Best Family Movies of 1959

1.

Sleeping Beauty

5.8
7.2/10 IMDB

A beautiful princess born in a faraway kingdom is destined by a terrible curse to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Determined to protect her, her parents ask three fairies to raise her in hiding. But the evil Maleficent is just as determined to seal the princess's fate.

Starring: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy, Barbara Jo Allen, Taylor Holmes, Bill Thompson, Billy Bletcher, Marvin Miller ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark, Eric Larson
Release date: 1959-02-17
2.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

Starring: Pat Boone, James Mason, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker, Thayer David, Peter Ronson, Robert Adler, Alan Napier, Alex Finlayson ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1959-12-16
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Donald in Mathmagic Land
3.

Donald in Mathmagic Land

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Disney used animation here to explain through this wonderful adventure of Donald how mathmatics can be usuful in our real life. Through this journey Donald shows us how mathmatics are not just numbers and charts, but magical living things.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Paul Frees ..
Directed by: Les Clark, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman, Joshua Meador
Release date: 1959-06-26
4.

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Take a wee bit of ancient folklore, mix in some spectacular special effects and a magical cast (including Sean Connery) -- and you've got one of the most enchanting fantasies of all time! A frisky old storyteller named Darby O'Gill is desperately seeking the proverbial pot of gold. There's just one tiny thing standing in his way: a 21-inch leprechaun named King Brian. In order to get the gold, Darby must match his wits against the shrewd little trickster -- which proves no small task, indeed! Fall under the spell of DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE for a fun-filled evening of magic, mirth, and nonstop shenanigans!

Starring: Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O'Dea, Kieron Moore, Estelle Winwood, Walter Fitzgerald, Denis O'Dea, J.G. Devlin, Jack MacGowran ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1959-06-29
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Li'l Abner
5.

Li'l Abner

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

A comedy musical based on the comic strip charcters created by Al Capp. When residents of Dogpatch, USA are notified by the government that they must evacuate because of atomic bomb testing, they try to persuade the government that their town is worth saving. Meanwhile, Earthquake McGoon wants to marry Daisy Mae; Daisy Mae wants to marry Li'l Abner, and Li'l Abner just wants to go fishing.

Starring: Peter Palmer, Leslie Parrish, Stubby Kaye, Julie Newmar, Billie Hayes, Joe E. Marks, Stella Stevens, Bernd Hoffmann, Howard St. John, Al Nesor ..
Directed by: Melvin Frank
Release date: 1959-12-11
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Jungle Cat
6.

Jungle Cat

3.3
7.4/10 IMDB

This final True-Life Adventure would also appear to be one of the best, as we go into the South American jungle to observe the jaguar. Jungle Cat is more intimate than its kin, allowing individual animal characters to be developed. Central to the cast is a pair of jaguars (one ebony), whose fighting leads to love and, not long after, two babies (one resembling each parent).

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1959-12-16
Best Family Movies of 1959 : The Christmas Visitor
7.

The Christmas Visitor

3.0
6.5/10 IMDB

T'was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Directed by: John Halas
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Mexicali Shmoes
8.

Mexicali Shmoes

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A pair of not-too-bright Mexican cats, one shorter-tempered than the other, decide to chase Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all Mexico. And when their schemes - involving use of guitars, a fishing rod, dynamite, and land mines - all backfire, they decide to try catching Slowpoke Rodriguez, Mexico's slowest mouse. But the short-tempered cat learns too late that Slowpoke packs a gun.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Tom Holland ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1959-07-04
Best Family Movies of 1959 : A Witch's Tangled Hare
9.

A Witch's Tangled Hare

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Bunny's- or rather Bugs- is an important ingredient in Witch Hazel's brew. All the while, William Shakespeare is watching them, looking for new dialog.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Abe Levitow
Release date: 1959-10-31
10.

Mouse-Placed Kitten

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A kitten is dropped in a sack out of a car and rolls down a hill, to arrive at the door of Clyde and Matilda Mouse...

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1959-01-23

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