Disney is a studio that has had it's ups and downs through the years. These patches are typically broken down into "eras". Unfortunately, the only era that people definitively agree on is the Renaissance from the 1990's. With Frozen's recent victory at the Oscars--I thought it might be a good time to break down how I think the eras are defined and to hear how others might break them down. GOLD ERA: Movies: Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi Also known as the fast five films, these are the first films produced by Walt Disney and firmly established his company as the reigning king of feature animation early on. WARTIME ERA: Movies: Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time, The Adventures of Icabod and Mr. Toad WWII had kicked into high gear leaving Disney with a smaller budget and a small team of animators. The result was the creation of six package films that featured two or more shorts, rather than lengthy high budget features. These are typically some of the most obscure Disney films. SILVER ERA: Movies: Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book Disney returns to making full length, big budget animated ventures. The silver age features some of the most memorable Disney classics and is one of their strongest runs. The era ends with the Jungle Book, which marked Walt Disney's final produced film before his death. BRONZE ERA: Movies: The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver and Company This age was a time of decline for Disney. It served as a transitional period as the company was still trying to find its sea legs without Walt. It saw a movement away from fairy tales and became progressively darker. It's marked by some of the worst performing and worst received movies in the studios history. RENAISSANCE ERA: Movies: The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan The only universally agreed on era. The Renaissance was Disney's most successful era with renewed interest in the company and a return to the musical fairy tale format. All the films in this Era were marked as being big box office successes. POST-RENAISSANCE ERA: Movies: Fantasia 2000, Dinosaur, The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo and Stitch, Treasure Planet, Brother Bear, Home on the Range, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, Bolt With rising competition and growing interest in CGI animated films, Disney dipped into a second decline. This era saw the studio's slow shift away from traditional animation and towards CGI films. Once again the musical/fairy tale was phased out. Disney saw many poor box office numbers and reviews for this run. REVIVAL ERA: Movies: Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck it Ralph, Frozen---(in progress) The current era we are in. After acquiring Pixar, Disney felt free to return to their own formula. The musical and fairy tale were back in style. They also saw improved performance in box office return. Every film in this era (so far) has seen critical acclaim. So that is how I map out the Disney Eras. Agree? Disagree? How would you define them and why?