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The Signs as the Disney Film Eras

The Golden Age (1937-1942): 

Includes the films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi. These films were characterized by their darkness, extreme mood shifts, and their ability to engage all of the audience emotions, making transitions from “dark” to “sweet”

Cancer, Scorpio

The Silver Age (1950-1959):

Includes the films Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book. These films are most admired for their beautiful animation and ornate backgrounds, the soft colors used, and the magical feel they give. 

Libra, Pisces 

The Bronze Age (1960-1988):

Includes the films The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, and Oliver and Company. These films were mostly trial and error, because the Walt Disney Company lacked the guidance and imagination of Walt. The films are dark, secular stories, with more of an introverted feel. The goal of the company was to spend less money, and is sometimes called the Transitional Era.

Capricorn, Virgo 

The Disney Renaissance (1989-1999):

Includes the films The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan and Tarzan. Most notable era of Disney filmmaking, as they were most popular with the box-office. They are classified by their Broadway formula, and their popularity in popular culture

Gemini, Leo

Post Renaissance Era (2000-2009):

Includes the films Fantasia 2000, Dinosaur, The Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo and Stitch, Treasure Planet, Brother Bear, Home on the Range, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, and Bolt. These films have no common themes unlike other eras, but Disney developed a new method of storytelling, making their content original. There was a shift from tradition animation to CGI. Their stories are set in a more “futuristic” or modern time, and there isn’t much focus on fairytale storytelling. 

Aquarius, Sagittarius

The Revival Era (2010-Present):

Includes the films Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. These films are classified as the Walt Disney Company’s return to their roots, with fairytale storytelling and the return of the idea of musicals. 

Aries, Taurus

*note: I left out the Wartime Era, because I figured not many would be aware of the films during that time, and I couldn’t find much to define the era except the use of propaganda

Disney (and Some Pixar) Movie Asks

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves: Have you ever stayed in a strangers house before? If yes, why? 

Pinocchio: What’s the biggest lie you’ve told that no one knows about? 

Dumbo: Have you ever been to a circus or fair? 

Cinderella: Do you have any family members who you really don’t get along with? 

Peter Pan: If you stopped aging right now, what could you do for the rest of your life? Would you want to stop aging? 

Sleeping Beauty: What’s the last dream you remember having? 

One Hundred and One Dalmatians: How many pets do you have, what are they, and what are their names? 

Robin Hood: Do you believe in the idea of taking from the rich and giving to the poor? Why or why not? 

The Fox and the Hound: Who is your best friend? 

The Little Mermaid: If you could have anything you wanted in exchange for one of your talents, which talent would you give up and what would you give it up for? 

Beauty and the Beast: What is your favorite book/book series? 

Aladdin: Could you give up your happiness for someone else’s? 

Nightmare Before Christmas: If you could reinvent a holiday, which one would you remake and how? 

The Lion King: Have you ever lost someone important to you? 

A Goofy Movie: What was your favorite family vacation and why? 

Pocahontas: What do you think it means to sing with all the voices of the mountains and paint with all the colors of the wind? 

Toy Story: If your toys came to life, what things could they hold over you and blackmail you with? 

Hercules: If you were a god or goddess, what would your powers include? 

Mulan: What are your opinions on gendered products? 

Tarzan: Do you believe that animals are capable of “human” emotion? 

The Emperor’s New Groove: Have you ever changed your views because you were in the wrong? 

Atlantis: What are you passionate about? 

Monsters Inc: Did you believe there were monsters in your closet when you were a kid? 

Lilo and Stitch: What is your relationship with your sibling’s like? If you don’t have any, would you rather have an older or younger sibling and why? 

Finding Nemo: Do you think parents should allow their children freedom after a certain age? 

Brother Bear: If you could become any animal, which would you choose? 

Meet the Robinsons: Who do you consider “family?”

Tinkerbell: Have you ever tried to be someone you’re not for the sake of fitting in? 

Bolt: How far would you go for someone you cared about? 

The Princess and the Frog: If you dug a little deeper, what would be your ultimate goal in life, provided income wasn’t an issue? 

Tangled: Could you sacrifice yourself for someone you barely knew? 

Wreck-It Ralph: What’s your favorite video game? 

Frozen: Do you believe in love at first sight? 

Big Hero Six: If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why? 

Inside Out: Which of your emotions do you think controls your brain most often? 

Zootopia: Have you ever experienced discrimination first-hand? 

The signs as Disney 'Silver Age' films
  • Cinderella: Virgo, Libra
  • Alice in Wonderland: Pisces
  • Peter Pan: Sagittarius, Scorpio
  • Lady and the Tramp: Taurus, Capricorn
  • Sleeping Beauty: Leo
  • 101 Dalmatians: Aquarius, Cancer
  • The Sword in the Stone: Aries
  • The Jungle Book: Gemini