I didn't watch Disney's The Little Mermaid until I was 24 years old.
Is that shameful? My confession is usually met by shocked gasps and disbelief. It seems like I was the only gal who didn't grow up with Ariel! It's not as though I didn't watch Disney movies; I've got my childhood list; the top, the crème de la crème, the most cherished and worn-out VHS's in my collection:
The Lion King Aladdin Aristocats
101 Dalmatians Toy Story The Rescuers Down Under
As I look at this list I can easily recognize the impact each movie and story has had on me. I grew up sensitive to animals---caring for them, being kind to them, loving them---and I'm certain this is a direct result and influence of those Disney movies I watched over and over again. Perhaps the deep-rooted reason why I have never and will never consider wearing fur is merely because of what I saw in 101 Dalmatians. It's crazy to think that a simple child's movie can have a lifelong impression.
As I study the list even further, I realize that the only Princess related film I watched as a kid was Aladdin, making me question if that's the reason why growing up I was such a tom-boy and why, even to this day, I'm not a stereotypically girly girl? I grew up without Princesses! I've seen my fair share of classic Princess movies thanks to a younger cousin, but I was already in my late teen years when I saw Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella etc.
Which brings me to my final deliberation about my Disney movie list: If I had watched The Little Mermaid as a child, would I be a different person?! I'm terrified to the core of my soul of the ocean, but if I had watched Ariel at a young age, would I still be afraid? If I had watched ONLY Princess-related Disney movies, would I think differently? Would I like the colour pink? Would I enjoy painting my nails? Would I want a big wedding?
How different would I be from a movie? Then again, would I be different at all? I didn't watch many Princess films, yet I love romance, I love wearing dresses, I enjoy wearing makeup---arguably girly things---so maybe Ariel couldn't have saved me from my oceanic fear. Perhaps Nemo could've (if I weren't far too old by that point).
Z, what were your Disney movies between the ages of 5-10?
There's a snake in my boots,