The House of Mouse has enjoyed its share of triumphs over the years, but only a scant handful can compare to Mary Poppins, the live-action/animation mash-up that won Julie Andrews an Oscar, let penguin waiters upstage Dick Van Dyke, and sent dictionary editors scrambling to justify the formal addition of “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to the language. It opened today in 1964; long may it reign.
For those with less interest in everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny (besides, you know, a hug and a lengthy discussion about who hurt you), there’s Fire and Ice, Ralph Bakshi’s ode to Frank Frazetta that followed on the heels of the unexpected success of Conan the Barbarian. It bombed at the box office, but Bakshi’s vision remains potent, and it’s a reminder that — as awesome as those dancing penguins are — they’re not the only thing you can do with animation. Fire and Ice opened today in 1983.