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Walt Disney’s Greatest Productions

Some of the most popular films of all time have been made and produced by Walt Disney. Everyone’s childhoods are filled with his animated ideas. Here are a few of his most famous ideas that have gone far beyond his original target audience.

The Man Himself

Walt Disney himself died in 1966, although films are still being produced under his name to this day you may be surprised to know that the most popular of his films were produced by him from the late 1930s until his death in 1966.


Well Known Characters

Although there has been a lot of success for Disney’s more recent films such as Hercules, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast and even more recently films such as Princess and the Frog and the such like Disney’s name was made from the classics that everyone knows.

Walt Disney’s first and most well-known character has to be Mickey Mouse who was created in 1928 along with his wife Minnie; later in 1934 Donald Duck was brought to life. These two characters and their families were the beginning of Disney’s success. Mickey Mouse was a regular character in Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies – a collection of 75 short films that were produced between 1929 and 1939. 1938 saw the introduction of Donald’s nephews Huey, Dewy and Louie in ‘Donald’s Nephews’ in 1938.


Walt Disney Classics

Maybe the first of the more well-known Disney films to be released was Snow White in 1937. Over the next 26 years came an abundance of renowned animations produced at the hands of Walt Disney such as Bambi and Fantasia.


Most people would not believe how old some of these films are and they’re still being watched today:

  • Dumbo – an impressive 1941
  • Private Pluto – the first peek at the character Pluto was in 1943
  • Alice in Wonderland – made in 1951
  • Cinderella – 1950
  • Peter Pan – 1953
  • Lady and the Tramp – made in 1955
  • Sleeping beauty was made in 1959
  • 101 Dalmatians was made in 1961
  • The Sword in The Stone – made in 1963
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree – Winne the Pooh’s debut in 1966

Next comes maybe one of the most important films of all The Jungle Book, although this film was not released until 1967 it is in fact the last film that Walt Disney himself ever worked on as a producer – although he died part way through the production.

It is arguable that Walt Disney has a bigger impression of young people’s childhoods than anyone else and this is shown through the length of time that his productions have remained family favourites. Disney knew his audience and worked with that fact to produce some of the best films ever.


Community Author Bio:

This article was written by Chris Hulme – a short film producer – for, a corporate video production company.

Written by Ruan Smit

Ruan Smit started Pixelsmithstudios with the vision of creating a new design orientated environment of sharing, learning and expertise development amongst local Animators,Illustrators,Game Developers and VFX artists in South Africa.

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