Even though they are animated, the ten best cartoon Disney movies are classics for audiences of all ages. Fairy tales from around the world heavily influenced the story lines, but Disney gave each one a unique twist. With memorable stories, scenes and music, Disney has secured a place in cinema history.
- “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Released in 1937, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was the cartoon movie produced by Disney. According to the Disney Archives, it also has the honor of being the first animated feature film ever created. Production of the film totaled $1.4 million.
- “Fantasia” The Disney film “Fantasia” was comprised of a series of eight animated segments. The cartoons had no dialogue of their own; instead, they were set to music performed primarily by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Disney originally released “Fantasia” in 1940.
- “Peter Pan” Disney released “Peter Pan” in 1953. The film, based on play, tells the story Peter Pan, a magical boy who refuses to grow up. “Peter Pan” features the voice talents of Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont and Hans Conried.
- “Robin Hood” “Robin Hood” made its debut in 1973. The cartoon movie followed the adventures of an anthropomorphic Robin Hood and his merry men. Roger Miller, country singer-songwriter, voiced one of the characters and performed several songs.
- “The Little Mermaid” Disney loosely based its cartoon film “The Little Mermaid” on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. The film featured popular songs, such as “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl.” It was released in 1989.
- “Beauty and the Beast” Disney released “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991. According to the Disney Archives, production of the film required a team of 600 workers in various fields. “Be Our Guest,” a song closely associated with the Disney franchise, debuted in this cartoon film.
- “Aladdin” “Aladdin,” the story of a thief turned prince, debuted in 1992. It received much praise for its musical score, especially for the song “A Whole New World.” Actor and comedian Robin Williams lent his vocal talents to this film.
- “Lion King” In 1994, Disney released “The Lion King.” During initial stages of production, teams of artists went to Africa to study the setting and animals. Their work yielded impressive results. The movie, which featured music by Elton John and Tim Rice, remains one of Disney’s most successful endeavors.
- “Mulan” Set in ancient China, “Mulan” is the story of a courageous, cross-dressing woman who joins the army. Well-received by Disney fans and critics, the film won numerous awards and nominations. Disney released “Mulan” in 1998.
- “Tarzan” Disney’s “Tarzan” tells the classic story of a man raised by apes. Music by Phil Collins had a powerful and consistent presence throughout the movie. “Tarzan” debuted in 1999.
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