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  • Writer's pictureNicole Grace

Walt Disney Animation Studios Ranking #30-#21

Welcome back to my Walt Disney Animation Studios Ranking!

If you missed #60-#51, click here.

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If you missed #40-#31, click here.

Without further ado, here are #30-#21!

30. Fantasia 2000 (2000)

I really liked all the nostalgic hints towards the first classic Fantasia, especially in the beginning. I am placing Fantasia 2000 a little higher than the first because I liked all of the segments, whereas some segments in the previous Fantasia didn’t do much for me.

29. Frozen II (2019)

I’ve seen Frozen II all the way through twice: The first time, I left the theater thinking that I’ll need to watch the movie again to fully process everything. The second and most recent time, I could see what the people making the movie wanted to accomplish, and that their vision was really interesting. The movie gave me a lot to think about, and it was great to see all the characters I loved from the first movie. I think the problem is that the direction of the plot got bogged down and diverted in unnecessary sequences that were included to try to make sure the movie was appealing. Frozen II was gorgeously animated, and could have been truly great if it had been released later after developing the plot more.

28. Pinocchio (1940)

One thing I absolutely love about Pinocchio is its wide cast of characters. Everybody is interesting to watch. I especially love Gepetto, and the little family he makes with Figaro and Cleo. So much happens in this movie, but I find myself becoming less invested by the disturbing Pleasure Island scene, and my interest is not reignited by the long scene battling Monstro that immediately follows. I love the happy ending, though!

27. Zootopia (2016)

This is the kind of worldbuilding that Chicken Little attempted to do (but didn’t come close to achieving)! There are a few things I don’t love about Zootopia, but it’s an exciting mystery with a lot of twists and turns that are fun to follow.

26. Moana (2016)

When watching Moana, I am really struck by the music, which is beautiful, and the gorgeous animation. The way that the ocean moves and interacts with Moana? Amazing!! Those elements make me enjoy the movie greatly, in spite of the handful of critiques I have on the storytelling.

25. Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

I think that Raya and the Last Dragon is SUCH a cool movie. Between the setup of the story, Raya as the heroine, and an ensemble that just works, so much of it is excellent, and so fun to watch. However, the movie falls short of greatness because there are some issues to be found with the execution of its theme. I love how ambitious the movie’s theme is though, I just wish they could have fixed those issues.

24. Dumbo (1941)

Dumbo is one of my favorite Disney characters, even though the movie isn’t one of my favorite Disney movies. While I love Dumbo and Timothy together, quite frankly, none of the other characters in the movie, excluding Dumbo’s mother, are likable in the least. Between those horribly mean circus elephants, the sick clowns, and those racist sequences, at least half of this already short movie is pretty hard to watch. However, I’ve watched it so many times I personally can get a lot of enjoyment out of it. The character of Dumbo, and all that he represents, still has a special place in my heart, and always will.

23. The Jungle Book (1967)

I thought The Jungle Book was really cute. I love the songs, and I adore Baloo and Bagheera. Overall, the movie was a lot of fun, and there wasn’t anything I really disliked about it.

22. Hercules (1997)

Hercules is another fun movie. The songs are catchy, and I think having the heroine secretly working for the villain is refreshing. Overall, it’s really enjoyable. Only a bit of lacking communication slightly annoys me before the final battle, otherwise it’s an exciting story and a great happy ending.

21. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The movie that started it all! Snow White is such a beautiful movie, and as I get older, I like the titular princess more and more. All of the sequences, especially the opening scene with Snow White and the Prince at the wishing well, are so fun to watch. It’s a wonderful start to an incredible legacy.

Check back here next week for the next installment of this series!

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