Disney Movies: Book Beginnings

I was watching some old Disney movies one day & I had an idea. Well, a question & and an idea.

I wondered, how many Disney movies start with books opening for the story? So then, I decided I’d make a list!! Cuz why not?!

Like my other lists, we will start from the beginning of Disney’s animated films. So sit back, relax, & enjoy the trivia!!

1) Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The very first Disney movie started with a book. I’m pretty sure it started the tradition!

2) Pinocchio (1940)

Now this one has a twist. Granted, it’s only the second movie for Disney. But for this one, they have Jiminy Cricket in the scene opening the book. He also introduces the story. This one also seems animated where the others might be originals.

3) Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad (1949)

This one gets 2! Since there’s two story’s, they figured why not. This film starts in a library. No better place to find a story, right?!

It starts with Mr. Toad, the “most fabulous character in English literature”. The front of the book isn’t as cool as the side, which we see more of!

After Toad’s fun story, we go to Ichabod Crane. Honestly, this is the best Halloween story ever told.

Now I know what your thinking: “that’s the most boring book ever.” But never judge a book by its cover! Haha

4) Cinderella (1950)

It’s Cinderella!! I have to say, I love this opening a lot. The artwork in the book is unique and it really goes with the story.

5) Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Sleeping Beauty gets the most blinged out Book- of course. I love it! Plus I love the opening of the story.

6) The Sword in the Stone (1963)

Gotta love this movie!! This one not only starts with a book, but the text is sung. I always get this song stuck in my head. I love how the books looks not as glamorous as the rest we’ve seen, it looks like Merlin could’ve read it (or maybe wrote it) himself.

7) Jungle Book (1967)

The Jungle Book, the only one with ‘book’ in the title! And one of Walt Disney’s last movies he helped work on. This one is probably the most recognizable book in all these movies as well.

8) Robin Hood (1973)

This one is another one that had a song to it! This movie uses a lot of scenes/ movements from The Jungle Book & Snow White. It was one of their cheapest movies to make I think. Also, the book is almost exactly the one in The Jungle Book. Just a different color, title & fabric background.

9) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

Winnie the Pooh! Most of these movies are built off books but this one took it to be next level. Walt had special ideas in mind for these stories & they did well. It is also the only one with the original author listed on the cover! This book is way cuter than the rest.

10) The Tigger Movie (2000)

This one is pretty good, it starts like the rest of the Winnie the Pooh movies….

And then Tigger pops up! It’s so cute for him to want to share his story. He changes the book and it’s adorable.

11) Enchanted (2007)

Now I know this isn’t a full animated movie. But it starts that way! And it starts of course, with a book.

12) Winnie the Pooh (2011)

The NEW Winnie the Pooh movie. Slightly different from the others, but still cute.

* Honorable Mentions*

Beauty And The Beast (1991)

The stained glass window is a great opening instead of a book. But it still starts with Once Upon A Time!

Hercules (1997)

The vases show the story- with the help of the muses. And they tell the story perfectly!

And there you have it!! Most of the book openings are Winnie the Pooh movies, which is ok. But now we know them all. And who knows, maybe there will be some new ones soon. We will see!

Thanks for reading!!

*All pictures were from Google, and my source of dates was Disney Movies List like I always use! Thank you!

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