List of Disney Animated Films Set in the Present Day (in Relation to the Year it Was Released)

It’s easy at times to perceive Disney animated films as being mostly adaptations of fairy tales, or else happening at either a particular period in history (1995’s Pocahontas) or some other fantastical setting (Treasure Planet, 2002).

But just as enchanting are their animated features set in the present day – relative to the time the movies each first premiered, of course. We’ll start off the week by doing a list of all installments of the Disney Animated Canon that can be construed to be taking place in modern times (at least when they came out in cinemas); no Pixar entries, however. Also, only feature-length films with a single narrative are listed.

  1. Dumbo (1941)
  2. Bambi (1942) (though you’d barely notice, seeing as the film’s set in the woods)
  3. 101 Dalmatians (1961) (the British novel it’s based on was published only in 1956)
  4. The Rescuers (1977)
  5. Oliver & Company (1988) (Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist with animal characters and set in the modern day)
  6. The Rescuers Down Under (1990) (contemporary setting update from the first film in 1977)
  7. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  8. Chicken Little (2005) (anthropomorphic animals in a modern setting)
  9. Meet the Robinsons (2007) (part is set in the present, the other in the future year of 2037)
  10. Bolt (2008)
  11. Wreck-It-Ralph (2012)
  12. Zootopia (2016) (anthropomorphic animals in a modern setting)
  13. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It-Ralph 2 (coming this 2018)