From the moment that Dopey, Grumpy, and the rest of the seven dwarves began singing “Heigh-Ho” on their way to work, Disney movies became an essential part of the American childhood. Given their importance in our culture, people naturally have strong feelings and opinions about which movie from Disney’s extensive catalog is truly the best. And all of those feelings and opinions exploded online earlier this week when Twitter user @yeeitsanthonyy created a bracket to try and determine once and for all which Disney/Pixar movie is the fairest of them all.
To figure out the people’s champion of Disney/Pixar movies, @yeeitsanthonyy selected 16 films from Disney Animation Studios and 16 films from Pixar Studios and set about conducting Twitter polls to winnow down films to a single animated champion. From the very beginning, the contest was rife with controversy, as people agonized over impossible decisions (Toy Story vs. Toy Story 2? Lion King vs. Tarzan?!) or were outraged to find favorites eliminated. And while some were mad about movies that hadn’t made the cut, others were upset about movies that had been left off the bracket. Those missing films included criminally underrated classics like Emperor’s New Groove and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Some even began creating their own version of the bracket just to let the world know which Disney/Pixar movie they loved most.
After more than a week of tireless debating and excruciating decision-making, the bracket is now down to the elite 8, which includes four matchups: Toy Story vs. Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo vs. Monsters Inc., The Lion King vs. Moana, and Aladdin vs. Mulan. Moana is certainly the Cinderella story of the bracket, as the recent Disney film was originally slated as the 12-seed and had to defeat Frozen and Tangled on its way to the Elite 8. Now we’ll have to wait and see how far it’ll go, along with the remaining seven movies. Voting for this round is open for another three days, so if you haven’t voted yet be sure and make your voice heard.
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