Why do people grow out of older Disney films

The appeal of old Disney cartoons

They shape children as well as adults. They are a constant of wonderful entertainment in the jungle of indie films and blockbuster productions. What shaped Disney cartoons and how do they shape us?

Modern fairy tales? Children's films? Moral apostle? The definition of Disney's cartoons is difficult to narrow down clearly, as it requires a clear positioning of one's own opinion on the films. The fact is that the cartoons that come from Disney's forge regularly make cinema what it actually is: a place to dream, a place for the imagination, a place far removed from reality. The Disney films do their part for the loving imagination of various stories. And everything is possible! Talking animals, flying carpets or singing candlesticks - there are no limits to your imagination.

In this two-part article (Part 2 follows tomorrow), we take a closer look at the Disney cartoons. We don't want to look closely at the works one after the other, but rather look at a change. We note that over the past few years there has been a change in the characterization of Disney characters, which has certain causes. My colleague Andrea will investigate this fact in her article tomorrow. Today I am primarily concerned with the old features that make cartoons. This is necessary in order to make a possible change clear. The question is simple: what do we think of when we hear the word Disney? Probably more than we intend. So: what do we think of when talking about animated films from Disney?

Topics & motifs - The bond of friendship
The classic struggle between good and evil is the driving force behind so many narratives and stories. The argument is exemplary in the Disney film. The studio has so far released 52 full-length, stand-alone cartoons. A proud number that makes one wonder what it is actually about. We often have the upper framework, consisting of a main character who wants to achieve this or that goal. The circumstances in this regard prove to be difficult, in addition to the above-mentioned fight against evil. This is then filled with an adventure. The characters grow beyond themselves, tear down (social?) Barriers, defeat evil and without exception ensure a happy ending. This is followed by a figure constellation that helps the heroine reach the goal.

The old Disney films set the pattern of closest and best friendship. Cap and capper are actually enemies. The way things go does not mean that a hound and a fox become friends. But reluctantly of all things, that is exactly what characterizes the constellation. A human child does not make friends with a bear (The Jungle Book) any more than an ugly beast with a beautiful girl. Oh yes, there was something else: love. Without them, nothing would work in the Disney movie. This doesn't always have to be the direct romance between Lady & the Tramp, but can also simply be the parental love for the 101 Dalmatian children. But peace, joy and pancakes are usually never given. It is again the omnipresent evil, which manifests itself as the evil Uncle Scar, who wants to become The Lion King, or the sea witch Ursula (Arielle, the mermaid). What do the heroes and heroines have to bring with them to emerge victorious?