Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
A white family gentrifies an island. (Sorry, can't resist a bad joke.)
Needlessly Personal Ramble:
I enjoy this movie, but I tend to think of a memory from childhood instead of the movie itself. A big reason for my love of movies comes from my dad, who always had tapes around and they're part of some of my earliest memories. My mom isn't a big movie fan (music is more of her style), but of the few movies she does enjoy, some of those are Disney movies.
When I was a kid, there used to be Disney movies on TV on weekend nights, and one night Swiss Family Robinson was going to be on. So my mom figured we could watch it, and I was like, Yeah, the big family treehouse and animals, awesome.
As the day went on, and as I was hangin' with friends, more and more kids were playing during the day. It was crazy 'cause kids who had moved out of the neighborhood recently had come back to visit, and everyone else just happened to be around. We were runnin' around the neighborhood playin' games. Just one of those rare childhood explosions of fun, basically. But then it was getting dark and the streetlights were coming on and I remembered I had to get home...and I didn't want to go home.
I went home to see if I could stay out longer than usual to enjoy the fun and I tried to convince my mom to let me do so. As a kid, it felt like a much larger moment than it was to, in a sense, get out of the plans to watch the movie with my mom. My mom was cool about it and let me go out. But to my kid mind, and even for years later, I was left with a feeling of guilt for not staying home.
As I got to this movie, the memory came back and I brought it up to my mom. She remembered that we used to watch the Disney movies on weekend nights, but didn't recall my wanting to hang out and play like I did. She was just like, 'No, I wasn't bothered you wanted to go out. I just would've been pissed if you didn't check in with me first.' It was odd how much I had built it up in my kid mind and then later in life. It's funny how certain movies have been in the background of life but also become a trigger for recollections.