Before I dove headfirst into the wonderfully macabre world of horror films, I was raised on a healthy diet of animated movie classics. Every Disney movie was bestowed upon me and I eagerly lapped up the milk that dropped from the mega-corporation’s budding teat. Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Snow White, the list goes on and on. Not only does the list continue, though, Disney has made sure that the films themselves go on for future generations, remastering the originals and formatting them for DVD releases – and charging $40 per copy should our favorite’s already be in the “Disney vault” (please note, I have no qualms with Disney. I tend to enjoy a lot of their movies. Legit.).
It is not these movies that I fear face extinction. It is the smaller films that people can only vaguely remember that will soon cease to exist in our nation’s hearts. My favorites were not princesses without parents who prove to us that love overcomes all of life’s obstacles. It is the films that show us a darker side of humanity, that put real life issues into perspective for youngsters, that I believe will disappear. Only parents who loved these films as much as I did will make sure their offspring will watch them, which is upsetting, to say the least.
Without further ado, let the list begin!
10. The Last Unicorn (1982)
Everyone loves The Last Unicorn. An evil king capturing all of the unicorns? I don’t think so. The last unicorn and her magician buddy are going to put a stop to you, Evil King. Throw in a forty-year old woman who is as taken by unicorns as the King himself and you’ve got a Wizard of Oz-esque tale fit for a cartoon loving child.
There is no denying that this film, much like a few other entries on this list, has a cult following. People loved this when they were kids and don’t want to see it fade into antiquity. It is a solid story line with fantasy elements wrapped up in a triumph over evil bow; a timeless experience overall. However, the people who love it now are the only people who will ever love it. Now that Disney has their syringes in the veins of today’s youth, it is incredibly hard to convince them of greatness stemming from other sources.
This article was first posted on April 23, 2013