Disney List of Animated Films

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disney_animated_film_listThere is prob­a­bly no other list in ani­ma­tion that is more intrigu­ing– or more argued over. In fact, it was the cre­ation of this list that was the impe­tus for even cre­at­ing the Big Car­toon Data­Base… MY friends wanted to know what films were con­sid­ered on— or off— the “offi­cial” list. The offi­cial list really got going with the advent of home video.… and Disney’s pro­mo­tional ties to other Dis­ney ani­mated films. Who can for­get the nar­ra­tors’ voice before the main film announc­ing the impend­ing release of Disney’s 22nd ani­mated film that fall.

Well, the offi­cial list has set­tled down now to a rec­og­nized set of films. But that was not always the case– there are a num­ber of films that have been added to or sub­se­quently taken off “the list”. Films like The Reluc­tant Dragon, Vic­tory Through Air Power, Song Of The South, So Dear To My Heart and even the ven­er­a­ble Mary Pop­pins have all made their way onto the list at some point; none remain on it today.

So what does it take to make “the list”? First– and most obvi­ous– the film has to be ani­mated by the Dis­ney Stu­dios, or, more recently, Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios. It is this impor­tant dis­tinc­tion that puts one wob­bler onto the list– 2000’s Dinosaur but also leaves off numer­ous Disney-associated films, such as all the Pixar films, the direct to video films pro­duced at Dis­ney Toon Stu­dios, and any of the movies pro­duced at other film units at The Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios. Sec­ond, the film must be sub­stan­tially ani­mated, not live-action with ani­mated sequences. Sat­isfy those require­ments, and you are on “the List.”

So what films are on the list, and in what order? Cur­rently, there are 57 films, from 1939 through 2018. There are prob­a­bly a few you’ve never seen, and a few sur­prises, and a lot of fun mem­o­ries. With­out fur­ther ado, link here to see the full list of Dis­ney ani­mated films.

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