What Was The First Disney Movie?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Disney movie Frozen and how the film underwent numerous overhauls and changed shapes many times throughout the writing process. In my research for that post, I stumbled onto a list of the history of Walt Disney films.

Prior to reading the list, I gave myself a pop quiz to see if I could name the first Disney film ever made. I guessed Fantasia. Let’s see if I was right in today’s edition of Wonder Why Wednesday…

What Was The First Disney Movie?

I was wrong.

The first fully animated feature film release by Walt Disney Studio was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The movie debuted in Hollywood at the Carthay Circle Theatre on December 21, 1937, and was then released nationwide on February 4, 1938. The film was a hit with international earnings of $8 million, a record of highest grossing sound film at the time.

Fantasia was actually the third film made by Disney. Here’s a list of the first 10 movies created by the Mickey Mouse corporation:

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – December 21, 1937
  2. Pinocchio – February, 7 1940
  3. Fantasia – November 13, 1940
  4. The Reluctant Dragon – June 20, 1941
  5. Dumbo – October 23, 1941
  6. Bambi – August 13, 1942
  7. Saludos Amigos – February, 6, 1943
  8. Victory Through Air Power – July 17, 1943
  9. The Three Caballeros – February 3, 1945
  10. Make Mine Music – April 20, 1946



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