Saturday, February 21, 2009

My Favorite Disney Movies

By Charlie Reese

I have been watching Disney movies Since I was a very young child, and I have enjoyed many of them in that time. I have watched all the classic Disney films " Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, and even the older ones. When I was a kid, for example, my dad used to love to show us the movie Song of the South. This movie has recently been suppressed, owing to the fact that some of it was considered racist, but it was also well done film. The music in it was great, the storytelling was excellent, and the characters were all a lot of fun for kids.

One of the great things about Disney movies is how they change the original stories for the better. If you look at an authentic fairy tale, it is often pretty complex. Stories like Sleeping Beauty as well as many of the other classic Disney fairy tales came from stories that were actually a lot darker to begin with. They do not always have happy endings and were meant to be morally instructive. Many of them were cautionary tales, warning little children to be careful about their actions lest there be harmful consequences.

With Disney movies, however, all this message is stripped away. Instead, you have light, entertaining, escapist fluff " the perfect antidote for a slow afternoon. That is why kids love Disney films so much. Kids love worlds of make-believe, and Walt Disney productions consistently delivers the best ones there are.

The animation is always cutting edge, the characters are often pretty unique, and the stories are complex enough to be entertaining while not getting too burdened with overly complex plot and character development.

There are a lot of Disney movies that I like, but I think my favorite one is Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It is not one of the better-known Disney animation movies, but it is one of the most creative ones. It is the story of several children sent to live out in the English country during World War II. The woman they are living with is an honest to God witch, and they have many adventures in her strange old house. They go to alternate worlds, Witness incredible displays a magical power, and ultimately make a big difference in the course of world events. I won't give it all away " you have to see it yourself " but it is definitely a great movie with an exciting conclusion. - 16651

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