On Live Action Disney Films of the '50s, '60s and '70s

Disney produced a number of hit live action films from the 1950s through the 1970s. They were popular enough to be re-released for home entertainment. However, some are much better than others.

Many of the plots seemed to be the product of thinking, "What if?" What would happen if a student invents a mind-reading machine? What would happen if a mule could kick field goals for a football team? What would happen if a professor invents an anti-gravity substance? What would happen if an empty-nester tries to keep his daughter away from her boyfriend?

Many of the plots in these features give characters internal changes. All entertaining enough but terribly domestic.
Classic Disney live action films are best when showcasing external adventure.

I'm talking the kind of plot which takes you away from suburbia.

The kind of movie which sets you right smack in the middle of an improbable plot that wouldn't happen in your backyard.

The kind of movie which has its actors staring agog at the sight of ... anything -a giant octopus or vicious pirates or a friar in a sword fight or a flash flood in the desert. That is live action Disney at its best!

Just a thought.


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