Whatever your age movies are very impressionable. Whether the flying monkeys scared you or the ending scene of Dirty Dancing puts a smile on your face, films leave an impact. When I was younger that was Disney.
The first movie I saw in the theater was a re-release of Lady and the Tramp, I remember nothing about it but look very happy in the picture. This is were my introduction to Disney began.
Then when I was three or four I discovered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Walt had me hook, line and sinker. My bedroom became a living shrine to the movie, or an overdone advertisement, feel free to take your pick. I could entertain myself for hours on end after learning how to work the VCR, just looping Snow and her seven friends again and again. In my Snow White costume of course.
I have always held a special place in my heart for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I still get nervous when the dwarfs encounter Snow White in their beds after their hard day in the mines. I still tell Snow White not to eat the poisoned apple, although now I call her an idiot. Even though the Wicked Queen scared the bejesus out of me I gasp when the Old Hag falls from a cliff. This film just makes me happy, even writing this post makes me smile. That’s the key to a fond childhood memory, something that makes you “whistle while you work.” Like Snow White.
On a side note, when I first saw The Wizard of Oz was thrilled to learn that Adriana Caselotti, or Snow White makes a cameo appearance in the film, as Juliet in the Tin Man’s “If I Only Had A Heart”.