Top 5 Greatest Disney Animated Films


Relive your childhood’s most memorable film moments with our Top 5 Greatest Disney Animated Films, featuring classics dating from 1937 through to the modern day! Did your favorite Disney cartoon make the cut?

1) Fantasia

Fantasia film
  • 1940 musical which was groundbreaking on several counts
  • Innovative use of animation and stereophonic sound
  • Surreal fantasy and playful escapism
  • Compositions by Tchaikovsky, Moussorgsky, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Ponchielli, Bach, Dukas, and Schubert
  • The screen bursts with color and action as creatures transmute and convention is thrust aside!

2) Lion King

Lion King film
  • Breathtaking animation
  • Classic soundtrack with songs by Elton John & Tim Rice
  • Huge 1994 movie, continues as an acclaimed stage production
  • A lion cub, son of a king, sent into exile after his father is murdered
  • Vocal performances by Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane & Whoopi Goldberg are terrific

3) Aladdin

Aladdin film
  • 1992 musical fantasy film
  • One of the most spectacular adventures of all-time
  • Won two Academy Awards, for Best Music and Original Score
  • Sidesplitting comedy. Robin Williams is the best genie all-time
  • Won Golden Globe for Best Original Song (“A Whole New World”)

4) Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp film
  • 1955 romantic musical comedy film
  • Tells the story of a female Spaniel named Lady who lives with a refined, upper-middle-class family, and a male stray mutt named Tramp
  • Sequence of Lady and Tramp sharing a plate of Italian spaghetti has become iconic in film history
  • Time named it as one of their 25 All-Time Best Animated Films
  • Earned a spot on AFI’s 100 years 100 Passions list

5) Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves film
  • In 1937, became Disney’s first animated feature film
  • Ranked as Greatest American Animated Film by American Film Institute
  • Added to the US National Film Registry in 1989
  • Nominated for Oscar for Best Musical Score
  • Adjusted for inflation, it is one of the top ten performers at the North American box office

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