So... ready for round two?!
"I didn't cry when Bambi's mother died..."
LIES. Everyone cried. Deal with it.
This one is also based on a book, and demonstrates some of Disney's best work, being one of several well received animations released around this time period. It tells the story of a young dear as he grows up in the forest, learns about life, experiences loss, and finds his path. You can see the similarities with The Lion King, although in this one, 'Man' causes all the problems and pain. The emphasis revolves more around the development of Bambi's character rather than an eventful plot, so kids nowadays might not sit still for the whole thing, but I think its a gem, and definitely worth watching.
The only problems Dumbo encounters (nowadays, anyway, not so much back when it was released) are slightly racist stereotypes. When the circus tent is being constructed at the beginning, the workers are all jolly black folk, who sing a rambling song about how their work is hard, but they just love it. Then there's the gang of crows, who's lively jive songs are typical associations with African Americans at that time.
However ... things were different back then. I still regard Dumbo as one of the best Disney has to offer.
This was the first Disney film released that wasn't watched over by Walt himself, as he passed away a few years previously. I think that's possibly why it got such crushing reviews upon it's release; talk of crude animation and lazy editing was bandied about, but feck that shite; its entertaining! Its a nice bit of relief from all the 'discovering oneself' films, and how we can all accept and get along with each other; its just a good old fashioned hero tale, with a fairly easy going plot and plenty of fun.
The Little Mermaid
Oh yeah, my underwater phase.. ;-) unfortunately I never quite learned to open my eyes under the water, and somehow I don't think goggles looked good on mermaids..
Clearly I was an uber cool child.
Lady and the Tramp
I'll leave it at this little beauty, not given nearly enough recognition or credit. One of few that wasn't based in a book, Lady and the Tramp was actually in the pipeline for a good decade before it was made. One snowy Christmas, Jim gives his wife a puppy; their life is complete. Until the stork visits, and Lady, not content with no longer being the centre of attention, legs it, and befriends a mongrel named, 'the tramp'.