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.
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!