Disney's Animated Classics

Classic Animated Features 1-10

The animated films for which Walt Disney is best known and loved is the amazing series of full-length animated features that started in 1937 with the release of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Using techniques developed mainly through the Silly Symphony series of animated shorts, Walt and his animation artists set the standard by which animated films are still measured. Each of the Disney animated features is a masterpiece of art, music, and storytelling. Even after Walt's death on December 15, 1966, his company carries on the legacy. Beginning below is a directory of Disney's animated classics.

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1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
(Dec. 21, 1937 - 83 min.) *****

Plot: Jealous of Snow White's beauty, her evil stepmother, the Queen, disguises herself as an old witch and gives Snow White a poisoned apple.

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2. Pinocchio
(Feb. 7, 1940 - 88 min.) *****

Plot: Geppetto, an elderly puppet-maker, wishes for a son, who arrives in the form of Pinocchio, a puppet come to life.

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3. Fantasia
(Nov. 13, 1940 - 120 min.) ****

Plot: An anthology of mystical stories set to music by the great classical composers. The segments are:

Toccata and Fuge in D Minor
The Nutcracker Suite
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Rite of Spring
Pastoral Symphony
Dance of the Hours
Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria

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4. Dumbo
(Oct. 23, 1941 - 64 min.) ****

Plot: A baby elephant born with ears that are so big he can use them to fly comes to terms with being laughed at by the other animals and by the audience at a circus.

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5. Bambi
(Aug. 13, 1942 - 69 min.) ****

Plot: A young deer faces the dangers of life in the wild, including the unexpected loss of his mother to hunters.

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6. Saludos Amigos
(Feb. 6, 1943 - 42 min.) ***

Plot: An anthology of short stories set in South America, with Donald Duck as unofficial guide. The segments are:

Lake Titicaca
Baby Pedro
El Gaucho Goofy
Aquarela do Brasil

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7. The Three Caballeros
(Mar. 3, 1945 - 70 min.) ****

Plot: Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, and Panchito (the Three Caballeros) take us on a musical tour of South America.

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8. Make Mine Music
(Apr. 20, 1946 - 74 min.) ***

Plot: Another anthology of short stories, this time set to popular music of the 1940s presented by such well-known musicians as Nelson Eddy, Dinah Shore, Benny Goodman, and the Andrews Sisters. The segments are:

The Martins and the Coys
Blue Bayou
All the Cats Join In
Without You
Casey at the Bat
Two Silhouettes
Peter and the Wolf
After You've Gone
Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet
The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met

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9. Fun and Fancy Free
(Sep. 27, 1947 - 72 min.) ****

Plot: A collection of two short stories, one about an unhappy circus bear and the other the popular children's story Jack and Beanstalk, with Mickey Mouse as the central character. The segments are:

Bongo the Bear
Mickey and the Beanstalk

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10. Melody Time
(May 27, 1948 - 75 min.) ***

Plot: Another musical anthology featuring popular musicians of the 1940s, including Fred Waring, Roy Rogers, and the Andrews Sisters. The segments are:

Once Upon a Wintertime
Bumble Boogie
Johnny Appleseed
Little Toot
Blame It on the Samba
Pecos Bill

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