Disney Challenge

You knew I couldn’t last long without a Disney post, didn’t you? This challenge – one that I am undertaking under no time constraints because I tend to overload myself with goals that I want to accomplish and end up paralyzed by them – was inspired by a friend of mine.

The challenge is simple: to watch every movie put out by Walt Disney Animation Studios and read the literary piece it was based on.

Yes, Walt Disney Animation Studios films only.  Not every Disney movie.  Should your interest in the difference be piqued, you can check out the list of studios owned by the Walt Disney Company.

So, what movies/books will I be reading, exactly?

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) based on Snow White by Brothers Grimm.
  2. Pinocchio (1940) based on The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  3. Fantasia (1940) certain segments based on “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  4. Dumbo (1941) based on Dumbo, the Flying Elephant by Helen Aberson
  5. Bambi (1942) based on  Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten
  6. Saludos Amigos (1943)
  7. The Three Caballeros (1945)
  8. Make Mine Music (1946) certain segments based on Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer and Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev
  9. Fun and Fancy Free (1947) certain segments based on Little Bear Bongo by Sinclair Lewis and Jack and the Beanstalk by Benjamin Tabart
  10. Melody Time (1948) certain segments based on the life of John Chapman (1774–1845), Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky, Trees by Alfred Joyce Kilmer, and Pecos Bill by folklore consultant Carl Carmer
  11. Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) based on The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  12. Cinderella (1950) based on Cinderella by Charles Perrault
  13. Alice in Wonderland (1951) based on  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
  14. Peter Pan (1953) based on Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie
  15. Lady and the Tramp (1955) based on Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog by Ward Greene
  16. Sleeping Beauty (1959) based on Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by Brothers Grimm
  17. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) based on The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
  18. The Sword in the Stone (1963) based on The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White
  19. The Jungle Book (1967) based on The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  20. The Aristocats (1970)
  21. Robin Hood (1973) based on the British legend of Robin Hood
  22. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) based on Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
  23. The Rescuers (1977) based on The Rescuers and Miss Bianca by Margery Sharp
  24. The Fox and the Hound (1981) based on The Fox and the Hound by Daniel P. Mannix
  25. The Black Cauldron (1985) based on The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
  26. The Great Mouse Detective (1986) based on Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus
  27. Oliver & Company (1988) inspired by Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  28. The Little Mermaid (1989) based on The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
  29. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
  30. Beauty and the Beast (1991) based on Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont
  31. Aladdin (1992) based on Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (Arabian fairy tale) and One Thousand and One Nights translated by Antoine Galland
  32. The Lion King (1994) based on Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  33. Pocahontas (1995) based on life and legend of Pocahontas (1595–1617)
  34. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) based on Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo
  35. Hercules (1997) based on the Greek myth of Hercules
  36. Mulan (1998) based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan
  37. Tarzan (1999) based on Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  38. Fantasia 2000 (1999) certain segments based on The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen
  39. Dinosaur (2000)
  40. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
  41. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
  42. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  43. Treasure Planet (2002) based on Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  44. Brother Bear (2003)
  45. Home on the Range (2004)
  46. Chicken Little (2005) based on the folktale Henny Penny
  47. Meet the Robinsons (2007) based on A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce
  48. Bolt (2008)
  49. The Princess and the Frog (2009) based on The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker; The Frog Prince by Brothers Grimm
  50. Tangled (2010) based on Rapunzel by Brothers Grimm
  51. Winnie the Pooh (2011) based on Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
  52. Wreck-It Ralph (2012) based on
  53. Frozen (2013) based on The Snow Queen Hans Christian Andersen
  54. Big Hero 6 (2014) based on the characters of Big Hero 6 by Man of Action
  55. Zootopia (2016)
  56. Moana (2016) based on the Polynesian myth of Maui

*Edit 2/27/2018 – the addition of Brothers Grimm fairytale to #49


  1. Hi! I’m undertaking a similar task to you, only mine is to watch every single Disney film ever made. How are you finding it so far?


    1. That’s ambitious! Although, to be honest, I don’t envy your having to slog through some of the atrocious Disney sequels (Cinderella 2, Mulan 2, etc.), although you will get to watch gems like “A Goofy Movie.” Are you including live-action Disney in there as well (Miracle, Pirates of the Caribbean)? Disney Channel Original Movies? What about the cartoon shorts or Silly Symphonies? Sorry, I’m super curious about your endeavor…that seems like a bucket list thing!

      I’m really enjoying my little project so far. It’s interesting to read the source material and then see how Disney interpreted it. Surprisingly, Disney adds a lot more kissing to their movies (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and the The Frog Prince were never kissed in the source material). There will be an update coming soon regarding this project! Thanks for reading!


      1. Oh god tell me about it, Cinderella 2 is so so bad haha but yeah I will be watching everything, live action too. I think my intention to do it in a year though may have been slightly over ambitious.

        I really enjoyed your blog so keep it coming!


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