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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Disney characters

Disney Characters Who Went from Zero to Hero

By Jocelyn Buhlman

Sometimes you’re born a princess, and sometimes you’re born a street rat. But no matter your status in life, there’s always a chance to save the day—just look at Hercules. Celebrating its 20th anniversary today, Hercules tells the mythical tale of an orphan boy turned demigod. But he’s not the only Disney character who turned his story…

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Under appreciated Sherman Brothers songs

13 Underrated Sherman Brothers Songs to Enjoy Today!

By Courtney Potter

Music. It’s one of the most memorable components of any Disney movie. From Snow White’s lilting “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” to Moana’s resolute “How Far I’ll Go,” music propels each and every Disney story to the next level—of comedy, of adventure, of romance, and of plain ol’ fun. And no two people have influenced the…

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Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, and Bambi

Get to Know the Animators Behind Your Favorite Disney Films

Celebrate some of the most legendary artists behind classic Disney animated films with this year’s D23 Member Gift.

By Greg Ehrbar

The first “nine old men” were Supreme Court justices—all more than 90 years old—who were trying to block President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” in the mid-1930s. When Walt Disney selected his first-string…

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Burny Mattinson

5 Fascinating Facts—Disney Legend Burny Mattinson

By Steven Vagnini

“Animation is 75 percent thinking and 25 percent drawing,” Disney Legend and Walt Disney Animation Studios animation director Burny Mattinson once said. “Everything must be carefully thought out first. Our animators not only have to think like actors but have to figure out how to get that performance across on paper and on the screen. Our…

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

These Disney Films are Real Page-Turners

By Courtney Potter

There’s nothing quite like cracking open a book for the very first time. It’s like turning the page straight into the greatest adventure of your life! Books—and the magical stories contained therein—held the key for much of Walt Disney’s early feature-film success. The Walt Disney Company’s first full-length animated movie, Snow White…

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favorite disney birds

Celebrate National Bird Day with our Favorite Feathered Friends

By Nicole Nalty

Whistle, chirp, or let out a cock-a-doodle-doo! It’s National Bird Day and, to celebrate, we’re letting some of our favorite birdies take center stage. What are you waiting for? Olé! Olé! It’s showtime!

Archimedes, The Sword in the Stone (1963)
Whoooo’s up first? Why, it’s Merlin’s feathered friend, Archimedes. This opinionated…

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Lady and the Tramp kiss

17 Disney Kisses to Count Down to the New Year

It’s almost time to count down to the new year! We’ve reflected on our favorite moments from 2016, figured out the guest list for an unbelievable New Year’s party… we’re ready to ring in 2017. But before the clock strikes 12, “aww” over some of the sweetest Disney smooches. We hope you have a happy new year! And make sure to check out the Disney Gif app,…

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Maleficent as a dragon in Sleeping Beauty

Our Hearts Burn For These Unforgettable Disney Dragons

By D23 Team

Dragons have always had a special place in our imaginations. With iconic features such as long necks, sharp claws, and leathery wings, they can be found in stories and art from cultures around the world—always with a unique style, but still undeniably dragons. In honor of Pete’s Dragon, opening in theaters on August 12, we’re taking a look at our…

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Madam Mim Halloween

She Takes Delight in the Gruesome and Grim: It’s Mad Madam Mim

By Jim Fanning

Of all Disney’s wonderfully wicked witches, one stands out as the most deliciously demented dame around. Which witch is it, you ask? Well, which witch lives in a cottage so creepy it’s shaped like a pointy hat? Who keeps a bright flower on her windowsill just so she can wilt it? Who makes up rules so she can break them? Who is so determined to…

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