Modern Kids Movies are too “woke”

Jovanny Zapata, Staff Writer

A common nitpicking on modern kids’ films that just can’t escape critics’ mouths is that kids movies from prior generations are better. Taking a look at the global producer of kids’ films, Disney produces one too many films that are not considered modern. People would describe the films on the older side of Disney, the movies filmed through the years 1937 to 1942, as the golden age of animation. Great classics like Fantasia, Dumbo, Pinocchio and Snow White came from this era. In contrast, we now have films like Strange World, Turning Red and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. 

An obvious difference between older children’s films and present ones is originality. Older films were directly adapted from fairy tales and the likes, resulting in them being more simple. Unsurprisingly, when watching kids’ films, the audience is not there for some philosophical debate and the likes. Children’s films are clean, with no drawn out message. Kids movies should be simple. Another factor that is usually unspoken on this topic is that some people prefer the old Disney, as in the brand, rather than the media it puts out. 

The classics stand out compared to the new; they were personal. Disney doesn’t have the same feeling or reputation it once did. The current Disney is much more commercialized and has this stigma or trashy reputation. Old Disney was this lesser known company journeying in the newly discovered field of animations, with no lawsuits from its own employees. It was genuine in its production of movies.

The reason why people say older kids films are better is because people grew up watching them. Sure, the old ones are classics with a straightforward message, but for many viewers old children’s films remind people of their childhood, family and all the great memories they had while watching it. It creates this bias in their heads without them even knowing it, in addition to this is the fact that when people watched the classics they were at a very young age.