The Disney Plus Animation Challenge 

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Since we are performing social distancing, we have a Disney Plus challenge for you.  With the closure of the parks and other venues, people are staying home.  After you clean and work out, there is only one thing left to do and that is binge watch Disney Plus, and that is where our challenge comes in. 

First are some rules: the Disney Plus Animation challenge only includes Disney animated films – no Pixar and no live action originals or remakes.  Additionally, sequels, midquels, or prequels don’t count either. Other films that don’t count include The Nightmare Before Christmas, Enchanted, or Mary Poppins. The movies included in the Disney Plus Animation challenge are shown below, per time period (in order of release): 

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The Golden Age is our first stop and the company’s humble beginnings in the film industry.

The Golden Age is the era which included the films created through 1937 to 1942They include Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi. This marks the beginning of your journey in watching all the Disney movies.  

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Next is the Wartime era during WWII. Some people don’t even know that these movies exist!

 The Wartime Era ranges between 1943 and 1949 for the package films created during World War II.  These films include series of shorts that were grouped/packaged together.  They include Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time, and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. 

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After the war is the Silver Age where some of the most famous movies came in.

The Silver Age is from 1950 to 1967 by marking the end of the war era and the time period where Walt was working on and eventually opening Disneyland. These films include Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book.  

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The Dark Age (sometimes known as the Bronze Age) is considered the least popular era next to the Wartime Era.

The Dark Age (named so after Walt’s death) is from 1970 to 1988. The company was struggling at the time when it came to making their movies, but these films end up being referred as underrated gems and cult classics as the years rolled by. The films here include The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (which sort of counts as a package film), The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, and Oliver and Company.  

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Majority of the Disney fandom (and what feels like half of the population) grew up with the Renaissance.

The Renaissance lasted from 1989 to 1999 and is considered the best decade by many Disney fans since majority of them grew up during this time period Films for this era include The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan.  

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Also known as the Post Renaissance Era, the Experimental Era started the transition into computer animation.

The Experimental Era lasted from 1999 to 2008.   This is the era that started the slow, yet steady transition into computer animation and the films of this era include Fantasia 2000, Dinosaur, The Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo and Stitch, Treasure Planet, Brother Bear, Home on the Range, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, and Bolt.  

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The most recent Disney era as of now, Tangled marked when the transition to computer animation was fully in effect.

The Revival Era lasted from 2009 to 2019. This is the most recent era and has films like The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Wreck-It-Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. 

 

And thus, that ends your journey. There are a few things you need to look out for though: how many times they change their distributors and the times they repeated animation.  Have fun, wash your hands, and stay safe! 


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