Call me a child, but lately I’ve been revisiting the Disney films of my youth. Don’t look at me like that: Every day in Honors English Seminar, I have to contemplate the meaninglessness of my existence. I need these movies right now.
Anyway, though we all know that films like Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid are undeniably excellent, we often woefully overlook their direct-to-DVD sequels, which also contain fun and wonder. Some would roll their eyes and tell me, “Ariella, you know those were just made so Disney could make more money, right?”
To which I would say, “Of course.”
While the animation of these sequels is shoddy and the dialogue subpar, the movies are still made with at least an ounce of love and respect for these characters and their worlds. The minute the credits roll in a movie, I’m always interested in what happens next to the characters, and Disney sequels fill this void within my soul. Take The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, for instance: Ariel and Eric are happily married! And have a daughter! These little moments bring me such joy.
Also, music-wise, Disney sequels aren’t too bad. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have “Down to the Sea” on my iTunes, or if I didn’t squeal over Aladdin and Jasmine singing to each other in Aladdin III: Prince of Thieves.
I’m not saying that you have to rush out and buy a DVD of Beauty and the Beast II: An Enchanted Christmas, but don’t disregard these hidden gems. Embrace the lowbrow aspects of your childhood.