What was your favourite Disney movie growing up? No seriously, close your eyes and think about it. Everyone is a fan of Disney and their movies, whether they admit it or not. Everyone has their special movie that they grew up with, or recent movie that they thoroughly enjoyed even if they were the ones themselves that were reluctant to see the movie in the first place. Not to take away anything from other animation companies (namely Dreamworks), I reckon that Disney and their animation stories and movies have been some of the most influential cartoons and some of the most inspiring, heartfelt and enjoyable movies for children and teenagers in the modern movie and television era.
In light of the passing of Robin Williams, and the fact that he starred in one of the arguably most famous cartoons ever- Aladdin; I have dedicated this post to Disney movies. From the early days where movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Dumbo, Bambi, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, 101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, The Aristocats, The Fox and the Hound and The Little Mermaid, were aplenty; til now where movies like Frozen, Planes, Frankenweenie, Wreck it Ralph, Mars Needs Moms, Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, Bolt, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo and Stitch and Treasure Planet have captured the hearts of many children around the world; we have seen a progression from hand drawn animation to computer animation.
Cartoons, and in specific animated movies, have always been and will always be part of our culture and our psyche. Even if we grow up, there’s always a child in each of us- not that I would start watching Dumbo or Bambi again, but rather, just to watch a cartoon because of nostalgia may not necessarily be a bad thing. The things of our youth, if they are fond, ought to be revisited again, if only to bring back the fond memories of how life was, and be thankful for the childhood we did have. Who knows, maybe the next time I write Sentimental Saturdays, I would’ve watched a movie like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King again (three of my favourite movies of the 1990s).
Have Disney animation movies played a big part in your life growing up? Which animation style do you prefer- hand drawn or computer animated? What do you think of the current craze over the movie Frozen? Let us know in the comments.