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Each Disney Movie From The Year You Were Born

April 23, 2020 159.8k views69 items

What Disney movie came out the year you were born? Was it an absolute classic like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, or a total flop like The Black Cauldron? Here are all of the top animated Disney movies by year from 1937 to 2005. For the years that Disney did not release an animated movie, there is a live action substitute.

It will be fun to see which animated Disney movie was made the year you were born. Along with that basic information, you may be totally surprised to find out a few interesting Disney movie facts. Did you know that the now-classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty was initially such a major box office loss that it nearly wiped out the entire animated movie division at Disney? How about the fact that movies like Toy Story and Beauty and the Beast would probably never have been made if not for the success of 101 Dalmations in 1961? That movie may just be the most important Disney film ever produced.

Does your birth year fall during the Disney Renaissance of the 1990s? What was the Disney movie the year you were born? Read on to find out.

  • The simple story of a lovable elephant with huge ears who is ostracized and mocked may have just saved Disney. All of Disney's previous films were high-cost, ambitious projects. For Dumbo, the filmmakers decided to make a short, 64-minute animated work with no special effects on a low-budget. Thankfully for Disney, the film became the most financially successful of the decade.

    • To this day, Bambi is widely considered the saddest movie ever made. Yet, it's still very much a Disney classic and a must-watch for all kids, despite the tear-inducing moment when Bambi's mother perishes.

      • Victory Through Air Power is one of Disney's lesser-known films. It was based on Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydain" and featured no musical numbers, a rarity for animated movies of the time. The feature only took about 14 months to make. It was a short production schedule and perhaps the rushed-project can be seen in the lackluster final results.

        • The Three Caballeros became Disney's first feature-length movie to combine live action and animation. The movie features Donald Duck and his amigos from Latin America. It was originally made during WWII as an effort to promote goodwill relations between the United States and Latin America.