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The Disney 50

For the first time ever, all
Disney’s 50 animation feature films seen on the big screen at BFI Southbank
throughout 2011, in celebration of Disney’s 50th animation,
Tangled.

BFI Southbank and The Walt Disney Company have launched a unique season that
gives audiences, for the first time ever, the opportunity to enjoy the magic of
Disney’s entire stable of fifty animation feature films on the big screen.
Every weekend throughout 2011, the Disney heritage will be gloriously
showcased, spanning seventy years of films that combine beautiful artistry, masterful
storytelling and ground-breaking technology. Seeing the films at BFI Southbank
will be a truly special experience and give audiences
of all ages an incredible opportunity to watch some of the world’s most
celebrated, iconic and best loved family films of all time on the big screen.

Kicking off The Disney 50 is a landmark
in Disney’s history, the launch of their fiftieth animated feature film Tangled (dir. Nathan
Greno and Byron Howard, 2011). BFI Southbank will screen the film in 3D on the
day of the film’s UK premiere, 16th January 2011, 4.15pm in NFT1
followed by a special on-stage Q&A with the film’s directors Nathan Greno
and Byron Howard. Tangled is an action-packed, swashbuckling, animated
musical comedy about the girl behind 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Stolen from her parents’ castle as a
baby, Rapunzel is locked in a hidden tower longing for adventure. Now an imaginative
and determined teenager, she takes off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade
with the help of a dashing bandit named Flynn Rider. With the secret of her
heritage hanging in the balance and her captor in pursuit, Rapunzel and her
cohort find adventure, heart, humour, and hair… lots of hair. With music by Alan Menken, this comedic
re-imagining of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale comes to UK theatres in
Disney Digital 3D™ on January 28th 2011.

The
remaining forty nine films will then be shown chronologically at BFI Southbank
every weekend for the rest of the year starting with Disney’s first animation
feature, and the first-ever animation feature in technicolour, Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs
(1937). Further cinematic milestones include Fantasia (1940), the
first major motion
picture in stereophonic
sound, Lady and the Tramp (1955), the first animated feature in CinemaScope, The
Rescuers Down Under
(1990), the first feature film to be shot using a
100% digital process; Beauty and
the Beast
(1991), the first animated feature to be
nominated for the Academy Award
for Best Picture; The Lion King (1994), the
highest grossing traditionally-animated film of all time; and Pocahontas
(1995), the largest-ever film premiere event with over
100,000 viewers.

BFI Southbank will also host a whole range of on-stage events
with Disney artists and directors past and present throughout the year. Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs
provides the theme for BFI Southbank’s Family
Funday
on 23rd January. Along with the usual competitions and prizes,
participants will get to draw their favourite dwarf and make their own
animation feature to bring Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful and
Grumpy to life in new and exciting ways. Family Funday’s are BFI Southbank’s
popular regular monthly events giving children of all ages the opportunity to
get involved in a whole range of activities, learn new skills, meet people from
in front of and behind the camera and immerse themselves in the world of film and
television.

The Disney
50:

1 Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs
1937

2 Pinocchio 1940

3 Fantasia 1940

4 Dumbo 1941

5 Bambi 1942

6 Saludos Amigos 1942

7 The Three Caballeros 1944

8 Make Mine Music, 1946

9 Fun and Fancy Free 1947

10 Melody Time 1948

11 The
Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
1949

12 Cinderella 1950

13 Alice in
Wonderland
1951

14 Peter Pan 1953

15 Lady and the Tramp 1955

16 Sleeping
Beauty
1959

17 One Hundred
and One Dalmatians
1961

18 The Sword in
the Stone
1963

19 The Jungle
Book
1967

20 The Aristocats 1970

21 Robin Hood 1973

22 The Many
Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
1977

23 The Rescuers 1977

24 The Fox and the Hound 1981

25 The Black
Cauldron
1985

26 The Great
Mouse Detective
1986

27 Oliver & Company 1988

28 The Little
Mermaid
1989

29 The Rescuers Down Under 1990

30 Beauty and
the Beast
1991

31 Aladdin 1992

32 The Lion King 1994

33 Pocahontas 1995

34 The Hunchback
of Notre Dame
1996

35 Hercules 1997

36 Mulan 1998

37 Tarzan 1999

38 Fantasia 2000 1999

39 Dinosaur 2000

40 The Emperor’s New Groove 2000

41 Atlantis: The
Lost Empire
2001

42 Lilo & Stitch 2002

43 Treasure Planet 2002

44 Brother Bear 2003

45 Home on the Range 2004

46 Chicken
Little
2005

47 Meet the Robinsons 2007

48 Bolt 2008

49 The Princess
and the Frog
2009

50 Tangled 2010

Marcia Degia - Publisher

Marcia Degia, who has worked in the media industry for more than 20 years, is the Publishing Editor of KOL Social Magazine. See website: thekolsocial.com

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