Before the era of dodgy, straight to video sequels, and long before they started to churn out live-action remakes of some of their most popular animated classics, Disney was a hub of originality and creativity. With such a beloved maker of films who has consistently churned out great films (and awful sequels), we know this is going to be a controversial topic but here we've picked our selection for the top 10 Disney films of all time and give our reasons why.
So brace yourselves, look through our list and tell us what you think about it, just...be kind.
This classic that launched the digital animation era was the first of its kind. A feature-length digital animation that set out the guidelines for what great digital animation should look like. Outside of its technical excellence, it is also a great, original story and coming from a company whose bread and butter had been fairy tales and re-imaginings of classic stories, this was really something.
A simple story of toys coming to life on a basic level, it has some excellent humor and raises some pertinent existential questions that make it so much more than just a children's film.
The Lion King
The battle for supreme power between two brothers, love and betrayal, a son trying to step out of his father's shadow. If this all sounds vaguely Shakespearean that's because it is! Based loosely on Hamlet, The Lion King is epic in its scope and storytelling and is an anthropomorphic masterpiece.
Beyond that, the songs in it are stunning and have gone on to become hits in their own right even winning Sir Elton John an Oscar.
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
This is classic Disney and was their first feature length project and so was overseen by Wlat Disney himself. It introduced the world to all of the classic Disney tropes with Snow White becoming the first of a long line of Disney princesses saved by their knights in shining armor, the evil queen and unforgettable musical numbers.
Without this film, Disney would not be what it is today and, bearing in mind it was released in 1937, holds up incredibly well today.
It is strange to think that a film about talking animals can teach us so much about humanity and yet Zootopia does exactly that. In a world where predators and prey have evolved beyond their basic brutal desires, it asks if these animals can live and work together.
A metaphor for racism, it manages to distil complex and nuanced arguments into entertaining, humorous and touching viewing for children and adults and is actually so adept at doing so, it is used as an educational tool.
A story about how it is never too late to follow your dreams, as with all Disney Pixar projects, this one pushed the boundaries of animation further than it has been before and it paid off in this glorious film.
What is perhaps most impressive is the fully fleshed out and heart-breaking love story that happens within the first few minutes of the film and still remains one of the best on-screen romances of all time.
A film about fish does not instantly sound great but the story of a lost son and a father prepared to go to the ends of the Earth to find him is a stunning story of the parent-child relationship.
Incorporating amazing renderings of the natural world around us with adventurous folly and humor, this is a must watch for all ages.
Beauty and The Beast
Based on European fairy tales, this was Disney doing what they do best. A Princess, fairy story where love saves the day. It is hardly the most progressive or technically stunning of their films but it is them playing to all of their strengths and thus creating a classic in its own right.
The musical numbers are amongst the most memorable in the Disney canon and the humor is on par.
The Princess and The Frog
Once again harking back to their classic Princess formula, this one mixes it up slightly by setting it in the deep South of America. Introducing their first African-American princess and an homage to the culture of such a vibrant part of the world, this was sorely needed from the company that brought us the embarrassingly racist outings of Song of The South and Dumbo.
It also returned Disney to its classical animation roots in a time where digital was king.
How can something considered vermin become a world class chef? This is what Ratatouille asks and in a comical fashion as a rat sets out to become the greatest chef in France. What is refreshing about this caper is that it provides us with an ending that shows us there are many paths in life and although you may not get exactly what you want, you can still be happy.
It asks of us to look at things and people in a different light and maybe discover something new.
Like Beauty and The Beast, this took a fairytale princess and made it into classic Disney fare and boy did they need it at the time. On the verge of bankruptcy from several commercial flops, the studio released this in 1950 to immediate acclaim and success receiving three Oscar nominations and saving the company from going bust.
In an overtly sentimental story with wonderful songs and set pieces, it's hard not to see why.