Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Why I Love the Disney Corporation

I know there are plenty of people out there who think that Disney is an evil empire, selling their princess propaganda and that whole "happiest place on Earth" business to our unsuspecting children. But I, for one, wholeheartedly LOVE Disney for a couple of reasons.

Exhibit A:

For the first time ever, Arden sat still for 30 minutes and watched this entire video. Unless you know Arden, you can't fully appreciate that sentence.

Exhibit B:

So, have you read Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid" lately? Claire found it at the Library last week and couldn't wait for me to read it to her. It's been awhile, but how could I have forgotten that in the non-Disney version of this story, the Little Mermaid doesn't marry the prince and is instructed to kill him or else turn into sea foam? As you can imagine, I had a bit of a hard time explaining to Claire why her beloved Ariel was wielding a knife over a sleeping Prince Eric and his new bride.

As one who is still scarred by "The Little Matchgirl," I will take the Disney version of these so-called fairy tales any day.


Michael Ann said...

we think that Baby Einstein should go down as one of the greatest inventions ever - it's a necessity around here, sad to say! But it is so precious to see Callahan's face light up and a big ole smile across it when he sees the friendly little caterpillar come across the screen at the beginning!

Summer Lashley said...

Amen to that! I was skeptical about Disney World, being that that place is just so over-the-top cheesy but when your childs eyes light up like that you don't even care. Walt Disney is a genius.