lock up your daughters. I am about to speak frankly on the Disney Princesses.
I have a 4 year-old girl in my life, who right on schedule has fallen for the Disney Princesses. You may think, because you see them everywhere, that their films are available for the picking. You may think that, unless you too have a 4 year-old girl in your life. Long before the other girl in my life (now 17 and long past her princess years, if she ever had them) was born her mother began stockpiling the classic Disney videos. Video was not "new," but it was still a big deal, and we teased her about hoarding. But she was already clued in to The Disney Vault.
fought the legality of videotape technology, and famously (bitterly) lost. Well hell hath no fury like the Mouse scorned, so they now make us work for it. Buy now (at inflated price) or hold your peace until the next convenient anniversary, which will be conveniently timed to coincide with a drastic change in technology, so that you can re-buy what you already paid too much for.
Disney-dot-dvd-go-dot-com (so many domains... how fitting...) maintains the official release calendar. Beauty and the Beast - available NOW, and for a limited time. How limited, they don't say. It's like the fever of an eBay auction. Buy it now! Buy it nOW! Oh wait, it is not actually available now -- it is available TO BUY now, and available on November 23rd.
Want Sleeping Beauty? Sorry, it already had its 50th anniversary vault opening. Better luck when your child is in high school.
If they were a Hollywood couple, they would be Arielric.
Parents: start a swap program. We know you paid hard cash for your Disney flix -- this isn't like giving away a bag of Old Navy shorts to someone at the office. But a lending library database, or monthly movie afternoon (kids on one room, keg in the other) is the best way to get through these tween years without giving in to the schlocky "sequels."
A couple items to share on this topic.
1) The Problem with the Princesses
2) Saturday TV Funhouse
Now that's some satisfaction.