Sunday Brunch - A Movie Treat by guest
writer, Brent Dodge
Welcome to the 100th Sunday Brunch! While I may not
be a food expert like Reuben, I can spout off facts about Walt
Disney World and Disney films like no other. So, this week let's
take a look at the type of Disney food that was around before Disney
food was even edible! I know, we are starting off in a confusing
way, but that's right where I want you.
There's a famous line that Walt once said that
nearly every Disney fan has heard at one point or another: "I just
hope we never lose sight of one thing. That it was all started by a
mouse." That's true for the Disney empire, but in Disney full length
animated films it could be said that it all started with an apple.
Food has been a center point of Disney films since Snow White and
the Seven Dwarfs and has continued up to films like Wreck-It Ralph
(the unbelievable candy filled world of Sugar Rush) and Brave (where
Hamish, Harris, and Hubert are magically transformed due to their
obsession with snacks).
While there are several moments in Disney film we
could pinpoint and talk about how food had an impact on the overall
plot development (Be Our Guest anyone?), there probably hasn't been
a more crucial food scene than the one found in Snow White and Seven
Dwarfs which debuted nearly 75 years ago. While the film up to that
point has been cute and happy, with the exception of the Queen
wanting Snow White's heart in a box, the scene that truly moves the
film along is when the Queen transforms herself into an old hag and
makes a poison apple that will put Snow White into a sleeping spell
(naturally the spell can be broken by Love's First Kiss).
While the scene could be looked at in a Biblical way
(Adam and Eve), it naturally makes sense that Snow White would
gladly accept this magic wishing apple from an old hag. As Reuben
has pointed out time and time again, food brings people together and
in this case there is no exception. If it weren't for a simple
apple, Snow White and the Prince may have never ended up happily
every after. Of course, apples have been found in other Disney films
(also in the spirit of bringing people together) with Johnny
Appleseed and Aladdin, but I'm getting ahead of myself. That's a
Sunday Brunch that's just waiting for you to discover in the future.
Until next time, don't take food from strangers, unless you are
trying to find your Prince, then by all means, go for it.