Mermaids, geniuses, lions and evil queens. All of that and more includes our review of the masterpieces of animation cinema.
Whether making a wish for a star, dancing under the sea, exploring new worlds, “letting go” or feeling love, it is an absolute and totally accepted truth that Disney movies are pure magic. And that’s where our list of today’s top 25 animated films makes sense.
Beauties and beasts, ladies and vagabonds, princesses and frogs-Walt Disney Animation Studios has been creating sublime works of entertainment for at least 100 years and its successes, beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), have cemented a film legacy.
Ordering the top 25 Disney animated movies-sorry, today is not the turn of the best Pixar movies, that’s another listing – has been a herculean effort (a nod to some of the movies included here, perhaps?) which involves putting on the scales the time-honored classics, shocking new arrivals, the famous resurgence / resurrection of the 90s, and our own individual favorites. It’s a mix of the best and brightest Disney has to offer.
Mirror, mirror, what’s the best Disney movie ever? Let’s take a look at the gallery below or the report that follows it to get out of doubts.
Despite not being the first adaptation or reimagining of the famous fairy tale (whose origins go back to Greek history in the first century BC), the Disney box office hit in 1950 is truly iconic. As one of the biggest risks in Walt Disney’s career, Cinderella would pay him back in a big way, becoming his most successful film since Snow White and helping save Disney Animation after a series of low-grossing films that led to debt on the $ 4 million study.
With a tighter starting budget that forced the filmmakers to shoot live action first, Cinderella overcame numerous hurdles, delighting moviegoers with imaginative artistry, bright colors, mischievous humor, memorable songs (“To dream is to wish “). “Bibidi Babidi Bú”, etc.) and an endearing story from poverty to wealth over unjust oppression and triumphant reward. The glass slipper, the Fairy Godmother, Jaq and Gus – Cinderella is a parade of majestic moments.
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) steps forward and — armed with a pumpkin and a few mice — changes Cinderella’s life forever.
24.- Alice in Wonderland
Alice, now 19 years old, follows a rabbit in a blue coat to a magical wonderland from her dreams where she is reunited with her friends who make her realise her true destiny.
Based on the surrealist mid-Victorian novels of Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (1951) was not well received by critics when it was first released, but has since been hailed as a triumph of the animation ahead of its time. With bold and vibrant colors, gruesome characters voiced by period stars like Sterling Holloway and Ed Wynn, and an abstract adventure that attracted the 1960s counterculture a few years later, Alice in Wonderland has become a Subversive cult classic among Disney canons.
Combining Carrol’s books ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’, this fun and eye-catching film used iconic artist Mary Blair to create a narrative filled with wonder and dreamy oddities.
23.- Tiana and the Toad
Loosely inspired by a story that, in turn, is loosely based on the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale “The Frog Prince”, Disney’s Tiana and the Frog took the “fairy tale” out of Europe and placed it perfectly in the United United – in 1920’s New Orleans to be specific.
Taking the flair of studio classics like Lady and the Tramp and Bambi, Tiana and the Frog (2009) would plunge into the past as the first Disney movie after a six-year hiatus without a traditional hand-drawn movie feature. . However, I would also look to the future, as Anika Noni Rose, Tiana, a 19-year-old waitress who dreams of having her own restaurant, would be Disney’s first black princess.
The film’s Bayou charm is reminiscent of the studio’s heyday, helping it stand out at a time when animated installments were rife with popular culture jokes and banter, while this story enraptured us with clever and sweet creatures. swampy, evil voodoo sorcerers and never-aging themes.
22.- Lady and the Tramp
With an iconic kiss sharing a plate of spaghetti that would become a landmark moment for every subsequent romantic comedy, Lady and the Tramp was a smash hit for Disney in 1955, a love story that still endures through time. Based on the antics of story developer Joe Grant’s own dog, combined with a short story by Ward Greene, Lady and the Tramp created a magical ensemble with songs co-written by singer Peggy Lee (who also dubs one of the dogs).
As the first animated film ever shot in the (brand new, at the time) widescreen CinemaScope format, The Lady and the Tramp wowed crowds with the tale of the refined and proper lady who falls in love with a stray street tramp named Gulf. . During production, Disney offices were filled with live animals for the animators to have references, so that the story could be told exclusively from the animals’ point of view. The story may not have the scale of other Disney classics, but the simple charm and rich color animation make it one of the best of the bunch.
21.- Break Ralph
With a long-awaited sequel scheduled for later this year, Wreck-It Ralph, Disney’s wonderful project coming to video games that was in development for more than 20 years is ultimately a story about outcasts seeking their place in the world, and feeling comfortable in it. your own skin.
Focusing on the title character (voiced by John C. Reilly), who for 30 years has been a villain in an 8-bit video game, Wreck-It Ralph follows the so-called “bad guy” on a journey of redemption. , taking us to the world of videogames in an adventure grounded in both nostalgia and the new – a cyberworld with inhabitants like Mario, Sonic, Q * bert or Lara Croft. It’s Disney’s most pop-culture-bound project to date, but it still has great visuals and genuine emotions that you might expect from Disney Animation.
20.- Sleeping Beauty
As the last of Walt Disney’s own animated fairy tale classics, Sleeping Beauty (1959) was initially a disaster at the box office, but has come to be recognized as one of the greatest and most adored of the golden age of movies. Disney classics. It’s the pinnacle of the studio at its most iconic, featuring frolicking woodland creatures, a trilling princess, an evil witch, and a handsome prince on a stately steed.
Packed with vibrant colors, modern designs, and music based on Tchaikovsky’s ballet, it looks and sounds different from other movies that came before. His meticulously hand-drawn frames, inspired by medieval art, have a streamlined look and a groundbreaking palette filled with unusual combinations of violet, green, ocher, indigo and fuchsia. The climactic final battle between Prince Phillip and Maleficent in the form of a giant dragon is one of the most beautiful and gripping ever animated.
19.- 101 Dalmatians
One of the smartest and most entertaining Disney movies of all time, with one of the most memorable villains in movie history, the 1961 quasi-musical 101 Dalmatians gave audiences a more sketchy style of animation, thanks to new technology. Xerox (and a modest budget compared to its predecessor Sleeping Beauty), along with a fun family adventure about a litter of Dalmatian puppies abducted by a wealthy woman. obsessed heiress who wants to use her fur to make coats.
Anyway, it’s the Cruella de Vil dubbed by Betty Lou Gerson and her renowned theme song that steal the show. Rumored to have been modeled after Zsa Zsa Gabor, Cruella’s look, style, and crazed tone of voice instantly placed her in the ranks of the most evil movie villains of all time. Although it is not a luxurious show, 101 Dalmatians is accompanied by heart, humor and humanity … perrumanidad.
The lighthearted 1999 Disney adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Tarzan of the Apes” capped the studio’s winning streak in the 1990s with an animated film with 3D backgrounds, using a new technique (called “Deep Canvas”) that allows that the CGI resembles a traditional painting.
With a revolutionary visual flow and style that raised the bar for packaging throughout the medium, and the Academy Award-winning music by Phil Collins (“In My Heart You Will Live” took home the Oscar for Best Original Song by that year), Tarzan is a lively and exciting show with rich storytelling and colorful design art that put a special new twist on the story told of a young man raised by gorillas in the jungles of Africa.
The 2010 instant classic showcased Disney’s enchanting take on the German fairy tale known as “Rapunzel.” With the company momentarily betting on gender-neutral titles, something we would see again in Frozen in 2013, Tangled tells the story of a young princess with long, magical hair, voiced by Mandy Moore, who is imprisoned by a woman who uses innate powers. of the girl to cheat death.
Featuring 3D art inspired by the style of rococo oil paintings on canvas, Tangled was an irresistible and complex mix of adventure and romance that brought together modern and classic Disney elements. Tangled, while widely adored by fans, it also held the rare distinction of being the most expensive animated film of all time, thanks to an extremely long development process as well as extensive testing done by the animation process (as it was the first completely computer-created film, a task generally destined for Pixar).
16.- The Emperor and his follies
More outright comedy than many of Disney’s proposals, and coming after Disney’s resurgence in the 90s, The Emperor and His Folly (2000), it was a small departure from the more traditional studio style in favor of an adventure of unusual friends driven for Chuck Jones’ antics and a sharper cartoon-ish style of animation.
Voiced by David Spade, John Goodman, and Patrick Warburton, The Emperor and His Folly is a tale of redemption centered on an arrogant teenage Inca emperor named Kuzco, transformed into a flame by his former counselor. The production was a roller coaster ride for the film, which started out as a more traditional Disney story called The Kingdom of the Sun (featuring six Sting songs!) And saw the whole project change the overall tone and change after the disappointments in Pocahontas box office and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Although The Emperor and His Follies is, by the way, less grand and epic than most of Disney’s proposals, it is still a heroic journey, albeit full of jokes and nonsense.
15.- Robin Hood
Using friendly anthropomorphic animals to tell the legend of Robin Hood, this flamboyant 1973 gem showcased acclaimed folk songs and movie sound from Butch and Sundance that helped make it, at the time, Disney’s highest-grossing film to date. .
Robin Hood has some issues because it features some recycled bits of animation and its conventional low-key charm is very different from the majesty shown in other company classics, but sometimes the simplest designs and humblest approaches create the most dear.
Although World War II plunged the box office for most 1940s films, the 1941 classic Dumbo, which was purposely designed to be short and simple, was the studio’s most successful film of that decade. . At just 64 minutes, Dumbo was a nice, straightforward alternative to the previous year’s Fantasia ambition.
Despite the modesty in its presentation, Dumbo, a story about a humble circus elephant who is constantly and cruelly ridiculed for having oversized ears, stands as one of the most precious and endearing animated films of all time. With a simpler animation than its predecessors, and watercolor backgrounds, Dumbo is a small story that offers an emotional blow of great size, teaching us that although we all yearn to be like others, it is our differences that define us and make us special, a good teaching for such a difficult time in the real world.
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