Conversations With My Teens During Disney Movies

Walt Disney's Cinderella: a Little Golden Book 1981 printingLately, I’ve been trying to collect Disney DVDs for my kids.  It’s mainly to introduce my toddler to them, as my teens have seen most of them when they were younger at my parents’ house.

Those movies are expensive!  They’re not like regular DVDs that lower in price over the years and end up in the $3.99 bin at Walmart or a $1.99 Lightning Deal on Amazon.  Have you seen the ridiculous prices on Amazon?  So I wait for them to re-release and buy them then.

Anyway, my toddler loves watching some of these movies over and over and over… and over… and over again.  After you’ve watched a movie a certain number of times, you stop really watching it and start noticing things.  Questions start to arise.  Realizations are made.  Have you read my Bee Movie post?  Yeah, those types of “Hey… wait a sec…” moments.

Yesterday, we were watching “Cinderella.”  My son suddenly asked, “At what point did Cinderella say to the mice, ‘You know I just can’t take you seriously anymore when you’re standing there naked, talking to me.  I think I’ll make you some clothes.’?”

Last week, we were watching “Finding Nemo.”  Again, my son popped out, “Hey, did you ever notice that ‘Finding Nemo’ is a Disney version of ‘Taken‘?”

“I don’t know who you are.  I don’t know what you want.  If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money.  But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career.  Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.  If you let my [son] go now, that’ll be the end of it.  I will not look for you; I will not pursue you.  But if you don’t, I will look for you; I will find you; and I will kill you.”

My daughter replied, “No, it isn’t.  Marlin doesn’t go around killing all the fish in his way.”

My son’s response: “I know.  I said the Disney version.”

I’ll have to ponder that one, and maybe write up a post about it.

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