Do You Know The Most Popular Disney Movie From The Year You Were Born?

Most people grew up with the influence of Disney movies. Whether you watched the more recent computer-animated ones, or the original cartoon classics, Disney has played a big part in your life.

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But what was the most popular Disney movie the year you were born? Find out!

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1967: The Jungle Book

This film brought us the classics “Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You.” Who didn’t want a best friend like Baloo?

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1968: The Love Bug

The Love Bug started one of the most beloved car franchises of all times. Who hasn’t seen a Herbie movie in their lifetime?

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1969: The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

Personally, I had never heard of this film. Apparently Kurt Russell, now a legend, plays a college kid who ends up getting shocked by a computer and absorbs all its knowledge into his own brain. It sounds like a winner, and there was even a remake in 1995 starring Kirk Cameron.

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1970: The Aristocats

A good cat movie is always appreciated, and Aristocats is no different. “Ladies don’t start fights, but they can finish them!”

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1971: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Angela Lansbury went off to fight the Nazis, all while transporting her three kids on a bed. Talk about magical! Lansbury would go on to voice Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast two decades later.

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1972: Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

Kurt Russell was a Disney staple in his earlier career, which is probably why this movie was so popular. This time, Russell’s character turns invisible after learning the secret to invisibility in his chemistry class. It’s a sequel to The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.

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1973: Robin Hood

He steals from the rich and gives to the needy, and he also steals top spot as most popular Disney movie in 1973, beating out Superdad which starred, you guessed it, Kurt Russell.

1974: Herbie Rides Again

Disney knew what we all wanted, and that’s more movies about Herbie the Love Bug. In this movie, Herbie plays the hero as an evil housing developer tries to push an elderly woman out of her house. Bet your car hasn’t done anything that spectacular recently, now has it?

1975: Escape To Witch Mountain

Two orphans with special powers are chased down by an evil millionaire, who wants to exploit them for financial gain. The movie starred Kim Richards, who is now a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills.

1976: Freaky Friday

Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris swapped bodies long before Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan. But it didn’t have Mark Harmon from NCIS, so it will never be as good as the remake.

1977: Winnie The Pooh

The willy-nilly, silly old bear got his first feature film in 1977. It combined three previously released shorts, as well as new material.

1978: Return from Witch Mountain

Kim Richards is back as she and her brother return from Witch Mountain to fight villains in Los Angeles.

1979: The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again

The original movie came out in 1975, where three orphans strike it rich during the California Gold Rush. They’re chased down by two bumbling bad guys, who end up being good by the end of the movie. The two take center stage in the sequel.

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1980: Herbie Goes Bananas

The final theatrical appearance for Herbie saw him head to South America for some crazy adventures. The franchise would go on to get a TV show, a 1995 reboot, and a 2005 reboot with Lindsay Lohan.

1981: The Fox And The Hound

Hope you like crying and feeling like your heart has been ripped from your chest!

1982: Tron

Jeff Bridges stars as a computer programmer who gets zapped inside a computer. The New York Times said “computer fans may very well love it.” What a raving review.

1983: Mickey’s Christmas Carol

It may not have been a full-length movie, but it was still the biggest Disney movie of 1983, and rightly so.

1984: Pinocchio (Re-Issued)

In 1984, Disney was struggling to push out content. It was one of the few years there was no new film released under the Disney banner. They re-released Pinocchio and as far as re-releases go, it performed fairly well.

1985: The Black Cauldron

Don’t watch this unless you want nightmares forever. Please trust me on this one. It is not worth it. It wasn’t worth it then, and it’s not worth it now.

1986: The Great Mouse Detective

Bail’s mystery solving even makes Sherlock Holmes jealous. He investigates the disappearance of a toy-maker, which leads him to a villain who is trying to kill the mouse queen of England.

1987: The Brave Little Toaster

This movie didn’t become popular until after its release, but we’re giving it top spot because its home video releases became cult classics.

1988: Oliver & Company

To say this is an adaptation of Oliver Twist is…generous. But nonetheless it was a classic movie and gave us a flawless Billy Joel song, so who are we to judge?

1989: The Little Mermaid

Finally, another Disney classic. We suffered through years of flops, and in 1989 we were given The Little Mermaid.

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1990: The Rescuers Down Under

An adaptation of the 1977 movie, this one took place in Australia so it’s already way better.

1991: Beauty and the Beast

Perhaps the most beloved Disney movie of all time, Beauty and the Beast made history when it became the first animated movie to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars.

1992: Aladdin

Aladdin gave us some of the best music ever from a Disney film and also gave us Robin Williams as Genie. He was such a hit in this role, that the animation industry decided to make a swap from voice actors to well-known actors in animated roles.

1993: Hocus Pocus

In 1993, there was no animated Disney movie under the main banner, but that didn’t matter. Better Middler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker starred in Hocus Pocus which has gone on to become potentially the most popular Halloween movie of all time.

1994: The Lion King

Anything with a soundtrack heavily influenced by Elton John is already a winner, but The Lion King was special in its own right. The story, character, and music all combined to be one of the most popular Disney movies of all time.

1995: Pocahontas

The historical inaccuracy and liberties taken in regard to the real story didn’t sit well with many, but there was no denying the chilling music, stunning animation, and incredible popularity of this movie.

1996: 101 Dalmatians

Before Disney started remaking absolute everything, they gave it a test run with a live-action reboot of their 1961 movie 101 Dalmatians. Glenn Close was scary good as Cruella de Vil, which is probably why the movie was such a hit.

1997: Hercules

I’ll go ahead and say it, Hercules is the most underrated Disney movie of all time. The songs, the story, and the endearing characters deserve a lot more credit than they’re given.

1998: Mulan

This movie broke down feminist barriers as Mulan became the first Disney princess who didn’t need a man to make her life interesting…she needed to BE a man.

1999: Toy Story 2

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The original movie came out in 1995 and blew everyone’s minds with its animation, but Pocahontas still got most of the accolades. The sequel to Toy Story was originally supposed to be a straight-to-video movie, but it quickly was turned into a theater-ready film…and that’s probably for the best.

2000: The Emperor’s New Groove

If you didn’t literally laugh out loud at LEAST seven times in this movie, are you even human?

What movie was big the year you were born?

Emma C
Freelance Writer