Disney films have influenced the lives of many. In fact, almost every individual in the world has a memory of watching a Disney film when they were still young, and you most likely had your very own. But little do people know, Disney has not just been blessing the mass audience with their pioneering films, they were able to change the movie industry forever with their unique innovations as well.
The Disney films you will find on this list broke ground upon their release on cinemas. Find out more about the iconic production studio’s rich movie history below.
Groundbreaking Disney Films
1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Snow White was actually the first full-length animated film released in the English language. Prior to this, there were already seven animated movies released around the world, but Disney’s entry was the first to use hand-drawn animation. From then on, the studio thrived to continue creating even more full-length films.
2. Pinocchio (1940)
Pinocchio may have underlying themes that stirred a bit of controversy, but it still marked history for being the first animated film to ever win an Academy Award. The story of a puppet who wants to be a real boy was enough to tug on the heartstrings of many that it won Best Music, Original Song and Best Music, Original Score. For those who don’t know, “When You Wish Upon a Star” has become Disney’s unofficial anthem.
3. Toy Story (1995)
The Disney-Pixar collaboration is one for the books. It was the very first computer-animated feature-length film to ever be released and ended up to be both a critical and commercial success.
4. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Disney has been making animated films since the 1930s, and a lot of them were done using 2-D animation. But sadly, The Princess and the Frog was the last of the 2-D era. The movie was also groundbreaking as Tiana was the first-ever African-American princess in the history of Disney films.
5. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Beauty and the Beast is the first-ever animated feature that used 3-D CGI while keeping the characters in 2-D style.
6. Cinderella (1950)
She may be the second Disney princess, but Cinderella really set the tone for Disney films. It sparked a whole new generation of animated musicals and was the mother of all well-loved Disney classic songs we know today.
7. Paperman (2012)
The last two Disney films on this list are animated shorts. Paperman is a heartwarming romantic short that won an Academy Award. The story line is simple: two ordinary people meet in the train station and part ways only to have fate and a little quirky magic to bring them back together. Aside from the sweet story line, Paperman is considered to be groundbreaking as it is the first animated film to use a new in-house technology called Meander.
8. The Story of Menstruation (1946)
Disney films aren’t all about princesses or magic. The Story of Menstruation was the first commercially sponsored film to be distributed to different high schools. To date, it has been released to over 105 million American students and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.