Walt Disney Animated Films (1937-present)

by christophershobris | created - 01 Feb 2014 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

I am listing all the animated movies made by Walt Disney Animation Studios, this will not include Pixar, as it has it's own list already. Check it out, it called Worst to Best: Pixar Films, But, these are animations released by Disney only. This is not a best to worst list, I will list them from the first film in 1937. Here is all the animated film released by Disney. Enjoy!

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1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Approved | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

95 Metascore

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: 189,516 | Gross: $184.93M

Walt Disney's first full length animated film, and the first of all time. As a result, it began the biggest production company we all know and love today.

2. Pinocchio (1940)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

99 Metascore

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, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 136,946 | Gross: $84.25M

The second can sometimes be just as good as the first try, and after Snow White's success, Pinocchio wasn't as successful financially at the time, but it got massive critical and audience acclaim. For it's dark, and yet gentle tone.

3. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

96 Metascore

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, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Corey Burton

Votes: 91,884 | Gross: $76.41M

Fantasia is considered an experimental film, with animated sequences without any dialog, but with outstanding music, and animated "tricks" that were never seen before Fantasia. It is now considered one of the best movies ever made, and one of Disney's all-time greatest.

4. Dumbo (1941)

G | 64 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

96 Metascore

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, Herman Bing, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 125,614 | Gross: $1.60M

One of the shortest films in Disney’s lineup. But this little film packs an emotional punch. It teaches to accept other people’s differences no matter what it is. This film will make you believe elephants can fly.

5. Bambi (1942)

G | 70 min | Animation, Drama, Family

91 Metascore

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, Arthur Davis, Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn

Votes: 136,168 | Gross: $102.80M

The first animated film featuring only animals to tell the tale. This style of story-telling would later become one of Disney's traditions after having both financial and commercial successes. Today, Bambi is a cult-classic and everybody knows who Bambi is. Because when you see a deer today, you think of Bambi.

6. The Reluctant Dragon (I) (1941)

Approved | 74 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Humorist Robert Benchley learns about the animation process at Walt Disney Studios while trying to find the great man himself to pitch him the idea of making a cartoon about a shy dragon.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Hamilton Luske, Jack Cutting, Ub Iwerks, Jack Kinney | Stars: Robert Benchley, Frances Gifford, Buddy Pepper, Nana Bryant

Votes: 3,089 | Gross: $0.87M

Certainly a letdown from what Disney has done previously, but nonetheless it is unique in its storyline and execution. Basically a movie about making a movie, and it has its good moments like any Disney film, and it is worth checking out for any die hard Disney fan.

7. Saludos Amigos (1942)

Passed | 42 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

60 Metascore

Disney animators tour South America and present four animated shorts inspired by their trip.

Directors: Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Norman Ferguson | Stars: Fred Shields, José Oliveira, Lee Blair, Mary Blair

Votes: 6,175

The beginning of Disney's war-time propaganda films putting future projects on hold. Most of the animators went off to war, and the ones unable to go, stayed to make these mildly successful propaganda films. This put the animation studio in serious jeopardy.

8. The Three Caballeros (1944)

Approved | 71 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

85 Metascore

Donald receives his birthday gifts, which include traditional gifts and information about Brazil (hosted by Zé Carioca) and Mexico (by Panchito, a Mexican Charro Rooster).

Directors: Norman Ferguson, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Harold Young | Stars: Aurora Miranda, Carmen Molina, Dora Luz, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 13,336

The yearly routine for Disney for the next 5 years was producing these propaganda films. These in which no one really remembers, but they still offer the same great fun, and Disney magic that they always had. The Three Caballeros is no exception.

9. Make Mine Music (1946)

Passed | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

Animation done to contemporary popular music.

Directors: Robert Cormack, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Joshua Meador | Stars: Nelson Eddy, Dinah Shore, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters

Votes: 4,043

The 3rd out of 5 of the propaganda films. Make Mine Music is a musical that was as successful as it's predecessor. This was not a good time for Disney. As he was forced into making these propaganda films for the war time.

10. So Dear to My Heart (1948)

Passed | 79 min | Animation, Drama, Family

This heartwarming classic tells the tale of a country boy who adopts a mischevious black lamb and learns valuable lessons about love and dedication.

Directors: Harold D. Schuster, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Burl Ives, Beulah Bondi, Bobby Driscoll, Luana Patten

Votes: 1,426

Another film mixed with live action, and has some good bit of animation enough to consider it an animated film.

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

Approved | 68 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

74 Metascore

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: 14,361

The last, but not least, of the propaganda films. Returning to more of the roots of what Disney is known for, with the stories of the classic tales of Ichabod (Sleepy Hollow) and Mr. Toad. Perhaps the most successful of the propaganda films. As the war ended, Disney resumed their planned project. But they needed their next one to be a major success or Disney was going to shut down the animated studio for good, due to financial issues, and commercial failures from movies.

12. Cinderella (1950)

G | 74 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

85 Metascore

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: 151,670 | Gross: $85.00M

Disney was biting his nails when this was released. If this film wasn't successful, the animation department would be no more. He returned to princesses, which was used before with Snow White. It was a success, so why not do it again, but with a different princess named Cinderella. And to Disney's relieve, Cinderella paid off, and became a major box office success, and has great opinions from critics. As a result Disney was allowed to continue making animations. Cinderella saved Disney animation from death, literally.

13. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

68 Metascore

Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney | Stars: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 134,291 | Gross: $1.07M

Alice in Wonderland was a project that Disney wanted to do before Snow White. 14 years later Disney finally came around to make Alice in Wonderland. The film didn't meet much critical acclaim, but did garnish some money out of it. The film features one of Disney's famous characters The Cheshire Cat, voiced by Sterling Holloway.

14. Peter Pan (1953)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

76 Metascore

Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson

Votes: 132,127 | Gross: $87.40M

Disney's next animation brought some real spark back into Disney, with songs, characters, and a story that fit so well together. When they say magic, they mean magic. This film has more magic then all the other films combined. First, the magic of flying, and Tinker Bell is the definition of magic. You can look up the word "magic" and the definition will be "tinker bell." And of course you can't have a great film without a great villain, and Captain Hook is a great villain.

15. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

78 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 128,243 | Gross: $93.60M

Disney is once again returning to the traditional princesses and princes, but with....dogs? Hmm? Seems crazy, but it might just work, and boy did it ever. Everybody remembers this film for it's famous spaghetti scene. That scene will always be one of the best. I haven't tried with my girlfriend yet, but I just might. She'll probably look at me like, "Ok? Weird."

16. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

G | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

85 Metascore

After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Eric Larson, Les Clark, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 141,715 | Gross: $51.60M

After a 4 year absence of animations from Disney while working on Sleeping Beauty, they release....Sleeping Beauty. Unfortunately, Sleeping Beauty didn't succeed the way Disney wanted it to. It was one of Disney's worst performing film since the propaganda films of the 40's. Great film, bad performance. As a result, the animation department lost a lot of money. But, it didn't stop Disney from continuing to make animations.

17. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

G | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

When a litter of Dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella de Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, J. Pat O'Malley, Martha Wentworth

Votes: 159,896 | Gross: $144.88M

A unique film by Disney. A crime, rescue, and suspenseful film which is a first for Disney, and they did like pros. Their second film to use dogs as the base of the story. A crazed woman named Cruella De Vil hires two goons to steal some puppies. Then a rescue is at hand, suspense is in the air, and action-packed scenes make this an all-time classic. The first film to use xeno-graph.

18. The Sword in the Stone (1963)

G | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

A poor boy named Arthur learns the power of love, kindness, knowledge and bravery with the help of a wizard called Merlin in the path to become one of the most beloved kings in English history.

Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman, Clyde Geronimi, David Hand | Stars: Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson, Junius Matthews

Votes: 93,289 | Gross: $22.18M

Continuing Disney strong run, with the exception of Sleeping Beauty, is The Sword in the Stone. Based off of the fairy tale. Disney shows it capabilities of making fairy tales not related to princesses. This was Walt's last animation he was able to live to see, before his passing.

19. The Jungle Book (1967)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

65 Metascore

Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, Bruce Reitherman

Votes: 172,591 | Gross: $141.84M

The Jungle Book was released after Walt's passing, and one of his last that he actually took part in. With Walt passing on, before he handed the studio into the hands of Roy Miller. Who continued making animations related to how Walt did it. And the Jungle Book was ironically a commercially, critically, and financially successful film.

20. The Aristocats (1970)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 98,360 | Gross: $37.68M

Truly Disney's last film with Walt's involvement. It's kind of a mixture of Lady and the Tramp, and 101 Dalmatians only with cats, instead of dogs. It's a kidnap, romance, and crime film. Cats run the screen, and is the first Disney animation to feature cats, with the exception of Figaro from Pinocchio, The Cheshire Cat, Bagheera and Shere Khan from The Jungle Book, and Sargent Tibbs from 101 Dalmatians. But, this is the first they use cats as the main focus of the story, and it won't be the last.

21. Robin Hood (1973)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

The story of the legendary British outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals.

Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman, David Hand | Stars: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 120,594 | Gross: $32.06M

The second film from Disney featuring all animals, they haven't done it since Bambi. This time they use the story of Robin Hood. This film was mediocre in the box office and with critics. This was sort of the beginning of a downgrade for the animation department. Not as severe as in the 40's but a time when Disney lost it's vibe. Disney was again searching for something good.

22. The Rescuers (1977)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

74 Metascore

Two mice of the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters.

Directors: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens | Stars: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, Joe Flynn

Votes: 60,964 | Gross: $71.22M

Next up is The Rescuers featuring mice, on an adventure to save a little girl from, what seems like Cruella's sister. You can say this is a parallel to An American Tail which also features mice to tell a story on a quest to save someone. This is a time when one of Disney's animators Don Bluth left to make his own animation company, which made An American Tail to compete with Disney's Rescuers.

23. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

In this collection of animated shorts based on the stories and characters by A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh, a honey-loving teddy bear, embarks on some eccentric adventures.

Directors: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Sebastian Cabot, Junius Matthews, Barbara Luddy, Howard Morris

Votes: 34,412

Disney's first compilation film, involving many sequences each about 20 minutes long or so. And an array of more famous character emerged from this. Including: Tigger, Piglet, and of course Winnie the Pooh.

24. The Fox and the Hound (1981)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

65 Metascore

A little fox named Tod, and Copper, a hound puppy, vow to be best buddies forever. But as Copper grows into a hunting dog, their unlikely friendship faces the ultimate test.

Directors: Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Art Stevens, David Hand, Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Jack Albertson

Votes: 88,440 | Gross: $63.46M

A story about friendship, and an inevitable fact horrifically destroys their friendship, which is they are supposed to be enemies. A fox and a hound wouldn't seem like a pair, but this films shows that friends come from the most unexpected place, and the most unexpected people. This was the last film that involved any of the "Nine Old Men" which were animators that worked with Walt throughout the years. Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas were the only ones left, and they taught to younger animators, and passed on their work to them. Johnston and Thomas retired after The Fox and the Hound. The new animators finished the project, and would later be involved in future successes of Disney.

25. The Black Cauldron (1985)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

59 Metascore

A young boy and a group of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can.

Directors: Ted Berman, Richard Rich | Stars: Grant Bardsley, Freddie Jones, Susan Sheridan, Nigel Hawthorne

Votes: 33,888 | Gross: $21.29M

Considered the "rock bottom" of Disney animation. The Black Cauldron is by some people called the worst Disney animation to date. It certainly is a lot darker, and more scary then past films. The Black Cauldron was a failure financially, critically, and publically. This was truly the lowest Disney has ever gone, and they plan to never return to this low again.

26. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

73 Metascore

Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy maker and uncovers its link to his archenemy, Professor Ratigan.

Directors: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, David Michener, John Musker | Stars: Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Susanne Pollatschek

Votes: 47,299 | Gross: $38.60M

After the Black Cauldron's failure, Disney needed to make a comeback, and rebound after it. And they sort of did. The Great Mouse Detective wasn't the rebound they were hoping for, but it would have to do. Again, using mice to tell the tale.

27. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 190,784 | Gross: $156.45M

Disney said, "You know what, we are tired of these failures, we are going to make a film that will change people's minds about what they think of Disney!" And they certainly did that here. Teaming up with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Productions, Disney blew people's minds with a live action, animation mix with Who Framed Roger Rabbit. This changed everything for Disney, they started making better films, and were a lot more successful.

28. Oliver & Company (1988)

G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

A lost and alone kitten joins a gang of dogs engaged in petty larceny in New York City.

Director: George Scribner | Stars: Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Richard Mulligan

Votes: 46,167 | Gross: $74.15M

A very underestimated and overshadowed film. It was overshadowed by the Renaissance following, and for some reason this wasn't including in the Renaissance. And underestimated by another animated film that came out the same year Don Bluth's The Land Before Time was considered better, and performed better then it's Disney counterpart.

29. The Little Mermaid (1989)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain in an attempt to become human and win a prince's love.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes

Votes: 247,154 | Gross: $111.54M

The official beginning of The Disney Renaissance, when Disney decided it was time for better films, with more depth in the story, more appealing characters, catchier songs, and better looking animation. The Little Mermaid ended up being the most successful Disney animated film since 1937 with Snow White, relishing over 100s of millions of dollars, and for a short time was the highest grossing animated film of all time. Beating Don Bluth's The Land Before Time.

30. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Crime

70 Metascore

The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a little boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher.

Directors: Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel | Stars: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy, Tristan Rogers

Votes: 40,555 | Gross: $27.93M

Known as the weaker films during the Renaissance, and the fact it was the first time Disney has ever worked on a sequel from a previous movie. Disney felt The Rescuers needed a sequel, and did it in good fashion, but also wasn't as successful as it's successors or it's predecessor The Little Mermaid. This led to Disney releasing more sequels in the future that would go directly to video or DVD when it was finally existing.

31. DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)

G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Scrooge McDuck takes Huey, Dewey, and Louie to Egypt to find a pyramid and magic lamp.

Director: Bob Hathcock | Stars: Alan Young, Christopher Lloyd, Terence McGovern, Russi Taylor

Votes: 25,930 | Gross: $18.12M

I have no idea how Disney came up with this film. It is a film that didn't really tie in with the Renaissance. No one remembers this as part of it, or the movie for that matter. A weird and unexpected film by Disney.

32. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

G | 84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

95 Metascore

A prince cursed to spend his days as a hideous monster sets out to regain his humanity by earning a young woman's love.

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

Votes: 428,360 | Gross: $218.97M

Holy, cow, what a film this was. Disney surprised everybody with this. The film exceeded beyond successful, it is considered by some as the best Disney film ever, and rightfully so. A story of what's on the inside, and not the outside. Beauty and the Beast became the first animation to receive a nomination for best picture in the Academy Awards. It also left The Little Mermaid in the dust in the box office, exceeding more then 500 million. An unheard amount for an animation at the time. It seemed like the films however got better as the years went on for a while for Disney.

33. Aladdin (1992)

G | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

86 Metascore

A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman

Votes: 386,968 | Gross: $217.35M

I consider BATB, Aladdin, and The Lion King a renaissance within The Disney Renaissance, as they ended up being a 1-2-3 hit by Disney and were the most obvious and successful film between the years of 1991 and 1994. Aladdin continues the massive momentum carried from BATB. Featuring the voice of Robin Williams as Genie. A whole new world emerges when you watch this instant classic, one that nobody will forget anytime soon. I don't need to talk about the success this film had, because we all know it is. This was last work of the music genius that worked on TLM and BATB, Mr. Howard Ashman. RIP

34. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

88 Metascore

Lion prince Simba and his father are targeted by his bitter uncle, who wants to ascend the throne himself.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 984,052 | Gross: $422.78M

I don't know what to say about this one, because we all know what The Lion King is by now. If you don't, you are missing out. Considered by some as the King of Animations. People debate whether this or BATB is the best Disney animation. I personally prefer The Lion King, it has been my all time favorite for as long as I can remember. The idea of this film arose during production on Oliver and Company. At first called King of the Jungle it was meant to be a documentary/animated styled film with no dialog. That idea changed when they found out that lions don't live in forests, and a lot of people thought that The Lion King was going to be bad. So, most of the animators left to go work on Disney's next project Pocahontas as they thought it would have been more successful. The animators that stayed were amateurs, but they loved animals. It was an opportunity for them to show what they could do. As time went on the film developed into what it is today. People were astonished by how successful it became. The Lion King ended up being a way better film then Pocahontas. The film broke many records at the box office, as it starred a lot of big named stars like Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Madge Sinclair, Rowan Atkinson, Moira Kelly, and Matthew Broderick. The music by Hans Zimmer, Tim Rice, and Elton John was the best anybody heard. It was re-released in 2011 and has a rounded total of well over 900 million. Shattering BATB's record, and became the highest grossing hand-drawn film ever and still is today. It is the 4nd highest animation behind Toy Story 3, Minions, and Frozen. The Lion King is the 36th highest grossing film of all time.

35. Pocahontas (I) (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

58 Metascore

An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth century Virginia.

Directors: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg | Stars: Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt, Christian Bale, Joe Baker

Votes: 177,392 | Gross: $141.60M

Known as the "weakest" of the films in the Disney Renaissance. Even when people at first thought that this was going to be a better film then The Lion King. Instead, it ended up being the opposite. It's not that the film was bad, it just didn't do as good as it's predecessors for some reason. It didn't even manage to break the 100 million dollar mark.

36. A Goofy Movie (1995)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

When Max makes a preposterous promise to a girl he has a crush on, his chances to fulfilling it seem hopeless when he is dragged onto a cross-country trip with his embarrassing father, Goofy.

Director: Kevin Lima | Stars: Bill Farmer, Jason Marsden, Jim Cummings, Kellie Martin

Votes: 49,510 | Gross: $35.35M

Disney decided to put a comedy in the middle of all of these dramatic musicals, and heroes. But, it actually paid off for them. Putting a long time favorite character Goofy on the screen with his son Max on a funny adventure, with some heart in it as well. It's not like Disney goes crazy with nonsense humor.

37. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

G | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family

74 Metascore

A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, Mary Kay Bergman, Corey Burton

Votes: 148,448 | Gross: $100.14M

As Disney continues to bring these inspiring films. A new rival has come to compete with Disney. DreamWorks Animation developed by Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Katzenberg had conflicts with Disney shortly after the release of The Lion King. So, he left to form his own rival company, and it still exists today. With successes of there own like Shrek, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon. Hunchback was a comeback from Pocahontas's failure and got more out of it.

38. Hercules (1997)

G | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

74 Metascore

The son of Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, James Woods, Josh Keaton

Votes: 215,855 | Gross: $99.05M

Now with The Lion King being well over with, and it still hasn't been on Broadway yet. Disney is now trying to search for the next "Lion King type" success. Hercules based off the mythological hero made Disney think it might be. But, it didn't even get close to The Lion King's records. But it was another success in the box office, nonetheless.

39. Mulan (1998)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

71 Metascore

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook | Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 268,736 | Gross: $120.62M

A very unique route for Disney to take. About a Chinese woman seeking to prove that ladies are just as tough, or tougher then men. In my opinion the best film by Disney since The Lion King, and they do it in unique fashion.

40. Tarzan (1999)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

79 Metascore

A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

Directors: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima | Stars: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, Glenn Close

Votes: 212,730 | Gross: $171.09M

Well, here it is Disney's last film in the Renaissance. And Disney's last major success in a long time to come. This ended up being a match-up to Disney's previous successes like BATB, Aladdin, TLK, and TLM. It's beautiful animation, and heart-warming story, along with some great characters made this the right time to say "Last but certainly not least." The road ended here with Disney's successful run for 11 years of great films, and wonderful memories. It won't until 2013 before Disney saw another success with their animations. With the exception of Tangled.

41. Fantasia 2000 (1999)

G | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

59 Metascore

An update of the original film with new interpretations of great works of classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Hendel Butoy, Francis Glebas, Eric Goldberg, Don Hahn, Pixote Hunt | Stars: James Levine, Steve Martin, Itzhak Perlman, Quincy Jones

Votes: 36,763 | Gross: $60.66M

After nearly 6 decades later, Fantasia finally gets a sequel. This film marked the end of the Renaissance because of it's failure critically, financially, and publically. And a Disney film hasn't had all three be a failure since The Black Cauldron in 1985. Although this wasn't as bad as Cauldron, it still was enough to end the renaissance.

42. Dinosaur (2000)

PG | 82 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

56 Metascore

An orphaned dinosaur raised by lemurs joins an arduous trek to a sanctuary after a meteorite shower destroys his family home.

Directors: Eric Leighton, Ralph Zondag | Stars: D.B. Sweeney, Julianna Margulies, Samuel E. Wright, Alfre Woodard

Votes: 56,797 | Gross: $137.75M

This is Disney's version of Jurassic Park. Mainly, this is what it would look like without the blood, and deaths. A more gentle interpretation. But, these dinosaurs don't live in a park. This is a fictional telling of when the asteroid hit the Earth causing the dinosaurs to die.

43. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder.

Director: Mark Dindal | Stars: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton

Votes: 189,847 | Gross: $89.30M

Disney completely threw out what they said before the 90's when the film will be less about humor. This is more like a very cocky, and less likable Aladdin. People didn't like this path they went. So when people saw this they thought this is what Disney is now, a joke. And it lead to Disney's future project to fail.

44. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

52 Metascore

A young linguist named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Jim Varney, Corey Burton, Claudia Christian

Votes: 111,056 | Gross: $84.05M

And failed indeed. Atlantis is a beautiful animation with a lot of heart. But due to Disney's previous, people were just not as interested. This ended up being a box office bomb, and the worst performing film since Fantasia 2000, a year ago.

45. Lilo & Stitch (2002)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy