Our household is very much besotted with any feature length film that bears the 'Disney' banner. Cynical adults may view Disney as a big corroborate machine that exists just to sell plush toys and other merchandise, however, their films usually carry an important message that inspires their young viewers to become better people.
A prime example that I recently experienced was with my eldest daughter Elizabeth, who after after watching 'Ratatouille', immediately felt inspired to venture into the kitchen and make Daddy some lunch. Never before has she ever decided to make a full meal by herself, albeit even if she only brought me a plate of lettuce, sliced cucumber and a bar of chocolate. The main thing to take away from this experience is that watching 'Ratatouille' inspired her to go into the kitchen and cook. Obviously Chef Gusteau's moto, "Anyone can cook", was a very powerful one!
As a family we recently flew to Disneyland Paris for 4 night break. This wasn't our first trip to the resort as we holidayed there last year, however, this was our first time back since the opening of the Ratatouille ride in Walt Disney Studios Park. For me this had to be the highlight of our visit. In this one area of Toon Land you have an amazing recreation of the film's Paris streets, the new Ratatouille ride and a Chef Gusteau inspired restaurant. The ride itself was such an amazing thing to witness. All 4 of us climbed into this mouse shaped cart, which appeared on a trackless floor! After being whisked off through rooftops and into a 3D dome arena, we then ventured through the restaurant's fridge with Remy, which contained some of the most amazing smells. In my opinion the ride should be considered a 4D experience.
When exiting the ride, you can actually see into the adjacent restaurant through a glass partition wall. After seeing the food being served and the restaurant's decor (styled like the rat's dining room at the end of the film) we couldn't resist booking a table. The good news is that with each main meal you order you do receive a serving of ratatouille. So my family and I had four portions of ratatouille to devour. Elizabeth was quite sceptical of her ratatouille as she didn't like the way it looked. We therefore told her that it was the same recipe used by Remy in the film. It didn't take long for her to become enthusiastic about the dish. She even finished off everyone else's portions as well (that 4 lots of ratatouille!).
So you should never play down the influence of a good Disney film and what it can teach your child. Elizabeth and Alison were so impressed by the Ratatouille area of Walt Disney Studios that I was asked to cook ratatouille within the first week of being back home. Has anyone else out there been able to use the power of film or television in order to get their child to eat or drink something healthy? I look forward to reading your comments in the box below.