Though, let me say that there's not gonna be a lot on here anywhere even close to modern. Disney has become something unmentionable. Between gobbing up as much of the pop culture landscape as possible, kissing the feet of Xi Jinping, filming near concentration camps and thanking them for it, fucking up the Rescue Rangers DVD sets, and "Somehow, Palpatine has returned," they kinda suck goat ass nowadays. Also, I'm leaving out Pixar, Marvel and Hollywood Pictures, because I looked up a list of "Disney" films and there's over seven hundred of the bloody things.
Also also, this isn't a list of ones I think are "best". They're just the ones that have hit my target closest to the bullseye. ALSO also also, instead of the usual mini-review format, I'm just gonna list a bunch of individual bits I like from each one.
10. Wreck-It Ralph (2012) -how to subvert expectations in a sincere, non-contemptuous way -best video game movie ever made until Sonic happened -John C. Reilley, Alan Tudyk, and especially Sarah Silverman all do a great job -The fudge car! -The very last moment still makes me smile
9. Flight Of The Navigator (1986) -Holy shit the special effects! -The places and locations feeling so pitch-perfectly "80s" -Paul Reubens! -The Puckmarin! -An admirably unusual story structure, that works.
8. Tron (1982) / Tron: Legacy (2010) -Visuals that you can tell people put their very soul into -The vehicles, especially the lightcycles -Iconic sound design -The MCP's enormous terrifying face -Bit managing to be adorable with no facial features and two words *Best soundtrack of the decade *Best use of Separate Ways *Garrett Hedlund played an angsty teen who wasn't obnoxious! *A sequel that cares about the original, but dares to do more than simply replicate it *Making such a monochrome world look stark and forbidding and gorgeous
7. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989) -Tummy Trouble! -The jaw-dropping sets and humongous props -Rick Moranis in general -How genuinely scary a lot of the scenes were, especially the fucking lawnmower! -My favorite animated opening titles to anything ever, from the one and only Bill Kroyer
6. The Rescuers (1977) / The Rescuers Down Under (1990) -Cute plump mousies! In tiny raincoats! -Eva Gabor and Bob Newhart's perfect chemistry -Penny's adorable buck teeth and underpants -One of the most underrated complete asshole villains -Such dreamy, hauntingly-pretty songs *In the theater, that opening zoom across the Outback damn near made me piss myself *Updated character designs look even better *Use of CGI wireframe makes the backgrounds look incredible *Joanna vs the eggs *John Candy!
5. Zootopia (2016) -Script tackled bigotry in a way that was empathetic, realistic, and forgiving. -Holy shit, cute animals everywhere! The noses! The paws! The fur! -Eye-popping worldbuilding and use of color -Brilliant unexpected ending -Try Everything!
4. Return To Oz (1985) -Gorgeously terrifying settings and characters. Massive inspiration for Phobiopolis -Tik-Tok's awesome design, and the amazing contortions of the actor inside him -Jack Pumpkinhead's voice -Skin-crawlingly persuasive villain -Dear god, the practical effects, costumes, and claymation!
3. Oliver & Company (1988) -Such great character interactions! -Love the entire soundtrack, especially Buscando Guayaba -Jenny's just the adorablest -Incredibly lively, sketchy animation -The final car chase, and the slow descent from the cables = goosebumps every time
2. The Great Mouse Detective (1986) -Henri Mancini's perfect theme -Basil's perfect voice (and Fidget's impossible raspyness) -Olivia's perfect cuteness -Miss Kitty's barroom dance!!! -That moment when the squeaky propeller rises up through the fog
1. Chip 'N' Dale's Rescue Rangers: To The Rescue (1989) IT PREMIERED IN PRIMETIME AS A FEATURE-LENGTH MOVIE! IT COUNTS! -The brilliant, insane, unbelievable, convoluted villain scheme -Such a good job of showing all the elements of the show coming together for the first time -Tress MacNeille, Corey Burton, Jim Cummings and Peter Cullen's outstanding voice acting -The Best Of Everything! -And of course, the moment when Gadget walked onscreen, my heart melted, and I became a furry forever
Movies That Would Have Made The List Except I Didn't Realize They're From Touchstone: 3. The Nightmare Before Christmas(1993) 2. Ernest Goes to Camp (1987) 1. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Honorable Mentions: The Sword in the Stone (1963) Mary Poppins (1964) The Aristocats (1970) Robin Hood (1973) Aladdin (1992) The Lion King (1994) James and the Giant Peach (1996) The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996) Tower Of Terror (1997) Lilo & Stitch (2002) Holes (2003) Sky High (2005) Valiant (2005) Chicken Little (2005) Bolt (2008) G-Force (2009) The Muppets (2011)