As a kid, I loved Disney movies--my favorite was 101 Dalmatians because I love dogs and their English accents were so whimsical to me. I saved all the movies that I could when I moved out of my parents' home and started my own life as an adult hoping that one day I'd be able to enjoy them with a kiddo of my own.
Enter Owen: the kid who never seemed to like cartoons at all. It's only within the last year that he started really getting into Curious George and now The Cat in the Hat on PBS. So a cartoon movie just seemed out of the question because they can be a bit too long to hold his attention. Add the noise that a movie theater brings and I knew that we weren't going to be visiting one any time soon.
One Sunday we were flipping through the channels to find something to watch and "The Incredibles" movie was playing and I tuned in. Owen fell in love! The action of the characters was great--running around, chasing things, lots of crashes and several explosions and we had a boy that was laughing and cheering. Then at a friends' house, he discovered a book about "The Incredibles" that he wouldn't put down. I asked my friend about the book and she explained that it was a set of books about several Disney/Pixar movies. I hunted the set down online, knowing that Owen would probably like several of the books since another one in the set was "Cars" and we all know how much the boy loves his cars. :)
It turns out he loved all the books in the set--"Tangled", "Up", "Monsters, Inc", "Toy Story 3", "Wall-E". He has figured out that several of the books even have a movie and we've watched a couple of them with great success. He really likes "Toy Story 3" and I can't blame him--it's probably my favorite too. What's even more interesting is that he identifies the characters on other media too. We were at Target, looking through the book section and he kept trying to tell me something. He was frantically pointing and signing book and airplane. Of course I grabbed a book about a plane and he vehemently shook his head NO! I looked again and there was a book with Buzz Lightyear on it. So I asked if that was the one he wanted and got a resounding YES.
It took a little longer, but it's been great sharing the experience of watching a movie together. This definitely wasn't something he could do when he was 2 or 3 years old--his attention span just wasn't there. But now, especially when he's making all these connections to other things, he really enjoys sitting on the big comfy couch and sharing a bowl of popcorn with us. And I think we'll break out that old VHS tape of 101 Dalmatians this weekend......let the Disney takeover of our lives begin!