Top 23 Post-Renaissance Disney Animated Movies

Top 23 Post-Renaissance Disney Animated Movies

A ranking of all Disney animated movies from their renaissance and post-renaissance era.
240
views

Walt Disney Animation Studios is such a household name that not many people look at their full body of work for its successes as well as its failures. Beginning with "The Little Mermaid" in 1989 until now, the company has struggled to maintain the success of their renaissance era of the '90s.

Here is my ranking of all renaissance and post-renaissance films.

I have not included films from the last five years as I try to avoid making hard comparisons between films released in recent years with older ones. I believe that art needs to settle for a while before putting them on the shelf of art history.

23. "Home on the Range"

Let’s pretend this movie doesn’t exist.

22. "Chicken Little"

"Chicken Little" and all of its parts are mediocre at best and a total representation of Disney Animation at their worst.

21. "Brother Bear"

I’ve only seen this one once when it came out. I didn’t like it when I was 8-years-old. Not sure how much I’ll enjoy it now, but I’ll have to watch it again sometime.

20. "Bolt"

For me, there is a drastic separation between the first three films on this list and "Bolt." The rest of the films contain at least a little bit of the “Disney magic” that has come to characterize the best of the studio’s body of works.

Pixar’s John Lasseter was hired by Disney when they bought Pixar. This was the first of Lasseter’s attempts to put Disney animation back on the top. We see he finally did just that with "Tangled" in 2010. "Bolt"has a lot of great elements, but still does not stand on par with the greats.

19. "The Princess and the Frog"

Before it’s release in 2009, Disney’s last attempt at a princess film was in 1998 with "Mulan." It is also their first 2D animated feature since "Treasure Planet" in 2002. It did well for me in returning to old school conventions, but was not very memorable.

18. "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"

This is definitely one of Disney’s most creative films in terms of design. The scenes are beautiful and the film itself is one of the most daring ideas Disney has undertaken. It’s a great movie and very underrated, in my opinion.

17. "Fantasia/2000"

A sequel to the outstanding experimental film of 1940, this movie brought classical music into the lives of children who might never have heard "Rhapsody in Blue" or Beethoven’s 5th.

16. "Meet the Robinsons"

The very original story of Wilbur Robinson is one of my favorites in the Disney vault. It’s creative, scientific, hilarious, emotional and fun!

15. "The Rescuers Down Under"

This film is one of the few cases in animated films where the sequel is better than the original. It’s so exciting and dangerous that you’ll want to take a trip to the Australian Outback right away. It’s also the first introduction of Disney’s CAPS technology, which progressed the use of CGI in 2-D animation.

14. "Mulan"

Some people may be infuriated to see this one so low on my list, but I’m sticking with it. I love the movie, but outside of “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” and the epic battle scenes, this film doesn’t do much more for me. Still love it, though.

13. "Dinosaur"

I wonder how many people even remember that this film exists. I absolutely love this movie. It’s the perfect portrait of prehistoric nature on screen and perhaps one of Disney’s best portrayals of nature since "Bambi" in 1942. Beautiful film.

12. "Treasure Planet"

Space pirates?! This is an incredible interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic "Treasure Island" and another one of Disney’s more daring projects. It's very unconventional, but its results are astounding.

11. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

I absolutely love this film. From Alan Menken’s cathedral-sized score, to Stephen Schwartz’s gut-wrenching lyrics, this movie hits almost all the right notes. It didn’t do very well though. Some of those reasons may be because moviegoers were getting exhausted with Disney’s efforts after six years of great films like "The Lion King," "Aladdin" and "Beauty and the Beast." My problem with it is its mediocre animation. While there are scenes that make use of incredible lighting, CGI modeling and set design, there are others that look like a low-budget direct-to-video sequel. It think this may be because of lack of funding due to the expensive shots. It’s a shame, but I still enjoy the film nonetheless.

10. "The Emperor’s New Groove"

Disney is known for adapting fairy tales and folklore, and this is among one of its best. "The Emperor's New Groove" is hilarious, funky, upbeat and very memorable. With a great cast and wonderful original music by Sting, this film does everything right.

9. "Hercules"

Infuse gospel music, Greek mythology and Disney, and you have a hit. This movie is too good to describe, with the fantastic Danny DeVito, James Woods and Charlton Heston narrating. This is a Disney classic on every level.

8. "Tangled"

This is by far one of the best princess films Disney has produced. At this point in time, it may just be because it returned Disney to its fundamentals. Regardless, I absolutely adore this film and everything about it. The music is great, the cast is phenomenal and it’s storytelling is built up of trademark Disney DNA.

7. "The Little Mermaid"

The only reason this list exists is because of "The Little Mermaid." If this movie didn’t do as well as it did, I don’t know if Disney Animation would exist today. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman revolutionized how Disney approached their films from a musical perspective winning two Academy Awards. John Musker and Ron Clements rescued Disney’s storytelling ability, and Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg provided them the means to do so. This is a milestone for animated films.

6. "Pocahontas"

This, for me, is a defining example of simplistic storytelling. Its memorable characters, great story and amazing music by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz define its uniqueness among the rest of Disney’s repertoire. Alan Menken’s score is also one of my favorite film scores of all time.

5. "Lilo and Stitch"

Who came up with this idea?! It’s so original, fun, witty and action-packed. It’s a Disney film unlike any other, and we're all so happy about that.

4. "Aladdin"

This is so fun. It’s got spunk, it’s got Robin Williams, it’s got magic and it’s got heart. Three thumbs up!

3. "Tarzan"

Oh, how I love this movie. It’s a genius film in every respect. Phil Collins provides phenomenal music and lyrics, the cast is extraordinary and the film as a whole is amazing beyond words.

2. "The Lion King"

I’m beginning to run out of complimentary adjectives, but I think the title of this movie speaks for itself. Everything about it screams excellence. It's a wonderful film, and one of the best of all time.

1. "Beauty and the Beast"

Here is my number one. Like "The Lion King," it's definitely among the greatest films of all time. The thing that’s so good about these films, is that they (as well as many others on this list) were not approached as children’s films. "Beauty and the Beast" is as passionate as "Casablanca," as emotional as "Gone With the Wind," and as wonderfully fun as "The Sound of Music." Absolutely amazing film.

Cover Image Credit: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Popular Right Now

35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
135178
views

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

The End Of An Odyssey: My Time As A Writer

Like all chapters in life, there has to come an end. This ending is by no means easy, but rather one that is bittersweet. But, like all odysseys, it is time for this one to end.

211
views

When I first decided I wanted to write for the Odyssey, I was going into my senior year at the University of Maine. I had always been an avid reader of Odyssey articles, whether it was to seek advice, comfort, or sole entertainment. I was always inspired by how raw and honest each article was, and I really wanted to have the chance to write such types of articles as well. When I applied and later got the call that I had made it onto the Odyssey team at UMaine, I was ecstatic! I felt like now was finally the time I could share my innermost thoughts and feelings publicly and work on becoming a better writer.

I have always loved to write. Since the day I first picked up a pencil, writing has been a passion of mine. Now as an Odyssey member, I knew this was my chance to be truly heard.

I began by writing solely political articles, as I was a political science student and loved to shed light on controversial topics. My first article was about the then-recent presidential election. I was full of nerves the day it got published, and rightfully so, as my post drew in many critics. Facebook is a shark-tank of sorts, everyone there is waiting for just the right bait to come out and attack. However, I loved the fact that my opinions were being formally materialized for everyone to see. Pretty much anyone in the world could read my article, which served as an inspiration to keep writing.

What started as a political-only "blog" of sorts slowly evolved into a diary-like platform. I found that writing about whatever hardship I had been going through at the time helped me process it and move forward. Writing is very therapeutic, and I wasn't ashamed or embarrassed to put my private emotions out in the open, though I had received much backlash for it from many.

Yet what kept me motivated to keep pushing the envelope and staying true to my word-literally, was my amazing, influential Odyssey team. We all would share our topics for the week and vent about any criticisms we may have received after one of our articles had been published. I have been very fortunate to have such a supportive, caring team of Odyssey writers, else I likely would've regressed back to writing neutral articles.

So as weeks turned to months, writing for Odyssey felt like second nature. The pride I would feel once an article went public was indescribable. Looking back now at the 70+ articles I wrote, I can literally be transported back to a certain point in my life with every past article. I can see how much I've grown as a person and can acknowledge that I successfully was able to overcome certain obstacles I never thought possible.

Writing, just like time, heals everything.

The Odyssey saw me through the toughest times of my life, and no matter how uncertain things may have seemed at the time, what was for sure was the fact that I had the written word to fall back on. With each article that I wrote, I felt like a weight had been lifted. And not only that but also knowing that any particular article may have served to help someone else who may have been going through a similar situation, only inspired me more.

So, my decision to stop writing for the Odyssey came with great difficulty, as it has become such a huge part of my life. The adult world is very hectic, and responsibilities pile up as fast as bills. Lately, I just felt like I haven't been putting the time and effort into writing articles like I did during college. I owe it to the Odyssey community to be honest, as a privilege like this should never be seen as a chore.

I am so unbelievably grateful to have had this experience for the past year and a half of my life. Now, I have a permanent online library that represents who I truly am, and for the rest of my life I can look back at these articles and relive some of those memories. The Odyssey helped me to grow emotionally, and I met so many amazing, inspiring people along the way.

But, like all odysseys, it is time for this one to end.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my writing and read my articles. You have no idea how happy it made me feel to hear someone say how much they loved a certain article or how relatable another one was. Thank you to my Odyssey team for always encouraging me to write from the heart and never be too afraid to speak my mind.

And lastly, thank you to Odyssey, for serving as a safe, encouraging place for young people to voice their opinions and ideas freely. I will forever be thankful for this journey of growth, reflection, and expression.

Off to the next odyssey.

Related Content

Facebook Comments