In Which Old Trounces New

February 20th, 2013

We’re now a few months into our “Saturday Night Movie” routine with the kids and it’s been great fun to watch a number of Disney movies with my kiddos.  They take turns selecting our film for the evening and I’ve noticed something absolutely fascinating: they like the classics WAY better than the newer films.

Snow White, The Jungle Book, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella were all met with wild approval and rapturous re-watching.

We’ve started The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin at least a couple times and never manage to finish them because Buggie and Miss Mouse just aren’t as interested.

Interesting, huh?

I have a theory.

Having now re-watched some of the old original movies, it is really striking how simple they were.  The plot lines are basic, the songs limited, and the dialogue straight-forward (one might even say boring, but not within earshot of my daughter!).

Compare that to something like Aladdin.  It’s fast-paced, complicated, and full of jokes that are really for the parents in the audience.  I am thirty-one years old and I still do not understand everything the Genie says or alludes to.

I adore the “newer” movies (though I realize that Beauty and the Beast is no longer new!) and confess that I find the older ones to be a bit of a snooze-fest.  And creepy.  That Snow White gal freaks me out – she was drawn to look about 12 but acts like she’s 20.

But I can totally see how the style of the older ones appeals to the smallest watchers so I’ll put up with the tedium that is Sleeping Beauty for my kids’ sake!

4 responses to “In Which Old Trounces New”

  1. G'Mom says:

    Perhaps it’s because your children are not exposed to constant TV, and other fast moving video stuff. Which is a Very Good Thing.

  2. Cindi Frye says:

    Your Mom is right about the fast-moving tv stuff available now. I really think it contributes to ADD-type stuff, or the inability to sit still in school! Also, glad they don’t like Aladin. It really isn’t for kids. Great job, Kate and Josh!

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