I was recently moved by the discussion on the 7-14-12 episode of the KLRU PBS show “On Story.” Caroline Thompson (of Edward Scissorhands) spoke of how powerful the experience of seeing a movie can be. She still recalls a film experience from when she was three years old. I have my own strong memories of certain movies of my youth. I must have sat through Jaws at least a dozen times, which was a lot in pre-video, pre-DVD days. I also dragged my cousin with me to see the obscure Disney movie, Treasure of Matecumbe, a gazillion times. I don’t think many people out there remember that one, but I sure do!
Like John Lasseter explained on the show, it’s the heart of the film you remember long after you leave the theater. For sure, it is a challenge for the screenwriter to achieve a film with true heart. It reminds me of the Maya Angelou quote I love, “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”