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Inspirational Quotes from the First Fifty Years of Disney

Updated on December 06, 2016

Walt's Crazy Idea Strikes Gold on the Movie Making Industry

By the 1930's Walt Disney Animation Studios had become an established company, thanks to the help of a very personable mouse. In 1934, Walt wanted to do something new. He informed his staff that the team was going to take on an animation task that had never been done before: they were going to create a full length, feature animation film. Many team members were skeptical. It would take years of work. But Walt's optimism was strong and infected the rest of the team like a virus. It took approximately 570 animators almost 5 years to finish the film, but near Christmas in 1937, the film was complete.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a huge success. The film quickly became the most successful movie ever made. The success of Snow White sparked a revolution for Walt Disney Animations. The studio began spitting out animated masterpieces with winning story lines and inspirational dialogue almost every other year. With each new film, Disney secured a piece of every family's heart for generations to come.

Below is a compilation of quotes from the first fifty years of Disney animated movies.

The 1916 live-action Snow White was one of the first films Disney ever saw. Naturally, this would draw inspiration for his first full-length feature. Disney also thought that the dwarfs would make great cartoon characters.
The 1916 live-action Snow White was one of the first films Disney ever saw. Naturally, this would draw inspiration for his first full-length feature. Disney also thought that the dwarfs would make great cartoon characters.
Song of the South (1946) was one of the earliest Disney films to include live actors. The Film combines animation and live action to tell the stories of Brer Rabbit, a jack-like figure who seems to always squeeze his way out of trouble.
Song of the South (1946) was one of the earliest Disney films to include live actors. The Film combines animation and live action to tell the stories of Brer Rabbit, a jack-like figure who seems to always squeeze his way out of trouble.

1937-1947

“Remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.” -Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937

“Always let your conscious be your guide.” -The Blue Fairy, Pinocchio, 1940

“You’re standing on the threshold of success. Don’t look down, it will make you dizzy!” -Timothy Q. Mouse, Dumbo, 1941

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nuffin’ at all.” -Thumper, Bambi, 1942

“You can’t run away from trouble. There ain’t no place that far.” -Uncle Remus, Song of the South, 1946

“Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay. My, oh, my what a wonderful day. Plenty of Sunshine heading my way, zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay.” -Uncle Remus, Song of the South, 1946

“Here, just look at the morning paper. Turn to any page. You’ll find the whole world worryin’ about some future age. But why get so excited? What’s gonna be is gonna be. The end of the world’s been comin’ since 1903. That’s, uh, B.C. of course.” -Jiminy Cricket, Fun and Fancy Free,1947

“You know, you worry too much. In fact, everybody worries too much.” -Jiminy Cricket, Fun and Fancy Free,1947

“Don’t cross a bridge or peak ‘round the corner until you’re there. Just learn to smile, and in a while, you’ll find trouble’s a bubble of air.” -Jiminy Cricket, Fun and Fancy Free, 1947

Trailer for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Disney had originally wanted Alice to be the first full length feature animation, but Snow White was chosen instead. Disney was not able to complete Alice in Wonderland until 1951. The film was a total flop at first, but later became a cult classic.
Disney had originally wanted Alice to be the first full length feature animation, but Snow White was chosen instead. Disney was not able to complete Alice in Wonderland until 1951. The film was a total flop at first, but later became a cult classic.

1949-1959

“Come along! Hop up here! We’ll go for a jolly ride! The open road! The dusty highway! Come! I’ll show you the world! Travel! Scene! Excitement! Ha ha ha!” -Mr. Toad, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, 1949

“Have faith in your dreams, and someday, your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” -Cinderella, Cinderella, 1950

“Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.” -Doorknob, Alice in Wonderland, 1951

“Curiouser and curiouser.” -Alice, Alice in Wonderland, 1951

“Better look first, for if one drinks much from a bottle marked ‘Poison’, it’s almost certain to disagree with you sooner or later.” -Alice, Alice in Wonderland, 1951

“Once you grow up, you can never come back.” -Peter Pan, Peter Pan, 1953

“Side by side with your loved one, you’ll find enchantment here. The night will weave its magic spell, when the one you love is near.” -Tony, Lady and the Tramp, 1955

“Now, there, lassie. I wouldn’t worry my wee head about that. Remember, they’re only humans, after all.” -Jock, Lady and the Tramp, 1955

“Look, there’s a great big hunk of world down there with no fence around it. Where two dogs can find adventure and excitement. And beyond those distant hills, who knows what wonderful experiences? And it’s all ours for the taking.” -Tramp, Lady and the Tramp, 1955.

“Now, father, you’re living in the past. This is the 14th century!” -Prince Phillip, Sleeping Beauty, 1959

“Maleficent doesn’t know anything about love, or kindness, or the joy of helping others. You know, sometimes I don’t think she’s really very happy.” -Fauna, Sleeping Beauty, 1959

The actual Tramp was a girl! When looking for a model to base Tramp off of, a writer found the perfect pup at the pound. The mutt was only a few hours away from being put down. Disney adopted her and she lived in a private area behind DisneyLand.
The actual Tramp was a girl! When looking for a model to base Tramp off of, a writer found the perfect pup at the pound. The mutt was only a few hours away from being put down. Disney adopted her and she lived in a private area behind DisneyLand.
The Sword in the Stone (1963) was the first animation to be directed by one person: Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman. Before this film, the animations had four directors. Reitherman went on to direct the rest of Disney's animated films until the 1980's.
The Sword in the Stone (1963) was the first animation to be directed by one person: Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman. Before this film, the animations had four directors. Reitherman went on to direct the rest of Disney's animated films until the 1980's.

1961-1973

“As far as I could see, the old notion that a bachelor’s life was so glamorous and carefree was all nonsense. It was downright dull.” -Pongo, 101 Dalmatians, 1961

“Develop your brain! There’s the higher power!” -Merlin, The Sword in the Stone, 1963

“That love business is a powerful thing… I’d say it’s the greatest force on Earth.” -Merlin, The Sword in the Stone, 1963

“If you act like that bee acts, you’re working too hard.” -Baloo, The Jungle Book, 1967

“Ladies don’t start fights, but they can finish them!” -Marie, The Aristocats, 1970

“Faint hearts never won fair ladies.” -Robin Hood, Robin Hood, 1973

“Keep your chin up, someday there will be happiness again.” -Robin Hood, Robin Hood, 1973

University of Wisconsin Fight Song "On Wisconsin" Accompanies Fight Scene in Robin Hood at 2:41

The Black Cauldron (1985) was the first Disney theatrical feature to receive a PG rating instead of a G rating. It almost received a PG-13 rating, but was edited twice to cut several of the darker scenes.
The Black Cauldron (1985) was the first Disney theatrical feature to receive a PG rating instead of a G rating. It almost received a PG-13 rating, but was edited twice to cut several of the darker scenes.

1977-1988

“The most wonderful thing about tiggers is I’m the only one!” -Tigger, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, 1977

“Faith is a bluebird we see from afar. It’s for real and as sure as the first evening star. You can’t touch it, or buy it, or wrap it up tight. But it’s there just the same, making things turn out right.” -Penny, The Rescuers, 1977

“Darlin', forever is a long, long time, and time has a way of changing things.” -Big Mama, The Fox and the Hound, 1981

“Look, you are somebody. You must believe in yourself. I believe in you.” -Princess Eilonwy, The Black Cauldron, 1985

“Keep your dream alive. Dreaming is still how the strong survive.” -Jennifer, Oliver and Company, 1988

Gopher was originally created to replace Piglet. But, Piglet was reinstated in 1968, and is included in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977). The film is actually made up of 3 classic shorts with wrap-arounds of Pooh and Piglet in between.
Gopher was originally created to replace Piglet. But, Piglet was reinstated in 1968, and is included in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977). The film is actually made up of 3 classic shorts with wrap-arounds of Pooh and Piglet in between.

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      Ashish Dadgaa 2 weeks ago

      @Sckylar Gibby-Brown,

      Excellent Inspirational Quotes. This is something unique read.

      I loved reading this excellent article :)

      Good work.

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      Sckylar Gibby-Brown 2 weeks ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I'm glad you like it Ashish!

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