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Looking to Frozen, Oldboy and Inside Llewyn Davis for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of classic Disney musicals, twisted crime dramas, and movies about musicians.
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "Snow Queen," the creators behind Wreck-It Ralph and Surf's Up teamed up to tell the story of a fearless princess who goes on a dangerous journey into a wintery wilderness to save her sister and her kingdom. Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff lend their voices; Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee direct.
Between the vivid color palates, whimsical song numbers, and unforgettable characters, there's just some special magic to the movies of Disney. And you can revisit some of the House of Mouse's most fun-filled musical adventures from past and present below.
The Sword in the Stone (1963) Inspired by the legends of King Arthur and his magical friend Merlin, Disney animators crafted a story of wonder and transformation with a small boy called Wart at its center. At the film's start, he's just a slip of a boy with gangly limbs and a clumsy carriage, but Merlin the wizard sees something special in this boy, and so takes him under his wing to learn about the world by trying out new roles within it, like a fish and squirrel! Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson, Rickie Sorensen, Junius Matthews, Ginny Tyler, Martha Wentworth, Norman Alden, Alan Napier lend their voices.
Robin Hood (1973) Sure, you know the story of Robin Hood, who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. But Disney's interpretation of this tale gave kids a little more to sink their teeth into by recasting all the roles of Robin, his merry men, and villains like Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham as animals! And of course, animals who sing. Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov, Terry-Thomas, Brian Bedford, Monica Evans, Phil Harris, Andy Devine, Carole Shelley, Pat Buttram, George Lindsey lend their voices.
The Emperor's New Groove (2000) Inspired by the cultures of South America, Disney unfolded the story of a selfish young emperor whose transformation into a llama unexpectedly teaches him the true value of friendship. Teaming up with a peasant he's infuriated, Emperor Kuzco must travel back to his palace to overthrow the plot to steal his throne! David Spade, John Goodman, and Eartha Kitt lend their voices. Mark Dindal directs.