Sligv Vreen Orxy

Disney films are actually pretty boring (in my own opinion)

Posted in The Reality of Life by Sligv Vreen Orxy on May 18, 2009

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Let’s face it, most kindergardeners and first graders have probably never seen the original Disney animated films. They just aren’t as appealing as the Pixar or 3D technologies that have replaced them. The other thing is that those of us that do own any of these films probably have them in the VHS format, and who really owns one of those machines these days? We have one in the house, but the last time we moved the TV around we didn’t bother hooking it back up. We also have that U-Verse package that lets you watch a good selection of new and old films for free, so it’s not as if we have to dig up the cassette anyway.

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Pre-1989 releases, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, The Aristocats, and Oliver & Company are the only ones which I love watching over and over again. They have various settings in them, aren’t about teenage girls who work too hard/and or their stepmother hating them, and they’re actually fun and entertaining! I’m not just talking about the musical content (really only Oliver & Company), but the feeling it gives you while you’re watching and once it’s finished. A year or so ago, I finally got to see The Fox and the Hound (at the age of 19), I could not believe that a company that markets happy endings could release something so inhumane. I went to my room and started bawling because for being a kids movie, it was too close to what the reality of it all is. If there was one movie I would never let my kids see, it’d definitely be that one.

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Of course, I think that too much fantasy is not good for children, which is why I love the films mentioned above. Of course, animals can’t talk, or play instruments, but they’re realistic enough to be believable. I don’t believe in magic, rats can’t put together a dress, and you’d pretty much die from eating a poisoned apple. If you’ve never seen Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or Cinderella, you can guess the ending five minutes after figuring out the plot. I couldn’t tell you what happens in the middle of them either, I just know that there was a mirror and that she hung out with mice.

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My favorite Disney animated films come from the late eighties/early nineties: The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. Not only did they have the most memorable songs, but unlike Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, they had color. The music was fantastic aswell, modern sounding at that time, easy for us kids to sing the lyrics to all day long. They were marketing them very well at the time too, so my friends and I had all the plush toys, stickers, and books. Sadly, Pocahontas ended up being all over my room, had my walls and bed plastered with her, regret that now. I don’t remember the last time I watched it.

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I don’t think it’s because I’m growing up either, more like I can finally judge them now that I have the ability to understand them. I know that Disney’s whole purpose is to provide family entertainment, but some of these so called “Masterpieces” aren’t. In this century, they haven’t come out with any real winners either. Can I just say that not even adults will enjoy a story about history with bland characters and a boring plot? The Emperor’s New Groove and Lilo and Stitch were great, but the marketing campaign that followed (television shows, sequels) took the magic away from it too soon, at a minimum, they should wait at least three years.

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  1. Sam said, on May 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    You know you’re right. Although I have to say that I loved Beauty and the Beast and Alladin. Pocahontas was the first movie that i was embarrassed to see with my parents. They were kissing (shock, horror!)

    But you know, not all classics are so wonderful. I’ve been trying to make a point to read a lot of classic books and I’ve been thoroughly disappointed with a lot of them. “Perhaps it’s because I’m not impressed with antiquity” but really only about half of them were worth it. Oddly enough, none of the ones that were worth it were the ones that i was asked to read in highschool. *sigh* No wonder kids these days hate reading.

    Oddly, i’ve enjoyed the children’s books the most. I’ve found Treasure Island to be better than most books geared toward adults, and Anne of Green Gables was the first book that ever made me bawl like a baby.

    I think you’re right about fantasy. The world needs more happy endings, but without the sugar coating and excessive cheese that some Disney movies tend toward.

    • Sligv Vreen Orxy said, on May 20, 2009 at 12:17 am

      The thing I didn’t like about Beauty and the Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame was that the two were about loving someone for how they look inside. I happen to be someone who has a messed up eye, I had one nostril (later fixed in surgery), and a bit of nerve damage in my right side of my body, and I don’t know, I got freaked out the way they were treating Quasimodo because I never experienced anything like that. And I was little at the time, so the question always arises, “Will people treat me differently?” I get a lot of respect now though, so it’s not a big issue, but just the whole aspect of the story is the reason why I’ve only seen it in full at school.

      Aladdin, I don’t like it mainly because whenever we watch it, my parents always bring back the “boyfriend” I had when I was four. We used to both love that movie, and then he moved when I was five or six and I haven’t seen him since. I always thought it lasted too long aswell, I don’t know, haven’t seen it in awhile. It lacked in the amount of music compared to The Little Mermaid and The Lion King.

      I have that same issue too, Mythology just isn’t interesting to me and that’s what they wanted us to read in school. Although we did get to read Of Mice and Men, The Outsiders, To Kill A Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, and The Count of Monte Cristo which were all great. I haven’t read any of the stories that the Disney films are based on, but people tend to say that they like them better than the films. I personally love reading, but have to resort to the audiobooks these days because my good eye is slowly getting weaker (I have glasses, but the prescriptions never change that much). The last book was Jane Eyre and while I had to get the abridge version, I enjoyed using my eyes rather than my eyes for once! I’ve read all the Harry Potter books and the very end of the seventh installment had me in tears, jut having this picture of my head of all of them crying and hugging when Lord Voldemort is no more, that really got to me.

      The Pixar films have been a little better in the sense that they’re not as cheesy, but the last one which I saw, Meet the Robinsons disgusted me because it was one big depressing story. No one wants the kid at the orphanage, he goes to the future, and then it’s at square one. I guess it’s telling us that we can imagine a happier place when we’re going through tough times, but like the The Fox and the Hound, it’s a film that I’d never watch again. The Incredibles was pretty good, I just thought it went on a bit. I liked the whole element of things that you do now, will always come back and haunt you later.

      Thanks for the comment by the way, it’s very appreciated!

  2. Sam said, on May 27, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    hey, i know of a place online where you can get some free audiobooks if you’re interested in the classics.

    http://www.librivox.com/ has many audio files to pick from. (this is not spam, i swear, LOL)

    and you got to read the count of monte cristo in high school? No fair. We ended up reading a lot of Dickens and Shakespeare (i am not a fan)

    • Sligv Vreen Orxy said, on May 27, 2009 at 7:55 pm

      Ooh, thanks! Will definitely check it out! Yeah, at the end of my Freshman year, was really good! They didn’t make us read much Shakespeare because we had a separate class, but it was really interesting! I read A Tale of Two Cities before going into high school.


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