Kickin’ It Disney

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Kickin’ It Disney

Kailee Speer, Writer

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Disney, now a $98 billion dollar company, has progressed rapidly through the years. Not only did the vast majority of kids watch Disney television shows and movies growing up, they related to them.

Senior Hailey Addison watched Disney throughout her childhood. Her all-time favorite shows are “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Hannah Montana,” and her favorite Disney character is Cinderella.

“I loved both of [those shows], [and] I don’t really know why I started to like Cinderella; I could just relate to them at that age,” Addison said. “So I was really excited when the [Legacy] marching band did [the theme] ‘If The Shoe Fits.’”

Although Disney has had hits with newer shows, such as “Andi Mack” and “Raven’s Home,” Addison prefers the shows that aired when she was younger.

“I don’t think [the new shows] are as good as [what] Disney had in the past,” Addison said. “I feel like they reuse some of the stories. They are not as creative.”

One of freshman Liam Babbitt’s favorite Disney characters is Mulan. Babbitt was also a fan of “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.”

“I haven’t had cable since I was 10, so I [haven’t been able to watch today’s shows;],” Babbitt said. “They might be good, they might be bad. [The Suite Life of Zack and Cody] was great.”

While Babbitt likes the new movies, such as the latest “Star Wars,” he also enjoys the classics.

“It is controversial, I think the ‘Star Wars’ movies are great,” Babbitt said. “I would still take the originals over the [newer movies] any day.”

Mulan had a great impact on Babbitt.As an Asian-American, he liked the way his culture was portrayed in the media.

“Mulan was the first strong Asian I’ve seen in [the] media,”  Babbitt said. “As a little kid, that was crazy to me.”

“Lilo and Stitch” and “Peter Pan” played a part in senior Kassidy Bond’s childhood. Although her sister is six years older than her, Disney was something that they could bond over.

“Me and my sister both really liked ‘Lilo and Stitch,’” Bond said. “They had the little television show that would come on, and they would run around catching the aliens. [It] had a few seasons.”

Bond cannot decide whether she prefers classic Disney movies or remade movies.

“I am a sucker for the classics,” Bond said. “But it’s really cool to see all of the new cinematic technology, especially the live action movies that show so much more of the movies than they did, because they didn’t have the technology.”

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