(Welcome to The Greatest Shots in Disney Animation History, a limited series where Disney expert Josh Spiegel selects and ranks the defining moments in one of the greatest, most important, and most influential collection of films ever made.)

This final part of the ongoing list covers entries 10 through 1.

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(Welcome to The Greatest Shots in Disney Animation History, a limited series where Disney expert Josh Spiegel selects and ranks the defining moments in one of the greatest, most important, and most influential collections of films ever made.)

This part of the ongoing list covers entries 20 through 11.

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(Welcome to The Greatest Shots in Disney Animation History, a limited series where Disney expert Josh Spiegel selects and ranks the defining moments in one of the greatest, most important, and most influential collections of films ever made.)

This part of the ongoing list covers entries 30 through 21.

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(Welcome to The Greatest Shots in Disney Animation History, a limited series where Disney expert Josh Spiegel selects and ranks the defining moments in one of the greatest, most important, and most influential collections of films ever made.)

This part of the ongoing list covers entries 40 through 31.

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Greatest Shots in Disney Animation

(Welcome to The Greatest Shots in Disney Animation History, a limited series where Disney expert Josh Spiegel selects and ranks the defining moments in one of the greatest, most important, and most influential collections of films ever made.)

This part of the ongoing list covers entries 50 through 41.

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Greatest Shots in Disney Animation

(Welcome to The Greatest Shots in Disney Animation History, a limited series where Disney expert Josh Spiegel selects and ranks the defining moments in one of the greatest, most important, and most influential collections of films ever made.)

This part of the ongoing list covers entries 60 through 51.

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Greatest Shots in Disney Animation

(Welcome to The Greatest Shots in Disney Animation History, a limited series where Disney expert Josh Spiegel selects and ranks the defining moments in one of the greatest, most important, and most influential collections of films ever made.)

This part of the ongoing list covers entries 70 through 61.

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(Welcome to The Greatest Shots in Disney Animation History, a limited series where Disney expert Josh Spiegel selects and ranks the defining moments in one of the greatest, most important, and most influential collections of films ever made.)

Walt Disney Animation Studios has, over nearly 85 years, created 58 animated feature-length stories that have encompassed a vast swath of ideas, characters, and worlds. What began as a way to visualize some of the most well-known fairy-tale myths in Western literature is now a proving ground for ambitious stories, and equally ambitious ways to visualize those stories. 2020 marks an important anniversary for two of the studio’s oldest and most beloved films: Pinocchio and Fantasia both turn 80 this year, with Pinocchio’s American premiere on February 23 and Fantasia’s on November 7. (Let’s not forget Cinderella, which turned 70 on February 15.)

I have, in the last few years at /Film, been extremely fortunate to honor the legacy of Disney’s animated films in a few ways. I’ve ranked all of the songs in Disney and Pixar films. (How many songs, you ask? Oh, just 368.) I’ve ranked the films of both Disney and Pixar. For Pinocchio’s 80th anniversary, sure, I could have talked about the movie itself earlier this year for the anniversary — it’s my favorite animated film ever. But I figured I would zig instead of zag. Or, if you like, I felt like being ambitious/insane with a new list.

In honor of the Pinocchio and Fantasia anniversaries, here’s a ranking of the 80 best shots in Disney’s animated films. This list is limited, to note, just to the 58 Walt Disney Animation Studios titles (not Pixar), and not every title is represented. But it is ranked, and I’ve got proof in the form of GIFs and YouTube videos. So, let’s dive in.

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