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The First 10 Disney Movies Ever Made, Ranked


It’s no secret that Disney has made a huge impact in the space of children’s entertainment. From their Disney Channel Original Movies to big-budget productions through Walt Disney Studios or Pixar, the company has created a plethora of great stories. In recent years, Disney has released films that have broken records, won prestigious awards, and are surely on their way to becoming modern classics. However, Disney fans should also take time to appreciate where the company started.


The evolution of Disney is fantastic to see. Not only has the animation style improved, but the storytelling has as well. But that doesn’t mean the older films aren’t good. In fact, many of them became the blueprint for future stories and still have the essence of what makes a Disney film, well, a Disney film. Let’s fall back to the 1940s and rank Disney’s first 10 movies.


10 Victory Through Air Power (1943)

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Victory Through Air Power is based on a book of the same name by Alexander P. de Seversky. Seversky worked in aviation and was an inventor. This short cartoon (clocking in at just over an hour) is a World War II propaganda film from Disney. It highlights Seversky’s opinions about the need for strategic aerial bombing in the war. It also lays out the history of air warfare and how the Allies could win the war.

What Makes It Great

This animated film may be one that was intended more for children’s parents rather than the kids themselves. Due to its 1943 release, it made sense that it addressed a war that affected people across the globe. There’s not much of a story within the film, so that lands it at the bottom of this list.

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9 Make Mine Music (1946)

Movie poster for Make Mine Music
Walt Disney

Make Mine Music is a musical anthology broken up into 10 different stories. Included in the collection is Martin and the Coys, which is a Romeo and Juliet-esque tale about two feuding families, Casey at the Bat, about a conceited baseball player, and Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bonnet, which sees two hats falling in love.

What Makes It Great

Many of the stories don’t seem to have a through-line connecting them, which can make the film feel disjointed, but Make Mine Music marks a significant point in world history. With many of Disney’s staff fighting in the war, they couldn’t finish certain projects. Additionally, there are pro-military themes in some of the shorts. So, while none of the stories are memorable, it gives insight into the studio’s history.

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8 The Reluctant Dragon (1941)

Movie poster for The Reluctant Dragon
Walt Disney

The Reluctant Dragon tells the tale of a little boy who is reading about knights and dragons. He is so engrossed in the story that when his father breaks up his reading session because he saw a monster, the boy is unfazed. He eventually goes to check out this monster, which turns out to be a dragon. This dragon is different from the grizzly creatures in his stories, and the film shows their growing friendship.

What Makes It Great

It’s a simple story, but a cute one. The Reluctant Dragon is an often forgotten story in Disney’s catalog. The dragon has a goofy, sweet personality much different from its large appearance, which is a nice contrast to play with. Ultimately, neither he nor the nameless boy are super unique characters but are interesting enough to pull viewers through this cartoon.

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7 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Release Date
February 4, 1938

Director
David Hand

Cast
Roy Atwell, Stuart Buchanan, Adriana Caselotti, Zeke Clements, Eddie Collins, Pinto Colvig

Rating
G

Main Genre
Animation

Genres
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

While some of Disney’s older films have been forgotten, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs remains one of the studio’s most recognizable works. Snow White is a princess living with her evil stepmother, the Queen, who is jealous of the girl’s beauty. Snow White meets and falls in love with a prince, but her bliss is short-lived as she discovers the Queen is out to kill her. She runs away and finds a cottage, where she meets the seven dwarves.

What Makes It Great

Sure, Snow White follows a lot of traditional fairy tale tropes and beats, but this story is what made many of them tropes to begin with. Evil stepmother. Heroine with a beautiful voice and connects with animals and nature. Insta-love. True love’s kiss. While there’s a lot left to be desired with Snow White, namely the utter lack of a personality in her or the prince, it has the fairy tale atmosphere many adore.

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Related: 10 Animated Movies Based on Fairy Tales That Aren’t Disney

6 Dumbo (1941)

Still of Dumbo 1941
Walt Disney

Another older Disney film that’s withstood the test of time is Dumbo. While a “live”-action remake, directed by Tim Burton, came out in 2019, the original has a special magic to it. Dumbo is an elephant with abnormally large ears who is ridiculed and teased. He’s clumsy and seen as a sideshow attraction at the circus. He finds an unlikely ally in a mouse named Timothy, who not only gets others to believe in Dumbo, but gets Dumbo to believe in himself.

What Makes It Great

Disney has a knack for taking animals we don’t normally find cute and making them lovable protagonists. Dumbo’s story is a clear parallel to the bullying and ostracization many people face, but a good story with clever humor never gets pushed aside. Dumbo learning to fly and see his ears as a strength uplifts the viewers alongside him.

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5 The Three Caballeros (1945)

Still of The Three Caballeros
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The Three Caballeros is another musical propaganda film Disney released in response to WWII. This one celebrates both Donald Duck’s birthday and anniversary over seven parts. As Donald opens a present from a friend in Latin America, each story unfolds. The Cold-Blooded Penguin depicts a penguin who goes to Chile for milder temperatures. The Flying Gauchito is about a Uruguayan boy and his flying donkey.

What Makes It Great

This propaganda film is more subtle than some of the others. It mixes live-action with animation in a fun way and highlights other cultures. There are times when characters lean into stereotypes of the country they’re from, but overall there’s a lot of life breathed into the film. Even the notoriously grumpy Donald can’t help but appreciate the adventures he and his friends navigate from the colorful streets in Bahia, Brazil to the tropical Galápagos Islands.

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4 Fantasia (1940)

fantasia

fantasia

Release Date
November 13, 1940

Director
James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe, Norman Ferguson, Jim Handley, T. Hee

Cast
Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Julietta Novis, Corey Burton, Walt Disney, James MacDonald

Rating
G

Main Genre
Animation

Genres
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Musical anthologies were a staple in Disney’s early days, and Fantasia is one of their greatest. The eight segments are introduced by the Philadelphia Orchestra before jumping into the story. One of the most famous stories is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which features Mickey Mouse in the titular role. The sorcerer is seen performing beautiful magic tricks that Mickey wants to emulate, though he has trouble wielding control.

What Makes It Great

It’s hard to capture audiences’ attention in a film without dialogue. It may be even tough to entertain children with classical music they may never have heard of. Yet Disney managed to tackle both challenges in Fantasia. Every story is full of the whimsy and magic heavily linked with the Disney brand.

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Related: The Best Mickey Mouse Cartoon Shorts, Ranked

3 Saludos Amigos (1943)

Saludos Amigos

Saludos Amigos

Release Date
August 24, 1942

Director
Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts

Cast
Fred Shields, José Oliveira, Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash, Frank Thomas

Runtime
42

Main Genre
Animation

Genres
Animation, Family

Saludos Amigos is yet another anthology propaganda film. This one has four segments with Donald Duck, Goofy, and an airplane as its star. Donald’s adventures take him to Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia, where he encounters llamas, samba, and more. Goofy is a Texan heading to Argentina to learn how to be an Argentine cowboy. And the airplane goes from Chile to Argentina to get air mail.

What Makes It Great

Like The Three Caballeros, this anthology film does a great job of introducing audiences to different cultures. It’s hilarious seeing two beloved characters out of their element, especially Donald, who has the world’s worst luck. Live-action is woven in and puts a halt to the otherwise fun stories, though it’s used sparingly. All in all, it’s one of the propaganda films that deserves a watch.

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2 Pinocchio (1940)

pinocchio

Pinocchio

Release Date
February 23, 1940

Director
Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen

Cast
Mel Blanc, Don Brodie, Walter Catlett, Marion Darlington, Frankie Darro, Cliff Edwards

Rating
G

Main Genre
Animation

Genres
Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

The tale of Pinocchio has been retold many times. However, Disney’s Pinocchio is one of the earlier adaptations that brought this story to life. Pinocchio is a puppet who cannot tell a lie if he wants to be turned into a real boy. He also must be brave and unselfish. As he interacts with more people in the world, he’ll discover just how much of a challenge this proves to be.

What Makes It Great

At its most basic level, Pinocchio is a cautionary tale targeted towards children to steer them on the right path. Even with this glaring message, it sends viewers on an adventure with lots of ups and downs. The film is at times scary, other times sad, and then joyful. The range of emotions you feel mirrors the breadth of emotions Pinocchio wants to experience as a human. You’ll fall in love with the main character and the narrator, Jiminy Cricket, who is an essential part of the story.

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1 Bambi (1942)

Bambi

Bambi

Release Date
August 14, 1942

Director
David Hand

Cast
Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn, Thelma Boardman, Janet Chapman

Rating
G

Main Genre
Animation

Genres
Animation, Documentary, Drama, Family

Bambi is a heartwarming and heartbreaking story about a young deer, his family, and friends. Bambi’s dad is the Great Prince of the Forest, a title Bambi will eventually step into. Part of his responsibilities will be to protect the creatures of the forest, including his rabbit friend Thumper, a skunk named Flower, and a fawn named Faline. The greatest threat to Bambi and the other animals is a human hunter who stalks into the forest fully armed, putting everyone at risk.

What Makes It Great

It helps that the animation of the furry friends in Bambi makes them extra adorable and wholesome. Bambi is instantly a character viewers attach to, with his inquisitive nature, but also fear of the unknown. His bond with his family, especially his mother, is one of the most endearing parent-child relationships in animated movies. This film will make you laugh and cry, which is the marker of a great story.

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