March Madness Returns: Meet the Disney Animation Studios Films Bracket!


The calendar has turned to March (at least here on the East Coast, which is where my typical media bias resides), which means it's officially bracket season! You might remember that last year around this time, we here at AdamReisinger.com (read: me and only me) did a bracket of the best Britney Spears songs of all-time. Then in July -- commonly known by no one as "the other March" -- we did a bracket of the best songs from Disney animated movies. So, continuing the evolution, it's time to introduce this year's bracket stunt: the best films from Disney Animation Studios.

Since the release of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in 1937, there have been 56 official WDAS feature films, which means we technically don't have enough to fill out a bracket. Rather than adding in tangential films (Pixar, Disney Channel Originals, partially-animated live action features) like I did with the song bracket, I decided just to give first round byes to the top two seeds in each region. And yes, that means I'm seeding the movies.

Rather than just seed them based on my personal preference (TANGLED IS THE NO. 1 OVERALL SEED NOW AND FOREVER!), I decided to play it neutral and just go by the Rotten Tomatoes freshness score for each movie. This reinforced something I, and many of you probably, already knew: Disney makes A LOT of good movies. You have to get all the way down to the 10 seeds before you get a movie that has lower than an 80% freshness rating, and only eight of the movies in the field of 56 come in lower than 60%.

With all that said, here's the bracket:


Since that's not exactly the easiest thing to read (even if you click to expand the image to full size), here are all of the first round matchups. Voting in the Hollywood Studios Region (yes, the four regions are named after the four parks at Walt Disney World) will begin later today.

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS REGION


FIRST ROUND

(1) Pinocchio - BYE
(8) Hercules def. (9) The Rescuers, 86-14
(5) Frozen def. (12) Dinosaur, 84-16
(13) Pocahontas def. (4) Winnie the Pooh (2011), 70-30

(6) Tarzan def. (11) Fun and Fancy Free, 96-4
(3) Aladdin def. (14) Brother Bear, 90-10
(10) The Sword in the Stone def. (7) The Three Caballeros, 85-15
(2) Moana - BYE

SECOND ROUND

(8) Hercules def. (1) Pinocchio, 74-26
(5) Frozen def. (13) Pocahontas, 56-44

(3) Aladdin def. (6) Tarzan, 73-27
(2) Moana def. (10) The Sword in the Stone, 58-42

SWEET SIXTEEN

(8) Hercules def. (5) Frozen, 50.3-49.7
(3) Aladdin def. (2) Moana, 76-24

ELITE EIGHT

(3) Aladdin def. (8) Hercules, 73-27


EPCOT REGION


FIRST ROUND

(1) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - BYE
(8) The Princess and the Frog def. (9) Fantasia 2000, 59-41
(5) Big Hero 6 def. (12) Meet the Robinsons, 67-33
(4) The Little Mermaid def. (13) The Black Cauldron, 95-5

(11) The Fox and the Hound def. (6) Melody Time, 99-1
(14) Chicken Little def. (3) The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, 69-31
(7) Mulan vs. (10) The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 87-13
(2) Fantasia - BYE

SECOND ROUND

(1) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs def. (8) The Princess and the Frog, 79-21
(4) The Little Mermaid def. (5) Big Hero 6, 74-26

(11) The Fox and the Hound vs. (14) Chicken Little, 79-21
(7) Mulan def. (2) Fantasia, 82-18

SWEET SIXTEEN

(4) The Little Mermaid def. (1) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 82-18
(7) Mulan def. (11) The Fox and the Hound, 73-27

ELITE EIGHT

(7) Mulan def. (4) The Little Mermaid, 51-49


MAGIC KINGDOM REGION


FIRST ROUND

(1) One Hundred and One Dalmatians - BYE
(8) The Emperor's New Groove def. (9) The Great Mouse Detective, 83-17
(5) Tangled def. (12) The Aristocats, 53-47
(4) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) def. (13) Home on the Range, 85-15

(6) Lady and the Tramp def. (11) Treasure Planet, 88-12
(3) Beauty and the Beast def. (14) Oliver & Company, 86-14
(7) Lilo & Stitch def. (10) Peter Pan, 54-46 (OT)
(2) Cinderella - BYE

SECOND ROUND

(8) The Emperor's New Groove def. (1) One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 58-42
(5) Tangled def. (4) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), 51-49

(3) Beauty and the Beast def. (6) Lady and the Tramp, 79-21
(7) Lilo & Stitch def. (2) Cinderella, 55-45

SWEET SIXTEEN

(8) The Emperor's New Groove def. (5) Tangled, 54-46
(3) Beauty and the Beast def. (7) Lilo & Stitch, 63-37

ELITE EIGHT

(3) Beauty and the Beast def. (8) The Emperor's New Groove, 70-30


ANIMAL KINGDOM REGION


FIRST ROUND

(1) Zootopia - BYE
(8) The Jungle Book def. (9) Saludos Amigos, 94-6
(5) Bolt def. (12) Make Mine Music, 94-6
(13) Robin Hood def. (4) Sleeping Beauty, 62-38

(6) Bambi def. (11) The Rescuers Down Under, 72-28
(3) The Lion King vs. (14) Atlantis: The Lost Empire, 91-9
(7) Wreck-It Ralph def. (10) Alice in Wonderland, 63-37
(2) Dumbo - BYE

SECOND ROUND

(8) The Jungle Book def. (1) Zootopia, 59-41
(13) Robin Hood def. (5) Bolt, 81-19

(3) The Lion King def. (6) Bambi, 95-5
(7) Wreck-It Ralph def. (2) Dumbo, 56-44

SWEET SIXTEEN

(8) The Jungle Book def. (13) Robin Hood, 64-36
(3) The Lion King def. (7) Wreck-It Ralph, 83-17

ELITE EIGHT

(3) The Lion King def. (8) The Jungle Book, 92-8

FINAL FOUR


(3) Aladdin def. (7) Mulan, 64-36
(3) The Lion King def. (3) Beauty and the Beast, 87-13

CHAMPIONSHIP


(3) Aladdin vs. (3) The Lion King

As always, all voting will take place on Twitter (@AdamReisinger), and I'll embed the polls in the page for each region as they get posted.

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