I have a love/hate relationship with Disney, the way that a lot of parents probably do. There are movies and tv shows that I absolutely love, and I dream about taking my kids on a Disney cruise and/or to Disney World or Disneyland. Yet, I really do hate the incessant marketing and some of the messages that get sent out. In the end, though, Disney usually wins out. I can’t resist the magic.
Today, though, I’m really unhappy with Disney.
When we were living in the US, my two middle kids – then my two youngest – were just toddlers. The Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney were staples in our house. Just before we moved back to Canada, we discovered The Imagination Movers.
If you haven’t heard of them, the Movers are four very talented musicians from New Orleans – Scott, Smitty, Dave and Rich. They had been working as kids’ musicians for several years when Disney offered them their own show. In the show, the Movers worked in The Idea Warehouse, solving problems for their “customers.” There was a friend, Nina, and her Uncle Knitknots who worked next door. Warehouse Mouse was a friend who lived in the warehouse with them. The music was joyful and contagious. The shows were funny. I think I fell in love with the show even before my kids did.
But once they fell, they fell HARD. At one point we had about 20 episodes of Imagination Movers on our DVR at any given time. If the two of them were getting out of control, or just needed some quiet time, we would just run one show after another. We had cds and dvds. We wanted to take the kids to a concert in Hamilton this spring, until finances wouldn’t permit it. They may not be quite so obsessed now, but our youngest still loves them – he “watched” an awful lot of episodes with his brother and sister while in his bouncy seat.
This morning I got bad news – after three seasons, Disney has decided not to renew the Imagination Movers show. The show will still be on in reruns, but no new episodes will be made.
In a way, this could be a good thing for the Movers, I suppose. They’ll be able to tour more, make more music. But I’m still sad. How many episodes of That’s So Raven! were made? Bleh! Disney, today you SUCK!