Before I go on with this article, theres one thing I'd like to get off my chest. As you may or may not know, at the end of my Movie Batch article, I mentioned something about a similar article, only with Disney movies. In case people (Caps 2.0 for one) are wondering about how the progress on that article is going, here's what I can give you. It is going along pretty good, only I'm putting it on hold so I can finish my Movie Batch 2 article (which is 80% finished). To make a long story short, I hope this artice will make up for the delay.
The release of The Princess of the Frog has everyone talking about Disney movies and throughout the internet, I see lots of lists of the best Disney movies (particulary Rotten Tomatoes). After reading these lists, I got inspired to do one of my own. Anyways, here's my 11 favorite Disney movies
(NOTE: No Pixar movies will make the list. Simply because they are way too awesome for a list like this)
11. The Aristocats (1970)
The last movie to be personally given the green light from Walt Disney. The plot is pretty much an alley cat helping a family of aristocratic cats go back to their home, after being kidnapped by a greedy butler. Though it has it flaws, the Aristocats is entertaining enough to make a spot on the list.
10. A Goofy Movie (1995)
C'mon. What hasn't been said about this movie. It's pretty much an 80 minute Goofy cartoon. And a pretty god damn great one at that!
9. James & the Giant Peach (1996)
When it comes to Tim Burton & Disney, we obviously think of The Nightmare Before Christmas. But to make this list different, here's a lesser known stop motion film made by Burton. In this adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book, an orphaned boy drops some crystals into a peach tree that hasn't beared fruit in years. The crystals make the tree grow a giant peach (duh) and the rag tag insects inside the tree also are treated to the effects of the crystals. When James enters the giant peach, he and his new insect friends go on a wild adventure. This is a really overlooked Burton movie and should be as exposed as his other stop motion movie.
8. The Rescuers Down Under/The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1990,1996)
Out of all the Disney Renaissance movies, this and The Rescuers Down Under are the ones that aren't as mentioned as much as the others. Though their settings are completely different, they both have some similarties. For one thing, both have Disney's most sadistic and well developed villains.
7. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
Ah yes. One of Disney's most memorable movies (and here on RetroJunk, the studio's most overexposed movie). Don't expect a plot summary (just read dalmatianlover's articles that mentions this movie). The use of xerography makes this one of Disney's best movies (art wise). In terms of story and jokes, this movie also seems to make it big with Disney's other films.
6. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
If I had to make a list of Disney's funniest movies, this movie would rank high on that list (on a number 3 or 4 spot). Throw in some catchy Sherman Brothers songs, and you turn from win to epic win.
5. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Of all the Disney movies made between Walt's death (1966) and the start of the Disney Renaissance (1989), this one is my favorite. With interesting characters, catchy songs, funny gags, and an awersome villian to boot, this movie is possibly my favorite '80s animated movie.
4. The Three Caballeros (1944)
Possibly one of Disney's most overlooked gems. Unlike the other package films of the '40s, this one seems to have some form of a complete plot. Being that the segments have a direct relation with the central plot: Donald Duck being visited by his Central and Latin American relatives for his birthday. Another thing overlooked of this movie are the songs. Aside from the Latin songs, the movie's theme song is also really catchy.
3. Aladdin/The Lion King (1992,1994)
Of course, when you see a title like this article's you can already expect these two to be high on the list. Rather than put them in separate places, I decided to tie them for the same reasons as Rescuers Down Under and Hunchback. The only difference is that they both are the well known movies of this era and my favorites of the era. With hilarious characters (Genie and Timon & Pumbaa) and great songs (A Friend Like Me and Can't Wait to Be King), these two takes the award for Epic '90s Win.
2. The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad (1949)
This movie takes the award for "Most Overlooked Disney Movie" As the title suggests, the movie features adaptations of The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Mr. Toad segment plays off like an extended Donald Duck cartoon. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, on the other hand, is (how the Nostalgia Critic described it) sort of a goth cartoon. The highlights of the movie are the chase scenes: The railroad chase between Toad and the police, the chase in Toad Hall, and the Headless Horseman chase. This is an example of one of those movies Disney needs to shove more into the lime light.
And my favorite Disney movie is....
1. Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 (1940,1999/2000)
What a great way to ring in the classic era of Disney animated features and to end the Disney Renaissance. These artistic masterpieces flawlessly combines high quality animation and pieces of classical music. The best segments in my opinion (counting both movies) are Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Nutcracker Suite, Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria, Rhapsody in Blue, and Noah's Ark (Pomp and Circumstance - Marches 1, 2, 3 and 4).
Hope you all like the list. And dalmatianlover, if you're reading this article, hope you didn't feel offended from my little joke.