Animated films tap into child-like innocence

Izzy Gaspar’raj | The Chronicle

Simplicity, empowerment and happy endings.

Those three reasons are why Disney movies are my absolute favorite type of video entertainment.

Though some may make the argument that Disney, as well as other animated films like Pixar movies, have ultra-simplified plots and not enough focus on the magical elements of it, I believe that this simplified nature provides a break from reality.

This break, filled with exuberant animal sidekicks, determined and resilient protagonists and even conniving villains, tells stories that are easy to understand, but still effective. These stories portray themes that are easily understood, but still not boring, from toddler to senior.

Though they can be understood by viewers of any age, Disney movies’ perceived audience is often young children. Therefore, many adults use these movies to connect with their inner child and remember the freeing feeling of what it felt like to be young. Furthermore, many think of predictability as a negative point, but for me, it adds to the movie’s relaxing and freeing nature. Thrilling action that is found in superhero movies can be very exciting, and I can see how they have grown exponentially in popularity. Even so, there is a lot of merit to straightforward tales, which I find superior in general.

Protagonists of Disney movies and other animated films are more often than not sent on a journey that begins their life, and this journey is an exciting new adventure for them. Freeing them, their adventure frequently concludes in empowerment and discovering a new life. Seen most prevalently in the most recent Disney film, stories of empowerment can inspire anyone to be empowered themselves. Empowerment can look different for everyone, but learning through movies can be uplifting and enlightening, and I think that’s what Disney movies can bring to their viewers.

Disney and Pixar movies have incredible animation, design as well as special effects. The sheer amount of time and effort artists put into them is amazing. But the thing I love the most about them is the storytelling, and how the stories feel so familiar. Though sometimes the storytelling may feel repetitive, repetition familiarity can be comforting.

Arguably the most important aspect of a Disney movie is a happy ending. Happy endings allow consumers to feel relieved, and at peace inside. Happy endings are the icing on the cake of Disney films, and I am so grateful that they exist.

Illustration by Alisha Verma