Hey Arnold! The Movie: Arnold and the gang have to fight against a major corporate sleaze ball who is going to buy out and demolish his neighborhood. To save it Arnold and Gerald go off in search of a document which will prove that the neighborhood is a national historical landmark because of a little known rebellion that occurred there during the American Revolution and must be saved.
A big time racecar ends up in a dying small town along Route 66, “The Mother Road” as the residents call it. The racecar, Lightning McQueen, falls in love with the town and its eccentric residents and uses his fame to help bring attention to the town and eventually bring revitalization and hope.
In the search for the world’s greatest treasure, Ben Gates and friends stop at some of the nation’s greatest and most famous landmarks, including Liberty Hall in Philadelphia and New York’s Trinity Church. Okay, so this one is more heritage/historical tourism, but if you don’t preserve the landmark’s you never know what wonderful treasures you may be destroying in the process.
One of the key elements of the movie is Tiana’s dream of renovating an old sugar mill and turning it into New Orleans’ most fabulous restaurant. The movie has a beautiful scene “Almost There” where Tiana envisions the transformation with some snazzy Harlem-Renaissance-style animation. Tiana isn’t afraid to dream big and knows the value of hard work, both of which are necessary for preservationists. Just as importantly it shows that a building can change with the times—that what was once an old mill can come into a snazzy new restaurant.
Ok, maybe this one is just me, but the scenes where Anastasia returns to the palace and we see the contrast between the past glory and current dilapidation makes me want to see the palace (and the rest of the country) returned to its former glory. Just don’t take this one as an actual history of Russia anymore than you should take Pocahontas as an accurate retelling of that story.