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All Disney Animated Theatrical Movies Ranked by Tomatometer
Frozen II has appeared to break the curse of a wintry box office spell. See where it ranks!
The Disney vault has been bust wide open with Disney+, the new mega streaming service that will feature a whole new world (sorry!) of original series and features, as well as all the classic Disney movies and Disney cartoons you know and love. For many fans of the Mouse House, it’s this second part of the offering that’s most exciting about Disney+.
Remember those shelves and shelves of Disney classics you used to have on VHS – the spines of their spongy plastic cases promising adventures with foxes and cats, lions and bears, princesses and puppets? They’re all there on the new service. (Except for Song of the South, because well, that one’s never going to see the light of zip-a-dee-ay again.) To celebrate this incredible new access to all the best Disney movies, we went ahead and compiled a list of every Disney animated film and ranked them the best way we know how: By Tomatometer.
We’ve been strict with our rules; we’re talking Disney animated movies, and excluding Pixar, and movies also had to be theatrically released in order to qualify. Plus, the movies had to be fully animated, which means you won’t find live-action/animation hybrid movies like Bedknobs and Broomsticks nor Song of the South on the list. You will find the studio’s earliest animated offerings: the one that started it all – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – and the ones whose box office receipts might have made a weaker-willed studio impresario end it quickly (Pinocchio, Fantasia). You’ll also find rousing adventures (Jungle Book, Sword In the Stone), make a foray into the experimental years (Black Cauldron, Oliver and Company), resurface in the second golden age (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King), fall back into the second dark age (Treasure Planet, Home on the Range), and come back up again for some digital fun (Bolt, Big Hero 6) before coming full circle with the princesses (Tangled, Frozen, Moana). Except you won’t do it in that order, of course, because Disney’s Tomatometer highs and lows are spread across the decades.
So, Meter Meter on the wall, who’s the Freshest of them all? Is it the classic Cinderella or the Oscar-nominated Beauty and the Beast? Is it Mulan, Oliver and Company, or Brother Bear? (No, no, it’s not Brother Bear). Could whatever’s number 1 be usurped by Frozen II when it lands in theaters this November? We’ll update you when we have a score for the latest Elsa and Anna show.
For now, enjoy this guide to the Best Disney Animated Movies, ranked by Tomatometer!
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Adjusted Score: 21.036%
Critics Consensus: This inferior rehash of The Jungle Book should have gone straight to video.
Mowgli lives in his new man village, but he misses his pal Baloo who likewise pines for his man cub.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 29.989%
Critics Consensus: Planes has enough bright colors, goofy voices, and slick animation to distract some young viewers for 92 minutes -- and probably sell plenty of toys in the bargain -- but on nearly every other level, it's a Disney disappointment.
Cars gets a spin-off with this Disney Toon Studios film starring the voice of Dane Cook as a vertically-challenged plane... [More]
Adjusted Score: 26.748%
Critics Consensus: Dough's 1st Movie is a long snooze-fest that should have never made it to the big screen.
Doug Funnie and his friends from Bluffington make the leap from TV to the big screen in the animated comedy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 40.371%
Critics Consensus: Brother Bear is gentle and pleasant if unremarkable Disney fare, with so-so animation and generic plotting.
Driven by the emotional and joyous rhythms of five great new songs from Academy-Award (R) winner Phil Collins, "Brother Bear"... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42.112%
Critics Consensus: Disney expends more effort in the technical presentation than in crafting an original storyline.
As you may recall the classic fable, Chicken Little caused widespread panic when he mistook a falling acorn for a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 46.901%
Critics Consensus: Although it's too flat and formulaic to measure up against the best family-friendly fare, Planes: Fire and Rescue is a passable diversion for much younger viewers.
Adventure flies higher than ever before in this sequel to Disney's Planes. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi... [More]
Adjusted Score: 44.4%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
This animated Disney feature centers on Goofy's teenage son Max, who is dragged off on vacation just as he was... [More]
Adjusted Score: 47.15%
Critics Consensus: With its forgettable songs and lackluster story, this new Pan will surely entertain kids, but will feel more like a retread to adults.
Almost 50 years after Walt Disney brought James M. Barrie's classic children's tale Peter Pan to the screen in one... [More]
Adjusted Score: 53.444%
Critics Consensus: Atlantis provides a fast-paced spectacle, but stints on such things as character development and a coherent plot.
The first Disney cartoon to be produced in the 70 mm format since The Black Cauldron (1985), this blend of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 19.095%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Bambi knows his mother is gone. His stoic father, the Great Prince of the Forest, has little choice but to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 53.287%
Critics Consensus: Predictable and stodgy, Oliver & Company isn't one of Disney's best, though its colorful cast of characters may be enough to entertain young viewers looking for a little adventure.
This animated musical retells Dickens's Oliver Twist amongst animals in New York City, with Oliver as an innocent kitten who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 56.129%
Critics Consensus: Though Home on the Range is likeable and may keep young children diverted, it's one of Disney's more middling titles, with garish visuals and a dull plot.
Set in a fanciful version of the untamed West, a musical comedy about what takes place when a group of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 56.364%
Critics Consensus: One of the weaker Disney adaptations, Robin Hood is cute and colorful but lacks the majesty and excitement of the studio's earlier efforts.
Robin Hood is one of the first animated films produced by the Walt Disney Company after Walt Disney's death in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 56.826%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious but flawed, The Black Cauldron is technically brilliant as usual, but lacks the compelling characters of other Disney animated classics.
Another of Disney's animated features, this one is perhaps not as well known and certainly not a classic, but still... [More]
Adjusted Score: 58.355%
Critics Consensus: Pocahontas means well, and has moments of startling beauty, but it's largely a bland, uninspired effort, with uneven plotting and an unfortunate lack of fun.
History gets the Disney kiddie treatment and a politically correct interpretation in the studio's 33rd feature-length animated movie, the first... [More]
Adjusted Score: 62.684%
Critics Consensus: Though basically a TV cartoon stretched out to movie-length, Recess has enough successful jokes and smart writing to make it a worthwhile view.
The characters from the popular Saturday morning TV cartoon series move out of the schoolyard and onto the big screen... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64.103%
Critics Consensus: Tigger Movie may lack the technological flash and underlying adult sophistication of other recent animated movies, but it's fun and charming.
Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and the ever-exuberant Tigger are busy preparing a suitable winter home for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68.157%
Critics Consensus: While Dinosaur's plot is generic and dull, its stunning computer animation and detailed backgrounds are enough to make it worth a look.
The journey of a three-ton Iguanodon named Aladar, who is raised from the egg by a clan of lemurs and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.685%
Critics Consensus: Though The Aristocats is a mostly middling effort for Disney, it is redeemed by terrific work from its voice cast and some jazzy tunes.
With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67.824%
Critics Consensus: Though it doesn't quite live up to its title, Fun and Fancy Free has its moments, and it's a rare opportunity to see Mickey, Donald, and Goofy together.
A blend of live-action and animation, Fun and Fancy Free is comprised of two distinct tales linked by additional footage... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.644%
Critics Consensus: A decent take on the legend of King Arthur, The Sword in the Stone suffers from relatively indifferent animation, but its characters are still memorable and appealing.
Another of the fantastic animated creations from the Disney studios, this is the animated version of The Once and Future... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.284%
Critics Consensus: Meet the Robinsons is a visually impressive children's animated film marked by a story of considerable depth.
An orphan who dreams of someday finding a family to call his own finds his fate taking an unexpected turn... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70.204%
Critics Consensus: Though its story is second-rate, The Rescuers Down Under redeems itself with some remarkable production values -- particularly its flight scenes.
The sequel to the 1977 Disney animated feature The Rescuers finds mice Bernard and Bianca en route to Australia to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72.94%
Critics Consensus: Though its characterizations are weaker than usual, Treasure Planet offers a fast-paced, beautifully rendered vision of outer space.
Fifteen-year-old Jim Hawkins stumbles upon a map to the greatest pirate trove in the universe. The tale follows Jim's fantastic... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70.692%
Critics Consensus: This collection of musical-themed shorts doesn't reach the artistic heights of Fantasia, but it's well animated and mostly good fun.
In his first postwar animated feature, Walt Disney attempted to repeat the Fantasia formula, substituting "pop" music for the Classics.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.522%
Critics Consensus: The Fox and the Hound is a likeable, charming, unassuming effort that manages to transcend its thin, predictable plot.
The lifelong friendship between a fox cub and a bloodhound puppy provides the basis of this rollicking and tender animated... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.569%
Critics Consensus: Wholesome and charming entertainment for young children.
When the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood begins a honey harvest, young Piglet is excluded and told that he... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.796%
Critics Consensus: Disney's take on the Victor Hugo classic is dramatically uneven, but its strong visuals, dark themes, and message of tolerance make for a more-sophisticated-than-average children's film.
After the critical and commercial success of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, the Walt... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.387%
Critics Consensus: Despite its short running time, Teacher's Pet is a witty and irreverent family film.
Spot the Dog is so curious about the world that he has taught himself how to talk and read, and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.727%
Critics Consensus: Frozen II can't quite recapture the showstopping feel of its predecessor, but it remains a dazzling adventure into the unknown.
Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.621%
Critics Consensus: The Great Mouse Detective may not rank with Disney's classics, but it's an amiable, entertaining picture with some stylishly dark visuals.
This animated children's film spoofs the Sherlock Holmes legend by recasting the major characters as rodents. Basil, the Great Mouse... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.358%
Critics Consensus: A charming and delightful walk through the Hundred Acres Woods for young viewers.
Something mysterious is happening in the Hundred Acre Wood. There are strange rumblings in the night, and the ground shakes... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.448%
Critics Consensus: Featuring superlative animation, off-kilter characters, and affectionate voice work by Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor, The Rescuers represents a bright spot in Disney's post-golden age.
Two fantasy novels by Margery Sharp were combined for in the Disney animated feature The Rescuers. The title characters are... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.854%
Critics Consensus: Though it doesn't delve deeply into the darkness of J.M. Barrie's tale, Peter Pan is a heartwarming, exuberant film with some great tunes.
Disney's animated telling of the J.M. Barrie story chronicles the adventures of Peter, Wendy, Michael and John Darling as they... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.48%
Critics Consensus: It provides an entertaining experience for adults and children alike.
"Fantasia/2000" brings to fruition Walt Disney's dream of creating a "concert film" with a perpetually changing repertoire. Sixty years after... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.604%
Critics Consensus: A good introduction to Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice in Wonderland boasts some of the Disney canon's most surreal and twisted images.
This Disney feature-length cartoon combines the most entertaining elements of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.989%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced and packed with dozens of pop culture references, Hercules might not measure up with the true classics of the Disney pantheon, but it's still plenty of fun.
Disney's animation team dipped into the rich well of ancient mythology for this musical comedy. The son of Greek gods... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.409%
Critics Consensus: The Emperor's New Groove isn't the most ambitious animated film, but its brisk pace, fresh characters, and big laughs make for a great time for the whole family.
In a mythical mountain kingdom, arrogant, young Emperor Kuzco is transformed into a llama by his power-hungry advisor, the devious... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.984%
Critics Consensus: The warmth of traditional Disney animation makes this occasionally lightweight fairy-tale update a lively and captivating confection for the holidays.
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical "The Princess and the Frog," an animated comedy set in the great city... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.799%
Critics Consensus: Exploring themes of family duty and honor, Mulan breaks new ground as a Disney film, while still bringing vibrant animation and sprightly characters to the screen.
Disney's cross-cultural retelling of a popular Chinese folk tale about a peasant girl who disguises herself as a man and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.84%
Critics Consensus: Edgier than traditional Disney fare, Lilo and Stitch explores issues of family while providing a fun and charming story.
A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive from the law.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.978%
Critics Consensus: With expressive animation, fun characters, and catchy songs, The Jungle Book endures as a crowd-pleasing Disney classic.
The final animated feature produced under the supervision of Walt Disney is a lively neo-swing musical, loosely based upon the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.528%
Critics Consensus: Equally entertaining for both kids and parents old enough to catch the references, Wreck-It Ralph is a clever, colorful adventure built on familiar themes and joyful nostalgia.
Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), the "good guy" star of their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 59.666%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Based on the popular Disney animated afternoon television adventure series, which was in turn based on such supporting characters from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.762%
Critics Consensus: This Disney dreamscape contains moments of grandeur, with its lush colors, magical air, one of the most menacing villains in the Disney canon.
Disney produced this lavish animated fairy tale, the most expensive cartoon ever made up to its release with a budget... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.487%
Critics Consensus: Ralph Breaks the Internet levels up on its predecessor with a funny, heartwarming sequel that expands its colorful universe while focusing on core characters and relationships.
In "Ralph Breaks the Internet," video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.539%
Critics Consensus: Melody Time is a charming musical anthology film that's expertly crafted and filled with high-spirited numbers.
Disney was known for combining his musical cartoon shorts into interesting feature-length anthologies and Melody Time is one of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.398%
Critics Consensus: Disney's Tarzan takes the well-known story to a new level with spirited animation, a brisk pace, and some thrilling action set-pieces..
A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.537%
Critics Consensus: While far from Disney's greatest film, Tangled is a visually stunning, thoroughly entertaining addition to the studio's classic animated canon.
When the kingdom's most wanted-and most charming-bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.679%
Critics Consensus: Bolt is a pleasant animated comedy that overcomes the story's familiarity with strong visuals and likable characters.
For super-dog "Bolt", every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue - at least until the cameras stop rolling.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.474%
Critics Consensus: Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated, Big Hero 6 is briskly-paced, action-packed, and often touching.
With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Big Hero 6" is an action-packed comedy-adventure... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.348%
Critics Consensus: Elegantly animated and deeply touching, Bambi is an enduring, endearing, and moving Disney classic.
"Bambi," Walt Disney's beloved coming-of-age story, will thrill audiences with its breathtaking animation and characters who will touch your heart:... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.104%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated, smartly written, and stocked with singalong songs, Frozen adds another worthy entry to the Disney canon.
Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, "Frozen" is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.422%
Critics Consensus: Short, nostalgic, and gently whimsical, Winnie the Pooh offers young audiences -- and their parents -- a sweetly traditional family treat.
Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh. Featuring the timeless charm, wit and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.712%
Critics Consensus: This Disney two-fer may not be the most reverent literary adaptation, but it's remarkably crafted and emotionally resonant.
Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a two-part Walt Disney cartoon feature based on a pair of well known stories. The... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.337%
Critics Consensus: A nostalgic charmer, Lady and the Tramp's token sweetness is mighty but the songs and richly colored animation are technically superb and make for a memorable experience.
Lady and the Tramp represented two "firsts" for Disney: It was the studio's first Cinemascope animated feature, and it was... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.25%
Critics Consensus: The Little Mermaid ushered in a new golden era for Disney animation with warm and charming hand-drawn characters and catchy musical sequences.
Disney's The Little Mermaid was the first in a series of blockbusters that restored the venerable firm's reputation as the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.857%
Critics Consensus: Emotionally stirring, richly drawn, and beautifully animated, The Lion King is a pride within Disney's pantheon of classic family films.
One of the most popular Disney animated musicals, The Lion King presents the story of a lion cub's journey to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.544%
Critics Consensus: A landmark in animation (and a huge influence on the medium of music video), Disney's Fantasia is a relentlessly inventive blend of the classics with phantasmagorical images.
Regarded by many as Walt Disney's masterpiece, Fantasia predicted the modern music video by offering nine animated segments that were... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103.312%
Critics Consensus: Enchanting, sweepingly romantic, and featuring plenty of wonderful musical numbers, Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney's most elegant animated offerings.
Walt Disney Animation Studios' magical classic Beauty and the Beast returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D(TM), introducing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.482%
Critics Consensus: A highly entertaining entry in Disney's renaissance era," Aladdin is beautifully drawn, with near-classic songs and a cast of scene-stealing characters.
Robin Williams's dizzying and hilarious voicing of the Genie is the main attraction of Aladdin, the third in the series... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106.495%
Critics Consensus: With a title character as three-dimensional as its lush animation and a story that adds fresh depth to Disney's time-tested formula, Moana is truly a family-friendly adventure for the ages.
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.884%
Critics Consensus: The rich colors, sweet songs, adorable mice and endearing (if suffering) heroine make Cinderella a nostalgically lovely charmer.
This Disney animated version of Cinderella took the somewhat violent tale of a downtrodden young woman who uses her wits,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107.835%
Critics Consensus: The brilliantly well-rounded Zootopia offers a thoughtful, inclusive message that's as rich and timely as its sumptuously state-of-the-art animation -- all while remaining fast and funny enough to keep younger viewers entertained.
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103.036%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of pooches and a memorable villain (Cruella De Vil), this is one of Disney's most enduring, entertaining animated films.
This Disney animated classic is based on the children's story by Dodie Smith. The story involves the canine pets of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104.755%
Critics Consensus: Dumbo packs plenty of story into its brief runtime, along with all the warm animation and wonderful music you'd expect from a Disney classic.
Ostracized from the rest of the circus animals, poor Dumbo the elephant is separated from his mother, who is chained... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110.94%
Critics Consensus: With its involving story and characters, vibrant art, and memorable songs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs set the animation standard for decades to come.
It was called "Disney's Folly." Who on earth would want to sit still for 90 minutes to watch an animated... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.839%
Critics Consensus: Perhaps the most faithful of Disney's literary adaptations, this cute, charming collection of episodes captures the spirit of A.A. Milne's classic stories.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is an hour-long compendium of the three Disney "Winnie" animated short subjects produced... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107.38%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious, adventurous, and sometimes frightening, Pinocchio arguably represents the pinnacle of Disney's collected works -- it's beautifully crafted and emotionally resonant.
When the gentle woodcarver Geppetto (Christian Rub) builds a marionette to be his substitute son, a benevolent fairy brings the... [More]