Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

In 1927, with the advent of “Talking Pictures”, superstars Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) suddenly have to deal with the fact that Linas’ voice doesn’t match her beautiful, silent, screen persona.  Their studio has already started trying to pump out another picture to cash in on the new fad, so Don and his best friend Cosmo (Donald O’Connor) come up with a plan where the unknown actress Kathy (Debbie Reynolds) will secretly redub all of Lina’s dialogue.

Highlighted with some of the most memorable songs and dances of all time, this musical is easily one of the best movies ever made and continues to influence films today.

1hr. 43min.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The classic tale of a girl named Dorothy (Judy Garland) who gets caught in a twister and whisked away to the magical land of Oz. There she meets Munchkins, talking trees and flying monkeys. She also runs afoul of and must outwit the evil Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton).  All while trying to find her way home.

This film also features the Acadamy Award winning song Somewhere Over the Rainbow, that would become Garlands’ signature song.

1hr. 41min.

The Happiest Millionaire (1967)

Crocodiles in the conservatory, chocolate cake diets and boxing lessons in the barn are just a few of the common occurrences in the Biddle household.  They’re eccentric millionaires led by their father (Fred MacMurry) in his many zany antics, that are only slightly bridled by their mother (Greer Garson).

The last live action film that the late Walt Disney was involved in, this is surprisingly based on a true story and features Lesley Ann Warren in one of her earliest roles.

2hr. 46min.

Trolls (2016)

The trolls are a happy-go-lucky group that are menaced by the miserable Bergens, who believe in order for them to be happy they must eat a troll.  Unfortunately for the Bergens, the trolls have escaped.

After 20 years, (right when the happiest of all the trolls Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick) is about to assume the throne from her father), the Bergens have finally tracked them down.  Now it’s up to Poppy and pessimistic Branch (Justin Timberlake) to track them down and save the trolls.  Along the way, many songs are sung and a new understanding of others is learned in this story that is both tune-filled and eye-popping in it’s cinema photography.

1hr. 32min.

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

Moments after Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie join the Chronicle a theft of Lady Holiday’s (Diana Rigg) jewels is committed.  In order to get a follow up interview with Lady Holiday, and save their jobs, the gang head to London where they quickly become involved with an even more complicated plot that seems to be centered around an aspiring model (Miss Piggy).

Featuring gigantic musical numbers and several cameos, this is one of the Muppets best films.

1hr. 37min.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

When young Milly (Jane Powell) agrees to marry Adam (Howard Keel) she has little idea that he is bringing her to his ranch AND 6 younger brothers.  Not wanting to be cook and cleaner to all of them, she decides to clean them up and teach them some manners so they can find wives of their own.  Milly is not quite prepared for the mayhem that follows as the girls in town do indeed fall for the backwoods brothers, much to the jealousy of the townsmen.

Filmed on location in Oregon, this film features memorable songs and show-stopping dance numbers.

1hr. 42min.

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)

When life in America isn’t quite what they dreamed it would be, young Fievel and his family fall for the allure of the Golden West and set off for a new life.  Once there they find it harder then they expected but the mice want to stick it out when they fall for the promises of a scheming cat (John Cleese).  Fievel is the only one that realizes the truth and it’s up to him to save the other mice.

Jimmy Stewart co-stars in his final film as an old law dog that just might have one more fight in him.

1hr. 16min.

An American Tail (1986)

When young Fievel Mousekewitz (Phillip Glasser) is separated from his family, while traveling to America, he embarks on an incredible adventure trying to find his way back to them. Along the way he encounters all kinds of characters; some good and some bad. He never gives up and ultimately changes the lives of all around him in this inspiring tale.

Featuring the voice talent of Dom DeLuise and Christopher Plummer and the hauntingly beautiful score by James Horner.

1hr. 20min.

Sing (2016)

In an attempt to save his failing theatre Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) decides to put on a singing competition.  This idea attracts hopefuls from different ages and circumstances; Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) is an over-worked stay at home mom, Mike (Seth MacFarlane) is a little guy with a big voice and big dreams and Ash (Scarlett Johansson) is part of a rock duo trying to make it on her own.  How these and other competitors pursue their dreams is the heart of this inspiring tale.

1hr. 48min.

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Ariel (Jodi Benson) is a young mermaid who dreams of the mysterious and forbidden world “on land”.  When she sees Prince Eric (Christopher Daniel Barnes) and subsequently saves him from a shipwreck, she is instantly smitten and determines to do whatever it takes to be with him.  Including trading her voice for legs to the evil Ursula (Pat Carroll), who gives Ariel 3 days to get a kiss of true love in order to stay a human.

Based on the classic Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale, this film was over forty years in the making and was the beginning of what would be called the Renaissance in Disney animation.  The Academy Award winning score features the haunting Part of Your World and (some have said) brought Broadway into the cartoons.

1hr. 23min.