Monday, November 23, 2009

My daughter's (aged 3) top ten films

1. Mary Poppins (Stevenson, 1964)
2. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Hughes, 1968)
3. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Stevenson, 1971)
4. Raymond Brigg's The Snowman (Jackson, 1982)/Father Christmas (Unwin, 1991)
5. Lady and the Tramp (Geronimi, 1955)
6. Cinderella (Geronimi, Jackson, 1950)
7. The Jungle Book (Reitherman, 1967)
8. Dumbo (Sharpsteen, 1941)
9. Alice in Wonderland (Geronimi, Jackson, 1951)
10. Monsters Inc. (Docter, Silverman, 2001)

No real surprises there, I guess: 90% of them are Disney films (don't worry, I'll have her loving Jan Svankmajer's version of Alice by the time she's four). What is vaguely surprising is none of them (apart from Monsters Inc.) were computer animated, and the majority were made at least forty years ago. She hates modern stuff like Shrek, with its smutty jokes and knowing post-modernism. I've always said how most computer animation lacks the warmth of traditional animation, and here's the proof. Interesting, also, that Dick Van Dyke features in choices one and two, and David Tomlinson in choices two and three. It may be no coincidence that my partner is obsessed with these fine actors too.

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