Mulan is a lot of people's favorites. It's claim to fame is it's the first truly kick ass, heroic-equivalent-of-a-prince female character. But other than that, Mulan isn't anything special. It has the first chinese princess, but Mulan wasn't the first minority princess. It didn't help disney in anyway, it's animation wasn't spectacular, and it only has four songs.
"No significant milestone was hit with this film." (princesslullaby)
Not much more impressive than Mulan. It's part of Disney's "fearsome foursome", it made a lot of money, and it helped continue the Renaissance. The Genie is often considered Robin William's best role. It also has the first princess to have a different singing and voice actress. It's also the only disney princess movie where the princess isn't the main character. Other than that, no real significant things were sparked by Aladdin.
"Aladdin started the theme of having more well known actors in the films, which continues to today." (hrrypttrfn328)
"I don't see how this movie is important. Sure, it made a lot of money, but other then that nothing pops into mind." (VGFan30)
Disney's 3rd Disney Princess classic, this film was considered a breakthrough in animation for disney. The film holds a notable position in Disney animation as the last Disney feature to use hand-inked cels. It's got different sound system for the times, as well as the wide-screen breakthrough. It has animation drawn like a painting, instead of the usual cartoony style, something new for Disney. But the film itself was only received by critics with mixed reviews, which only allowed it to go so far in the countdown.
"Sleeping beauty was the first princess movie to figure out how to properly animate a prince" (mermaid-tail)
"Sleeping Beauty was the first one shot in widescreen and the first one using classic ballet music and it is known as Disney's greatest artistic achievment" (dweeb)
This film marked a point for Disney as it was the first film to be based off of history, although obviously with this film we have to take that term lightly. And since then, Disney hasn't made any classicly animated films based off actual history, making it the only film Disney has made based off "fact". It was also the first Disney Princess film not to have a happy ending, another first for Disney trying to reach towards a more adult crowd, as seen in the film after Pocahontas, "Hunchback of Notre Dame", which was more successful in that respect. Other than that, the film was only considered mediocre and not all-too-special for Disney.
"[Pocahontas was] the first native American main character in a Disney film. She also challenged racial prejudices, something which had not been done previously in Disney." (straggy)
"This one isn't really a milestone that much... yes, it's the first historical film, but the others have greater/more important milestones." (AllegroGiocoso)
5.The Princess and the Frog
This film marks the return for classic 2D for Disney after a long time. It also has the first African American princess, although personally I don't see why that's such a big deal, seeing as that Jasmine was the first Middle Eastern, Pocahontas the first Native American, and Mulan the first Chinese, and not a whole huge deal was made over them. But a bigger deal is that the financial and critical success of The Princess and the Frog has persuaded Disney to greenlight at least one new hand-drawn animated feature to be released every two years, which certainly will make us all happy!
"PATF is very important, being the first with an African American princess as well as ushering back 2D animation to the studios." (kenzieiscool)
"Tiana is the fisrt black princess is not important to me at all I think people make a lot of fuss about that, yeah she is black so what, jasmine and pocahontas weren't white, mulan is asian, so yeah I son't see whats so great about her being black" (luinwen)
4.Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast gave lots of success for Disney. First, it's the only classicly animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. It is also often considered Disney's Magnum Opus. It is the first film to give a more meaningful relationship between the prince and the princess, instead of the traditional love at first sight. The ballroom scene was another breakthrough in Disney Animation, being completely CGI. However, compared to the following three, Beauty and the Beast loses out.
"As much as I love Beauty and the Beast, it is the least important out of these." (fhghu)
"It was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Film, and it won multiple awards." (firegirl1515)
3.The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is a very important film to the Disney Renaissance era. Disney went back to broadway style music in Oliver & Co, to test it out. They finally used it full-throttle in the Little Mermaid. The film was a huge success and kicked off what is known as Disney's "Renaissance Era." Without the Little Mermaid, we wouldn't have more than half of the other Disney Films. Also without the Little Mermaid, the company would have continued it's slump and likely gone bankrupt. Entertainment Magazine even called it an incredibly important film in animation.
"The Little Mermaid kicked off the Disney Renaissance" (DreamyGal)
"TLM saved Disney from not being able to make animated movies. If it weren't for TLM, there would be no BaTB, Aladdin, Mulan, and so much more iconic movies!" (madisonavanna)
This one won by a smidge over the Little Mermaid. Cinderella came out after a line of unsuccesful disney films, and helped saved Disney from bankruptcy. Had Cinderella not been successful, it would have probably caused Disney to fail completely as a company, or at least caused them to have a much smaller budget for their next films. A lot was riding on Cinderella. It's also Walt Disney's favorite disney movie.
"If Cinderella had not been a success, the whole Disney Company might have been out of cash, and thus, The Little Mermaid might have not even existed as a Disney film since the company would have been gone. " (AllegroGiocoso)
" If Cinderella failed, then it's likely that the other movies would not be here " (Mongoose09)
1.Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
It feels almost alien to have Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs win first place, doesn't it? If it hadn't won for this, I think I would personally use my resuscitating powers (I didn't sell my soul for nothing) to bring Walt Disney back to life and have him personally knock the living shit out of you guys. (....Just kidding! The powers I got from selling my soul don't include resuscitation. I suppose I should have thought that through). Anyway, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is THE FILM THAT STARTED IT ALL! Not only was it the first DISNEY movie, it was the first full length animated film ever. Without it, we likely wouldn't have ANY animated films, or at least not until much later, and we certainly wouldn't have any Disney films! SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS DESERVES THIS SPOT AT NUMBER ONE!
"Anyway, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was not only the first full length Disney cartoon, but it was also the first full length cartoon in general, it started EVERYTHING!" (madisonavanna)
"Snow White was groundbreaking at the time it came out...plus it started it all!" (DreamyGal)