The Forgotten Age of DAC
In 1970 the future of Disney animated movies was a bit uncertain after the death of Walt Disney. The studio only had the Aristocats left in production as the last movie Walt Disney had given the go ahead for.
Over the next 18 years we have a group of movies that I call the Forgotten Age of the DAC. I understand this could be a bit controversial, but it isn’t a commentary on their quality or popularity. Instead the Forgotten Age of the DAC is a set of movies that goes nearly un-merchandised. These films with a minor exception did not lead to live action films, theme park rides, television spin offs, costumed characters, countless awards…
It is a similar time to the Packaged Era where at the time they may have been very popular, but years removed they are lesser known because of Disney’s quite suppression of these films.
The obvious exception is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Winnie the Pooh and its cast of characters has probably spawned more intellectual properties than any other of the DAC films, but it sits in the middle of a series of lesser recognized films and therefore falls into the age.
This is also the time that Disney as a company was very focused on Disneyworld, the films were a revenue stream, but not the shiny object of the day. The movies instead came out at a much slower pace to less acclaim.
1. The Aristocats 12-11-1970
2. Robin Hood 11-8-1973
3. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 3-11-1977
4. The Rescuers 6-22-1977
5. The Fox and the Hound 7-10-1981
6. The Black Cauldron 7-26-1985
7. The Great Mouse Detective 7-2-1986
8. Oliver & Company 11-18-1988