40. Aladdin- I know for some people Aladdin would make their top 10 but I’ve never been as big a fan as most people even though I do like it (hey it made this list!). It’s a ton of fun with one of the most iconic performances in all of Disney. The Menken/Ashman/Rice songs are wonderful.39. Batman Mask of the Phantasm- vastly underrated superhero movie with terrific vocal performances. Actually my favorite batman movie. I think the animation is also underrated. Get it on blu-ray studio!
38. Persepolis- One of most unique animated films I’ve ever seen. About a girl growing up in the Iranian Revolution. It looks striking, with an extremely likable lead character and a story with a lot of layers of family, personal and political drama.37. Big Hero 6- I was really moved by the relationship of Hiro and Tadashi. A lovely film about grief and remembering those who have past on while also being a superhero movie with a diverse, funny group unlike any I’ve seen before. I love Baymax so much and SanFransokyo was so creative and beautiful.36. Snow White and 7 Dwarves- I realize this is a little out of sync with my Disney rankings but this where I felt it fit in this list. Snow White is not just great because it was first but it holds up remarkably well. It’s funny, sweet, scary and has great songs. I love how the Queen is the queen but it isn’t enough for her. She also has to be prettiest in the land.35. Iron Giant- A lovely animated story by Brad Bird about a boy in 1950s who finds a giant and has to keep it from the government. Love the animation, story, everything. 34. Mulan- Underrated Disney movie with a strong female heroine, good laughs, strong ensemble of characters, sweeping battle animation, great score and fun songs. Only weakness is lame boring villain. 33. Corpse Bride- a beautiful ghost story with haunting music and a visual style that I actually like even better than Nightmare Before Christmas. The story isn’t quite as layered or interesting and the characters not as good as Nightmare but I still love it. There is enough story of the unlikely match thrown together for me to love it. 32. Lion King- Another one I’m sure people will be upset having so low but I love Lion King. That’s why it beat out 18 other films. It’s epic, beautiful, heartfelt and has an amazing villain. Some of the pop elements, juvenile humor and way they handle Can You Feel Love Tonight I could do without. Still hugely satisfying engaging film about whether we take the easy way out or the tough one that we are destined for. It’s also some of Disney’s most glorious animation they ever did. 31. Dumbo- It depresses me that so many outside the animation community see Dumbo as a racist Disney movie. That or it is ‘too sad’. It has its perhaps questionable segments but at its core is a message about acceptance of people and their differences. The relationship between Timothy Q Mouse and Dumbo is sweet. The watercolor artwork is lovely capturing the bright colors of the circus. The elephants dream is weird and a delight. I love it! Here’s my video on this list:
12 thoughts on “Rachel’s Top 50 Animation Countdown (40-31)”
Love Dumbo, too. You know, my very first Disney toy was a big stuffed Dumbo…which I still own.
Ah that’s so cute.
For me, Aladdin, Mulan and The Lion King would be so much higher, but I’m glad to see they’re still included. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is one of those amazing films that is often forgotten. Great list so far. 🙂
Thanks. It was so hard to put together because I love them all for different reasons. But I had to include Batman. It is so great!
I think Lion King would definitely make my top 10. Aladdin and possibly Mulan would probably be higher on the list, but I doubt would make the top 10. After I review all of the animated Disney movies I’m going to do my own top 10. Oh, and my husband says that Iron Giant is his favorite animated movie!
I would love to see your list. The truth is anything in my top 50 is a favorite of mine. A movie I love. I think you will find it’s tough and you have to split hairs to order them. At least I do. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Oh, I am already anticipating how difficult it will be… And that’s not even including the Pixar films! So many great movies, that’s for sure.
Oh for sure. This one with all animated films was the hardest I’ve done but I’m actually happy with how it turned out. Feel it represents my tastes pretty well. That’s important thing to remember when making your list is dont worry what other people will think just go for your own taste. That’s what will keep it interesting and keep it from being predictable
So true! For instance I think princess and the frog will rank in my top three even though I know most people wouldn’t put it at the top of many lists.
That’s awesome. It’s funny that in this list gotten the most flack for Ponyo of all things. I would never have guessed that would be the controversial one. Ha
Go Iron Giant!!!