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My Top 10 Disney Animated Films and Movies

Updated on May 11, 2011

This is a compilation of my favourite Disney animated films. I may be missing on some of the more known films, but these are my personal favourites.

NOTE: There may be a few spoilers in here!

10 - The Fox and the Hound (1981)

A story about a fox and a dog who grow up together as friends but are trained to be enemies. To me, this is a classic. The tale revolves around the growing conflict of the fox, Tod, and the dog, Copper being natural enemies - the fox doesn't understand why they can't be friends, and the dog just does as he is told by his owner.

Later on in the film, the fox is being hunted by Copper and his owner. Tod is eventually found by Copper, but he lets him go. This causes Copper's mentor, Chief, to keep on hunting for Tod, and he unawarely gets hit by a train. The hound is infuriated by this, and believes Tod is to blame.

Still hunting for Tod, Copper and his owner get attacked by a bear. The owner gets caught in a trap and loses his gun, while Copper tries to fend off the bear. He is of no match to him, but then Tod joins the fight. The bear and the fox are both knocked over and fall in a waterfall. Copper goes to Tod, who is injured, and the owner points his gun towards the fox. However, Copper gets in front of the shot, and refuses to budge until his owner lowers the gun. The two old friends have a last smile before they part.

The moral of the story - friendship has no boundaries.

9 - The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

A truly hilarious adventure, The Emperor's New Groove revolves around a very spoiled emperor, Kuzco, and his misfortune in turning into a llama. Pacha, a humble and friendly villager, helps him to get his body back and his kingdom in the hopes that he won't turn his village into an amusement park/summer resort Kuzcotopia.

The characters are all complimentary to each other. Kuzco is spoiled and self-centered, always ordering people around to do his wackiest whims, while Pacha is caring, forgiving and humble. Likewisa, Yzma - the power-seeking advisor to Kuzco, and the person who turned him into a llama - is relentless and a schemer, while Kronk - her assistant - is peaceful and loves nature. The combinations result in hilarity.

If you're a fan of laughter, you'll be a fan of this film.

8 - Hercules (1997)

A great story about the son of Zeus, Hercules is filled with action, adventure and romance. Top it off with a few troubles caused by a rowdy Hades, and you have yourself a truly intriguing cartoon.

This is one of the few cartoons I've seen talk about Greek mythology, and I enjoyed seeing the mythical creatures battle head to head vs Hercules, as well as the inclusion of the Titans in the film. There's nothing truly groundbreaking about the film or its story, but I enjoyed it, and due to it revolving mythology I couldn't keep it out of the list.

7 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Don't judge a book by its cover. Inspired by Victor Hugo's novel of the same name, the story covers Quasimodo as he - well actually I can't quite remember what he did, but it was an interesting story!

6 - Toy Story (1995)

The first release to use only CGI in the entire film, Toy Story is a movie that fills you with memories of your old and forgotten toys. I still have one of mine - a stuffed frog. Reminds me of him everytime I see the film.

5 - Ratatouille (2007)

I get hungry everytime I watch this film. Ratatouille has laughs, adventure and mischief - the perfect recipe for an adventure involving a rat chef.

"While not everyone can be a great cook, a great cook can come from anywhere"

4 - WALL-E (2008)

Outlining the troubles of our society, WALL-E is an innovative film in that the main character has a vocabulary of only two words in the entire film, and yet still captures your heart. It's quite funny and sad to see the result of the human race - a bunch of overweight people completely managed by technology. They don't even walk.

3 - Finding Nemo (2003)

This film reminded me that most Disney films start off with a tragic event, only to follow a happy ending.

2 - A Bug's Life (1998)

Another CGI movie, this one is from the perspective of ants as they try to appease a horde of grasshoppers who have made them their servants. You follow the adventures of Flik, a smart but careless inventor, who goes off to find a group of warriors to combat the grasshoppers. Instead, he finds a group of circus performers.

Trust me, it's a good one.

1 - Tarzan (1999)

Tarzan is the epic tale of a boy who is raised by gorillas. His parents are killed by a leopard named Sabor, and he is rescued by a gorilla, Kala, who has just lost her son to the leopard as well. Tarzan has to learn how to be like the apes, because often he gets left behind in children's games, and is discriminated for not having hair or for not being able to climb.

Tarzan overcomes these adversities - he becomes the best climber out of all the apes by sliding or dragging in the branches and swinging from the vines. He comes of age strong, agile and knowledgeable. You will often see him being innovative, whether he is fashioning a spear to catch fruit or using Tantor's trunk to breathe out juicy insects into the air.

The relationship between Tarzan and his father, Kerchak, is something that I can relate to deeply. Kerchak is never impressed with Tarzan and often rejects him being his son, despite Tarzan's attempts at pleasing him. Once Tarzan saves him from Sabor, Kerchak begins to see Tarzan's true nature, and what Kala has been vouching for all along - that they are the same. A touching moment is found at the end of the film, where in death Kerchak realizes that Tarzan was truly his son.

Another distinguishing feature in the film is the introduction of the humans. Tarzan experiences a loss of identity when he finds Jane - is he a human, or is he an ape? The climax of this occurs when he introduces Jane to the gorilla family. Once Kerchak discovers this, he becomes infuriated and Tarzan is forced to attack him in order for Jane and the others to escape. He does not know who he is afterwards until Kala explains his origins.

The imagery in the film is fantastic. From Kala being surrounded by doves to Clayton's death synchronized with rain and lightning. The music score is great as well. Just the fact that Phil Collins sung in this film made it better than most, and he easily intensifies the emotion in a scene, from a bunch of happy gorillas playing in a camp to the solemn tone of Kala's song. As far as CD's go from films, it's pretty darn good!

The many themes in the film, combined with an immersion in nature make this film a truly enjoyable experience.


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    • mrpopo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Canada

      Hi Caroline, thanks for the comment! I don't think I've ever seen Oliver & Company but I'll be sure to check it out in my spare time. It's kind of fun digging through these old Disney classics, I always end up feeling a bit nostalgic but in a good way. Glad you liked the Hub!

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      caroline roberta guy 

      7 years ago from London

      Dear Mrpopo, My name is Caroline, I came across your disney hub page whilst I was searching the different film catogries (I am writing about films.) I loved your disney hubpage, I too love disney movies,(I have wrote about 1 disney movie so far snow white and the 7 drawfs.) My favourite disney film of all time is oliver & company (1988) the fox and the hound is my second favourite.

    • mrpopo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      I can't agree with you more vanidiana. The Toy Story series is fantastic, I actually watched the third movie again a few weeks ago, it is truly fantastic!

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      8 years ago from Depok, Indonesia

      I love all series of Toy Story movie, the pictures are great and the stories are wonderful!

    • mrpopo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Donna, you are absolutely right. Toy Story 3 was great, I was nearly in tears myself. A great movie... I think I owe it to the entire trilogy since the first two were a significant part of my childhood. I think it's only fair to update this list and include it in there (especially since I can't remember the storyline for some on the list!).

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Donna W 

      8 years ago

      I love your list! I would add Toy Story 3, I saw it with my know 17 year old daughter who was a toddler when the first one came out, we cried a lot.

    • mrpopo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks MaryRenee! I'm glad you enjoyed them :)

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      8 years ago

      Mrpopo: Wonderful picks! These classics will always be so very loved! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • mrpopo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Rod. I don't think you're prejudiced; we all have our preferences. Actually I really enjoyed the Australian angle in the film myself. It gave it more versatility and character.

      Thank you, oscillationatend. I do recommend you check out the other ones - you'll never know what hidden wisdom you'll find in them :)

    • oscillationatend profile image


      8 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

      I forgot how many disney films their truly are. I know so many of them...and they all, pretty much rawk. I've not seen all listed here, but the ones you do have are definitely the better of the bunch. :D

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      Rod Marsden 

      8 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

      Not a bad list. Finding Nemo is my favorite from the list. But maybe I'm prejudiced. I like the Australian angle.

    • mrpopo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks MPG narratives - now that I think about it, the Toy Story series was great and I regret not including it in there (I hear 3 is really good as well, go check it out!). Same with Beauty and the Beast. I guess it was harder picking the top 10 in some ways than actually writing on them.

      But that reminds me, I haven't yet given proper summaries of the top 10, I keep delaying on it. I hope to properly finish the Hub eventually...

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Marie Giunta 

      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Toy Story 1 and 2 (3 to be seen very soon) were our favourites in this household. All Disney animation is great even the old stuff. Hercules and Beauty and the Beast also great. Well done on the 30 minutes challenge.

    • mrpopo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks habee! It's not as well known as something like the Lion King, but Fox and the Hound is a good one that I remember watching often as a kid. Glad you liked it too!

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Wonderful hub that brought back memories! I loved Fox and the Hound!

    • mrpopo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      I agree honey, it's a great movie. Very original. Thanks for the comment!

    • honey profile image


      8 years ago

      Wall-E is the one i liked most of all the movies in your list

    • mrpopo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Hi Faye, thanks for sending me that Hub! I think you're right, I thought that was very interesting to do 30 hubs in 30 hours, and I will take on that challenge in the near future :)

      Hi Izzy! I don't know, I was kind of thinking of doing a Hub on my favourite Disney films for a while so I guess this was just a good opportunity to do so! Glad I was part of the challenge though, because I kept delaying in writing a Hub for some time. Of course, I hadn't had my top 10 picked already, I just knew I wanted to talk about some of the things that got to me in these films as a kid, and even now when I'm older. I can see that I'm lacking that on most of the top 10 right now, but when I get the time I'll polish it up

      Thank you guys, for the comments :)

    • IzzyM profile image


      8 years ago from UK

      Well done on writing this in just half an hour! Now would you have thought of writing this if you hadn't taken part in a challenge?

      Great top 10 films, thanks for the synopsis and recommendations :)

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      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Well Mrpopo, you have done an excellent challenge hub. I will write you, there is another hubber, a hub you might like to read. I wish I had fond it when I was new. I know you think you "ran out of time" but when you read her hub, you will find that some of the best are done on the fly, so to speak.

    • mrpopo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Borge! Wall-e was a great movie, I was really impressed with the story and the characters in the movie, many of whom didn't talk at all.

      @ Randy - thanks! I agree lol, stressful but fun, and it gave me a backbone for a Hub. I just gotta add some more stuff to it and edit a few things. It's a great activity.

      @ samboiam - you're right! I can't believe I forgot that one... I don't want to replace any or edit the list now but I think I'll include it in as an honorable mention. That was another great one.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

    • samboiam profile image


      8 years ago from Texas

      What a great list. When my boys were younger, Disney films were all we watched. I still love them. I was surprised not to see Beauty and the Beast on there.

      Thanks for sharing this. I may have to break some of these out and watch them again.

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      Randy Godwin 

      8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Way to go, mrpopo! I participated in a previous 30 minute challenge and it was fun. Stressful but fun! Good job!


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      8 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for making wall-e your favorite. I like wall-e too. We have something in common about animated movies. Thanks

    • mrpopo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Cagsil :) I think Disney movies are awesome, even if most are meant for kids. Glad to see someone else having a wide selection of Disney movies. Most of these I have on VHS from when I was younger. My little sister still watches them from time to time, which gave me some inspiration to write the Hub.

      @ TGS - thanks :) I think there are a few that are a bit mainstream but it's just about the enjoyability of the movie that I tried to follow. I really enjoyed The Fox and the Hound, although I hard a hard time remembering the plot LOL. What's it been, 10 years since I watched it? Maybe I'm just getting old lol, I couldn't remember the plot correctly for most of these. But I didn't want to put in The Lion King or something like that because it just didn't get to me. Now that I think about it though, I probably should have switched something for Alladin in there, that was a good one as well.

      @ Shadesbreath - I guess I need therapy too then :P lol, I have a better explanation for each of my selections... I just didn't have time to finish it lol. Maybe it'll clear up why I picked Tarzan or Hercules, which aren't necessarily fantastic stories but there are certain aspects of them that just stick out to me, and I tend to forget whatever it lacks. Definitely watch the Emperor one though. It has a llama - what more could you need?!

      Thanks for the comments guys, I think all of you did a fantastic job with your Hubs too. I was nowhere near done (you can notice a distinct loss of content as I get closer to #1, haha). I'll add more to it when I get some time. Great work on the 30 minute challenge! And great idea on having this challenge, Shades! You should do this more often.

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      8 years ago from California

      Great selection here. I really think Wall-E will prove to be a depressing truth, but for now, it makes a great movie. I'm also very with you on Finding Nemo and a Bugs Life. Those are really good... funny. A Bug's Life is actually pretty philosophical in some ways. I think it's pretty cool you have a Fox and the Hound too. While it's not a particularly amazing or original story, it is a really good one. Sometimes, granted it is rare, but sometimes an old, over-done story can be remade and be beautiful again. So, I'm with you on that. The others, lol, I'll admit, the redhead in Hercules is hawt for a cartoon chick (lawl, how much therapy do I need? rofl... and kinda looks like the one from Tarzan... [sigh]). I somehow managed not to see the Emperor one. I guess I should. I think we actually own it. LOL.

      Nice job on the 30 minute challenge too!

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      8 years ago from On The Web

      Hey great job! I think all of these movies are excellent picks, and I like the fact that you stayed away from the more mainstream Disney films. The Fox and the Hound would have been my number one as well!

    • Cagsil profile image


      8 years ago from USA or America

      Nice topic. I like some of the movies you selected. Pretty cool. I have a wide assortment of Disney videos myself and I enjoy them from time to time. Nicely done for the challenge. :) Thank you playing along. :)


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