Can You Name These Disney Live-Action Classics?


By: J.P. Naomi

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About This Quiz

Long before Disney started remaking its catalog of animated classics with live-action adaptations, it produced some of the most beloved live-action family movies of all time. From the '50s to the '70s, childhoods were shaped by classics like "Old Yeller," "Mary Poppins" and "Bedknobs and Broomsticks." Many of these films rank up there with the best of Disney's animated movies. In fact, "Mary Poppins" is the only Disney movie that received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture while Walt Disney was alive. The film was nominated in 13 categories and won five Oscars.

Perhaps Disney's biggest star of this era was Hayley Mills. From "Pollyanna" in 1960 to "That Darn Cat!" in 1965, she made a movie with the studio each year. With "The Parent Trap" in 1961, she cemented her legacy as one of the most iconic child stars ever when she played identical twins, Sharon McKendrick and Susan Evers. She convincingly brought both twins to life with their distinct personalities. Disney remade the classic in 1998 with Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson and Lindsay Lohan in the dual roles of Annie James and Hallie Parker.

Let's crack open the Disney vault and see how many of their live-action classics you can name.

What's the name of the classic about a family, a shipwreck and a deserted island?

After being shipwrecked, the family must survive on a deserted island! "Swiss Family Robinson" was released on December 21, 1960 and was directed by Ken Annakin.


This is the story of twin sisters who attempt to reunite their divorced parents. What's it called?

"The Parent Trap" was released on June 21, 1961. It featured Hayley Mills as both twin sisters! Maureen O'Hara played their mother.


Can you name this 1964 classic that was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars?

"Mary Poppins" is the only Disney movie that received a Best Picture nomination while Walt Disney was alive. It earned 13 nominations and won five Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews.


In "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," what's the name of the ship's commander?

On December 23, 1954, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" premiered and the world was introduced to the Nautilus, an advanced submarine. Kirk Douglas and James Mason starred together in this film.


Who invented an anti-gravity substance in 1961?

"The Absent-Minded Professor" features Professor Ned Brainard, portrayed by Fred MacMurray. This film was released on March 16, 1961.


"The Love Bug" is a 1968 Disney live-action film featuring which type of vehicle?

Directed by Robert Stevenson, "The Love Bug" was released on March 13, 1969. It's the story of a race car driver who becomes a champion with a VW Beetle!


What's the name of the young girl who used her eternal optimism to turn around a bitter town in 1960?

"Pollyanna" was released on May 19, 1960. The character was portrayed by actress Hayley Mills, in her first movie with Disney.


Which 1959 movie's main character is turned into an Old English Sheepdog through the power of an ancient magical ring?

"The Shaggy Dog" featured several actors who appeared in multiple Disney movies: Fred MacMurray, Tommy Kirk and original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello.


This one's about siblings who are sent to live with a woman who is attempting to learn witchcraft. What's it called?

The movie is based on a series of books by Mary Norton, who is also known for another beloved series, "The Borrowers." Angela Lansbury stars in the magical film.


Which Hayley Mills movie features a Siamese cat who ultimately helps solve the mystery of a missing woman?

That feline is famous! The cat who played DC in "That Darn Cat!" also starred in Disney's "The Incredible Journey."


Which 1977 film is about an orphan boy living with his (sometimes invisible) magical best friend in a fishing town called Passamaquoddy?

"Pete's Dragon" starred Helen Reddy, who had a #1 hit song with "I am Woman" in 1972.


Which 1976 film stars Jodie Foster as a teen who magically switches bodies with her mother on Friday the 13th?

Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis starred in the 2003 remake of "Freaky Friday." Lohan also starred in the 1998 remake of Disney's "The Parent Trap."


Which movie stars Kurt Russell as a college student who helps his school win a quiz show after he gains super-smarts from an electric shock?

Kurt Russell has enjoyed a long career in a broad variety of movies, but he got his start as a child actor. He signed a ten year contract with Disney in the mid '60s.


What was the name of the stray yellow dog found by a young boy in this 1957 live-action film?

"Old Yeller" became a classic and won the hearts of many across generations. Directed by Robert Stevenson, it was released on Christmas Day 1957.


Can you name the movie that's about a young boy who enters an archery contest with his father at the King's palace?

"The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men" was Disney's second live-action film. It was released on June 26, 1952.


"Darby _______ and the Little People" is the story of an old codger and the king of the leprechauns.

Directed by Robert Stevenson, "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" premiered in 1959. It features actors Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro and Sean Connery!


Which Robert Louis Stevenson novel was adapted as Disney's first live-action film?

Directed by Byron Haskin, "Treasure Island" was released on July 19, 1950. It's a classic adventure movie.


Disney's "______ Tremain" is the story of a young man who becomes a patriot fighting in the Revolutionary War.

"Johnny Tremain" was released on June 19, 1957. Hal Stalmaster starred as Johnny.


Can you name the film that's about two dogs and one cat who lose their owners while on vacation?

Directed by Fletcher Markle, "The Incredible Journey" premiered in 1963. It's based on a novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford.


"The Sword and the Rose" is the story of Mary _____ who attempts to flee her forced marriage with the French king.

Directed by Ken Annakin, "The Sword and the Rose" was released on July 23, 1953. Glynis Johns starred as Princess Mary Tudor.


Comprised of eight episodes of this Disney TV series, what is the name of the film in which Don Diego returns home to find his town controlled by a cruel dictator?

"The Sign of Zorro" was released on June 11, 1960. Diego dons the mask of Zorro and fights the evil dictator off.


This 1953 live-action classic featured the wartime adventures of a Scottish highland leader. Do you know what it's called?

Directed by Harold French, "Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue" was released on February 27, 1954. It takes place during the reign of King George I in the 18th Century.


From 1956, which film follows the adventures of a group of pioneers traveling across the country?

"Westward Ho, the Wagons!" was released on December 20, 1956. It was directed by William Beaudine and written by Thomas Blackburn and Mary Jane Carr.


"The Littlest Outlaw" is a film about a 10-year old boy, named ________, whose father was a cruel horse trainer.

"The Littlest Outlaw" premiered in 1955. Pablito was portrayed by actor Andrés Velázquez.


What's the name of Disney's live-action film in which Union spies attempt to steal a Confederate train?

"The Great Locomotive Chase" was released on June 8, 1956 and revolved around the Civil War. While an action-packed movie, it is still considered a family film.


"Tonka" was a film about a wild ______ that changed owners during the time of the Great Sioux War of 1876.

Directed and written by Lewis Foster, "Tonka" was released on Christmas Day 1958.


What's the name of the 1973 film that features a jet-black stallion named Pechudo?

"Mustang" was released on October 7, 1973. It was directed by Roy Edward Disney and Frank Zuniga.


"Third Man on the Mountain" is the story of a boy who attempts to climb an alpine peak. What's the name of the peak?

Starring Michael Rennie, "Third Man on the Mountain" was released on November 10, 1959. It was directed by Ken Annakin.


Most cats have nine lives, but this cat had three. Do you remember her name?

"The Three Lives of Thomasina" was released on June 4, 1964. Directed by Don Chaffey, Thomasina brought a family together through her mysterious death and reappearance.


Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band, but dreams of becoming a lawyer in which live-action film?

"Follow Me, Boys!" premiered on December 1, 1966. It was directed by Norman Tokar and co-written by Tokar and Louis Pelletier.


A live-action classic, "The Legend of Lobo" is the story of a _______ named Lobo who had a huge bounty on his head.

"The Legend of Lobo" was released on November 7, 1962. It starred Rex Allen and Ingvald Lieberkind.


What's the name of the film in which a working-class Austrian boy joins the Vienna Boys' Choir?

His mother supported his decision, but his father was more reluctant. It turned out that the boy could really sing! "Almost Angels" premiered on September 26, 1962.


Cam Calloway and his family dream of building a sanctuary for _______ in "Those Calloways."

Each year, geese fly over the New England home of the Calloways. Cam wants a place for them to stay. This film starred Brian Keith, Vera Miles and Brandon De Wilde.


What's the name of the film which features Irish immigrant John Lawless as a butler for a man named Mr. Biddle?

Directed by Norman Tokar, "The Happiest Millionaire" premiered on December 7, 1967. It combines the comedy, family and musical genres.


"The _______ -Spinners" is a 1964 film about a young girl traveling through Crete with her aunt.

Another Hayley Mills movie, "The Moon-Spinners" premiered on July 8, 1964. Rated G, it was directed by James Neilson.


This live-action film is about a cougar raised by a group of loggers in the Pacific Northwest. What's it called?

"Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar" was released on October 18, 1967. It starred Ron Brown, Brian Russell and Linda Wallace.


Who was David Balfour attempting to dodge with the help of Alan Breck Stewart in "Kidnapped"?

"Kidnapped" was released on February 24, 1960. It was directed and written by Robert Stevenson.


"The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin" features a young man from _______ who heads west in search of California gold.

"The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin" starred Roddy McDowall and Suzanne Pleshette. It was released on March 8, 1967.


Which 1972 film features the story of a mother cougar left to raise her three cubs after the father cougar is shot by a hunter?

"Run, Cougar, Run" was released on October 18, 1972. Rated G, it was directed by Jerome Courtland.


In Disney's "The Light in the Forest," a young man raised by _______ is sent back to live with his birth family and has a lot of adjusting to do.

"The Light in the Forest" was released on July 8, 1958. Directed by Herschel Daugherty, it was based on a novel by Conrad Richter.


What's the name of Fran Garrison's prize Dachshund in "The Ugly Dachshund"?

Starring Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette, "The Ugly Dachshund" was directed by Norman Tokar. It was released on February 16, 1966.


What type of animal makes its way into the life of a lonely boy in "Rascal"?

"Rascal" is a 1969 Disney family film. Directed by Norman Tokar, it featured actors Steve Forrest, Bill Mumy and Pamela Toll.


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