Cinderella (1950)

Release date: 15 February, 1950 Run time: 75 mins Director: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson Cast: Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton Inspired by: Cinderella (Charles Perrault) “Young man, are you sure you’re trying it on the right foot?” Things were getting tight for poor old Walt at the beginning of 1950. He’d enduredContinue reading “Cinderella (1950)”

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mister Toad (1949)

Release date: 5 October, 1949 Run time: 68 mins Director: Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, James Algar Cast: Eric Blore, Pat O’Malley, Colin Campbell, John McLeish Inspired by: The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame); The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Washington Irving) “Don’t try to figure out a plan. You can’t reason with a headless man.”Continue reading “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mister Toad (1949)”

Saludos Amigos (1943)

Premiere date: 24 August, 1942 Run time: 42 mins Director: Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts Cast: Clarence Nash, José Oliveira, Pinto Colvig Inspired by: Original idea “The traveller should be cautioned against any reckless behaviour.” By 1941, Walt Disney’s fledgling film company had created five masterworks – Snow White, Pinocchio,Continue reading “Saludos Amigos (1943)”

Bambi (1942)

Release date: 9 August, 1942 Run time: 70 mins Director: David Hand, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright Cast: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey Inspired by: Bambi, a Life in the Woods (Felix Salten) “Your mother can’t be with you anymore.” While work was being finished on Disney’sContinue reading “Bambi (1942)”

Dumbo (1941)

Release date: 23 October, 1941 Run time: 64 mins Director: Ben Sharpsteen, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Bill Roberts, Jack Kinney, Samuel Armstrong Cast: Edward Brophy, Verna Felton, Cliff Edwards, Herman Bing Inspired by: Dumbo, the Flying Elephant (Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl) “What’s the matter with his ears? I don’t see nothin’ wrong with ’em. “Continue reading “Dumbo (1941)”

Fantasia (1940)

Release date: 13 November, 1940 Run time: 126 mins Director: Samuel Armstrong, James Algar, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen, David D. Hand, Hamilton Luske, Jim Handley, Ford Beebe, T. Hee, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson Cast: Deems Taylor (narrator) Inspired by: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Johann Sebastian Bach); The Nutcracker Suite (Pyotr IlyichContinue reading “Fantasia (1940)”

Pinocchio (1940)

Release date: 7 February, 1940 Run time: 88 mins Director: Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Norman Ferguson, Jack Kinney, Wilfred Jackson, T. Hee Cast: Dickie Jones, Cliff Edwards, Christian Rub Inspired by: The Adventures of Pinocchio (Carlo Collodi) “A lie keeps growing and growing until it’s as plain as the nose on your face” Continue reading “Pinocchio (1940)”

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Release date: 21 December, 1937 Run time: 83 mins Director: David Hand, William Cottrell, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen Cast: Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell Inspired by: Snow White (The Brothers Grimm) “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” This is the one which reallyContinue reading “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)”

Steamboat Willie (1928)

Release date: 8 November, 1928 Run time: 8 mins Director: Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks Cast: Walt Disney Inspired by: Steamboat Bill, Jr (Buster Keaton) “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.“ Before we get to any of the feature length films, it makes sense to go right back to whereContinue reading “Steamboat Willie (1928)”

A Spoonful of Sugar

“A Disney movie is the perfect cure if you’re feeling under the weather.” So spoke a good friend, many years ago, when I was suffering from a cold. It is a piece of advice that I’ve always taken to heart – if you’re feeling down (be it physically or emotionally), one of the best pick-me-upsContinue reading “A Spoonful of Sugar”