This week I received some help in choosing the films for this week’s Straight On Till Morning article, and got some of my close friends to tell me some of their favourite childhood films. So, here are the four that I have chosen:
The Lion King is also my favourite childhood film. It was inspired by the Shakespearean play Hamlet and the biblical stories of Joseph and Moses. The main protagonist is Simba, the son of the Lion Pride’s King Mufasa. They live on and around Pride Rock on the plains of Africa. However, one day Mufasa’s brother Scar plots with the nearby Hyenas to kill Mufasa. Simba is lured to a gorge and, when Mufasa attempts to save him, he falls and is trampled by stampeding wildebeests whilst Simba watches on, horrified. Simba runs away, Scar is named the new king and everything goes downhill from there for the lion pride. Simba is saved from the brink of dehydration by Timon (Meerkat) and Pumbaa (Warthog.) He grows up with them before he finally returns to save the pride and in the end, ends up with the girl too.
As a child The Lion King can be very emotionally traumatising. It’s all song and dance until BOOM Mufasa is trampled. Even as adults, watching Simba’s helplessness at his father’s death still does tug at your heart strings.
Robin Hood tells the story of the famous hero and his band of Merry Men as he tries to thwart the greedy Prince and his partner who are draining the poor through taxes. It sounds like a film with good life lessons.
However, it does rather mix up its morals. Although Robin Hood does good by giving to the poor, he is capable of doing so by robbing from the rich. Inspired by the film, though, there are many kids that will gladly run around and perform valiant acts of kindness. But I would NOT recommend stealing from others as the best way of doing so, despite Robin Hood presenting this as a good way to go with positive outcomes. (ED: More like a desperate measure folks!)
Some people were scared by the dancing pink psychedelic elephants. Dumbo does seem to be rather like Marmite, either you love it or you hate it. It was only the forth animated film Disney made.
It followed the story of Jumbo Jr., a circus elephant cruelly nicknamed “Dumbo” due to his abnormally large ears, but we later learn that because he has big ears he can fly. Ironically, his only true friend is a mouse. Yes, it is all rather farfetched but, after all, it is a children’s film. Also it does have a very good life lesson. You may have points about yourself that you view as flaws, but it is these things that make you an individual. They are not flaws, they are just more of you that you should be proud of and that you should be proud of. It’s all well and good to want the approval of those around you, but what matters most is the approval of yourself.
Lilo and Stich
I just have one thing left to say about this film. One vital thing:
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