Just days before the release of “Tangled,” Disney shocked the world by announcing the film would be their last fairy tale princess story. But while there was much wailing, another, more positive milestone has been somewhat overlooked: “Tangled” marked the studio’s 50th animated feature.
We know what you’re thinking: Surely Disney has made more than 50 movies, right? And it’s true, they have. But if there’s one thing Disney knows even more than animation, it’s how to protect their brand, which is why they’ve designated some of their features to be official classics and others — like “The Jungle Book 2″ or “Pete’s Dragon” — to be, you know, just something they do on the side for giggles and grins.
To celebrate the release of “The Lion King 3D,” we review and rank all 50 official Disney animated features. Let the subjectivity begin.
30. ‘Bolt’ (2008)
The hand of Pixar chief John Lasseter is all over Disney’s ’08 holiday crowd-pleaser “Bolt;” after canning the original director because the movie was too weird for Disney audiences, Lasseter revamped the plot and installed a new regime with order to bang it out in record time. Throw in some voicework from Disney Channel megastar Miley Cyrus and you pretty much have a surefire hit. “Bolt” is also a genuinely entertaining movie, so even though we kind of wanted to see the original (which featured a one-eyed cat and a radioactive rabbit), we’re happy enough with the version Disney actually put out.