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Disney Marathon & Childhood Memories

Hey all you cool cats and kittens! Hope you are all doing well in lockdown and getting stuck into those Netflix binges or other streaming services.

I myself have been sorting through the potential binge-worthy movies and tv shows. I even came up with the following list (if any of you need some ideas).

  • Harry Potter series
  • Marvel Universe franchise
  • Old classics
  • Rom coms
  • The Hunger Games or Divergent series (the former I have yet to fully watch).

But I decided to go with Walt Disney’s Animation Studios. Because what do you do when the real world is falling apart – you escape into the fictional worlds of your childhood.

Note: ‘falling apart’ is obviously an exaggeration. I’m doing fine.

Since last Sunday I’ve seen the first 7 movies on my list.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (December 21, 1937)
  • Pinocchio (February 7, 1940)
  • Dumbo (October 23, 1941)
  • Bambi (August 13, 1942)
  • Cinderella (February 15, 1950)
  • Alice In Wonderland (July 28, 1951)
  • Peter Pan (February 5, 1953)

If you’re wondering what list I’m going by, I found the “List of Disney theatrical animated features” on good old Wikipedia.

Of course, I have been excluding all the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Winnie the Pooh, Tinkerbell and quite a few other movie sets within this list because they weren’t part of my childhood.

The rest of my list I will publish when I’m done getting through it.

Reflections

  • Animation evolution

The first observation is obviously the evolution of Disney Animation. Now you could say that pictures have gotten clearer and more detailed as the years go by until we’ve landed on the 3D images, we see in today’s Frozen 2.

But to be honest, I love the classic style of Disney animated movies. The images are more artsy and feel like a picture book. And of course, it’s the familiarity from my childhood, that also makes me feel like I’ve been taken back into time and to another world.

  • Disney politics is outta whack

My second observation is not so great. Unfortunately, many of the storylines are outdated and sexist. My theory is that Disney must have hated his mum or had a grudge against an ex-girlfriend because every woman in one of those movies from 1937 to about the early 2000s is either portrayed as an evil witch or a helpless princess who needs saving by a man.

Many would argue that Disney has since progressed dramatically on that front. They would site examples like ‘Brave’ and of course ‘Frozen’ which feature strong heroines. Also, those other movies weren’t technically written by Disney himself.

However, I still don’t think Disney is all the way there yet.

But I’m not here to argue about the politics of Disney. After all, back then, I didn’t know any better. My fantasy about being a Disney princess had nothing to do with the backwards expectations of women back then. All I wanted was the castle, the pretty ball gown and true love.

And I’m not gonna lie. I still want those things.

Disney gave me something to believe in back then – fairy tales. As an adult, my fairy tales have been altered by the harsh realities of life. but Disney will always be there as a nostalgic reminder of a simpler time.

  • Times have changed

Finally, I wanted to point out that a lot of these movies that I am now re-watching as an adult were movies that made me cry when I was a kid. Pinocchio gave me nightmares!

But of course, times have changed a lot since then. Not only do these movies no longer scare me. but now I’m facing nightmares much tougher than turning into a donkey for being a bad girl.

The world I live in now is far crazier and scarier than I could have ever imagined.

But we won’t focus on that for now.

Stay safe lovelies. xx

 

 

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