UK Disney Film List

The Official UK Disney Classics List

I found this great list by “anitahynes” on IMDB — see the original here.

All of the “Disney Classics” listed (this list slightly differs to the US version which has 54 and includes Dinosaur and Winnie The Pooh whereas the UK version includes The Wild and consists of 53 not 54) and my opinions of each as I own all 52 plus many more.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs, but the queen learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple. (83 mins.)

The One That Started It All! This is a film that I have grown to enjoy more as I have gotten older. I have great respect for this film and have come to appreciate it’s true artistic nature. Often torn between who is the better villain out of The Evil Queen or Maleficent, I own a very special limited edition collectors doll of The Evil Queen as she is after all the Villain That Started It All! I think we all secretly love “Disney’s Folly” no matter who we are. – anitahynes

Pinocchio (1940)

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. (88 mins.)

Pinocchio has its glorious moments but to be honest it is not one of my favourites. I felt that Geppetto was a right nuisance and didn’t see any humour in his light hearted abuse towards his poor kitten, Figaro. I am also uncomfortable at Lampwick’s transformation into a donkey. Definitely one of Disney’s darker projects although I’m grateful Jiminy Cricket wasn’t killed by a mallet as he was in the original story! – anitahynes

Fantasia (1940)

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music. (125 mins.)

Director: Norm Ferguson

Two hours of yawn. I appreciate that this is not a movie with music but music with a movie attached. In my eyes the concept is fantastic but the finished production itself is a bit…. well… boring in my opinion. – anitahynes

Dumbo (1941)

Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential. (64 mins.)

Dumbo…. I really do enjoy this film. I have a major soft spot for Casey Jr, giggling like a toddler as he changes from “I think I can.” to “I thought I could.” on the hill. The pink elephant scene is fairly disturbing and I don’t half feel sorry for Dumbo as he is stranded at the top of that building by the clowns. I hold my hands up and admit that for as racially insensitive as they are, the crows are a great source of entertainment to me. Definitely one to own. – anitahynes

Bambi (1942)

The story of a young deer growing up in the forest after his mother is shot by hunters. (70 mins.)

Next to Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, this is my favourite Disney classic! Bambi’s innocence is amazingly realistic to that of a child and his difficult journey to grow up fast is very well done I thought. Thumper genuinely captures my heart and I waited for so many years to have this film on DVD. – anitahynes

Saludos Amigos (1942 Short Film)

Disney animators tour South America and present four animated shorts inspired by their trip. (42 mins.)

The start of Disney’s “package” films to keep things going during the war, the little short with the plane is very entertaining but aside from that, it is now just a dated movie which cannot old interest. – anitahynes

The Three Caballeros (1944)

Donald receives his birthday gifts, which include traditional gifts and information about Brazil (hosted by Zé Carioca) and Mexico (by Panchito, a Mexican Charro Rooster). (71 mins.)

Again… one of Disney’s package films. I really did try to enjoy this but Donald isn’t as much of a grumpy sod as he usually is and so it just sucked all the fun out for me. – anitahynes

Make Mine Music (1946)

Animation done to contemporary popular music. (75 mins.)

Now this film caused me great pain… until a year ago (July 2013) it had never been released on DVD in Region 2 (Europe) and so my collection was “incomplete” for some time which really played up on my OCD to have complete collections. Another “package” film, I can actually see the entertainment value in this one but for the younger audiences. – anitahynes

Fun & Fancy Free (1947)

Jiminy Cricket hosts two Disney animated shorts: “Bongo,” about a circus bear escaping to the wild, and “Mickey and the Beanstalk,” a take on the famous fairy tale. (70 mins.)

The only “package” film that I genuinely enjoyed. The charming ventriloquist puppets, how Charlie made me laugh and the Mickey and the Beanstalk segment really made this fun to watch. The first half of the film is a bit boring to me to be honest, I didn’t rate Bongo at all but Charlie’s line in response to “A long time ago” is brilliantly worded. An excellent observation that “nothing seems to happen nowadays” has always amused me! – anitahynes

Melody Time (1948)

An anthology of animated vignettes set to contemporary music. (72 mins.)

I literally have nothing to say on this package. I watched it once when I first bought it but never again. I saw it as the same thing as numbers 6, 7 and 8. A waste of effort of the animators behalf. – anitahynes

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

An animated adaption of “The Wind in the Willows” followed by an adaption of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. (68 mins.)

I didn’t mind this film so much. The last of the “package” films. The Wind in the Willows and The Headless Horsemen were done quite well. I had a few giggles at Ichabod Crane definitely but again, this is something where I can see younger and only younger audiences would enjoy. – anitahynes

Cinderella (1950)

When Cinderella’s cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother. (74 mins.)

Aha! Now we return to form! After an eight year absence from full feature length films, Disney productions returns to full form. I always found the stepsisters to be portrayed really well and I took great entertainment from the mice and Bruno. Cinderella herself does lack personality but she’s likeable and you hope for the best with her. – anitahynes

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way. (75 mins.)

This is a film that I have grown to enjoy more as I’ve grown up. I often found the Dodo and the White Rabbit a lot of fun and I wish that Dinah had had more of a role to play. I wanted to rip up all of the flowers however. I know they weren’t supposed to be the most likeable but their resemblance to gossiping old biddies was too real! – anitahynes

Peter Pan (1953)

Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan. (77 mins.)

Well it’s good to see Tinkerbell and Hook where they’re supposed to be I have to say! Peter and Wendy’s relationship is portrayed very well, the girl who fancies the oblivious boy. We’ve all been there! I really loved Tink and I’m gutted at what’s been done to her today. A very enjoyable film! – anitahynes

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt. (76 mins.)

I love this film because while it’s based on a story, it’s more or less an original feature. I used to find the songs quite boring as a child but now I really enjoy them. Everytime I watch it, I really fancy a cocker spaniel of my own! A truly captivating film! – anitahynes

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies. (75 mins.)

Director: Clyde Geronimi

Well well! We ALL know who steals the show in this film. I adore this film, Aurora is one of the prettiest princesses for animation and it is one Disney’s darker movies. The animation, the story. It’s all spellbinding and of course… Maleficent just takes control and wins our hearts, you do find yourself rooting for her in a way hence the inspiration to put her in the bigger spotlight in her own movie I guess! – anitahynes

101 Dalmatians (1961)

When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement. (79 mins.)

This film provides so much comedy and entertainment that it’s always in the running during the times when I can’t choose what to watch! Horace and Jasper are hilarious and Pongo’s determination to meet Perdy is brilliant! – anitahynes

The Sword in the Stone (1963)

The wizard Merlin teaches a young boy who is destined to be King Arthur. (79 mins.)

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

I only saw this for the first time a few years ago. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would I have to say. But it’s not the best film ever to come out of Disney’s studios. I think we know the best was yet to come. – anitahynes

Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization. (78 mins.)

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

I have a major soft spot for this film primarily because it’s my dad’s favourite. Baloo and Bagheera are excellent together and they really make this film what it is! – anitahynes

With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country. (78 mins.)

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

A very catchy film and the alley cats really make it the entertainment that it is but the geese were pointless. I really love Marie because she reminds me of me when I was little (only slightly). You have to love it! – anitahynes

Robin Hood (1973)

The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals. (83 mins.)

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

I’ve always been a little indecisive on this one. Sometimes I really like it, other times it annoys me. Friar Tuck needed punching but I don’t know why although The Phony King of England is such an underrated song! – anitahynes

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

A collection of animated shorts based on the stories and characters by A. A. Milne. (74 mins.)

Despite my age there is a lot about this film that tickles me. For personal reasons, I find it very bittersweet now but it’s a brilliant film that everyone can enjoy! – anitahynes

The Rescuers (1977)

Two mice of the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters. (78 mins.)

Again, this is one I only watched recently (in the last few years). It’s definitely not a bad film and Penny is incredibly sweet but it’s definitely not a masterpiece and one I do struggle to hold my attention with. – anitahynes

The Fox and the Hound (1981)

Two childhood friends find themselves forced to become enemies. (83 mins.)

Emotionally, I cannot cope with this film. It’s got too many heartbreaking moments and I haven’t been able to deal with the ending since I was 12 when they remember to be friends forever. In ten years I haven’t gotten through this film without crying (my record is sobbing for two days, my then-boyfriend had no idea how to console me). – anitahynes

The Black Cauldron (1985)

A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can. (80 mins.)

I have never seen this film all the way through. I have had it on video and DVD and everytime I sit down to watch it, I wander off. I have seen all of it but never all at once. I don’t know why my attention just cannot agree with it. I know it’s been dubbed as one of the worst “classics” and it’s probably because no one knows the whole story! – anitahynes

Basil, the Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan. (74 mins.)

Hmmm…. this film has its moments. Vincent Price is excellent but of course that’s never been and never will be called into question. It was a film that my brother adored as a child and when he watched it as an adult, turned to me and told me he thought it was rather terrible and I had to agree. Disney was faltering once again but the studios had their best ever projects waiting. – anitahynes

Oliver & Company (1988)

A lost and alone kitten joins a gang of dogs engaged in petty larceny in New York. (74 mins.)

Director: George Scribner

This is a very underrated film! Sure, the 80’s just vomited over a Disney film but the music, the story, everything makes it a fantastic film! Definitely in my top Disneys, I remember getting this on video and really loving it. Why Should I Worry is one of the catchiest Disney songs, one I can just pick up wherever and whenever. – anitahynes

The Little Mermaid (1989)

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (83 mins.)

I want to go swimming whenever I watch this. Sometimes considered as the start of the Disney Renaissance, this film does provide a lot of entertainment and brilliant songs. I do like this film an awful lot but in my eyes the true brilliance won’t start for another two years. – anitahynes

The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher. (77 mins.)

Two words. Oh dear. The Rescuers was hardly groundbreaking to begin with and it really didn’t deserve a sequel. We didn’t deserve this sequel either. I consider it to be one of the worst classics next to The Black Cauldron and Chicken Little. – anitahynes

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead, unaware her captor to be an enchanted prince. (84 mins.)

And now… we have hit not just the greatest Disney movie that has ever been made but in my eyes, the most amazing film that has ever existed! The beauty of the animation, the enchanting story, the music. I cannot begin to explain my adoration for this film! Here we have entered the true renaissance of Disney. The opening shots and the moment where the lightning strikes the castle rips my breath from my body each and every time in awe! – anitahynes

Aladdin (1992)

When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie’s magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her. (90 mins.)

Now we’ve hit the year of my birth. I was four months old when Aladdin was released. It’s pretty good. You have to appreciate Robin Williams and the songs are really catchy. Certain aspects of the film got on my nerves though. What was Jafar’s problem exactly? And Iago needed to go far far far far away! – anitahynes

The Lion King (1994)

Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (89 mins.)

This… film! There are no words. As a child I watched it six times a day, I have seen it more times than I can count and I have seen it in the West End twice now, once when I was 7 and again for my 18th birthday! I used to own several of the really special West End cuddlies (I gave them to a little girl) and have poured a lot of money into the merchandise for this film. It’s astounding and I don’t know a soul who disagrees! – anitahynes

Pocahontas (1995)

An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth-century Virginia. (81 mins.)

The first film I ever saw at the cinema. I love this film and it really sparked my interest in Native Americans and the legend of Pocahontas. I think this film is so romantic and it really fuels me to keep my passion for love and for doing the right thing alive. – anitahynes

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer. (91 mins.)

Just… wow! Definitely one of Disney’s darkest films of all time. The Hellfire song is terrifying and only once you grow up do you see how adult this film is. I love the book (if you think the film is dark, read the book) and found that despite this film being appropriate for children (just), it retains a lot of that gothic nature that is so beautiful! – anitahynes

Hercules (1997)

The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it. (93 mins.)

Hercules himself really wound me up but I can’t tell you why, he’s just so… thick. But Meg and Hades were both brilliant and I can’t decide who I love more. Probably Meg, she has so much spirit to her. – anitahynes

Mulan (1998)

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China’s greatest heroines in the process. (88 mins.)

Ooh, Mulan is one that I have always loved and seen as underrated. Her transformation into a soldier is a scene that always gets me and “I’ll Make A Man Out of You!” is one of the best songs in Disney history. It gets in my head and stays there for weeks! – anitahynes

Tarzan (1999)

A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human. (88 mins.)

Ooh now this marked the end of the renaissance but what an ending! One of my favourite films ever. Tarzan’s desperation to understand himself and Jane’s character are both remarkable. Plus it was a stroke of genius to have Brian Blessed as Clayton! – anitahynes

Fantasia/2000 (1999)

An update of the original film with new interpretations of great works of classical music. (74 mins.)

Man alive…. basically all I have to say about it is exactly what I said for Fantasia. I see the concept but it’s not for me! – anitahynes

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder. (78 mins.)

Director: Mark Dindal

Now this was a film that I always enjoy. Even at the sadder bits it’s still very light hearted. It’s just good fun from start to finish and we all need that sometimes! – anitahynes

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis. (95 mins.)

This film is okay… really not a masterpiece but I can get through it at least. I found it a little bit boring and didn’t warrant a sequel. I think it had the potential at least. – anitahynes

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive from the law. (85 mins.)

This film often makes me a little tearful. I feel so much sympathy for Nani, Lilo and Stitch. They all deserve a break and it shows a sisters’ bond so well. I don’t have a sister but I have sisterly relationships with some people. – anitahynes

Treasure Planet (2002)

A Disney animated version of “Treasure Island”. The only difference is that the film is set in outer space with alien worlds and other galactic wonders. (95 mins.)

Now this one I liked a lot more than I believed I would. The montage with “I’m Still Here” made it bordering brilliant and it retells “Treasure Island” really well. Very original concept and very well done. – anitahynes

Brother Bear (2003)

When a young Inuit hunter needlessly kills a bear, he is magically changed into a bear himself as punishment with a talkative cub being his only guide to changing back. (85 mins.)

I had very little interest for this film to start with, but once I got past the first fifteen minutes, I seriously began to enjoy it and it worked its way into my favourites. Koda’s discovery of his mother’s death is devastating and it gets me almost every time! Poor little git! – anitahynes

Home on the Range (2004)

To save their farm, the resident animals go bounty hunting for a notorious outlaw. (76 mins.)

Disney’s films fell on their backsides once again for a few years starting with this one. I just could not enjoy this film no matter how hard I tried. – anitahynes

Chicken Little (2005)

After ruining his reputation with the town, a courageous chicken must come to the rescue of his fellow citizens when aliens start an invasion. (81 mins.)

Director: Mark Dindal

This is actually the worst Disney “classic” that has ever been made. Zach Braff is always someone I’ve wanted to punch and what a dreadful waste of such a good story. Seriously.. I bought this with reward points and still considered it a waste of money! – anitahynes

The Wild (2006)

An adolescent lion is accidentally shipped from the New York Zoo to Africa. Now running free, his zoo pals must put aside their differences to help bring him back. (94 mins.)

Director: Steve ‘Spaz’ Williams

Hmmm. I watch this and I think Madagascar. It’s in the collection but I completely see why it never made it into the US collection. It’s not all that good and I don’t have much time for it. – anitahynes

Meet the Robinsons (2007)

Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, whisking Lewis away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate. (95 mins.)

Director: Stephen Anderson

This film is a little better than the last three of its predecessors. I quite like it when I actually sit down to watch it but it’s never my first choice. – anitahynes

Bolt (2008)

The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real. (96 mins.)

I thought Bolt was a brilliant film although it does make me emotional. The relationship with Bolt and Penny resembled that of my relationship with my german shepherd, Aggie. Since my beloved best friend passed back in March of this year, I can’t bring myself to watch this film. Bolt and Penny show a loyalty that all dogs and owners should have. – anitahynes

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him. (97 mins.)

I thought I would like this more than I did. I don’t know what it was, on paper there was nothing to dislike but it was lacking a spark and really disappointed me as it was the first traditionally animated feature since Home on the Range and I found it really… drab. – anitahynes

Tangled (2010)

The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is. (100 mins.)

The first time I watched this film, I didn’t enjoy it. Not because the film isn’t great but because I had just been dumped and was bitter towards love! The music is what really makes this film. I See The Light became my special song briefly last year and that scene with the lanterns is spectacular! Rapunzel is very innocent but her curiosity brews her into a real adult as she follows her instincts from the word go! – anitahynes

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. (101 mins.)

Director: Rich Moore

For a film about a game character, this film made me howl! When Ralph smashes up Penelope’s car I was completely dismayed and devastated for her. That poor little girl. A very misguided attempt to help on Ralph’s part. I felt cripplingly sad for him throughout and I have a lot of love for this film. – anitahynes

Frozen (2013)

When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. (102 mins.)

Finally we come to what is maybe the newest most popular Disney film ever made. I watched it for the first time just a week before I needed the song “Let It Go” the most. To be honest I had avoided all clips and all the hype about the songs somehow and discovered Let It Go and For the First Time in Forever by myself and fell in love with them on my own merits. I have only seen the film once but I haven’t forgotten a thing about it and it’s a true “classic”. Disney is back to its best once more! – anitahynes

Big Hero 6 (2014)

The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. (102 mins.)

I admit I never expected a lot from this film. And then Baymax happened and I totally fell for him! Hysterical laughter and then as Disney has done so often, it suddenly throws you a curveball and breaks your blooming heart! A MUCH better film than I ever would have guessed. It’s hilarious, touching and very much has Disney’s heart. Of course it’s not all about Baymax (it is) but I think I need him! Watch it, watch it now! – anitahynes