The Best Disney Movie from Each Decade of the Company’s 100-Year Existence

The Best Disney Movies of Each Decade: A Journey Through 100 Years of Entertainment

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1923-1933: The Three Little Pigs

On October 16, 1923, The Disney Bros. Studio was incorporated as a business in California. Today, what is known as The Walt Disney Company celebrates its 100th birthday. Over the last century, Disney has provided us with some of the greatest pieces of entertainment ever produced. Picking the best Disney movie in the last 100 years is a nigh impossible task, so we’ll limit it to the best from each decade of the company’s existence.

The Three Little Pigs was a juggernaut of a film. It was not only critically well received, but a revolution in animation. It created characters with unique personalities in ways that had never been seen before, which paved the way for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

1933-1943: Fantasia

Fantasia was Walt Disney’s argument that animation was a medium that deserved just as much recognition as any other art form. So by combining it with classical music, Walt elevated animation. It’s not just the best Disney movie of this 10-year period, but in my opinion, the best animated Disney movie ever.

1943-1953: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland, by comparison, is quite memorable. Animation was clearly the right medium for a movie full of delightfully weird characters in an equally weird place. It was a big step toward returning Disney animation to its previous greatness.

1953-1963: Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty is a true work of art and the greatest of Disney’s classic “princess movies.” It has an art design that is unique among Disney features which makes it truly stand out. It’s the pinnacle of Disney animation for decades to come.

1963-1973: Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins won Julie Andrews the Oscar for Best Actress, and it represented the only time Walt Disney, the man who has won more Oscars than anybody else, was nominated as producer of the Best Picture of the year. The soundtrack is one of the best in the history of film, and the movie has truly stood the test of time as one of the all-time greats.

1973-1983: Tron

Tron, like Steamboat Willie decades earlier, was a technological achievement that was still decades ahead of its time in its use of computer effects on film. And despite its challenges, Tron still spawned a franchise that exists to this day, with a brand-new Tron attraction at Magic Kingdom and a third feature film, Tron: Ares, on the way.

1983-1993: Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast is the only Walt Disney Animation Studios film to be nominated for Best Picture, and while I might argue it deserves company, its own nomination is unquestionably deserved. If Fantasia didn’t prove that animation was art, then Beauty and the Beast truly does.

1993-2003: The Lion King

The Lion King is truly an epic. It’s unsurprising that the eventual remake would change so little, because original is near perfect.

2003-2013: The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog is clearly the movie that has stood the test of time better. Add to that the beauty of its classic animation style, and we have to love it.

2013-2023 Moana

In the final decade of Disney’s first 100 years, it is necessary to give credit where it’s due. Few movies produced by the house that Walt built have been as big as Frozen, and there’s a reason for that, it’s actually that good. But as with many movies on this list, there was the movie that walked…

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