Disney Renaissance VS. The Second Renaissance
There has been a lot of discussion on if we are in a new Disney Renaissance which has been confusing to me because yes, yes we are and it’s awesome. I thought the best way to talk about The Second Renaissance is to compare it to the first.
Now I am 29 years old so I grew up only knowing amazing Disney films and I have had to put my nostalgia and passion aside for the sake of SCIENCE! If we rank the first Renaissance films into 3 categories A, B and C (based on critical reception and box office success) It makes it easier to see and understand The Second Renaissance.
A: The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King
B: Mulan, Hercules, Rescuers Down Under, Tarzan
C: Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
I love every movie in the B category but it is hard to argue that they were as impact full as the big 4.
If we do the same thing to movies that are considered to be apart of The Second Renaissance we will see that in some areas it’s actually out performing the first.
A: Big Hero 6, Frozen, Wreck it Ralph
B: Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Winnie the Pooh
C: Bolt, Meet the Robinsons
(There is no order of importance in each rank.)
The films in the C category in The Second Renaissance out performed the ones in The First Renaissance. As it stands right now The Second Renaissance has a higher floor than the first.
With a couple more A and B releases The Second Renaissance has a good chance to pass the first no matter how we feel about an individual movie.
I will leave it up to others to debate the A and B categories. I feel they are on par but I know there are a lot of feelings connected with the big 4.
About The Author
Dale Wentland is father of 2 boys and has loved Disney films and Disney things since before his earliest memories. He resides in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada which he is eternally grateful for and has a job he loves. Dale has very eclectic tastes and feeds off of others passion. Some examples are Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Dungeons and Dragons, Sports (Go Canucks Go) and comic books! You can follow Dale on Twitter @dalewentland.