Currrently (as of 9/11/15), all the Disney animated classics in this post are priced to own in SD at $9.99 each, and considering that Disney and Pixar films are typically priced at $12.99-$14.99 in SD (and rarely go on sale), this is your chance to get those great Disney films you’ve been meaning to add to your digital library at a discount. Note that of the films listed in this post only A Christmas Carol was originally produced in HD, so you’re not losing anything by getting the SD versions.
Pocahontas (G, 4/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $9.99 to own in SD / $17.99 in HD)
Capt. John Smith leads a rag-tag band of English sailors & soldiers to the New World to plunder its riches for England (or, more precisely, for Governor Ratcliffe, who comes along for the ride).
Meanwhile, in this “New World,” Chief Powhatan has pledged his daughter, Pocahontas, to be married to the village’s greatest warrior. Pocahontas, however, has other ideas. She has seen a vision of a spinning arrow, a vision she believes tells her change is coming. Her life does indeed change when the English ship lands near her village.
Between Ratcliffe, who believes the “savages” are hiding the gold he expected to be plentiful, and Powhatan, who believes these pale newcomers will destroy their land, Smith and Pocahontas have a difficult time preventing all-out war, and saving their love for each other. – Written by Joe Sewell
Tarzan (G, 4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $9.99 to own in SD / $17.99 in HD)
The movie is about the life of Tarzan.
Tarzan was a small orphan who was raised by an ape named Kala since he was a child.
He believed that this was his family, but on an expedition Jane Porter is rescued by Tarzan.
He then finds out that he’s human. Now Tarzan must make the decision as to which family he should belong to… – Written by Extron
Hercules (G, 4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $9.99 to own in SD / $17.99 in HD)
Hercules, son of the Greek God, Zeus, is turned into a half-god, half-mortal by evil Hades, God of the Underworld, who plans to overthrow Zeus.
Hercules is raised on Earth and retains his god-like strength, but when he discovers his immortal heritage Zeus tells him that to return to Mount Olympus he must become a true hero. Hercules becomes a famous hero with the help of his friend Pegasus and his personal trainer, Phil the satyr.
Hercules battles monsters, Hades and the Titans, but it is his self-sacrifice to rescue his love Meg which makes him a true hero. – Written by Kristi Connolly
The Emperor’s New Groove (G, 4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $9.99 to own in SD / $17.99 in HD)
In this animated comedy from the folks at Disney, the vain and cocky Emperor Kuzco is a very busy man. Besides maintaining his “groove”, and firing his suspicious administrator, Yzma; he’s also planning to build a new waterpark just for himself for his birthday.
However, this means destroying one of the villages in his kingdom. Meanwhile, Yzma is hatching a plan to get revenge and usurp the throne. But, in a botched assassination courtesy of Yzma’s right-hand man, Kronk, Kuzco is magically transformed into a llama.
Now, Kuzco finds himself the property of Pacha, a lowly llama herder whose home is ground zero for the water park. Upon discovering the llama’s true self, Pacha offers to help resolve the Emperor’s problem and regain his throne, only if he promises to move his water park. – Written by Richard Hudson
In 15th century Paris, Clopin the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo, the misshapen but gentle-souled bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by Claude Frollo, the Minister of Justice. But Frollo was forced by the Archdeacon of Notre Dame to raise Quasimodo as his own.
Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Frollo in the belltower of the cathedral. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, decides to take part in the festivities, where he meets the lovely gypsy girl Esmeralda and the handsome soldier Phoebus.
The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo’s cruelty and his attempts to destroy the home of the gypsies, the Court of Miracles. And Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame. – Written by Kathy Li
Lilo and Stitch (PG, 4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $9.99 to own in SD / $17.99 in HD)
The story of a little creature created by genetic experimentation and bound to prison with his evil creator.
Stitch escapes and heads for Earth where he tries to impersonate a dog and gets adopted by little Lilo, whom, bent on self preservation, he plans to use as a human shield to protect him for the aliens sent to recapture him.
But without a greater purpose in life, no friends, family or memories, Stitch does a little soul searching and begins to understand the meanings of “love” and “family” and his feeling for Lilo begin to change. – Written by SueGilbey
The Sword in the Stone (G, 4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $9.99 to own in SD / $17.99 in HD)
Arthur (aka Wart) is a young boy who aspires to be a knight’s squire.
On a hunting trip he falls in on Merlin, a powerful but amnesiac wizard who has plans for Wart beyond mere squiredom.
He starts by trying to give Wart an education (whatever that is), believing that once one has an education, one can go anywhere.
Needless to say, it doesn’t quite work out that way. – Written by Tim Pickett
Brother Bear (G, 4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $9.99 to own in SD / $17.99 in HD)
Long ago, as the Earth was emerging from the Ice Age, there were three brothers.
After a bear takes the life of the oldest brother, impulsive youngest brother Kenai kills the bear in revenge, only to be transformed into a bear himself.
Denahi, the middle brother, comes upon this bear and, thinking it killed Kenai, vows revenge.
Now brother hunts brother and Kenai’s only hope for survival is to befriend his own worst enemy, a grizzly cub named Koda. Koda’s main goal is to show Kenai the real meaning of brotherhood. – Written by Anonymous
Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG, 4/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $9.99 to own in SD / $17.99 in HD)
On Christmas Eve, crotchety miser Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his dead partner Jacob Marley. Scrooge is told that what they do in life will determine what happens to them in the afterlife.
Marley tells Scrooge that he will be visited by three ghosts and to take heed of what happens.
The first spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Past, shows Scrooge that he was once a happy young man, carefree and in love but money became his greatest desire.
The Ghost of Christmas Present shows him how others, including his nephew Fred and his clerk Bob Cratchit, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, shows Scrooge the fate that awaits him.
Scrooge learns from his visits and becomes a good man who knows how to celebrate Christmas. – Written by garykmcd