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Disney movies of the 30s and 40s
From its first hand-painted films to today's
computer-generated Pixar wonders, Disney has ruled the field of animation.
While films animated by computer may be intensely beautiful and mind-bogglingly
complex, there will never again be anything quite like the first Disney
animated children's classics, lovingly drawn and painstaking assembled, hand drawn picture by picture.
Snow White was the first full-length animated
feature, and it became a monster hit.
with color and filled with sumptuous 1930s visual detail, the movie also
boasted catchy tunes and unforgettable characters in a classic folk tale
(setting the Disney pattern for years to come).
- in the form of Monstro the Whale - is beautiful and terrifying.
tremendous hit, with exquisitely detailed art. (Gepetto's carved mechanical
clocks are amazing.)
movie was so influential that its characters, dialogue and creativity are
embedded in the national consciousness.
3. ‘Fantasia’ - 1940
third animated feature was an experimental effort to popularize classical
hugely expensive film did not at first make money.
Fantasiais a series of eight choreographed classic compositions, including
Mickey Mouse as the ‘Sorcerer's Apprentice, and those graceful hippos in
tutus in the ‘Dance of the Hours.’
What do you remember?
4. 'Dumbo' - 1941
intended to make up for the losses of Fantasia,
re-establish Disney’s role as the provider of sweet, sentimental animated films
for children. It worked.
It was based not on a fairy tale but instead a popular
Dumbo is the
tale of a circus elephant baby with gigantic ears, laughed at by the other
elephants but loved by his mother. When his mother gets angry at cruel children
taunting her baby, she’s locked away from him, and Dumbo gets the most
humiliating jobs in the circus -- until he and his friend Timothy Mouse
discover that his huge ears allow him to fly.