I don't think so, but apparently some parents do.
I'm an eighteen year old college student whose life will constantly revolve around Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks. One of my favorite movies to this day is The Lion King. My favorite Disney princess is Mulan. How To Train Your Dragon is a staple in my life. And if you don't get any of my references, you should leave.
So, you can imagine how insulted I was when a father, one I've never met before, questioned my viewing of a Disney movie.
Friday night, opening night, I went to go see Cinderella with one of my good friends from back home during spring break. We went to go see Into the Woods together and always look to the other when a new, intriguing Disney movie comes out (yes, we're already excited for Beauty and the Beast). We were seated surrounded by families because we decided to go to the 7:00 showing and get half apps afterwards.
The previews haven't begun just yet, but we'd been there for a half hour knowing the show would sell out, which it did. There was a family in front of us and one behind us. The one behind us was exceptionally rowdy, but I didn't care. They had some young kids who were hyped up on popcorn, soda and sugar. But what really got my blood boiling was when the father leaned over to his wife and said "Aren't these girls a little too old to be seeing Cinderella?"
If it were another situation, if his kids weren't there, and if it weren't a darkened theater, I would've gotten up. I would've made a scene. But I wasn't going to embarrass him in front of his kids. I decided to be nice.
I resolved to, instead of yelling at him about how ridiculous that statement was, I would write about it here. But I forced myself to wait a few days to cool off so I didn't do anything dumb.
So, here's my question:
Is there an age limit on these so-called "children's movies"?
If we're gonna be all technical, the G rating stands for general audience. That includes everyone from ages 0 to 175. If anyone were to live to 175...
On top of that, since when is it immature or childish to see a movie with a G rating? I bet if I were to show that dad his favorite childhood movie right now, he'd sit starry eyed and cross-legged on the floor unable to look away. You wanna know why? Because "kids" movies are great!
Not only can they be beautifully animated (seriously, the work going into movies with animation is monumental) but they have great stories.
I mentioned Lion King earlier. That movie's great for a number of reasons. It has a great soundtrack, a great cast, great animation and a great story. And for a "kids" movie, it does a lot. It shows loss. Real loss. Some parents teared up when they watched that infamous scene with the stampede. In other "kids" movies before that, we knew the parents weren't around, but never did we watch it happen. Never could we actually feel that pain, that sorrow, that grief.
How To Train Your Dragon is more than a "kids" movie. It's a young adult movie, at least the second is. We as the audience get the chance to actually grow up with Hiccup and the gang. And again, we deal with real loss in these movies. Real loss, and real conflict. Conflicts that happen in real life. Conflicts like never meeting your parents' expectations.
But you know what, I can't watch these movies, according to this ignorant father, because I'm "too old for children's movies."
"Kids" movies are less for kids and more for everyone
For one, think of who I'm talking to here. You wouldn't be reading this if you didn't agree with me on some level.
So, for more evidence towards my argument about these "kids" movies, here are some examples of the awesomeness found within the realm of these movies.
Finding Dory. I watched Finding Nemo when I was kid. You can bet your bottom dollar I will be watching Finding Dory the week, if not the day, it comes out. I did the same with Monster's University. Believe it or not, that's why I went to go see Cinderella. Because I watched the original when I grew up.
Inside Out. This movie is one I've been psyched about since I heard it was in the works over a year ago. And after watching the newest trailer, I'm even more excited to see it. My dad, a fifty-four year old man, is ready to buy the tickets for himself today if he could.
Into The Woods. I did that play at my school a while ago and still love it. The movie was great because it made it that much better. It made the ending more exciting and wonderful than the original.
The Land Before Time. My goodness. That first movie. The feels I get when even thinking about what went down. It's more than I can bear. (More beer?)
Oh and just look at how many high school, college and graduate girls (maybe boys, too, I don't know) are sporting Frozen clothing and sing "Let It Go" day in and day out.
"Kids" movies mean more when we get older because we understand more
As a kid, I always knew it was sad when Mufasa dies, but it never really hit home until I turned about fourteen. Why? I don't know. But until about then, loss was a concept I didn't fully understand.
The children's movies that I really enjoy are the ones I've mentioned. The ones with real conflicts and real problems that you can relate to. No matter what age. Because when you're five, you know it'll eventually happen to you. And when you're one hundred and seventy-five, it has happened to you. Probably a lot at that point.
Of course there are always those movies that I would never in a million years watch because they look completely and utterly silly. But "kids" movies will always be at the core of my personality.
So really, this article was to vent about how inconsiderate that dad was. Because I'm pretty sure you all agree with me. And now that I've gotten my point across...