Disney Top Ten

by daisybtoes | created - 13 Feb 2012 | updated - 13 Feb 2012 | Public

The best of Disney's Animated films.

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1. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson

Votes: 99,709 | Gross: $93.60M

Possibly the best dog movie ever made. It's about the world from a dog's eye, and tells the story of an innocent adolescent puppy and her complex, mostly loving relationships with her humans, the dogs next door, a couple of cats, and what happens when she escapes from her home through no fault of her own. It is also about doggie love and misunderstandings. Contains some of the most iconic moments in Disney history

2. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

G | 84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

95 Metascore

A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart

Votes: 364,665 | Gross: $218.97M

A magnificent fairy tale and love story with most unforgettable songs and characters. Worth it alone just to watch the interaction of Lumiere and Cogsworth. The Beast is such a wonderful oaf, you can't help but love him.

3. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney

Votes: 78,254 | Gross: $76.41M

Of all Disney's movies, this is possibly the most iconic of them all. It has spawned a live action version of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", a CGI film called "Dinosaur", based on the dinosaur segment of this movie, and made such indelible marks on our imaginations as the winged balrog-like demon in "Night on Bald Mountain", the cute Chinese mushrooms and ice skating snow fairies of "Nutcracker Suite", and the exotic Classical rendition od Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony. The movie is filled with magnificent images that have been picked up and referenced by countless other films for children. This is as good an introduction to classical program music as you can give a child.

4. Bambi (1942)

G | 70 min | Animation, Drama, Family

The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright | Stars: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn

Votes: 108,674 | Gross: $102.80M

Despite the unforgettable imagery of little Bambi and his playmates as a very young fawn, this is actually a hard and gritty nature film about the realities of life in the wild for forest animals. It is both beautiful and chilling, with some of the most beautiful photography of any animated film.

5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.

Directors: William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell

Votes: 152,689 | Gross: $184.93M

As they say, she's still the fairest of them all. A young German princess, persued by an evil queen who wants to kill her, she hides in the Black Forest where she recieves shelter from a group of rustic Dwarves, and endears her way into their hearts. Still a hallmark of charm and enchantment with several very scary moments. One of the greatest achievements of all time in animated film making.

6. A Christmas Carol (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family

55 Metascore

An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Steve Valentine

Votes: 85,121 | Gross: $137.86M

Not strictly a traditional animated film, this is nevertheless a gorgeous Christmas card of a movie, perfect in its Victorian glory and perfectly balances the comedy with the creepiness. Jim Carrey is surprisingly good as Scrooge, and Gary Oldman is the perfect Bob Crachit. Not for young children because of the scary scenes, but nevertheless one of the best versions of Dickens' classic on film.

7. Cinderella (1950)

G | 74 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 121,731 | Gross: $85.00M

One of Disney's most magical films of all time. Abused and neglected by her step-family, a young girl and her animal friends are spirited off on the adventure of a lifetime by a kindly fairy godmother where she finds true love on a magical night. Wonderful, wonderful.

8. Pinocchio (1940)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Directors: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Don Brodie

Votes: 106,222 | Gross: $84.25M

In a day before computers, this unforgettable story of love and loyalty was created with gorgeous attention to detail. Colors and textures are luxuriantly depicted, from the grains of wood on a table to the luminescent wax drippings of a candle and the velvety fur of a kitten. An unforgettable story with unforgettable characters.

9. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Approved | 68 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

An animated adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows" followed by an adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

Directors: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, John McLeish

Votes: 9,964

While I very much enjoy the English charm of the "Wind and the Willows" adaptation, I am really speaking of what I consider the most faithful version of all of the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow". Bing Crosby narrates this Halloween story, which is both very funny and at tomes very creepy. A great short film, which our family watches every Halloween. You should, too.

10. Dumbo (1941)

G | 64 min | Animation, Drama, Family

Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

Directors: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, John Elliotte | Stars: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, James Baskett, Herman Bing

Votes: 98,800 | Gross: $1.60M

Few things are more adorable that baby elephants. This often moving story of a baby elephant and his mother is charming little story that no one can possibly forget. That goes for you, too.