What’s the Best 1947-67 Live-Action Disney Film?

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  • jfleming

    Voted for 20,000 Leagues for the great special effects for their time. And for the great Peter Lorre one my favorite actors.

    • Tim

      Right back atcha! 20,000 LUTS was my pick and Peter Lorre was far too often under-rated, as far as I’m concerned. Though not sure I see how a flubber powered Model-T flying around wouldn’t rate higher on the live action Disney list :p

      • jfleming

        Another reason I voted for 20,000 Leagues it is directed by Richard Fleischer son of Dave Fleischer one the Fleischer Brothers. I prefer their animated shorts to Disney’s hands down.

    • Donald Hank

      Actually, two of the best is not even listed. Those are “Song Of The South”, and “So Dear To My Heart”.

      Someone needs to force Disney to release “Song Of The South” on DVD. For some reason, it was never released either on VHS, or DVD.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.ruffin Bryan Ruffin

        The way I hear it, Disney can’ because of the NAACP. They, supposedly, said it was racist.

        • http://www.facebook.com/gene.bivins Gene Bivins

          You can’t blame it on the NAACP. Disney Studios decided to self-censor on their own, just as they cut out the zebra centaur maids from Fantasia. They are afraid of the controversy if they were to release it. They probably never will.

          • Bryankr

            Still sux, I haven’t seen it since I was, like, 5!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002980791041 Sam Molloy

            It was the first movie I ever saw, very soon after it came out. My parents made sure I saw it because they considered it Pro Diversity. I saw it again when they re released it about 1972, at age 20 and cried. They should re think their decision.

  • Allen Hefner

    No contest. I picked the top three in the correct order without even discussing it with myself.

  • Tito Pannaggi

    I copy jfleming’s saying!

    Voted for “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (1954) for the great special effects for their time. And for the great Peter Lorre one my favorite actors.
    and add James Mason’s version of Captain Nemo.

    • Tim

      You GO, Tito!

    • RMac

      You nailed it on the head.

    • Andrew

      Agree, agree! Gotta add Kirk Douglas as the illustrious Harpooner and great character part.

  • judy

    there were too many great films; dramas, comedies, films that made you feel good after seeing them. Never heard of the ‘happiest millionaire’, though

  • hernando

    Loved THE SHAGGY DOG and BABES IN TOYLAND for ANNETTE FUNICELLO and friends but the Best one was 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1626586148 Rene Courtney

    I love all of these in the list and watch them often. No blood and gore just great entertainment!

    • dave castellarin

      RIGHT ON!! exactly my sentiment. hollywood could SURE take a lesson from this when you consider the state of the industry today

  • Jim Crawford

    I would have thought that the ‘Great Locomotive Chase’ would have been included. Also ‘The Story of Robin Hood & His Merrie Men’. (Peter Finch was great as the sherriff)

  • David Pierce

    I own copies of most of these but I’ve seen them all. Of them, I love the first 9. I voted for 20,000 – I love that version of the Nautilus. Here’s a fact about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – the book that is: Unless you have read the original french version – you’ve never read the book. The english version a lot of us have read – edited out 25% of the book in the translation. How’s that for a surprising fact.

  • Andy

    Wow! thy were all good, what a tough call from that list!!

  • Steve T

    Any and all are just movies you can watch and makeyou smile over and over again ( I’ve watched with all my grandchildren, and I’ve got lots of them). Happiest Millionair was least favorite of grandkids, it dragged out.

  • John Small

    Mary Poppins better than 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea? Not in my house it ain’t!

  • Linda

    You forgot to mention Blackbeards Ghost. It was great. But, I gotta agree that 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea takes first place. At least in my world.

  • Mike

    I voted ’20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’, even though –great as it is–it is an edited version of Verne`s novel.

    I was a bit disappointed that my number one choice –’The Great Locomotive Chase’(1956) was not on the list. It`s one of the best historically-based action/adventure films ever made.

  • TinyTim

    Old Yeller is one of the greatest children’s movies (and perhaps the saddest) ever, and I loved Mary Poppins when I saw it in the 4th grade, but I have no desire to see it again. On the other hand, I rewatch 20,000 Leagues every few years, and it’s still a great movie. Every post I’m reading here seems to agree. So where are all the people who voted for Poppins? Is recess over?

  • Milan

    Dancing and singing does it for me. MARY POPPINS wins. No more need be said.

  • Louis

    I saw Old Yeller when it first came out. That
    is the only time, because it was so sad I have
    never been able to watch it again.

  • ED

    I voted for Mary Poppins and was with the pack who agreed. I also thought about Swiss Family & 200 leagues, so I see I was right on target.

  • Virginia

    Voted Swiss Family Robinson, Island was absolutely gorgeous. Great fun to watch the brothers compete for the girl. Also the tree house, Now who wouldn’t want to sleep under the stars????? Thanks Disney Pictures.

  • R.D.Cochran

    I figured it was between Mary and 20,000 LUTS. I voted for Mary because I’m partial to musicals, but 20,000 is also a fine picture.I’ve enjoyed most of the ones listed.

  • tim

    Song of the south

    • walter

      which idiotic group has stopped the release of this great classic?

  • SLH

    What happened to That Darn Cat and The Ugly Dachshund ? I also love a little known, seldom seen, movie called My Dog The Thief. My choice from the list offered came down to The Parent Trap or The Happiest Millionaire. I chose The Parent Trap, superb cast and it has it all for the whole family, real romance, a lot of laughs and a very happy ending. It’s had the most remakes of these choices, none as good as the original, but the storyline holds up in any time frame or setting. This reminded me it’s almost time for our yearly viewing of Darby O’Gill :-). I love all of Disney’s live action from back when Walt was in charge, wish they still made ‘em like they used to :-(.

    • Jalynne

      You make a fantastic point that The Parent Trap really holds its own over time with both the original and the ability to remake it for a modern generation (its been remade and/or the plot borrowed several times as is). It was my third choice on this list. Mary Poppins and The Happiest Millionaire were my first two because I just have such a longstanding love for both of them, but I’d say The Parent Trap definitely has the longest longevity of the three.

  • Steve in Sedona

    20,000 Leagues was great, no question. But for me, it’s Treasure Island, solely because of Robert Newton as Long John. He was the definitive pirate, matey, and a villain you both love and hate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1313918551 Enrique Bird-Picó

    Voted for “Swiss Family Robinson” as I saw it 3 times when it came out, but think the other top 2 (20000 and Mary Poppins) are as good. By the way, I think that “Old Yeller”, “Treasure Island”, “The Parent Trap”, and “The Absent Minded Professor” are all great movies, too.


    Davy Crockett.(One of the best Alamo scenes ever filmed)

  • Hobo

    I voted for Mary Poppins because I, too, love musicals, but it was definitely a hard choice. I still watch and enjoy the Parent Trap every now and then and I always love watching Darby O’Gill. I loved Robin Hood and does anyone else remember Fess Parker in Westward Ho the Wagons (1956)? I remember loving that movie.

  • Tom Strother

    What happened to “Davy Crockett?” Here in Ft. Worth, the line was three blocks long to get into the theater & see Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen on stage before the film.

    • Liz

      I was wondering why that was left off too.

    • Jim Ward

      I own all of the Davy Crockett films as well as The Song of the South. They are all available in Britain. Song of the South was was boycotted by the NAACP and forced Disney to pull it in America.

  • Larry G.

    Voted for “Poppins” because it introduced the movie world to Julie Andrews. If it hadn’t been for Disney there would be no “Sound of Music” as we know it today…….but really love the movies with Annette!

  • S. R. Orsulak

    I picked SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, but I was disappointed that DAVEY CROCKETT was not included. That is really my all time favorite. When I was growing up I saw it and had everything they came out with including the hat, musket, jacket, and belonged to the Fan Club. I also liked LIGHT IN THE FOREST which was another great movie about the white boy raised by Indians in 18th Century Pennsylvania.

  • Mike F.

    Although I voted for Mary Poppins, my favorite is probably Pollyanna. Snow White is my ALL-time favorite Disney film.

  • Michael Oldfield

    My vote also went for “Mary Poppins” but I must put in a word for “Darby O’Gill and the Little People”. The interaction between actor Albert Sharpe as Darby and the wee leprechauns is very good. He walks in front of them, behind them and in amongst them. For 1959, this was a very clever effect and added greatly to the film’s charm.

  • David

    Why did Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier, miss this list?

  • William Sommerwerck

    I voted for “20,000 Leagues” (though with reluctance, as there are other fine films here). Earl Felton’s excellent script keeps the focus firmly on the moral issues at the center of the story, and James Mason turns in an Oscar-worthy performance. The special effects have barely dated, and the Nautilus is the niftiest-looking submarine, ever. The only thing “wrong” with the film is that it doesn’t have a Bernard Herrmann score.

    “Treasure Island” is a treasure, and rather better than the novel. It has a startling scene (not in the book), where Long John Silver attempts to “seduce” Jim. Robert Newton’s controversial performance is superb, exactly capturing the character’s character in the novel.

    “The Absent-Minded Professor” is a classic bit of sci-fi/fantasy, and shows Robert Stevenson (RLS’s grandson) at his directorial peak. Smart script, too.

    “Darby O’Gill” is nothing if not charming, and is a jaw-dropping demonstration of the use of forced perspective.

    Never having had a dog, I can’t intelligently comment on “Old Yeller”, but I understand why it’s popular.

    “Mary Poppins” has many fine moments, but too-often drags. “The Parent Trap” has a boring script, and is overlong. “Pollyanna” is better, but still too long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikeschlesinger Michael Schlesinger

    Almost voted for DARBY O’GILL, and after seeing the results, now I wish I had! :-(

    (Actual vote was for LEAGUES, which clearly didn’t need my help!)

  • jaime

    Many on the list are quite good,but MARY POPPINS tops them all.

  • em

    What about SUMMER MAGIC? Hayley Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Burl Ives-wonderful, unassuming film with enjoyable songs.

  • likeicare

    My apologies to its fans who have already posted, but I cannot abide Babes in Toyland. Let’s start with that as filmed BiT is not true to Victor Herbert’s original masterpiece of operetta. The ending is contrived, childish, and antithetical to the rest of the story. That one entry just rubs against the musical grain to even be considered on the list.
    I much prefer the earlier, funnier, and vastly more entertaining Laurel and Hardy entry, sometimes titled “March of the Wooden Soldiers.” Superior in every way except not being in color – and all things considered even that is a benefit compared to WD’s BiT.

  • topkat

    ALL OF THESE ARE WONDERFUL! Disney was a real genius at live action films.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cdmalin David Malin

    For those who are wondering why Davy Crockett didn’t make the list– it’s because it was edited down from TV episodes, and wasn’t really a theatrical movie.

  • Juanita Curtis

    Hard to make a choice as some films I haven’t seen since I was very young. I chose Mary Poppins as I love musicals even though I hated Dick Van Dykes bad cockney accent!!! The Parent Trap would be a close second as I was a big fan of Hayley Mills and Maureen O”Hara.

  • David Rayner

    “Treasure Island” with Bobby Driscoll and Robert Newton is my favourite. William Summerwerck mentions a scene where Long John Silver attempts to “seduce” Jim. Where was that scene, William? I’ve seen the movie many times and I seem to have missed that bit.

  • Al S

    I voted for Mary Popins. If you missed the Happiest Milionaire you missed a great Movie. It is still available.
    A happy and unbelievably lucky young Irish immigrant, John Lawless, lands a job as the butler of an unconventional millionaire, Biddle. His daughter, Cordelia Drexel Biddle, tires of the unusual antics of her father–especially since the nice young men around town all fear him. Wouldn’t you fear a father-in-law that keeps alligators for pets and teaches boxing at his daily Bible classes? Cordelia decides to run off to boarding school and promptly finds the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, his family doesn’t approve of Biddle’s outrageous antics, either. A Disney musical punctuated by snappy songs and an energetic debut by Tommy Steele. This is reportedly one of the last live- action films Walt Disney personally oversaw.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=810469075 COCHISE Miller

    I would have voted for either THREE LIVES OF THOMASINA or DR. SYN ALIAS THE SCARECROW if they were options!

  • Annie

    I love most of the movies on the list, but voted for 20,000 leagues. Greating cast with Mason, Loree and Kirk Douglas strumming and singing too.

  • Michael

    All of these features are meritorious and stand in good company. Keep in mind that compared to one another, these are different films and with exceptional screenplays and casts.

    As the studio crafted Silly Symphony cartoons and popular star quality characters
    ( Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, etc. ) the personality of each film was a draw for audiences the world over. Imagine that Mickey Mouse took top billing over a feature film on a movie theatre marquis? Audiences were enchanted, and continued development was an impetus that the succession of films stood hand and shoulders on each other. The wealth of Snow White, and the creative studio spirit, made with human hands, pushed a maturing audience to quality live action films that the public came to trust.

    The development of the parks, and the drive under Walt’s tutelage, culminated with Mary Poppins.

    To have a vision that combines live actors and along cartoons as the Alice On the Farm series, Walt came full circle and accomplished his dream. Mary Poppins is my vote for the consummate live action feature at Disney.

  • Laura B.

    Love love love the old live action Disney films. I have to say that Mary Poppins wasn’t one of my favorites. I voted for Old Yeller, but it was a hard choice to make. Another great one for the action/adventure lovers is In Search of the Castaways. Some others that didn’t make the list were: Kidnapped, Sammy the Way-Out Seal (hilarious!), The Three Lives of Thomasina and The Gnome-Mobile. And a high-five to the person who mentioned Blackbeard’s Ghost (though I can’t remember if that was made before or after 1967). Very funny!

  • jake

    What, neither of the “Davy Crockett” films? (Yeah, they were edited from the tv shows, but still…)

    No “Westward Ho the Wagons?” (Which has become a lamentably long-lost film now.)

    No “In Search of the Castaways?” (Our little girl Haley is growing up!)

    No “Follow the Boys?” (I think that was the name of it, with Fred McMurray…between Disney and “My Three Sons” he found an entire second life!)

    From your choices, I’m torn between “Old Yaller,” “20,000,” “Polyanna” (what a WONDERFUL little film!) and Darby O’Gill…and couldn’t possibly even choose between them. (Disney put out a LOT of pap back then…but still managed to put out some GREAT films!)

    But one of my favorites from back then was “Kidnapped,” and no one ever remembers that one anymore!

  • Nils Goering

    Again, it’s up to me to put the record straight and place these films in their correct ‘BEST’ order:

    THE PARENT TRAP (Haley Mills version)

    Why ‘Mary Poppins’ is topping this poll is a bafflement. It’s far from the Disney Studio’s finest live action achievement. I’m suspecting that the reason for its high position on the poll is that there are more female voters causing it to spike into first place. Either that, or it’s a large voting crowd of baby boomers who have warm fuzzy memories of seeing it when it hit the theatres back when they were small fry and are voting out of nostalgia rather than critical evaluation.
    Other live action Disney films that should have been on the voting list that were better and more satisfying than ‘Mary Poppins’ are the ‘Davy Crockett’ adventures (yes, they were released to the theatres), ‘Blackbeard’s Ghost’, ‘Moon Pilot’, ‘The Great Locomotive Chase’, ‘Light in the Forest’, ‘The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh’ (again, it had a theatrical release), ‘Son of Flubber’ ‘MoonSpinners’ and most any of the teen science comedies like ‘Misadventures of Merlin Jones’ and ‘The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes’

  • Bill C.

    I had such a crush on Hayley Mills when I first saw “The Parent Trap.” Had to give that film my vote. “Treasure Island” was a close second.

  • stan

    Guess I don’t understand what a live-action film is. This was a a list of comedies, fantasies, westerns, and some action films. One of the best wasn’t even on the list. How does the “Castaways” not make the list? If by live-action you meant non-animated then the list makes more sense (as it is subjective) but if the action in live action implied a film in the “action” genre then the list doesn’t work.

  • David Pierce

    20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA – great film
    TREASURE ISLAND – great film
    SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON – great film – I still want to live in the tree!
    DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE – good film and very hard to shoot correctly –
    THE PARENT TRAP (Haley Mills version) – good film
    MARY POPPINS – award winner – first rate film
    POLLYANA – great film and impossible to shoot today to to child nudity laws – the Kid’s are skinny dipping in the opening credits.
    OLD YELLER – I love this film! This, Where the Red Fern Grows, Benji and the first incredible journey are all great dog shows!
    SHAGGY DOG – good fun
    BABES IN TOYLAND – I had problems with this one. Having Santa’s workshop in this world just never worked for me.
    I liked this one, but I liked a number of others more.

    We need more G rated good family films.

  • Mr. Ludy Marvin Wilkie

    There are three outstanding live-action disney films I never tire of re-watching.
    TREASURE ISLAND with Robert Newton;
    POLLYANNA with Haley Mills.
    When Disney produced THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE he had an episode of his tv show telling how they borrowed steam locomotives from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad museum and took them to a small line between Macon, Georgia and Franklin, N.C. to film the sequence.

  • Michael

    Robert Sherman, 1/2 of the Sherman Brothers song writing team, passed away last week.

    He and Richard, contributed a wealth of music as Disney songwriters.

    The posted list of films are all worthy as being the best, and it’s a result of personal taste.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fred.s.kuentz Fred Kuentz

    Glad to see so many supporters for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which is indisputably The Mightiest Motion Picture Of Them All!

    TruFans might be interested in our Nautilus discussion forum:


    Hope to see you there!

  • Andrew

    Also didn’t make the list were “Toby Tyler” and “Westward Ho”. Both entertaining.

  • frankd

    For a guy who loves adventure it was either 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea or Swiss Family Robinson. I give SFR a slight edge. Great adventure movie! You can have the cutesy, touchy-feely stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1086364331 Stephen Farris

    Anyone that didn’t cry [or at least tear up] at the end of “Old Yerrer”, is lying or hasn’t seen it. Come on guys, fess up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1086364331 Stephen Farris

    And I don’t mean Fess Parker…lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/spowerquilter Stephanie Power

    I voted for Mary Poppins, but truly think “The Great Locomotive Chase” was also terrific – but Buster Keaton’s silent version was better.

    Loved 20 LUTS too – but was more fascinated with it when I was a little kid.

  • richard finn

    I noticed that the question begins with 1947, one year after “Song of the South” was released. I guess if they had not, these posts would be a criticism of Disney for refusing to release that great film on DVD in this country. Plus it would have won hands down. Of the list I picked 20,000 LUTS. I would have chosen Treasure Island 2nd. I do enjoy Mary Poppins, but agree that it drags sometimes. It has the merriest scene with Ed Wynn of all of the Disney movies when everyone floats to the ceiling in laughter. BTW, weren’t many of the Don Knotts movies produced by Disney?

    • Laura B.

      I think most of the Don Knotts movies were made after 1967 (also true with a lot of the films with Ken Berry and Dean Jones and Kurt Russell). There were a lot of “good” films made with Brian Keith but a lot of them are obscure and not sure if they had a theatrical release (Those Calloways, Scandalous John and A Tiger Walks).

  • Susan

    LOVED 20,000 Leagues. It was even made more fun when we visited Disneyland shortly after it opened to see an exhibit that featured a huge replica of the battle scene between the sailors and the giant squid. It was dark and misty on a walkway that surrounded the exhibit, so holding my father’s hand was a big help. But if it’s been a while since you last saw Mary Poppins, it might be time to revisit it. This film is magic. The music, the story, the sets, the comedy all blend into an experience that should been seen by every child of any age. I can’t imagine having a childhood that doesn’t include Walt Disney’s work. And I can’t imagine Walt Disney’s work without including Mary Poppins.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gene.bivins Gene Bivins

    There are several titles not on this list. I voted for what is currently #6, Treasure Island, with the inimitable Robert Newton as Long John Silver.

  • Paul Konstan

    For “Live Action”, my choice is 20,000 LUTS.

    Too bad this is limited to “Live Action”; would have chosen the animation/live “Tomorrow Land: Disney in Space and Beyond”. Leonard Maltin remains as vibrient (sp?) and pertinent today as when he created the narratives and lead-ins for the segments (yes, these hit the big screen when first released).

  • Allen E. Miller, Jr.

    I agree that 20,000 leagues is a great, but one not on the list (maybe because it was on TV) is The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh.

  • Hitchfan

    I would add “Those Callaways”. A wonderful cast of favorites too numerous to list and a great story of life and its struggles. Also beautiful filming of nature.

  • Marvin Plevinsky

    I voted for Swiss Family Robinson. Great cast with
    John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Disney players Tommy Kirk and Kevin “Moochie” Corcoran and the great
    character actor Sessue Hayakawa as Kuala, the pirate chief! The scenes where they fight the pirates makes this a great action film.

  • Jed

    The best live action they ever made was “Dr Synn alias the Scarecrow” also known as “The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh”. It beats all other movies!

  • Steve P

    I really love all of these films, as well as many of the others mentioned in the comments. Other faves are “Third Man on the Mountain” with Michael Rennie, James (5-0′s Danno) McArthur, and the beautiful Janet Munro, and “Moon-Spinners” with Hayley Mills.

    Side note: Disney was said to be ready to release “Song of the South” in 2010 complete but with a racism disclaimer. Apparently that fell by the wayside.

  • georgiacee

    I was trying to remember “Scarecrow of Romney Marsh”. Thanks Jed. Voted for “Mary Poppins” because the music is so fabulous but loved most of the others too. Also “Thomasina” and “Kidnapped”. Don’t know what dates they were made. Just like so many others I wish I could get “Song of the South” so my grandchildren could see it.

  • Nora G Cofresi

    Why is LIVING DESERT not mentioned??!? That would have gotten my vote.

  • Nils Goering

    SONG OF THE SOUTH!!! Yes, glad someone mentioned it! It’s a much better film than ‘Mary Poppins’ utilizing the marriage of live actors with cartoons. Why the Disney Corp. hasn’t released this to DVD/BluRay is a scandal. It’s long overdue for public release to the home market.
    Also mentioned are the worthy candidates THE THREE LIVES OF THOMASINA, KIDNAPPED and THE CASTAWAYS. Add to them, THIRD MAN ON THE MOUNTAIN – A terrific film – very suspenseful! ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD and WESTWARD HO, THE WAGONS – Western adventure featuring George ‘Superman’ Reeves!

  • Liz Clark

    I like Grayfriars Bobby.

    • Laura B.

      YES! I love that movie too.

  • merlin jones

    Thanks for posting this list of Walt Disney’s best live-action classics, all great choices, to which I would add:

    Song of the South
    The Three Lives of Thomasina
    That Darn Cat!
    Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow
    Third Man on the Mountain
    Summer Magic
    The Moon-Spinners
    In Search of the Castaways

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  • unspiek

    Who crafted this list of options? “Dr Syn — the Scarecrow of Romney Marsh”, starring the late, great, Patrick McGoohan, is a far better film than any of these.

  • Noel Bjorndahl

    Song of the South-no contest!

  • Lorraine M.

    Cannot for the life of me understand the absence of “The Three Lives of Thomasina”–I’d have voted for it for sure. I saw that movie for the first time on television in the late sixties (probably Frazier Thomas’s Sunday afternoon “Family Classics” show) and not too long after my family began adding kittens to our collection of household pets.

    I want to like “The Parent Trap” (both the Hayley original and the LiLo remake) but can’t get past the bizarre premise that two people, who supposedly never fell out of love with each other, could nevertheless decide upon divorcing to separate their twin daughters, for good measure not allowing the girls to see the absent parent–or even know of one another’s existence! And… we’re all okay with that??! (I understand it’s just a movie but still… no.)

    My pick was Mary Poppins, partly because the marriage of live actors and animation still holds up amusingly well, partly for Julie Andrews’s splendid characterization (though the author of the orignal stories did NOT approve of the casting) and partly because my brother and I were almost exactly the same ages as Jane and Michael Banks and sort of identified with them, me with Jane’s big sister bossiness; Joe with little brother Michael’s mischievous rebellion.

    I also loved and still love the songs, especially Julie’s hauntingly beautiful plea for society’s unnoticed and forgotten, “Feed the Birds.” All these years later that sequence still makes my eyes sting.

    Btw, I really don’t get the continued churlishness over Dick Van Dyke’s casting as the cockney sweep/love interest, Bert. He was cast because he was funny, talented, attractive, could sing and dance well, had great chemistry with Andrews, and after several successful years as Robert Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke” show was obviously considered added value for ensuring an audience. My brother and me, in common with all those other tykes in the theatre, neither knew nor cared that Dick’s accent wasn’t authentic; my mother, who loved the movie even more than we did (and still does), enjoyed the charm and energy he brought to the production. Judging from the box office of the day and the film’s continued popularity, she wasn’t alone. So there.

  • Karen

    I was so happy to see someone mention the Living Dessert. There was also the Disappearing Prairie, or the Vanishing Prairie, I’m not sure which. I think there were more in that series. I would give my eye teeth to get a hold of those.
    I was lucky to receive as a gift what must be a pirated copy of Song of the South years ago. One I wish would be released again. I love Disney!

  • KC

    I agree with unspiek. My favorite really wasn’t on there, although it may not truly fit the category either, since it was originally shown on three consecutive Disney television shows in the ’60′s. I’ve always loved the Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. After being on television, I believe the three part television showing was shortened into a feature length movie with a theatrical release.

  • Ben Lineberry

    What about the: 1) Davy Crockett – ‘King of the Wild Frontier’ 2) Davy Crockett – ‘The River Pirates’ and 3) ‘The Great Locomotive Chase’?

    Hey,the 150th anniversary of ‘The Great Locomotive Chase’ is around the corner in April. Have any re-enactors or Disney execs thought about that!!!!!! Hey Georgia, is anyone planning on doing anything at Kennesaw, Georgia for this special event and these two locomotives?

  • Ben Lineberry

    ’20,000 Leagues under the Sea’ will always be my Disney favorite live-action films (47-67). Of course, it blew all others out of the water. Of course Disney would have those TV shows which would show how the action sequences were shot. How about the one scene with the shark? Kinda reminded me of the James Bond movie ‘Thunderball’ where that shark wanted more than a cameo. The action, the photography, and acting were great. Krik Douglas did a fantastic job in this film. He will always be one of my favorite actors in an action film of this era.

  • Guy

    20000 leagues was my vote, but what happened to Bambi it didn’t even get a mention it was the greatest and the first disney film I saw.

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  • Will

    I’m sad that no one has mentioned “The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh” from 1963 starring Patrick McGoohan. Though a tv release rather than a theater release, it was great fun!

  • Jane

    I voted ‘Old Yeller’, becuase it’s hard not to love a movie you can cry with, and still want to watch again. Other notables that I wish we could vote on would be ‘That Darn Cat’ and ‘The Love Bug’. Or are those not classed as live-action films?

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      I completely forgot to mention, Pollyanna is one of my favorite movies with Hayley Mills.
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  • Watt Hyer

    Mary Poppins is certainly a wonderful film. But I swear I remember animation in it, which ought to put it in another class with Song Of The South, So Dear To My Heart, and others of the same kind.
    20,000 Leagues deserves top honors.

  • hypatiab7

    “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” because the cast was wonderful and so were the
    special effects. From tv, I’d have to go with “Johnny Tremaine” which really got me
    into Colonial American history.