Although the Walt Disney Company has released hundreds of animated films over the years, only those released under the Walt Disney Animation Studios banner are among Disney classics. It was founded by Walt and Roy O. Disney in 1923, making it the oldest animation studio in the world. The studio produced short cartoons in the 1920s and 1930s before releasing its first animated film in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Next November, Walt Disney Animation Studios will release its sixty-first film, strange world. Although often associated with high-quality animation and gripping stories, not all Disney films have landed with critics or audiences. Whether it’s bad timing or behind-the-scenes interference, there’s something about these films that makes even diehard Disney fans look the other way.
10: Oliver and company (6.6 stars)
Based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, an orphan kitten named Oliver living in New York is taken in by a pack of street dogs. He tries to help them steal for their landlord, so he can pay off a loan shark, but gets caught by a lonely rich girl. Oliver is torn between two families, and things get worse when the loan shark goes after the girl for ransom.
Although the film has good music and design for New York, it offers nothing new to this classic tale and underuses the animal characters. Upon its release, it was overtaken at the worldwide box office by by Don BluthThe land before time. However, he made more money domestically, which would help Disney’s renaissance.
9. Dinosaur (6.4 stars)
Disney’s first CGI tells the story of Aladar, an iguanodon whose egg was taken away from its nest and adopted by a family of lemurs. Their island home is destroyed in a meteor shower when he grows up, forcing him and the survivors to travel to the mainland. They join a herd of dinosaurs traveling through a barren desert to reach their nesting place.
The opening scene of Aladar’s egg traveling across the landscape was used as the movie’s trailer and if the rest had been so majestic it would be better remembered. The CGI holds up quite well, and the score of James Newton Howard is one of the greatest of all Disney films. Unfortunately, the film relies on anachronistic jokes and tells an uninspired story that left audiences wanting more.
8. Fun and non-fancy (6.4 stars)
Disney Animation was struggling in the 1940s because of the war. The loss of the overseas market meant they had to cut costs by merging several film ideas into one-off films with loose plots connecting them. Fun and non-fancy combines a story about a circus bear and Mickey, Donald and Goofy re-enacting Jack and the Beanstalk using Jiminy Cricket and the Puppeteer Edgar Bergen as a framing device.
While the sequences with Jiminy, Bergen, and his puppets might be shocking, the individual stories aren’t too bad. They’re still well animated, and this movie would be the last time Walt Disney would voice Mickey Mouse. Unfortunately, with so many of Disney’s best movies telling complete stories, it’s better to find the shorts individually than to watch them together.
7. The Black Cauldron (6.3 stars)
This adaptation of The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander is about a boy named Taran who dreams of a great life as a warrior. One day, while daydreaming, he loses a pig with powers of prophecy to the minions of the evil Horned King. The villain hopes to use the pig’s powers to locate an artifact that will allow him to summon an army of undead warriors.
It was the film that nearly killed Disney animation in 1985. Although it has achieved some cult classic status, it suffers from an excessively dark tone, generic storyline, and blurry storyline. due to twelve minutes cut from the final product. It was so bad that Care Bears movie information outperformed her at the box office.
6. The Three Caballeros (6.3 stars)
During the President’s administration Franklin D. Roosevelt, The United States of America wanted to improve its relations with Latin America and South America. They tasked Disney with releasing two films to help them with this process. The second saw Donald Duck team up with Brazilian parrot Jose Carioca and Mexican rooster Panchito Pistoles, calling themselves the three caballeros.
The film is a mixed bag when it comes to content. It’s one of the first films to merge live action and animation, and many of the shorts are fun, especially at first. However, the film overstays its welcome and quickly loses focus of its story, with the third act divulging Donald trying to get along with human women and a bizarre sequence involving dancing cacti.
5. Make Music To Me (6.2 stars)
Many Disney animators were drafted into the military during World War II, which left the studio with dozens of projects and not enough people. Walt found a way around this problem by turning the ideas into short films, which he would combine with music similar to Fancy, but with contemporary tunes, voice acting and narration. Ten of these shorts were released as Make music mine.
There are several funny shorts in this film, such as “All the Cats Join Us”“Pierre and the Wolf” And “Mighty Casey down to the bat.” However, the film has been edited several times over the years due to concerns over some, such as “The Martins and the Coys.” To date, this film is also the only one in Disney’s animated canon not available on Disney+.
4. Melody time (6.2 stars)
Following the same trend as make me music, melody time combines many unfinished concepts into one film. This time it’s just seven shorts, which allowed the film crew to make them even better. It is also the last film from Disney Animation Studios to feature Donald Duck and Jose Carioca.
melody timehas some more memorable shit compared to its predecessor. The two stars are “The Legend of Johnny Appleseed” and “Pecos Bill”, that tell the stories of popular American heroes. The rest of the shorts are fun, but they seem lacking compared to Disney’s story-driven ventures.
3. Saludos Amigos (6.1 stars)
It is the first of the wartime films commissioned by the US government under the Good Neighbor Policy. Through four short films starring Donald, Goofy and Pedro the Plane, he explores the cultures and landscapes of South America to educate American audiences. It also marks the first appearance of the Brazilian parrot, Jose Carioca.
Like Three Caballeros before him, Greetings Amigos has good intention but sloppy execution, especially in today’s age of digital media. The shorts are fun, especially Goofy learning to be a gaucho, but there are only four of them. If you want to watch it, the film is Disney’s shortest film to date, just forty-two minutes.
2. Little Chicken (5.7 stars)
From the director of The Emperor’s New Routine comes the story of Chicken Little, who is ridiculed by his community for thinking the sky is falling. A year later, he rebuilt his reputation by joining his city’s baseball team and becoming the star player. However, he was right about the things falling from the sky, as he and his friends soon discover a lost alien child.
Although it was the second highest-grossing film of 2005, Little chicken is perhaps Disney’s meanest film to date. The townspeople are vicious towards this poor kid and only accept him when he feeds their narcissism. The worst character in the film is his father, who is willing to throw his son under the bus if it means saving face, but the film expects us to want these two to reconcile by the end.
1. Beach House (5.3 stars)
Roseanne Barr plays a cow named Maggie, who is sold to a farm after notorious cattle rustler Alameda Slim ruins his. When the sheriff arrives to tell her new owner she has three days to pay off her debts or lose her land, Maggie convinces two other cows to help her capture the bandit and claim his reward. They will have to compete with the horse of the sheriff, who wants to capture Slim to impress his idol, a local bounty hunter.
Compared to other anime movies, House on the beach comes forward thanks to a nice animation and the occasional good song. Compared to Disney, however, it’s a travesty, with flat characters, too many cow jokes, and a story that tries to be a great Western but is held back by Disney executives. The studio wouldn’t release another 2D animated film until princess and the frog, which gave this film an unfair reputation as the death of traditional animation.
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