I’m an adult and I love watching movies. I’ve grown up with the popularity the cinema has as an irrepressible icon of entertainment. I’ve lived through the 4 unforgettable ratings movies earn for content : G, PG, PG-13, & R. In my adolescent years, the first two meant enjoyable fun, the second insinuated a lot of intolerable (and slightly wicked) commentary, and the last required a lot of blindfolds and ear plugs.
Somehow, society is under the impression that if you’re over 18 and you still giggle when you watch The Lion King, you’re a nerd. Or just hopelessly “immature.” Even actors who played in innocent Disney films as teenagers want desperately to leave behind any sign in their acting careers that they were ever so childish and un-adult-ish. On the other hand, many animated movies and kid-oriented live action films have been continually scolded for having too much adult content and innuendo. You just can’t forget that critics wouldn’t forgive Pocahontas for the way she was dressed or Frollo for his unholy attraction to Esmeralda. As for me, I say, “Why the heck do people act like such ADULTS when watching movies for kids?”
Ironically, the atmosphere of all these animated “kid” movies is attractive in its innocence and its wide-eyed take on reality. People seems to be forgetting that animated movies usually look at the lives of adults and children through the minds of children, not adults. And since we were all children once upon a time, why can’t we relax into what we feel when we re-watch these films? I only know that I get chills when White Fang and Jack reunite in White Fang, I love watching Rasputin conjure up those green minions of his in Anastasia, and I always sing along with Thumbelina. And you, narrow-minded maturity-obsessed society, dare to tell me that my feelings are wrong? No one can deny that The Prince of Egypt is as awe-inspiring as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, or that Winnie the Pooh, in all its simple-minded humor, is childishly wise. And how can you not like the adventure in A Far Off Place or the romance between Pocahontas and John Smith in Pocahontas? One thing is certain: at least you don’t have to worry about what comes next during a kid movie, because this is world-friendly material here. And that is a true relief.
The fact is…adults cannot resist kid movies. You heard me. Movies for kids are irresistible. If you remember them from your childhood, you won’t forget them. If you see them now for the first time, you’ll be secretly re-watching them in your room even when all your friends are screaming about the latest shocking R-rated movie to hit theaters.
Admit it, admit it…even if you are literally frowning now when you’re reading this, even if you are denying to everyone you know that you’ve put your copy of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in storage or that Aladdin is just some silly Arabian fairy tale for infants…adults do still love movies for kids. Animated or live action, Disney animation or animation by some other studio. And when you see the ending to Oliver and Company or The Rescuers Down Under or The Swan Princess, there is one thing we animated movie lovers all share, one thing we should all have in common: great big smiles and wonderful memories.
- Sexually Implicit Content and Subliminal Messaging in DISNEY MOVIES! (interruptedideas.wordpress.com)
- Not Just a Kid’s Movie (blogcritics.org)