Decades of Disney animation: New study determines America’s favorite Disney films

When someone asks you “What’s your favorite Disney movie?,” do you ever find yourself struggling to answer? Would you choose a Golden Age classic like “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”? Or maybe a Disney Renaissance staple like “The Little Mermaid”?

The legend for the Disney film study infographic. sought out to answer this question by using their team of analysts to see which Disney film each U.S. state prefers above all the rest. Check out their infographic below:


While the infographic is very telling of what Disney films resonate most with different states, the researchers wanted to find out the reasoning behind why each state loved their top Disney film. Check out some of their findings:

  • The U.S. really loves animal movies – 38 states chose a film with an animal protagonist as its top contender.
  • Coming in with the support of 17 states, “The Lion King” (1994) is America’s favorite Disney film.
  • Dumbo” (1941) is loved by New York, which was known for the elephant walk through Manhattan, a tradition that lasted more than 30 years.
  • Almost 71 percent of Vermont households own a pet, so it’s natural that they would love “101 Dalmatians” (1961).
  • The fantastical “Alice in Wonderland” (1951) is a favorite of New Mexico, which is the only state in which you can legally grow magic mushrooms.
  • With the most untamed wilderness of any state, Alaska’s reverence for wildlife and nature is reflected in its love for “Bambi” (1942).
  • Utah, which has the youngest average population in the U.S., had a fourteen-way tie for its favorite Disney film. No other state but Utah had a tie for its favorite Disney movie.

The analysis team at got their results through cross-referencing Disney films with Google Trends data to discover which films the U.S. preferred over the past five years.

The team also took a look at data for Canada – check out their top Disney film infographic below:

“Beauty and the Beast” was the top contender for Canada’s favorite Disney film, just edging out “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Bambi.”

What do you think? Does their data match up? Let us know in the comments below, and tell us what your favorite Disney film is, and if it matches up with your state!


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