A Definitive Ranking of Walt Disney Animation Studios Films

A Definitive Ranking of Walt Disney Animation Studios Films

Part 4

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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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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