The Sign of Zorro

With the donning of a black mask and the whipwhipwhip of a dainty sword, Don Diego becomes Zorro– saving the pueblo from the evil Monastario and leaving a trail of caped, mustachioed “Zorro Imposters” in his wake. “Who is the real Zorro?” is a theme that runs throughout this 1960 live action film. Nobody knows…

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Pollyanna

Did I just fall in love with Pollyanna? This 1960 live action, considered a Disney classic, is one that I had surprisingly never seen. Set in the early 1900’s, Pollyanna is orphaned and sent to live with her rich aunt in a small town where her contagious positivity brings the townspeople out of their unique…

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The Shaggy Dog

1959’s The Shaggy Dog is all of the campy wholesome vintage Disney goodness I got into this for. What is Wilby Daniels, a Leave It To Beaver-esque teen to do when an ancient curse morphs him back and forth from teen to shaggy dog at will? How is he supposed to get the girl, catch…

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Old Yeller

Old Yeller, a 1957 classic from Disney’s live-action canon.  A teenage boy forges a bond with a stray dog- the best dog- whose spirit and devotion to his 19th century family carry them through a season with dad away on a cattle drive.   I’ve learned to approach ANY Disney family film about a pet, especially…

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