I've just got back from taking my my nearly 4 year old to 'Tangled' this afternoon and just had to write a few 'thoughts' on it...I knew it was going to be pretty painful as I am so not into Disney movies and characters but it was probably even worse that I thought it would be!! I knew that it was PG before we went and yep, I know I chose to take my daughter to it and all that but.... can't they just make kids movies for actual kids???!!! Why does there need to be 'low level violence' in a movie that is for children, particularly young children if it's a movie with a princess/ fairy tale theme??! Maybe my daughter is a bit sensitive but she actually nearly started crying in one scene when the 'mother' turns into this scary evil old women (so many negative stereotypes in this movie I wanted to scream!) and spent other parts of the movie with her hands over her face. The only reason we didn't leave was because she had really been looking forward to going and I thought if we left while she was all scared and freaked out she would probably have nightmares about it but at least with the few happy bits and the happy ending that she might forget the scary bits.
Even Toy Story that we went to a few months ago had some really scary scenes with the toys about to be burnt in a fire pit and an evil teddy bear leader (great to use something as innocent as a teddy bear for an evil character thanks Pixar) and the obnoxious older sister on her mobile phone and flicking through magazines for much older girls...grrrr. Why can't there be movies with characters like Milly Molly Mandy or Little Miss Pepperpot or something for young children- G rated, happy movies with likeable characters and suited to children, just children, not the adults that accompany them.
I just saw on Facebook that "Orchard Books has acquired a new picture book range based on the children's product and lifestyle brand, Belle & Boo"- now if they made a movie with Belle and Boo characters that's one I'd take my daughter to! I am getting sick of these movies that are for children but have adult themes in them and jokes and references to things to keep the adults happy too. So that's it for a while- I have only actually been to Toy Story and Tangled with my daughter but that is definitely enough! I saw Shrek back in my teaching days and even then when I wasn't a mother of young girls I was surprised at the innuendo's and references to things that I didn't think were appropriate in a 'kids' movie.
Well. there's my rant for the day, I haven't actually ranted before on my blog (I don't think) but this just really bugs me! What do you think?
If you are interested I read about Geena Davis's campaign a while back - she has started an Institute on Gender in Media- good on her! You can check out the facebook page here
And there's also this 'campaign for real role models' in the UK www.pinkstinks.co.uk. While I'm not a huge fan of the name ( I do like the colour pink!) I do agree with their goal of " influencing marketeers and the media about the importance of promoting positive gender roles to girls."
Anyway, hope you are all having a good weekend, maybe getting some organising done? My craft space is shaping up very nicely, can't wait to share next Friday!
I should add that my daughter absolutely loves anything to do with barbie, princesses, cinderella, tinkerbell etc and I do buy her the odd thing on occasion like a princess crown, barbie colouring in books and all that. I'm not knocking that stuff (well except Bratz which I really don't like) but like I said I just wish kids movies could be for kids!