Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
In a year when Pixar were aping Disney with Brave, Disney had a very Pixar-ish story on their hands with the video game inspired Wreck-It Ralph. Filled with fun cameos and a blinding premise, there is a lot of imagination and intelligence to Ralph, hidden underneath the dizzingly colourful visuals.
You might be sick of hearing the songs over and over by now, but there’s no getting away from the fact that Frozen is one of the best Disney offerings this century. Finally, they saw fit to right some past wrongs by focussing a story on a true love between sisters not a prince and a princess. Plus, you gotta love Olaf.
Big Hero 6 (2014)
After acquiring the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney got to adapt a Marvel property for their own in Big Hero 6 – a delightfully fresh take on the superhero genre. The Japanese-American setting is an interesting one, and the big squishy robot Baymax is surely the best Disney creation since Stitch.
Disney’s latest animated movie shoots right to the top of their modern best. A movie about a city of animals sounds like ‘animated movie 101’ but Disney turn it into a very timely and touching parable about prejudice and acceptance of others who look different from you. Let’s hope upcoming efforts – Moana, Gigantic and the inevitable Frozen 2 – have as much wit and warmth as Zootopia.