Disney for all seasons

We’re still new to Tennessee, which means each season is a surprise. Winter so far has been a bit of a disappointment. We’ve only had two snows that actually stuck, and even that only lasted a few hours. We’ve had a handful of other snowy days with none lingering, the trees are all half-naked and dried leaves are still swirling around. Each day, I can’t tell if it’s going to feel like winter or early spring. Since the weather can’t make up its mind, how am I supposed to make up mine about what Disney movie to watch? 101 Dalmatians is great for snowy days, and Pocahontas fits better on the days that feel more spring-like. Since my indecision has been irritating me, I’ve compiled a list of each animated Disney feature, sorted by season. I’m beginning with winter, since it’s still January and therefore should feel wintry.

The movies selected for winter usually occur during colder, snowier times. They make us want to snuggle under blankets with hot cocoa (extra marshmallows, please!), and wish the scenes outside our windows were as beautiful as those on the screen.

Make Mine Music
101 Dalmatians
The Sword in the Stone
Beauty and the Beast (this falls into fall and winter, as it begins in fall and extends into winter)

Spring movies are much like the season: warmer than winter but softer than summer. They may depict spring-like seasons, or just begin in the spring, or somehow remind us of spring.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Fun and Fancy Free
Melody Time
Alice in Wonderland
Sleeping Beauty
The Aristocats
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
The Rescuers
Fantasia 2000
Brother Bear
Wreck it Ralph

Summer movies are brighter and louder than spring ones. They’re adventures into leafy jungles, onto the hot pavement of city streets, or through dusty deserts so well depicted your mouth feels dry just thinking about it.

Saludos Amigos
The Three Caballeros
Peter Pan
Lady and the Tramp
The Jungle Book
Robin Hood
Oliver and Company
The Little Mermaid
The Rescuers Down Under
The Lion King
The Emperor’s New Groove
Lilo and Stitch
Home on the Range
Chicken Little
Meet the Robinsons
The Princess and the Frog

Fall movies remind us of apple cider, crisp breezes and long walks in crunchy leaves. It makes you want to curl up with a good book in front of a roaring fire, or bake something yummy.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
The Fox and the Hound
The Black Cauldron
The Great Mouse Detective
Beauty and the Beast
Treasure Planet
Winnie the Pooh (2011)

Confession: I haven’t yet seen Big Hero 6 (I KNOW! It’s a travesty, it is. It’s just… I have a toddler.  I refuse to risk ruining someone else’s movie experience, or an entire theatre’s movie experience, just to see a movie I want to see. But I’m working on it!). Since I haven’t seen it, I can’t categorize it. I only included the Disney Animation Studios films, to keep in line with the (re)Discovering Disney project. Maybe I’ll embark on a Pixar project in the future, just so I can include those too!

What do you think? Would you move any of these around? Do movies make you think of a certain season too?

Stay warm, friends! Or watch one of the spring/summer movies to get you into the warm spirit (if that’s where you want to be. Stick with the winter ones if you like feeling wintry in winter!)


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