posted a BLOG item almost 3 years ago
While the kids today grow up with the greatness of Pixar, our classics were the likes of Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, and many more. These movies had it all great animation great music and it made me feel every emotion a kid my age could feel at the time I laughed, I cryed, I felt like walking up and kicking chumps like Gaston and Judge Frollo in the chin and running away as fast as I could. Fast forward 12 or so years and I still appreciate these films as much as I did then, and some of them even bring out the emotions I felt back then, the hilariousness of that damn sebastion, thinking behind tears that all that beast wanted to do was be loved, the theme of Judge Frollo having sexual desires for a gypsie (something that of course went way over my head at 8 years old, but I appreciate the evil nature of that character so much more now) these are things you just don’t get these days.
I was able to experience some of the later classics like Mulan and Hercules in theatres, I can remember being wowed. Then the great Toy Story came along and changed animation and the nature of animated movies forever, like a lot of changes in cinema in didn’t change things for the worse it changed it for the better in a lot of ways. I still get wowed seeing these family movies at the theatre, most recently Toy Story 3 to cap off a trilogy that came along when I was still relatively young. The last 2D animated movie for awhile was Home on the Range, which didn’t really grab my attention and Disney merged with Pixar to give all the new classics we love so much today.
Then along comes 2009’s Princess and the Frog. When I found out the movie was going to be in 2D I was ecstatic. They were going a different route with the Princess in making her african american and making her more relatable than any of the characters have ever been, bringing back the adaptions of classic fairytales, I couldn’t wait. I actually asked my mother and brother to go to the movies with me to see it, they declined (no appreciation). So I found out my girlfriend shared my enthusiasm for the old school feel and she accompanied me. Throughout the whole movie I had this giddy feeling inside I haven’t had for a lot of the pixar movies, it gave me an hour and a half to stroll down memory lane thinking of all the classics from my childhood. The story was great, the villain was great, the songs were top notch, I was all smiles walking out of the theatre.
Critically the film was a success, while I don’t think it made the money it could have I know that if they give us more traditionally animated films we will definitely have more classics on our hands that I can introduce to my kids along with my favorites. Make it happen Disney.