When Walt Disney created the first Disney Film – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – in 1937, he began the first chapter in what would become the lasting empire and legacy that is today known as Walt Disney Studios.
Fast-forward 80 years, and Disney Films are loved across the globe by children and adults alike. Children fall in love with the colour and energy of Disney films, while adults find security and comfort watching their much-loved favourites.
The most famous Disney film and character is undoubtedly Mickey Mouse. So much so, that Mickey Mouse became the mascot of the Walt Disney Company. Since the 1930s, Mickey Mouse has starred in a series of movies, with his persona extending from the screen into households through merchandise like soft toys, mugs and figurines.
Disney has continued to evolve their films for new generations. Modern hits like The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and The Beast and The Little Mermaid have transcended the screen with the release of soundtracks, with their hit songs becoming almost more popular than the original films.
Walt Disney died in 1966, and during his lifetime was recognised with 26 Academy Awards. In addition,he won 22 competitive Academy Awards from a total of 59 nominations, and also holds the records for most wins and most nominations for an individual in history. He was posthumously awarded his final Academy Award in 1969 for Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
Disney is known to bring light and love to people, through charismatic characters and storylines that embrace fun – often with a life lesson to be learnt. For many children, Disney films form part of a rich education with the messages from within the movies resonating deeply.
It’s not unusual to hear even adults reciting lines from Disney movies, like the famous line in Winnie the Pooh “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.” Or, “if there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” Like many Disney movies, the lines within the Winnie the Pooh series are heart-warming and memorable.
So no matter how old you are, there is a Disney movie that can match your mood, introduce you to some catchy tunes and leave you with a message you may not expect from a children’s film. Find your pick at the free-to-watch website fusionmovies.to.