February 27, 2012

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!

"Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

Put 'em together and what have you got


That's just a short excerpt of my all time favourite song from one of my all time favourite Disney cartoons - Cinderella! That came from the scene where the fairy godmother magically "sewed" a new ballgown for Cinderella, after her dress, which was painstakingly sewn by mice, by the way, was torn by her stepmom and step sisters.

I can watch Cinderella again and again and again (which I did, even up until I went to high school and beyond) and still not get bored of it.

In fact, I can pretty much watch most (classic) Disney cartoons, Beauty and the Beast included, multiple times and just have so much fun! In fact, recently, when they advertised Beauty and the Beast in 3D, I found myself calling Adik up excitedly, telling her about it! Imagine, watching Beauty and the Beast while singing "Be Our Guest!" and an array of other catchy songs in 3D some more!

Okay, that was really the kid in me talking really fast, but DON'T CARE! I love Disney Classics! Love 'em with some major love!

Which is why the topic discussed on Fly.FM on last 2 Friday evenings really caught my attention - should we ban Disney Classics like Snow White, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and Little Red Riding Hood, amongst others because -

(a) Snow White teaches children that it is okay for a lady to stay in a house alone with 7 grown men;

(b) Goldilocks teaches us that it's okay to break into somebody else's house and eat their food; and

(c) Little Red Riding Hood is too gruesome because grandma wanted to eat her!


I mean, PLEASE! Come on. I think those born in the early '80s up until late '90s watched all these classics and WE TURNED OUT PRETTY OKAY didn't we?!

I honestly think that focus has been given to the wrong thing (as always). Tak pasal-pasal cartoon tak bersalah tu dipersalah.

There are multiple of other reasons why the moral compass of children these days have changed. There are social networks of all kinds and an array of things which are easily googlable. Children of the age of 3 can google things up themselves. They are so exposed these days and there's a thin line between wanting to protect your kid from too much information and not wanting them to be katak bawah tempurung at the same time.

Or, it could be a serious case of misinterpretation on the part of the parents/guardian. I've heard a parent once say that the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill is actually soft porn? Errr okay?

Whatever the case may be, it's difficult to control the flow of information and the misinterpretation which ensues because of misinformation.

But whatever the case, I honestly think that classic Disney cartoons (and nursery rhymes for the matter) should, at all cost, not be blamed.

Shy to comment? Well, never mind! Your reactions mean the world to me! Make me smile today :)


livingblossoms said...

Agreed! Some parents nowadays toye ke ape, fairy tales are meant to be fun and light, yg pergi amek serious sgt tu sape suruh. Eh, emo plak. It just pisses me off sometimes when I hear them rant about it (all the time kot kat newspaper sini)..chill boleh tak..esp feminist kat sini, suke ckp Sleeping Beauty takde rights sbb kene jual la apa la..sigh~

hehe..btw, have you seen Tangled aka Rapunzel? If you havent pls do, its my fav Disney 'cartoon' now, even better than Beauty n the Beast which used to be my fav.

Haneesa said...

Whooaaa. Really? Now that is some serious case of over analysing! I think mmg people dah overthink matters la these days. Takde kerja ke apa, fighting for the wrong things? Funny betul.

Tangled is good??? Okay! Haven't watched it, so I will! Thanks for the suggesstion :)

me said...

Tangled sgt best!! I watched it like soo many times kat Astro time pantang :)

Haneesa said...

hehehhehe. lama tak tengok disney movies because the new ones aren't always as nice as the more classic ones. heheh. but, okay noted! MUST.WATCH.TANGLED. !!!