Wait what now…
If you gave me 5 seconds, I’d have gone with lion king, beauty and the beast, little mermaid. Milan wouldn’t even crack the top 5 - Aladdin and Tarzan rounds it up.
Lion king, undisputed, is the most impactful (in media, society, culture… etc) of the Disney renaissance pantheon, by far.
Obviously when talking about disney renaissance anitmated films we’re talking the cream of the crop, so they’re all entertaining and fantastic. But gun to the head, if we had to rank them - that’s how they’d score.
By the way, if you’ll also notice - the top 3 have their own dedicated Disney rides and/or areas at flagship Disney world (lion king’s tree of life anchors animal kingdom, belle’s village and Ariel’s grotto permanent fixture at magic kingdom.
All this is also why the stakes are highest and expectations and greatest for the lion king.
The rest matter a great deal, yes (especially Aladdin), but comparatively less so.
P.s. Your “forgotten” ones are great! Agreed.
Pps. Another underrated one, and possibly my 6th on the best of list - Hercules. I love Megara’s character. There’s so much complexity and tragedy to her that felt way beyond its time. She lived a layered life before the film, before Hercules. She’s made mistakes and has huge flaws. She is decisive, knows what she wants and makes no apologies for her actions (even when she knows it isn’t the most righteous move to make). She subverts the damsel stereotype dictated on her and flips the script to save the hero. Her character complexity is so progressive and modern, that honestly I feel a little snubbed for her and young girls worldwide that she usually isn’t included in your basic Disney Princess toy sets or park meet and greets.