We were totally TV free for several years, watching only our personal collection of DVDs from time to time as a treat in the evenings. I intended to be TV free with her as well, but was still considering movies and nature films when she was older....
Then once DD was 19 months old or so, we became quite desperate to give her something that would hold her interest and/or calm her down while we managed to grab some food, make a phone call, etc.
The first time she saw a movie was when we were at my parents' home for my sister's wedding.
She had read the Snow White Little Golden Book about 300 times, and loved it. So, when she was upset about the change of venue, seperation from me while I had photos taken, excitement of the wedding, etc, we put on our old childhood VHS tape of Snow White in the player, and she was AMAZED to see her favourite characters singing and dancing. She was able to calm down and have a nap with DH... it really helped.
We now own pretty much all of the major Disney videos from the Eighties and 1990s.... all of the hand-drawn work. We were careful to have her read and love the books first before introducing the movies, but, she does want them all of the time when we are home.
Now, I grew up watching these movies and I don't regret it, because I find them to be quite well made, the music is good, etc, so it isn't the fact that she watches them that bothers me, but.... I am troubled by how often she asks to see one.
She watches about one show per day, but mostly just watches her favourite parts while playing with her toys the rest of the time.
Most of the time I can redirect her to some music while she plays, but I am wondering if her one show per day is still okay.
She doesn't see "real TV" because we don't have cable.... and I plan on continuing to restrict and manage it.
Sorry for the long post, I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone in your struggle!