Disney’s Bronze Era – Part 1

This post I have been wanting to do for a while. And with today being the day, The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was released here in the UK, I felt now was a perfect time. But, this post is going to be in two parts. It’s too big and I don’t want you to get bored. Plus, it does spread over two decades as well.

The Bronze Era is better known as “The Dark Era” of Disney animation. It was a nearly 20 years of animated films that were not all received well critically or financially successful.
The era begins with The Aristocats in 1970, which is a great family classic, with a couple of catchy sing-a-long songs!

Walt Disney had some input over the production of a couple of the films released early on in this era, including The Aristocats, Robin Hood and The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. But, The Aristocats, you’ll be surprised to know, was not as successful as previous Disney films, such as 101 Dalmatians.

Robin Hood, released in 1973, got a lot of criticism, despite the audiences enjoying it. This was due to the recycled animation used from Snow White, The Jungle Book, and The Aristocats.

If you’re wondering what I mean by recycled, watch Robin Hood and take a particular look at dancing scenes. One scene in particular is between Little John and Lady Cluck, which has been recycled with Baloo and King Louis dancing! Which is really weird because both Baloo and Little John are bears and voiced by Phil Harris!
The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is actually 3 shorts, that were all released seperately in the theatres, but was then put together to make one full length feature. Walt Disney did originally want a feature film, but felt the shorts would help introduce the British bear to American audiences.

The Rescuers, which took 4 years to make and was released in 1977, was a great critic and commercial success. It even broke the record for the largest financial amount made for an animated film on an opening weekend.

It was beaten in 1986 by Don Bluth’s “An Amercian Tail” (which is one of my favourite animated movies from my childhood – you have to see it!)The success of The Rescuers put faith back into the studio, and convinced fans that Disney can still make great movies. They made a squeal of Rescuers, remember? That’s how much the success of the film meant to the studio.

I am going to stop here, take a breather, and I will continue this post on Wednesday. But before I go, so far, do you feel this era deserves the criticism?
Let me know what you think, i mean this could be your favourite era? Yes? or no?



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