Disney animated movies have been enchanting audiences for nearly a century, and here is the complete list beginning with the newest releases.
From the early days of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) to modern masterpieces like Encanto, Frozen, and Moana, Disney has been a pioneer in the animation industry.
With a wide range of stories, characters, and musical numbers, Disney has captured the hearts of people of all ages.
Below is a comprehensive list of all Disney animated movies, including the classics that started it all and the latest releases that continue to inspire and entertain.
Whether you are a lifelong Disney fan or just discovering the magic, this list will take you on a journey through the history of Disney animation.
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62. Wish (2023)
Wish is an upcoming American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios movies and set to be released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 22, 2023.
This film marks the 62nd animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon. Directors Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn collaborate on this project, with Fawn making her feature directorial debut.
The movie is produced by Peter Del Vecho and Juan Pablo Reyes, while Jennifer Lee and Allison Moore take on the writing responsibilities.
The story centers around a 17-year-old girl named Asha, voiced by West Side Story Oscar winner Ariana DeBose.
Asha makes a wish upon a star, but her wish is unexpectedly granted when a mischievous star comes down from the sky to accompany her. Actors Chris Pine and Alan Tudyk are also part of the voice cast for the film.
61. Strange World (2022)
Strange World is a computer-animated science fantasy action-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Directed by Don Hall and co-directed and written by Qui Nguyen, the story was also conceived by both and produced by Roy Conli.
This action-packed comedy adventure introduces audiences to three generations of the legendary Clade family.
They struggle to band together and navigate uncharted, treacherous lands inhabited by fantastical creatures. The family’s differences threaten the success of their latest and most crucial expedition to the world below their feet.
The film features the voice talents of Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Jaboukie Young-White, and Gabrielle Union, bringing the family of explorers to life.
Disney’s animated movie Strange World was released on November 23, 2022. View our complete list of Strange World characters.
60. Encanto (2022)
Encanto is a computer-animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney.
It was directed by Jared Bush and Byron Howard, co-directed by Charise Castro Smith, and produced by Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer.
The story revolves around a gifted family called the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called Encanto.
The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift, from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel.
59. Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)
Raya and the Last Dragon is an American computer-animated fantasy action-adventure film.
Directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, with co-direction by Paul Briggs and John Ripa, Raya and the Last Dragon showcases a blend of action, adventure, and meaningful morals, highlighting the importance of trust in the face of adversity.
Set in the fantasy world of Kumandra, the story follows Raya, a warrior princess who embarks on a journey to find the fabled last dragon to save her divided home world from a ravenous plague.
The film boasts a star-studded cast, including Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, and Alan Tudyk.
Released on March 5, 2021, the movie established itself as a strong addition to Disney’s ever-growing list of animated feature films and made Raya the 13th official Disney Princess.
58. Frozen II (2019)
Frozen II is a Walt Disney Animation musical film.
Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, Frozen II was produced by Peter Del Vecho and written by Lee, Buck, and Marc Smith.
In this sequel, Elsa seeks answers about her magical powers and the mysterious past that lies in the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle.
Alongside her sister Anna and their friends Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, she embarks on a dangerous yet remarkable journey.
Having feared that her powers were too much for the world in the first movie, Frozen, Elsa must now hope that her abilities are strong enough to save their kingdom once again.
57. Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018)
Ralph Breaks The Internet is a computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios
Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, the film is written by Johnston and Pamela Ribon from a story by Jim Reardon, Ribon, and Josie Trinidad.
The story picks up six years after the events of “Wreck-It Ralph,” with Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discovering a Wi-Fi router in their arcade.
This discovery leads them on a new adventure into the vast World Wide Web.
Ralph and Vanellope risk everything by traveling on the internet in search of a part that can save Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush. Ralph Breaks the Internet was released on November 21, 2018.
56. Moana (2019)
Moana is an island princess-themed computer-animated movie by Disney.
The movie is set in ancient Polynesia, where a young and spirited girl named Moana is called upon by the ocean to seek out the demigod Maui and lift a terrible curse affecting her island.
Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, with co-direction by Chris Williams and Don Hall, this musical film has captivated audiences with its engaging story and vivid animation.
Moana showcases the bravery and resilience of its princess as Moana sets sail on a daring mission to revive her people’s seafaring heritage and save her island from a mystical darkness.
Moana was released on November 23, 2016. View the lyrics to all the Moana songs.
55. Zootopia (2016)
Zootopia is a 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney.
The story revolves around an unlikely duo, Officer Judy Hopps and con artist Nick Wilde, as they team up to unravel a conspiracy in their city.
Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and co-director Jared Bush the film explores themes such as prejudice, stereotypes, and fear in the society of animals.
It demonstrates the struggles faced by the characters, highlighting the importance of acceptance, cooperation, and empathy.
The movie features a diverse cast of animals, each with their distinct personalities and roles within the community. Zootopia was released on March 4, 2016.
54. Big Hero 6 (2014)
Big Hero 6 is a computer-animated comedy-superhero film created by Disney Animation.
The film is directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and is set in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo.
The story revolves around 14-year-old high school graduate and robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. Hiro forms a special bond with Baymax, a lovable personal companion robot.
After a devastating event, they find themselves in the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, leading to the formation of the heroic team “Big Hero 6”.
The film introduces a diverse set of characters who come together to form the Big Hero 6 team. Among them is Hiro Hamada, who serves as the team’s unofficial leader. Big Hero 6 was released on November 7, 2014.
53. Frozen (2013)
Frozen is an American animated feature film produced by Disney.
Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, with a screenplay by Lee, the movie features a music score by Christophe Beck and songs written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
The movie tells the story of two sisters, Elsa and Anna, who live in the kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa has magical powers that allow her to create ice and snow, but she struggles to control them.
After an incident at her coronation ceremony, Elsa runs away from the kingdom, causing Arendelle to fall under an eternal winter.
Anna ventures out to find Elsa and end the winter, and along the way, she meets a mountain man named Kristoff, his reindeer Sven, and a talking snowman named Olaf. Together, they embark on an adventure to save Arendelle.
52. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
Wreck-It Ralph is a popular American computer-animated comedy film.
Directed by Rich Moore in his directorial debut, Wreck-It Ralph explores the lives of characters within arcade machines at Litwak’s Arcade.
The film centers on Ralph, a video game villain who dreams of becoming a hero. In an attempt to prove his worth, Ralph embarks on a journey across multiple generations of video games, causing chaos in the process.
Its captivating storyline, engaging visuals, and talented voice actors, including John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, and Sarah Silverman, have undoubtedly contributed to its widespread appeal.
Wreck-It Ralph was released on November 2, 2012.
51. Winnie the Pooh (2011)
Winnie the Pooh is a beloved media franchise produced by The Walt Disney Company, based on the stories and characters created by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard.
The franchise began in 1966 with the theatrical release of the short Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.
The unique charm of these stories comes from the tone, action, and plot, which are crafted to be much softer and slower than that of any other Disney animated film, appealing to a wide range of audiences.
Throughout the years, there have been several notable Winnie the Pooh animated films.
These films follow the honey-loving teddy bear and his friends on various strange adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood. Notable characters include Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, and Eeyore, each with their unique personality.
Winnie the Pooh was released on July 15, 2011.
50. Tangled (2010)
Tangled is a 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy film loosely based on the German fairy tale “Rapunzel,” which is part of the collection of folk tales published by the Brothers Grimm.
Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard the film features the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi.
Tangled tells the story of the long-lost princess Rapunzel. Trapped in a tower her entire life, the magically long-haired Rapunzel yearns to see the world beyond her window.
When Flynn Rider, a charming bandit, stumbles upon her tower, Rapunzel embarks on a thrilling adventure where she discovers her true identity and uses her 70 feet of magical golden hair as a unique superpower to overcome various obstacles.
Tangled was released on November 24, 2010.
49. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
The Princess and the Frog is an animated musical film released by Walt Disney Pictures.
This movie finds its inspiration in part from the 2002 novel The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker, which in turn is based on the German folk tale “The Frog Prince” as collected by the Brothers Grimm.
The Princess and the Frog was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, featuring the voice talents of Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, and Michael-Leon Wooley.
Set in the vibrant city of New Orleans, the film adds a modern twist to a classic tale.
It follows the story of a beautiful girl named Tiana, a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
The Princess and the Frog was released on December 11, 2009.
48. Bolt (2008)
Bolt is a computer-animated comedy-adventure film by Disney Animation.
Bolt was directed by Chris Williams and Byron Howard, both in their feature directorial debuts. The film was produced by Clark Spencer, with a screenplay written by Williams and Dan Fogelman.
The story revolves around an American White Shepherd named Bolt, who has spent his entire life on the set of a successful live-action superhero TV show.
Due to the show’s immersive nature, Bolt believes that he is a real superhero with genuine powers.
When he is accidentally separated from his owner, Penny, Bolt embarks on a journey through the real world, discovering the truth about himself and learning valuable life lessons along the way.
Bolt features the voices of John Travolta as Bolt and Miley Cyrus as Penny, among other notable actors. Bolt was released on November 21, 2008.
47. Meet the Robinsons (2007)
Meet the Robinsons is an animated science-fiction comedy film.
The movie is loosely based on the 1990 children’s book A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce, who also contributed to the film’s art design and served as an executive producer alongside John Lasseter and Clark Spencer.
The film was directed by Stephen J. Anderson in his feature directorial debut.
It follows the story of Lewis, a brilliant young inventor who embarks on a time-traveling quest to save the future and find the family he never knew.
With the help of the eccentric Robinson family, Lewis learns valuable lessons about never giving up on himself and always moving forward. Meet the Robinsons was released on March 30, 2007.
46. Chicken Little (2005)
Chicken Little is a children’s cartoon movie that follows the story of a young chicken who believes the sky is falling, causing chaos in his community.
With state-of-the-art animation and a star-studded cast, Chicken Little was the first full-length computer-animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and was directed by Mark Dindal.
Chicken Little includes key characters like Abby Mallard, Runt of the Litter, and Buck Cluck. Featuring the voice acting talents of Zach Braff as Chicken Little, the film was inspired by the 1943 short film of the same name.
In the years since its release, Chicken Little has made cameos in other Disney productions and remains an enduring character in the world of Disney animation. Chicken Little was released on October 6, 2005.
45. Home on the Range (2004)
Home on the Range is an animated Western musical comedy film.
Home on the Range was directed by Will Finn and John Sanford, and it features the voices of Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Tilly.
The story revolves around three dairy cows in the Wild West who search for a wanted criminal to save their farm from going bankrupt.
When a greedy outlaw schemes to take possession of the “Patch Of Heaven” dairy farm, the cows, a karate-kicking stallion named Buck, and a colorful corral of critters join forces to save their home.
The stakes are sky-high as this unlikely animal alliance risks their hides and matches wits with a mysterious band of bad guys. Home on the Range was released on April 2, 2004.
44. Brother Bear (2003)
Brother Bear is an animated fantasy comedy-drama film released by Walt Disney Pictures.
Brother Bear was directed by Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker in their feature directorial debuts and produced by Chuck Williams. The screenplay was written by Tab Murphy, Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton, and others.
The film tells the story of an impulsive boy named Kenai, who is magically transformed into a bear and must learn valuable life lessons while walking in another’s footsteps.
Kenai’s courageous and often zany journey introduces him to a forest full of wildlife, including the lovable bear cub Koda. Brother Bear was released on November 1, 2003.
43. Treasure Planet (2002)
Treasure Planet is a science fiction action-adventure animated film.
Treasure Planet is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure novel Treasure Island (1883). Treasure Planet boldly reimagines the story in a unique outer space setting.
The film is directed by John Musker and Ron Clements and tells the story of a young hero, Jim Hawkins, who dreams of a life filled with adventure on legendary planets.
When he meets the mysterious character, old Billy Bones, Jim’s life takes a significant turn as he learns that the fabled Treasure Planet may be more than just an old tale.
Set aboard a mesmerizing space galleon, Jim teams up with a quirky robot named B.E.N. and a shape-shifting alien creature called Morph. Together, they embark on an unforgettable journey to uncover a treasure greater than Jim ever imagined.
Treasure Planet was released on November 27, 2002.
42. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Lilo & Stitch is an animated science fiction comedy-drama film.
The movie is directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois and features the voices of Chris Sanders, Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jason Scott Lee, and Zoe Caldwell.
The story follows a young Hawaiian girl named Lilo who adopts a small, destructive alien named Stitch, thinking he’s a dog.
Together, they embark on adventures while avoiding capture by the alien federation. The film explores themes of family, friendship, and belonging.
Lilo & Stitch was released on June 21, 2002.
41. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Atlantis: The Lost Empire is an animated science fiction action-adventure film produced by Disney.
Atlantis was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, with Don Hahn as the producer and Tab Murphy responsible for the screenplay.
Featuring an ensemble voice cast, the film includes notable names such as Michael J. Fox, Cree Summer, James Garner, Leonard Nimoy, and Don Novello.
Atlantis follows the story of a young linguist named Milo Thatch, who joins a team of explorers in search of the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.
The adventurers embark on an underwater journey aboard the 1,000-foot submarine Ulysses, delving into the depths of the ocean and uncovering secrets hidden within Atlantis.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire was released on June 15, 2001.
40. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
The Emperor’s New Groove is an American animated film produced by Disney Animation.
The movie, directed by Mark Dindal and produced by Randy Fullmer, and the screenplay, written by David Reynolds, was based on a story by Dindal and Chris Williams.
The film features a star-studded voice cast including David Spade as the self-centered Emperor Kuzco, John Goodman as Pacha, the amiable peasant, Eartha Kitt as the villainous advisor Yzma, and Patrick Warburton as Yzma’s henchman, Kronk.
The story follows Emperor Kuzco, who is transformed into a llama by Yzma in her effort to seize the throne. Stranded in the jungle, Kuzco must rely on the help of Pacha in order to regain his human form and save his kingdom.
The Emperor’s New Groove sets itself apart from other Disney animated films with its unique humor, leaning more towards the comedic side of storytelling.
The Emperor’s New Groove was released on December 15, 2000.
39. Dinosaur (2000)
Dinosaur is a computer-animated adventure film directed by Ralph Zondag and Eric Leighton.
The movie is set in a prehistoric world where a young Iguanodon named Aladar is raised by a family of lemurs.
As they experience a meteor shower, Aladar and his lemur family must embark on a journey to find a new home while encountering various dangers and forming friendships with other dinosaurs along the way.
The film combines both live-action backgrounds with computer-animated characters, creating a unique visual experience. Dinosaur was released on May 19, 2000.
38. Fantasia 2000 (1999)
Fantasia 2000 is an animated musical anthology film produced by Disney and serves as a sequel to Disney’s 1940 animated feature film Fantasia.
Produced by Roy E. Disney and Donald W. Ernst, Fantasia 2000 shares its predecessor’s format of consisting of animated segments set to pieces of classical music.
Leopold Stokowski, the original conductor for Fantasia, plays a significant role in the film’s legacy.
The film features various classical music compositions, including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Pines of Rome by Respighi, Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin, Piano Concerto No. 2 by Shostakovich, Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns, and more.
Each piece is accompanied by its own distinct animated segment. Fantasia 2000 was released on January 1, 2000.
37. Tarzan (1999)
Tarzan is an animated adventure musical film produced by Walt Disney. The film is based on the story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Tarzan was directed by Chris Buck and Kevin Lima, with voice acting from Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, and Glenn Close.
The movie follows the story of a man raised by gorillas who must decide where he truly belongs when he discovers he is a human.
The varied stories within the Tarzan franchise showcase Disney’s ability to create engaging animated films that appeal to audiences of all ages.
Tarzan was released on June 18, 1999.
36. Mulan (1998)
Mulan is an animated musical adventure film produced by Walt Disney based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. The film was directed by Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft.
The story follows Fa Mulan, the daughter of an aged warrior named Fa Zhou. When the Huns invaded China, the Emperor issued a decree that one man from each family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country.
In order to protect her father, who is too old and weak to fight, Mulan disguises herself as a man and takes his place.
With the help of her dragon guardian, Mushu, and her new friends, Yao, Ling, and Chien Po, Mulan trains to become a skilled warrior and fight against the Huns.
Along the way, she faces challenges and overcomes obstacles, proving herself to be a brave and capable soldier. Mulan was released on June 19, 1998.
35. Hercules (1997)
Hercules is an animated musical comedy-fantasy film based on the legendary Greek hero Heracles.
The story follows him through a series of adventures and challenges as he navigates his role as the son of Zeus and a mortal woman.
Hercules was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. The film features a stellar voice cast, including Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, James Woods, and Susan Egan.
Hercules makes his way through a series of challenges and trials, testing his strength and endurance as a demi-god. Alongside his trusty sidekick Pegasus, Hercules encounters allies such as the satyr Philoctetes and romantic interest Megara.
However, the cunning and vengeful Hades, the god of the underworld, who wants to overthrow Zeus, stands in his way. Hercules was released on June 27, 1997.
34. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a cartoon musical drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on Victor Hugo’s classic 1831 novel of the same name.
The Hunchback was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. The film features the voice talents of Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, and Tom Hulce.
The story revolves around Quasimodo, the gentle and lonely bell ringer of Notre Dame, and his journey to find love and acceptance in a world that judges him based on his appearance.
With the help of his gargoyle friends and the kind-hearted Esmeralda, he begins to discover his own worth and courage. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released on June 21, 1996.
33. Pocahontas (1995)
Pocahontas is an animated musical comedy romance-drama film.
Pocahontas is the first animated feature Disney film to be based on a real historical character, drawing from known history, folklore, and legend surrounding Pocahontas, a Native American woman known for her association with the Jamestown colony in Virginia.
Pocahontas was directed by Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg. Its characters are voiced by Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, and Irene Bedard.
The story follows Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, who meets and falls in love with Captain John Smith, a British settler who has arrived in the New World to establish a colony.
However, their love is complicated by the conflict between the settlers and the Native Americans and the cultural differences between their two worlds.
As tensions rise between the two groups, Pocahontas must choose between her love for John Smith and her loyalty to her people. Pocahontas was released on June 23, 1995.
32. The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King is an American animated musical drama film and is considered one of the crowning achievements of the Disney Renaissance period.
The Lion King was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff and featured a star-studded voice cast that included Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, and Whoopi Goldberg.
The Lion King captivated audiences with its stunning visuals and memorable soundtrack.
Composer Hans Zimmer crafted the film’s instrumental score, while Elton John and Tim Rice collaborated on iconic songs such as “Circle of Life,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”
The film centers around the story of lion prince Simba, who is targeted by his bitter uncle, Scar, seeking to usurp the throne.
As Simba embarks on an adventure filled with self-discovery, friendship, and love, he learns valuable life lessons and ultimately reclaims his rightful place as king. The Lion King was released on June 24, 1994.
31. Aladdin (1992)
Aladdin is an animated musical fantasy comedy film based on the Arabic folktale of the same name from One Thousand and One Nights.
The film was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, with voice performances by Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, and Jonathan Freeman.
The plot revolves around a kind-hearted street urchin, Aladdin, and a power-hungry Grand Vizier who both vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.
Aladdin’s journey takes him on an adventure filled with action, romance, and comedy, ultimately leading to self-discovery and love.
One of the most iconic songs from the film is “A Whole New World,” sung by Aladdin and Princess Jasmine as they embark on a magical carpet ride. Aladdin was released on November 25, 1992.
30. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Beauty and the Beast is a prominent romance fantasy musical Disney animated movie based on the 1756 fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.
Beauty and the Beast was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise with performances by Robby Benson, Paige O’Hara, and Richard White.
The story revolves around Belle, an intelligent and independent young woman who becomes a prisoner in a mysterious Beast’s enchanted castle.
Over time, Belle discovers the Beast’s true nature, the soul of a prince cursed for his arrogance. As their friendship grows, Belle helps the Beast change for the better, eventually breaking the spell placed upon him.
Beauty and the Beast was released on November 22, 1991.
29. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
The Rescuers Down Under is a cartoon adventure film produced by Walt Disney. This movie is a sequel to the 1977 animated classic The Rescuers, which was based on the novels by Margery Sharp.
The Rescuers Down Under was directed by Hendel Butoy and Mike Gabriel with the voice talent of Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, and John Candy.
In this adventure-filled movie, the Rescue Aid Society comes together to embark on a daring mission in the Australian Outback.
Their objective is to rescue a young boy named Cody and a majestic eagle named Marahute from a merciless poacher.
Bernard and Bianca, the two courageous and charismatic mice, lead the Rescue Aid Society in their quest, showcasing their teamwork and bravery. The Rescuers Down Under was released on November 16, 1990.
28. The Little Mermaid (1989)
The Little Mermaid is an animated fantasy musical film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.
Featuring the voice talents of Jodi Benson as Ariel, the movie became a cornerstone for the Disney Renaissance, which breathed new life into the company’s animation department.
The story follows Ariel, a 16-year-old mermaid princess who longs to explore the human world.
When she saves a human prince from drowning and falls in love with him, she makes a deal with the sea witch Ursula to trade her voice for legs so she can go to the surface and be with him.
However, Ursula has her own plans for Ariel and her father’s kingdom, and Ariel must use her courage and determination to defeat the sea witch and save both her world and the human world.
The Littler Mermaid was released on November 17, 1989.
27. Oliver & Company (1988)
Oliver & Company is an animated musical adventure film loosely based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist.
Oliver & Company was directed by George Scribner and starred the voices of Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, and Bette Midler.
The story follows the adventures of Oliver, a homeless kitten who is taken in by a gang of dogs led by the street-smart Dodger.
Together, they embark on a series of adventures and encounters with various colorful characters in the city, including a rich girl named Jenny and the villainous Sykes.
This G-rated Disney classic features unforgettable songs performed by musical greats Billy Joel, Huey Lewis, and Bette Midler. Oliver & Company was released on November 18, 1988.
26. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
The Great Mouse Detective is an animated mystery adventure film released by Walt Disney Pictures.
The Great Mouse Detective was directed by Burny Mattinson, David Michener, John Musker, and Ron Clements and is based on the children’s book series Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus and Paul Galdone.
Set in Victorian London, England, the story follows a little mouse girl whose toymaker father is abducted by a peg-legged bat.
In a quest to rescue her father, she enlists the aid of Basil of Baker Street, the rodent world’s answer to Sherlock Holmes. The case takes a broader scope as Basil uncovers the crime’s link to a larger plot against the Crown itself.
The Great Mouse Detective was released on July 2, 1986.
25. The Black Cauldron (1985)
The Black Cauldron is an animated dark fantasy adventure movie and the first PG-rated animated film from Disney Animation.
The Black Cauldron was directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich. Popular voices include Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, and John Byner.
Loosely based on the first two books in The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, the movie is a series of five novels inspired by Welsh mythology.
The film revolves around an assistant pig keeper named Taran, who dreams of becoming a hero. He faces the fearsome Horned King in a race to possess the mystical and powerful Black Cauldron, which can grant invincibility to whoever releases its power.
The Black Cauldron incorporates elements of action-adventure, animation, and fantasy. The Black Cauldron was Released on July 24, 1985.
24. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
The Fox and the Hound is a Disney animated buddy film loosely based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name.
The Fox and the Hound was directed by Ted Berman, Richard Rich, and Art Stevens and starred the voices of Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, and Jack Albertson.
The story revolves around two unlikely friends, a red fox named Tod and a hound dog named Copper.
The duo form a strong bond, but as Copper grows up and is expected to fulfill his role as a hunting dog, their friendship faces numerous challenges.
This heartwarming film showcases the importance of friendship, loyalty, and staying true to oneself despite societal expectations. The Fox and the Hound was released on July 10, 1981.
23. The Rescuers (1977)
The Rescuers is a Disney animated classic adventure comedy-drama film.
The Rescuers centers around the Rescue Aid Society, an international mouse organization that operates in the shadows of the United Nations and is dedicated to helping abduction victims around the world.
The Rescuers was directed by a crew that included John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Art Stevens.
The film tells the story of a shy but brave mouse named Bernard and his glamorous partner, Miss Bianca, two tiny heroes on a great big mission to save a young girl named Penny.
Penny has sent an urgent call for help, prompting Bernard and Bianca to spring into action. Joined by their trusted albatross friend Orville, they soar to the marshy swamp of Devil’s Bayou to rescue Penny and solve the case.
The Rescuers was released on June 22, 1977.
22. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is an animated musical comedy film.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was directed by John Lounsbery and Wolfgang Reitherman and features the voices of Sterling Holloway, Paul Winchell, and John Fiedler.
The movie is a collection of animated shorts based on the stories and characters created by A.A. Milne.
The film follows the adventures of Winnie the Pooh, a honey-loving teddy bear, and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, including Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, and Rabbit.
The movie features memorable songs and is known for its charming animation and heartwarming stories. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was released on March 11, 1977.
21. Robin Hood (1973)
Robin Hood is a creative adaptation of the popular folklore tale revolving around the celebrated figure of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men.
Directed and produced by Wolfgang Reitherman, Disney’s take on the story saw the beloved characters transformed into talking animals, with Robin Hood portrayed as a fox and Little John as a bear.
The story follows Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men as they outwit the villainous Prince John and his henchman, the Sheriff of Nottingham.
The film boasts a delightful combination of action, adventure, romance, and humor, making it a memorable addition to the Disney animated collection. Robin Hood was released on November 8, 1973.
20. The Aristocats (1970)
The Aristocats is one of the animated Disney classics that features talking animals.
The Aristocats was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman with voice actors starring Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, and Sterling Holloway.
Set in 1910 Paris, the film follows the story of a wealthy, retired opera diva named Madame Adelaide Bonfamille.
She owns a cultured mother cat named Duchess and her three kittens, Berlioz, Marie, and Toulouse. The feline family lives a luxurious lifestyle with Madame Bonfamille’s English butler, Edgar.
However, their lives are disrupted when Edgar, driven by greed, catnaps the cats to gain his mistress’s fortune. As the story unfolds, the Duchess and her kittens must navigate the streets of Paris and its alleys.
Along the way, they are assisted by an alley cat named Thomas O’Malley, who helps them return home, outsmart Edgar, and reclaim what is rightfully theirs.
The Aristocats was released on December 24, 1970.
19. The Jungle Book (1967)
The Jungle Book is an American animated musical comedy film based on Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 book of the same title.
The Jungle Book was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman and written by Larry Clemmons. Featured voices include Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot,
The movie follows Mowgli’s adventures as he tries to evade the clutches of the villainous tiger Shere Khan and return to the human village.
Along the way, he meets a variety of memorable characters, including the lovable bear Baloo, the strict panther Bagheera, and the hypnotic snake Kaa.
The Jungle Book was released on October 18, 1967.
18. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
The Sword in the Stone is an animated musical fantasy comedy film based on the novel of the same name by T.H. White.
The film was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, Clyde Geronimi, and David Hand. Featured voices include Karl Swenson and Rickie Sorensen.
The story follows Arthur, known as “Wart,” as he is mentored by the wizard Merlin and goes through a series of magical adventures and lessons to prepare him for his eventual destiny as the King of England.
Along the way, he transforms into various animals, including a fish, a squirrel, and a bird, and learns important life lessons about courage, wisdom, and leadership.
The Sword in the Stone was released on December 25, 1963.
17. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
One Hundred and One Dalmatians is a beloved animated film produced by Disney Animation based on Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
Directed by Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, and Wolfgang Reitherman, the animation is renowned for its engaging storyline and use of innovative techniques.
The film revolves around the Dalmatian couple Pongo and Perdita, whose 15 puppies are kidnapped by the villainous Cruella De Vil.
With the help of animal friends, they embark on a rescue mission to save not only their pups but 84 other Dalmatian puppies that Cruella intends to use for her cruel fashion statement.
One Hundred and One Dalmatians was released on January 5, 1961.
16. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Sleeping Beauty is a classic animated musical fantasy film from Disney. The movie is based on Charles Perrault’s 1697 fairy tale of the same title.
The story follows Princess Aurora, who is cursed by the evil fairy Maleficent to die on her 16th birthday.
The curse is altered by the good fairy Merryweather, who changes it so that Aurora will instead fall into a deep sleep that can only be broken by true love’s kiss.
The movie was directed by Clyde Geronimi and features a voice cast that includes Mary Costa as Aurora, Eleanor Audley as Maleficent, and Verna Felton as Flora. Sleeping Beauty was released on January 29, 1959.
15. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Lady and the Tramp is an excellent Disney animated movie that features comedy and romance.
It was directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske. Lady and the Tramp is known for its stunning animation, heartwarming story, and lovable characters.
The movie features the voices of Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Bill Thompson, Bill Baucom, Verna Felton, and Peggy Lee.
Lady and the Tramp tells the story of Lady, a lovingly pampered Cocker Spaniel, and Tramp, a freewheeling mutt with a heart of gold. The romantic tale follows Lady and Tramp as they embark on a thrilling adventure and fall in love.
Lady and the Tramp is a timeless classic that has been loved by generations of audiences. Lady and the Tramp was released on June 22, 1955. Check out the biggest list of Lady and the Tramp quotes.
14. Peter Pan (1953)
Peter Pan is a classic animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney.
The film was directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske. It features the voices of Bobby Driscoll as Peter Pan, Kathryn Beaumont as Wendy Darling, and Hans Conried as Captain Hook.
The story follows Peter Pan as he takes Wendy, John, and Michael Darling on a journey to Neverland, where they encounter mermaids, pirates, and the villainous Captain Hook.
Along the way, they learn important lessons about growing up, friendship, and the power of imagination.
Peter Pan was released on February 5, 1953.
13. Alice In Wonderland (1951)
Alice In Wonderland is a cartoon musical fantasy-adventure film based on the Alice books by Lewis Carroll.
The film was directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske and features the voices of Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway, Jerry Colonna, Verna Felton, J. Pat O’Malley, Bill Thompson, and Heather Angel.
The film follows a young girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world full of peculiar creatures. She meets the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts, among others.
The film is known for its colorful and imaginative animation, catchy songs, and memorable characters. Alice in Wonderland was released on July 28, 1951.
12. Cinderella (1950)
Cinderella is a favorite Disney animated princess fairytale film.
The film was produced by Walt Disney and directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske.
It is a musical fantasy film that tells the story of a young girl named Cinderella who is mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters being treated like a maid.
However, with the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is able to attend the Royal Ball and capture the heart of the Prince which changes her destiny forever.
It was a critical and commercial success, becoming Disney’s biggest hit since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Cinderella’s success helped to reverse the studio’s fortunes and paved the way for future Disney animated films.
Cinderella was released on March 4, 1950.
11. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is an animated package film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad was directed by James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, and Jack Kinney. The film features the voice talents of Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, and J. Pat O’Malley, among others.
The film is composed of two segments based on popular works of literature: The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
The first segment, The Wind in the Willows, is based on the novel of the same name by Kenneth Grahame and follows the misadventures of a group of anthropomorphic animals, including Mr. Toad, as they navigate the English countryside.
The second segment, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, is based on the short story by Washington Irving and tells the story of Ichabod Crane, a schoolteacher who competes with a local bully for the affection of a wealthy farmer’s daughter.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad was released on January 6, 1950.
10. Melody Time (1948)
Melody Time is a live-action and animated musical anthology film that consists of seven segments set to popular music and folk music.
The film features a variety of musical styles, including jazz, swing, and western.
Some of the segments include “Once Upon a Wintertime,” which tells the story of a boy and girl’s sleighing and skating outing in the 1800s, and “Johnny Appleseed,” which tells the story of the legendary folk hero who planted apple trees across the American frontier.
Donald Duck also makes an appearance in the segment “Blame It On The Samba,” where he puts on a display of jazzy antics. The film also includes the mischievous young tugboat in “Little Toot” and the heroes of legend and myth in “Pecos Bill.”
Melody Time is often compared to Make Mine Music, as both films are musical anthologies featuring popular songs and folk music.
Melody Time was released on May 27, 1948.
9. Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
Fun and Fancy Free is an animated fantasy package film produced by Walt Disney. It is the fourth of the package films that the studio produced in the 1940s to save money during World War II.
Directed by Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, and William Morgan, Fun and Fancy Free features two timeless tales, Bongo and Mickey and the Beanstalk.
The first segment, Bongo, is based on the short story Little Bear Bongo by Sinclair Lewis and tells the story of a circus bear named Bongo who escapes to the wild and falls in love with a female bear named Lulubelle.
The second segment, Mickey and the Beanstalk, is a retelling of the classic fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk, with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy.
Fun and Fancy Free was released on September 27, 1947.
8. Make Mine Music (1946)
Make Mine Music is a musical animated film composed of ten animated shorts, each set to a different piece of music.
The film was directed by Robert Cormack and Clyde Geronimi and features segments with a variety of musical styles, including jazz, classical, and popular music.
The film features several notable segments, including “Peter and the Wolf,” which is narrated by actor Sterling Holloway and features music by Sergei Prokofiev.
Other segments include “The Martins and the Coys,” a humorous tale of a feud between two families, and “Casey at the Bat,” a retelling of the famous poem by Ernest Thayer.
One of the most visually striking segments in the film is “Two Silhouettes,” which features two live-action ballet dancers, David Lichine and Tania Riabouchinskaya, moving in silhouette with animated backgrounds and characters.
Make Mine Music was released on August 15, 1946.
7. The Three Caballeros (1944)
The Three Caballeros is a musical animated adventure film.
The film features Donald Duck, who receives three presents from his friends in Latin America on his birthday.
The presents include a film projector and a book on Latin American birds. The film is a celebration of Donald Duck’s 10th anniversary.
The film consists of seven segments, each connected by a common theme. The segments include live-action and animated sequences, with some of the animation being created in a unique style that blended live-action footage with animation.
The Three Caballeros was directed by Norman Ferguson, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, and Bill Roberts. The film was produced by Walt Disney and written by Homer Brightman, Ernest Terrazas, Ted Sears, Bill Peet, Ralph Wright, Elmer Plummer, Roy Williams, William Cottrell, Del Connell, and James Bodrero.
The Three Caballeros was released on February 3, 1945.
6. Saludos Amigos (1942)
Saludos Amigos is an American live-action animated anthology film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. It is the first of the six package films produced by Walt Disney 1940s.
The film is a whimsical blend of live-action and animation, set to a toe-tapping samba beat. It features famous funny friends, Donald Duck and Goofy, as international traveling companions.
The film is a colorful kaleidoscope of art, adventure, and music and is a celebration of Latin American culture.
Saludos Amigos is made up of four animated sequences which are all tied together by live-action footage of Walt Disney and his artists on their trip to Latin America. The sequences include Lake Titicaca, Pedro, El Gaucho Goofy, and Aquarela do Brasil.
Saludos Amigos was released on August 24, 1942, in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
5. Bambi (1942)
Bambi is an animated drama film by Disney Animation and directed by David Hand.
The film is based on the 1923 book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten.
The story follows Bambi as he learns important life lessons from his mother and his friends, including Thumper the rabbit, and Flower the skunk.
Along the way, he experiences the joys and sorrows of life in the forest, including the danger posed by man and the harshness of winter.
The film was also notable for its use of multiplane camera technology, which allowed for more complex and detailed animation. Overall, Bambi is a classic Disney film that has stood the test of time.
Bambi was released on August 21, 1942.
4. Dumbo (1941)
Dumbo is an adventure drama animated film about a young circus elephant.
Dumbo was directed by a large group that included Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, and John Elliotte.
The movie tells the story of a young circus elephant named Jumbo Jr., who is given the nickname “Dumbo” due to his large ears, which he uses to fly.
The story follows Dumbo as he faces ridicule and discrimination from the other circus animals, but with the help of his friend Timothy Mouse, he learns to embrace his uniqueness and becomes a star attraction.
Dumbo is notable for being one of the first animated films to feature a fully developed character arc for its protagonist. Dumbo was released on October 31, 1941.
3. Fantasia (1940)
Fantasia is an animated movie unique in that it is an anthology of eight animated segments set to classical music.
The film was directed by a team of Disney animators and artists, including James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe, Norman Ferguson, and Wilfred Jackson.
The movie has grown in reputation over the years and is now widely acclaimed as one of the greatest animated films of all time.
Fantasia was initially a commercial failure, but it has since become a cultural touchstone and a beloved classic.
The film’s innovative use of animation and music has influenced generations of animators and artists, and its impact can still be felt in contemporary animation.
Fantasia was released on November 13, 1940.
Pinocchio is a classic Disney animated movie based on the story of a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy.
The movie was directed by Ben Sharpsteen and Hamilton Luske. It was the second animated feature film produced by Disney.
The movie tells the story of a wooden puppet named Pinocchio, who is brought to life by a fairy. Pinocchio is told that if he wants to become a real boy, he must prove himself brave, truthful, and unselfish.
Along the way, he is guided by his conscience, a cricket named Jiminy Cricket. Pinocchio faces many challenges and dangers, including being turned into a donkey and swallowed by a whale.
Pinocchio was released on February 23, 1940.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is Disney’s first animated musical fantasy film.
It was the first full-length animated feature film produced by Disney. The movie is based on the German fairy tale “Snow White” by the Brothers Grimm.
The film was directed by David Hand and features the voices of Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne, Harry Stockwell, and Roy Atwell.
The story is about a young princess named Snow White who is forced to flee from her evil stepmother, the Queen after she orders her to be killed.
Snow White finds refuge in a cottage in the woods where she meets and befriends seven dwarfs. However, the Queen discovers that Snow White is still alive and sets out to kill her.
The film’s success allowed Disney to establish his own studio, Walt Disney Studios and paved the way for future animated feature films from the studio.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released on December 21, 1937.
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