A few months ago, I had the luxury of going to the movies to see the new adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" with Emma Watson.
So I sat there and couldn't stop thinking of all the times I had listened to my audio cassettes of Disney movies as a child. I didn't have many, but the ones I had were accompanied with the picture book and the only technical gadget I owned - an old cassette player. This famous meme, where you see a picture of an old audio cassette and a pencil - that was me. I'm a nineties kid, and I loved it.
Needless to say, I knew all the words and song lyrics by heart. I am convinced that part of the reason I loved reading so much was because my imagination and "reality escape" started with those audio cassettes and picture books. I didn't even watch Disney movies until much later because my family didn't own a video cassette player. This limited my TV supply but fuelled my reading passion even more. To this day, I still can recite sentences of "Beauty and the Beast", "Lion King" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and I am a firm defender of the audio cassette. Watching a movie was easy - entertaining, but easy. Listening to an audio cassette, however, improved my ability to focus and concentrate on one thing immensely. I had to stay focused on listening to the cassette so I knew when to turn the pages of my picture book. When the characters were dancing or doing something, I could still imagine it in my own way, while listening to the music and the songs. Watching a movie takes that away from you because it tells you what to see in your head. It might be obvious, still most people forget about it or are just not interested in audio cassettes for their children anymore. Today they're called audiobooks, of course.
To me, Disney never gets old, independent of the age of the movie. Partly because of the simple fact that I can now watch the movies and see something new, although I may have listened to the story a thousand times.