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Over the weekend, Disney showed off some of the most-anticipated movies of the near-future at its mammoth D23 convention, and the studio's announcement of Star Wars–themed additions to two of its amusement parks sent shockwaves through the world of entertainment. But a few days later, we've got a handful of questions prompted by that dazzling lineup. Here are five things we can't help but wonder in D23's wake. Is Disney Animation Outpacing Pixar? A decade ago, when Walt Disney Animation Films was putting out forgettable products like Home on the Range and Chicken Little, it seemed the house that Walt built was destined to live in the shadow of creative upstart Pixar. How surprising, then, to watch as the Disney Animation films shown at this year’s D23 got consistently better reactions than the slate of sequels that Pixar had to offer. Disney Animation brought clips and songs »
- Kyle Buchanan
Is there a bigger name in animation than Disney?
Between 1937 and 2014, Walt Disney Animation Studios has released no less than 54 theatrical films, many of which are regarded as true classics of the medium. And naturally, some of them are less beloved. For every "Sleeping Beauty" or "The Little Mermaid," there's also a "Home on the Range" or "Atlantis: The Lost Empire."
That said, some of Disney's animated efforts tend to get a bad rap. Maybe not every one their 54 films is solid gold, but there are some that deserve more acclaim and financial success than they received. Here are our top ten underrated Disney movies.
- Phil Pirrello
By Anjelica Oswald
When the 87th Oscar nominations for best animated feature were announced Jan. 15 and excluded The Lego Movie, the Internet exploded with confusion and disbelief. The film, which was largely expected by many pundits to win the Oscar, was a critical (holding a 96 percent positive score on Rotten Tomatoes) and commercial hit (earning $257.7 million stateside). It also earned Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations and won the Critics’ Choice Award for best animated film. It seemingly had everything going in its favor, so what went wrong?
One sentiment is that the animation branch of the Academy, which chooses the nominations, admire hand-drawn traditional animation and want to celebrate and preserve a fading craft rather than nominate solely computer animated and digital films.
The first computer animated film was Toy Story, which was released in 1995 and was nominated for original screenplay, original song and original score. Director »
- Anjelica Oswald
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