6. Crappy, Creepy Cinema
Yesterday Drama Girl saw a scary scene in a movie on the Disney Channel. Yeah, I know. Disney? Well, it doesn’t surprise me, considering every freakin’ animated story they produce includes the death of a parent or a sibling (Lion King, Brother Bear and Bambi*, oh my!) — which, BTW, isn’t really encouraging to us parents who have to sit through it, just waiting for the dreaded quesiton:
“Why? Why did that happen to Nemo’s mom? Why did the big fish with the humongous teeth eat her?”
Because it is the start of the hero’s journey, honey. And it’s a winning formula for a lasting, prosperous film and merchandising journey for the fine executives at Disney.
This movie was not animated, but it reportedly included one scary face scene. I was in the other room, so I didn’t see it, but last night my daughter was in tears because she couldn’t get the face out of her mind and ended up sleeping in my bed. Right now she’s sitting down here reading a book (“Pick out a book, any book as long as it is HAPPY one”). My guess is she will be sleeping in my bed tonight again.
I don’t think she’ll be watching Poltergeist any time soon. Or ever. Thanks, Disney. You and Party City suck.
*I know Bambi doesn’t fit because deer are prey animals, but I couldn’t think of a tiger except for Raja from Aladdin. (Boy, I’ve watched too many of these, haven’t I?) Was Raja an orphan – or could being kept as a pet in captivity count for something?