December 11, 2009: The Revival Era of Disney Animation begins with The Princess and the Frog, which features the studio’s first African American protagonist.

Princess & Frog

Princess Tiana joins the ranks of animated royalty


November 24, 2010: Disney’s take on the Rapunzel fairy tale hits theaters in Tangled.

Tangled CD

Soundtrack featuring the Academy-Award-nominated “I See the Light”


July 15, 2011: Winnie the Pooh, the second feature to star the willy, nilly, silly old bear, opens at the box office.


November 2, 2012: The first Disney film to be released on digital platforms after its theatrical run, Wreck-It Ralph, premieres.


November 27, 2013: One of the highest-grossing films of all time, Frozen, makes its debut. It will go on to win two Academy Awards: Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song in “Let It Go.” Many consider it to be the best Disney film in two decades.

Frozen CD

In addition to its Oscar win, “Let It Go” also picked up a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media


November 7, 2014: Big Hero 6, the first Disney animated film to feature characters from the Marvel Universe, is released. It wins the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.


March 4, 2016: Best Animated Feature of the year Zootopia opens on the big screen.


November 23, 2016: Moana debuts, garnering two Academy Award nominations: Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“How Far I’ll Go”).


November 21, 2018: Wreck-It Ralph returns, this time scoring an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature, in Ralph Breaks the Internet.


November 22, 2019: Frozen II hits theaters, delighting audiences with yet another memorable soundtrack. “Into the Unknown” is nominated for Best Original Song.


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