The first thing I thought when I wrote my article on all 10 Disney Renaissance movies, ranked, was, okay, I need to do the second Disney Animation Studios renaissance next. It all started with 2010s Tangled and wound its way up to 2021s Encanto. But then, I thought, you know what, if I do that, Id be skipping a slew of films, some excellent, and some not so excellent, all of them between those two critically acclaimed periods of the
I'd rather not say that all of these Walt Disney Animation Studio movies are worth your time, especially before the second Disney Renaissance, like Frozen and Moana. Some of these Disney animated films have performed poorly at the box office, and a lot of these are now considered underrated classics.
13.Home On The Range (2004)
Three dairy cows essentially become bounty hunters in order to reclaim their farm. There is also a horse and a rabbit. It's all in the west, andthat's all there is to it.
Home on the Range is just not for me. The jokes dont land, I don't like the music (even though it all fits), and overall, I find it quite boring. Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of a Disney animated western.
12.Chicken Little (2005)
Chicken Little is like the story you saw as a child about a chicken who thinks the sky is falling, but the sky that is falling is actually aliens. Aliens!
Chicken Little is an amazing movie, but I prefer it to Troll 2 because it's so bad it's terrible. The dialogues are horrid, and the entire cast is also quite irritating.
11.Brother Bear (2003)
Our hero must flee the Northern Lights in order to reclaim his human self, and he travels with a bear cub to accompany him. It's like some deep Disney stuff right here.
Im a fan of the Disney animated film. The plot may be a bit predictable, and the ending may be a bit gloomy, but I enjoy it. I also like the Phil Collins soundtrack as well as the overall message of respecting nature. It's not the greatest Disney animated film, and most people I talk to tend to forget that it exists. But on a personal level, I like it.
Dinosaur is a story about an Iguanodon who discovers a new family of lemurs after a meteor shower, and they all travel together to a new, safer territory alongside other herbivores. Beware of those carnivores, as they ruin all the fun.
The Land Before Time isn't as good as The Good Dinosaur, but it still looks pretty decent, even today. The film itself is quite typical, but it's a great movie for the whole family.
9.Meet The Robinsons (2007)
A boy looking for his mother travels to the future and meets a family in the far-far-off year of2037. The main antagonist is a man with a bowler hat. It's funny.
Meet the Robinsons is a fun time travel story, with some tender moments. I understand that some people would enjoy this film, but for all its charm and uniqueness, I'm not in love with the whole Robinson family. The story is also a bit too fast at times.
8.Fantasia 2000 (2000)
Fantasia 2000, which was released in full on IMAX in January of 2000, is similar to the original 1940 film, with lights, sounds, and colors all set to a symphony orchestra. It's more a visual feast than anything else, but the stories are somewhat loosely connected.
Because, like the original Fantasia, I just don't get it. 2001: A Space Odyssey, my least favorite Stanley Kubrick film, is a lot like it, in that I understand its merit, and it's why it ends up on this list.
Bolt, played by John Travolta, thinks hes living a life of explosions and bad guys, but he is actually being filmed for a television series with his owner, Penny (voiced by Miley Cyrus). But, when he gets separated from her, he has to go back. Fun stuff.
Bolt is a strange film for me. I like the narrative, but the execution isnt always what I would like. It's a funny film, and I've had it on several occasions as background music.
6.Treasure Planet (2002)
Treasure Planet is a fictional island, but it's actually set in space. The plot description has come to an end.
Treasure Planet was a box office behemoth, and I guess audiences weren't that interested in flying pirate ships and hover surfboards at the time, but the film is really fun! The thrill of exploration is palpable at times, and the film did the impossible - it made me LIKE Treasure Island, one of the most boring books I've ever read in my entire life.
Sure, the sci-fi influence is a bit gimmicky, and I don't believe anybody is putting it on their list of the greatest sci-fi films of all time, but it's an enjoyable enough film, and it's pretty. What more could you possibly want?
5.Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
As he embarks on a journey to the deep with a few others, a linguist who wishes to see Atlantis gets his wish. Adventure awaits!
Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a hidden gem, just like Treasure Planet. It's a Jules Verne tale, but from Disney! The animation is outstanding, and the sense of adventure is even stronger here for me than it is with Treasure Planet. It's probably because the ocean fascinates me more than space.
4.The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
If a pious Emperor wants to reclaim his throne, he is transformed into a llama.
The Emperor's New Groove is, in my opinion, the funniest Disney animated film ever. The characters are all over-the-top and original, the plot is fluid and never monotonous, and it never, ever takes itself seriously. Like Atlantis, it's pretty certain it's now reaching its audience, and I'd be happy to call it a winner.
3.Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Lilo & Stitch's story of a girl and her dog, or rather, her extraterrestrial fugitive she thinks is a dog, is all about family, both the members you are born with, and the ones you choose to take in.
Lilo & Stitch is a movie that encapsulates my thoughts. Yes, the Hawaiian setting was unique for the time, but in any case, it reminds me of how difficult it is to be a parent. Nani is Lilos older sister, but she has taken on the role of her parents as their actual parents have died, and I can relate to her stress levels throughout the film. She is the driving force behind the film.
2.The Princess And The Frog (2009)
The Princess and the Frog, Disney Animation Studios' final traditionally hand-drawn animated feature, is loosely based on the novel The Frog Princess. In the movie, a hard-working waitress discovers a frog, only to realize that he is a prince.
The Princess and the Frog is notable for many reasons (one of which is the inclusion of the very first Black Disney princess in Tiana), but everything about it just feels so classic and yet, so modern at the same time. It has one of my all-time favorite Disney villains with Dr. Facillier, some of the finest musical numbers, and its just stunning to look at.
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair! This modern Disney classic (that I would argue is even better than Frozen) evolved into something else, including everything from a kidnapping, a selfish surrogate mother, and a handsome rogue on the voyage of a lifetime with our wonderful heroine.
It's only natural that the first Disney animation studio film released in the 2010s is also a film released in the second Disney renaissance. However, everything works in this stunning masterpiece. The music is phenomenal, the art is exquisite, and the narrative is brilliant, both funny and serious.
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