Although Disney does do a big range of children’s movies, the ones that it has almost been famous for are its fairy tale ones. These are always completely animated and feature traditional tales. They always have songs and a happy ending.
Cinderella is the tale of an orphaned girl who lives with her wicked stepmother and step sisters. They make her slave for them, so when an invitation comes for them all to go to the ball, she is kept busy looking after the others. However, her fairy Godmother comes in the nick of time and helps her get ready. Of course the prince falls in love with her and they get married and live happily ever after. There is a Disney sequel.
This is Disney’s first movie and the first cel-animated full colour feature they made and was made in 1937. It features the classic tale of Snow-White who is living with her step-mother the evil queen who wants her killed. The child finds her way in to a wood and lives with the seven dwarfs but her step-mother tracks her down and tries to kill her out of jealousy for her beauty. Eventually she seems to have succeeded until a prince comes and kisses her and she comes back to life.
Beauty and the Beast
This tale is of a prince who has been turned in to a beast. The film finds him living near a village where Belle lives with her father who accidentally comes across the castle and is imprisoned by the beast. His horse leads Belle to the castle and eventually she befriends the beast and swaps places with her father. But later she sees her father dying in the woods and the beast lets her leave to rescue him but she returns to the castle to save him form being killed by an angry mob from the village and exciting events lead her to tell him she loves him, which breaks the spell and he comes back to his original form.
This film, made in 1953, is the classic tale of the boy who never grew up. He visits children in their nursery at night in London and then takes them off to his island, Never Never Land after teaching them to fly and they have adventures with Tinkerbell, the lost boys, mermaids, pirates and most notably Captain Hook. There has been a more recent film made which is not animated.