Walt Disney Animation Studios Ranking #11-20
Welcome to the penultimate installment of my Walt Disney Animation Studios Ranking!
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Without further ado, here are #20-#11!
20. Treasure Planet (2002)
I had only seen Treasure Planet once before, and I was surprised by how great it was. Visually, it was beautiful, and incredibly creative. And the relationship between Jim and Silver? So emotional. Also, “I’m Still Here” is one of my favorite songs of all time.
19. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed The Great Mouse Detective. It was dramatic in really fun ways, especially the rivalry between Basil and Ratigan. I laughed so much when Basil escaped from Ratigan’s ultimate trap. The animation style reminded me of Cinderella, and I really enjoyed the music. Overall, it was delightful.
18. Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
As a sequel, I think Ralph Breaks the Internet is excellent. It picks up years after Wreck-it Ralph ends, and seamlessly takes the character’s emotional journeys to the next logical place after the end of the first movie. The people who made Ralph Breaks the Internet knew the scope of what they wanted to do, between setting and character arcs, and remained committed to that the entire time. I admire that, and it made a really interesting movie that surprises you (in a good way). The only thing I would critique is that the movie is very much of a certain specific time period, which makes me wonder if it will remain appealing as time goes by.
17. The Aristocats (1970)
Nostalgia may be a factor in this high ranking (I have strong memories watching this movie as a child), but I really, truly love The Aristocats. And I don’t even like cats that much! In my opinion, The Aristocats attempts things that earlier films Lady and the Tramp and One Hundred and One Dalmatians did, but executes them better. Aristocats has a pampered house pet falling in love with a stray who is suspicious of humans, but that romance is so much better than the relationship between Lady and the Tramp! The chemistry is so compelling between O’Malley, who isn’t condescending and Duchess, who isn’t naive. Aristocats also has a family of pets kidnapped that need to find their way home, like in One Hundred and One Dalmatians, but the kidnapping happens early in the film, so most of the story is about them getting home, and the cast of missing pets and the animals they meet along the way is far smaller than the cast in Dalmations, which I thought made it easier to follow and connect with the characters. Finally, I love the setting, I love the music, and I love the colorful, sketchy animation style.
16. The Emperor’s New Groove
The Emperor’s New Groove is so fun. It’s unapologetically, cartoonishly silly, which creates great comedy. It’s endlessly entertaining to watch.
15. The Little Mermaid (1989)
First of all, such a fun, beautiful, exciting musical! I love the Disney on Broadway version of The Little Mermaid, so it was a treat to hear in the score the melodies that would become some of my favorite songs in the stage version. In this viewing, I was really fascinated by the portrayal of youth and the parent/child relationship dynamics during adolescence. I think that perspective brings a lot to the movie, in addition to all of the fun.
14. The Lion King (1994)
Everyone knows The Lion King, yet I was still surprised by how much I liked it (I was fully expecting the return of my Animal Protagonist Fatigue). I had a lot of fun watching it! Every musical number was so cool! Like The Little Mermaid, I enjoyed the way youth and parent/child relationships dynamics are portrayed, and I appreciated the way The Lion King followed through with that theme as Simba matures out of an immature mindset.
13. Aladdin (1992)
My favorite part of this one is the characters! I love how sharp Aladdin and Jasmine are, and the genuine chemistry between them. I also enjoy how the happy ending shows them ending up together while still achieving what they both expressed they wanted before their characters even met.
12. Big Hero 6 (2014)
Big Hero 6 is so creative, unique, and fun. I’ve watched it many times since it came out, and however, in my most recent viewing, I noticed something about the plot that makes its sequence of events make a little less sense. I still love the movie overall, though.
11. Wreck-it Ralph (2012)
I love the different styles of Wreck-it Ralph, and how they all work well together, from the settings to characters to overall design choices of the arcade game world. It’s also always great to see Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship grow and develop as they encounter trials and ultimately save each other.
Check back this Wednesday for my TOP TEN Walt Disney Animation Studios films!