Friday, 31 March 2017

Walt Disney's Live Action Movies Matter!

Okay, so this is going to be a relatively short and (maybe, not so) sweet post. Anyone that knows anything about me knows of my love of Walt Disney's - the company not the person - movie productions. All of them. Well the vast majority. I've often been met with the comments that Disney 'live action' movies aren't any good and, as of late, I've seen more and more people say they apparently aren't 'proper Disney'. Whatever that is supposed to mean...
That leads me to think they either don't know much about Walt and his beginnings at all or aren't Walt Disney fans as they claim to be, but only animation fans.

When Walt originally moved California he admitted that -  “I was a little discouraged with the cartoon at that time. I felt at that time I thought I was getting into it too late. In other words, I thought the cartoon business was established in such a way that there was no chance to break into it. So, I tried to get a job in Hollywood, working in the picture business so I could learn it. I would have liked to have been a director.”
He loved film from the beginning. His first ever animated series, The Alice Comedies, contained live-action mixed with animation and after success with many, many other animated shorts, releasing the award-winning Snow White which was then followed by Pinocchio, he became well known as a cartoonist.
However, during production delays on Bambi his fellow staff and he looked into live-action again, coming up with the 'tour of the Walt Disney studios' film - The Reluctant Dragon (I know it also contains many animated sections but it is primarily live action) - which he also stars in.

If you know about the history of the studios, you'll know the effect the war had on them and it was during this time 'Song of the South' was made. Also a hybrid film, it is too primarily live-action, as is the beautiful 'So Dear to my Heart' which followed that. Treasure Island, then came out in 1950 technically becoming Walt Disney's first ever fully live-action movie.

My point here is not just waffle, I assure you, but to prove that though the films may not be animated, they are still PROPER DISNEY. I have compiled a quick list below of most (omitting shorts and tv episodes etc) live action movies and documentaries that Walt himself worked on right up until he passed away. If Mr Walter Elias Disney himself working on them and that doesn't make them 'Proper Disney', goodness knows what does!
Just because they are not hand drawn does not mean that hours upon hours of work and insane talent weren't put into them. Some of these movies are my favorite movies of all time and I am, personally, (as well as Walt and his team, I be, would be)  very offended when they are cast aside and not given the credit they deserve under the 'Disney' title.

The Reluctant Dragon
Song of the South *
So Dear to My Heart
Treasure Island
The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men
The Sword and the Rose
Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue
The Living Desert (Documentary)
Stormy, the Thoroughbred
The Vanishing Prairie (Documentary)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
The Great Locomotive Chase
Westward Ho, the Wagons!
Johnny Tremain
Old Yeller
The Light in the Forest
White Wilderness
The Sign of Zorro
Ten Who Dared
Swiss Family Robinson
The Horse with the Flying Tail (Documentary)
The Absent Minded Professor
The Parent Trap
Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog
Babes in Toyland
Moon Pilot
Bon Voyage!
Big Red
Son of Flubber
The Flight of the White Stallions
Yellowstone Cubs
Savage Sam
Summer Magic
The Incredible Journey
The Three Lives of Thomasina
Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
The Moon-Spinners
Mary Poppins
Emil and the Detectives
The Monkey's Uncle
That Darn Cat!
The Ugly Dachshund
Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
Follow Me, Boys!
The Fighting Prince of Donegal
Monkeys, Go Home!
The Happiest Millionaire

You might not have heard of all of those movies above, but if you are a fan of Mr Disney, his studios, and his team, you should really check a lot of them out. They are all fantastic in their own ways as are those that continue to be produced after we sadly lost the legend himself. The company has always been the leader in some of the most amazing movie making technology and you can't say that they aren't still producing extremely high quality effects etc.
If you don't like live-action movies and prefer to watch animation only, that's cool, each to their own, but don't insult the legacy we were left by stating 'it isn't proper Disney'.

Thanks. :)

I just wanted to add a little 'PS' kind of thing to apologize for the ranty type of deal here and that I said it'd be 'short', when it is anything but haha! That isn't usually my style but I feel really strongly about this. The Walt Disney company and filmmaking, in general, mean a lot to me and many others, especially those who work/ed on them. Just be respectful.

If you aren't familiar with many of the above list here are a few I suggest you check out asap -
The Great Locomotive Chase
Bon Voyage!
Summer Magic
The Incredible Journey
Follow Me, Boys!
(And the first 4 too of course but that's a given.)

*Please no comments on what you think of this movie please. It was a different time back then and it is still an award winning, fantastic film.


  1. I love how much you know about Disney! I always feel like I'm getting a lesson haha I'm not sure why some people don't consider live action "proper Disney". That doesn't make any sense to me. Some of the best Disney movies were live action!

    Renee | Life After Lux

    1. Aw Renee!! I really don't know much at all compared to many fans but that is a huge compliment - thank you! Yes! I'm glad you agree haha. It just makes no sense whatsoever. Like surely even those who haven't heard of many of the films have still seen Mary Poppins, Pollyanna and Bedknobs and Broomsticks?!
      I could go on about it for hours lol.


  2. Great to see others who appreciate and love Walt Disney's live action movies! I made it a goal of mine to watch all the theatrical live-action Disney movies ever made which is why I made my live-action Disney blog to review them as I go along.

    1. I knew you'd agree with this. Yes! And it's a fab blog. I wish I'd thought to document them all when I watched them :/ I only have the odd few that are hard to find left.


    2. I'm glad you like my blog! It makes me happy to know that people actually read it!

      I think the rarest ones I've seen so far are Superdad, The Light in the Forest, One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, The Sword and the Rose, Westward Ho the Wagons, and Unidentified Flying Oddball.

  3. I used to be so in love with Pollyanna - I need to watch it again.

    1. It reminds me of Sunday's at my Nanas house! <3


  4. This is such a good post Danielle and all throughout this your love for Walt and his works really shined through too, and it's infectious, I love it when people are passionate and you're right too, the live action films are just as good as the cartoons and animations, and some are even better! I adore Pollyana, it's one of my favourites and there are several on this list I hadn't ehard of so I will definitely be checking them out! - Tasha

    1. That means so much Tasha, thank you very much! Exactly. I don't see it is one is better than the other just because of the way it's made. I see them individually for their story lines and cinemtography.


  5. I'm not as familiar with a lot of the live action films you;ve mentioned here (and some of the ones I ahve seen are marvellous and definitey feel like 'proper' Disney filsm!) so I'll try and work through your recomendations, thank you! xx

    1. Yes! #ProperDisney lol
      I hope you love them as much as I do <3