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Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Walt Disney Animation Studios Movies — Top 5 Tuesday

No, not Pixar.

It’s Tuesday so what does that mean? Time for a top five, of course! With Raya and the Last Dragon seeing a release on March 5th, I figured now would be a good time to focus this week’s top five around the beset Walt Disney Animation Studios films.

As we all know, Disney has a heritage. Even before they bought Pixar and the rest of the world they were seen as a powerhouse of animation. In my opinion they still are, even if Pixar and other non-Disney studios have surpassed them. I say this because–spoilers–there are a few items on my list that are newer. Let’s dive right into this and see if we can’t bond–or feud–over my totally subjective but totally correct list!

5: Zootopia (2016)

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Zootopia gets major props from me because of its sharp writing, the excellent voice work and the animation. It showcases vivid and imaginative scenery while also tackling racism in a smart way that doesn’t overdue it for the kids. It has a ton of heart but doesn’t skimp when it comes to the laughs–the DMV scene in particular is absolutely astounding and instead of just linking to a trailer I’m linking to that.

It has some small issues such as the pacing being slightly off and some pauses in the humour, but those are offset by the fact that it stars a bunny… which you know gets love from the rabbit who graces this website constantly. Just don’t look up Judy Hopps on the internet.

 4: Big Hero 6 (2014)

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Big Hero 6 may be formulaic but it also tackles some pretty mature themes with finesse and charm. As mentioned above, the animation is also great. The comedy of Big Hero 6 excels mostly because of Baymax, who is absolutely hilarious.

It sacrifices some of its humour in the final act, once the superhero sections really get underway, and focuses a bit more on action. This can be viewed as a criticism but the emotional beats felt earned and it’s not as if the movie got terrible in the transition. That’s something that tends to happen in many flicks because filmmakers want to accentuate the impact by having the struggle at the end.

3: Winnie the Pooh (2011)

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My undying admiration for Winnie the Pooh is one of the biggest movie surprises of the last decade. I went into it with an appreciation for Pooh without a profound fondness and I came out of it being ridiculously impressed. Simply put, I was smiling during a lot of this.

It’s not that it’s unpredictable. You know what to expect if you’re familiar with the characters, but it just performs the feat immaculately. Pooh made me laugh on numerous occasions, with my favourite line being “Oh, I don’t remember thinking this through.”

Winnie the Pooh is so gentle, charming and cute with animation that’s truly alive. It’s not a long flick so you end up getting a lot of bang in a short period of time.

2: Bambi (1942)

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The rabbit on the left lead to my love for the rabbit on the right.

Also the movie is really sad.

1: The Lion King (1994)

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There are very few animated flicks that I’ve re-watched as much as I did The Lion King. Admittedly this is in large part due to me just being a cub of sorts myself back when it was released in 1994, but so much of this masterpiece has stuck with me.

Whether you want to discuss the plot, the themes or the characters there’s a lot to dive into. Of course the animation was–and remains–stellar today, and obviously the movie was important upon release. I still find myself breaking out into “Hakuna Matata” occasionally, much to the dismay of anybody in my vicinity. Sorry, friends.

You might say that… The Lion King is… still… the king. I’m sorry, again.

He totally looked up Judy Hopps on the internet.

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