Disney Renaissance VS. The Second Renaissance

disneyrenaissanceBy Dale Wentland

There has been a lot of discussion on if we are in a new Disney Renaissance which has been confusing to me because yes, yes we are and it’s awesome. I thought the best way to talk about The Second Renaissance is to compare it to the first.

Now I am 29 years old so I grew up only knowing amazing Disney films and I have had to put my nostalgia and passion aside for the sake of SCIENCE! If we rank the first Renaissance films into 3 categories A, B and C (based on critical reception and box office success) It makes it easier to see and understand The Second Renaissance.

A: The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King

B: Mulan, Hercules, Rescuers Down Under, Tarzan

C: Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

I love every movie in the B category but it is hard to argue that they were as impact full as the big 4.

If we do the same thing to movies that are considered to be apart of The Second Renaissance we will see that in some areas it’s actually out performing the first.

A: Big Hero 6, Frozen, Wreck it Ralph

B: Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Winnie the Pooh

C: Bolt, Meet the Robinsons

(There is no order of importance in each rank.)

The films in the C category in The Second Renaissance out performed the ones in The First Renaissance. As it stands right now The Second Renaissance has a higher floor than the first.

With a couple more A and B releases The Second Renaissance has a good chance to pass the first no matter how we feel about an individual movie.

I will leave it up to others to debate the A and B categories. I feel they are on par but I know there are a lot of feelings connected with the big 4.

About The Author

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Dale is the one on the right on the skyway at Disneyland.

Dale Wentland is father of 2 boys and has loved Disney films and Disney things since before his earliest memories. He resides in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada which he is eternally grateful for and has a job he loves. Dale has very eclectic tastes and feeds off of others passion. Some examples are Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Dungeons and Dragons, Sports (Go Canucks Go) and comic books! You can follow Dale on Twitter @dalewentland.

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Posted on June 11, 2015, in Disney and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Hmm I had some discussion of this on my blog as well. After some thought I thought calling it a “Disney Revival” will be more appropriate than “Second Renaissance”, because of the nuances and connotations behind the term “Renaissance”. If you’re free, you can always drop by my blog and read it! Nice post here by the way.

    And yeah, the Big Four is something that is almost impossible to catch up with, I feel. My blog is full of articles on the Big Four as well haha.

  2. Surley Meet the Robinsons isn’t considered a part of the Second Renaissance, is it? I’m pretty sure most people had a hard time with that movie and the box office wasnt that amazing.

    Apart from that, you’ve pretty much nailed it though. I would put Resucers Down Under in catacogy C personally and replace it with Notre Dame, but that’s just my own taste

    • I am glad you like the post! There is some debate to when The Second Renaissance starts but I felt it makes sense to start with any of the films John Lasseter had involvement in. I really tried my hardest to remove my personal feelings from this. My personal list would be a little different. I think Black Cauldron rocks.

  3. Interesting read! The Renaissance films are hard to top but Disney has been making some major quality (with a few bumps) all along. So many underrated films (Hercules, Mulan, Tangled, Meet The Robinsons) and some that have gotten huge (ahem, Frozen) despite not being the company’s best output. Are you based in Vancouver? Nice to see some other Disney nerds exist around here!

  4. I actually think we are still in the Disney Renaissance that started with the Little Mermaid. Seriously, I don’t think Disney have had a major flop since Olivier and Company back in 1988!

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