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BFI Southbank Presents Top 50 Disney Films for Free Screenings


23 November 2010

BFI Southbank and The Walt Disney Company have launched a unique season that gives audiences, for the first time ever, the opportunity to enjoy the magic of Disney's entire stable of fifty animation feature films on the big screen.

Every weekend throughout 2011, the Disney heritage will be gloriously showcased, spanning seventy years of films that combine beautiful artistry, masterful storytelling and ground-breaking technology.

Seeing the films at BFI Southbank will be a truly special experience and give audiences of all ages an incredible opportunity to watch some of the world's most celebrated, iconic and best loved family films of all time on the big screen.

Kicking off The Disney 50 is a landmark in Disney's history, the launch of their fiftieth animated feature film Tangled (dir. Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, 2011). BFI Southbank will screen the film in 3D on the day of the film's UK premiere, 16th January 2011, 4.15pm in NFT1 followed by a special on-stage Q&A with the film's directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard.

 

 

Tangled is an action-packed, swashbuckling, animated musical comedy about the girl behind 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Stolen from her parents' castle as a baby, Rapunzel is locked in a hidden tower longing for adventure. Now an imaginative and determined teenager, she takes off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade with the help of a dashing bandit named Flynn Rider. With the secret of her heritage hanging in the balance and her captor in pursuit, Rapunzel and her cohort find adventure, heart, humour, and hair... lots of hair. With music by Alan Menken, this comedic re-imagining of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale comes to UK theatres in Disney Digital 3DTM on January 28th 2011.

The remaining forty nine films will then be shown chronologically at BFI Southbank every weekend for the rest of the year starting with Disney's first animation feature, and the first-ever animation feature in technicolour, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

Further cinematic milestones include Fantasia (1940), the first major motion picture in stereophonic sound, Lady and the Tramp (1955), the first animated feature in CinemaScope, The Rescuers Down Under (1990), the first feature film to be shot using a 100% digital process; Beauty and the Beast (1991), the first animated feature to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; The Lion King (1994), the highest grossing traditionally-animated film of all time; and Pocahontas (1995), the largest-ever film premiere event with over 100,000 viewers.

BFI Southbank will also host a whole range of on-stage events with Disney artists and directors past and present throughout the year. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs provides the theme for BFI Southbank's Family Funday on 23rd January. Along with the usual competitions and prizes, participants will get to draw their favourite dwarf and make their own animation feature to bring Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful and Grumpy to life in new and exciting ways. Family Funday's are BFI Southbank's popular regular monthly events giving children of all ages the opportunity to get involved in a whole range of activities, learn new skills, meet people from in front of and behind the camera and immerse themselves in the world of film and television.

The Disney 50:

1 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937
2 Pinocchio 1940
3 Fantasia 1940
4 Dumbo 1941
5 Bambi 1942
6 Saludos Amigos 1942
7 The Three Caballeros 1944
8 Make Mine Music, 1946
9 Fun and Fancy Free 1947
10 Melody Time 1948
11 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad 1949
12 Cinderella 1950
13 Alice in Wonderland 1951
14 Peter Pan 1953
15 Lady and the Tramp 1955
16 Sleeping Beauty 1959
17 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961
18 The Sword in the Stone 1963
19 The Jungle Book 1967
20 The Aristocats 1970
21 Robin Hood 1973
22 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 1977
23 The Rescuers 1977
24 The Fox and the Hound 1981
25 The Black Cauldron 1985
26 The Great Mouse Detective 1986
27 Oliver & Company 1988
28 The Little Mermaid 1989
29 The Rescuers Down Under 1990
30 Beauty and the Beast 1991
31 Aladdin 1992
32 The Lion King 1994
33 Pocahontas 1995
34 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996
35 Hercules 1997
36 Mulan 1998
37 Tarzan 1999
38 Fantasia 2000 1999
39 Dinosaur 2000
40 The Emperor's New Groove 2000
41 Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2001
42 Lilo & Stitch 2002
43 Treasure Planet 2002
44 Brother Bear 2003
45 Home on the Range 2004
46 Chicken Little 2005
47 Meet the Robinsons 2007
48 Bolt 2008
49 The Princess and the Frog 2009
50 Tangled 2010

Booking information The BFI Southbank is open to all. BFI members are entitled to a discount on all tickets. BFI Southbank Box Office tel: 020 7928 3232. Website www.bfi.org.uk/southbank

Tickets for ALL FREE screenings and events but must be booked in advance by calling the Box Office to avoid disappointment

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