There have been several Disney brackets that have popped up over the last year. We always took issue for how they were seeded and thus decided to add our own Disney bracket and creating it with an objective seeding in mind. We took the top grossing Disney/Pixar films and ranked them in order (adjusted for inflation). We believe this provided the fairest seeding and the best Disney bracket yet! Enjoy.
#1 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs -vs- #16 Alice In Wonderland
Two classics both with female leads and an incredible array of supporting characters. This 1v16 game might be closer than most.
#8 Big Hero 6 -vs- #9 Coco
Two modern choices. Both very different movies. This could go either way.
#5 Peter Pan -vs- #12 Brother Bear
The new vs the old. Peter Pan is one of the original Disney movies that you probably had on a VHS like this when you were a kid. Brother Bear is a 2003 animated feature that was largely forgotten. We have a tough time seeing an upset happen here.
#4 Toy Story 2 -vs- #13 The Little Mermaid
Which Toy Story is the best? That’s a debate for another day, but you can make a strong case for Toy Story 2. It’s up against the Little Mermaid which boasts some great, classic songs, a truly scary villain and, of course, this guy! Excellent 4v13 matchup.
#6 Cars -vs- #11 Mulan
We sense an upset brewing here. While Cars made more money at the box office than Mulan, Mulan has become a big time favorite among Disney fans since its release in 1998. It also contains one of the best Disney musical numbers.
#3 Cinderella -vs- #14 The Fox and the Hound
This matchup is a tale of love versus a tale of friendship. Both great movies and both great choices. That said, Cinderella definitely comes in as the favorite.
#7 A Bug’s Life -vs- #10 Dinosaur
Both these movies came out around the same time. A Bug’s Life came out in 1998 and was Pixar’s second movie with Disney. There will undoubtedly be some nostalgia there for a lot of people. Dinosaur premiered in 2000 and was heralded for its animation and visuals.
#2 Finding Nemo -vs- #15 The Black Cauldron
Finding Nemo is an all-timer. When modern movies are seeded this high, it’s for a reason. The Black Cauldron is a lot lesser known. I’m sure there are some fans of it out there, but we anticipate a blow out here.
#1 101 Dalmatians -vs- #16 The Sword in the Stone
Cruella de Vil is an all-time Disney villain and 101 Dalmatians was such a classic they made it into a live action movie back in 1996 way before it was cool to do that sort of thing. The Sword in the Stone, on the other hand, is largely forgotten and never quite picked up any steam. We’re expecting another blow out here.
#8 Brave -vs #9 Ratatouille
This is going to be a great battle. We’re guessing that a lot of the ladies will vote for Brave and the guys will side with Ratatouille. Regardless, they’re both excellent and this is another fantastic 8v9 matchup.
#5 Beauty & The Beast -vs- #12 The Emperor’s New Groove
The Emperor’s New Groove didn’t catch on at the box office quite like it should have and thus earned a 12 seed and has a really tough first round draw against Beauty & The Beast. While some view Beauty & The Beast as a great love story, others look at it as a classic example of Stockholm Syndrome and think Gaston was actually just trying to help everyone. We realize these people are (probably) wrong. Belle is an all-time Disney princess and crushes that yellow dress.
The case for The Emperor’s New Groove is the combination of David Spade, John Goodman and Patrick Warburton who voiced Kuzco, Pacha, and Kronk respectively and absolutely killed it. The Emperor’s New Groove still holds up as one of the funnest and funniest Disney movies of all time. We’ll see how it does in this bracket and if it can even make it past the first round.
#4 Frozen -vs- #13 Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Frozen took the world by storm a few years ago and doesn’t seem to be letting up. You can’t go anywhere in the winter without seeing that little snowman. Atlantis had a cool concept, but it never really took off at the box office.
#6 Up -vs- #11 Bolt
Up is well known for making even the toughest of guys tear up while also providing many great laughs throughout. It also inspired one of the most popular Disney wedding cake toppers. Bolt is not as well known, but it has the voice talents of John Travolta and had a moderate performance at the box office when it premiered in 2008.
#3 Finding Dory -vs- #14 The Rescuers
The sequel to Finding Nemo did not disappoint. It brought in a massive haul at the box office and also received glowing reviews all around. 14 seed Rescuers is more of a deep cut Disney movie. For those that have seen it, they love it, but unfortunately not as many have had the pleasure. We’re expecting a blow out here.
#7 Tarzan -vs- #10 Lilo & Stitch
Tarzan boasts one of the greatest soundtracks of any Disney movie and also showcases some amazing animation. Lilo & Stitch didn’t end up quite as popular as Disney executives had hoped. They did, however, make a Disney channel show following the movie and a direct-to-video sequel a few years after that.
#2 Pinocchio -vs- #15 Robin Hood
#1 The Lion King -vs- #16 The Song of the South
The Lion King should probably just get a bye into the next round. It has arguably the greatest soundtrack of any Disney movie and it’s going up against a film that most of us have never even seen because Disney execs locked in a their vault because they’re afraid it might be racist. Where you all may know Song of the South from, however, is its popular Disney World and Disney Land attraction Splash Mountain and it’s catchy song “Zip A Dee Doo Dah.” This song actually won the Oscar for best song back in 1947.
#8 Moana -vs- #9 Tangled
Another great 8v9 matchup! Moana is, at the time of this writing, available to stream on Netflix so we anticipate many people to have seen it. Tangled is a few years older, but was just as popular during its time of release.
#5 Toy Story -vs- #12 Planes
Toy Story was the first Disney/Pixar movie and one of the must-see features of 1995. Backed by the amazing voice talents of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, it was an instant classic. It’s going up against Planes here in the first round which is pretty much the opposite. Planes didn’t make too much money at the box office and got pretty bad ratings across the board. We don’t think an upset is happening here.
#4 Monsters, Inc. -vs- #13 Fantasia 2000
Monsters, Inc. came six years after Toy Story and boasts two great voice talents as well in Billy Crystal and John Goodman. Another instant classic it comes in here as the 4 seed against #13 Fantasia 2000. Disney’s original Fantasia, a number 1 seed in this bracket, proved impossible to replicate and this sequel that released 60 years after the original just never quite took off like everyone hoped it would.