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The greatest Disney movies of all time

Looking for the best Disney movies of all time? Search no further! Our list includes classics, Pixar hits and more!

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Danielle Valente
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Oliver Strand
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Since 1937, the Walt Disney Company has been entertaining us with its charming animated movies, live-action spectaculars and magical computer-animated adventures. In fact, Disney has released around 420 movies since its first release, the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with 20 more hitting screens in 2021 alone.

Such a vast catalogue means that choosing the greatest of them is no easy task. However, with our list of the best Disney movies of all time we’ve given it our best shot. Whether your favourites involve Disney Princesses, critically acclaimed Pixar hits or crime fighting bunny rabbits, the movies on this list have your next family film night covered. Featuring classics like 101 Dalmations to recent releases like Raya and the Last Dragon, which is now streaming on Disney+, here’s our selection of the best Disney movies of all time.

Want more great movies for kids? Check out these cool animated movies for kids and these family comedy movies. Also be sure to check out the best feel-good movies to stream on Disney+ right now!

The greatest Disney movies of all time

Pinocchio (1940)
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1. Pinocchio (1940)

Our band of film critics named Pinocchio the best animated film of all time, but you don’t need to be a historian to see why the tale of the little wooden boy seeking to become real is the high water mark for Disney. From the puppet’s ever-growing nose to the climax within a whale, the Blue Fairy to Jiminy Cricket singing ‘when you wish upon a star,’ nearly every minute is iconic and awe-inspiring. Rated G. 

Toy Story (1995)
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2. Toy Story (1995)

Oh Toy Story, the film that stole the hearts of millennials everywhere. In this funny, emotional and all-around fantastic Disney tale, we meet Andy (albeit briefly). The real draw is Andy's toys, who come alive whenever he leaves the room. He's never without his right-hand-man Woody, but when he receives an astronaut action figure, Buzz Lightyear, it takes some time for the two toys to share the spotlight. Rated G. 

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The Incredibles (2004)
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3. The Incredibles (2004)

Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are forced to play it cool when the government forbids super-hero activity. Although they should take an opportunity to catch up on some r&r during the hiatus, they can't help but miss stopping crime. Soon enough, their efforts are needed once again. This is top-tier superhero stuff that stands tall alongside Marvel and DC’s best. Rated PG. 

Dumbo (1941)
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4. Dumbo (1941)

Dumbo's certainly the most eccentric part of the circus. The poor elephant with gigantic ears is the target of much ridicule, which makes things even more grueling during the circus. However, the joke's on everyone else when Dumbo learns his ears allow him to fly! Expect to shed a few tears with this one... and every time you hear ‘Baby Mine’ for the rest of eternity. Rated G

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
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5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)

Disney’s first animated feature completely changed the face of cinema, but even in the age of eye-popping computer animation, it remains a stunning achievement. It's also equal parts thrilling, scary, funny and whimsical. Few films hold up as well as Snow White, and decades’s worth of ho-hum remakes, reimaginations and adaptations only prove how impressive Disney's achievement really is.  Like the fairytale that inspired it, this is a timeless piece of entertainment. Rated G. 

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The rat can cook! This sweetly ridiculous movie about a naive, ambitious rodent named Remy (charmingly voiced by Patton Oswalt), who longs to become a great chef is witty, clever, gently moral and dramatically convincing. Who doesn't love Linguini (voiced by Lou Romano), a hopeless human moppet controlled by the supremely talented Remy? Will they win over the Snow White-style villain, a power-crazed food critic named Anton Ego (Peter O'Toole)? We won't spoil the fun for the three of you out there who don't yet know the ending of this unexpectedly delightul Pixar masterwork. Rated G.

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Up (2009)
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7. Up (2009)

Up is so much more than its famous opening montage, which will leave even the most curmudgeonly viewer drowning in tears. It's a master class in emotional storytelling. But once widower Carl's house becomes skybound, Up transitions into a rolicking adventure, one packed with exotic locales, talking (and flying!) dogs, colorful birds and one very, very dedicated boy scout. Want more once the credits roll? Disney+ recently released a canine-focused series of shorts called Dug DaysRated PG.

101 Dalmatians (1961)
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8. 101 Dalmatians (1961)

Iconic villain Cruella De Vil got some image rehabilitation thanks to Emma Stone, but in this original feature she makes good on her name as she obsesses over making coats out of Pongo and Perdita's pups. The villains here are a riot, as are the old-timey London locales. And don't worry, this is a Disney film... no puppies lose their fur. Rated G. 

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Wall-E (2008)
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9. Wall-E (2008)

Wall-E is an ancient robot and the sole robot left on Earth. Naturally, being the only one of his kind isn't easy, and lonliness ensues...until EVE arrives. With Wall-E, Pixar proved you don't need an all-star voice cast –or even much dialogue – to tell a moving story about lonely souls (or computer programs) discovering there is warmth in even the coldest worlds. And once the humans do show up, Wall-E shifts to an especially zany sci-fi comedy. Rated PG. 

The Jungle Book (1967)
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10. The Jungle Book (1967)

Mowgli can't seem to find his place in this world. In Disney's rendition of the Rudyard Kipling story, this young orphan is set out on a quest to learn more about his identity, with the help of animal companions, all while warding off Shere Khan. Rated G. 

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Beauty and the Beast (1991)
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11. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

A pompous prince gets a taste of his own medicine in this '90s fairytale from Disney's Renaissance... the first animated film to score an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. An enchantress' spell turns the royal into a ferocious beast, and it cannot be undone until he falls in love. When the beast kidnaps the town's clockmaster, his beautiful daughter comes to the rescue...and the beast's, too. Rated G. 

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The sequels are usually never as good as the original, although that's not the case for the Toy Story franchise, which seems has continually built upon its foundation with great success. While not as existential as Toy Story 4, this emotional threequel up touches on what it means to grow up and face your own mortality. The last 15 minutes might just be Pixar at its most emotionally resonant... which it really, really saying something. Rated G.

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Finding Nemo (2003)
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13. Finding Nemo (2003)

Like most kids, Nemo can be somewhat defiant. His father warns him to swim close, yet he's always in search of independence. When the little fish goes MIA under the sea, and encounters a great white named Bruce along the way, he realizes that his pop just might know a thing or two he doesn't! Sometimes it doesn't hurt to listen to 'ol dad. Rated PG. 

Bambi (1942)
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14. Bambi (1942)

Endearing and emotional, Bambi is the story of a super-cute deer who comes into his own with help of family and friends in the forest. Yes, the famous demise of Bambi's mom is still heartbreaking. But the sequences with Thumper, Flower and Bambi getting all twitterpated helps balance the mood nicely. Rated G. 

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Inside Out (2015)
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15. Inside Out (2015)

With Inside Out, a studio famous for manipulation emotions makes an actual film about emotions personified. In diving into the mind of a tweenage girl Pixar takes what could have been a shameless attack on the heartstrings and emerges with a hilarious, beautiful testament to the things that make us human (or, at one point, cats). Don't worry though: Yes, you'll be crying throughout, but many of those tears will come from laughter too. Rated PG.

Cinderella (1955)
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16. Cinderella (1955)

Cinderella is probably one of the most patient Disney princesses out there. Despite her bad fortune, she remains hopeful, even when her wicked stepmom and stepsisters give her a run for her money. But the young woman gets the last laugh when her fairy godmother helps her reunite with a handsome prince at the ball. You'll replay this one faster than you can say ‘bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!’ Rated G. 

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The Little Mermaid (1989)
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17. The Little Mermaid (1989)

Another stone-cold classic from the Renaissance, this Hans Christian Andersen retelling was deep-sea diving long before Nemo got lost. Musical mermaid Ariel longs for a pair of legs. She's dying to get a taste of life above water, and an evil sea urchent named Ursula grants her wish. (Side note: Somebody give Ursula the Cruella treatment!) However, she instills a few rules and has her eye on stealing Ariel's gorgeous singing voice, so what's happening on land isn't necessarily all fun and games. Rated G. 

The Lion King (1994)
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18. The Lion King (1994)

Equal parts endearing and heartbreaking, the Disney classic rotates around young lion Simba, who must rise to power after the loss of his father, Mufasa in what basically amounts to Hamlet for kids. The animation here is perhaps the most stunning of Disney's hand-drawn era, and the songs are timeless. Feel free to skip the 2019 reboot, which sucks all the color and expressiveness out of one of Disney's most vibrant tales. Rated G. 
 

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Coco (2017)
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19. Coco (2017)

Like Inside OutCoco finds Pixar flirting with emotional exploitation: This is, after all, a film about a kid who reconnects with his family roots in the Land of the Dead while chasing after a long-dead musical idol. Yet the film delivers a colorful, funny, touching meditation on Mexican culture and family legacies complete with great songs and fantastic beasts. No film about death has ever felt so alive. Rated PG. 

The Lady and the Tramp (1955)
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20. The Lady and the Tramp (1955)

A sophisticated cocker spaniel and a pup from the wrong side of the tracks fall in love in this pawsitively irresistible canine romance. Generations later, we'll still swoon for the classic spaghetti-slurping scene between the two doggos. Rated G. ​ ​

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Moana (2016)
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21. Moana (2016)

Disney's 2016 princess tale – which is notably absent of any sort of prince, charming or otherwise – follows the fearless Polynesian heroine Moana. Although she's young, she's faced with a pretty big task: to save her island for a terrible curse. She joins forces with legendary demigod Maui in an attempt to rid her island of a blight and bring balance back to the sea. It's a gorgeous fable made even more exciting thanks to unforgettable songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Rated PG.

The Princess and the Frog (2009)
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22. The Princess and the Frog (2009)

With this update of The Frog Prince, Disney pulled a last and a first: It's the studio's last hand-drawn feature, and the first to feature a Black princess. But benchmarks aside, The Princess and the Frog is a blast, balancing New Orleasns jazz music with exciting river-based adventure, fun characters and one of the scarier villains to emerge from the pens of Disney's artists. It was the end of an era and the dawn of a new one, and it remains one of Disney's most underrated efforts. Rated PG.

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Tangled (2010)
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23. Tangled (2010)

In this hip retelling of Rapunzel, we find our princess in the same unfortunate situation: Isolated in a tower with no escape, and naturally, extra-long locks straight out of a shampoo commercial. She's almost given up hope about leaving the tower...until a hunky prince shows up. This is a new era for Disney, but its slapsticky comedy and crowdpleasing songs help bridge the gap between timeless fairytales and modern sensibilities. Rated PG. 

Mary Poppins (1964)
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24. Mary Poppins (1964)

The Banks’s certainly need a chill pill. When their magical, sweet-natured nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives, the kids hope that some of her positivity will be contagious. This film was hugely influential in combining old-school musical charms and animation, making it a timeless classic. The 54-years-later sequel starring Emily Blunt wasn't bad, either! Rated G. 

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Peter Pan (1953)
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25. Peter Pan (1953)

Never-ending adolescence seems like a dream come true for Wendy and her two brothers. They're immediately intrigued when the magical Peter Pan and Tinkerbell fly into their home, discussing the forever youth they achieved in Neverland. Naturally, it's only right for Wendy and co to take a peek at what all the hype is about. When they do, things take a turn, largely thanks to Captain Hook. Rated G. 

Aladdin (1992)
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26. Aladdin (1992)

Though some of Aladdin's characterisations have aged poorly, the Arabian Nights story of a street-smart kid kid granted three wishes remains one of Disney's most enjoyable '90s efforts. A big part of that is Robin Williams' motor-mouthed genie, but even beyond the comedy, Aladdin's action, songs and heart make it soar. This opened up a whole new world for Disney, and animation in general thanks to its embrace of celebrity voices and computer-assisted art. Rated G.  

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Frozen (2013)
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27. Frozen (2013)

In off chance you're unfamiliar with Disney's most popular sisters, let us get you up to speed: Anna and Elsa have melted even the coldest of hearts upon their rise to fame in 2013. In Frozen, Elsa struggles with wicked-cool powers (literally) that send her town into a never-ending winter. Whoops! Will help from her little sis be able to rectify the situation? Oh, and best of luck getting the film's beloved song, ‘Let It Go,’ out of your head! Rated PG. 

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Judy Hopps dreams of joining the police force and leaves her farm and family for the bustling metropolis Zootopia to achieve this goal. As the first rabbit in the crew, she isn’t taken seriously by her fellow police officers. Tired of writing up parking violations, Judy decides to take on a missing persons case to prove herself. When she enlists the unwilling help of con fox Nick Wilde, the pair find themselves going down a rabbit hole of clues, scandals, close calls... and surprisingly layered commentary on racism. Rated PG.

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Mulan (1998)
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29. Mulan (1998)

Mulan doesn't let anything stand in her way. She's fearful that her ailing father will be forced to serve in the military. That's when she gets the idea to go undercover as a man – a highly forbidden act. In true Disney fashion, there's also some romance along the way, but this is also a stunning example of the wonders old-school Disney could muster when they work in action-movie mode. Rated G. 

The Parent Trap (1998)
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30. The Parent Trap (1998)

All it took was one summer to completely sabotage Nick and Elizabeth's plan. After a nasty split, the two decide to go their own ways, separating their twin daughters in the process. Who would've thought that the girls would unite at sleepaway camp 11 years later? Once the red-headed sisters unravel their parents' past, they devise a plan of their own to switch places. Will their efforts result in a successful family reunion?​ ​Rated PG. 

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Raya and the Last Dragon (2020)
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31. Raya and the Last Dragon (2020)

Once upon a time there were dragons and now… well, not so much. That’s the starting point for a joyful adventure that delivers Disney’s first ever south east Asian princess – Raya (Star Wars’ Kelly Marie Tran) – and sets her on a quest to restore harmony to a kingdom riven by seriously bad vibes. Along for the ride is sassy dragon Sisu (there is one dragon left), voiced by Awkwafina in one of the most enjoyable voice turns since Sarah Silverman’s helium-powered Vanellope von Schweetz in Wreck-It RalphRated PG. 

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Without a doubt, your kids will be nagging you for a loveable inflatable healthcare robot after watching this action-packed but surprisingly emotional movie. Based on the Marvel comics of the same name,it follows Hiro Hamada, a teen prodigal robotics expert, who forms a superhero team with his late brother’s healthcare provider robot, Baymax, and a group of highly skilled whizkids. Together, they must take down the bad guys who are responsible for Hiro’s brother’s death. Rated PG

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Lilo & Stitch (2002)
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33. Lilo & Stitch (2002)

Stitch is Lilo's dog... or so she thinks. The young Hawaiian accidentally mistakes an alien for a pup. Minor details! It seems this silly mixup might've actually happened for a reason when Stich begins to understand the meaning of family (ohana). This is a wild departure from Disney's house style at the time, but it's also a blast from front to back. Rated PG. 

Fantasia (1940)
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34. Fantasia (1940)

This marriage of fantasy and classical music is what put Mickey on the map (with all due respect to Steamboat Willy, of course). Fantasia is considered one of Disney's most inventive flicks and showcases our leading mouse as a magician who can't quite get things right. Be forewarned: The 40s film is definitely a classic, but some of its scary moments might be too much for the tots to handle. Rated G. 

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Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)
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35. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)

Wayne Szalinski is convinced that his inventions are worthless. He throws out his shrink ray, not realizing that it did in fact work... and turned a few kids into bite-sized versions of themselves. Come for the giant ants, stay for the delightfully weird Rick Moranis performance. Rated PG. 

Pocahontas (1995)
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36. Pocahontas (1995)

Disney takes on a historical figure in this musical romance. Journey back to the 17th century with young Pocahontas, an empowering Native American heroine who falls for colonist  Captain John Smith – a love interest that her father strongly disapproves of. The movie plays fast and loose with the real story in this decidedly less-breezy film, but its messages of acceptance and environmentalism ring true. Rated G.  

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Everyone’s favourite superpowered family, the Parrs, return for this sequel that puts Elastigirl front and center. After a mission goes disastrously awry, the government shuts down the Superhero Relocation Program, cutting off our heroes’ financial assistance. In a bid to make some money and rehabilitate the superhero image, Elastigirl is recruited by a media and telecoms company. Naturally, things aren’t what they seem, and the rest of the family must come to her aid. Rated PG

Brave (2012)
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38. Brave (2012)

In Pixar's first and so-far only Princess tale, wild-haired Scottish heir Merida marches to the beat of her own drum and doesn't let pesky traditions and preconceived notions stand in her way, especially when it comes to her love of archery. But when a kooky witch grants her a wish, Merida has to break the spell...or her domineering mom will remain a literal bear forever. Rated PG. 

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A fluorescent funride through an imagined arcade game universe that tickles the viewer with cleverness and state-of-the-art nostalgia. Ralph (John C Reilly) is the building-demolishing antagonist of a rudimentary 8-bit video game in the ‘Donkey Kong’ vein. Yearning to be a hero, he sets forth into the complex inner universe of the arcade to find an alternative game that can cast him differently. But he finds himself mired in the hot-pink purgatory of girly go-kart race Sugar Rush Speedway, where he joins forces with fellow outcast Vanellope (the delightful Sarah Silverman) to play the system at its own game, as it were. There’s a lot more than that to this rule-ridden story world—you'll have to watch it to see! Rated PG. 

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This adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel Notre Dame de Paris stars Quasimodo (voiced by Tom Hulce), a grotesquely deformed but kind-hearted young man who was abandoned by his parents and rescued by the priests of Notre Dame, the massive cathedral in the heart of Paris, and he lives there, earning his keep as a bell ringer. Quasimodo has become the ward of Judge Frollo (voiced by Tony Jay), an outwardly pious but deeply hateful man. Frollo hopes to clear the Gypsies out of Paris with the help of Phoebus (voiced by Kevin Kline), leader of the troops under Frollo's command. However, Phoebus harbors no ill will against the Gypsies—in particular Esmerelda (voiced by Demi Moore), a hot-blooded but compassionate beauty. Will love triumph? Rated G.

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Hercules (1997)
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41. Hercules (1997)

With an ode to Greek mythology and a soundtrack full of gospel-tinged bangers, Hercules follows the story of a young man who's half human, half god. This causes him to lose his immortality, but if he's up to the challenge, he can get it back and score a place among the gods of Mount Olympus. This is late-period Disney at its weirdest, a rare film from the world's most prolific studio that can truly be called underrated. Rated G

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This long-anticipated sequel feels entirely fresh. The world it creates is charming, the wit sparkles, and – one brief burst of ‘Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People’ aside – the songs are all new. So let go of “Let It Go” and clear some room for a new batch of earworms. As you’d expect, Frozen II’s story again focuses on Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), but her exuberant sister, Anna (Kristen Bell), is very much a co-conspirator this time, having When Harry Met Sally-ish tiffs with the lovestruck Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and helping guide the scene-stealing Olaf (Josh Gad) through a very funny coming-of-neige plotline. The hilarious ‘When I Am Older’ and some philosophical musings on the nature of existence are an absolute delight. Rated PG.

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Disney’s improbable sequel – coming a full 54 years after the original fantasy – is a risk that pays off, magically. Mary Poppins Returns is a backward-glancing musical, set in its gaslit 1930s London. Still, this is a treat for audiences of all ages, wth flashes of humor sneaking through in Emily Blunt’s side-eye wink of a starring turn, purring through her impeccable pronunciation. ‘One never discusses a woman’s age,’ she snaps at the mystified now-grown-up family she all but re-adopts as her new personal project when, a generation later, her nannying is needed. Mary’s umbrella-assisted descent from the heavens is a stand-up-and-cheer moment (as is a fleet-footed cameo by 92-year-old Dick Van Dyke), but there’s a deeper satisfaction in the song and dance. Rated PG.

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