As a child, I anticipated all of the animated movies each year. I remember the summer of 1994 when "The Lion King" came out and I did not see it right away. I was going to sports camp (those who know me well will be shocked with this revelation) and all of my friends kept saying, "I can't believe you haven't seen it yet," to which I would reply, "I know! I really want to! Grr!" I finally got to see it two months after its release (still to a packed auditorium, I might add) and was pumped. I never missed the animated movies in theaters. I had to see them all on the big screen; it was not an option. I owned all of the movies on VHS and watched them over and over again.
In 1995, Pixar came into the mix and joined forces with Disney to change the world of animation forever. Films like the "Toy Story" series, "Finding Nemo," "Up," and more became instant classics the minute they were released. They had a charm that is unmatched, and they tugged at our heartstrings in a way that no live-action film can. I mean seriously, how can you not cry watching the sequence in "Up" that chronicles Ellie and Carl's life? This scene has zero utterances of dialogue, yet it conveys such strong emotion and gets you choked up. I cannot watch this scene without bawling. No movie to this day has ever been able to match the power of this scene, and I don't think any ever will. And how about "Toy Story 3?" Two different sequences towards the end brought me to tears. I swear, only Disney animated movies could do this.
As a father to an adorable 2 1/2 year old, I now get to experience Disney animated films from a new perspective. She sure loves her Disney princesses, and this just makes the viewing experience more fun. She especially loves "Frozen." For quite some time, she was borderline obssessed (we even had a "Frozen" theme for her 2nd birthday). Now, she still loves it, but she has expanded her interests to other classics such as "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," and "Tangled," just to name a few. Disney will always have a strong presence in our house.
Until the day I die, I will anticipate Disney films. This year, I was extremely excited for the live-action "Cinderella" film that came out in March. My wife and I would have seen it even if we didn't have children. Does that make me a dork? I don't think so. I think it just proves how magical Disney truly is.