Best Walt Disney Animated Movies

Roxana Anton

When you cannot face life's difficulties, and you don't know what road to take, go back to childhood. Go back to the realm of fantasy, where you can surround yourself with nice people, places, and situations, where there is no sickness and poverty, where everyone loves you, and things work out the way you want, and good triumphs. Every time you feel like life has no meaning, go see a Disney movie, and maybe life will smile back again. Here's a random top of the best Disney animated movies, that promise to bring a smile on your face and shade a secret tear from your eyes, thanks to a happy ending.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Based on the 1812 German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, it is the first full-length traditionally animated feature film and the first Disney animated feature film in history(Wikipedia).
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Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film based on the fairy tale of the same name by Charles Perrault. As we all know, probably the most classic story of all time. It is also the twelfth Disney animated feature film, and a wonderful story to dream and to make you feel great. (info source: Wikipedia)


Another notable Disney classic is this 1940 production, composed of eight animated segments set to classical music pieces directed by Leopold Stokowski, seven of which are performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Jungle Book

Based on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 book of the same name, it is the 19th Disney animated feature film (from 1967). It was the last film to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during its production. The plot follows Mowgli, a feral child raised in the Indian jungle by wolves, as his friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear try to convince him to leave the jungle before the evil tiger Shere Khan arrives. (Wikipedia)

101 Dalmatians

Who can forget a character like Cruella DeVil? 101 Dalmatians is a 1961 American animated adventure comedy film based on the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. Go back in time, to live again these funny, smart, heart-melting adventures, for children, teenagers and adults all together!

The Lion King

It is a 1994 American animated musical drama with lots of public success. Its original songs were written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice. (Wikipedia) The Lion King tells the story of Simba (Swahili for lion), a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands; however, after Simba's paternal uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible and flees into exile. (Wikipedia)

The Little Mermaid

Another classic, must-see 1989 animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Pictures. The 28th Disney animated feature film is based on the 1837 Danish fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. The film tells the story of a mermaid princess named Ariel, who dreams of becoming human and falls in love with a human prince named Eric, which leads her to make a magic deal with the sea witch, Ursula, to become human and be with him. (Wikipedia)

Beauty and the Beast

This 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film is also one of my favorites, as one of the most beautiful stories ever told. Based on the 1756 French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, and ideas from the 1946 French film of the same name directed by Jean Cocteau. Beauty and the Beast focus on the relationship between the Beast, a prince who is magically transformed into a monster and his servants into household objects as punishment for his arrogance, and Belle, a young woman whom he imprisons in his castle.

The Aristocats

One of the most beautiful animated Disney films, this 1970 American animated romantic musical comedy tells the story of a family of aristocratic cats, and how an alley cat acquaintance helps them after a butler has kidnapped them to gain his mistress's fortune which was intended to go to them.

Mary Poppins

Another must-see Disney classic from 1964, is vaguely based on the series of children's books Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers. The film stars Julie Andrews, that also received an Oscar as best actress.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan is a character created by the Scottish writer and playwright J. M. Barrie in the play Peter Pan or The Boy Who Refused to Grow Up (1904) and the novel Peter Pan and Wendy (1911).

He spends his eternal childhood on the small island "The Land of Nowhere" as the leader of the group The Lost Boys, meeting fictional characters such as mermaids, pirates, and fairies. Occasionally he also meets Indians and children from outside the "Land of Nowhere". (Wikipedia)

Sleeping Beauty

This famous, classic 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney is based on Sleeping Beauty fairy-tale, by Charles Perrault. Another must-see in a lifetime.


Based on the novel by Carlo Collodi "The Adventures of Pinocchio. Story of a puppet", it is the 2nd Disney Classic, from 1940.


The lovely 1943 classic animated film is the one with the most important revenues of all time, based on the story Bambi, A Life in the Woods written by Austrian author Felix Salten.


The 1941 American animated fantasy film, the fourth Disney animated feature film, is based upon the storyline written by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl, and illustrated by Helen Durney for the prototype of a novelty toy ("Roll-a-Book"). The main character is Jumbo Jr., a baby elephant who is cruelly nicknamed "Dumbo", as in "dumb". He is ridiculed for his big ears, but in fact, he is capable of flying by using his ears as wings. (Wikipedia)

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