74 minutes | Feb 19th 2019

Ruminations Episode I: The Best and Worst of Disney

Welcome to the debut episode of “Ruminations,” a podcast on movies, politics, and religion, discussed over a glass–or three–of some type of adult beverage. In this inaugural episode, co-hosts Chris and Steve (previously known on this site as Flipp) discuss the 57 animated films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. This conversation has been 5 years in the making, as it was the summer of 2014 when Chris and Steve began a chronological journey through Disney’s official filmography, starting with 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This endeavor finally came to its conclusion last fall (December 2018, to be exact) with the release of Disney’s most recent movie, Ralph Breaks the Internet.

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For ease of discussion, each co-host compiled an individual ranking from best to worst; a combined average was then taken to create a single master list. The master list’s Bottom 10 and Top 10 will be highlighted specifically in this episode. For additional notes, and movie clips, follow the show notes link below. For now, please listen and enjoy!

Rank Master Chris Steven 1 Aladdin (1992) Aladdin Aladdin 2 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) The Hunchback of Notre Dame The Hunchback of Notre Dame 3 Beauty and the Beast (1991) The Lion King Beauty and the Beast 4 The Lion King (1994) Beauty and the Beast Pinocchio 5 Cinderella (1950) The Little Mermaid Alice in Wonderland 6 The Little Mermaid (1989) Sleeping Beauty The Lion King 7 Sleeping Beauty (1959) The Black Cauldron Cinderella 8 Pinocchio (1940) Cinderella Emperor’s New Groove 9 Hercules (1997) Hercules Hercules 10 Mulan (1998) Mulan Sleeping Beauty 11 Alice in Wonderland (1951) Tarzan The Little Mermaid 12 Tarzan (1999) The Princess and the Frog Mulan 13 The Black Cauldron (1985) Pocahontas Pocahontas 14 Pocahontas (1995) Pinocchio Tarzan 15 Emperor’s New Groove (2000) Robin Hood Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 16 The Princess and the Frog (2009) Lilo and Stitch The Princess and the Frog 17 Robin Hood (1973) Dinosaur The Great Mouse Detective 18 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Emperor’s New Groove The Black Cauldron 19 Lilo and Stitch (2002) Alice in Wonderland Robin Hood 20 The Great Mouse Detective (1986) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Lilo and Stitch 21 Zootopia (2016) The Fox and the Hound Wreck It Ralph 22 Peter Pan (1953) Peter Pan Zootopia 23 The Fox and the Hound (1981) The Jungle Book Ralph Breaks the Internet 24 Wreck It Ralph (2012) Zootopia Bolt 25 Dinosaur (2000) 101 Dalmatians Tangled 26 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Oliver and Company Peter Pan 27 Bolt (2008) The Great Mouse Detective The Fox and the Hound 28 101 Dalmatians (1961) Wreck It Ralph Fantasia 29 Tangled (2010) Ralph Breaks the Internet Dumbo 30 Dumbo (1941) Bolt Atlantis: The Lost Empire 31 Fantasia (1940) Dumbo Frozen 32 The Jungle Book (1967) Brother Bear 101 Dalmatians 33 Brother Bear (2003) The Rescuers Dinosaur 34 Frozen (2013) Fantasia Brother Bear 35 Oliver and Company (1988) Tangled Meet the Robinsons 36 The Rescuers (1977) Frozen The Rescuers 37 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) Lady and the Tramp Fantasia 2000 38 Lady and the Tramp (1955) Fantasia 2000 Lady and the Tramp 39 Fantasia 2000 (1999) The Aristocats The Jungle Book 40 Meet the Robinsons (2007) Bambi The Aristocats 41 The Aristocats (1970) Meet the Robinsons Moana 42 Bambi (1942) Moana Oliver and Company 43 Moana (2016) Atlantis: The Lost Empire Bambi 44 Home on the Range (2004) The Sword in the Stone Big Hero Six 45 The Rescuers Down Under (1990) Home on the Range Home on the Range 46 Big Hero Six (2014) The Rescuers Down Under The Rescuers Down Under 47 Treasure Planet (2002) Treasure Planet Treasure Planet 48 The Sword in the Stone (1963) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad 49 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 50 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) Big Hero Six Winnie the Pooh 51 Winnie the Pooh (2011) Winnie the Pooh The Sword in the Stone 52 The Three Caballeros (1944) The Three Caballeros The Three Caballeros 53 Saludos Amigos (1942) Saludos Amigos Saludos Amigos 54 Make Mine Music (1946) Melody Time Make Mine Music 55 Melody Time (1948) Make Mine Music Fun and Fancy Free 56 Fun and Fancy Free (1947) Fun and Fancy Free Melody Time 57 Chicken Little (2005) Chicken Little Chicken Little Episode I Show Notes

Music Credits

Intro
“Sanctuary of the Sky Gods” by Nathaniel Wyvern, CC BY 4.0 via freemusicarchive.org

Intro quotes:
The Big Lebowski (Gramercy Pictures)
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company)
Goldfinger (United Artists)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Buena Vista Pictures)
The Shining (Warner Bros)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (New Line Cinema)
Game of Thrones (Warner Bros/HBO)

Disney Songs:
“The Three Caballeros” by Manuel Esperón and Ray Gilbert, The Three Caballeros
“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel, Mulan
“I Can Go the Distance” by Alan Menken and David Zippel, Hercules
“When You Wish Upon a Star” by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington, Pinocchio
“Once Upon a Dream” by Jack Lawrence and Sammy Fain, Sleeping Beauty
“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” by Al Hoffman, Mack David, and Jerry Livingston, Cinderella
“Under the Sea” by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, The Little Mermaid
“Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” by Elton John and Tim Rice, The Lion King
“Be Our Guest” by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, Beauty and the Beast
“Heaven’s Light/Hellfire” by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
“Never Had a Friend Like Me” by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, Aladdin
“Friends on the Other Side” by Randy Newman, The Princess and the Frog
“Try Everything” by Sia Furler, Tor Hermansen, and Mikkel Eriksen, Zootopia
“The Bells of Notre Dame” by Alan Menken, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Image credit:
Fireworks show over Cinderella Castle at closing hour / Disney World, Orlando 2010 / © Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar / CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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