On a lighter note, at the end of June, when I was supposed to watch “The Aristocats”, I decided to fulfill a childhood wish I had when, in 1981, my sister took me to see a double feature film at the Arlington Theater: “The Aristocats” and Disney’s James Bond superhero parody, “Condorman.” We didn’t stay for the second feature, much to my dismay. My whole family refused to take me to see this film. So after watching “The Aristocats” last June, I decided to shell out over $1.99 for an Amazon Prime rental of a pan-and-scan stream of “Condorman” to address this neglect of the ‘childhood. My parents were right all along. The eight-year-old me wouldn’t have liked this movie any more than the grown-up me.
The week I watched “The Little Mermaid” in mid-September happened to be around the same time Disney released the teaser for this year’s murky-looking live-action remake. Speaking of remakes, this was also around the time the live-action remake of Robert Zemeckis’ “Pinocchio” was released. If there’s one thing I knew I didn’t need to get into in 2022, it wasn’t one, but two more “Pinocchio” remakes to sit on. Enough already!
Then came October.
As previously reported, on October 4, Sergio Mims passed away. No one saw it coming and it was the first time a dear friend of mine had passed away so suddenly. On October 8, I turned 50 and had a great birthday party at a drive-in movie theater in Indiana. On October 10, my father was taken to hospital after a fall that cracked his head. After about a week he needed more than stitches and the prognosis got worse, then better, then worse again. That week, I got to watch “The Lion King,” a movie I’ve always loved, but this time it had a deeper effect on me. There was still more to say and more to do, but will I soon become like Simba? ” No. He will be fine. We’ve been through this before in the hospital.
The following week saw more trips to the hospital for me, my mother, my aunt, my niece, my fiancé and my sisters. On Saturday, October 22, I made it a point to stay home and do the work that was piling up, starting with this week’s Disney movie, “A Goofy Movie,” in which Goofy and his teenage son do a trip across the country. and end up bonding over comic and cataclysmic events. It turned out to be a much better movie than I remembered, a movie I’m glad I watched when I did. “The Lion King” and “A Goofy Movie” were released nearly a year apart, meaning they were in different stages of production almost simultaneously. Why did Disney artists focus on father/son relationships at this time? The next day, October 23, my father passed away in his hospital bed, surrounded by his family.