The 10 Best Disney Animated Films
8. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
The first feature length animated film ever made, Snow White remains one of the best due to its timelessness. Although there are a few antiquated ideas and themes present (Snow White is a weak and outdated female character), there is more than enough in this almost 80 year old film to make it appeal to modern audiences. Animation that still remains impressive, a truly memorable villain in the evil Queen, and the standout ensemble hijinks of the seven dwarves all combine to make an excellent film. Most subsequent films would go on to improve upon the template established by Walt Disney’s 1st feature film, but for being the 1st out of the gate, Snow White is a surprisingly strong movie in its own right and an essential part of any Disney fan’s collection.
While it’s fair to say that Cinderella is perhaps Disney’s most conventional film, this is not a knock against it. Cinderella embodies that hard to describe magical quality that Disney’s animated films are known for: cute animals, memorable songs, gorgeous animation, and a classic tale of the princess finding her prince charming are conventions that are synonymous with Disney by this point, and they are all present and perfected in Cinderella. The rags-to-riches storyline, while a bit outdated as an ideal to strive for, nonetheless makes for an interesting story, and Cinderella as a character is so hard-done-by that she arguably deserves her happy ending. It is difficult to think of another Disney film that so perfectly encapsulates what has made Disney so special to so many people.