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Top 50 Best Disney Musicals Of All Time

Shivam ParasharShivam-Posted July 21, 2022


Top Best Disney Musicals Of All Time

 

Disney is one of the few movie production companies in the world whose cinematic arsenal is full of some of the best live-action and animated feature films of all time.

 

Needless to mention, when we babble about musicals, titles that usually race to mind are the ones that have been bankrolled by Disney across its century-long run.

 

In fact, many of the biggest musical classics in the cinematic universe happen to be outstanding animated projects backed by the studio.

 

Therefore, it would not be an exaggeration to declare that the genre of animated musicals has literally become synonymous with the studio ever since its very inception.

 

And, thankfully for the fans of Disney, the unquestionably successful formula of blending memorable songs with mythical storytelling does not seem to be in the mood to wane anytime in the future.

 

So, we are now going to cast a light on some of the most famous Disney musicals that have managed to keep their tremendous fan following intact.

 

 

50. Babes in Toyland (1961)

 

Babes in Toyland (1961)

 

Entity Detail
Title Babes in Toyland
Release Year 1961
Watch time 106 min
Directors Jack Donohue
Cast Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Annette Funicello, Ed Wynn
Domestic Box office $10.22M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 55
Writers Victor Herbert
Music By Edward Colman
Cinematography By Robert Stafford
Costume By Arthur J. Vitarelli

 

Starring Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Annette Funicello, and Ed Wynn in pivotal roles, this motion picture was based on Victor Herbert's popular 1903 operetta, Babes in Toyland.

 

Helmed by Jack Donohue, the film tells the story of a girl named Mary Contrary who is set to marry Tom Piper.

 

However, things go haywire when Tom is kidnapped by two eccentric goons who work for the wicked Barnaby; someone who intends to marry Mary for her inheritance himself.

 

Even though quite a few screen adaptations of Babes in Toyland have hit the cinemas, this underappreciated project from 1961 is the one that has been injected with the unmistakable tropes of a conventional Disney flick.

 

Its catchy songs and bright cinematography make it a decent watch for the fans of Disney musicals who believe that they may have seen everything released by the production in the genre thus far.

 

 

49. Pete's Dragon (1977)

 

Pete's Dragon (1977)

 

Entity Detail
Title Pete's Dragon
Release Year 1977
Watch time 128 min
Directors Don Chaffey, Don Bluth
Cast Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy, Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney
Domestic Box office $40.10M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 46
Writers Malcolm Marmorstein
Music By Irwin Kostal
Cinematography By Frank V. Phillips
Costume By John B. Mansbridge Jack Martin Smith

 

This Don Chaffey directorial venture, which is a fair mix of live-action and animation, thrives on its mature and endearing storyline.

 

Coupled with that are the songs that truly do justice to the film's whimsical vibe. Pete's Dragon is basically a story about an orphan boy and his magical dragon.

 

It traces the events that follow after they both run away from the boys' abusive foster parents. The motion picture was appreciated by the viewers, courtesy of the truly upbeat music, well-intentioned plot, and the setting of the screenplay.

 

At the 50th Academy Awards, Pete's Dragon got nominated for its musical score and original song. It was a moderate success at the ticket windows.

 

 

48. The Three Caballeros (1944)

 

The Three Caballeros (1944)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Three Caballeros
Release Year 1944
Watch time 71 min
Directors Norman Ferguson, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Harold Young
Cast Aurora Miranda, Carmen Molina, Dora Luz, Sterling Holloway
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 85
Writers Homer Brightman
Music By Edward H. Plumb Paul J. Smith Charles Wolcott
Cinematography By Ray Rennahan
Costume By Mike Holoboff

 

This live-action animated musical package film tells the story of Donald Duck and his friends as they go on a fun-filled adventure through Latin America.

 

The Three Caballeros, which was produced to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Donald Duck, did not disappoint with its versatile music.

 

The songs that were included in the film's screenplay were a mixture of Spanish, English, and Portuguese tunes. Needless to say, the music of this highly energetic animated feature was heavily inspired by different parts of Latin America.

 

Therefore, it is not surprising to conclude then that The Three Caballeros was produced to send a well-intentioned message to Latin America on behalf of the studio.

 

 

47. Oliver & Company (1988)

 

Oliver & Company (1988)

 

Entity Detail
Title Oliver & Company
Release Year 1988
Watch time 74 min
Directors George Scribner
Cast Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Richard Mulligan
Domestic Box office $74.15M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 58
Writers Jim Cox
Music By Mark A. Hester
Cinematography By Mary V. Buck Susan Edelman
Costume By Tim O'Donnell

 

Partially based on the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, Oliver & Company is an animated musical adventure feature film that is set in New York City in the 1980s.

 

The story follows Oliver, who, after having lost his way in New York City, stumbles upon the careless mongrel Dodger; someone who assists him in stealing food from the local vendors in the city.

 

However, things soon alter in Oliver's life after he gets to meet the well-off Jenny. Even though Oliver & Company opened to mixed reviews from the critics, it went on to exceed expectations at the ticket windows.

 

 

46. Pocahontas (1995)

 

Pocahontas (1995)

 

Entity Detail
Title Pocahontas
Release Year 1995
Watch time 81 min
Directors Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg
Cast Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt, Christian Bale, Joe Baker
Domestic Box office $141.60M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 58
Writers Carl Binder
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By H. Lee Peterson
Costume By Shelly Amoroso

 

This animated musical historical drama film tells the story of the Powhatan woman Pocahontas, whose father has decided to get her married to one of the New World's most dignified warriors.

 

However, a twist in the tale comes to the fore when it is revealed that Pocahontas only dreams of wedding a prince; someone who goes by the name of Smith.

 

The feature film, which was produced and released during Disney's renaissance period, opened to mixed reviews at the ticket counters.

 

While Pocahontas was praised for its vocal performances, music, and animation, it was also criticized for its racial overtones and historical inaccuracies.

 

 

45. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

 

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Mary Poppins Returns
Release Year 2018
Watch time 130 min
Directors Rob Marshall
Cast Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer
Domestic Box office $171.96M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 66
Writers P.L. Travers
Music By Marc Shaiman
Cinematography By Dion Beebe
Costume By John Myhre

 

This musical fantasy drama, which is loosely based on the book series Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers, is also a direct sequel to the acclaimed 1964 feature film, titled Mary Poppins.

 

The film stars British star Emily Blunt as the magical nanny Mary Poppins, who returns to the Banks after the death of a close family member.

 

Upon her arrival, she takes the onus on herself to protect the family and walk them through several magical adventures.

 

A decent success at the box office, the feature film was praised for its production values, visual effects, costumes, and performances.

 

 

44. The Lion King (2019)

 

The Lion King (2019)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Lion King
Release Year 2019
Watch time 118 min
Directors Jon Favreau
Cast Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Domestic Box office $543.64M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 55
Writers Jeff Nathanson
Music By Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By Caleb Deschanel
Costume By James Chinlund

 

This Jon Favreau directorial venture, which is a photorealistic computer-animated remake of Disney's 1994 animated blockbuster of the same title, went on to repeat the success of its original version.

 

This global box office smash told the already popular take of a young lion prince named Simba, who is forced out of his kingdom after the untimely demise of his father.

 

Years later, he stumbles upon a lioness named Nala and is inspired to return to his land and regain his lost throne.

 

Even though The Lion King opened to mixed reviews, it was praised for its vocal performances, music, and visual effects.

 

 

43. Frozen II (2019)

 

Frozen II (2019)

 

Entity Detail
Title Frozen II
Release Year 2019
Watch time 103 min
Directors Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Cast Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff
Domestic Box office $477.37M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 64
Writers Jennifer Lee
Music By Christophe Beck
Cinematography By Jeff Draheim
Costume By David Womersley

 

A sequel to Frozen, this computer-animated musical fantasy film carries forward the journey of Queen Elsa and her sister.

 

The film shows Elsa being compelled to answer an enigmatic voice that seems to be reaching out to her.

 

Soon after she acknowledges the voice, it awakens elemental spirits and, thus, begins a journey to restore an old injustice.

 

The second installment of Elsa's magical powers opened to fair reviews and at the box office. It was appreciated for its craftsmanship, execution, and themes.

 

However, the critics were not too pleased with how the story was narrated.

 

 

42. Newsies (1992)

 

Newsies (1992)

 

Entity Detail
Title Newsies
Release Year 1992
Watch time 121 min
Directors Kenny Ortega
Cast Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall, Ann-Margret
Domestic Box office $2.82M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 46
Writers Bob Tzudiker
Music By J.A.C. Redford
Cinematography By Andrew Laszlo
Costume By William Sandell

 

Helmed by Kenny Ortega in his directorial debut, this musical historical comedy-drama film is one of the most distinct titles to make it to our list.

 

The motion picture traces the journey of newspaper sellers, who are tired of the relentless exploitation by their ignorant bosses.

 

Together, they try to fight back hoping for a change. Loosely based on the New York City Newsboys Strike of 1899, the movie stars Christian Bale, Robert Duvall, Ann-Margret, and Bill Pullman in significant roles.

 

Even though the feature film tanked at the box office, it managed to develop a cult following on home video.

 

 

41. Aladdin (2019)

 

Aladdin (2019)

 

Entity Detail
Title Aladdin
Release Year 2019
Watch time 128 min
Directors Guy Ritchie
Cast Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari
Domestic Box office $355.56M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 53
Writers John August
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By Alan Stewart
Costume By Gemma Jackson

 

A live-action screen adaptation of Disney's immensely popular 1992 animated feature of the same name, Aladdin stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, and Naomi Scott in crucial roles.

 

The film tracks the journey of a kind thief Aladdin, who tries his best to impress the princess of Agrabah, Jasmine.

 

In his pursuits, he is guided by Genie. However, after the grand vizier, Jafar, aims to seize the throne, Jasmine, Genie, and Aladdin come together to deter him from successfully executing his wicked plans.

 

Even though Aladdin opened to mixed reviews, it went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide during its theatrical run.

 

The motion picture was praised for its costumes, music, and performances.

 

 

40. Song of the South (1946)

 

Song of the South (1946)

 

Entity Detail
Title Song of the South
Release Year 1946
Watch time 94 min
Directors Harve Foster, Wilfred Jackson
Cast Ruth Warrick, Bobby Driscoll, James Baskett, Luana Patten
Domestic Box office $63.72M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 54
Writers Dalton S. Reymond
Music By Daniele Amfitheatrof
Cinematography By Gregg Toland
Costume By Mary Wills

 

Directed by Wilfred Jackson, Song of the South is a live-action/animated musical drama feature that is set in the southern part of the United States during the Reconstruction Era.

 

The film traces the journey of a storyteller named Uncle Remus, who tells a young boy adventurous tales about a smart Br'er Rabbit, a Br'er Fox, and the slow-witted Br'er Bear.

 

Even though Song of the South works as a live-action feature for the better part of its run time, there are at least three animated segments in its screenplay.

 

Some sequences also exhibit a fine mix of both live-action and animation.

 

 

39. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

 

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

 

Entity Detail
Title Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Release Year 1971
Watch time 117 min
Directors Robert Stevenson, Ward Kimball
Cast Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe
Domestic Box office $18.53M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 59
Writers Ralph Wright
Music By Irwin Kostal
Cinematography By Frank V. Phillips
Costume By Hal Gausman Emile Kuri

 

While this live-action animated musical fantasy film may not be as popular today, it is one of the first few features to have effectively blended live-action and animation into its storytelling.

 

Directed by Robert Stevenson, the story follows Charlie, Carrie, and Paul, who make their way to live with an apprentice witch, who goes by the name of Eglantine Price.

 

However, the trio soon stumbles upon one of her top secrets and blackmails her into giving something to them in return.

 

But, they forget that Eglantine is, at the end of the day, a witch who will go out of her way to protect all her secrets.

 

If the summary of the story wasn't intriguing enough, make peace with the fact that you get to see ghost soldiers combatting Nazis.

 

Bedknobs and Broomsticks was nominated for five Academy Awards and ended up winning one for Best Special Visual Effects.

 

 

38. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Release Year 1996
Watch time 91 min
Directors Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Cast Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, Mary Kay Bergman, Corey Burton
Domestic Box office $100.14M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 74
Writers Tab Murphy
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By Ellen Keneshea
Costume By Karenna Mazur Alderton

 

Based on Victor Hugo's 1831 novel of the same name, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a musical drama that is widely regarded as one of Disney's darkest animated undertakings to date.

 

The plot of the film revolves around an impaired bell-ringer in Notre Dame named Quasimodo; a courteous man who decides to stand up to the misdeeds of his tyrant guardian to come to the aid of a gypsy girl, Esmeralda.

 

Known for encompassing mature themes such as infanticide, lust, genocide, and sin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame opened to favorable reviews and went on to mint a decent amount of money at the box office.

 

 

37. Turning Red (2022)

 

Turning Red (2022)

 

This Pixar-Disney collaboration is a computer-animated fantasy comedy musical film that has been helmed for the screen by Domee Shi in her directorial debut.

 

The movie tries to replicate the real-life journey of most teenagers who seem to be coming of age. It tells the story of a 13-year-old girl, Mei Lee, who cannot decide between being an obedient daughter and following the chaotic nature of her youth.

 

If things weren't already too much to handle for Lee, it is revealed that she turns into a big red panda whenever she happens to get overexcited about anything.

 

Turning Red opened to positive reviews from the critics who praised its humor and heartwarming storyline.

 

 

36. The Aristocats (1970)

 

The Aristocats (1970)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Aristocats
Release Year 1970
Watch time 78 min
Directors Wolfgang Reitherman
Cast Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers
Domestic Box office $37.68M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 66
Writers Larry Clemmons
Music By George Bruns
Cinematography By Tom Acosta
Costume By Dan Alguire

 

The Aristocats is a musical comedy feature whose plot revolves around a family of aristocratic cats. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, the film traces the journey of four cats that belong to a retired old lady who is living a luxurious life in Paris.

 

However, things take an awful turn when the lady's greedy butler abducts the cats. Unfortunately for him though, a bunch of retired army dogs and a stray cat are willing to go the distance to ensure that the kidnapping does not succeed.

 

A critical and commercial success at the box office, The Aristocats is a fun-laden ride that thrives on the undeniable humor, strong characterization, and pleasant tunes embedded into its screenplay.

 

 

35. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

 

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title Beauty and the Beast
Release Year 2017
Watch time 129 min
Directors Bill Condon
Cast Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad
Domestic Box office $504.01M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 65
Writers Stephen Chbosky
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By Tobias A. Schliessler
Costume By Sarah Greenwood

 

Helmed by Bill Condon, this musical romantic comedy is a live-action adaptation of the iconic 1991 animated Disney feature film of the same title.

 

Starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the lead roles, the film follows a village girl named Belle; someone who decides to undertake a journey to protect her father from a beast who has him locked in a cell.

 

As the story progress, Belle comes to realize that the seemingly evil creature is, in fact, a prince who has been cursed.

 

The motion picture opened to favorable reviews and ended up grossing over $1.2 billion at the global box office.

 

 

34. Fantasia 2000 (1999)

 

Fantasia 2000 (1999)

 

Entity Detail
Title Fantasia 2000
Release Year 1999
Watch time 75 min
Directors James Algar, Gaetan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Hendel Butoy, Francis Glebas, Eric Goldberg, Don Hahn, Pixote Hunt
Cast James Levine, Steve Martin, Itzhak Perlman, Quincy Jones
Domestic Box office $60.66M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 59
Writers Eric Goldberg
Music By James Levine
Cinematography By Tim Suhrstedt
Costume By Pixote Hunt

 

Fantasia 2000 is an experimental concert film that aims to thrive on the ideas generated by the original version in 1940.

 

The project was praised for its inclusion of classical melodies that are coupled with commendable animated sequences. Even though it serves as an update to the original flick, Fantasia 2000 holds its own in terms of its set pieces and imagination.

 

While it is not your conventional Disney musical, it will surely be appreciated by the viewers who enjoy great taste in music.

 

Also, it was the first animated feature film to have been released in IMAX format in theatres the world over.

 

 

33. The Princess and the Frog (2009)

 

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Princess and the Frog
Release Year 2009
Watch time 97 min
Directors Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey, Bruno Campos
Domestic Box office $104.40M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 73
Writers Ron Clements
Music By Randy Newman
Cinematography By Rasoul Azadani
Costume By James Aaron Finch

 

This animated musical fantasy romantic comedy feature film is loosely based on the 2002 novel, The Frog Princess, by E. D. Baker.

 

It traces the journey of a young and hardworking waitress named Tiana, who embarks on a gleeful adventure after having kissed a frog prince who can't seem to wait to transform into a human again.

 

Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, this commercially successful Disney feature film was appreciated for its themes, music, and characters.

 

The Princess and the Frog was filmed in the Broadway-musical style format popular during Disney's renaissance period.

 

 

32. Anastasia (1997)

 

Anastasia (1997)

 

Entity Detail
Title Anastasia
Release Year 1997
Watch time 94 min
Directors Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Cast Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, Kelsey Grammer
Domestic Box office $58.41M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 61
Writers Susan Gauthier
Music By David Newman
Cinematography By Bob Bender Fiona Trayler
Costume By Gerry Carty

 

Based on the legend of Grand Duchess Anastasia, this animated alternate historical musical drama film traces the turbulent life journey of Anastasia.

 

It shows how, after seeing her clan get mercilessly slaughtered, Anastasia somehow manages to get out alive. Even though her memories are still vague, the girl later decides to travel to Paris with two cons, who are more than willing to present her as the real princess and reap its benefits.

 

While the feature film was admired for its animation and soundtrack, a few film analyzers did berate it for its fantastical retelling of the Grand Duchess.

 

 

31. Winnie the Pooh (2011)

 

Winnie the Pooh (2011)

 

Entity Detail
Title Winnie the Pooh
Release Year 2011
Watch time 63 min
Directors Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall
Cast Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, John Cleese, Bud Luckey
Domestic Box office $26.69M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 74
Writers Stephen J. Anderson
Music By Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Cinematography By Julio Macat
Costume By Paul A. Felix

 

This animated musical adventure comedy film was a revival of Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise and an admirable attempt to update 1977's The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

 

The film showcases how, one fine day, Winnie the Pooh wakes up to find that he is out of honey.

 

Things get even more bizarre after he discovers that not only has Eeyore lost his tail but Christopher Robin has also been captured by Backson.

 

Even though it was not a commercial blockbuster, Winnie the Pooh received favorable feedback from both the critics and the audience alike, courtesy of the undeniable nostalgia attached to it.

 

 

30. Enchanted (2007)

 

Enchanted (2007)

 

Entity Detail
Title Enchanted
Release Year 2007
Watch time 107 min
Directors Kevin Lima
Cast Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey
Domestic Box office $127.81M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 75
Writers Bill Kelly
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By Don Burgess
Costume By Stuart Wurtzel

 

This live-action/animated musical fantasy romantic comedy film is unique in its own way. Not only does it pay a tribute to Disney's conventional animated features but it is also, in many ways, a self-parody of the same.

 

The story follows Princess Giselle, who has been ousted from her kingdom by her lover's cruel stepmother. Soon after the incident, she is transported to the real world.

 

There, she chances upon a charming lawyer and finds herself falling for him in no time. Besides having won three Saturn Awards for the Best Fantasy Film, Best Actress, and Best Music, Enchanted is also credited with turning Amy Adams into a Hollywood leading lady.

 

 

29. The Muppets (2011)

 

The Muppets (2011)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Muppets
Release Year 2011
Watch time 103 min
Directors James Bobin
Cast Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones
Domestic Box office $88.63M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 75
Writers Jason Segel
Music By Christophe Beck
Cinematography By Don Burgess
Costume By Steve Saklad

 

This James Bobin directorial venture features actors such as Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, and Rashida Jones in pivotal roles.

 

It is a musical comedy that premiered at the Savannah Film Festival. The story of the motion picture follows three fans, namely named Gary, Mary, and Walter, who set out to reunite the Muppets.

 

Their sole aim is to protect the Muppet Theater from demolition. However, they are entitled to look for each one of the Muppets for all of them seem to have now faded into oblivion.

 

Its song, titled Man or Muppet, ended up grabbing the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the film was both a critical and commercial hit.

 

 

28. Encanto (2021)

 

Encanto (2021)

 

This computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy flick tracks the journey of a multigenerational Colombian family that has been blessed with magical powers, call thanks to a great miracle.

 

However, a teenage member of the family has been left without powers. While this certainly frustrates her, it also allows the viewer to get pulled into her story.

 

Despite having been released during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Encanto was a success story at the box office. The film was praised for its emotional depth, music, voice acting, and characterization.

 

Furthermore, its songs went on to top the US Billboard 200 and UK Compilation Albums charts.

 

 

27. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

 

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

 

Entity Detail
Title Sleeping Beauty
Release Year 1959
Watch time 75 min
Directors Clyde Geronimi, Eric Larson, Les Clark, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman
Cast Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton
Domestic Box office $51.60M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 85
Writers Erdman Penner
Music By Roy M. Brewer Jr. Donald Halliday
Cinematography By Ken Anderson Don DaGradi
Costume By Eyvind Earle

 

Sleeping Beauty is another Disney animated musical feature film that derives its inspiration from a written work. It is based on the 1697 fairy tale of the same name by Charles Perrault.

 

The film tracks the journey of a newborn princess who is cursed by a witch to expire on her 16th birthday.

 

Lucky for her, a fairy comes to her aid and amends the curse. The change, however, can only become a reality when the princess goes into a deep slumber and is awakened by the kiss of her true lover.

 

It was one of the first animated films to be photographed using the Super Technirama 70 widescreen process.

 

 

26. Dumbo (1941)

 

Dumbo (1941)

 

Entity Detail
Title Dumbo
Release Year 1941
Watch time 64 min
Directors Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, John Elliotte
Cast Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, Herman Bing, Billy Bletcher
Domestic Box office $1.60M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 96
Writers Joe Grant
Music By Frank Churchill Oliver Wallace Walter Greene
Cinematography By Don DaGradi
Costume By Jerome Brown

 

This animated fantasy musical feature film traces the journey of an adorable elephant named Dumbo. Since Dumbo has enormous ears, he is often poked fun at by the others.

 

However, after a small but smart mouse makes a dynamic entry into his life, Dumbo gets motivated to take control of things and, consequently, starts using his large ears to his advantage.

 

Often considered to be among the finest animated motion pictures to have ever been released by Disney, Dumbo was a sweet and simple tale that continues to retain its timeless charm. It is also one of Disney's shortest mainstream feature films.

 

 

25. Peter Pan (1953)

 

Peter Pan (1953)

 

Entity Detail
Title Peter Pan
Release Year 1953
Watch time 77 min
Directors Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney
Cast Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson
Domestic Box office $87.40M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 76
Writers J.M. Barrie
Music By Oliver Wallace
Cinematography By Donald Halliday
Costume By Robert O. Cook

 

One of Disney's best-remembered animated musical feature films, Peter Pan tells the story of Peter Pan and his companion Tinker Bell, who happens to be a fairy.

 

The duo decides to take siblings Wendy, John, and Michael along with them to the island of Never Land; a place where a certain Captain Hook is planning to get his revenge on the titular character.

 

The motion picture was praised for its use of colors and the apt synchronization of voices with their specified characters.

 

Add to that the fact that this incredibly picturesque experience was also aided by its decent music.

 

 

24. Hercules (1997)

 

Hercules (1997)

 

Entity Detail
Title Hercules
Release Year 1997
Watch time 93 min
Directors Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, James Woods, Josh Keaton
Domestic Box office $99.05M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 74
Writers Ron Clements
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By Rasoul Azadani
Costume By Gerald Scarfe

 

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, Hercules is an animated fantasy musical drama film that was produced during Disney's renaissance period.

 

The film tracks how the son of the Greek god Zeus, Hercules, is transformed into a half-god, half-mortal by the immoral Hades.

 

The legendary hero soon discovers his immortal lineage and is asked by his father to return to Mount Olympus.

 

Even though James Wood's performance as Hades was praised, the film's animation and music received mixed reviews from critics.

 

While the film was not an outright flop, it did end up underperforming at the ticket counters.

 

 

23. Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

 

Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

 

Entity Detail
Title Raya and the Last Dragon
Release Year 2021
Watch time 107 min
Directors Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Paul Briggs, John Ripa
Cast Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Izaac Wang
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 75
Writers Qui Nguyen
Music By James Newton Howard
Cinematography By Rob Dressel
Costume By Helen Mingjue Chen Paul A. Felix

 

This computer-animated fantasy adventure flick follows the journey of a warrior named Raya; someone who is on a quest to track down Sisu, a dragon.

 

This is because the dragon seems to have transmitted all her powers into a magical gem. Unfortunately for the girl though, the gem has been scattered all over the kingdom of Kumandra and it is apparently turning its residents against each other.

 

The motion picture, which is based on traditional Southeast Asian cultures, was acclaimed for its vocal performances and animation. It was a fair success at the box office.

 

 

22. Tarzan (1999)

 

Tarzan (1999)

 

Entity Detail
Title Tarzan
Release Year 1999
Watch time 88 min
Directors Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
Cast Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, Glenn Close
Domestic Box office $171.09M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 79
Writers Tab Murphy
Music By Mark Mancina
Cinematography By Gregory Perler
Costume By Karenna Mazur Alderton

 

Among the last animated feature films to have hit the screens during the Disney Renaissance, Tarzan was the first noteworthy motion picture version of Tarzan of the Apes; a story by Edgar Rice Burroughs that was published in 1912.

 

The screenplay follows an orphan kid named Tarzan, who is raised by mountain gorillas. Soon after, the viewers watch Tarzan bailing a woman explorer, Jane.

 

However, after the realization that he is human dawns upon him, Tarzan is urged to decide whether to go live with the human civilization or continue his stay of wonder and bewilderment in the jungle.

 

One of the top-grossing movies of 1999, Tarzan was praised for its vocal performances and well-shot animated action sequences.

 

 

21. Bambi (1942)

 

Bambi (1942)

 

Entity Detail
Title Bambi
Release Year 1942
Watch time 70 min
Directors James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright, Arthur Davis, Clyde Geronimi
Cast Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn
Domestic Box office $102.80M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 91
Writers Felix Salten
Music By Frank Churchill
Cinematography By Thomas Scott
Costume By Jack Atwood

 

This animated Disney musical film tells the story of a young fawn named Bambi, who is selected to become the next prince of the forest, much like his beloved father.

 

While in the woods, he gets to learn a ton of things about loving and protecting the ones that he truly cares about.

 

Kids found the titular character to be so sweet and adorable that they couldn't help falling in love with it.

 

Needless to say, the feature film does its best to tell the coming-of-age tale of a deer that many children were able to relate to back in the day.

 

Disney's fifth animated feature film was nominated at the Academy Awards for one of its songs, sound, and original musical score, respectively.

 

 

20. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

 

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

 

Entity Detail
Title Lady and the Tramp
Release Year 1955
Watch time 76 min
Directors Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Cutting
Cast Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson
Domestic Box office $93.60M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 78
Writers Ward Greene
Music By Oliver Wallace
Cinematography By Donald Halliday
Costume By Robert O. Cook

 

This animated musical romantic film was based on the 1945 Cosmopolitan magazine story, Happy Dan, The Cynical Dog, by writer Ward Greene.

 

The film tells the story of a female dog named Lady, who starts to feel ignored after Jim and Darling get a baby in the house.

 

Later, when Aunt Sarah pays them a visit along with her twin Siamese cats, Lady is the one who is reprimanded for all the mess that they make.

 

Lady and the Tramp, which was reportedly the first animated film to be filmed in the CinemaScope widescreen process, has aged reasonably well since its theatrical release back in 1955.

 

 

19. Cinderella (1950)

 

Cinderella (1950)

 

Entity Detail
Title Cinderella
Release Year 1950
Watch time 74 min
Directors Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Cast Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton
Domestic Box office $85.00M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 85
Writers Charles Perrault
Music By Paul J. Smith Oliver Wallace
Cinematography By Donald Halliday
Costume By Bill Peet

 

This animated musical fantasy feature film was based on the fairy tale of the same name by writer Charles Perrault.

 

The film follows the story of a young girl named Cinderella; someone who dreams of attending the Royal Ball and encountering the Grand Duke.

 

However, after her cruel stepmother comes to stand between her and her dream, a loving Cinderella gets some amazing help from her Fairy Godmother.

 

Cinderella not only gave the world of animation one of its most iconic characters but it also turned out to be the biggest critical and commercial success for Disney since the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs back in 1937.

 

A lot of people acknowledge this animated feature film because it was able to pull the studio out of bankruptcy following its much-awaited theatrical release.

 

 

18. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

 

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

 

Entity Detail
Title Alice in Wonderland
Release Year 1951
Watch time 75 min
Directors Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney
Cast Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway
Domestic Box office $1.07M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 68
Writers Lewis Carroll
Music By Oliver Wallace
Cinematography By Lloyd L. Richardson
Costume By Bill Peet

 

Alice in Wonderland is an animated musical fantasy-comedy feature film in which each character has been assigned a catchy tune of its own.

 

The film follows a young and inquisitive girl named Alice, who, after following a rabbit down his hole, enters the outlandish world of Wonderland.

 

While this motion picture is best remembered for its visuals, those who have seen it cannot deny the fact that its creatures, who defy logic and reason, make it come across as even more amusing.

 

Since Alice in Wonderland was not a very lengthy feature, it was difficult to incorporate too many songs in its storytelling.

 

However, the makers kept each of the songs short enough to ensure that they don't eat up the story.

 

 

17. The Jungle Book (2016)

 

The Jungle Book (2016)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Jungle Book
Release Year 2016
Watch time 106 min
Directors Jon Favreau
Cast Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba
Domestic Box office $364.00M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 77
Writers Justin Marks
Music By John Debney
Cinematography By Bill Pope
Costume By Christopher Glass

 

A live-action/CGI remake of Walt Disney's acclaimed 1967 animated project of the same name, The Jungle Book was both produced and helmed by Jon Favreau.

 

The story follows a young lad named Mowgli, who grows up in the jungle surrounded by a pack of wolves.

 

However, terror soon comes knocking on his door as he threatened to be murdered by a tiger named Shere Khan.

 

Fortunately for Mowgli, a panther and a bear decide to come to his aid. Mowgli's journey of self-discovery, which was released for the contemporary audience in 2016, was a fair balance between Rudyard Kipling's book and the original animated feature film.

 

 

16. Frozen (2013)

 

Frozen (2013)

 

Entity Detail
Title Frozen
Release Year 2013
Watch time 102 min
Directors Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Cast Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad
Domestic Box office $400.74M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 75
Writers Jennifer Lee
Music By Christophe Beck
Cinematography By Jeff Draheim
Costume By Michael Giaimo

 

This computer-animated musical fantasy feature film is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen". The film follows Anna, who embarks on a journey with iceman Kristoff and his reindeer, Sven, in order to look for her estranged sister Elsa.

 

Elsa is someone who has the unmatched ability to transform any object or person into ice as and when she needs to.

 

Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, this feature film may come across as a tad cliched to the ardent animation fans, but it does what it set out to do - deliver entertainment that can be enjoyed by the whole family together.

 

Many film critics admitted in their reviews that Frozen is, in fact, Disney's finest musical animation feature to have been released since its renaissance era. It was duly praised for its visuals, themes, and music.

 

 

15. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

 

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Release Year 1977
Watch time 74 min
Directors John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Ben Sharpsteen
Cast Sebastian Cabot, Junius Matthews, Barbara Luddy, Howard Morris
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore ---
Writers A.A. Milne
Music By Buddy Baker
Cinematography By Tom Acosta James Melton
Costume By Ernest Shepard

 

All thanks to the beloved The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, its theme song has continued to reverberate in the ears of thousands of children for decades now.

 

This animated musical anthology feature tells the story of the lovable bear Pooh and his closest pals as they embark on an epic adventure of singing, dancing, and chasing bees through the woods.

 

What makes this feature film special is the fact that it is the narrator, and not the individual characters, who does all the singing.

 

The characters of this film went on to sell merchandise worth millions of dollars in markets the world over.

 

 

14. Pinocchio (1940)

 

Pinocchio (1940)

 

Entity Detail
Title Pinocchio
Release Year 1940
Watch time 88 min
Directors Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen
Cast Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher
Domestic Box office $84.25M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 99
Writers Carlo Collodi
Music By Leigh Harline Paul J. Smith Frank Churchill
Cinematography By Ken Anderson
Costume By Edwin Aardal

 

One of Disney's earliest animated feature films, Pinocchio's box office prospects were hampered due to the euphoria surrounding the Second World War.

 

However, the film turned out to be a resounding hit at the ticket windows upon its re-release in 1945.

 

The film tracks the journey of Pinocchio, a marionette, who is given the chance to transform into a real boy.

 

However, before earning the right to become real, he has to first prove that he is selfless, honest, and courageous, all in equal measure.

 

Pinocchio, whose characters continue to remain relevant in popular culture today, is considered to be among the greatest animated Disney musicals of all time.

 

 

13. Mulan (1998)

 

Mulan (1998)

 

Entity Detail
Title Mulan
Release Year 1998
Watch time 88 min
Directors Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
Cast Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer
Domestic Box office $120.62M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 71
Writers Robert D. San Souci
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Michael Kelly
Costume By Ric Sluiter

 

Produced and released during the Disney Renaissance, Mulan is an animated musical action drama that is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan.

 

The story of the feature film tracks the audacious journey of Mulan; a young girl who is troubled to learn that her fragile father is being compelled to enlist in the army in order to combat the invading Huns.

 

However, Mulan goes a step beyond thinking and disguises herself as her father and, subsequently, joins the army on his behalf.

 

The film's plot and characters were appreciated by critics and it was nominated for and won several awards upon its theatrical release.

 

 

12. The Jungle Book (1967)

 

The Jungle Book (1967)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Jungle Book
Release Year 1967
Watch time 78 min
Directors Wolfgang Reitherman
Cast Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, Bruce Reitherman
Domestic Box office $141.84M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 65
Writers Larry Clemmons
Music By George Bruns
Cinematography By Tom Acosta
Costume By Bill Peet

 

Based on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 book of the same name, The Jungle Book was helmed for the screen by Wolfgang Reitherman.

 

The film tracks the journey of a young boy named Mowgli, who has grown up in the company of wolves.

 

However, when a man-eating tiger attempts to terrorize him, Mowgli's beloved animal family does its best to persuade him to escape the jungle and start a new life with the humans in the village.

 

One of Disney’s most original productions, The Jungle Book was not only a box office success but its VHS release sold millions of units upon its release as well.

 

 

11. The Little Mermaid (1989)

 

The Little Mermaid (1989)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Little Mermaid
Release Year 1989
Watch time 83 min
Directors Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes
Domestic Box office $111.54M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 88
Writers John Musker
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By Mark A. Hester
Costume By Michael Peraza Jr.

 

Helmed by John Musker and Ron Clements, The Little Mermaid is credited with restarting Disney's run of animation masterpieces, especially after a string of mediocre releases during the 1980s.

 

Banking on the sturdy vocal performance by Jodi Benson and a fantastic antagonist, the animated feature film also relied heavily on the music by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken; one that has managed to stand the test of time.

 

The story traces the journey of the sea witch Ursula, who makes a tricky deal with Princess Ariel by permitting her to meet Eric, the human prince she adores.

 

However, Ariel is not exactly aware of the witch's true intentions and, consequently, ends up landing in trouble that is as deep as her admiration for Eric. The Little Mermaid was praised for its animation, music, and characters and was both a critical and commercial success.

 

 

10. Moana (2016)

 

Moana (2016)

 

Entity Detail
Title Moana
Release Year 2016
Watch time 107 min
Directors Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams
Cast Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison
Domestic Box office $248.76M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 81
Writers Jared Bush
Music By Mark Mancina
Cinematography By Jeff Draheim
Costume By Elise Aliberti

 

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, Moana is a computer-animated musical adventure feature film that is based on the Polynesian culture.

 

Therefore, multiple languages and Polynesian instruments have been used to record the melodies to keep the authenticity of the movie intact.

 

Not only does the music paint a vibrant picture of Moana's world but it also helps in the advancement of the characters.

 

The story of the film follows the brave daughter of a Polynesian village chief, Moana, who undertakes a journey to reunite a mystical relic with the goddess Te Fiti.

 

It is decided that Moana will embark on the mission after the plants and the fish on her island start perishing due to a blight.

 

The feature film opened to positive reviews and was a bumper success at the global box office.

 

 

9. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

 

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

 

Entity Detail
Title Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Release Year 1937
Watch time 83 min
Directors William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen
Cast Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne, Hal Rees
Domestic Box office $184.93M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 95
Writers Jacob Grimm
Music By Frank Churchill
Cinematography By Ken Anderson
Costume By William L. Arance

 

Based on the 1812 German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs had the privilege to be the first Disney animated feature film.

 

The story tracks the tumultuous journey of a princess named Snow White, who, after having been exiled by her evil stepmother, runs into a forest.

 

However, things start falling into place for the girl after she is rescued by seven dwarfs. Sooner than later, she ends up befriending them.

 

Aside from its characters, this feature film is known for comprising numerous soft musical numbers. Ranked among the 100 greatest American films by the American Film Institute, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs is one of the most culturally significant motion pictures of all time.

 

 

8. Tangled (2010)

 

Tangled (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Tangled
Release Year 2010
Watch time 100 min
Directors Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Cast Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman
Domestic Box office $200.82M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 71
Writers Dan Fogelman
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By Tim Mertens
Costume By Dan Cooper

 

Partially based on the German fairy tale Rapunzel from the rich assortment of folk tales published by the Brothers Grimm, this 3D computer-animated musical adventure fantasy comedy film was Disney's 50th animation project.

 

Tangled follows the tale of a young and naive princess named Rapunzel, who aspires to flee her secluded tower.

 

Even though her foster mother is against it, she accepts an intruder's assistance to take her out and witness the world that she has not had the privilege to see and comprehend before.

 

One of the most expensive animated flicks of all time, Tangled was praised for its writing, characters, and musical score.

 

 

7. Fantasia (1940)

 

Fantasia (1940)

 

Entity Detail
Title Fantasia
Release Year 1940
Watch time 125 min
Directors James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen
Cast Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Corey Burton
Domestic Box office $76.41M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 96
Writers Joe Grant
Music By James Wong Howe
Cinematography By Ken Anderson
Costume By Wah Chang

 

One of Disney's most audacious screen experiments, Fantasia was an animated musical anthology film that was originally released as a theatrical roadshow that was organized in 13 cities across the United States of America between 1940-1941.

 

Arguably the most unique project in the history of animation, this feature film blends animated imagery with classical music with near protection.

 

Unfortunately for the makers though, the film could not perform to its full potential at the box office due to the onslaught of the Second World War.

 

Over the years, Fantasia has gone on to receive wider acclaim from ardent fans of the studio.

 

 

6. Mary Poppins (1964)

 

Mary Poppins (1964)

 

Entity Detail
Title Mary Poppins
Release Year 1964
Watch time 139 min
Directors Robert Stevenson
Cast Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns
Domestic Box office $102.27M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 88
Writers Bill Walsh
Music By Irwin Kostal
Cinematography By Edward Colman
Costume By Hal Gausman Emile Kuri

 

Even though many consider Beauty and the Beast to be the ultimate masterpiece among Disney’s animated musicals, Mary Poppins has to be among its finest live-action musical dramas to have ever hit the screens.

 

This Robert Stevenson directorial venture is a seamless mixture of animation and live-action. While the film stars the iconic Julie Andrews in her debut role, she is well-supported by actors such as Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, and Glynis Johns in the cast.

 

The story follows the journey of Mr. Banks; someone who happens to be looking for a nanny for his two very naughty kids.

 

His search comes to an end as he stumbles upon the fascinating Mary Poppins. However, instead of being strict with the kids, the angelic Mary changes their lives in the best possible manner.

 

This wholesome family entertainer, which thrives on his comedic sequences and great music, is the answer to those film fans who claim that they are not really fond of Disney musicals.

 

 

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Nightmare Before Christmas
Release Year 1993
Watch time 76 min
Directors Henry Selick
Cast Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey
Domestic Box office $75.08M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 82
Writers Tim Burton
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Pete Kozachik
Costume By Allison Abbate

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas stands out from the rest in the crowd, courtesy of its strategy to employ stop motion animation and present it in a story as dark and fantastical as this.

 

A cult classic that is often revisited by its many fans across the globe, this Tim Burton directorial venture has gone on to become a multi-holiday staple.

 

The motion picture follows the journey of a being from Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, who finds his way into Christmas Town.

 

After seeing the festive vibe of the town, Jack quickly becomes obsessed with it. However, things go out of control when his infatuation with Christmas provokes him to kidnap Santa Claus himself.

 

Even though The Nightmare Before Christmas thrives on its innovative art form, it is the inspiring music by Danny Elfman that makes it a fulfilling cinematic experience.

 

 

4. Aladdin (1992)

 

Aladdin (1992)

 

Entity Detail
Title Aladdin
Release Year 1992
Watch time 90 min
Directors Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman
Domestic Box office $217.35M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 86
Writers Ron Clements
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By H. Lee Peterson
Costume By Ralph Eggleston Michael Peraza Jr. Bill Perkins

 

Aladdin was a brave attempt to blend CGI animation into a traditional 2D film; a technique that several feature films followed by the end of the 20th century.

 

The film takes the classic Disney princess formula and strengthens it with a great adventure story to tell. The animated musical fantasy comedy-drama follows the story of a common thief named Aladdin, who falls deeply in love with Princess Jasmine.

 

However, just like most timeless love stories in the world, Aladdin's has its complications as well. Since he is not a prince, he cannot be allowed to marry Jasmine.

 

Meanwhile, a royal vizier, Jafar, recruits Aladdin to procure a magical lamp. However, unbeknownst to him, Jafar has a hidden plan in place.

 

All thanks to the extraordinary vocal skills of the eternal Robin Williams, this animated classic is provided with a definitive edge and sharp sense of humor.

 

 

3. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

 

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

 

Entity Detail
Title Beauty and the Beast
Release Year 1991
Watch time 84 min
Directors Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Cast Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart
Domestic Box office $218.97M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 95
Writers Linda Woolverton
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By John Carnochan Ellen Keneshea
Costume By Pawel Araszkiewicz

 

The first animated feature film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, Beauty and the Beast is a trendsetting Disney musical drama in more ways than one.

 

The story follows a gorgeous young woman called Belle, who makes the tough decision to live with the Beast in exchange for the return of her kidnapped father.

 

However, the girl's mindset soon alters as she discovers that the ignorant and dreadful Beast is actually a really good-looking prince.

 

This animated musical romantic fantasy film is based on the 1756 fairy tale of the same name by writer Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

 

It is a perfect blend of music, animation, and wonderful storytelling. Beauty and the Beast earned the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

 

It was the first animated feature film to win in that category.

 

 

2. Coco (2017)

 

Coco (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title Coco
Release Year 2017
Watch time 105 min
Directors Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Cast Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach
Domestic Box office $209.73M
IMDb Rating 8.4
Metascore 81
Writers Lee Unkrich
Music By Michael Giacchino
Cinematography By Steve Bloom
Costume By Bert Berry Tim Evatt

 

Given the fact that this well-regarded Disney animated musical uses music as a backdrop, it was only obvious to include it on our list.

 

The film traces the journey of Miguel; a guy who lives and breathes music and continues to pursue his love for signing despite his family's objections.

 

Soon after, Miguel comes across the Land of the Dead and gets to learn a lot about his great-great-grandfather who was apparently a celebrated vocalist.

 

One of the top-grossing animated films of all time, Coco paid a praiseworthy tribute to Mexican culture and traditions.

 

The National Board of Review called it the Best Animated Film of 2017.

 

 

1. The Lion King (1994)

 

The Lion King (1994)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Lion King
Release Year 1994
Watch time 88 min
Directors Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Cast Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg
Domestic Box office $422.78M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 88
Writers Irene Mecchi
Music By Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By Ivan Bilancio
Costume By Andy Gaskill

 

Directed by Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers, this classic animated musical drama film comprised some of the most recognizable songs of the 1990s.

 

Even though its sequels have managed to mint money, the 1994 version of The Lion King continues to remain just as good today as it was when it hit the screens.

 

The film follows the journey of a cub named Simba, who is compelled to leave the Pride Lands after his father, Mufasa, is betrayed and slaughtered by his crooked uncle, Scar.

 

However, years later, a daring and dashing Simba returns as a young lion to reclaim his throne. The fact that this animated feature film has had a lasting impact on popular culture speaks volumes about its cult following.

 

It is not surprising then that it was the highest-grossing motion picture of 1994.

 

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