A Powerful Tale WHAT MY FAVORITE MOVIE FROM CHILDHOOD OFFERS MY KIDS TODAY
Brian R. Summers DMD, PhD Patrick V. Hagerty, DMD
Calapooia Courier December 2019
N o one part of Disney’s 1973 version of “Robin Hood” stood out to me in particular, but I remember being hooked from the beginning. I must have been 3 or 4 years old when it came on TV one Saturday. After that, I would watch it whenever I could, including at sleepovers or when hanging out with friends.
heartwarming to see my kids enjoy a simple film released decades before their time.
The blend of talking animals and a little action, romance, and comedy wins the kids over every time, but as a father, I appreciate the bigger themes the movie represents too. It teaches my kids to treat others with
respect and to help others when they can. They learn about doing the right thing, and it doesn’t hurt that a few memorable songs and jokes get the message across, too! Looking back, I still cherish the memories that are attached to “Robin Hood,” and I hope my kids will have the same feeling someday. Even better, it’s not the only film they might cherish! This might sound strange, but my daughter and I love watching “Thor: Ragnarok” together. It’s not
If you’re unfamiliar with the film, it follows the classic tale of Robin Hood stealing from the rich to give to the poor, but with a few twists. All of the characters are animals and hand-drawn, which is a rarity to see in today’s digital world. The late great Roger Miller wrote and sang many of the songs in the film, which gives it a nice, folksy style. It’s almost like Merle Haggard meets Disney.
your common family film, but when you break it down, it’s just a really good movie. We love the high-flying action and there’s a mystical nature to all the god lore and stories. Plus, like “Robin Hood,” Norah is learning some important lessons from a seemingly normal superhero movie. dies, we watch Thor develop a sense of meaning behind this loss, and we see his adopted brother, Loki, grow out of his devious nature to develop a deep sense of caring for the people of his adopted homeland. This transformation has actually led Norah and I have to have some pretty big conversations about her identity and what it means to be an Oregonian. She’s still young and trying to wrap her head around it all, but it’s really quite powerful. As an added bonus, it’s taught her how to appreciate Led Zeppelin. And really, what more could a father want out of a movie? -Dr. Brian Summers (This is a spoiler alert for those who haven’t watched the film yet.) When Thor’s father
“Robin Hood” will always be special to me, and these days, I often watch “Robin Hood” with my kids. In fact, I bought the film as a birthday present for my son! He loved watching Winnie the Pooh, and I thought he might get a kick out of the talking animals and stories in “Robin Hood.” I’m proud to say that’s just what happened! He was hollering and laughing, just like I did as a kid. It’s amazing to see how much my kids enjoy such a simple movie. Today, with special effects and computer-generated magic, animated films are complex productions that require a lot of effort. It’s
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