A Definitive Ranking Of Walt Disney Animated Studios Films

A Definitive Ranking Of Walt Disney Animated Studios Films

Part 2

The average to good of Disney's animated flicks.

40.) Robin Hood (1973)

Robin Hood is just sort of okay, with a few exceptions. Prince John and Sir Hiss are really funny and the action scenes are very good- but everything else is just sort of average. The story is the typical Robin Hood story not really anything new. And Robin Hood himself is the basic good-natured hero, Little John is the basic fun sidekick, is the basic pretty maiden. It’s got some good scenes, but the animation isn’t impressive- and a lot of it is recycled. But there are good action, comedy, and musical scenes, and if nothing else, Robin Hood works as an adventure, so there’s that.

39.) The Rescuers (1977)

The Rescuers is a sweet little adventure with two adorable mice, Bernard and Mrs. Bianca. But really, that’s all it is. The mice have to save a little girl from a crazy woman named Madame Medusa, who is, admittedly, the most enjoyable character in the film. It’s a cute movie with a few comedic and emotional scenes. The comedy with Madame Medusa, and the emotion with the little girl. But, at the end of the day, the film isn’t very engaging.

38.) Pocahontas (1995)

Pocahontas is the perfect example of style over substance. It’s a beautiful film with gorgeous music and animation. Yet, the characters, aside from Pocahontas herself, are fairly uninteresting. The story is pretty generic and the message is really predictable. But, aside from that, Pocahontas is pretty enjoyable- but again, more for the beautiful nature of the film.

37.) Dinosaur (2000)

Dinosaur is a visual and technological marvel, which combines both live-action backgrounds with computer animated characters. Aside from the stunning aesthetics, the story and the characters lack the same wow factor. There are some good characters, though, like the two elderly dinosaurs, Eema and Baylene, and Aladar’s (the protagonist’s) mother, Plio. The story and the rest of the characters are just sort of okay, not anything special. It’s Disney’s take on the Dinosaur film, and it’s kind of tired, but a few good characters and some stunning visuals makes it worth at least a viewing.

36.) Brother Bear (2003)

Brother Bear is one of Disney’s least talked about films, but actually there’s a lot of good stuff in it. The characters, and their relationship with one another, i.e., Koda and Kenai, Kenai and his brothers. These relationships are the driving force of Brother Bear. The concept is engaging and the Phil Collins music is pretty good. Yet, the film seems tacky, what with the moose and the modern way the animal talk, it really takes you out of this pretty engaging story. But, the good elements in Brother Bear, still makes it worth looking at and talking about.

35.) Bambi (1942)

The truth is that Bambi isn’t the masterpiece that you remember it as. Although the animation is unbelievably atmospheric, and the death of Bambi’s mother is one of the most tragic scenes in Disney history- the rest of the film is pretty boring. Most of it is just Bambi and his friends looking cute and the music isn’t that memorable. But the animation and the tragedy of Bambi doesn’t make it one of Disney’s finest.

34.) Melody Time (1948)

Melody Time is definitely one of the better films. The movie has some wonderful music and shorts. By far the best short, though is “The Legend of Johnny Appleseed”. “Pecos Bill” and “Bumble Boogie” are also really fun. As I previously mentioned, the music is so good, as well as the animation and the atmosphere. The only thing that Melody Time really has against it, is that it’s a package film, with maybe one too many shorts, and some shorts i.e., “Johnny Appleseed” should have gotten more focus. But aside from that, Melody Time is very enjoyable.

33.) The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

The Rescuers Down Under is a hidden gem in the Disney line-up. It’s got a great adventure, phenomenal animation, the return of two likable mice, and an entertaining villain, Mcleach. It’s also captivating that the film takes place in Australia, and has voice talents like JOHN CANDY and GEORGE C. SCOTT!!! Aside from that, there isn’t too much here, but I think the elements that I mentioned before make pull the film through, and make Down Under a place I want to be.

32.) Treasure Planet (2002)

Let me put it this way, Treasure Planet boasts some great characters and a great story, yet misses the mark. It misses because the visuals are tacky and distracting. The blending of futuristic and 19th century elements is really confused and takes you out of the classic story. Yet, there are some great moments. Pretty much any scene with the protagonist, Jim Hawkins and John Silver, are very tender and emotional. So, the overall story is captivating and there are a lot of interesting elements, despite of the awkward visuals and environment.

31.) 101 Dalmatians (1961)

The biggest issue with 101 Dalmatians is that the human characters are better than the animal characters. Cruella DeVille, her bumbling sidekicks and the couple, Roger and Anita, are much more fun than any of the do characters. The animation is good, and there aren’t really any songs, aside from “Cruella DeVille”, which is fun. The only things that stand out about 101 Dalmatians are the villain, and a few enjoyable/comedic scenes. It’s a fairly basic kid’s film, but not one of the better Disney films.

30.) The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

The best element of The Emperor’s New Groove is the comedy. And the comedy lives through the funny characters, particularly Yzma and Kronk. Aside from that, this is your basic buddy road trip movie. But, for the Disney version of that- it’s much better than you’d think. The animation and the journey to make Kuzco a human again, as well as the adult humor, both work fairly well, making the film one of Disney’s cult classics.

29.) The Fox and the Hound (1981)

This is one of Disney’s most emotional stories. The friendship between Copper (the Hound) and Todd (the fox) is both inspiring and tragic. The Fox and the Hound proves to be a bittersweet story that also helps kids understand that life isn’t always fair, ad that sometimes circumstances hinder good situations. These are rare themes in a children’s film, which makes the film even more poignant. This film also teaches these concepts in a gentle way, but doesn’t sugarcoat anything. The Fox and the Hound is a tender story sure to touch kids and adults alike.

27.) Bolt (2008)

Bolt is a fun adventure with a clever concept at its core. The idea of a dog that believes the TV show is on is completely real, is enough to suck the audience in. The characters are also pretty likable and funny as well, and their journey is a fun one to be on, considering the film’s concept. What Bolt has against it, however, is that it doesn’t feel like a Disney film. It feels a little to action and irony based to match the worth of a Disney feature. Bolt is very clever, but feels a little cold.

26.) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1997)

This is one of Disney’s most character-driven films. That is both the strength and the weakness of this film. The classic characters like Winnie the Pooh, Piglet Tigger and so forth, are all memorable and fun, and the animation style matches the tone of the film perfectly. Yet, the film is made up of three separate stories, making it feel very disjointed. But that’s not to say the shorts are bad, quite the opposite. I just wish the film would have more of a clear-cut story because the characters are just so good. Aside from that though, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a classic just as lovable as the titular character.

25.) Fantasia (1940)

Fantasia is a hard one to peg down. It’s got a very interesting idea, setting various animated shorts to classical music, but I think the idea of the film is more engaging than the film itself. Fantasia also seems a little too pretentious to reach a wide scope, especially kids. The animation is spectacular, but the live-action bits with the host seem to drag on. Fantasia is innovative, has a good concept, and a few really good shorts, but, aside from all that, it’s an upscale grind.

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18 Ways The Disney College Program Destroys You

"I can only hope we never lose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse" - Walt Disney

The Disney College Program, three little words that may or may not forever change your perspective of the world. Working for Disney has been my dream since I was a little kid. That’s all I ever wanted to do with my life-- to become a part of the magic. It wasn’t just because it’s Disney World, the most magical place on Earth. It's because I truly admire everything that this company stands for. Disney is all about bringing families and friends together, creating memories that will last a lifetime and sprinkling a little pixie dust over this magical place that I’ve called home for eleven months. I knew all of this when I received that “Congratulations!” email. Excitement rushed through my veins . The world of possibilities had finally opened its door for me. What I didn’t know, was what those possibilities truly meant, until post DCP depression kicked in. It's a real thing my friends.

1. You are always going to be an extremely friendly and approachable person.

No matter where you are or who you are talking to, you can't help to smile. You always carry a welcoming vibe with you, no matter what situation you are placed in. Working for Disney taught you how to have the patience of a Saint when it comes to dealing with people. You learned that the best way to communicate is listening to everyone with an open mind, even if they’re screaming in your face about Test Track being out of FastPasses.

2. You are constantly finding hidden Mickeys in the real world.

Admit it, your mind creates hidden Mickeys out of almost every random three circle formation. You can’t help it. You have Disney on your mind all the time.

3. You are FULL of Disney Park fun facts.

Did you know that there are 11,324 triangles that make up Spaceship Earth?!

You love sharing your vast pool of knowledge of random Disney Park fun facts. Sometimes even when people don't care about it, you just have to talk about all the things you learned as a CP.

4. You also may speak ride spiel.

“We're not gonna make it, we're not gonna make it"- Dinosaur at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

When you work for Disney, you live and breath Disney. You couldn't even count how many times you've been to the park, even just to hub grass and chill or ride the People Mover four times in a row. Those spiels were a part of your everyday life. You know when you are riding Hunted Mansion with a boatload of cast members when everyone in the stretch room whispers, "I am your host, your ghost host". Going to the park almost every day is a part of CP culture. Accidentally referring to ride spells still sometimes slips into your daily conversation. Did you really do the college program if you don't know at least one ride spiel?

5. You constantly feel the need to get down the small child's level and talk to them about their favorite Disney characters.

"Hi Princess! My, you look dashing today, what Kingdom did you travel from?!"

What you would do to get back to the days when you were paid to sit on the ground to talk to a child dressed up as Cinderella. You see a child at your real world job and you feel the need to ask them about the about their favorite Disney movie. You catch yourself accidentally referring to people as princess in the real world, but it instated of the magic it used to produce, they look at you like you’re a crazy person. *sigh*

6. If your friends hear you say, ”So this one time in Disney…" one more time they may punch you in the face.

OMG-- this reminds me of this one time in Disney when...*insert story of an amazing day you and your Disney fam had here.*

You can’t help it, every single day was filled with an adventure during your CP. You want to share your stories with everyone you encounter. It's like word vomit. The second something reminds you of your CP there is no stopping you. Your friends back home may either get really annoyed or end up learning everything you did when you had free access to Disney World.

7. Boy do you miss the days when Mondays were happy.

"We love you Mondays, we do."

For some who were into the social scene, you blankly gaze out your window on a Monday night wondering what county you would have been playing at Son On The Beach. You watch your remaining CP friends' Snapchat stories and think to yourself, "Anzacs VS. Gayllerie!? Ugh, must have been a good game." You miss the days when your only struggle was to make it out of work on time to get to Happy Mondays. Your friends back home wonder how you are so freakishly good at flip cup. It’s a CP thing.

8. 90% of your best friends are long distance.

Skype dates are essential.

You created bonds with people from all over the world during your CP. You celebrated holidays with these people. You spent every single day with them during your time in Florida. Your program would never be as magical if it wasn't for the amazing people you met here. Some of these people turn into your life long best friends-- even if they currently reside 12 hours ahead of you. There isn't a day that goes by that you don’t think about you CP BFFs. When they say you will meet the most amazing people you will ever interact with working for Disney, they were not kidding. These people are even more than friends to you, they are family. If it means staying up till 2AM to Skype with your old roommate, who now lives on the other side of the world, it doesn't even cross your mind how late it is. Catching up with them is always worth it.

9. You probably have roughly 500 "I'm Celebrating" buttons.

"Happy squad-iversary!"

You found every excuse in the book to rock an "I'm Celebrating" button when you and your squad hit the parks. "I'm celebrating ERs" was a great one to sport when you got off work early. The button days were the special days. You could probably fill an entire cork board with all of the buttons you collected over your CP. Thank goodness for that, you'll have a tangible memory of those magical days for a lifetime.

10. The clock strikes 3:00PM and you know the Festival Of Fantasy Parade is strolling out of Frontier Land.

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the time has come to take your places” -The Festival Of Fantasy Parade.

You continuously catch yourself looking at the clock around 3PM and feeling a little empty inside. To all the days before work when you watched that parade with your roommates, you were the greatest. You can always spot a cast member as “dreams that glow” blur down Main Street. They are usually the ones dancing along and singing as their favorite floats pass by. What you would do to relive those days.

11. You know a lot about the world and the people it's made up of.

I’d be real keen to learn about your culture over some Maccas, eh.

You know to never tell an Australian their accent sounds like a Kiwi's or visa-versa. You can spot the difference from miles away. You’ve learned the lads from down under are some of the funniest people you’ll ever interact with, and there are in fact, no kangaroos in New Zealand— just wallabies. You know that the people from Spain and Brazil are usually down for some fun and it's always a good time to kick back with your friends from France or The Netherlands. It's true that the Italians are loud and outspoken, in the best way possible. The people from Japan are simply the some of the sweetest. You meet so many people from all over the world and learn so much about their culture. You get more of a feel for all of the greatness the world is made up of than any textbook could ever explain.

12. You could draw a map of Magic Kingdom blindfolded.

“Nearest FastPass kiosk?!” “Down the pathway to the left!

Not only is Disney World your home, but you know every square inch of it. You could still probably give someone directions to the nearest quick service restaurant of your location, from wherever you are currently sitting in the world.

13. Applying for jobs? Disney always makes you stand out.

“Wow, you worked for Disney World? Tell me more about that!”

Your resume stands out among the thousands. Potential employers want to hear about your Disney College Program experience and you are over the moon to share. You tell them about the days where you immersed guests into the theme of your location and all of the magic you made. Working for the number one entertainment company is something to be proud of.

14. You are constantly checking airline prices to reunite with your roommates and get back to the place that started it all.

There is nothing better than reuniting with your Disney family. Your most visited web pages are airlines sites. You count the days where you can rule the parks again with your favorite people by your side. You can't help but to run to them in the middle of MCO with tears in your eyes and magic in your heart, ready to create even more memories together. You know you found forever friends in them, it's never goodbye— it's see ya real soon.

15. You have a strong emotional attachment to certain rides of shows.

"The best part is, you'll never run out of wishes"- Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.

There are some shows and rides that take you right back to the days where Walt Disney World was your usual hang out spot. Some of those shows have so much more meaning to you and the magic you made. You tend to get a little teary eyed watching them when you visit. Even when your CP is over, the magic lives on in your soul.

16. Disney is not just a vacation spot to you, it’s your home.

You feel at ease here. You may have even found who you are and who you aspire to be here. It’s a special place to you that holds so much magic. Going back feels familiar. You never feel like an outsider here. Walt Disney World really is your home and it welcomes you right back every time you return.

17. People who know you before your College Program say you've changed.

You're more outspoken, you are confident in yourself and you carry on with pride. Not to mention your work ethic and customer service skills are outstanding. You believe in things and the people around you. You believe in magic and that's all thanks to the Disney College Program.

18. It was the best 4 months - 1 year of your life and you would do anything to relive just one more day of being a CP.

"While no one knows for sure what we'll see or do. I do know it will be quite an adventure, an adventure that we'll take and make together. See you in the future"- Spaceship Earth.

If you were given the opportunity to put on those extreme high-waisted polyester grandpa pants and that florescent shirt that was probably eight sizes too big for you— you’d do it in a heartbeat. Despite the long hours and blazing sun, sometimes your life felt like a dream. Your time spent working for the mouse will forever be your most magical days, as the Disney College Program was the best opportunity of your entire life.

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4 Things To Do When You Don't Win The UVA Basketball Lottery

Better luck next time.


Now that it is officially winter, it is time to cheer on Tony Bennett and the 'Hoos in one of UVA's favorite sports: basketball. While die-hard fans have attended nearly every UVA sports game leading up to basketball season to rake in Saber points, other people (like myself) have only gone to some games and have very few of these points. I was able to go to the first, less intense games with my minuscule amount of points, but now that the team has begun to play major ACC opponents, I am out of luck when it comes to scoring tickets. I am sure that I am not the only one who has had this issue as well. So, instead of being upset and watching the game through the Sanpchat stories of the friends who did get tickets, here is a list of activities that you can do while the game is going on.

1. Stream the game

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This is definitely the most basic solution to not getting tickets. Apps like ESPN can sometimes let you stream the game. However, if you do not have a TV provider, you are probably unable to do this. If you can't stream the game but still really want to see it, see if someone you know is watching it and watch the game together. You could also go out with friends to a restaurant or sports bar around C'Ville since they probably have the game on one of their TV's.

2. Spend time with friends

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If you aren't able to watch the game on a device, you can spend some time hanging out with friends who could also not get tickets. When my roommate and I did not get tickets to the last basketball game, we played card games with some friends and watched the latest episode of The Bachelor and made it a night that was even better than if we had gone to the game.

3. Catch up on work

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Personally, I always have something that I need to do for a class or extracurricular. While I typically push the work off until later if it isn't very important, I could be finishing that work during the time that I would have spent at the game. Although this may not be the most fun way to spend your time, it is very productive and helps you in the long run.

4. Relax


When you don't want to work or go anywhere, just stay home and have a relaxing night. Get in some comfy clothes, make some popcorn, and binge watch some TV or movies. School can cause you to build up stress, so having a relaxing night in would help to alleviate some of the stress and make you happier.

Although you may be bummed that you did not win tickets to the game, hopefully doing one of these things will help to take your mind off of it. Then, go to more games to get more Saber Points and try again for the next game. Hopefully, you will eventually get tickets and have an amazing time!

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