For the past few days, I’ve been on a chronological journey through the best films available on Disney +. I’ve already listed my favourite films from the 1940’s and the 1950′s, so today, I’ll take a look at the 1960’s. The 60’s were huge for Disney. In the 60’s, Disney were truly world-leaders on the animation stage, and in this decade, they upped their game with live-action films, too, even merging live-action and animation to create a true classic. So, let’s take a look…
5. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
The Sword in the Stone was a bit like Excalibur; stuck in it’s ways. I know that films from the 60’s aren’t exactly shining examples of how to do diversity in film, but this film really stands out. There isn’t a single person of colour, there are very few women, and it’s essentially just a straight white man fest. Also, the main plot and subplot kind of weave in-and-out in a bit of an odd and confusing way; this film could definitely run smoother. Flaws aside, it’s funny, it’s memorable, and it still provides a lovely little nostalgia hit.
4. The Jungle Book (1967)
The Jungle Book is wholesome, funny, fun and incredibly poignant. This comes as no surprise, considering that it’s an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s brilliant tale. This film teaches valuable lessons about acceptance, caring for others, and that humans have the choice to be destructive towards or supportive of the animals we share our world with.
3. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
Just look at this photo! How can you not be in love with this film? It’s just cuteness for 79 minutes. I mean, the writers probably asked “What’s cuter than a dog”, answered “100 dogs”, added in an extra for good measure. Do I love dogs? Yes. Does that make me biased towards this film? Yes. But, film is subjective, eh. Dogs.
2. Greyfriars Bobby (1961)
If you thought I was finished with the whole “dog” thing, how wrong you were. This film has two things I love: Dogs, and Scotland. I have an excuse for both; dogs are the best, and I’m from Scotland. It’s relatively rare to have Scotland portrayed in Hollywood, and was in the 60’s. In fact, the film suffered a bit due to the inability of American audiences to understand the accents, but it was nice to see a Disney movie about a famous Scottish tale whilst growing up there.
The Best Disney Movie of the 1960’s: Mary Poppins (1964)
Dick Van Dyke’s “British” accent couldn’t put a dampener on this classic, and that accent was stupefyingly callous, terrible, boring, bad and bogus. You’re welcome. Puns aside, I love Dick Van Dyke, but c’mon. Luckily, Julie Andrews’ performance was spot-on. This film was innovative, and it became to define Disney as truly spectacular at live-action animation blends. This film paved the way for all the live-action/animation fused films we’ve seen since, and it’s definetely one of the best Disney movies of all-time.