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17 May 2010 @ 07:45 pm
Writer's Block: Movies From Childhood That Suck Now  
Are there any movies that you absolutely loved when you were younger that you've watched again and found awful or ridiculous?

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...