10 Anime Series That Would Make For Perfect Disney Movie Adaptations – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Disney movies have core messages about friendship, family, and finding oneself, and there are many anime that would make a great Disney feature film.
It might come as a surprise to see how similar Disney movies and some anime are. From storytelling to character designs and hidden meanings, some anime series would make great Disney movies. All it takes is a little magic.
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But just like every good film, the story isn’t the only factor that makes a Disney movie. There is a specific feeling of home when watching these movies that the audience can feel no matter how many times they’ve watched it. For their enjoyment, while some Disney movies can be a bit dark, there are specific feelings in every Disney production: relaxing and heartwarming.
A Place Further Than The Universe is a 13-episode series full of adventure, laughter, and penguins. The audience travels alongside Shirase, Hinata, Yuzuki, and Mari, as they go on the experience of a lifetime to Antarctica. But as the girls struggle with friendships, relationships, dreams, and fears, what awaits them in this frozen land? Think: Onward meets snow.
Nine students are excited about the Planet Camp. But suddenly, their routine trip turns into a nightmare as they get lost, are forced to board an abandoned spaceship, and need to find a new way home.
Focusing on survival and with no idea what’s happening, they need to work together to uncover the truth behind their trip. With complex characters and an interesting plot, Disney fans would definitely enjoy this as a movie.
It’s simple: a boy invites a girl to work with him on his job. The only problem is that Chiyo Sakura is crushing on a clueless Umetarou Nozaki. So when he asks her to help with his romance manga, it’s comical how oblivious he is about Chiyo’s feelings and how his romantic requests make her flustered.
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Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun is a sweet slice-of-life anime that hosts a wide array of personalities within the characters.
Rin Shima prefers to camp alone. But when her camping trip is suddenly crashed, what happens to her peaceful moments alone? It’s exciting seeing Rin and her classmates grow closer in the Outdoor Activities Club at school. Wrap it all up into a movie, and Disney has a relaxing film. From setting a tent to enjoying the scenery, these girls get to really experience everything about camping.
Mob Psycho 100 may seem a little out there for a Disney movie, but its colorful visuals and core message make perfect sense. Shigeo Kageyama, nicknamed “Mob,” is a young boy who struggles with accepting himself and his powers – that is, until he starts working with Reigen. Though Reigen has his faults, he is one of the first people to see Mob for who he is.
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As the two take on new cases, they learn more and more about themselves. Mob Psycho 100 has both a fantastical side and a slice-of-life side that is the perfect combination for a Disney movie.
After losing her mother, Himeno Tokoyawa finds comfort in her mother’s pottery. After moving back to her mother’s hometown, Himeno joins the Pottery Club and meets a group of girls just as interested as she is in art. With her friend’s help, Himeno learns about her passions and finds a way to feel closer to her mom more than ever before. Talk about heartwarming.
In K-On!, Yui, Ritsu, Mio, Tsumugi, and Azusa all bring different personalities to the Light Music Club. But this show focuses more on friendship than it does on music. While the girls create songs, they also learn how important it is to make memories with your friends. And who wouldn’t like a Disney movie on friendship with hints of music, à la High School Musical?
Wonder what it’s like being 15, going to school, and keeping the secret that you’re a witch? Makoto Kowata is doing her best to try and handle all these changes and work on becoming a full-fledged witch. With a nice and calming atmosphere in the show, Flying Witch is a nice breath of air. As a Disney movie, it would radiate the same energy as Studio Ghibli films Kiki’s Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro in one.
Princess Jellyfish seems to have the right balance of everything for a Disney movie with a mixture of silly and serious moments. Tsukimi wants to pursue her passion for illustration, and Kuranosuke is born into a politically driven family that he so desperately wants to escape.
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Between the two of them, they have a secret to keep and their own lives to handle. It’s as if this series was meant to become a Disney movie.
Unlike other problems boys his age face, 15-year old Takashi Natsume is forced to work alongside a feline spirit named Madara. Together, they work to release spirits bound by his Grandmother in her Book of Friends. Just like many Disney characters, Takashi wants to find a place where he feels he belongs. With an intricate story like this, there’s enough to keep Disney fans interested.
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Abby is a Lists writer for CBR. With a B.A. in English, she’s always had a love for stories, especially the ones best told through anime. In her free time, she enjoys reading books and attempting video games. In her opinion, the best thing about all those aforementioned are the worlds and characters you meet along the way.


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