysports

If you don't like Fantasia it just may mean that you don't appreciate art. - BKAllmighty

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Just hear me out here. I understand that this movie has gotten a monumental backlash over the past couple of years due to its skyrocketing popularity and its overexposure. And yes, while it being everywhere can be pretty annoying, I choose to look at it based solely on what it is: a movie. Once you look past the exaggerated praise and enormous fanbase (which I'm obligated to say I'm apart of), you'll find a well-written, beautifully-animated film with fantastic characters, unbelievable music, and a message of accepting who you are. Not only that, but the movie also mocks many of the clich├ęs found in many Disney productions such as "I got engaged to someone I just met" and the entire concept of "true love". What other Disney movie is there where the act of "true love" isn't just kissing a random person you barely know, but is about saving a beloved family member? I hated this movie for a long, LONG time until I finally saw the light and accepted how good of a movie this really is. I ...more - phillysports

Look at the movie not at any comments not at anything at all just watch the movie. Think about he music the characters the plot the twists and you'll end up with an awesome movie.

I am annoyed as anything with this movie now but when I saw it in theatres I really enjoyed it. Of course, I didn't know it would still be EVERYWHERE 3 years later. So, if I was to see it again, I may feel less favourably towards it. - BKAllmighty

It's just so awesome

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Bolt is a awesome movie that not many people get to see

13Lilo & Stitch

I haven't seen it in years (I'm thinking since 2006). I remember thinking it was great when I saw it in theatres. Not sure why I haven't really watched it much since. I must remedy that, I see. - BKAllmighty

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When most people think of a Disney princess, Cinderella is usually the first to come to mind. This movie is just another classic from Disney's heyday, and a film that is as referenced and parodied as any ever made. This story has been told for so many years, but the Disney animated version seems to be the one that is looked back to the most. - phillysports

Their most classic effort to date. - alimarashian

15The Great Mouse Detective

Most people don't exactly think about this movie. I actually was a fan of it as a kid...

16The Hunchback of Notre Dame

It has been hugely underrated ever since it came out. I would know. I was there. - BKAllmighty

This movie is so much better than people let on. - LarkwingFlight

Better than most of the movies above it - silenthill

17The Jungle Book

It was the last movie Walt Disney had any involvement with before he died. You can tell that it had his magic touch, somehow. - BKAllmighty


This movie is a lot darker now that I think about it. There's a guy being transformed into a donkey in a very disturbing fashion! Pinocchio is a fantastically written story about a wooden puppet's simple desire to be a real boy. Accentuated by Jiminy Cricket's classic tune of "When You Wish Upon a Star", Pinocchio is an unforgettable piece to Disney's animated line-up. - phillysports

This is the greatest animated movie ever made, as far as I am concerned. - BKAllmighty

Very classic, they can make such a good animation at that time.

19The Fox and the Hound

It was mostly an underwhelming affair when it arrived in theatres back in 1981. It hasn't really seen a renaissance of popularity, either, so how did it end up so high on the list? - BKAllmighty

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