A trip down Fantasia lane

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Fantasia, Mickey Mouse

When I was offered the opportunity of a free copy of Fantasia to review, I jumped at the chance. What a fab film to watch with my daughter!

When it arrived in the mail I couldn’t wait to get it into the DVD and get my little one plonked in front. To her repeated queries of ‘Where’s Mickey Mouse?’ I would answer ‘Sssshhh, just watch this bit’ and ‘Quiet, just watch that bit’.

It made me realise I was probably more excited to have her watch it than she was. Which got me thinking, why was I so excited? Why was I so keen to share these old films, cartoons, music, books with her that I had loved as a child?

Yes, it was because I loved them but aren’t we just a little too invested in our children loving them as much as us? And aren’t we all a little disappointed if they don’t? I decided it could be one of a few things (or a mix of all):

1. These are memories we cherish and we want to help our children create similar memories. Memories they will associate with the beauty of discovery as a child.
2. Maybe in this world of nintendo and wii we’re really keen to try and help our children capture the feeling of a time that was a lot more innocent.
3. Having children allows us to rediscover a lot of feelings we had all but lost touch with in our 20′s. Watching a much-loved classic with our kids allows us the chance to reminisce.

So did I do any of the above? Well, she keeps asking to watch the bits with the fairies and the mushrooms and Mickey Mouse – so just maybe. And as for me, well, I was able to recapture a little of that feeling all those years ago when I watched Fantasia for the first time…might just go get a warm milk and pop it in the DVD again!

What would you love/have you loved sharing with your kids? I’d love to know, please share below.

Cheers! Alli x

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12 Responses to A trip down Fantasia lane

  1. Ash says:

    I hear you! I was so excited when Will fell in love with The Secret Garden. I haven’t introduced him to many others – he doesn’t sit still for long enough to watch anything! Can’t wait to show him the Wizard of Oz, but am a bit wary about the witch and the scary monkeys!

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  3. Alli Price says:

    After popping all the names into a hat and drawing them out – Yvonne Robison is the winner of the Fantasia DVD draw! Yvonne, please contact Alli on alli (at) motivatingmum (dot) com, with your mailing address so I can send the DVD/blu ray out – congrats! x

  4. We have introduced our kids to Richard Scarry books, both hubby and I loved them as kids. Now DS loves them too, I’ve found quite a few in the op shops.
    As for movies, I can’t wait to share Annie wth my daughter, I loved, loved, loved that movie as a kid.

  5. Yvonne Robinson says:

    Oh mine had to be The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka!! My 2 all time favourites, just love watching them whenever I can. I love just being taken away from our ordinary life and living the fantasies, even for just a couple of hours!!!!!

  6. Nerys Lewis says:

    I have always loved Winnie the Pooh and have decorated and designed their bedrooms with Winnie the Pooh characters.
    My little boy is now 2 and too old for Winnie the Pooh, he’s so not interested. He hasn’t enjoyed the movies since the beginning when i used to sit down and try to watch them with him. My little girl is 6 mths and i’m hopeing that i have a second chance with her to like Winnie the Pooh hehehe! :) I have all the movies and was disappointed when my little boy showed no interest, oh! well.
    I watched Fantasia as a kid and loved it, but i don’t have it on DVD so haven’t had a chance to watch it with my little ones’.

  7. melanie w says:

    The little Mermaid and they just love it also pippi longstocking and THe labirynth love the old school movies the kids love them too

  8. Roslyn says:

    The one movie I couldn’t wait to share with my daughter was Marry Poppins. It was and still is my favourite and it brings back so many memories of my own childhood. At 4 years of age, she has seen it about 20 times and still asks for it each time she gets to choose what she wants to watch. And unlike some shows, I never get tired of it. I guess the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree :)

  9. melinda dwyer says:

    I love the old cartoons so when my boys started watching The Flintstones and laughing at it I was stoked. What a classic!!! :-)

  10. danniibeauty says:

    I can’t wait to take my daughter to a Hi-5 concert. She is 18mths and absolutely loves them. As soon as she hears me putting on the dvd she runs to the tv to watch and loves to dance along. I’m going to take her when she is about 3yo.

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  12. blyth meechan says:

    i couldnt wait to take my kids to the disney on ice and they saw fantasia there and loved it. as far as the movie went it was a disney one – snow white with my daughter and hercules with my son.

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