Disney animation films have reached multiple generations, changing technically, but staying pure at heart to relate to their young, and now older, audience.
Disney is a name known around the world by children, adults and college students alike. The first animated Disney film was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," released in 1937. Since then, the company has grown tremendously, while continuing to relate to the audience and sticking with family values, UT students said.
"If people love a Disney movie, they always love a Disney movie," Tyrel Prentiss said, junior in College Scholars studying film studies: history, theory, analysis and production. "They age with us, which is what I think people like. They grow up with us."
Before completely buying out Pixar Animation Studios in 2006, Disney released multiple films produced by Pixar. By doing this, Disney captured not only the classic fairytales, but also took the audience into worlds of bugs, toys, monsters and cars. These movies transformed Disney into something more relatable than before, especially for college students in recent years.
In 2010, "Toy Story 3" was released. This film shows Andy going to college and giving his toys away. This portrays the message that growing up is inevitable, but it also shows students that it is okay to act like a child every once in a while, according to Dylan Moore, senior in computer science and UT cinema club president.
"There is a weird innocence loss from a person who grows up, they start learning more about the world, they get more cynical, or rougher with experience," Moore said. "But with Disney movies it shows that childlike wonderment is still there, even though it's not what we go through from day to day. You can recapture something that you feel like you've actually lost."
The film "Monsters Incorporated," which followed Sulley Sullivan and his main man Mike Wazowski, hit theaters in 2001. Today, fans will experience college with the monsters they've grown to love in the film "Monsters University."
"A sequel to Monsters Inc. is exciting enough as it is, but to see a prequel of Mike and Sully in college at the same time that I'm at UT will be great," Hayley Brantley said, junior in animal science.
The first Disney-Pixar release was "Toy Story" in 1995. Being the first full length computer animated film in history, "Toy Story" was a breaking point for Disney. Before this, Disney included hand drawn animation in every film.
"Toy Story is [one of] the greatest animated films of all time,"said Matthew Graham, UT graduate in journalism. "It's an accomplishment to convey a story of that magnitude in only 80 something minutes."
College students of this generation grew up during the second golden age of Disney. This is what the time period between the release of "The Little Mermaid" and "Tarzan" became known as, according to Prentiss. Disney has continued to keep this audience in mind, while growing as a company and not straying from what this audience loved from the beginning.
"I grew up with Disney [movies]. They are close to my heart," Brantley said. "Disney will never stray away from 'A dream is a wish your heart makes.' The films will always be inspiring, uplifting, you can accomplish anything if you believe type movies."