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Classic Disney Fairy Tales

Without Walt Disney, we'd be seriously lacking in the great cartoon fairy tales department. Lucky for us, there is over 60 years of animation history behind the Disney name. While the Pixar and the Dreamworks 3D animations are fantastic, they definitely owe a debt to these classic cartoons. Kidzworld pencils in some time with vintage Disney.

Sleeping Beauty

Walt Disney certainly loves the a good tale of a beautiful maiden being saved by Prince Charming. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Cinderella's tale, and Disney has just released a Platinum Version on DVD. In this story, a wicked witch named Maleficent puts a curse on the King and Queen's newly born baby, Aurora. On her 16th birthday Aurora has been cursed to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die. But, like all princesses, she has some good fairies on her side who manage to lessen the curse and take her to live with them in the forest until her 16th birthday has passed. The wicked witch catches up with her anyway, and when Aurora pricks her fingers, she falls into a deep sleep -- which she can only awaken from if she is kissed by her one true love. Does she get the kiss and wake up? You'll have to watch to find out, and with this Platinum Edition you can watch Cinderella's journey with a complete digital restoration (the old animation had faded a lot). You can also see an alternate opening, and find out how animators created Cinderella's story!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

When Snow White's wicked step-mother tries to have her killed, Snow White hides out in the woods with a group of dwarves. One day, when the seven dwarves head off to the mine, her step-mother arrives disguised as an old woman selling apples. Little does Snow White know that the apples are poisoned and with one bite she falls unconscious. Even though she lays sleeping for over a year, her prince arrives eventually to wake her from her slumber. And of course, they live happily ever after. This was Walt Disney's first full-length animated movie and even though it was released in 1937, it's still a great movie that everyone will enjoy!

Cinderella

Cinderelly, Cinderelly, night and day it's Cinderelly! Ever since the death of her father, Cinderella has been ordered around by her step-mother and wicked step-sisters. If it's not the dishes, it's the mending - Cinderella is always on her feet. When all eligible maidens in the land are invited to a ball by the King, Cinderella's step-mother goes to all lengths to keep her from the party. But lucky for Cinderella, her fairy godmother arrives to save the day. We won't give away the ending, but seeing as it's a Disney fairy tale, you can probably imagine it ends happily!

The Little Mermaid

Under the sea there's a whole other world just waiting to be discovered. But, for a little mermaid named Ariel, all she can think about is the world above the ocean. She wants so badly to see how humans live, especially when she comes across a gorgeous prince who has been shipwrecked. She dreams of a day when she and her prince can be together and one day, she stumbles upon a solution. She makes a deal with the sorcerer Ursula which doesn't go exactly as she'd planned. There are great songs to sing along to and Ariel's animal friends are a riot. From Sebastian the crab to Scuttle the seagull, everyone helps Ariel along in her quest for love.

Beauty and the Beast

When Belle's inventor dad, Maurice, is captured by a mean beast, Belle has no choice but to offer herself in his place. The Beast agrees to the trade and throughout her stay, Belle gets to know the Beast - not realizing that he's really a man who was cursed long ago for his selfishness by an old woman passing through the forest. Even though the Beast puts on a tough show, Belle sees through it and comes to care for him. One of the best parts of this movie are all the enchanted helpers around the castle like Lumiere the candlabra, Cogsworth the clock and Mrs. Potts the tea pot. They sing and dance and become friends with Belle during her stay.

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Fave Classic Fairy Tale?

  • Cinderella.
  • Snow White.
  • Sleeping Beauty.
  • Beauty and the Beast.

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