Sleeping Beauty

11 Royal Facts You Might Not Know About Sleeping Beauty

By Jim Fanning

Released on January 29, 1959, Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is celebrating 60 years of timeless characters, magnificent music of the classical kind, and dazzling animated artistry. One of the most elaborate animated features ever produced, this enchanting epic tells the spellbinding tale of a lovely princess cursed by an evil fairy to fall into a…

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So Dear to My Heart

Did You Know? 12 Blue-Ribbon Facts About Walt Disney’s So Dear to My Heart

By Jim Fanning

Told through the golden glow of nostalgia, Walt Disney’s So Dear to My Heart celebrates 70 years of humor, music, and animation. Released on January 19, 1949, this heartfelt film is set in 1903, in Fulton Corners, Indiana, where young Jeremiah “Jerry” Kincaid (Disney star Bobby Driscoll) adopts a mischievous black lamb he names Danny after famed…

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The Sword in the Stone

Did You Know? 10 Wizard Facts About Walt Disney’s The Sword in the Stone

By Jim Fanning

Timeless in its humor, music, and classic Disney animation, The Sword in the Stone ascended the throne in 1963 as Walt Disney’s 18th full-length animated feature. A scrawny 12-year-old boy nicknamed Wart, who is in actuality the future King Arthur, sets ancient England on its ear when the mystical but lovably muddled Merlin—“the incomparable…

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Tinker Bell

Did You Know? 11 Pixie-Dusted Facts About Tinker Bell

By Jim Fanning

“All the characters in Peter Pan are in some way touched with magic,” Walt Disney once observed, and this was particularly true of the 1953 classic’s breakout star. He added, “The little fairy Tinker Bell glows like a firefly and leaves a trail of pixie dust behind her as she flits about with the speed of a hummingbird.” Walt well knew that…

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Hocus Pocus

Did you know? 13 Diabolical Facts about Hocus Pocus

By Taylor White

D23 celebrates the 25th anniversary of Hocus Pocus with these 13 tricks and treats of trivia, conjured from the depths of the Walt Disney Archives!

1. Producer David Kirschner, the creator of the An American Tale and the Child’s Play franchises, originally conceived Hocus Pocus as a bedtime story for his two young daughters in the 1980s….

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Did You Know? 5 Animated Facts about Who Framed Roger Rabbit

By Ross Anderson

Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released under Disney’s Touchstone banner and was a combined production of Disney and Amblin Entertainment, which was founded by Steven Spielberg. The film’s story takes place in 1947, opening with a typical mid-century cartoon short. As the short concludes, we find that the “toons” are just acting out roles in a…

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melody time

Did You Know? 10 Tuneful Facts About Walt Disney’s Melody Time

By Jim Fanning

Melody Time is not just a Disney classic. It’s seven Disney classics in one. Celebrating seven decades of delighting audiences with its animated delicacies, Melody Time is one of Walt Disney’s “package films,” comprised of several short animated pieces “packaged” together to form one feature. With its cornucopia of varied stories, dynamic…

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The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

Did You Know? 9 Striking Notes About The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

By Jim Fanning

Better get ready to hear, better get ready to cheer—here comes The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band! Released on March 21, 1968, this delightful slice of cinematic Americana tells the musical story of the Bower clan—Grandpa (Walter Brennan), father and mother (Disney Legend Buddy Ebsen and Janet Blair), and eight musically precocious…

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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

Did You Know? 8 Incredible Facts About Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

By Jim Fanning

Take one cat and two dogs who comically converse among themselves in human voices, separate them from their humans, and send them off on a perilous quest through the Sierra Nevadas to find their family, and you have Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. This Disney hit, the popularity of which inspired a sequel in Homeward Bound II: Lost in San…

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Blackbeard's Ghost

Did You Know? 8 Spirited Facts About Walt Disney’s Blackbeard’s Ghost

By Jim Fanning

What do you get a pirate, or rather, the ghost of a pirate for his 50th anniversary? Forget gold doubloons—this spirited swashbuckler is only after your laughter! Walt Disney’s Blackbeard’s Ghost, which first materialized 50 years ago on February 8, 1968, is a zany fantasy-comedy that tells the supernatural tale of a track coach who accidently…

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