With the release of Disney’s latest computer-animated film, Moana, this month, 3D animation school, CIIT, decided to do a quick throwback and list some of the studio’s best animated classics. Scroll below to check out your favorites!
1. Tarzan (1999)
Arriving at the tail end of the so-called “Disney Renaissance of the 1990s,” Tarzan is a wonderful all-age take on the familiar Edgar Rice Burroughs story. The film’s directors breathed new life into the image of Tarzan swinging from tree to tree. They showed that he’s just as agile when he leaps from vine to vine and surfs along the curvy branches. Indeed, Tarzan is among the most exciting Disney films ever made.
2. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Even if you’ve never lived in a bell tower, you can relate to Quasimodo’s desire to get out and see the world as he croons “Out There.” And hey, this film can be your starter to it. You’ll be a step closer to your dream even before you hit the play button.
3. Pocahontas (1995)
Some may love Ana and Elsa, others may prefer Merida, but for most 90’s kids, Pocahontas will always be their favorite Disney princess. Unlike others whose sole dream is to marry a prince, Pocahontas puts her people first. Besides, the film focused on the serious issues of culture, colonization, and peace over war. Pocahontas also made history as Disney’s second non-white female lead after Jasmine.
4. Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story fueled our imagination to what goes on when we leave our toys behind. The scenes were too familiar it took us to the exact world we imagined as a child. The film thrived on bringing to life our well-loved childhood fancies—from Mr. Potato Head to the distinct thrill of spending a night out at a place such as Pizza Planet.
5. The Lion King (1994)
From its heart-melting scenes to its powerful voice acting and Elton John-filled soundtrack, this film is a movie we will never get tired of watching. Unlike other Disney films, The Lion King doesn’t talk about magic, royal couples, true love’s kiss, mythical creatures, and other fantasy-oriented subjects. Instead, it deals with loss, betrayal, and self-doubt—three emotions viewers can relate to.
6. Aladdin (1992)
Sitting right in the heart of Disney’s golden era is Aladdin and the larger-than-life Robin Williams who steals the show as the Genie. The character is indeed funny every second he is on screen. Yet, Williams alone doesn’t make the film; the songs are fantastic, too. Overall, the film showed a winning hero in Aladdin, a great princess in Jasmine, and notable sidekicks in Genie, Carpet, Iago, Abu, and Rajah. It has love, action, and humor juggling perfectly for one hour and a half.
7. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Perhaps one of the best Disney musical films of all time, Beauty and the Beast balances its dramatic needs for both kids and adults. While the stakes are high and the action is violent, you can’t argue with the film’s cinematic joy through the songs “Gaston,” “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” And when you think the Beast is gone even though you know how the classic tale ends, that’s Disney magic.
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