Childhood Stories Due To Hit the Silver Screen (2016 - 2017)
This has been an exciting year for films. Many serve as a call back to a story that guided me through my childhood in one way or another. Each one sends me back to a happier, simpler, and less stressful time in my life. The memories make me happy. Let us take a trip down memory lane.
JUNGLEBOOK - 15 April 2016.
The 1967 animated film is an exciting story about a young boy raised by wolves, befriended by a bear, kidnapped by monkeys, hunted by a tiger, and eventually freed back into the hands of humans. The family that raised him realized that the child remains in danger as long as he's alone. They love him enough to let him go.
The Legend of Tarzan 1 July 2016
In 1999 an exciting animated adventure, Tarzan, premiered about a boy taken by a family gorillas in an uninhabited part of the world after his ship wrecked parents are killed by a leopard. He grows to be a strong, acrobatic, kind, and curious man. After meeting a beautiful explorer, he faces the decision of staying with the family that raised him or returning to civilization to live with humans. The Legend of Tarzan explores the consequences of making the decision to return to civilization. The live action effects take the excitement to a whole new level.
THE BFG - 1 July 2016
The children's book by one of my favorite authors Roald Dahl is a story about an young orphan taken from her unhappy conditions into a mystical, adventurous world with the Big Friendly Giant. He gives her clothes. He gives her food. He gives her a look into his beautiful world. He show her his peaceful way of life. They eventually work together to save the London from an invasion by evil giants.
GHOSTBUSTERS - 15 July 2016
The original film premiered in 1984 and became an instant sensation. It is the story of three scientists and a trainee stumble upon a huge break in their research of the existence of ghosts existence and turn it into an ghost catching enterprise. The million dollar question is where do these ghosts come from after such a long dry spell? The answers differ in the original and its remake. However, the moral remains the same. Ghostbusters are heroes regardless of their origins, gender, office location, or level of recognition.
PETE'S DRAGON - 12 August 2016
The original film and musical premiered in 1977. I hardly remember it. It is the story of a young orphan with an invisible friend, Elliot. This friend turns out to be a dragon who protects Pete from a series of villains. It is a touching, albeit cheesy story. Next month's remake will completely restructure the original from the origin story, setting, and much needed improved effects.
Unfortunately, I haven't read the three book series, Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children. So there is little I can say about the stories. The story is based on a series of photographs indicating children with special abilities. The film looks a lot like a 1940's version of X-Men. We'll see.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – 17 March 2017
Belle from the 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beauty was my favorite Disney princess as a child. I identified with her the most and hope after whom to model myself. She is an outcast. She is a dreamer. She is poor and humble. She is a book worm. She is loyal to family. She sees beyond the surface of things and people. Most of all, her beauty and kindness influences those around her. I hope the remake will be just as inspiring.
HEY ARNOLD: THE JUNGLE MOVIE – 2017
Last but not least, the most exciting premiere of all. The Hey Arnold cartoon series that ended on a maddening cliff hanger in the final episode, The Journal, on November 11, 2002. For fourteen years, die hard Hey Arnold fans (including myself) have been aching and petitioning for the story to wrap up. The Jungle Movie was originally due to premiere after that final episode. However, the series was cancelled due to poor office box numbers of Hey Arnold! The Movie.
Next year, our dream will come true. Hey Arnold will get the closure it deserves. In the film, we hope to see Arnold search for and find his parents as well as Arnold confess his returned love for Helga, a poor and neglected girl who suffers most of her life with unrequited love for Arnold.