All 52 Disney Classics Movies!
All 52 Classic Disney Animated Movies, in Chronological Order
Here's the complete, ultimate list of all 52 Disney Classics, in order, with the year of release included. Some of these might be unavailable, as Disney periodically releases their classic films and only distributes them for a limited time. It can be hard (and expensive) for the collectors out there to find the whole set! However, I've included links for all of the films available on DVD, making it easier for you to find the ones you're after.
I haven't included the Pixar films. However I have included a link at the bottom of this article for a complete list of Pixar movies.
Near the end of this article, I include a printable list of all the Disney Classics movies. So if you're trying to complete your collection, then scroll down to print out your own list!
1. Snow White And The Seven Dwarves
The one that started it all. An evil queen, jealous of her beautiful step-daughter, orders her to be killed. When hearing of the wicked queen's plan, Snow White flees to the woods, and is befriended by a group of seven dwarf miners.
Pinocchio is the story of a carpenter's puppet brought to life by a fairy. Pinocchio then goes on a quest to become a "real boy," learning right from wrong along the way. (1940)
Possibly best-known for the inclusion of Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician, Fantasia is a collection of animated shorts set to the Western classical music. (1940)
Dumbo tells the story of a baby elephant with a BIG problem: His oversized ears are causing trouble in the circus Big Top and the other elephants at the farm are treating him cruelty. When his mother is put into solitary confinement, up steps Timothy Mouse to become the friend and support he needs to find his incredible talent! (1941)
Bambi tells the tale of a young deer, from birth to adult, growing up in the wild after his mother is shot by a hunter. (1942)
6. Saludos Amigos
Another compilation of shorts, Saludos Amigos is based in the U.S., and shows live-action footage of Disney animators travelling the country and telling stories through animation. Features Donald Duck in his first feature film. (1942)
7. The Three Caballeros
Donald Duck receives gifts from his friends Joe Carioca the parrot and Panchito the rooster. These magical gifts take him on a Tour of South America, with his friends as his guides. A blend of live action and animated shorts, this film set to a soundtrack of lively Latin music (1944)
8. Make Mine Music
More animated shorts set to music, this time set to "modern" (1940s) blues and jazz. Features actress Dinah Shore and the "King of Swing," jazz musician Benny Goodman. (1946)
9. Fun And Fancy Free
The last feature film to feature Walt Disney as the voice of Mickey Mouse, Fun and Fancy Free stars Mickey, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Jiminy Cricket in two animated shorts. "Bongo" is a circus bear who's escaped to get back to the wild, and "Mickey and the Beanstalk" is the original fairytale with a sprinkling of Disney magic. (1947)
10. Melody Time
Disney shorts meet music for and shorts featurettes, "Make Mine Music." Seven stories are featured including Donald Duck starring in "Blame it on the Samba." (1948)
We're Almost Halfway There!!
That's 25 Disney Classics so far. How many have you seen? Anything you were missing in your collection? Another 27 films to go, from 1986 to the present day! That's an average of one film release a year!
How Are You Getting On So Far?
Apart from the big titles like Snow White and Bambi, many of the films I've mentioned so far are often overlooked, but how many do you own?
11. The Adventures of Ichabod And Mr Toad
The last of the shorts featurettes, this film includes two animated adaptations of classic stories: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," and "Wind in the Willows." (1949)
The classic fairy tale retold the Disney way. A young girl is forced by her stepmother and ugly stepsisters to wash and clean all day. Her only friends are the mice that live in the attic. One day, the old kingdom is invited to a party at the castle. However, Cinderella is forced by her stepmother to stay at home. Cinderella then receives a visit from her Fairy Godmother, who, with a little bit of magic, makes her dream come true. (1950)
13. Alice In Wonderland
The Lewis Carroll story retold. Alice tumbles down a rabbit hole and meets strange characters in a new magical world! (1951)
14. Peter Pan
Peter Pan is the little boy who never grew up. He befriends Wendy and her brothers and invites them to the magical world of Neverland. (1953)
15. Lady And The Tramp
Lady, a tidy, proper, Cocker Spaniel, meets Tramp, a rough and playful stray. This is a love story of two worlds coming together. (1955)
16. Sleeping Beauty
Another classic fairytale, and one of Disney's most popular princesses. Sleeping Beauty (Aurora) is cursed to die before her 16th birthday, and only a handsome Prince and her three fairy friends can save her. (1959)
17. 101 Dalmatians
Pongo and Perdita are two Dalmatians. After the birth of their 15 puppies, the evil Cruella De Vil steals them to make a Dalmatian fur coat. The brave parents travel across the country to save their pups, only to discover a little more than they bargain for when they find them! (1961)
18. The Sword In The Stone
A young King Arthur meets a wise but clumsy wizard, Merlin, during a hunting trip in the woods. Merlin tries to offer the boy an "education," using magic to teach the boy lessons in life because he believes that the boy is destined to be much more than his older brother's squire. (1963)
19. The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling's short story is given a musical Disney makeover, as Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther try to raise Mowgli, a boy they found as a baby stranded in the jungle. Together they learn the "Bear" necessities of life while on the constant lookout for tiger Shere Khan. Random trivia: This was the last film to be overseen by Walt Disney during production. (1967)
20. The Aristocats
Duchess and her family of Parisian cats are taken from their plush home and stranded by a jealous butler. Now, with the help of smooth-talking tomcat Thomas O'Malley, they set out to get back home. (1970)
21. Robin Hood
A Disney spin on the English fable of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Robin and Maid Marion are foxes, Little John is a bear, and the evil Prince John is portrayed by a cowardly lion! After Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham tax the villages to the extreme, Robin is there to "rob from the rich, and give to the poor." (1973)
22. The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh
Based on the stories of Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne, this was the last film with personal involvement from Walt Disney. Some of the segments released in the film were produced while he was still part of the studio. His original intention was to release a full-length feature film, but instead he decided on three short segments to familiarize American audiences with the characters of the story. (1977)
23. The Rescuers
The first of the two Rescuers movies. The Rescue Aid Society is a collection of mice from all around the world, ready to help anyone that needs it. Miss Bianca (the Hungarian mouse representative) and Bernard (the RAS janitor) are sent to help Penny, an orphan held prisoner by the evil Madame Medusa. (1977)
24. The Fox And The Hound
Tod is a fox orphaned by hunters, and Copper is a hunting dog puppy. The two animals become unlikely companions, but their friendship is put to the test when Copper is trained to hunt out his best friend! (1981)
25. The Black Cauldron
Taran,a young pig-keeper, and his team of unlikely heroes must stop the Horned King from possessing the magical powers released from the Black Cauldron. Random movie trivia: The film took over 12 years to make, including five years of production. It was also the first Disney animated film to receive a Parental Guidance certificate in the UK! (1985)
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26. Basil The Great Mouse Detective
Basil, the mouse equivalent to Sherlock Holmes, sets out to save a kidnapped toy-maker. While investigating the kidnapping, he discovers a threat to the Royal Family by Profesor Ratigan (voiced by Vincent Price) (1986)
27. Oliver And Company
Oliver the kitten leads a similar life to that of Oliver Twist in this tale of friendship and dreams set in New York. After being down on his luck, Oliver meets Dodger, a street-smart city dog who teaches him how to live in the Big City. But when he is adopted by Jenny, Oliver discovers where he truly belongs. (1988)
28. The Little Mermaid
Ariel, the Little Mermaid and daughter of King Triton, is obsessed with human life. After falling in love with a human prince, she is given the chance to become human herself by the evil Ursula. But Ariel must sacrifice her voice, and Ursula has other plans for her and her father. (1989)
29. The Rescuers Down Under
The second outing for Rescue Aid Society's Bernard and Miss Bianca. This time they're sent to Australia to help protect a young boy and his rare eagle pal from the clutches of a poacher. Future Rescuer films were planned, but after Eva Gabor (who voiced Miss Bianca) died in 1995, all future Rescuers released were scrapped. (1990)
30. Beauty And The Beast
Belle, the daughter of an inventer, must sacrifice her freedom after a mysterious beast imprisons her father in his castle. But after spending time with the Beast and his enchanted staff of maids and butlers, she learns to love the man hidden within. (1991)
Aladdin, an Arabian pauper and "Diamond in the Rough," comes across a magical lamp that is home to a hyperactive and excitable Genie (voiced by Robin Williams). Genie grants Aladdin three wishes. Meanwhile, the sorcerer and Kings advisor, Jafar wants the lamp for his own evil purposes. Aladdin, accompanied by his sidekick, the monkey Abu, and Princess Jasmine, must stop Jafar from obtaining the lamp at all costs! (1992)
32. The Lion King
Quite possibly one of the most-loved Disney films, The Lion King tells the story of lion cub Simba who is banished from his pride after being falsely accused of murdering his father. Simba learns some valuable life lessons from the most unlikely of pals, meerkat Timon and warthog Pumbaa. Eventually, he discovers that his pride is in trouble, and only he can save his family! (1994)
Pocahontas tells the tale of English settlers landing in an Indian princess's village. She must discover a way for the visitors to live in harmony with her people. This film—as well as Mulan (see number 36)—is one of a select few of Disney films inspired by a true story. (1995)
34. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Quasimodo, the bell-ringer of Notre Dame cathedral, must help his friend Esmerelda the gypsy and stop her home from being destroyed at the hand of Frollo, the man who brought Quasimodo up from a young boy. (1996)
Hercules is the son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera. But when his godlike status is stripped from him, he must claim it back as a human on Earth in order to become a True Hero. Random fact: In one scene in the film, the character Phil is seen cleaning himself up with a lion skin. The more eagle-eyed of viewers may spot that the skin is drawn to resemble the skin of Scar from The Lion King! (1997)
Disney's take on the story of Mulan, a Chinese girl who joins the army to save her aging dad from enrolling, and helps to fight off the invading Huns. When her ancient ancestors find out, they send Mushu the dragon (voiced by Eddie Murphy) to bring her back. Unable to break her will to stay and fight, he helps her to see off the invaders. Random Disney trivia: Mulan was the first Disney release to be brought out on DVD! (1998)
Tarzan was raised in the jungle by apes after being orphaned as a baby. When he discovers that he is descended from a group of human explorers, he must decide where his loyalties lie. (1999)
38. Fantasia 2000
Similar to the original Fantasia, this version features more classical pieces set to Disney animation. Also included is a segment from the original "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."(1999)
An Iguadon egg is separated from its family. When it hatches the baby is brought up by a pack of lemurs who name him Aladar. But a meteorite shower threatens the animals' survival, so Aladar and his family must travel to find sanctuary. I think this was also Disney's first fully CGI movie, as opposed to the usual "painted" technique they used before. (2000)
40. The Emperor's New Groove
Emperor Kuzco plans to build himself a new water park for his birthday, which requires destroying one of the villages in his kingdom. However, Yzma is planning to take the throne from him. In a failed assassination attempt, Kuzko is turned into a llama and is found by the llama herder Pacha, whose village is due to be demolished. Pacha finds out the llama's true identity and offers to help the emperor reclaim his throne if he agrees to move his water park. Sting was asked to perform the theme song, but he declined, saying that Disney needed someone hip and younger. So instead they asked Tom Jones, who is 11 years younger. (2000)
European Readers Take Note!
The numbering from 39 onwards represents the order for American 'Classics' releases. The European order is a little different (but we'll get to that later!)
41. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Historian Milo (voiced by Michael J. Fox) joins a group of explorers who set out to find the lost city of Atlantis. But when their expedition takes an unexpected turn, the explorers go from exploring the city to protecting it. This was only the second Disney classic to receive a PG rating! (2001)
42. Lilo And Stitch
Stitch, an alien experiment, crash-lands in Hawaii after escaping imprisonment. Lilo, a young Hawaiian girl, takes him in thinking he's a dog. Not only must Stitch stop his cover from getting blown, he also needs to keep away from two Galactic Federation representatives out to capture him and take him back to prison! (2002)
43. Treasure Planet
Treasure Planet is loosely based on the story, "Treasure Island." The film sees Jim Hawkins travelling across the universe in a futuristic space galleon. After befriending the robot cook John Silver, the crew of the ship encounters many obstacles until John Silver reveals himself as a pirate with intentions of mutinying. (2002)
44. Brother Bear
After a hunter kills a bear in the forest, he is transformed into a bear himself. Accompanied by a young cub called Koda, he must learn the true value of brotherhood. Disney originally planned to do a cartoon spin-off series (similar to Lilo and Stitch or The Lion King) with the characters Rutt and Tuke, but this idea was scrapped. (2003)
45. Home On The Range
When an outlaw tries to take control of the Patch of Heaven dairy ranch, it is up to the residents (a group of determined animals) to protect their home! Featuring the vocal talents of Judi Dench and Steve Buscemi, and music provided by kd Lang, Tim McGraw, and other country legends. (2004)
The next seven movies saw a change in Disney's production techniques. Only one was actually animated by hand. The others were all produced with CGI. Disney also started utilising the element of 3D in their films (Chicken Little was the first film to use this technique!)
Welcome back European readers!
Number 39, 'Dinosaur', was never released as a 'Disney Classics' in Europe. Instead, 'The Wild', was released as number 46. From now on, Europe and American release numbers are the same!
46. Chicken Little
Chicken Little stirs his town into a panic when he thinks the sky is falling. But when aliens visit the town, he and his group of friends must convince the town, and more importantly his father, that this time it's for real! (2005)
47. Meet The Robinsons
Lewis is a 12-year-old genius. When one of his inventions is messed up by a mysterious man in a bowler hat, Lewis receives a visit from someone from the future. He travels to 2037, and meets the Robinson family. Here is where Lewis finds out the truth about Bowler Hat Guy and gain the courage to keep moving forward. (2007)
Bolt has his own TV show, 'Bolt The Superdog', where he uses his superpowers to protect his owner Penny. But when he's accidentally seperated from Penny in the 'real world', he must find her without the powers he's always believed were real.
49. The Princess And The Frog
Everyone knows the story of the Princess and the Frog. Usually the frog turns into a dashing prince when the girl kisses him. But what if the princess turns into a frog instead? Featuring Disney's first African-American princess, Tiana, the Princess and the Frog follows a princess who becomes a frog, a frog-prince, and their new bayou friends. (2009)
The story of Rapunzel, retold by Disney. Rapunzel is kidnapped as a young girl and locked away in a tower by Gothel, a woman pretending to be her mother. When Rapunzel becomes a teenager, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, a man who breaks into her tower, travel to the neighbouring kingdom to discover who she really is: the daughter of the King and Queen of the kingdom. (2010)
51. Wreck It Ralph
Wreck It Ralph is the bad guy in his retro video game, but after getting fed up with being second-fiddle to the hero Fix It Felix, Ralph leaves his game to become a hero himself. Unfortunately, it doesn't go according to plan, and Ralph and Felix must work together to save their video arcade and their new-found friends. (2012)
Loosely based on the story of the Snow Queen, this film follows Princess Elsa, who accidentally turns her kingdom into a permanent winter. Then it is up to her sister Anna to save her. (2013)
A printable version of the list
Check out my printable list of all 52 movies! Print it out and stick it on your fridge, bedroom wall, or DVD rack. That way you can tick the ones you've already got and see at a glance which movies you're missing!
So there you have it, all 52 Disney Classics Movies! What's your favourite? What's your least favourite? Are there any movies that have a special place in your childhood? Leave a comment and see with other people think!