In today’s movie world it is not uncommon to come across animated movies geared towards families as a whole. They are quirky and fun, and inlaid with subtle adult humor that keeps parents from ripping their hair out.. I am all for these movies. I myself do not have children, but I have a wonderful 4-year-old niece and 2-year-old nephew, and sometimes I feel like I might shoot my self in the foot to avoid watching Little Mermaid even just one more time.
Luckily for me, since they are relatively young, and before two they didn’t watch much tv/care what they watched I was able to avoid most of the awful shows..mostly… like kaou? Is that even how it’s spelled? I swear that whiny little boy’s name was one of my nieces first words…she even whines when she says it. I digress..
Movies. (animated and cartoon) There will always be a place for the classics. I loved snow-white, Cinderella, and Aladdin, but I don’t love them 10 times in 3 days,hell I don’t even like them three times in a week. I think that Pixar and Disney realized this, and I appreciate the gesture, but where does the subtlety lose its down low characteristics? when do they take it too far?
Is it just me or is there some blatant sexuality and far too emotional moments for kids in some of these new animated movies? What happened to good clean fun and refined adult jokes?…(refined adult jokes…those exist right?) I bring this up because last night my niece came over for a girl’s night slumber party..yea, that’s what she likes to call it:) I picked up Kung Fu panda 2 and Mars needs moms for our viewing entertainment; popped open some fresh strawberries and made some hot chocolate and we were set.
I will admit that having youngsters around has allowed me to revel in my inner child and I thoroughly enjoy watching some of the kid’s films that are out these days, but I am a bit of a weeper.. You know the type.. Cries like a baby at the most inopportune moments. Cries at things normal adult’s don’t get emotional about…Yup.. that’s me. Ever seen my dog skip? Cried like a baby when the little dog got hit with a shovel… and I’m talking crocodile tears. Sorta like a child. Anyway, my point is..Last night I had to stifle sobs while watching Mars needs moms so I wouldn’t wake up the little one. Sobs…what kind of tv show is that for a child?
There is this scene right after he saves his mother from certain doom, and I’m talking death people, when the kid trips and his face mask breaks. Now the setting is mars, so there is no oxygen… so he’s gasping for breath and his mom comes over and saves him by giving him her mask. This is where it gets heavy. As Milo’s vision clears he sees his mother starting to pass out from oxygen deficiency and starts begging her to share with him, but as he’s about to take off his mask she breaks the handle so he can’t take his mask off… Thus saving him and sealing her fate… Now he’s crying, I’m crying…This is a child’s show right? Why are there people sacrificing themselves in such a horrid way? I mean granted.. it was moving, and it made me want my mom around…but still.. holy cow… these are kids and the occasional softy who likes to act like one, watching this.
But it’s not just Mars needs moms that might be taking it a bit too far…Every time I watch a show with Hailey I seem to enjoy them more and more, but I also find myself wondering if the innocent 4-year-old next to me has caught on to some of the more over the top sexuality and uncouth potty humor..
I guess I don’t really have a point other then to say… wow… maybe take it back just a bit…to the good old days when only adults noticed the adult humor. It’s more special that way..And I don’t want to have to worry about whether a cartoon with a smiling car, or a crazy sticky fingered raccoon are appropriate for the kids in my life. Clean humor is still humor people…