Disney Animated Films Bracket - Magic Kingdom Region, First Round

With half of the first round in the books, we've already seen four double-digit seeds advance, two in each region so far. If I were a betting man -- and if Las Vegas took bets on silly internet brackets of Disney movies -- I'd bet that trend stops here, because I honestly don't see a first-round upset in this group. OK, that's not entirely true; I kind of see the potential for one, but I'm really hoping I'm wrong.

As for why this is the Magic Kingdom region, well, No. 2 seed "Cinderella" -- ironically anything but a Cinderella in this bracket -- gets the home-castle advantage. Now on to the matchups...


(1) One Hundred and One Dalmatians - BYE
(2) Cinderella - BYE

(8) The Emperor's New Groove vs. (9) The Great Mouse Detective

My prediction: The Emperor's New Groove. This is going to be a much bigger blowout than the seeds would suggest. "Emperor's New Groove" has aged really well, seemingly getting better with each passing year. It probably deserves a true sequel (the direct-to-video "Kronk's New Groove" doesn't count) or a live-action remake. Meanwhile "The Great Mouse Detective," while certainly solid, gets compared unfavorably to "An American Tail" a competing mouse-led Don Bluth film that came out the same year.

(5) Tangled vs. (12) The Aristocats

My prediction: Tangled. This is that matchup I mentioned above that I think could lead to an upset. "The Aristocats" is adorable and got a nice bump a couple years ago when it celebrated its 45th anniversary. But "Tangled" is my favorite Disney Animated movie of all time, and I really hope it has enough support to advance (and go far).

(4) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) vs. (13) Home on the Range

My prediction: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. This Pooh movie is actually three separate short stories linked together, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. It should cruise into the second round without any challenge. When people talk about how Disney fell off before switching to 3D animation, "Home on the Range" is the peak example.

(6) Lady and the Tramp vs. (11) Treasure Planet

My prediction: Lady and the Tramp. I know people who swear that "Treasure Planet" is an underrated gem, but quite frankly I don't see it. The movie has its moments, and some striking visuals (especially given that it's almost 15 years old now), but it doesn't stack up to the classics -- and "Lady and the Tramp" is as classic as it gets. Be honest, you're picturing the alley scene in your head just by reading the title.

(3) Beauty and the Beast vs. (14) Oliver & Company

My prediction: Beauty and the Beast. I love "Oliver & Company", but it seems silly to spend much time breaking down this matchup. This will be an annihilation.

(7) Lilo & Stitch vs. (10) Peter Pan

My prediction: Lilo & Stitch. There is no movie in the entire Disney Animation canon that makes me full-on sob like "Lilo & Stitch." I just completely lose it when Stitch is lost in the jungle, then again when he's saying goodbye to his family. I can't pinpoint exactly why the movie hits me like that, it just does. "Peter Pan", while certainly a classic, doesn't resonate with me anywhere close to that.