Watching Every Disney Film: Part 5

After a short break for Blogmas, here’s Part 5 of my thoughts on every Disney film made (that we can find to watch, anyway) and this is the last ‘batch’ I’ll be doing. After these, I’ve caught up on myself, so I’ll be looking at individual films after this. For those who haven’t read the previous posts, when we moved in together my partner and I set out to watch all Disney films we could. We started by using the Through the Decades collection, which was then removed from the platform, so we use the D23 list now instead.

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4

1953: The Sword and the Rose

Unfortunately not available on Disney+, which is a shame because I would really love to see this historical drama about Mary Tudor. I have no doubt it’s wildly inaccurate, but I really hope I get to see this eventually. Another one filmed in England due to the blocked funds.

1953: The Living Desert

The first full-length True-Life Adventure, and the film that saw Disney split from RKO and set up Buena Vista Disruption Company instead. This one made me ridiculously curious as to the techniques used to film it, and I’ve not had much luck finding it out! Unfortunately due to a fear of spiders, there were sections I couldn’t watch, but over all it’s enjoyable enough, though I do wonder what exactly they put these animals through. Some parts are very silly but they used some interesting camera techniques for some sequences.

1954: Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue

Another one not available on Disney+ – why is it all the Britain/England ones not on here? Come on, Disney! It really feels like I’m missing out here, especially as most of the missing ones are ones I haven’t seen.

1954: The Vanishing Prairie

Like The Living Desert, my interest in how they filmed these is well and truly peaked. I would like to know! This has less silly moments than the previous one, but it’s educational and enjoyable! Plus it contained less spiders. If you’re interested in nature documentaries and especially keen to see how much they have evolved, definitely check this one out.

1954: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

And so we come to the (currently) last one we have watched. This film is ridiculous, the fight scenes are hilarious, and this was how I found out I had absolutely not a single clue about the actual plot to this film! I honestly thought the giant squid had a bigger role to play. I was really keen to see this, especially after we walked through the Nautilus at Disneyland Paris. A fun film, but maybe just a touch longer than it should have been.

So there we have it – the first 25 films made by Disney, some I’d seen before, many I hadn’t, and there are a whole lot more to come! This a long journey, and it’s going to be quite a while before we even hit the year I was born, so look out for my reviews of the other films and, as always, let me know if you’ve done something similar. I’d also love to hear what your favourite Disney film is.


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