Disney, the epitome of classic children’s cinema, dating back to the first feature length animation of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ in 1937. Even in this modern day and age we see Disney topping the children’s box office with the animation ‘Brave’ last year making $237 million, proving that Disney hasn’t yet lost its magic.
When we think of Disney films we think of heroes and princesses, morals, good and bad and making the right choice, and no matter what happens good always triumphs over evil. But every now and then the story developers of Disney decide to slap you in the face and send a curve ball your way by shoving something overtly adult in your face that just makes you to want rugby tackle your children to the floor and cover their eyes to shield their innocence.
Then we have ‘Up’, a beautiful film full of color and a sweet story, but the beginning is one harsh nugget to get over. I mean how do you explain a miscarriage to children? It’s not even 20 minutes into the film when we have to get over the loss of Carl’s wife Ellie, even though this is a strong start to the film it still manages to knock you for six. Fortunately the story levels out and a plethora of good characters and adventures ensue but the upset and strain of that beginning takes a while to get over, especially for my ‘mature’ self.