“Cwoowella Dooville?” queried Mae after hearing my Mum (@grandmother_pukka) say I’d been scared of that Disney baddie back in the day. “Who is Cwoowella?”
We wanted to show her the 101 Dalmations instead of explaining it to her. It’s a gotta see it to believe it film. “So there’s, like, 101 dalmation puppies, an angry lady with a penchant for monochrome and she wants to make the puppies into a massive statement coat.”
Better leave it to Disney Life to, well, bring it to life. We’ve been signed up (£9.99 a month) to the app for three months now and it’s the same feeling as having a fully-stocked all-singing, all-dancing fridge. Literally any moment when Mae is on the turn or wants to cash in some one-on-one with Pumba (her No. 1 porcine pal) DisneyLife is mama’s best friend.
But it’s not just about the films; The DisneyLife books are also great for getting them to think outside the box. Mae loves hearing about the story of Buzz Lightyear and co. as much as she loves the film – DisneyLife (especially the new character cards; log in to check ‘em out) gets their grey matter going as much as their lil’ peepers.
But perhaps it’s the nostalgia of seeing your kid enjoying the films you once loved that gets me all emosh. For me, Half term is all about snuggling up with Bourbons (the confection, not the booze) and a stiff builder’s brew with “Cwoowella” et al. chirping away in the background while I potter about like my Ma tends to.
While we’ve been raking through the newer Disney classics of late – that flatulent warthog lingers in my dreams – I’ve got my faves lined up for Mae. I’m still not sure I’m ready for Bambi again; especially now I’m a mother. That scene when Bambi’s Ma carks it early doors has stayed with me over the decades. Tough life lessons right there.
But to have Mae understand why Mama was a bit scared of “Cwoowella” is where it’s at. DisneyLife is about, well, life and there’s nothing like a little trip down memory lane.
Written by: Anna Whitehouse.