|"Make 'em think, Blondie." Even kids' |
films are trying to tell us something.
But can we figure it out?
And then yesterday I sat down to watch Disney’s latest movie Tangled, having heard how wonderful it was, and my sister said to me, “Wow, now I want to watch old Disney movies.” Without thinking I replied, “me too.” At this we shared a look; what were we thinking? We were two mature, intelligent and – though I say so myself – not unattractive young women... and all we wanted to do of a Sunday afternoon was sit down and watch kid’s films. At first I was dreadfully embarrassed, but then I began to think to myself... maybe being a kid isn’t so bad after all.
And, because being a kid isn’t so bad after all, I’ll admit that after a few hours we sat down and re-watched Tangled, and enjoyed it even more than the first viewing.
|There comes a low point in every person's|
life when they realise it is no longer socially
acceptable to wear an Elmo backpack.
And that’s when I realised... sure, being a kid is great, but isn’t being an adult better? Every day we are bombarded with ideas buried in texts and images. As children we don’t have the capacity to break down these ideas or think about what a movie or a book is trying to tell us. For instance, I had no idea growing up that C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles actually preached, to some extent, Christian theology.
|"Something tells me patriarchal ideology isn't quite|
And yet... in this dilemma I will hereby nickname ‘The Narnia Debate’, you have to ask if it really matters. Does the fact that books and movies try to mould our impressionable young minds and espouse ideas we disagree with necessarily detract from the fact that they’re just great stories? Looking at Narnia with the innocence of a child all I saw was an incredibly awesome story about a bunch of kids, an enchanted world, and a few dragons thrown in for good measure. Sure, as kids we’re impressionable, but I can attest to the fact that after reading and re-reading Narnia as a child I wasn’t even remotely persuaded to join a church or go to a Sunday school. Re-reading Narnia last year I picked up on so much I hadn’t when I was young. And yet, against all the odds, I still enjoyed the story of Narnia.
|"Who says you can't still get a great story out of us?|
"No, seriously, who said it? The pointy end of
my sword would like to meet them."
What about you? Are you nostalgic for the Days of the Old School Yard? Or are you all for being All Grown Up?