For the first time ever, all of Disney’s 50 animation feature films will be brought to the big screen at BFI Southbank throughout 2011, in celebration of Disney’s 50th animation, Tangled. No matter what you may think of Disney's more recent output, the earlier films are undisputed masterpieces of animation and storytelling and for many of us, especially our younger readers, this is going to be a pretty one-off chance to see them the way they're meant to be seen. Read on for much more information. BFI Southbank and The Walt Disney Company have teamed up to launch a unique season; 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. 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) followed by a special on-stage Q&A with the film’s directors.
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 3D™ 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), also the highest grossing traditionally-animated film of all time; and Pocahontas (1995), the largest-ever film premiere event with over 100,000 viewers.

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