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The podcast crash course through the history of Disney's animated classics, by film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Dr Sam Summers.

Each week, we’ll be moving forward in time through the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios catalogue, watching every feature film in chronological order – from Snow White to Frozen II. Watch along with us, and listen as we explore each film’s historical context, advances in animation and lasting legacy, and talk about how they stand up today.

Note: This podcast is not affiliated with Disney.

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The podcast crash course through the history of Disney's animated classics, by film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Dr Sam Summers.

Each week, we’ll be moving forward in time through the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios catalogue, watching every feature film in chronological order – from Snow White to Frozen II. Watch along with us, and listen as we explore each film’s historical context, advances in animation and lasting legacy, and talk about how they stand up today.

Note: This podcast is not affiliated with Disney.

    111 – Peter Pan

    111 – Peter Pan

    Following a short break, film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Sam Summers are back – and this time they’re stumbling out of Wonderland and flying headfirst for Neverland in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ adolescent adventure, 1953’s Peter Pan. As the Bangers Era™ continues, we discuss the film’s iconic flight sequences, problematic colonialist narratives, the complex pixie lore of the Tinkerbell movies, and the most horrifying Dis-carded yet. Oh, and get ready for Sam’s delectable pronunciation of ‘Hook’.

    Content warning: contains discussion of racist depictions and stereotypes in Peter Pan between 43:25 and 50:56.

    Next up: Lady And The Tramp

    Disniversity is brought to you by Ben Travis (@benstravis) and Sam Summers (@samsummers0), with art by Olly Gibbs and music by Nafets. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @disniversity. This podcast is not affiliated with Disney.



    Welcome to Disniversity, the podcast crash course through the history of Disney’s animated classics, with film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Dr. Sam Summers. Each week, we’ll be moving forward in time through the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios catalogue, watching every feature film in chronological order – from Snow White to Raya And The Last Dragon. Watch along with us, and listen as we explore each film’s historical context, advances in animation and lasting legacy, and talk about how they stand up today.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    110 – Alice In Wonderland (w/ Clarisse Loughrey)

    110 – Alice In Wonderland (w/ Clarisse Loughrey)

    After finding their happily-ever-after at the royal ball, film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Sam Summers head further into the Bangers Era™ of the Walt Disney Animation Studios catalogue by taking a trip into 1951’s Alice In Wonderland. And this time, they’re joined by Lewis Carroll stan Clarisse Loughrey – a very special guest to guide them through a dizzying psychedelic dreamscape of Mome Raths, reality-altering mushrooms, smoke-spewing caterpillars and one very Mad Hatter. Be warned: this episode includes many, many impressions.

    Next up: Peter Pan

    Disniversity is brought to you by Ben Travis (@benstravis) and Sam Summers (@samsummers0), with art by Olly Gibbs and music by Nafets. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @disniversity. This podcast is not affiliated with Disney.



    Welcome to Disniversity, the podcast crash course through the history of Disney’s animated classics, with film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Dr. Sam Summers. Each week, we’ll be moving forward in time through the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios catalogue, watching every feature film in chronological order – from Snow White to Raya And The Last Dragon. Watch along with us, and listen as we explore each film’s historical context, advances in animation and lasting legacy, and talk about how they stand up today.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    109 – Cinderella

    109 – Cinderella

    The time of hastily-assembled package movies is over – and now film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Sam Summers begin the unofficially-titled Bangers Era™ of the Walt Disney Animation Studios catalogue, with 1950’s Cinderella. It’s a new era, a new decade, and a renewed sense of confidence and quality for the studio, which starts with Disney refining the princess fairytale archetype it originated way back in Snow White. Join us as we venture to the ball, talking bibbidi-bobiddi-bangers, Walt’s favourite ever piece of Disney animation, and the truly insane Nolan-esque timelines established in the straight-to-video sequels.

    Next up: Alice In Wonderland

    Disniversity is brought to you by Ben Travis (@benstravis) and Sam Summers (@samsummers0), with art by Olly Gibbs and music by Nafets. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @disniversity. This podcast is not affiliated with Disney.



    Welcome to Disniversity, the podcast crash course through the history of Disney’s animated classics, with film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Dr. Sam Summers. Each week, we’ll be moving forward in time through the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios catalogue, watching every feature film in chronological order – from Snow White to Raya And The Last Dragon. Watch along with us, and listen as we explore each film’s historical context, advances in animation and lasting legacy, and talk about how they stand up today.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    STUDY GROUP: The Package Era Ends

    STUDY GROUP: The Package Era Ends

    Notepads away, Disniversity students – after a stack of hefty double-features, it’s time for our second Study Group bonus episode. This time, film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Sam Summers stop to look back on the Package Era of the Walt Disney Animation Studios catalogue – that’s Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Fun & Fancy Free, Melody Time, and The Adventures Of Ichabod & Mr. Toad – to discuss our favourite sequences and characters, talk how it changed perceptions around the Disney brand, and reveal our rankings the six movies. Plus, we share our thoughts on Disney’s latest animated original, Raya And The Last Dragon. Next time? The Bangers Era™ begins.

    Next episode: Cinderella

    Disniversity is brought to you by Ben Travis (@benstravis) and Sam Summers (@samsummers0), with art by Olly Gibbs and music by Nafets. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @disniversity. This podcast is not affiliated with Disney.



    Welcome to Disniversity, the podcast crash course through the history of Disney’s animated classics, with film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Dr. Sam Summers. Each week, we’ll be moving forward in time through the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios catalogue, watching every feature film in chronological order – from Snow White to Frozen II. Watch along with us, and listen as we explore each film’s historical context, advances in animation and lasting legacy, and talk about how they stand up today.

    • 57 min
    108 – Melody Time + The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr Toad

    108 – Melody Time + The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr Toad

    With their ventriloquist dummy nightmares now behind them, film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Sam Summers reach the end of the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Package Films era, watching 1948’s Melody Time, and 1949’s The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad. In the former, they encounter more Mary Blair magic, Disney’s continued attempts at drawing colonialist American myths, and delight in the (murderous) mischief of Little Toot. Then, they discuss Disney’s adaptations of The Wind In The Willows and The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow – bringing all-out Headless Horseman horror to the Disneyverse, at long last.

    Next up: Cinderella (but first, a Study Group bonus episode)

    Disniversity is brought to you by Ben Travis (@benstravis) and Sam Summers (@samsummers0), with art by Olly Gibbs and music by Nafets. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @disniversity. This podcast is not affiliated with Disney.



    Welcome to Disniversity, the podcast crash course through the history of Disney’s animated classics, with film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Dr. Sam Summers. Each week, we’ll be moving forward in time through the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios catalogue, watching every feature film in chronological order – from Snow White to Frozen II. Watch along with us, and listen as we explore each film’s historical context, advances in animation and lasting legacy, and talk about how they stand up today.

    • 2 hrs
    107 – Make Mine Music + Fun And Fancy Free

    107 – Make Mine Music + Fun And Fancy Free

    Fresh from Disney’s double-whammy of Latin American adventures, film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Sam Summers delve further into the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Package Films era, with 1946’s Make Mine Music and 1947’s Fun And Fancy Free. Across a selection of stories, they meet jazzy hepcats, lost Disney protagonist Bongo the Bear, and encounter the studio’s most surprisingly violent tale. And – at last – Mickey, Goofy and Donald unite for a mainline Disney movie. Warning: contains opera singing and ventriloquist dummies.

    Next week’s films: Melody Time / The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad

    Disniversity is brought to you by Ben Travis (@benstravis) and Sam Summers (@samsummers0), with art by Olly Gibbs and music by Nafets. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @disniversity. This podcast is not affiliated with Disney.



    Welcome to Disniversity, the podcast crash course through the history of Disney’s animated classics, with film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Dr. Sam Summers. Each week, we’ll be moving forward in time through the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios catalogue, watching every feature film in chronological order – from Snow White to Frozen II. Watch along with us, and listen as we explore each film’s historical context, advances in animation and lasting legacy, and talk about how they stand up today.

    • 1 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

ivycinder ,

Loving This

I’m getting so much more out of the earlier films I didn’t have time for before thanks to Sam’s insight. This week added a female voice, which is welcome as I feel like my experience watching these films as a young girl will now get some representation.
For example in the Fantasia episode the boys weren’t fans of the Pegasus and centaur My Little Pony-Esque segments, which all my similar aged female friends were obsessed by as children and we didn’t bother with the dinosaurs. How stereotypical of us.

I do have to say, I’m only about 3 years older than Ben, but this is making me feel old considering which Disney films were big for us in comparison.

Townmap ,

Brilliant

Very informative in an interesting way. Good listen time passes really quickly

montaguehwithnail ,

Disneyriffic (sorry)

I have listened since Ben announced this, love it. Not too highbrow nor too light. It is engaging and fun. I love Disney but had never seen the package era nor some of the 2000+ films. I have enjoyed watching and rewatching films week by week, and look forward to these dropping, thanks Sam and Ben, look forwards to more!

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