December 12, 2010 § Leave a comment
Disneyland is without a doubt one of the more nostalgic places I’ve ever been. When I saw World of Color over the summer I couldn’t help but tear up. I’m a rational girl and a cynical, detached person by nature but for some irrational reason Disney is my emotional kryptonite. When I go to Disneyland or even visit the Disney Store a part of me becomes carefree and ridiculously and illogically happy. As a matter of fact the when I visited the Disney Store website to get this link I wasted a good five minutes browsing things that I logically should have outgrown over a decade ago.
Last month I went on a trip to Disneyland with my mother, Aunt and two younger cousins. The two latter had a deprived childhood and although they are 12 and 10 had never been to Disneyland. It was incredibly special for me to go with them because your first visit to Disneyland is such an important rite of passage. I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to go to Disneyland as often as I do. Ever since the first time I visited the park, almost 16 years ago, I adopted the belief that Disneyland is indeed the happiest place on earth. There is no other place on earth like Disneyland. As my silly french exchange student put it even other Disney parks cannot compare as they are “BAAAAD… FALSE Disneyland”.
Since re-watching Disney Classics with an analytical eye proved to be a fun activity, ss part of my inner-child challenge I thought it would be interesting to see how Disneyland was different for me as an 18 year old. Interestingly enough unlike some of my other childhood favorites I didn’t approach Disneyland differently as a technical adult. Disneyland merely brought out my inner child and forced me to abandon (some of) my cynicism. I had too much fun to be analytical and was too carefree to worry about anything but saving enough room for churros and soft serve.
November 28, 2010 § Leave a comment
Over Thanksgiving Break I decided to begin my inner child-challenge. I began to re-watch episodes of one of the shows that defined me as a kid, “Rugrats“. My mother always joked that “Rugrats” was two shows, one for adults and one for children. Rewatching it I began to understand what she meant. There are many jokes that would have made me blush had I understood their meaning as a youngster. The social commentary on “Rugrats” also great and I love the way the show pokes fun at the detached role many parents play in their kid’s lives. Yes, there are many new and exciting aspects to one of my childhood favorites but this blog post is going to focus on what is missing from revisiting “Rugrats” in my “old” age– commercials!
Yes I loved the show itself but I was equally captivated by the plethora of advertisements that interrupted the program! The subliminal messages that oozed into my brain. These commercials are likely responsible for my current shopping addiction. I would watch the little children with envy as they played with the super awesome toys that my mother deemed violent or mindless. I remember how I would often feel a tad bit jealous when I would see commercials I had auditioned for air during “The Secret World of Alex Mack“. Remember all of those Hooked on Phonics ads during “KaBlam!”commercial breaks? Priceless.
During commercial breaks I was able to escape even further. There are many TV show themes that I can’t for the life of me remember but I have a feeling there are dozens of commercial jingles that will always remain in my head. So yes, watching “Rugrats” takes me back but being able to watch old commercials would be so beautifully nostalgic! No commercials takes a bit away from the experience, making shows from my past seem a little less authentic.
In the age of TiVo I doubt that commercials will make as much of an impression on the “Hannah Montana” generation but the cheesy, manipulative commercials that I enjoyed as a child will always stay with me.
September 22, 2010 § 2 Comments
So it’s 11:33 and I’m experiencing a serious case of writer’s block. What to do? Normally when homework isn’t going my way I turn to my dear friend, facebook or lurk Louboutins on bergdorfgoodman.com, but this eve I’m feeling productive…time for YouTube!! Our class discussion about the defining shows of our childhood left me with an uncontrollable urge to veg out and watch hours upon hours of Pete and Pete but unfortunately with three tests and a presentation crammmed into one week such a luxury is just impossible. Seriously I’m a third semester senior, why do I have so much work? Well anyhow I ended up watching the Amanda Show and came across this little clip. Clearly it left an impression on me. She made procrastination so cute and funny. I just wrote a blog about not being able to write. Thanks Amanda Bynes, I blame you for this.I guess I should go finish my essay.