Can You Tell Which of These Titles Are Old Live-Action Movies From the Disney+ Catalog?


By: Ian Fortey

6 Min Quiz

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These days, most of us are pretty wrapped up in the world of Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe available on Disney+. After all, is there anything on any streaming service that could hope to compete with Baby Yoda? Not likely. Still, there's more to the streaming service than all that, including a massive back catalog of films that many people have never even heard of. Disney has literally hundreds of old live-action movies from the '60s through the '80s that are all available to stream now. Some of them are classics, like "The Sound of Music" (recently acquired by Disney) and "Mary Poppins." Some of them are decidedly less classic, like "The Million Dollar Duck" and "The Cat From Outer Space." But, if you subscribe to Disney+, you can watch each and every one of them at your leisure, and that ain't bad!

Whether you're a hardcore Disney fan, someone who just showed up to check out "The Mandalorian" or somewhere in between, Disney has a lot of live-action fun waiting around for you to discover. 

So, can you tell which titles are the real deal Disney and which ones are just random movies from other times and places? Take the quiz and see!

After the release of "Mary Poppins", which film was shelved for a few years?

"Bedknobs and Broomsticks" was put on hold because of how similar it was to "Mary Poppins" at the time. It was already going to be produced before the rights to Poppins were secured, but then it was shelved because it was too similar. It was finally released in 1971, seven years after "Mary Poppins."


Do you know which of these was made in 1976 and then remade in 2003?

"Freaky Friday" is one of those titles that Disney has invested a lot of time and effort in. In 1976 and 2003 it was a major theatrical release, but it was a made-for-TV film in 1995 and 2018 as well.


Do you know which movie got three made-for-TV sequels and then a remake starring Lindsay Lohan?

"The Parent Trap" came out in 1961 and garnered two Academy Award nominations. An actress named Susan Henning played the twin body double of Hayley Mills in the movie, and part of her contract stated that she would not be credited for the role.


Do you know which of these was the first Disney film to get a sequel?

"The Absent-Minded Professor" is often confused with "The Nutty Professor," but they're definitely not the same film. "The Absent-Minded Professor" was the first Disney film to get a sequel, with the release of 1963's "Son of Flubber."


Which of these is a Disney movie featuring "Planet of the Apes" star Roddy McDowall, one year before he played an ape?

"The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin" is a Western comedy from 1967. The movie is based on a book called "By the Great Horn Spoon!," but, like many adaptations in Hollywood, it doesn't follow the source material that closely.


Which of these was advertised as "the greatest adventure story of them all"?

"Swiss Family Robinson" was released back in 1960, based on the novel of the same name, which was published in 1812. The movie was a massive hit in the year it was released, pulling in $40 million against a $4 million budget.


Which of these movies has one of the most infamously unhappy endings of all time?

"Old Yeller" is renowned for having a terrible downer of an ending, though it's still a beloved movie. It came out in 1957, and to this day, there's a brand name of dog food that licenses the name "Old Yeller" from Disney.


Which 1960 movie was based on a novel by Eleanor H. Porter?

"Pollyanna" was a tough sell for Disney because even in 1960 the story had a reputation for being too sweet and schmaltzy. Of the character in the book, writer/director David Swift said, "Pollyanna was so filled with happiness and light that I wanted to kick her."


Do you know which of these was called "Born to Sing" in the U.K.?

"Almost Angels," a story about the Vienna Boys Choir, was released in 1962. Audiences first got to see it in America as the second half of a double bill. The first feature was a re-release of the original 1955 "Lady and the Tramp."


Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson starred in a remake of which 1975 film?

"Escape to Witch Mountain" is based on a novel from 1968, written by Alexander Key. The story has spawned a handful of movies and sequels to those movies. including the version from 2009, "Race to Witch Mountain," starring The Rock.


Do you know which of these movies is about a bank robbery?

"That Darn Cat!" proved to be one of Disney's most popular movies. The New York Times offered some high praise for the cat in their review of the film, saying, "The feline that plays the informant, as the F.B.I. puts it, is superb. Clark Gable at the peak of his performing never played a tom cat more winningly."


In which of these films would you find 15-year-old Jodie Foster?

Jodie Foster and David Niven starred in "Candleshoe." David Swift, who had made "Pollyanna" and other movies for Disney, was going to direct this until they cast Jodie Foster. He disliked her so much for the role that he quit as director.


Some people consider which of these films to be a very early example of steampunk?

"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" starred Kirk Douglas and James Mason. The movie snagged Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects back in 1954. Cast members carried fish in their pockets to feed the seal that appeared in the movie, and apparently they all stank something fierce as a result.


Don Knotts starred in which of these films?

"The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again" is a sequel to "The Apple Dumpling Gang," with both starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts. Harry Morgan, from "M*A*S*H," was also in both Apple Dumpling movies, but he played a different character in each.


Do you know which of these was the third in a franchise?

"Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo" followed "The Love Bug" and "Herbie Rides Again." In this third movie, Herbie the VW falls in love with a Lancia Scorpion named Giselle. She's powder blue, with yellow and white stripes.


The soundtrack of which of these featured John Denver's song "Sweet Surrender"?

"The Bears and I" was about exactly what it says it's about, a man and some bears living in the wilderness. It was written by John Whedon, grandfather of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon.


This film about a kid and his dog is a 1972 remake of a 1940 film. What is it?

"The Biscuit Eater" is about a German Wirehaired Pointer named Moreover. This was the last "boy and his dog" movie that Disney made, as the genre, which had been popular through the '60s, had mostly run its course by 1972.


A pair of Abyssinian cats named Rumple and Amber did double duty as the star of which of these movies?

"The Cat From Outer Space" is, in fact, about a space cat. The movie also starred McLean Stevenson and Harry Morgan, both of whom portrayed colonels on the show "M*A*S*H," which was airing at the same time this film was made.


Famous horror director Mick Garris made which of these for Walt Disney?

Mick Garris, the director of "Fuzzbucket," is most well known for his adaptations of works by Stephen King, including "Sleepwalkers," "The Stand," "The Shining," "Desperation" and several shorts as well. "Fuzzbucket" was televised in 1986.


Technically speaking, the star of which of these movies is a Skye Terrier dog?

The movie "Greyfriars Bobby" is based on a 1912 novel of the same name. That novel was inspired by true events in Edinburgh, back in the 19th century, in which the people of the Scottish city rallied around a little dog to save his life.


Which of these was the debut film of Meredith Salenger?

"The Journey of Natty Gann" features Meredith Salenger and John Cusack. There's a wolf dog in the movie that also had a pretty decent acting career, having appeared in the movie "The Thing," as well as "White Fang."


Do you know which 1972 movie was based on a novel by Marguerite Henry?

"Justin Morgan Had a Horse" told the story of Justin Morgan, the real-life horse breeder who is known today as the man behind the breed known as the Morgan horse. The film starred Don Murray, who's likely best known for his debut role in "Bus Stop" opposite Marilyn Monroe.


Movie critic Gene Siskel famously walked out on which of these 1971 movies?

Gene Siskel saw thousands of movies in his career and only walked out on three. One of those was "Million Dollar Duck." His partner in film criticism Roger Ebert called it "one of the most profoundly stupid movies I've ever seen."


Kristy Swanson starred in which of these 1986 made-for-TV films?

"Mr. Boogedy" aired as a Disney Sunday night movie back in 1986 and even got a sequel, "Bride of Boogedy," the next year. It served as a failed pilot for a TV show that obviously never materialized.


In 1964, which of these was a two-part story on Disney's "Wonderful World of Color"?

"Sammy, the Way-Out Seal" may be the best-named film Disney ever made. Originally a two-part story in 1964, it was directed by Norman Tokar, who made several films as well as many episodes of "Magical World of Disney."


Suzanne Pleshette and Tim Conway starred in which of these movies?

A sequel to the surprise hit "The Shaggy Dog," "The Shaggy D.A." was about a dog who's also a lawyer. This was the final film directed by Robert Stevenson, who had previously made movies like "Jane Eyre" and "The Absent-Minded Professor."


In 1952, this became Disney's second live-acton film ever. What is it?

"The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men" was the first Robin Hood movie made by Disney, and a number of films have followed. Filmed in England, some of the Sherwood forest scenes were filmed in the actual Sherwood Forest.


A 400-pound tiger costarred in which of these movies?

Sultan, from "Sultan and the Rock Star," is actually a tiger, while Timothy Hutton played the rock star. For whatever reason, the movie was also released under the title "The Hunter and the Rock Star" on DVD.


Suzanne Pleshette had to shower and change every day at the studio while filming which of these?

Because Suzanne Pleshette had her own dog at home when she filmed "The Ugly Dachshund," she had to shower and change her clothes before heading back every night. Her dog had a negative reaction to the smell of other dogs on her.


Which of these movies was an adaptation of Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"?

"Unidentified Flying Oddball" starred Dennis Dugan, who these days is much more well known for his work with Adam Sandler. Dugan has directed a total of eight movies starring Sandler, from 1996's "Happy Gilmore" to 2013's "Grown Ups 2."


Kurt Russell shared the screen with a chimp in which of these films?

Not only did "The Barefoot Executive" feature Kurt Russell and a chimpanzee, but it also featured John Ritter in his film debut. History has lost the name of the chimpanzee who starred in the film, unfortunately.


"Psycho" star Anthony Perkins appeared in which of these movies?

Disney's "The Black Hole" is what's known as a space opera, and it is noteworthy for being the very first PG-rated movie that Disney ever produced. Anthony Perkins, famously from "Psycho," dies in the film, and a trailer for the movie inexplicably showed his death scene.


This movie was based on an operetta. What is it?

"Babes in Toyland" was the first live-action musical the company produced. Though it's looked back on fondly these days, the movie was a failure when it was released. It starred Annette Funicello, who was one of the original members of the "Mickey Mouse Club."


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