A Definitive Ranking of Walt Disney Animation Studios Films

A Definitive Ranking of Walt Disney Animation Studios Films

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10.) Mulan (1998)

Mulan is the ultimate feminist story. The heroine herself is arguably the posterchild for the strong Disney woman. But, aside from all that, does Mulan work as a film? Absolutely! The film contains beautiful animation, good characters, an engaging story, and excellent music. It’s a vast departure from Disney princess movies before or since, but that’s what makes it not only so good, but also stand out among the other Disney films. In short, Mulan is a film that never ceases to impress.

9.) Tangled (2010)

Tangled has one of the best stories of any Disney film. The story works because it gives a purpose to Rapunzel’s immense hair as well as ensures danger and obstacles for the protagonists. Speaking of the protagonists, the film’s two, Rapunzel and Flynn, are both not only very funny, likable, but also extremely different from the princes and princesses that followed. The animation is also great, allowing for Disney’s trademark fairy tale to mesh with CGI. The songs are also very memorable as well. Tangled may be a more recent Disney venture, but it’s characters, animation, and especially story, will make it a favorite for a long time to come.

8.) Peter Pan (1953)

I have to come clean her again; this is my all-time favorite Disney film. Yet, I tried to be fair to Peter Pan and judge it on its own merits. After doing that though, it’s evident that Peter Pan is incredible. It there’s one film that defines childhood and its meaning, - it’s this one. The film also has a really imaginative story and a really fun cast of characters. The dynamic between them all, my favorite being between Peter and Tink, are just so great. The mixing of comedy and whimsy in Peter Pan is amazing, for it never feels tacky. And I think that’s something a lot of Disney films-even family films in general haven’t mastered. I didn’t even mention the wonderful songs and animation. So, aside from Peter Pan being one of my favorites, it’s also one of Disney’s finest.

7.) Tarzan (1999)

Tarzan is very different from all the other films of the Disney Renaissance, mainly because of its Phil Collins music, and its deep-canvas animation style. But, much like Mulan, Tarzan’s uniqueness makes it a great film. The story, as well as the internal conflict Tarzan encounters is very intriguing as well. The characters are also really likable and of course the Phil Collins music is not only good, but also effectively integrates into the story. There is also an impressive amount of emotion in the film, especially, as I mentioned before, with Tarzan’s internal conflict, as well as the relationship between Tarzan and the gorillas, and Tarzan and Jane. Tarzan is emotional, musical, and most importantly, a well-rounded Disney film.

6.) Lilo and Stitch (2002)

I’ve always said that Lilo and Stitch was the flower in the mud pile of 2000’s Disney films. This film accomplishes a level of realism like no other Disney filmbefore or since. It’s an honest, slice-of-life story, countered by a sci-fi alien chase, and surprisingly, those elements work extremely well together. The characters are also unbelievably good, particularly Lilo, and her older sister, Nani, and of course Stitch is great too. Also, the human characters are designed and animated so realistically. This style not only matches the tone of the film perfectly, but sets Lilo and Stitch apart from the other Disney films. There are some very adult themes, i.e. social services, but it’s all handled so well. The meaning of Ohana is clearly portrayed and lingers after each viewing. In short, Lilo and Stitch doesn’t sugarcoat a thing, thus making it a sweet delight.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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