Greatest Movies Through 1960

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Bambi (1942) Disney

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1942

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70 min – view video trailer

Genres: Animation, Drama, Family

IMDB 7.5 / Amazon 4.6 / MRQE 88% / Decent Films A+

Oscars: nominated for 3, won 0

Ranked #52 Greatest Movies Through 1960

Animated film about a young deer, Bambi, growing up in the wild after his mother is shot by hunters. IMDB 7.5 rating from over 42,703 users

It always comes up when people are comparing their most traumatic movie experiences: “the death of Bambi’s mother,” a recollection that can bring a shudder to even the most jaded filmgoer. Amazon 4.6 stars from over 384 users

One of the most timeless and universal coming-of-age films ever, Bambi ranks with the very greatest of Disney’s classic masterpieces, along with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,Pinocchio, and Fantasia. Loosely based on the unsentimental novel by Austrian Jewish writer Felix Salten, Bambi regrettably reflects none of the source material’s religious themes, but it resonates with the same sense of reverence and wonder at the splendor and cruelty of nature and life itself, and likewise reflects darkly on the sometimes destructive relationship between man and nature. Read full Decent Films review (rated A+ , Superior artistic-entertainment for Kids & Up)

MRQE 88% from over 72 reviews

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Fantasia (1940) Disney

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1940

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124 min – rated G – view video trailer

Genres: Animation, Family, Fantasy

IMDB 7.8 / Amazon 4.5 / MRQE 83% / Decent Films A+

Oscars: won 2 honary awards (visualized music, sound in motion pictures)

Ranked #45 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music. IMDB 7.8 from over 42,374 users

Groundbreaking on several counts, not the least of which was an innovative use of animation and stereophonic sound, this ambitious Disney feature has lost nothing to time since its release in 1940. Classical music was interpreted by Disney animators, resulting in surreal fantasy and playful escapism. Amazon 4.5 stars from over 299 users

Released in 1940, Fantasia was a critical and popular failure in its own day (Roger Ebert blames a war-related shortage of whimsical spirit); but with the passage of time it has gradually been completely vindicated. Endorsed in the 1950s by high-minded educators and culture critics for its popularization of classical music… then embraced by the 1960s counterculture for its dreamlike, nonlinear imagery; and ultimately hailed by virtually all film critics for its undeniably glorious, groundbreaking, visionary animation, Fantasiahas taken its place as one of the unquestioned all-time great animated films. Read full Decent Films review (rated A+, Superior artistic-entertainment for Kids & Up)

MRQE 83% from over 50 reviews

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Pinocchio (1940) Disney

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1940

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88 min – rated: G – view video trailer

Starring: Mel Blanc

Genres: Animation, Adventure, Drama

IMDB 7.7 / Amazon 4.5 / MRQE 64% / Decent Films A+

Oscars: nominated for 2, won 2 (Best Music Score, Music Song)

Ranked #23 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. IMDB 7.7 rating from over 37,542 users

A number of scenes make permanent impressions on young minds (just ask Steven Spielberg, who quoted the film more than once in Close Encounters of the Third Kind), and the songs (“When You Wish upon a Star”) can’t be beat. Amazon 4.5 stars from over 363 users

Emotionally resonant, visually dazzling, imaginatively captivating, thematically rich, Walt Disney’s Pinocchio may just be the greatest of all the early Disney masterpieces, possibly outshining Snow WhiteFantasiaand Bambi. Read full Decent Films review (rated A+, Superior artistic-entertainment for Kids & Up)

MRQE 64% from over 96 reviews

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Disney

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1937

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83 min – rated G – view video trailer

Genres: Animation, Family, Fantasy

IMDB 7.8 / Amazon 4.5 / MRQE 90% / Decent Films A+

Oscars: nominated for 2, won 1 (Honorary Award for significant screen inovation)

Ranked #20 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs; the queen feeds her a poison apple, but Prince Charming awakens her with a kiss. IMDB 7.8 rating from over 64,432 users

Based on the Grimm fairy tale, Snow White is probably the best family film ever to deal, in mythic terms, with the psychological foundation for growing up. It’s a crowning achievement and should not be missed. Amazon 4.5 stars from over 731 users

Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is widely celebrated as a beginning, the first feature-length animated film in Hollywood history. It’s just as correct, though, and perhaps more illuminating, to hail it as a culimination — as the crowning achievement of years of experimentation, discovery, growth and achievement by Disney’s animation team. Read full Decent Films review (rated A+, Superior artistic-entertainment for Kids & Up)

MRQE 90% from over 69 reviews

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