I grew up loving Disney animated movies, with my enthusiasm reaching its zenith in my adolescent and teen years. I still get excited for Disney theatrical releases and even got a taste of my old devotion when I fell in love with Frozen.
Still, with adulthood my passion has cooled somewhat, and college and a career in feminist media has me turning a more critical eye to the movies of my youth. Once while discussing messaging in Disney movies with my husband, he asked, “Are you going to let our kids watch Disney movies?”
I was flabbergasted. Of course our children would watch Disney movies. Despite my tendency to critique these films, I remain a fan at heart, and would never deprive my own children of the magic of Disney. I might give them a few more media literacy skills than I had.
A few months ago, I was chatting with another Disney enthusiast, and musing about how I’d like to rewatch many of the Disney animated classics. She pointed me toward the official list, and I realized that there are almost the same amount of Disney animated movies as there are weeks in a year. Thus, the spark of A Year in Disney Movies was born.
In 2015, I will make it my goal to watch each Disney animated classic in order, at the pace of one Disney movie a week.
Some of the later movies on the list I haven’t even seen (Bolt, Chicken Little). Some of the older ones I never really liked (Pinnochio, 101 Dalmations). Some of them I used to watch every day of my life, but have now been gathering dust for years (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin).
This year, all of them will get equal screentime.
I will be using a combination of my personal collection (which will mean hooking up the ol’ VHS player), the library, and Netflix to track down these movies. If I can’t get one on time, I will move on to the next movie on the list. The show, after all, must go on.
[Orlando castle photo credit: By Veryhuman (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]