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A Super-Cut of Disney’s Live-Action Movie Legacy


I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty.” — Walt Disney

There’s no denying The Walt Disney Company of today is a behemoth compared to the Walt Disney Studios that existed when Walt died in 1966. Walt was extremely interested in doing more live-action movies and I believe he would recognize how today’s franchise factory evolved from his earliest attempts at live-action.

A new super-cut celebrates the legacy of Disney live-action. There are a lot of rare Disney movies in there and some modern favorites.

That was a lot of fun. And I like how it appears the modern films follow in the rich tradition started by Disney all the way back in 1941 with “The Reluctant Dragon.”

Was your favorite live-action Disney film in the compilation? How do you feel about The Walt Disney Company’s current live-action strategy now that it includes Marvel and Lucasfilm?

Update: Here are the films Jim said he used in compiling his Disney live-action sizzle reel. Which title would you most like to see for the first time?

Song of the South
So Dear to My Heart
Treasure Island
Robin Hood
Sword and the Rose
Rob Roy
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Davy Crocket, King of the Wild Frontier
Johnny Tremain
Old Yeller
Light in the Forest
The Shaggy Dog
Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Third Man on the Mountain
Swiss Family Robinson
The Absent-Minded Professor
The Parent Trap
Big Red
In Search of the Castaways
Summer Magic
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
The Moon-Spinners
Mary Poppins
Those Calloways
That Darn Cat!
The Happiest Millionaire
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
Never a Dull Moment
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
The Love Bug
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Now You See Him, Now You Don’t
Charley and the Angel
Herbie Rides Again
Escape to Witch Mountain
The Apple Dumpling Gang
Freaky Friday
Pete’s Dragon
The North-Avenue Irregulars
Night Crossing
The Journey of Natty Gann
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
White Fang
Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
The Rocketeer
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Iron Will
D2: The Mighty Ducks
Angels in the Outfield
Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale
Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book
Operation Dumbo Drop
Frank and Ollie
The Kid
Remember the Titans
102 Dalmatians
The Princess Diaries
The Rookie
Tuck Everlasting
The Santa Clause 2
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Freaky Friday
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
National Treasure
Sky High
Chronicles of Narnia
Glory Road
Bridge to Terabithia
Prince Caspian
Race to Witch Mountain
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Tron: Legacy
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
John Carter
Saving Mr. Banks
Muppets Most Wanted
Into the Woods