7 Classic Disney Movies That Debuted in July
Looking for something to do on those sweltering days when it’s too hot to go outside? Pop some popcorn and watch these classic Disney movies, each debuted in July. Many can be found on Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube.
Treasure Island (7/29/50)
No, not just boys love Treasure Island. So, sit down with your daughters too and watch this film produced by Walt Disney Productions and adapted from the Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 novel of the same name. It’s Disney’s first completely live-action film and tells the story about Jim Hawkins and his search for the buried treasure of an evil pirate, Captain Flint.
Alice in Wonderland (7/28/51)
This film was the 13th of Disney’s animated features and is based on the Alice books by Lewis Carroll. When Walt Disney was first trying to sell his creative ideas, he tried to adapt Alice into an animated feature film during the 1930s, but it didn’t work. He finally got the movie released in 1951.
Disney Tip: Did you know you can meet Alice and other characters from this classic movie in the Disney parks?
The Apple Dumpling Gang (7/1/75)
If you’ve never seen a movie with Don Knotts and Tim Conway, you have missed out on comedic genius. In this 1975 film, three orphaned siblings are forced upon bachelor Donovan (played by the lovable Bill Bixby). The children find a gold nugget worth tens of thousands of dollars, but now their riches attract two bumbling outlaws (played by Tim Conway and Don Knotts). They must steal it to keep it as their own, of course. This popular film is a set-up for a bunch of chuckles.
If you loved the Knotts and Conway duo in The Apple Dumpling Gang, you can check them out again for some side-splitting laughter when you watch Gus, about a football team coached by the inept Coach Venner (Don Knotts) that isn’t doing well. As a novelty act, the owner decides to bring in a mule named Gus who can kick a ball 100 yards to attract fans and boost morale. When the mule does well and is made part of the team, the team might just have a shot at winning the Super Bowl. That is, not unless the two ex-cons, Spinner and Crankcase (Conway) stop him.
Fox and the Hound (7/10/81)
Released in 1981, this animated drama film is based on the novel of the same name by Daniel P. Mannix. It focuses on the friendship of a red fox named Tod and, yes, a hound dog named Copper. They want to be friends, but they are so different that everyone around them doesn’t approve the friendship. The message will touch everyone.
Hocus Pocus (7/16/93)
Twenty five years ago, Hocus Pocus was released and starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three witch sisters who were resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. To stop them, it’s up to two teenagers, a cat and a young girl. You don’t have to wait until Halloween to enjoy this Disney film. It’s the perfect break in the middle of summer.
The Parent Trap (7/29/98)
This 1998 feature movie was a remake of the 1961 film that starred Patti Duke. This time, it catapulted Lindsay Lohan’s career in a dual role as twin, but separated, sisters Hallie Parker and Annie James. The movie also included Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson as a divorced couple who separated shortly after their identical twin daughters’ birth. Hallie and Annie connect at summer camp after being separated at birth. Whether you watch the original or the remake, The Parent Trap is a must-see.
How many of these Disney classics have you seen? Let me know in the comments!
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