Can You Name at Least 23 Disney Animated Movies That Were Released Before 1990?

By: Khadija Leon

Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 musical fantasy film, which was based on a series of Lewis Carroll books with the same name. It tells the story of a young girl named Alice, who follows a white rabbit down a hole which takes her on the adventure of a lifetime.

Robin Hood is a musical comedy film which is based on the legend of Robin Hood, but instead of using human characters, it uses animals to portray the different characters. Released in 1973, the film takes people back to Nottingham where they encounter the legendary characters.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a musical fantasy movie that was released in 1937. The film is based on one of the Brothers Grimm German fairy tales. It follows a princess who is exiled into the forest by her evil stepmother.

Dumbo is a fantasy film which was based on a storyline by Helen Aberson. It follows a semi-anthropomorphic elephant who was nicknamed Dumbo, who is ridiculed for the size of his ears. He is capable of using these large ears to fly.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is one film in a series based on the Winnie-the-Pooh books by author A.A. Milne. The book follows an anthropomorphic bear who, along with his friends, includes the human Christopher Robbin on several adventures.

Peter Pan is a fantasy adventure film which was based on a play by J.M. Barrie called Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. It follows a group of siblings who are whisked away to Neverland by Peter Pan.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a series of package films which were first released in 1949. It was based on different children’s novels including “The Wind in the Willows” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

The Great Mouse Detective is a mystery comedy film, released in 1986. Based on the children’s book "Basil of Baker Street" by author Eve Titus, this movie follows Basil, a rodent version of Sherlock Holmes, who investigates the kidnapping of a toymaker.

Lady and the Tramp is a musical romance film which was based on a story called "Happy Dan, The Cynical Dog" by Ward Green. It follows Lady, an upper-middle-class family dog who meets and falls in love with a stray Mongrel named Tramp.

Bambi is an animated film which was released in 1942 and was based on the book "Bambi, a Life in the Woods." It follows Bambi, a mule deer who lost his mother after she was shot by “man.” He is accompanied by his friends Flower the skunk, Thumper the rabbit and Faline, his future mate.

Pinocchio is a musical fantasy film which was based on the Italian children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collidi. It is the second animated movie by Disney, and it told the story of a wood-carver named Geppetto who carves a puppet of wood which is later brought to life by the blue fairy.

The Fox and the Hound is a drama film which is loosely based on a Daniel P. Mannix novel with the same name. The movie was released in 1981 and follows the friendship of Tod the red fox and Copper the hound from the time they were young until they grow up.

The Little Mermaid is an animated musical fantasy film, which was released in 1989 and is about a mermaid princess named Ariel, who dreams of becoming a human being. With the help of her fish friends, she not only becomes one, but she also meets and marries a human prince.

Cinderella is a 1950's animated film which tells the story of a young lady who, after the death of her father, is forced to work as the servant of the house by her stepmother. On the night of the ball, she is visited by her fairy godmother who will change her life forever.

Sleeping Beauty is a fantasy film which was based on a Charles Perrault fairytale with the same name. It was released in 1959 and told the story of a princess who was cursed to an eternal slumber. In 2014, the movie Maleficent was released starring Angelina Jolie, which gives a backstory of many of the original movie’s characters.

Oliver & Company is a 1988 musical comedy-drama film starring Billy Joel, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Joey Lawrence. The movie, which is a spin on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, follows a homeless kitten named Oliver who joins a gang of dogs in order to survive the harsh streets of New York City.

The Black Cauldron is a 1985 animated adventure film which was loosely based on "The Chronicles of Prydain" book series by Lloyd Alexander. The film is centered around the evil Horned King who wants to conquer the world with the help of an ancient magical cauldron.

The Jungle Book is a musical comedy adventure film which was inspired by author Rudyard Kipling’s book with the same name. The movie was remade as a live-action version in 2016 and the movie Mowgli is scheduled to be released in 2019.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians is a 1961 adventure film, which was based on The Hundred and One Dalmatians novel by Dodie Smith. It follows a litter of Dalmatians puppies who were kidnapped by Cruella de Vil. Their parents go on a mission to save not only them, but also another 84 puppies.

The Aristocats is an adventure comedy released in 1970, which is about a group of cats belonging to a family of aristocrats. After the butler kidnaps them, they find their way back home with the help of alley cats.

The Sword in the Stone is a musical fantasy comedy film which is based on the novel by T.H. White with the same name. It tells the story of the Dark Ages when the King of England died without leaving an heir to the throne. A sword stuck inside an anvil appears in London and whoever is able to pull it out will become king.

The Rescuers is an animated adventure comedy film which tells the story of a Rescue Aid Society, which is an international mouse organization located in New York City. This adorable organization is dedicated to helping those who have been abducted.

Make Mine Music is a 1946 animated film which belonged to the package films released during the Second World War. The film has ten segments, each of which tells a unique story with different characters.

Fantasia is a 1940 animated film and the third that Disney produced. It features Mickey Mouse in eight segments, each an orchestra piece of classic music.

Pinocchio is a 1940 American musical fantasy film which was based on the Carlo Collodi’s, "The Adventures of Pinocchio." It follows a wooden puppet named Pinocchio, who with the help of Jiminy Cricket, goes on a quest to becoming a real boy.

It first appeared in Mexico City in 1944. Donald Duck opens gifts on his birthday from his friends, which takes them on great adventures.

Fun and Fancy Free is made up of two stories. The first, pictured here is based on Sinclair Lewis' "Little Bear Bongo". The second, is a Mickey Mouse version of "Jack and the Beanstalk".

Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 fantasy movie which was based on a fairytale with the same name. The movie tells the story of Princess Aurora who was cursed by the evil witch Maleficent to an eternal sleep on her 16th birthday. She is guarded by three fairies who try their best to keep her safe.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit was based on Gary K. Wolf's novel "Who Censored Roger Rabbit?". Produced by Steven Spielberg, the animated film is about Hollywood in 1947.

The Jungle Book is an animated comedy adventure film which was based on Rudyard Kipling’s book with the same name. The movie, which was released in 1967, follows a feral child named Mowgli, who is raised in the jungle by wolves, a panther and a bear.

Released in 1948, Melody Time was similar to Fantasia in that the film had multiple stories set to music. This film was made up of pop, jazz and folk music.

The Reluctant Dragon opens in black and white for the first twenty minutes of the film, released in 1941. The rest of the film is in Technicolor, following the tale of a dragon, unwilling to fight the Dragon slayer.

Oliver & Company is an animated musical comedy film which was released in 1988. The film is an adaptation of Charles Dicken’s classic novel Oliver Twist, but instead of using humans as the characters, it features cats and dogs living in modern-day New York.

Peter Pan is an animated film which was based on the 1904 play, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J.M. Barrie. The story follows a group of children who are swept off to the magical world of Wonderland where they face the infamous Captain Hook.

The Great Mouse Detective is a mystery comedy film which was released in 1986. It follows a young rodent named Basil, who goes on to investigate the kidnapping of a toymaker and later undercovers a dastardly plan.

The Fox and the Hound is a 1981 drama film which was based on a novel written by Daniel P. Mannix with the same name. It tells the story of a fox and a hound dog, an unlikely pairing, who try to preserve their friendship as their instincts kick in.

Robin Hood is a 1973 musical comedy and adventure film which takes its viewers to Nottingham. Fans love Robin Hood and his gang of outlaws, as well as Maid Marian and Prince John in animal form.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is an animated fantasy film which follows a beautiful princess who was exiled into a forest. Her evil stepmother wants her dead because of how beautiful she is, and goes to great lengths to cut Snow White out of her life.

The Aristocats is a 1970 romantic musical comedy which revolves around a family of aristocratic cats who were kidnapped by their butler in order to inherit the family fortune. To find their way back, they get a bit of help from a group of alley cats.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad are a series of movies which were adaptations of “The Wind in the Willows” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” It featured a voice cast of Bing Crosby, Eric Blore and Basil Rathbone.

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About This Quiz

From the very first movie up until its latest release, Disney has produced well over 200 films. These films have included live-action, documentaries, hybrid films and the ever-popular animated films.

Apart from having several types of films, Disney is also known for several eras of filmmaking. Some of these include: The Golden Age, where Walt Disney himself oversaw the movies, and The Wartime or Package Era, which occurred during World War II.

The very first animated film produced by Disney was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was released in 1937. From there, he went on to release films like Pinocchio, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, One Hundred and One Dalmatians and The Little Mermaid. Though newer films like Frozen and Wall-E are popular among fans, classic Disney films still remain a favorite for ages to come.

How well do you know your Disney animated movies that were released before 1990? If you were given screenshots from the different films, would you be able to tell what movie it came from? If you would like to test your knowledge, then this is the quiz for you!

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