Disney has played a big part of my growing up, and now it’s my kids’ turn. This post is brought to you by Netflix.
Every day after school without fail, my youngest son runs up to me, and with big blue eyes and a huge grin, asks if he can watch a movie. You may or may not have children in your home, but it’s pretty hard to say no to someone looking so sweet and adorable. Just ask your dog.
Of course, my kids have grown up with Netflix and having TV shows and movies available at all times. Commercials confuse them (outside of streaming they tend to only watch PBS Kids), as does any show disappearing from the service. They don’t even know what VHS tapes are. They just know they love their movies.
I was born in 1980, which meant that my pre-teen years were perfectly timed with the resurgence of Disney films. I don’t know how many times we watched scenes from The Little Mermaid during rained-out lunch recess, or, for that matter, how many times my friends and I watched it at home. Enough to have the songs memorized for life.
And so it went for the other films. Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King. We knew (and know) them all. My best friend and I even sang the Beauty and the Beast theme song in the talent show. For us it wasn’t about becoming princesses; it was about the music, about the adventure that was always so much more than what happened in our
poor provincial town Wisconsin home.
My kids have grown up in the age of Pixar, or at least, in the time where Pixar’s influence is all over the animation landscape. It’s less about music now, but the adventure is still there and the repeat viewings are definitely still there. For all the faults people like to associate with the Disney empire, there’s something special about being able to show your kids the same movies you loved, and catch them humming “Friend Like Me” in the shower.
What Disney movies do your kids love?