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The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals 

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Updated October 1, 2019 3.5k votes 230 voters 6.6k views 58 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite Disney movies featuring animals of any kind.

Walt Disney Studios has put out some great Disney movies with animals. This list will determine the best Disney animal movies, both animated and live-action. There are classics like The Aristocats and newer films such as ZootopiaFinding Nemo and Ratatouille wouldn't be the same without being told from the animals’ perspectives. There are also films on this list that have even spawned remakes such as The Jungle Book. Looking for Disney movies with only animals? This list has got you covered with the Lion King franchise and movies like Robin Hood.

These movies also span across all genres, fans of science fiction movies should be sure to check out The Cat From Outerspace. If you like cartoons there are certainly quite a bit of animated animal movies on this list. Want a little more live-action and adventure? Look for Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey and Eight Below. In short, there is a Disney animal movie here for everyone.

Which of these Walt Disney animal films do you love? Tell the world by voting them up on the list.

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

Released: 1955

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske. The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog ...more

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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

Released: 1942

Directed by: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright, + more

Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was ...more

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#59 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #425 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #54 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1970

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney Productions and features the voices of Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, ...more

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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

Released: 1961

Directed by: Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often written 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and adapted from Dodie Smith's 1956 novel of the same ...more

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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

Released: 1981

Directed by: Richard Rich, Art Stevens, Ted Berman

he Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July ...more

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Oliver & Company is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Cheech Marin

Released: 1988

Directed by: George Scribner

Oliver & Company is a 1988 American animated musical buddy comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released on November 18, 1988 by Walt Disney Pictures. The 27th ...more

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Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman

Released: 1973

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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The Rescuers Down Under ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
John Candy, Bob Newhart, George C. Scott

Released: 1990

Directed by: Mike Gabriel, Hendel Butoy

The Rescuers Down Under is a 1990 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 16, 1990. Set in the Australian ...more

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

Released: 1967

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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The Many Adventures of W... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a 1977 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution. It is the 22nd animated feature ...more

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
The Lion King Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jon Favreau

The Lion King is a 2019 American live-action epic musical drama film directed by Jon Favreau, and a remake of the 1994 animated film. When tragedy strikes home, Simba (Donald Glover) must step ...more

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The Great Mouse Detectiv... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Frank Welker

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Michener, Burny Mattinson, Ron Clements, John Musker

The Great Mouse Detective is a 1986 American animated mystery film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, originally released to movie theaters on July 2, 1986 by Walt Disney Pictures. The ...more

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A Goofy Movie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Pauly Shore, Joey Lawrence, Wallace Shawn

Released: 1995

Directed by: Kevin Lima

A Goofy Movie is a 1995 American animated musical comedy film directed by Kevin Lima The film's plot revolves around the father-son relationship between Goofy and Max as Goofy believes that he's ...more

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Brother Bear is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Joaquin Phoenix, Pauley Perrette, Michael Clarke Duncan

Released: 2003

Directed by: Aaron Blaise, Robert A. Walker

Brother Bear is a 2003 American animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 44th animated feature in the Walt ...more

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The Princess and the Fro... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th film in the ...more

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The Three Caballeros is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Sterling Holloway, Pinto Colvig, Frank Graham

Released: 1944

Directed by: Harold Young, Norm Ferguson

The Three Caballeros is a 1944 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film premiered in Mexico City on December 21, 1944. It was released in the United States on ...more

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Winnie the Pooh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
John Cleese, Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny

Released: 2011

Directed by: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall

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The Rescuers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens

The Rescuers is a 1977 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977 by Buena Vista Distribution. The 23rd film in the Walt Disney ...more

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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tim Burton

Dumbo is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, based on the story by Helen Aberson. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a one-armed war veteran and former circus star, is ...more
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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Released: 2016

Directed by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore. A rabbit police officer (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a red fox con artist (Jason Bateman) form an ...more

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Fun and Fancy Free is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Walt Disney, Dinah Shore, Dennis Day

Released: 1947

Directed by: Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, William Morgan, Jack Kinney

Fun and Fancy Free is a 1947 animated feature produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures on September 27, 1947. It was one of the "package films" the studio produced in ...more

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Mickey's Christmas Carol... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Victor Borge

Released: 1983

Directed by: Burny Mattinson

Mickey's Christmas Carol is a 1983 American animated fantasy short film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and released by Buena Vista Distribution. It was directed and produced by Burny ...more
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DuckTales the Movie: Tre... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Christopher Lloyd, Frank Welker, June Foray

Released: 1990

Directed by: Bob Hathcock

DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp is a 1990 animated feature film based on the animated television series DuckTales. It was released by Walt Disney Pictures on August 3, 1990. It ...more

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Bambi II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Disney Movies Starring Animals
Patrick Stewart, Ariel Winter, Alexander Gould

Released: 2006

Directed by: Brian Pimental

Bambi II, formally known as Bambi and The Great Prince of the Forest, is a 2006 American animated drama film directed by Brian Pimental and produced by DisneyToon Studios, that initially ...more

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