Walt Disney’s animations are timeless, and here are his 10 greatest works according to their Rotten Tomatoes aggregate audience scores.
Walt Disney was a creative genius and a pioneer of the animation medium, and that’s putting it lightly. His films, cartoons, short subjects, and characters have delighted the world for generations and have become a permanent staple in popular culture.
Critics have been no stranger to voicing their opinions of his work, but how do audiences feel about his animated features? With the help of Rotten Tomatoes, this list contains the answer.
Sleeping Beauty (88%)
Disney certainly has a talent for bringing classic fairy tale motifs to life, don’t they? Thus Walt and his animators created the tale of Princess Aurora. While at times it loves its villain and side characters more than the mains, it’s a traditional fantasy using visuals inspired by medieval tapestries and culture to bring the narrative to life right off the pages of a storybook.
Although Bambi has a 90% rating on the site, it’s known for two main things, one Being the bright-eyed and innocent delight that is Bambi himself, the other being the shocking death of his mother that scarred billions of children.
Joking aside, Bambi’s naturalistic setting and adorable animal cast earn it a place in many Disney fan’s hearts. Cute and fluffy it might be, it definitely comes with a slight edge.
Lady And The Tramp (93%)
Before audiences got Beauty and the Beast, Lady and the Tramp was Walt Disney’s pinnacle love story. One’s a pampered pooch, the other is a streetwise stray. Why wouldn’t Walt make a beloved and cherished romance out of them? Known for its canine cast and famous spaghetti scene, it might not be a tale as old as time, but it’s certainly timeless.
The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad (93%)
Perhaps the most enjoyed out of all the package films, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad features two fabulous characters of classical literature, but with a definite Disney flavor.
Bing Crosby’s interpretation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the more popular of the two, The Wind in the Willows is not without its merit or its audience. Both are still classic Disney in every sense of the term.
While it definitely deserves more than a 94% rating, Fantasia might go over a few audiences’ heads at first. This was Walt Disney’s experimental piece, and a passion project he was intensely involved with. Well everyone is familiar with “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” which might be the only reason worth watching for some. Mickey as a wizard is always entertaining to watch… but how about those dancing mushrooms?
So popular that she got her own icon in the Disney Parks, Cinderella serves as yet another fine example of Disney’s appetite for fairytales.
Considered by many to be Disney’s most iconic dive into the genre, the original rags to riches story checks every box for what fans expect from the brand. With its princess, magic, and talking animals, this film set the bar for the royalty that followed.
It might be the shortest of Walt Disney’s original subjects, but Dumbo is not without a decent-sized fan base, with or without the infamous crows. It’s Disney’s original underdog story set against the colorful backdrop of a traveling circus. It has its clowns, brass bands, and magic feathers, but it has more heart than many of its contemporaries, as well as the most tear-jerking song ever featured in a Walt Disney production.
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (98%)
Where would the Walt Disney Studios be without the film that started it all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? This was perhaps Walt Disney’s biggest gamble before the theme parks, and it could have cost him everything.
Critics called it “Disney’s Folly” because no one would believe audiences of thousands would sit in front of a movie screen through over an hour and a half worth of cartoons. Now, it’s regarded as a classic and has even earned a spot in the National film archive.
101 Dalmatians (98%)
Yet another Disney-made canine piece, 101 Dalmatians was a sketchbook-styled jazzy piece of the 60s that soon had as many fans as Pongo has spots. Similar to Lady and the Tramp, though with a much more adventurous storyline, the film features a family of dogs telling the story from a pet’s point of view. Not only does it feature a legion of cute puppies, but it brought fans the most outrageous Disney villain of all, Cruella de Vil.
Pinocchio is easily one of the weirdest and darkest Disney animated features ever shown on the Silver Screen. So, why does it have a 100% rating? Audiences simply wanted more Disney! After Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a tremendous success, Disney struck gold again with this take on Carlo Collodi’s classic. It’s a fairytale, it features talking animals and magic spells, and it features the literal anthem of the Disney name. It’s a 100% fresh formula!