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Ten Classic Walt Disney Animation Movies

Updated on April 5, 2011

Animated Movies

Gone are the days when cartoons were just meant for kids as animated movies step in to take over from regular movies. The stories and characters of animation movies these days are no longer formulated to entertain only kids. Most adults would enjoy these movies as well.

Some of the animation films would be not very suited for children to watch. Being an animation is no longer guarantee for it being kid friendly. Still there is one company which you can blindly allow your kids to watch movies from. That would be the Walt Disney Studios.

Given here are the ten classic Walt Disney Animation Movies as per me. If you don't agree make your own lists :)

No 1

Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs

This was the first animated movie that Walt Disney released way back in 1937. The story is the quintessential fairly tale. With a wronged princess, the evil step mother, the helpful dwarfs and the final kiss of true love!

The studio recently released its Platinum Edition. The story may be old but it still is a big hit with the kids. And its not just the girls who enjoy the story, my son loved it as well.

No 2


The enchanting animated movie of the wooden puppet boy was first released in 1940 by Walt Disney. The adventures of Pinocchio along with his appointed conscience in the form of Jimmie Cricket are fun to follow. Of course the scene where he lies to the Blue Fairy and his nose grows larger and larger is a classic.

Good wins over all temptations in this tale. The recently released 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition keeps the story fresh.

No 3


The adorable story of the baby elephant was first released in 1941. The much too large ears of the baby Jumbo cause him no end of trouble as he trips over them. But the cause of his troubles is exactly what helps redeem him. When he gets drunk with his pal and wakes up on the top of the tree he discovers he is capable of a whole lot more.

Personally I was not too pleased with the Pink Elephants on Parade psychedelic song. Guess animation has come a long way since then.The 60th anniversary edition of the movie was released on DVD by Walt Disney recently.

No 4


Released in 1942 this story of the baby deer Bambi is a sure fire hit with kids who love animal tales.The adventures of the new born animals through spring make for a delightful tale. There is also the sheer horror of the destruction of the forest in the fire. A good way to teach children about looking after your environment and not starting forest fires by accident.

I think I cry each time I see Bambi trying to nudge his dead mother alive. It literally breaks my heart, so be prepared for some loud sobs from the kids.

No 5


The step mother and step sisters make a compelling tale while highlighting the gentle Cinderella's nature. Of course I personally felt that they used the mice in the tale a bit too much. However the kids love the skirmishes that the mice have with Lucifer the cat.

The Fairy God mother is a real doll, forgetful and friendly. It was really funny the way she made a horse into the driver and the mice into horses for the pumpkin carriage. One of the all time favorite animation movies.

No 6

Peter Pan

The delightful tale of the boy who never grew up was first released in motion animation in 1953 by Walt Disney. The Darling family was hooked onto tales of adventure of Peter Pan and guess what so was Peter Pan himself. He would sneak out of Never Never land and come to hear the stories that were told in a London nursery as bedtime tales.

However the Darling children were definitely not prepared to fly off to the wonderful world of Peter Pan and discover that all those stories were really true. Tinker Bells the jealous pixie adds to the appeal of the tale as does the evil Captain Hook.

No 7

Lady and the Tramp

Romance is not limited to the human world in this 1955 release. You see a Lady who is a pedigree pup falling in love with Tramp who is quite frankly a stinking street dog. However the gallant Tramp saves the sweet Lady from a fate worse than death. At the dog catchers Lady learns more about Tramp.

Will Lady still love the Tramp now that she knows about his less savory side? The happily ever after ending is a lovely way to a feel good factor at the end of this movie.The 50th anniversary edition was recently released.

No 8

Sleeping Beauty

This 1959 edition of the classic fairy tale took some liberties with the original story just as the Cinderella movie had. And though the three fairly god mothers were cute and cuddly they were unable to save the Princess Aurora from her fate of sticking her finger on a spindle and falling asleep for a 100 years.

The evil witch even imprisons the handsome Prince Charming who can break the spell with the kiss of true love. Battle of good against evil was beautifully depicted graphically in the animation. Of course the lovers had to meet ...once upon a dream.

No 9

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Do you love pups? If you do this 1961 animated movie will tug at your heart strings. The story of a dalmatian who decided that his pet Roger, must get married is really sweet. The search for the perfect mate also involves searching for a suitable mate for himself. Pongo is adorable as he winds his lease around Roger to make him meet his prospective wife.

Of course Cruella D Vile is the evil woman who wants to take away the new born pups and turn them into a fur coat. The kidnapped pups have to be saved and Pongo runs to the rescue. Boys usually love this tale.

No 10

The Sword in the Stone

Released in 1963 this animated movie tells the story of the young boy who pulled out The Sword in the Stone to become king of the land. King Arthur has inspired may a poet and bard but this twisted version in the animated movie branch focuses on how Merlin the sorcerer prepares the young boy for the duty that he must face.

Its quite amusing when the wizard decides to give the boy a lesson in nature by turning them into squirrels. Running around the trees trying to avoid the advances of a pretty female squirrel have the kids rolling in the aisles.


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    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from India

      Obviously we are the people who prefer being dignified to being wild and uncouth.

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      katniss everdeen 

      6 years ago

      seriously lion king didn't make it on the list, but snow white did, wtf, who are you people idiots,...

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from India

      Just saw Tangled! Must say it makes the list. I just don't know which one to bump off :)

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from India

      Most of the movies here are enjoyed by kids as well as adults.

    • DevBlue profile image


      8 years ago from Mauritius

      Good Hub. It has surely increased my interest in Animated movies.

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from India

      Thank you Sachin.

      I am yet to see tangled Kim but am sure I'll like it.

      Bill Lady and the Tramp are at no 7 already

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      Bill Russo 

      8 years ago from Cape Cod

      Bambi is too sad. I would replace it with The Lady and the Tramp. If you have never seen it, check it out.

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      8 years ago

      Great List Cash!! :) :) :) I love disney movies. Did you see their last year's release - "Tangled" ??? Its based on Rapunzel's Fairy tale...Amazinggggggggg!! :D :D

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      8 years ago from Mumbai-India

      Animation…..:-) yes they really puts a smile on face!!! And when its from ‘Walt disney’ then nothing like it.

      Nice hub ‘Cash’. I just started following you cause you are a Indian lady who having interest in blogging & that make me excited to follow you. Keep rocking cash?


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