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.