I was a nineties kid.
Waking up extra early on Saturday mornings to tune into Cartoon Network, gluing my eyes to the television screen whenever my favourite Nickelodeon programs aired, manually rewinding my entire Disney VHS collection only to watch them over and over again… Yeah, I was all over those things.
It’s pretty surreal to think that it’s been nearly two decades since these digital phenomena first began to surface and permeate my life in many different ways. As a digital native, what fascinates me the most is the variety of contemporary media through which these timeless classics have slowly but surely been making their way back into our lives in recent times.
I’ll never forget my very first cinematic experience (circa 1994) of watching The Lion King with my parents sitting on either side of me in the movie theatre. Fast forward seventeen years or so to the present day, and the same animated feature film is seen to have made quite a comeback to the big screen; this time, in 3D!
Rest assured, this digitally remastered version contains the same characters, story, and soundtrack that we all know and love. Being in this digital age, the constant need to press on to bigger, better, newer and more hi-tech things has led to this modern 21st century revival. I haven’t feasted my eyes on this 3D spectacle yet, but if the hype that had surrounded its theatrical debut (or re-release, I should say) these past few weeks is any indication of its reception from the general public, then I’m sure that it’s worth the walk down memory lane.
Another favourite of mine that is soon making its return is Disney Pixar’s Monster’s Inc., among others. As per an article via Suite101:
Thanks to The Lion King‘s success, Disney and Pixar will release The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo in 3-D theatres.
Monsters Inc. will make its 3-D theatrical debut on January 18, 2013, in order to whet audience appetite for its upcoming prequel Monsters University, which bows on June 21, 2013.
(Read more here)
The original Monsters, Inc. film premiered in 2001, back when I was 10-years-old. Here we are ten years later, and I’m in my third year of university. The news of the upcoming Monsters University (what a fitting title!) prequel makes me just as, if not even more excited than I was when the first movie came out. Coincidence? I think so.
Having grown up in the nineties, being given the opportunity to reminisce on the media content that made my childhood ever so memorable is such a treat. As a young adult on the precipice of leaving my teenage years behind me, it warms my heart to see that all my favourite Disney classics that I had grown to love in the past are coming to meet me again presently and will continue to make reappearances in my life for years to come.