Looking for a list of Disney animated movies in chronological order? The list has grown considerably over time, as more and more cartoon and computer-animated films premiere. The Disney company has, above all, been known in popular culture as a haven for new animated series, cartoon shorts and kid-friendly feature-length films. While we cannot detail each and every one of their cartoon movies here, it is possible to get all of the important, influential and ground-breaking animated films in one list. So, without further ado, lets get into the chronological list of Disney animated movies.
- "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (December 21, 1937). This was the first Disney feature-length animated theatrical movie. The movie broke ground as both the first color animated feature film and the first of its kind to be produced in America. In addition to its historical significance, "Snow White" has garnered several important awards, such as the American Film Institute's "Greatest Animated Film of All Time" title in 2008.
- "Pinocchio" (Februrary 7, 1940). "Pinocchio" was made in the wake of the financial and critical success of "Snow White." However, it failed to garner a box office hit. World War II's effect in Europe and Asia limited the film's ability to rake in the dough, although critics gave positive reviews of the film. The "When You Wish Upon a Star" title theme became a Disney fanfare in later years.
- "Dumbo" (October 23, 1941). "Dumbo" holds the record for the shortest Disney animated film, at an astounding 64 minutes in length. Despite this, "Dumbo" is considered by most to be one of Disney Studio's greatest undertakings of all time. The lead crow's name is "Jim Crow," while all the crows are black and voiced by African Americans, indicating possible racism in the film's script.
- "Bambi" (August 13, 1942). "Bambi" hurt its own box office numbers by deliberately being released at the start of World War II. The 1947 re-release, however, helped our little deer-friend regain his moolah.
- "The Three Caballeros" (December 21, 1944). This film received two Academy Award nominations and gained notoriety for its amazing musical compositions. The movie is about Donald Duck opening gifts from his Latin American friends and going on surreal adventures across the Latin nations.
- "Cinderella" (February 15, 1950). "Cinderella" was one of the saviors of Disney Studios. Considering that Disney hadn't had a major hit since "Snow White," and the rather large investment of $3 million the company put towards the movie, many believed that, had "Cinderella" not been a financial success, Walt Disney Studios would have had to close. Luckily for them, "Cinderella" proved to be the second "Snow White."
- "The Jungle Book" (October 18, 1967). This was the last movie produced by Walt Disney (as he died during its production). Many believe his death played into the large heap of positive reviews the film had, as well as the nearly $142 million it has grossed (only domestically) since its release.
- "The Little Mermaid" (November 15, 1989). This movie became a commercial success. Originally, the producer thought that since "The Little Mermaid" was a "girls film," it would be outdone by the previous release "Oliver and Company." Of course, it smashed expectations.
- "Aladdin" (November 11, 1992). "Aladdin" joins "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid" as one of the most influential movies of the early '90s. Despite supposed "subliminal sex messages," Aladdin still managed to earn an impressive showing worldwide.
- "The Lion King" (June 15, 1994). This is the highest-grossing traditionally animated film of all time. It is known as part of the "Disney Renaissance," which took place between 1989 and 1999, during which time these superb films helped attract popularity back to Disney Studios.
- "The Princess and the Frog" (November 25, 2009). This film marked a return to traditional Disney animation, giving a warmth of nostalgia to audiences everywhere. It was both a box office and critical success.
In conclusion, the Disney classics are superb pieces of American culture that show just how good Hollywood can be. There are always new classics to be made, so keep your eyes peeled for new Disney masterpieces!