A Definitive Ranking Of Disney Animated Studios Films

A Definitive Ranking Of Disney Animated Studios Films

Part 3

After looking over my previous ranking, it appears that I skipped number 28. Sorry, about that, but here’s the number 28 pick!

28.) Zootopia (2016)

At the root of it, Zootopia is a very clever commentary, but it lacks some of Disney’s trademark “heart”. The characters, especially Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, are really relatable and well-developed, but the story is a little muddled. The message is poignant, but sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. The outstanding animation, along with interesting ideas and great characters keep Zootopia afloat. It’s good but not a masterpiece.

Okay, back to where we left off!

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

This is hands down Disney’s best package film Both shorts, The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow are well told and animated, with good characters and music. Honestly, the only nitpick I have is that the film should be longer. At only 68 minutes, the film feels a little brisk. I really liked the stories of both Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and each story could have benefitted from an extra 5-10 minutes, or heck, they each could have been their own movie. But as is “Ichabod and Mr. Toad” is the pinnicale of Disney’s package features.

23.) The Sword in the Stone (1963)

This retelling of the King Arthur legend boasts a light-hearted tone and really memorable characters, yet, the story seems all over the place. But aside from that, there isn’t too much. The animation is just average except for a few amazing scenes like the Wizard’s Duel. Despite this though, there is a legitimate conflict with Arthur and an occasional emotional moment. The music also isn’t very impressive. But the stand out characters as well as a laid back tone, make The Sword in the Stone a fun and creative film. Maybe it’s not fit for a king, but definitely a good watch.

22.) Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Lady and the Tramp is a cute little love story with some good characters and pretty animation. Sadly though, the story is just your typical love story with a few unforgettable scenes, ie the spaghetti kiss scene. Also, the film really captures a dog’s point of view via the shot composition and cinematography. The story isn’t particularly exciting, but I don’t think it was meant to be, I think it was just meant to be a nice love story, and it achieves that goal. Lady and the Tramp is a sweet film with a few exceptional moments, making enjoyable for the whole family.

21.) Meet the Robinsons (2007)

Okay, I have to come clean here, this is one of my favorite Disney films. But, I can’t pretend that Meet the Robinsons is perfect. At times, the story is all over the place, and there are a few too many characters. Yet, the characters we do get to know (Lewis, Wilbur, the Bowler Hat Guy) are really enjoyable and fun to watch. The message- “Keep Moving Forward” is portrayed so well that it makes the film stand out from the other Disney films. Yeah, Meet the Robinsons may have some problems, but the message and heart are both outstanding, making it a must-see flick of the future.

20.) The Princess and the Frog (2009)

There are a lot of great things about “The Princess and the Frog”, mainly it’s animation and characters, particularly Tiana and Naveen. This film was a much-needed return to Disney’s hand drawn fairy tale. And here, the fairy tale is updated beautifully, both with the setting of New Orleans and the introduction of a modern princess, Tiana. Yet, the story is a little too complicated. Also, the message of hard-work may not be appealing to viewers as Cinderella’s seamless transformation. But, The Princess and the Frog is a masterfully made film in its own rite.

19.) Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

Wreck-It Ralph has some really good characters and some really interesting ideas. The film is clever in that it combines beloved video game characters, yet you don’t have to be a video game person to enjoy the film. Although the story is complex, it’s not hard to follow. The film’s story, however complex, works because the characters, and their relationships, i.e. Ralph and Vanelope, are enough to make it fun and touching.

18.) The Jungle Book (1967)

More than anything, The Jungle Book is a fun film that is mainly character based, much like Winnie the Pooh. What sets this film apart though is that it has a singular narrative and attempts to follow Mowgoli through a coming of age story. A bonus is also the villains, Shere Khan and Kaa, who add both comedy and a legitimate threat for Mowgoli. Although the coming of age theme isn’t fully realized, the characters as well as some great song sequences pull the film through, and make it Walt Disney’s last gem.

17.) The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Although not one of Disney’s most iconic films, The Great Mouse Detective hits nearly every mark. It’s an exciting adventure based off Sherlock Holmes, and features mice. The story actually meshes very well with Disney animation. The hero- Basil and the villain- Ratigan (voiced by Vincent Price) are particularly fun to watch. The story is also engaging and provides for one of Disney’s best climaxes. The animation of both the characters and London is beautiful too. It may not be an icon, but The Great Mouse Detective is exciting upon every viewing.

16.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

One of Disney’s darkest tales is also close to being one of its best. The Hunchback of Notre Dame delivers unique characters, music, and visuals. It also boasts one of the studios most complex villains, Frollo. My only real issue with the film is that the heroine, Esmeralda, doesn’t end up with the odd but lovable hero, Quasimodo. But, that’s probably me being a romantic. The film works very well, even if by all accounts it shouldn’t.

15.) Aladdin (1992)

The word to describe Aladdin is: fun. It’s a fun story with fun visuals and fun characters. There’s a lot to keep us laughing – like the hilarious Genie and the dopey Sultan. Aladdin and Jasmine are also very nice and Jafar and Iago get their laughs as well. And the story is pretty engaging, as well as the visuals. There isn’t too much depth to Aladdin, but I also feel like there wasn’t meant to be. Mainly it’s a fun film that never ceases to be anything less.

14.) Frozen (2013)

It’s almost impossible to describe the impact that Frozen had, not only on Disney, but on the world of film in general. With that said- Frozen is a great film that can live up to such a reputation. It’s got wonderful songs and breath-taking animation. But really, what Frozen has going for it is its originality. The film has elements that really stand out, like two real likable and interesting heroines, who match the engaging nature of this both touching and tragic story. The film also focuses on sisterly love rather than romantic love- so that’s really different as well. Although it may not be Disney’s absolute, it is a masterpiece that will be loved for years to come.

13.) Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

The first thing my mom said when I showed her this list was, “Atlantis is way too high up.” Respectfully, Mom, I don’t agree with that statement. Atlantis is a wonderful film, even though it may not be celebrated as such. It’s an adventure story that matches the likes of live-action cinema. Also, Atlantis has unforgettable characters with big personalities that make the film amazing to watch. The animation is an ornate collection of visuals inspired by the creator of Hellboy, Mike Magnolia. Although there are no songs, or cuddly animals, Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a Disney classic unlike any other.

12.) Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast is a great film. There’s really nothing else I can say about it. The animation is beautiful, the story is well told, the characters are likable, and of course the songs are amazing. Surprisingly though, I don’t think that this is Disney’s best film. Mainly because the story should have centered around the Beast, who actually learns a lesson and changes by the end of the film. Aside from that, this is a great film that people still enjoy, and will enjoy for years to come.

11.) Dumbo (1941)

Dumbo is an emotional journey with a lot of creative ideas in it. The story is simple yet draws so much emotion, because we feel for Dumbo being considered an outcast because of his big ears, and because of how much he misses his mother. The ideas in this film are also so imaginative, like an elephant who can fly, a train that’s actually a character, and a protagonist that doesn’t utter a single word, but instead communicates via outstanding character animation. The music in Dumbo is also so good, especially since it includes classics like “Baby Mine” and “When I See an Elephant Fly”. Honestly, Dumbo just misses the number ten spot on this list because of its length, only 64 minutes, which should have been extended to at least 70. But aside from that, the film triumphantly soars as high as Dumbo himself.

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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