~ Here are the rules ~
1) Share 5 movies from your childhood.
2) Do a mini write-up about what made this movie special to you as a child. (optional)
3) Acknowledge the person who tagged you and link it back to their blog.
4) Tag 5 or more bloggers to take up the challenge if they choose.
Thank you, Rayleigh, at Accelerate the Jesus Movement, for tagging me!
Movies (especially Disney movies and musicals) played a big part in my childhood in many ways. I don’t think we realize how much our favorite childhood movies impact us until we grow up. And I don’t think we truly understand why we liked it so much until we watch it again as an adult. That said, I was really excited to be able to participate in this movie tag!
I distinctly remember Mom and Dad giving this movie to us as an end-of-school-year present all those years ago. We used to watch it over and over again on road trips growing up and it has always been my favorite Pixar movie. Also, the recent release of The Incredibles 2 (a movie I literally waited 14 years for) kind of made my life a couple weeks ago. Just sayin’. Anyway, this is probably my favorite cartoon superhero movie ever, mainly because it demonstrates what’s it like to be a real family and have superpowers and how that would affect your everyday life–especially if you were supposed to hide it.
I think I’ve always had a thing for tear-jerkers. Whenever Jill witnesses her mom’s unjust death at the beginning of the movie, I get teary-eyed. Both Jill and Mighty Joe Young lose their moms at a young age and grow up to be closer than bffs–they’re family. I’m no animal rights activist–I’m not even really an animal person–but the way Jill sticks by Mighty Joe Young no matter what and learns not to get revenge on the creep who killed both their moms…it’s just so moving.
I know some of you are laughing right now, but a select few (very special people) are nodding vigorously. I cannot tell you how many hundreds of times I’ve seen this movie growing up, but even as a teenager, I loved it. I’d say the music is on par with Disney musicals and that’s saying a lot. There’s just something so satisfying about watching Princess Annelise and Pauper Erica find where they belong and who they belong with and experience a happily ever after.
This movie is everything. ❤ Another classic that we bring to watch in the car on all our road trips. This is definitely my favorite live-action superhero movie. My siblings and I grew up playing our own version of this movie in our backyard with our respective super powers. It’s one of those movies you quote and quote until you’re not sure who said it first, our family or the movie. 😉 My favorite line of this movie is the one that *spoiler* very nicely sums up the riveting plot: “In the end, my girlfriend became my arch enemy, my arch enemy became my best friend, and my best friend became my girlfriend. But, hey, it’s high school.”
Okay, so I originally listed Tarzan as 5th…but after writing my very emotional synopsis, I moved it to 3rd because obviously I liked it more than I had given it credit for. Then after finishing the synopsis of the last two movies…I realized that Tarzan will always be #1 in my heart (“You’ll be in my heart…no matter what they say…”).
I recently rewatched this movie and was newly impressed by the depth of the storyline. Of course, I’ve always known that the music is fantastic and I’ve always loved Jane and her dad and Kala, etc. But this time, I was struck by the many emotional layers of the characters. For example, I always thought Kerchak was hung up on Tarzan’s being human rather than gorilla and that was why he wouldn’t accept him as part of the family. But upon closer observation, although their physical differences does bother him, I think the root issue is that Kala and Kerchak lost their son and Kala “replaced” him with Tarzan. But for Kerchak, no one can replace his son. His indifference toward Tarzan, I think, is less about him being different and more to do with his overwhelming grief at having lost his son. And Tarzan reminds him of that loss every time he looks at him. Then, of course, at the end of the movie (one of my favorite parts–the part where I start bawling), he finally acknowledges that Tarzan is his son–that’s he’s always been his son–and that he’s proud of him. I love what this says about family and identity. Tarzan is a human, but he was raised by gorillas. Therefore, he belongs with Jane, but he also belongs in the jungle. This may seem like an oxymoron, but in reality, it’s a paradox. This is Tarzan’s unique situation. Sometimes in life we don’t always fit into a nice box, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have value as what we are. (Obviously I like this movie a little too much. 😉 )
And voila! Those are my top 5 favorite childhood movies and why. I tag:
AnnaScott @ Simply Edifying
Erin @ One Word More
Sandrine @ Sandy’s Musings
What are your favorite childhood movies?