When playing “Six Degrees of Disney Driven Life,” it’s usually not too hard to connect Disney movies that are made within a few years of each other. Disney has a history of using the same stars in multiple projects. Both Haley Mills (the 1960s) and Patrick Warburton (today) can be found in a plethora of Disney movies. When you’re trying to connect Disney movies that span several decades, however, it can be more challenging due to the short careers of most Hollywood stars–especially child stars.
I’ve found several Disney stars that are useful for bridging this “generation gap.” First is Julie Andrews. She first became a major star back in 1964 in Mary Poppins. She wasn’t involved in many Disney movies after that, but then returned to the mouse for The Princess Diaries (2001) and the Eloise series. She was also the Narrator in 2007’s Enchanted.
Another star who is useful in connecting older and newer Disney movies is Kurt Russell. He started out back in the 1960s in such Disney movies as Follow Me, Boys! and The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band. He continued working for Disney in the 1970s in the Dexter Riley movies (The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes; Now You See Him, Now You Don’t) as well as providing the voice of Copper in 1981’s The Fox and the Hound. More recently, he appeared in Miracle (2004) and Sky High (2005).
Let’s not forget Angela Lansbury. She starred in Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) then returned in 1991 as Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast. Also, you may not know that her co-star in Bedknobs, Roddy MacDowell, starred in the 1970s in The Cat from Outerspace and in again in Pixar’s A Bug’s Life (1998).
Finally, funnyman Buddy Hackett’s Disney career spans several decades. He starred in The Love Bug (1968) and was the voice of Scuttle in 1989’s The Little Mermaid.
I hope this helps you make the connections you need to tie together older and newer Disney classics for the Disney Driven Riddle. Remember, only Disney movies count, and only big-screen releases (not direct-to-DVD movies or television shows).
Contributed by: Sherri J. (NDM#237). Sherri is our resident riddler .