My Year with Disney | Functions

On a lighter note, at the end of June, when I had to see “The Aristocats“, I decided to fulfill a childhood wish I had when my sister took me to see a double feature at the Arlington Theater in 1981: “The Aristocats” and Disney’s James Bond superhero spoof, “Condorman.” We didn’t stay for the second one feature, much to my dismay. My entire family refused to take me to see that movie. So after I saw “The Aristocats” last June, I decided to pay over $1.99 for an Amazon Prime rental of a pan-and-scan stream of “Condorman” to fulfill that bit of childhood neglect. My parents were right all along. The eight-year-old me would not have liked that movie any more than the grown-up me.

The week I saw “The Little Mermaid” in mid-September happened to be around the time Disney released the teaser for this year’s sinister-looking live-action remake. Speaking of remakes, that happened at the time too Robert Zemeckis‘ Live-action remake of “Pinocchio” had been released. If there’s one thing I knew I didn’t need going into 2022, it was not one, but two more “Pinocchio” remakes to sit through. Now that’s enough!

Then came October.

As previously mentioned, on October 4, Sergio Mims died. No one saw it coming and it was the first time one of my dear friends had passed away so suddenly. On October 8th I turned 50 and had a lovely birthday celebration at a drive-in theater in Indiana. On October 10, my father was rushed to the hospital after a fall that broke his head. After about a week he needed more than stitches and the prognosis got worse, then better, then worse again. This particular week I got to see “The Lion King”, a movie I’ve always loved, but this time it had a more profound effect on me. There was still more to say and more to do, but will I soon be like Simba? “Nah. He’ll pull through. We’ve been through this hospital thing before.”

The following week there were several trips to the hospital for myself, my mother, aunt, niece, fiancĂ© and my sisters. On Saturday, October 22nd, I made it a point to stay home and get work done that had been piling up, starting with that week’s Disney movie, “A silly movie“, where Goofy and his teenage son go on a cross-country trip and end up bonding over some comical and disastrous events. It turned out to be a much better movie than I remembered, one that I’m glad I saw back then i did. “The Lion King” and “A Goofy Movie” had been released almost a year apart, meaning they were in different stages of production almost simultaneously. Why did the Disney artists focus on father/son relationships in this time? The next day, October 23, my father died in his hospital bed, surrounded by his family.

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