At least I used to be. In my old age I've lost a bit of the passion and the fire and now I just get slightly irritated by all the ways they try to manipulate me and take my money.
I just took the boys to see Chicken Little. I will admit, first and foremost, that I do not have the patience for animation. I barely have the patience to sit through any movie, but an animated movie is an especial challenge. So I wasn't expecting to like it, and it delivered pretty much what I was expecting, with a bizarro War of the Worlds/Matrix twist thrown in for good measure. But I was irritated by this: once again, Disney delivers a movie with the mom missing in action. For family values' sake, it would be nice to have just an occasional children's movie with a nuclear family intact (thank you, The Incredibles). But my irritation goes beyond family values. I FEEL MANIPULATED!!! What are those Disney people trying to say?? Are they just really unoriginal [let's see--one or both parents absent in Snow White, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Bambi, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Cinderella, Finding Nemo, Brother Bear and I'm sure multiple others that I haven't seen--perhaps Mulan? Peter Pan?] or are they trying to affect me and my children somehow on a deep, subconscious level? Perhaps Walt Disney had parental abandonment issues and felt the need to thrust them upon every child in America, nay, the world, who connects on an emotional level with Ariel, Nemo, Aurora, and whatever all the main characters' names are.
I feel the fire returning. Disney can say and do anything in the movies they make for children because everyone in the world will take their children to see them, no matter what. (Take off your clothes.) Phallic castles are just the beginning. How does Disney manipulate? Let me count the ways.
I'm glad I got that off my chest. Now, Pepper, if you're reading this, I need to talk to you about getting some tickets to Club 33. . . .