What was your favourite movie or TV show as a kid? We all have one, don’t we? A story that shaped our childhood, a story we could quote almost word for word from beginning to end. A story to which we could hum the theme tune, knew all the characters’ names. A story that defined every imaginary play session – that character you always chose to be.
For me, one such story was the 1980s Disney movie, Tron. I was born in the year it hit cinemas, which means by the time I was old enough to watch it, it was a UK terrestrial television and school holidays regular feature. I grew up watching this movie and was completely absorbed by it, embarking on what would become a life-long love affair with sci-fi.
If you don’t already know the movie, it centres around Kevin Flynn a former games developer turned arcade owner. Kevin believes his ideas were stolen by a former co-worker, and in the process of hacking into some software to prove it, he is suddenly digitised and transported inside the computer’s mainframe. In a world ruled by a cyberspace villain, he must compete for his life in futuristic, gladiatorial games.
There is so much I loved and still love about that movie. The sense of being an outsider, the thrill of those early days of computer programming (it’s thanks to inspiring films like Tron that I could code in BASIC before I could ride a bike), the desire for adventure and to be heard, the classic battle of good versus evil, and the question of what lies in the grey between the two.
My older brother and I talked through every aspect of that film, theorised the explanation behind every programming premise, raced through Light Cycle mazes mapped with cushions. It was an adventure far beyond the film’s 90 minutes. We must have watched it dozens of times.
Oh! And now I am recalling watching it in the school assembly hall at Christmas. Those were good times. Simple, happy memories.
Disney has been making childhood-defining movies since before I was born. Looking through the Disney back catalogue is to scroll through pages and pages of incredibly moving, exciting, inspiring, unforgettable movies, from Cinderella to Toy Story 3, so I’m betting when I asked, “What was your favourite movie as a kid?” chances are, it was a Disney movie.
Disney now has a subscription service, packed exclusively with Disney content, DisneyLife. For the first time, this unique digital membership service gives you access to the biggest collection of Disney movies, kids’ TV box sets, music, books and apps, all in one place.
It’s amazing, I reckon, so if you have children, or are a big kid like me, take a look at DisneyLife and start making more unforgettable memories.
This is a commissioned post for DisneyLife. Original theatrical release poster is the intellectual property of Buena Vista Pictures/Walt Disney Productions.