Our First Memories of Disney

Live-action Beauty and the Beast - Coming to Rich Mix 17 March!

'Disney' – that name has evolved to mean many things since it’s inception with the silent 'Alice' comedies and 'Oswald the Lucky Rabbit' in 1923. In the following years, their pioneering artwork and animation style set them apart. Fast forward to 1937, and with 'Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs', Disney cemented their place as an iconic feature-fillm studio.

If you grew up in the Western world, you're likely to have been exposed to Disney hand-drawn animation in some form during your childhood – right until CGI took over as the dominant medium with Toy Story in 1995. These fairy-tales, including classics such as 'Cinderella', 'The Jungle Book', 'Robin Hood', 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Pinocchio', have replaced the folk-stories that were passed down verbally and collected in volumes by researchers such as The Brothers Grimm. By shaping our psychology as children, Disney has also shaped the way we think about the modern world as adults, creating the fairytales and happy endings that feel so right, and that we all wish were real! So, to celebrate the new live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, Here are some of our staff-members earliest memories of the studio:

'Just thinking about Dumbo, still can’t watch this scene without crying! Speaking of elephants, always loved Fantasia too…' -Tracy Barbe 

'First memories of Disney is watching a VHS recording of The Little Mermaid at my nan’s house. She had recorded it off the tv and taped over the first 10 minutes of Willow. I didn’t know what happened at the beginning of Willow until I watched it on tv 12 years later! My sister Katie’s first memory is watching Monsters Inc on a plane. She was 3, she watched it in French with subtitles. She doesn’t speak French and couldn’t read, but loved it anyway and at 18 years old it is still one of her favourites.' -Nikki Smith

'My first Disney film was either Bambi, The Fox and the Hound or Fantasia (not sure, it was a little while ago now). I would have been about 5 or 6, taken to the cinema in Croydon or Beckenham by my mum. I loved all of them but in particular I remember crying a LOT on the bus home after seeing Bambi.' -Lucy Jamieson

'I can’t remember my first Disney experience, but I certainly remember seeing Beauty and the Beast at the cinema and being totally and utterly gripped. Around this time I also started dressing up as Disney characters – one outfit springs to mind with a curtain wrapped around my neck as a cloak for Aladdin, riding on Dumbo. Who cares if the films don’t match. I also distinctly remember being allowed to have 101 dalmatians on VHS in Greek in order to improve my language skills. Some of the nuances were lost.' -Nick Foundoukis