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Ranking Disney: Big Hero 6 (2014), Part IV

This has become a tradition. I did the original set of articles in 2012. And they were very brief. One part, not too many shots in them. And then the Bond articles happened and then Fun with Franchises happened. It was a progression. But now, each time a new Disney movie comes out, I write it up. Though now that Fun with Franchises has set the standard, they’re all at least four parts.

This movie came out a year ago, but fortunately we’re busy here, so this is the first time I have time to go over it. I wasn’t particularly excited for it. Disney shouldn’t be doing superhero movies. It’s not who they are. So I went in with a lot of trepidation.

And, after seeing it twice now, I’m still not sure I like it very much. It’s fine. It entertains you enough, but the story feels slight, there is no character development to speak of, and half the dialogue is way too dense for kids. It really makes me wonder what they were thinking when they decided to use the Marvel canon to create a kids movie. But it’s healthy to try different things. I’m just wondering if they tried them for the right reasons.

Anyway, here is Part IV of Big Hero 6: (more…)


Ranking Disney: Big Hero 6 (2014), Part III

This has become a tradition. I did the original set of articles in 2012. And they were very brief. One part, not too many shots in them. And then the Bond articles happened and then Fun with Franchises happened. It was a progression. But now, each time a new Disney movie comes out, I write it up. Though now that Fun with Franchises has set the standard, they’re all at least four parts.

This movie came out a year ago, but fortunately we’re busy here, so this is the first time I have time to go over it. I wasn’t particularly excited for it. Disney shouldn’t be doing superhero movies. It’s not who they are. So I went in with a lot of trepidation.

And, after seeing it twice now, I’m still not sure I like it very much. It’s fine. It entertains you enough, but the story feels slight, there is no character development to speak of, and half the dialogue is way too dense for kids. It really makes me wonder what they were thinking when they decided to use the Marvel canon to create a kids movie. But it’s healthy to try different things. I’m just wondering if they tried them for the right reasons.

Anyway, here is Part III of Big Hero 6: (more…)


Ranking Disney: Big Hero 6 (2014), Part II

This has become a tradition. I did the original set of articles in 2012. And they were very brief. One part, not too many shots in them. And then the Bond articles happened and then Fun with Franchises happened. It was a progression. But now, each time a new Disney movie comes out, I write it up. Though now that Fun with Franchises has set the standard, they’re all at least four parts.

This movie came out a year ago, but fortunately we’re busy here, so this is the first time I have time to go over it. I wasn’t particularly excited for it. Disney shouldn’t be doing superhero movies. It’s not who they are. So I went in with a lot of trepidation.

And, after seeing it twice now, I’m still not sure I like it very much. It’s fine. It entertains you enough, but the story feels slight, there is no character development to speak of, and half the dialogue is way too dense for kids. It really makes me wonder what they were thinking when they decided to use the Marvel canon to create a kids movie. But it’s healthy to try different things. I’m just wondering if they tried them for the right reasons.

Anyway, here is Part II of Big Hero 6: (more…)


Ranking Disney: Big Hero 6 (2014), Part I

This has become a tradition. I did the original set of articles in 2012. And they were very brief. One part, not too many shots in them. And then the Bond articles happened and then Fun with Franchises happened. It was a progression. But now, each time a new Disney movie comes out, I write it up. Though now that Fun with Franchises has set the standard, they’re all at least four parts.

This movie came out a year ago, but fortunately we’re busy here, so this is the first time I have time to go over it. I wasn’t particularly excited for it. Disney shouldn’t be doing superhero movies. It’s not who they are. So I went in with a lot of trepidation.

And, after seeing it twice now, I’m still not sure I like it very much. It’s fine. It entertains you enough, but the story feels slight, there is no character development to speak of, and half the dialogue is way too dense for kids. It really makes me wonder what they were thinking when they decided to use the Marvel canon to create a kids movie. But it’s healthy to try different things. I’m just wondering if they tried them for the right reasons.

Anyway, here is Part I of Big Hero 6: (more…)


Ranking Disney: Frozen (2013), Part VI

It must have been two years ago now, when I decided to go through and Rank all the Disney movies. Essentially, I watched all the Disney movies that existed at the time, and ranked them in the order I liked them. It was fun. Pretty simple. Not as complicated as I’d do them now. One of these years, I’ll go through and update them to make them more like Fun with Franchises.

At the time, there were only 51 Disney movies. Winnie the Pooh was the newest one. So when Wreck-It Ralph came out, I figured I had to do that one as well. So now, writing up the new Disney movie has become an annual tradition for me. I’m actually late on this one. I probably should have put this article up back in March. But whatever. It’s finally time for us to do Frozen.

I was all over this movie when it came out last year. We got a screener right after it came out, and I watched it that day, in the office. And by the time “Let It Go” happened, I was certain the movie was a top ten film for me and that both the song and the movie were going to win Oscars. All three of those things happened.

There’s something so joyous about this movie. I’m sure now as I go through I’ll tear it to pieces. But I still love it. We’ll get to my feelings about it within the rest of the Disney canon later, but in terms of a movie, this is the best pure Disney movie the studio has put out in almost 20 years. This harkens back to the Renaissance days. And we’re going to enjoy this movie that it’s one of those for the next few days, before we get into our usual end of the year festivities. So without further ado, here is Part VI of Frozen.

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Ranking Disney: Frozen (2013), Part V

It must have been two years ago now, when I decided to go through and Rank all the Disney movies. Essentially, I watched all the Disney movies that existed at the time, and ranked them in the order I liked them. It was fun. Pretty simple. Not as complicated as I’d do them now. One of these years, I’ll go through and update them to make them more like Fun with Franchises.

At the time, there were only 51 Disney movies. Winnie the Pooh was the newest one. So when Wreck-It Ralph came out, I figured I had to do that one as well. So now, writing up the new Disney movie has become an annual tradition for me. I’m actually late on this one. I probably should have put this article up back in March. But whatever. It’s finally time for us to do Frozen.

I was all over this movie when it came out last year. We got a screener right after it came out, and I watched it that day, in the office. And by the time “Let It Go” happened, I was certain the movie was a top ten film for me and that both the song and the movie were going to win Oscars. All three of those things happened.

There’s something so joyous about this movie. I’m sure now as I go through I’ll tear it to pieces. But I still love it. We’ll get to my feelings about it within the rest of the Disney canon later, but in terms of a movie, this is the best pure Disney movie the studio has put out in almost 20 years. This harkens back to the Renaissance days. And we’re going to enjoy this movie that it’s one of those for the next few days, before we get into our usual end of the year festivities. So without further ado, here is Part V of Frozen.

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Ranking Disney: Frozen (2013), Part IV

It must have been two years ago now, when I decided to go through and Rank all the Disney movies. Essentially, I watched all the Disney movies that existed at the time, and ranked them in the order I liked them. It was fun. Pretty simple. Not as complicated as I’d do them now. One of these years, I’ll go through and update them to make them more like Fun with Franchises.

At the time, there were only 51 Disney movies. Winnie the Pooh was the newest one. So when Wreck-It Ralph came out, I figured I had to do that one as well. So now, writing up the new Disney movie has become an annual tradition for me. I’m actually late on this one. I probably should have put this article up back in March. But whatever. It’s finally time for us to do Frozen.

I was all over this movie when it came out last year. We got a screener right after it came out, and I watched it that day, in the office. And by the time “Let It Go” happened, I was certain the movie was a top ten film for me and that both the song and the movie were going to win Oscars. All three of those things happened.

There’s something so joyous about this movie. I’m sure now as I go through I’ll tear it to pieces. But I still love it. We’ll get to my feelings about it within the rest of the Disney canon later, but in terms of a movie, this is the best pure Disney movie the studio has put out in almost 20 years. This harkens back to the Renaissance days. And we’re going to enjoy this movie that it’s one of those for the next few days, before we get into our usual end of the year festivities. So without further ado, here is Part IV of Frozen.

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Ranking Disney: Frozen (2013), Part III

It must have been two years ago now, when I decided to go through and Rank all the Disney movies. Essentially, I watched all the Disney movies that existed at the time, and ranked them in the order I liked them. It was fun. Pretty simple. Not as complicated as I’d do them now. One of these years, I’ll go through and update them to make them more like Fun with Franchises.

At the time, there were only 51 Disney movies. Winnie the Pooh was the newest one. So when Wreck-It Ralph came out, I figured I had to do that one as well. So now, writing up the new Disney movie has become an annual tradition for me. I’m actually late on this one. I probably should have put this article up back in March. But whatever. It’s finally time for us to do Frozen.

I was all over this movie when it came out last year. We got a screener right after it came out, and I watched it that day, in the office. And by the time “Let It Go” happened, I was certain the movie was a top ten film for me and that both the song and the movie were going to win Oscars. All three of those things happened.

There’s something so joyous about this movie. I’m sure now as I go through I’ll tear it to pieces. But I still love it. We’ll get to my feelings about it within the rest of the Disney canon later, but in terms of a movie, this is the best pure Disney movie the studio has put out in almost 20 years. This harkens back to the Renaissance days. And we’re going to enjoy this movie that it’s one of those for the next few days, before we get into our usual end of the year festivities. So without further ado, here is Part III of Frozen.

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Ranking Disney: Frozen (2013), Part II

It must have been two years ago now, when I decided to go through and Rank all the Disney movies. Essentially, I watched all the Disney movies that existed at the time, and ranked them in the order I liked them. It was fun. Pretty simple. Not as complicated as I’d do them now. One of these years, I’ll go through and update them to make them more like Fun with Franchises.

At the time, there were only 51 Disney movies. Winnie the Pooh was the newest one. So when Wreck-It Ralph came out, I figured I had to do that one as well. So now, writing up the new Disney movie has become an annual tradition for me. I’m actually late on this one. I probably should have put this article up back in March. But whatever. It’s finally time for us to do Frozen.

I was all over this movie when it came out last year. We got a screener right after it came out, and I watched it that day, in the office. And by the time “Let It Go” happened, I was certain the movie was a top ten film for me and that both the song and the movie were going to win Oscars. All three of those things happened.

There’s something so joyous about this movie. I’m sure now as I go through I’ll tear it to pieces. But I still love it. We’ll get to my feelings about it within the rest of the Disney canon later, but in terms of a movie, this is the best pure Disney movie the studio has put out in almost 20 years. This harkens back to the Renaissance days. And we’re going to enjoy this movie that it’s one of those for the next few days, before we get into our usual end of the year festivities. So without further ado, here is Part II of Frozen.

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Ranking Disney: Frozen (2013), Part I

It must have been two years ago now, when I decided to go through and Rank all the Disney movies. Essentially, I watched all the Disney movies that existed at the time, and ranked them in the order I liked them. It was fun. Pretty simple. Not as complicated as I’d do them now. One of these years, I’ll go through and update them to make them more like Fun with Franchises.

At the time, there were only 51 Disney movies. Winnie the Pooh was the newest one. So when Wreck-It Ralph came out, I figured I had to do that one as well. So now, writing up the new Disney movie has become an annual tradition for me. I’m actually late on this one. I probably should have put this article up back in March. But whatever. It’s finally time for us to do Frozen.

I was all over this movie when it came out last year. We got a screener right after it came out, and I watched it that day, in the office. And by the time “Let It Go” happened, I was certain the movie was a top ten film for me and that both the song and the movie were going to win Oscars. All three of those things happened.

There’s something so joyous about this movie. I’m sure now as I go through I’ll tear it to pieces. But I still love it. We’ll get to my feelings about it within the rest of the Disney canon later, but in terms of a movie, this is the best pure Disney movie the studio has put out in almost 20 years. This harkens back to the Renaissance days. And we’re going to enjoy this movie that it’s one of those for the next few days, before we get into our usual end of the year festivities. So without further ado, here is Part I of Frozen.

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Ranking Disney: Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Part III

Late summer/early fall last year, I did my first real series of screenshot articles on the blog, a series I called Ranking Disney. It consisted of me ranking all the Disney films based on how I liked them. Which was fun. It was pretty simple, overall. But it did pave the way for Ranking Bond and for something I’m going to introduce in about ten days. Plus it was fun. I got to watch Disney movies for two months.

Anyway, since then, Disney released another movie. And I felt it would be appropriate to cover that film was well, since this is technically under the Ranking Disney umbrella. So that’s what we’re gonna do over the next three days, cover Disney’s newest film, Wreck-It Ralph.

It was a pretty spectacular film. Even if you didn’t grow up with video games, it was still a spectacular film. It just had so much heart to it. This is what Pixar usually is. It’s hard to think they made this and Pixar made Brave, since they feel like they’d be switched, most years. This film also continues Disney’s terrific run they’ve been on since Lasseter and Co. took over the Disney animation department. I feel like this and Tangled are top 20 all-time Disney films, and The Princess and the Frog and Bolt are right below that (along with Winnie the Pooh).

We continue today, celebrating the wonderful movie that is Wreck-It Ralph:

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Ranking Disney: Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Part II

Late summer/early fall last year, I did my first real series of screenshot articles on the blog, a series I called Ranking Disney. It consisted of me ranking all the Disney films based on how I liked them. Which was fun. It was pretty simple, overall. But it did pave the way for Ranking Bond and for something I’m going to introduce in about ten days. Plus it was fun. I got to watch Disney movies for two months.

Anyway, since then, Disney released another movie. And I felt it would be appropriate to cover that film was well, since this is technically under the Ranking Disney umbrella. So that’s what we’re gonna do over the next three days, cover Disney’s newest film, Wreck-It Ralph.

It was a pretty spectacular film. Even if you didn’t grow up with video games, it was still a spectacular film. It just had so much heart to it. This is what Pixar usually is. It’s hard to think they made this and Pixar made Brave, since they feel like they’d be switched, most years. This film also continues Disney’s terrific run they’ve been on since Lasseter and Co. took over the Disney animation department. I feel like this and Tangled are top 20 all-time Disney films, and The Princess and the Frog and Bolt are right below that (along with Winnie the Pooh).

We continue today, celebrating the wonderful movie that is Wreck-It Ralph:

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Ranking Disney: Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Part I

Late summer/early fall last year, I did my first real series of screenshot articles on the blog, a series I called Ranking Disney. It consisted of me ranking all the Disney films based on how I liked them. Which was fun. It was pretty simple, overall. But it did pave the way for Ranking Bond and for something I’m going to introduce in about ten days. Plus it was fun. I got to watch Disney movies for two months.

Anyway, since then, Disney released another movie. And I felt it would be appropriate to cover that film was well, since this is technically under the Ranking Disney umbrella. So that’s what we’re gonna do over the next three days, cover Disney’s newest film, Wreck-It Ralph.

It was a pretty spectacular film. Even if you didn’t grow up with video games, it was still a spectacular film. It just had so much heart to it. This is what Pixar usually is. It’s hard to think they made this and Pixar made Brave, since they feel like they’d be switched, most years. This film also continues Disney’s terrific run they’ve been on since Lasseter and Co. took over the Disney animation department. I feel like this and Tangled are top 20 all-time Disney films, and The Princess and the Frog and Bolt are right below that (along with Winnie the Pooh).

So today (and tomorrow and Friday) we celebrate the wonderful movie that is Wreck-It Ralph:

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Ranking Disney: #1 – The Lion King (1994)

This had to be number one. It’s the only film of Disney’s that will actually get me to sit and watch entirely from start to finish. I love the rest of them (specifically Fantasia and Beauty and the Beast), but this is the only one I will watch in its entirety every time.

I feel like this is (and should be) a populist choice. It is, after all, the highest grossing Disney film of all time, and is really the film that manages to combine all the elements of a great Disney film. Fantasia‘s a little bit on the slow side and Beauty and the Beast is a bit slight on the villain/conflict aspect. This one has it all. The story, the songs, the characters, the comic relief — everything you could want in a film is here. Not to mention the message — “the circle of life” — it’s wonderful.

I love everything about this movie, and honestly, aside from the fact that Fantasia is Disney’s greatest artistic achievement, this is a slam dunk, no-brainer number one for me, all day, erryday.

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Ranking Disney: #2 – Fantasia (1940)

Objectively, this is probably #1. Well — top three no matter what. I feel like, this and Snow White are probably in top three no matter what. To me, this is, not counting Snow White (which has to be the “greatest,” being the one that started it all), their greatest achievement. It’s a great piece of art, animation, and a great film on top of it all.

However — it’s not #1, because — when I watched it, I realized — I hold this film in very, very high regard, and I love it. But when I watch it, there are a few segments where, while the animation is great, they’re a bit slow for me, and it’s the kind of thing where I’d consider forwarding through some of it unless I was totally on board with watching the whole thing. Whereas the film I put at number one (which should be obvious by now) is a film where — I’ll watch that one all the way through, every time. And it feels like an experience. So, for fun purposes, I put this at two. But, in terms of full packages, this was so close to being my #1. (I also felt it would have been a really easy choice for #1, which is another thing I didn’t want to do.)

Either way — it’s fucking Fantasia. If this isn’t in your top three (okay, top five if you’re doing the list like I am, based on how much you like them, and top ten if you’re totally batshit and have weird tastes), you’re delusional.

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Ranking Disney: #3 – Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Tale as old as time.

Song as old as rhyme.

It’s Beauty and the Beast.

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Ranking Disney: #4 – Cinderella (1950)

It was a tough call for me, deciding between Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella for  top 5. I went with this for several reasons. First, this is really the princess story in all of Disney. It’s both the first one and the quintessential one.

In terms of being what I consider the “first,” Snow White is great and all, but it’s not really a fairy tale. She meets the dwarfs and almost dies — there’s nothing romantic there. This, though — poor girl, gets her dream to come true for a night, then winds up getting her fairy tale ending anyway — this is the first one to do that. And, when you think of how a typical Disney princess story goes, you think of Cinderella first.

Plus — the songs. Sleeping Beauty doesn’t have any songs. It just really has the one great one. This one has about five great ones. The only real thing Sleeping Beauty has over this is the strength of the animation. This doesn’t look as good as that. But, story-wise, and song-wise — this wins easily. I had to put this one in the top five. (Also, it was actually #5 until two days ago, when I realized that, while I love The Little Mermaid more because I grew up with it — this is just better.)

I couldn’t put this any higher, even though I wish I could. It’s just — the top three are the top three. Still — we know what this is. If you had to pick the top five most classic Disney movies, I’d say the three that would go on everybody’s lists were Snow White, Fantasia and this. (The other two would be up for debate.)

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Ranking Disney: #5 – The Little Mermaid (1989)

Oh… Mermaid. What a glorious, glorious film.

There are lots of reasons this goes here, none of which really need mentioning. Aside from the fact that it’s amazing all-around, from story to animation to songs, it was also the start of the Disney Renaissance, and was my first Disney film, so I really grew up with it — pretty much everything about this demands inclusion in the top ten.

Of course, I’ve said many times my list is about which films I personally like the best. So, while on an objective list, this would be in the second half of the top ten — in mine, it goes here. I actually had it at #4 until yesterday, when I realized that, while I would watch it more often than (and choose it most of the time over) the film that’s #4, I actually liked #4 better as a Disney movie. Not that it matters, since they both ended up top five.

I really don’t think I need to say much else here. It’s The Little Mermaid. Of course this goes here.

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Ranking Disney: #6 – Sleeping Beauty (1959)

On purely animation terms, Sleeping Beauty might be the best thing they’ve ever done. I am in awe of every frame of this movie. Narratively, it’s not top five. But putting the two together — this is about right. Maybe I’m putting it a little high, due to my love of the visuals (plus, I’m aware Snow White is a top five, so, by default I’m putting it a bit high), but I still contend this is one of the top six or seven films Disney has ever made. This (along with Snow White and Cinderella) is really the template for all the Disney princess films.

This is also the film, I feel, that a lot of people think highly of, and go, “Oh, yeah, it’s a classic,” but no one really watches it all that much. I feel like most people (especially those who grew up in the 90s, like I did) would find it kind of slow. I understand that criticism and all, but — watch this film in 1080p, and you let me know whether or not this remains one of the best things they’ve ever made. Wait until you see these screenshots.

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Ranking Disney: #7 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has a special quality that separates it from the other films, because it’s the first Disney movie. It’s like Dr. No. The first time is something special. (I just discovered many other different analogies I could have used.)

While some would fault the quality of the animation (Snow White and the Prince barely have faces. It’s kind of creepy if you look hard enough at them), or the simplicity of the story, I think the fact that this is the first animated feature film ever (all right, first American animated feature film ever. But it’s not like any of those earlier ones are better than this is) that makes those not matter.

The great thing about it is how good they managed to make it. This film is actually better animated than about half of their entire catalogue. Ideally this is a top five film, probably a top three, but I’ve always said I was going to rank based on my enjoyment of the films first and foremost. So, I have to put it here, since, of the top films, I only really enjoy it around here. But, objectively — top five for them. Easy.

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Ranking Disney: #8 – Lady and the Tramp (1951)

This movie was a real revelation to me. I didn’t remember having watched this as a child, though I’m sure I did. I really only remembered certain bits and pieces and a shot here or there. But, when they released this on Blu-Ray, and I saw it again after about fifteen years, I was absolutely blown away.

What struck me most about this film is how gorgeous the animation was. Plus, they made it widescreen. That appeals to me on so many levels (specifically because — it was 1955, and that was when widescreen was the thing. This and Sleeping Beauty are, to me, possibly my two favorite films in terms of animation simply because of the widescreen).

Plus, the story is so simple. I love when the stories are simple. It’s not really about anything, and the villains are all about the particular situation. I mean, how many films have as a villain a crusty old lady and tow cats? (Especially since they don’t really do anything too evil, yet it feels that way.) And, I guess the rat is kind of a villain too, but you get what I mean.

This film is absolutely perfect. I watched it before I figured out where stuff was going to be ranked, so I was surprised and delighted when I realized this was an easy top ten film. It’s so wonderful.

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Ranking Disney: #9 – Aladdin (1992)

Oh, Aladdin. Such fond memories of this one. I saw this my senior year in a theater, and it was awesome.

Plus, it’s one of those films – most of us grew up with it, so, we’re slightly biased. I’ll admit, objectively, there are more classic films that probably make the top ten over this in terms of pure animation and stuff. But – I don’t care. I love this movie. It’s so much fun.

We all agree it’s top 15 anyway, so who cares? “A Whole New World” alone puts this top 12 or 13.

What else do I need to say? It’s Aladdin. Of course this goes here.

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Ranking Disney: #10 – Pinocchio (1940)

Most people would consider this a top five Disney film for all time. And objectively, you’d be right. This is one of the single best pieces of animation ever made.

However, I did say when I was making this list — I was going to rank them based on how much I love them. And while I love Pinocchio — I’d rather watch the other 9 films on this list before this. I’d also rather watch Alice in Wonderland, which I put at #11 yesterday. And the reason I said I did that was because, while I think Alice is a much more entertaining film, and I love the animation more, in terms of how trippy it is and all the little things they do — this film wins in terms of the music, the heart, and the simple fact that it includes “When You Wish Upon a Star.” And, I’ll be honest — it doesn’t fucking matter anyway, since lists are bullshit.

So, objectively this is a top ten, probably top five Disney movie, so what better way to start my top ten?

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Ranking Disney: #11 – Alice in Wonderland (1951)

I had this in the top ten for the longest time. But at the last second (the very last second. Like, two days ago), I bumped it here. The reason being — well, when you see what #10 is — all the reasons point to that as being #10. I do mostly take into account which ones I like most, and in that regard, this is definitely a top ten. I love this film. But, I do also take into account everything else about the films, and, in that respect, the film that ended up being #10 has the scales tipped in its favor in many respects.

That said — #11 is not exactly a bad position for this to be in. This film is amazing. I love how it’s animated. It’s a gorgeous film. And as I said before — strictly in terms of how I love the films, this is a top ten film for me. It’s so well-animated, and trippy as hell. I really like that part of it. How it’s mostly free-form than anything. We just sort of stumble through this world for 70 minutes.

But, all things considered — I had to ultimately put it here, which — #11 is still a great spot. (Plus, what do lists matter anyway?)

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