Disney at the NFSA

Disney classics in the NFSA collection
 Miguel Gonzalez

This January, we’ll screen beautiful 35mm prints of eight Disney classics at Arc cinema. The screenings are sure to bring back precious memories to Disney fans and will allow kids to see these films on the big screen for the very first time.

The program, which runs from 2-28 January 2015, includes Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp, The Jungle Book, The AristoCats, The Fox and the Hound, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

Disney classics screening in 35mm at Arc cinema in January 2015.

These are just a few of the Disney films in the NFSA collection; others include shorts starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and other famous characters. We have prints of many of the animated Disney features, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) all the way to the 2013 hit Frozen, for which 35mm prints were still produced despite it being released in the digital era.

While our primary aim is to develop a collection of Australian works, we also have a selection of international titles such as these Disney classics. Some of these prints are not available elsewhere in Australia!

There are some interesting Australian connections in our Disney-related holdings.
Poster for Ride a Wild Pony (1975). NFSA title: 387046




Did you know that Disney produced a live action film shot in Victoria, titled Ride a Wild Pony?

The story is an adaptation of the James Aldridge novel A Sporting Proposition (1973), and follows two children of different socio-economic backgrounds, fighting over the ownership of a pony.

It was directed by Donald Chaffey (Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years BC, Pete’s Dragon), and although Disney briefly considered adapting the story to an American setting, producer Jerome Courtland decided the film should be produced in Australia.

The town of Chiltern mentions the shoot on its website .

For this film we have press clippings, transparencies, lobby cards, and other publicity materials – including a request from Noah’s Ark Toy Library to host the premiere as a fundraising venture.




                                                             Lobby cards for Ride a Wild Pony (1975)
Peter Andre, Kiss the Girl single. NFSA title: 804476


Another Australian connection is Peter Andre’s version of ‘Kiss the Girl’, from 1989’s The Little Mermaid.

This version was recorded when the film was re-released in cinemas in 1998. It charted in the UK, where it reached #9.

We have a promo copy in the collection (NFSA title: 804476).





If you don’t remember this cover of ‘Kiss the Girl’, you can watch the video on YouTube:



We even have a compilation of Mickey Mouse cartoons in 16mm, edited for home exhibition, donated by Dame Pattie Maie Menzies GBE! (NFSA title: 753967)

For a full listing of Disney content at the NFSA, search our collection.