Everybody loves Disney films. Okay, maybe not everybody, but many people do and the enormous cultural impact of these films cannot be denied. With an astounding 53 feature films across an almost 80 year span, the Walt Disney Company revolutionized the entire animation industry and has continued to dominate the genre that it essentially created. Having made so many films, it is a given that some films stand out more than others when it comes to quality and impact. While every Disney fan will have their own unique take on which films deserve to be called the best, the following films are at the very least some of the most important that Disney has ever made and no Disney fan should miss a single one of them.
The newest film in Disney’s animation stable, Frozen seemingly came out of nowhere when it hit theaters late last year and began shattering box office records. Besides being an overwhelming commercial success, Frozen also happens to be one of Disney’s best films in years, arguably its best since 1998’s Mulan. Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale The Snow Queen, Frozen put a fresh spin on the Disney princess trope by shifting the focus to the relationship between sisters Elsa and Anna, rather than a more traditional romantic courtship plotline (although there is still a bit of that for good measure). While the film is still a little too new to determine if it belongs near the top of Disney’s best animated films, it definitely deserves a spot in the top 10.