Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: Aug. 2001
||Posted: Aug. 16, 2003 9:00 am/pm
|Quote (RichKoster @ Aug. 16, 2003 8:35 am/pm)|
|Are young kids going to be able to see Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett in the Alamo movie? No, most likely not, because in all due probability it will not be Rated G.|
Can the whole family including young kids see Disney's Davy Crockett on DVD (with DVD players available for a low price nowadays)? Yes, and the youngsters will get a new appreciation of our country's heritage at the same time.
I rest my case.
Again, it depends on individuals, families and the state of anyone's interest in the 1950s Disney episodes of Davy Crockett's adventures vs. an historical 2003 film depicting David Crockett in, perhaps, a much more historically accurate context. Talk on "The Alamo" movie fan site speculates that "The Alamo" will receive a PG-13 rating. Disney's 3 episodes from the 1950s are all family friendly, of course. But the earlier will spark interest in American history and American icon figures, of which David Crockett is a luminary. Is Walt Disney's take on it in the 1950s "better" than Disney's take on the end of the historic figure's life in a 2003 movie? It's apples and oranges to compare the two. For those who find history fascinating, it's good to be inspired at an earlier age in the context of family viewing by learning about historical men and women in such film fare as "Davy Crockett", "Johnny Tremain", etc. But as one grows up if one is still interested in history and historical figures you want to know more, and tastes also naturally go to more sophisticated fare and historic accuracy and realism. I'm not disparaging Fess Parker's portrayal. No one on any site is. However, for those subsets of people who want historic realism to be in their entertainment, "The Alamo" portraying David Crockett will give them meat to chew on, while maintaining Fess Parker's portrayal as something unique and very special and beloved that served a purpose in it's time and context.
If anyone is planning a trip to San Antonio, Texas try to see, in addition to the Alamo, the Texas Institute of Culture. We missed it on our trip to San Antonio last year, but it's a museum on the site of the Hemisfair World's Fair in downtown San Antonio. Shows pop culture views of Texas and Texans, apparently has an exhibit about Disney's portrayal of Davy Crockett. Even though he was born in Tennessee, Texas also claims him as one of their heroes because he died at the Alamo, shrine of Texas liberty. At the Alamo you can see genuine David Crockett memorabilia, too. There are popular books by Texas culture observers and historians which discuss accuracies and inaccuracies of movies and popular entertainment about the Alamo, including about Disney's shows about it all and Crockett. One thing you have to know about Texas and Texans is they take their history and culture seriously, but enjoy it too. They only want to see it "right" so that others can share in the same appreciation they would have. They take the Alamo absolutely seriously.
So let's just say the pop culture surrounding Texas and the Alamo is colorful and sparks interesting conversations, and that includes about Fess Parker and actors who portray Davy/David Crockett anytime, anywhere.