Hi everyone! I was tagged by the lovely Maddy (MickeyAndMaddy) to complete this Q&A tag created by Amy (Scariel’s Grotto). Make sure you check out both of their amazing Disney blogs! The Disney Golden Era covers the years 1937 – 1942 when the following full feature-length animations were released by Disney: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941), Bambi (1942) and Saludos Amigos (1942).
1. Any unseen films?
Nope! I’ve seen every single movie in the Disney Animated Canon to date.
2. What is your favourite film of the era?
The one that started it all: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. Snow White is one of the most revolutionary movies in all of American cinema. It was the world’s first ever full feature-length animation and the first released in Technicolor. The timeless fairytale story and the high production values with mesmerising sceneries, innovative animation sequences and memorable characters mean that the movie is still heavily enjoyed today by both the young and young at heart, and it stands the test of time.
3. What is your least favourite film of the era?
Saludos Amigos. I don’t hate it, I find parts of it to be particularly interesting (mostly the animated segments with Donald, Goofy and José Carioca) but it is a package movie (package movies were always made on a lower-budget than full length feature stories) that primarily focuses on promoting Latin America to North American audiences during WW2 through documentary style sequences. It’s runtime is only 42 minutes long, but unfortunately I find the film to be the most dated of this era. It’s still worth a watch though! The finale with José and Donald is the best part and really shows off how beautiful classic Disney Golden Era animation could be.
4. Who is your favourite main character?
Bambi. Bambi’s story is literally one of change. Bambi transforms over the changing seasons from innocent wide-eyed infant to a strong, defending hero who saves his forest home from Man. He learns to overcome hardships and adapts to his place in his world as the new Prince and protector. Bambi was actually Walt Disney’s favourite movie, and I believe it was probably because of similar reasoning… Oh, and of course another reason he’s my favourite is because Bambi’s also one of the cutest characters in all history Disney animation!
5. Who is your favourite villain?
There’s no doubt that the Golden Era had some of the most terrifying Disney villains; Stromboli, Chernabog, Man… But my personal favourite will always be the Evil Queen. She was the first ever Disney Villain and the embodiment of wickedness and vanity. Her frightening transformation into the Old Hag is perfect poetic irony, as she strives to be “the fairest of them all” by murdering her own step-daughter Snow White, but she ultimately tumbles off the cliff side to her death whilst wearing her inner ugliness on the outside! One of the most iconic film deaths not just in Disney animation, but in all of cinema.
7. What is your favourite song of the era?
It has to be “When You Wish Upon A Star” from Pinocchio. The song is sung in the beginning of the movie by Jiminy Cricket, but it has since gone on to be one of the most iconic songs in movie history and is a stable for the Disney company as it can almost always be heard at the beginning of every Walt Disney Motion Pictures movie to date. It’s a song about hope and believing in dreams which is at the very core of everything the Disney company does.
8. What do you consider to be the most underrated film of the era?
Putting Saludos Amigos aside, I’d say Fantasia. It was an unfortunate box office flop at the time of its initial release due mostly in part to WW2 cutting off the profitable European market, which is a shame as so much work, effort and imagination went into creating it’s truly magical musical segments, but it does fortunately have a great cult following these days thanks mostly in part to its most famous sequences “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Night On Bald Mountain“. I just feel that it was a huge milestone in film-making, it was arguably the world’s first modern “music video” and it definitely deserves more appreciation than it currently receives.
9. What is your favourite thing about this era?
My favourite thing about the Golden Era is the sheer hard work, innovation and determination that went into making these movies. Walt Disney took the major risk of creating something that had never been done before with Snow White and for all those years of working on the production, it wasn’t certain that the project would work and there was a chance that it would be a huge failure and shut down the company for good. Luckily, Snow White was a phenomenal success, and we all have Walt’s perseverance and positivity to thank for that. If there was no Snow White, none of the other animated features would have followed in it’s footsteps and there’s a chance that the Walt Disney Company wouldn’t even exist today, yet here we are, almost 90 years later Walt Disney Productions is one of the most successful companies in the whole world… All thanks to a young princess who whistled while she worked.
10. What is your least favourite thing about this era?
Honestly? I don’t really have a least favourite thing. All 6 movies are an inspiration. I suppose if I am going to choose one least favourite thing, it would be that the company somewhat suffered with some production and timing issues due to WW2. But at the same time, I’m proud that they carried on making these beautiful animations during a dark age of uncertainty. Disney brought hope to the world with the magic of his movies and that’s the best form of escapism you can hope for in such a horrible period of history.
I hope you enjoyed reading my answers to the Disney Golden Era Q&A. Thanks again to Maddy for tagging me! I now tag the following blogs to complete this tag:
… And of course, anyone else that would like to complete it also! Send me a link to your post when you’re done so I can enjoy reading your answers too.