Disney’s Not For Me

I was going to call this post “Why I don’t like Disney”, but that doesn’t really hold true with what I’m going to say. Anyone who’s dropped in here before couldn’t help but notice that I belong to several fandoms, ranging from J. R. R. Tolkien to superheroes, from Sherlock to Wheel of Time. Even those fandoms I don’t belong to I know a little about because of the inevitable crossover of material, so I know a little about the Doctor though I’m no Whovian myself.

Via tumblrI’m sorry, David, I’m so sorry.

Disney, though, is one thing that I don’t really know anything about and am happy that way, in contrast to a lot of the people I know. Covers of Let It Go have been circulating around Facebook and various references to the film Frozen, and my good friend James D Ward did an entire blog about it. I have passed it by in ignorance. I don’t think I’ve heard the song in its entirety and I haven’t seen the film.

Via ldssmile.comMy name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my fa- Oh, wait…

Before you all start storming my house with torches and pitchforks (you’re thinking of Beauty & the Beast, aren’t you?), let me just clarify that I don’t think that Disney is bad or wrong, at least not any more than any other global conglomerate anyway. I also don’t think that the films that I have seen are bad, albeit that I haven’t seen most of them anyway.

I’ve seen Beauty & the Beast and The Little Mermaid, both of which I saw at the cinema at the time of life when suddenly being plunged into darkness without explanation was enough to elicit tears, because literally anything could be hiding in the darkness, you wouldn’t even know it was there until the knife slipped between your ribs and plunged into your heart withering it with ancient magic. Okay, so I was a bit weird as a child, but what I mean to say is that I enjoyed Disney films as a child. As I’ve grown up, I’ve kind of put them aside.

And let me make myself clear once more. In no way am I saying that Disney films are only for children, because that would be patently absurd. I’ve no doubt that the audience they’re mainly aiming at is children, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy as well. I couldn’t make that argument anyway since I enjoy comic books and Thundercats and all sorts of other things with an audience primarily comprised of children. But I wouldn’t make that argument, anyway, because it’s a dumb argument. That you have moved on from something you once liked or were in the ‘intended’ age group for doesn’t mean that you couldn’t still get enjoyment out of it if you wanted or that others can’t as well. I talked in my review of the LEGO™ movie about how I’d moved on from enjoying that as a child, but that the movie was awesome and I’m not averse to LEGO™, I just wouldn’t choose to invest time and money in it, because there are other things that I enjoy spending money on.

Via joyreactor.comLike Futurama DVDs.

Disney films aren’t bad – some of the animation is bloody brilliant – and I don’t assume they’re bad right off the bat. I assume, rather, that Frozen is pretty good, since a lot of people liked it, but it’s not without flaws. Honestly, you could say the same of any great film. But that knowledge doesn’t make me want to watch it. I’m not interested. I will watch it, if forced, or it comes up. I’m not averse to Disney, shunning it like a vampire shuns the sunlight and churches, I’m just not galvanised into seeking it out. I don’t feel an absence.

I guess what I’m saying is, Disney, you’re not for me. Sorry. Maybe when I have kids it’ll be different and we can frolic through old classics and I can fall in love with you in a way that I never did in the first place. In the meantime, I will continue to be in relative ignorance of you and that’s just the way it is. To my Disney-loving friends, well done. I mean that sincerely. Loving Disney is part of what makes you you and I wouldn’t change you all for the world, or legs, or any of the other stupid things Disney heroes and heroines want before the third act comes in and shows they don’t need it. But just bear one thing in mind when you’re chatting away about it and want me to jump in:

Via giphy.comYou said it, sister.

Actually, come to think of it, she might be where my love of redheads comes from. Um. Yeah. Forget what I just said. Disney’s awesome.

2 Responses to “Disney’s Not For Me”
  1. I’ve never thought of The Lion King in relation to The Princess Bride before. I’ve always seen it as taking inspiration from Hamlet.

    • Nick says:

      The Lion King is almost certainly Hamlet with lions, but I was just making a joke with the Princess Bride and noting the clash of fandoms.

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