Our recent ranking of all 53 Disney movies from best to worst (part of our look at the 100 Best Animated Movies ever made) was contentious to say the least, so we gave you the chance to show your favourites some love and shuffle the list. 17,000 votes later, the results are in…
The people’s favourite Disney film is… ‘The Little Mermaid’! (+9)
We had ‘The Little Mermaid’ floundering in tenth place, but you bubbled this deep-sea drama all the way to the surface. It’s Ariel victory for the classic 1989 animation. Close behind came ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Aladdin’ (neither of which made our top ten at all), ‘Beauty and the Beast’, and ‘The Jungle Book’. (Scroll on for the full list.)
You think we totally underrated ‘Pocahontas’…
In lowly 51st place, ‘Pocahontas’ came dangerously close to the bottom of our list, yet by your reckoning it’s firmly in the better half of Disney films, in at number 18. That makes it the most drastically upvoted film on the list.
The five Disney films most underrated by us, according to you:
1) Pocahontas (+33 places)
2) The Sword in the Stone (+25)
3) Mulan (+21)
4) The Lion King (+15)
5) Brother Bear (+13)
…and you think we totally overrated ‘Pinocchio’.
The greatest Disney film ever made? ‘Pah!’ you exclaimed, kicking the 1944 movie way, way down to 24th place.
The five Disney films most overrated by us, according to you:
1) Pinocchio (-24 places)
2) Wreck-It Ralph (-20)
3) Fantasia (-19)
4) Dumbo (-17)
5) Fun and Fancy Free (-16)
You especially love the ’80s and ’90s films, perhaps because it reminds you of being a child when you still knew the meaning of joy.
This chart depicts how much you liked each Disney film compared to us, versus the year it came out.
You can see it’s pretty n-shaped. You thought that nearly every film we ranked before 1950 was overrated, and it’s the same story post-2003. But in those years in between lie a lot of favourites you thought deserved way more attention.
The explanation? Our film critics have a zen-like emotional detachment from their childhood – or perhaps a pathological inability to reminisce nostalgically at all. Or, they just hate ‘The Lion King’.
The list in full, with most underrated and overrated films highlighted…
By Guy Parsons
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