45. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) This adaptation of A.A Milne’s stories works best as nostalgia. Pooh Bear, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, and my favorite, Eeyore, are unforgettable characters and the artwork resembling storybook illustrations hasn’t dated, still every bit as charming today as when it first was released.
46. Sleeping Beauty (1959) This is my lowest rated Disney film centered around a princess. The studio usually turns classic fairytales into classic movies, and while this one is still being watched today, it lacks that added magic that stays with you past the closing credits.
47. Dumbo (1941) Regarded by many to be amongst Disney’s greatest efforts, I unfortunately missed this one as a child. Viewed as an adult, Dumbo is a simple tale that manages some great artistic, humorous touches such as the famous alcohol scene that culminates in a brilliant expressionistic sequence of purple elephants, while also not seeming to have one superfluous frame.
48. Bambi (1942) One of the essentials of the studio, but not one I’m especially fond of. The art design, story, characterization, music, are all solid, but unspectacular to me.
49. Winnie the Pooh (2011) An homage to the original, this update should garner new fans for Pooh and the gang, which is fine but not very ambitious.
50. Chicken Little (2005) Made during one of the company’s lulls, this early CGI picture has a fun premise, good voice work and animation but fails to deliver enough thrills or humor to last in the memory. Very anti-climactic.
51. Saludos Amigos (1942) At less than fifty minutes running time, this shouldn’t really qualify as feature film. It is one of many compilation films Disney made during the fifties that strung together several short films. As impressive as these short films are, they cannot measure up with the best the studio has to offer. This one focuses on South America which adds some fun cultural touches.
52. Sword in the Stone (1963) Working from T.H White’s classic The Once and Future King, the Sword in the Stone loses much of the internal drama and philosophy of White’s work in the translation. The character design is overly straightforward to my eyes. The wizard Merlin looks exactly how every wizard has ever looked. There are no chances taken here. The narrative is also very episodic with no real climax.
53. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) Enjoyable but not special telling of two stories based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Wind in the Willows. Exciting at times, there is however nothing memorable present in this film.
54. Make Mine Music (1946) A compilation of ten short films, the standouts being Peter and the Wolf and The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met. The short films by their selves are all superlative. As a whole there is no reason for them to be together and as a result, this can hardly be considered a true feature film.
55. Fun and Fancy Free (1947) Probably the least recognized film from Walt Disney, and for good reason. As a compilation film, it’s short films aren’t particularly interesting, and this is possibly the only Disney movie that can be described as boring.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-