On November 12, the Disney+ streaming service was launched. I had been looking forward to all the original content but I was more interested in having access to the entire library of Disney movies. I decided that I wanted to watch all the Disney animated movies in order from the beginning. I found a list on IMDB so I was ready to go. Finding time to watch them is a challenge… so it’s going to take awhile.
So far, I have watched Snow White, Pinocchio and Dumbo. Fantasia was released between Pinocchio and Dumbo but I made the executive decision to skip that one, at least for now.
I have seen all of these movies at least once at some point. I thought it would be fun to re-watch them and I figured that I would put them on when I am doing other things. I thought it would be interesting to see the evolution of animation and to refresh my mind on the full stories.
What I didn’t expect was how engaging the movies would be. I was only a few minutes into Snow White and I closed my laptop so I could fully watch the movie. The animals that work with Snow White to clean the dwarfs’ house are so cute. The seven dwarfs themselves are so much funnier than I remember.
I was also impressed by messages that can be found in these early movies. Pinocchio teaches what it means to have a conscience and how to know right from wrong. The Blue Fairy also teaches Pinocchio about how a “lie keeps growing and growing until it’s as plain as the nose on your face.”
Poor little Dumbo breaks my heart as he is teased and his mom is locked up for protecting him. Yes, I cry every time during the Baby Mine scene. But what a great lesson Timothy mouse presents as he stands up for Dumbo several times and is a good friend.
This movie project is a great lead in to my 50 days of Disney year. I will definitely not finish it before this year is over, so I am envisioning some movie marathon days as part of my “Disney days” year.