Our childhood entertainers and first teachers, ‘Disney’, the company that forever kept our moods swaying completes 92 years today. The company founded by Walt Disney at the age 22 successfully managed to add numerous stories that have remained immortal in our minds. Movies that brought tears when Mufasa died and smile with ‘Hakuna Matata’, made us angry on Anastasia and Drizella while the seven dwarfs mesmerized us with ‘aww moments ’. Woody taught us ‘to envy is wrong’ while Mickey-Mini showed us forever bond that lies within their subtle romance. This 92 year mature company has been spreading smiles all across the globe, and successfully entertained us for generations. This young at heart corporation still believes in delivering even more hits to make our lives happier. On account of the company’s 92nd anniversary, TheGraphicSlate.com brings you the top 10 classic cults from Disney’s kitty which shall definitely make you want to relive your childhood days.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
I’m wishing (I’m wishing) for the one I love
to find me (to find me) today…ah ha ah ha ah! Remember this melodious song sung by the whiter than snow, ‘Snow White’!
This 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions was based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimmit, it was Disney’s first full-length animated feature film. The story of Snow White and her kindness to every living being was what got the viewers even more attached to her.
Every girl for once at least did secretly desire of owning the glass slippers; of wanting to marry a prince and also of wanting to meet her own fairy God mother. Cinderella; the name itself makes us recollect Disney’s beautiful cult in our minds eye. For many little girls, Cinderella always has been synonymous to an epitome of beauty. Her transformation – from a pitiful maid to a stunning princess made it look so realistic that every young girl felt: ‘if Cinderella can make such a transformation, so can I.’
The story of a ‘rag to riches’ story where the pretty maiden taught us to be kind and loving to one and all and finally meets her prince charming is what attracted everyone. This Disney classic released in 1950 was probably the alone brand that was easily worth hundreds million of dollars.
Released in 1959, Sleeping Beauty was the first animated film to be photographed in the Super Technirama 70 widescreen process, as well as the second full-length animated feature film to be filmed in anamorphic widescreen, following Disney’s own Lady and the Tramp four years earlier.
Filled with jealousy, an evil witch Maleficent curses Princess Aurora to fall in a deep sleep that can be ended with a kiss from her prince charming.
101 Dalmatians (Animated)
Remember Cruella de vil, the ugly, scary evil woman who abducts the super cute pups of the couple Pongo and Perdita and how Lucky along with Patch, Rolly and other puppies rescue themselves from her evil clutches. This movie released in1961 definitely made us want to adopt a Dalmatian pup.
It was 101 Dalmatians released in who helped the animation studio at Disney survive after their very expensive project; Sleeping Beauty did not do very well at the box office. Meanwhile, Ub Iwerks, who was in charge of special processes at the studio, had been experimenting with Xerox photography to support animation which by the sleeping beauty releasing year, he had modified a Xerox camera to transfer drawings by animators directly to animation cells, eliminating the inking process which helped in saving time and money while still preserving the spontaneity of the pencilled elements. It was this Xerox, which helped towards animating the spotted dog and Disney was able to complete the film for about half of what it would have cost if they had had to animate all the dogs and spots.
The Jungle Book
The concept of the wild animal kingdom acting as a shield to the life of a human child from another vicious animal of the same kingdom was what got everyone hooked to this Manga show.
The Jungle Book, an 1967 American animated film that was produced by Walt Disney Productions was the last movie by Walt Disney where he practically took part in its production; since the legendary filmmaker died during the movies production..
Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name, the inimitable combination of a toddler human ‘Mowgli’ and his best friends, ‘Baloo’, the bear and ‘Bagheera’ a panther along with their fun pranks, the heart-in-the mouth situations and the ‘Bromance’ was what made ‘The Jungle Book’ a never-to-be-forgotten series.
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid , an 1989 American animated musical fantasy film that was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation told the story of a beautiful mermaid princess who desires of turning into a human.
The movie showcased a cute little yellow tropical fish ‘Flounder’ and the beauty personified mermaid ‘Ariel’ together laid a beautiful instance of an everlasting friendship. In spite of being pretty and petite in its outward appearance, Flounder never failed to act as a mighty aid whenever his best friend Ariel was in any kind of dilemma. This cute little yellow fish who itself was prone to panicking in tough situations acted completely against his nature of being fainthearted and acted as a shield to Ariel in all her troubles.
The Lion King
Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase!! Hakuna Matata…’
Did you just humm it rhythmically in your head?! Well, that is the magical spell of the song picturised on an epitome of friends, ‘Timon and Pumbaa’ which takes you back to the ‘Lion King’ zone even after 21 years of its official release.
The Journey of Simba right from Pride Rock as a prince to Pride Rock as a king brought to us an amalgamation of tears, chuckles and a lot more cute moments. It also introduced us to this odd funny duo, Timon and Pumbaa. Even though the combination of a Meerkat and warthog sounds bizarre; it still tops our list of ‘Friends Forever.’
Pocahontas another Disney classic cult animated musical romantic-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation.
Directed by Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg, the film was inspired by folklore neighbouring the Native American woman Pocahontas and portrayed her historical encounter with an Englishman John Smith and the Jamestown settlers who had arrived from the Virginia Company. The movie was a commercial success, grossing $346 million at the worldwide box office.
Frozen ,an 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film, was produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen. The film told the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged iceman, his loyal pet reindeer, and a naďve snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. The animation went on to become the highest grosser animated movie of all time.
Beauty And The Beast
Beauty and The Beast a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film that was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. It was based on the French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. The film was a box office success, grossing $425 million worldwide. Beauty and the Beast received wide critical acclaim; it won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and became the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
The movie dealt with the relationship between the Beast, a prince who had been magically transformed into a monster as sentence for his egotism and Belle, a beautiful young woman whom he imprisons in his castle.
Disney India is all set to bring in the first ever Broadway Musical to India in the form of Beauty and the Beast.