Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
I loved this movie when I was a little kid, say in the second or third grade. I thought the sassy cat was just so funny and the animals were so cute. It had adventure, it had drama, it had the Great Outdoors, and it was great.
Then I grew up, and found the dialogue cringe-inducing. Sure, the sweeping vistas of nature's finest are still breath-taking, but Oh. Em. Gee. The animals were so annoying.
I could almost sweep across the entire genre of 'talking animal' pictures and have the same reaction. I know I enjoyed movies like Milo & Otis when I was a kid, but watching them now makes me want to tear my eyes out. It's not just that I've definitely outgrown the jokes...at some point in my life I lost my love of animals. (That makes me sound like such a horrible person.) I think pets are nice, for example, but nice for other people. I never want to own a dog or cat or fish. I like to see animals in the zoo, but woe betide any wild creature I find running around in my backyard. Animal-themed movies, whether live action like Black Beauty or animated like Bambi, bore me to tears. Even animal documentaries no longer strike me as particularly interesting - and those used to be my Saturday morning cartoons, man!
I wonder if this is a sign of getting old or growing cold-hearted...