Warning: contains spoilers for the following films***
Avengers: Infinity War
Into the Woods
The Little Mermaid (both original tale and Disney movie)
Tarzan (both original tale and 1999 Disney movie)
When people watch a movie, they not only expect a good story,
but also a lot of conflict. Because every fictional work, visual or written,
needs problems and obstacles, many audiences expect satisfying endings, where
the protagonists achieve their goals. If they don’t, then it’s either because
they realized those goals weren’t what they wanted all along or they weren’t
the right kinds.
Rarely these days are film endings unsatisfying. One example
includes “Avengers: Infinity War”, where the characters dissolve into dust. But
there is a part two now. I don’t know how it ends and I won’t look it up now.
Anyway, the other example of a movie with an unsatisfactory ending is “Into the
Woods”. The baker’s wife dies and so does the witch after her curse was undone.
I understand that the point is that there is no such thing as “happily ever
after”. But it was still unsatisfying, especially coming from Disney. Disney is
known to sugarcoat their film endings.
Like in “The Little Mermaid”, where Ariel marries Prince
Eric as a human. In the original tale by Hans Christian Andersen, she dies at the
end and the prince gets another bride. I read that the creators of the Disney version
found that sad. They felt that in order to make their adaptation more
kid/family-friendly, the ending needed to be happier.
Another example, although probably not as sad (I could be
wrong, though), is Disney’s “Tarzan”. While Jane and Professor Porter join
Tarzan in the jungle, in the original novel, Tarzan is brought back to civilization.
Audience and genres also contribute to how the films should
end. Horror films often end a certain way. The ones I saw didn’t have very satisfying
endings. But there likely is a purpose for that. Horror movies are not intended
for families or children. Kid-friendly films have different standards from
mature movies, besides cleanliness. Also, many young people yearn for happy
endings. So do older crowds.
Ah, characters: you’ve got to love or hate them—or have some
opinion on them. They also shouldn’t be perfect. The hero should do wrong
things and get disliked at times and the villain should get liked at times.
However, this is super-difficult—at least for me it is. I
have a tendency to protect my main character in my novels. I like her a lot. I
feel sorry for her. And because of those, I tend to make her hardly flawed. At
most, she may do a few wrong things
and at milder levels. The worst she has done in my book series was unauthorized
filming and lying about not doing it. That’s actually a serious offense.
Anyway, I’m probably not the only writer who has trouble making certain characters flawed. Of course, there are characters who are unfriendly, but not evil. And obviously, there is conflict in my stories. But I think I know why I have difficulty getting my protagonist to misbehave.
One: it wasn’t until the plot of my first book’s first
edition was nearly complete when I found out that protagonists should behave
badly or do wrong things. When rewriting my first book after removing it from
the market, I couldn’t make my main character more flawed as the major elements
had already been established. Two: I have recently become very uncomfortable
around conflict. Not just in real life, but also in fiction. Yes, I have
stopped certain books and movies because I loathed how the characters were being
treated. Now while writing my third book, I have no plans to make my MC do
really bad things. Yes, she won’t be perfect. In fact, she will have trouble controlling
her emotions. But I will stop there on that.
Writers fall in love with their heroes. They become attached
to them. So they may have trouble making them behave badly. However, someone
told me that the best books have characters who misbehave a lot.
Now if you’re creating children’s stories, there are limits
to how badly the characters can act. Of course, it would be acceptable (and would
probably engage readers) if the protagonists started food fights at school, got
sent to the principals’ offices, and were punished by their parents. However,
you could not have them do something that would be inappropriate. Not just
drugs or drinking, but also activities that could lead to death or serious
injuries. Otherwise, parents won’t want their kids reading your books.
Do you notice that lack of perfectly behaved characters in
fiction? Most likely. And that’s because people want flawed characters. In
fact, sometimes that’s essential to the storylines.
I’ll give a few examples from Disney movies. In The Lion King, when Simba talks to Scar about that shadowed area that his father forbade him to go, Scar says that only the bravest lions would enter. “Brave” is the big, main keyword. That was what encouraged Simba to check it out, and, of course, that led to conflict crucial for the plot. If Scar had said that only the dumbest lions would go there, Simba might not have gone because he wouldn’t have said, “Well, I’m dumb.” He was in too good of a mood to say such a thing. And then, there would have been a lot less conflict. And without enough conflict, the story would’ve been dull, and the film would’ve drastically failed—or maybe not have even been green-lit.
In Beauty and the Beast,
after the beast releases Belle from the dungeon tower, he leads her up to her
new room and says that she can go anywhere, except the forbidden west wing. Later
Belle is curious about the west wing and enters it, discovering the enchanted
rose and the portrait of the beast when he was a person. The beast catches her
and forces her out.
At the end, when the beast transforms back into a human,
Belle recognizes him from the painting. Then they live happily ever after.
If Belle had listened to the beast, or the beast had not
prohibited her from going to the west wing, then the ending might’ve resulted
in the prince re-explaining how he’d become a beast. Or—he might not have
changed into a better character. Therefore, Belle wouldn’t loved him, and he
would’ve failed to break the spell he and the servants had gone under.
So there you have it. Notice the pattern in both examples? Let
that help you.
We all know the official Disney princesses as of now. Some
of us may know about the forgotten Disney princesses. But that’s another post.
Anyway, have you noticed these details that have never
happened to Disney princesses, both the official and forgotten ones? Read
1: A princess who wears glasses
Not one Disney princess wears glasses. In fact, not long
after I noticed that, a little girl who wears glasses wrote to Disney and stated
that it would be nice to have a Disney princess who wears glasses. Hey, glasses
are NOT nerdy at all.
2: A princess with braces
Like glasses, braces are not geeky, either. Yes, many
princess movies are set in historical time periods. But, hey, unchronological
stuff happens in Disney movies all the time (like several times in “Aladdin”,
especially with the genie). A princess with braces would be nice.
3: A transgender princess
In a time of people starting to accept sexual orientations
and gender identities, it would be appropriate to have a transgender princess. There’s
already been pressure toward Disney to give Elsa a girlfriend. While there haven’t
been any hints to Elsa having a female lover on the “Frozen 2” trailer, it
would be great if there were a lesbian or transgender princess.
4: A disabled princess
There was a petition for a Disney princess with Downs
Syndrome. But not one princess has been blind, deaf, physically handicapped, or
anything else. Well, Ariel becomes mute for a good chunk of “The Little Mermaid”.
But her voice was physically removed.
5: A tomboyish princess passionate about science
Okay, I know. Science barely plays roles in Disney films.
Probably because magic is more dominant. However, I think this would be hard to
market to little girls. So if a tomboyish science-obsessive princess ever
happens, she’d likely end up a forgotten Disney princess.
6: A princess too old to be official
I was surprised when I first discovered that Elsa is
supposed to be 21 in the main events of “Frozen” (the first one in 2013). That
makes her the oldest official Disney princess in age and the only one not a
teenager. Some of the forgotten Disney princesses might be older than teens too (Wikipedia said that Megara from “Hercules”
was 20) and some are definitely younger, like Vanellope from “Wreck-it-Ralph”. In
fact, part of the reason Vanellope is not official is because she was
considered too young. However, no princess has been deemed too old. Disney rarely
made human protagonists older than teens before the turn of the century. But
even now, a 30-year-old princess would likely be too old to appeal to young
Well, that’s all. Have you noticed any missing details among
the Disney princesses?
I was never really a Lord of the Rings fan. I never read the
books nor saw the movies before this one. However, I did do a little research
on it after, despite finding this film just okay.
Basically, a bunch of men are continuing their journey from
the previous movie, which I didn’t see. Never reading the book, I discovered that
many female characters, such as Tariel the elf, and Bard’s daughters, were not in
the novel. The film crew added them.
One thing I found surprising was that Bard had kids that
were suddenly shown at the end. And they were older—old enough to look after
themselves without a nanny. I’d came up with private nickname for Bard, “Guy
who looks like he had kids at 17.” Then, after doing research, I discovered that
Bard was supposed to be in his 40s. The actor, Luke Evans, was in his early 30s
when the movie was shot—I think.
Another interesting aspect was that the elves were not
short, like they traditionally are portrayed in other fantasies, excluding Christmas
ones (except in “The Santa Claus” movies, where the elves looked like human
children—but that’s another topic). They were even fierce.
Because I was never into the LOTR franchise that much nor
was I very familiar with it, I was a little lost in the story, which is why I
didn’t narrate it. It was also a little intense for me. Therefore, I would rate
this film 3 out of 5 stars. It just didn’t hold my attention as much as “Harry
Potter” or “Narnia”.
There are three types of animation: hand-drawn or 2D, CG,
and stop-motion. Stop-motion is when an object is moved very slightly and then
photographed. Several photos are done until each object moves believably.
Usually, stop-motion animation is done with puppets. Examples
include those Christmas specials like “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” and “Santa
Claus is Coming to Town”. Then there are more recent examples, like “Paranorman”
and “Box-Trolls”. There is also another kind called Claymation, where the animators
use clay models instead of puppets. A couple examples include “Wallace and
Gromit” and “Early Man”.
While stop-motion films look fantastic, I notice there are
not too many. Why is that, you may wonder? I think it’s because they are extremely
Before CGI was invented, most animated movies were 2D and
drawn with pencil and paper. There were some stop-motion films, like “The Nightmare
Before Christmas”. Then, after the turn of the century, when 2D animated films were
dying out, and CG animation was booming, the number of stop-motion movies have
pretty much remained the same.
Stop-motion animation may involve lots of skills, patience,
and time, but I don’t know if they will increase the number of films, or
Yes, there have been advancements, like the use of special effects in movies, like “Paranorman”. And I’m sure that involves more work, therefore, more time.
Although I was born at the end of the 20th
century (1993), I still watched a lot of old movies growing up. I noticed that
many of them were musicals.
There was “The Wizard of Oz”, “Singing in the Rain”, “The Sound
of Music” and many, many more. Then there were the Disney classics, like “Cinderella”
and “The Little Mermaid”. But Disney still makes their classics musicals, even
if they [sadly] stopped doing 2D-animated movies after 2011.
While there are musical movies of this century, like “The
Greatest Showman” and “Mamma Mia”, I am going to focus on those released in the
Why were musicals so big? Was it because movies were new
forms of entertainment in the early 1900’s. Well, those had no dialogue, except
for words shown on the screen after the scenes.
But once dialogue could be heard and not explained through
separate words on the screen, musical films were born.
Of course, not every movie was a musical. For example, could
you imagine films like “Jaws” being a musical? Or “Friday the 13th”?
I think horror and thriller movies would have looked strange with singing and dancing.
By the end of the 20th century, musical movies
seemed less common. Maybe people were tired of them? Or they wanted to focus more
on the stories than the singing and dancing? There are people who favor that
more. Therefore, they prefer live plays over musicals. I’m the opposite,
though. I find shows with singing and dancing more fun to watch as they look much
harder to perform in. But that’s another topic.
Musical films seem a lot less common these days. Oh well.
Just like time, trends change. I have not seen “The Greatest Showman”, but I
have seen “Into the Woods”. Although I usually enjoy musicals, I will admit
that “Into the Woods” wasn’t really my cup of tea.
This post may have seemed like a lot of questions asked. But
it is just an observation of movies and their trends.
Who doesn’t love movies? I don’t know about you, but I
always have. There were also times where I didn’t know what I was watching. This
was mostly when I was little.
I just saw scenes and enjoyed the characters. But did not
know the plot. When I was an older child, I started understanding the storylines
of movies. When I studied creative writing, I started pointing out plot points
(inciting incident, call-to-action, midpoint, falling action, and resolution).
Many adults will understand sarcastic or dry humor. Unfortunately,
I don’t, although I do get the inappropriate stuff, even when it’s snuck into G
and PG-rated movies. People may also point out hidden symbolisms.
What I do, though, is not only identify the plot points as
well as the main conflict and other literary elements, but I also point out
these two unique things:
1: Moments that would get you arrested in real life
Have you seen “Toy Story 2” or “Night at the Museum 3” or
even watched “Ned’s Declassified: School Survival Guide” on TV? If not, I would
not suggest reading forward—unless you
are uninterested in watching them.
So here it is. Remember in “Night at the Museum 3”, when
Lancelot went crazy and ran on stage during a live performance of “Camelot”?
Rather than calling security and having Lancelot arrested, the guy playing Arthur
just explained to him that he was just an actor and held the play as he calmly
told Lancelot to get off the stage. However, if you run on stage during a live-performance
in real life, you would get arrested. Forget about yelling at the actors and
threatening to hurt them, like Lancelot did. You could run on stage, stand there,
and say nothing and still get arrested. Just the action itself is illegal.
In “Toy Story 2”, Al steals Woody from the garage sale Andy’s
mom holds. He gets away with it. Andy’s mom doesn’t bother to call the police.
However, in real life, not only would Al have been arrested for stealing, but
so would have Andy’s mother for failing to report a crime she’d witnessed. But
if that happened, Andy and Molly would’ve been taken away by CPS and the ending
would’ve been too sad. Therefore, “Toy Story 3” may never have been made as audiences
would have complained about the ending to “Toy Story 2”.
In an episode of “Ned’s Declassified”, where students were
having the fifth graders tour the middle school, there was a scene when one of
them (not in sight) that removed Seth’s clothes. He was naked while using a plush
elephant to cover himself. Everybody else laughed. A younger kid may have done
the same. A parent may have stated that it was inappropriate and turned off the
TV. I, as an older sibling, reacted by saying, “You’d get arrested for that in
real life.” Yup, even as young as 17, I was pointing out things that would get
you arrested in real life.
Because of having to learn about the importance of believability
in prose writing, I have developed expectations too high for movies and TV
shows. I now find it strange when characters in movies do things that real people
would get arrested for, but the characters don’t. So many illegal activities
happened constantly in the movies “Monster Truck” and “Dumb and Dumber Too”,
but the characters didn’t get arrested because of plot movements or
While many say “It’s just a movie”, that can also be an
issue. Someone who doesn’t know better may imitate those actions and get
surprised when they get arrested because the characters in the film didn’t get
arrested. Then someone could try to sue the film company.
If the characters can’t get arrested for plot reasons, couldn’t
there, at least, be a disclaimer in the end credits, warning audiences not to
try those activities or else they’ll get arrested?
2: Things that would not be acceptable today
There are so many of these. I could not state them in one
post. However, I will give a few examples of movies that I don’t think would
come out today.
“A Christmas Story”
If you’ve seen this film, the kid, Ralphie, wants a bb gun
for Christmas. Obviously, in the 80’s, that was acceptable. However, today, after
so much gun violence, especially in the US, I do not believe this would be
acceptable today. No way would a child with a bb gun be appropriate.
Although rated G, there is smoking, drinking, and the use of
a dirty word, which I will not specify. Smoking wasn’t always inappropriate,
especially when people were unaware of the dangers before the 60’s. They
thought smoking was cool. And “Pinocchio” was released in 1940. That was at least
20 years before smoking-dangers were discovered. And even then, people were
resistant to the studies. I saw in a video that it was not until the 90’s when
smoking became inappropriate for young audiences. I don’t think “Pinocchio”
would be released today.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
Just this past holiday season, this movie got tons of
criticism for it being offensive, promoting prejudice and discrimination, and
more. I was confused, so I watched the film. And I could see why people
complained. When Rudolph’s nose cover came off, revealing his red nose, the
other reindeer freaked out. Even Santa took their side (“You should be ashamed
of yourself,” Santa said to Rudolph’s dad). The elf boss gave Hermey a hard
time about being a dentist and not wanting to make toys. “You’re an elf, and
elves make toys!” the boss said. Umm… that’s elfist. Another scene is where
Rudolph, Hermey, and Yukon Cornelius arrived on the land of misfit toys. There
is a Jack-in-the-box whose name is actually Charlie. He complained that no kid
would want to play with a Charlie-in-the-box (that’s namist). Sensitivity is
growing for some reason. So I could never see “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
being released today.
So that is really it for what I look for in movies. I apologize
if I seem overcritical at times. But thanks for reading.
This film must have been so hard to produce. And that is
what makes it so enjoyable. It probably involved a lot of studies behind the
mind and emotions.
There were actually going to be more emotions than the five
the film created for Riley. But that didn’t work out.
Enough said on the introduction. Let’s get down to the
First, the strengths:
1: The mind and emotion constructions
The mind is an abstract place. The creators made everything so
literal, and that must’ve been very difficult. There was the train of thought,
the core memories, islands representing Riley’s different interests and life
essentials, and, of course, the emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and
The emotions matured as Riley aged over time. When Riley was
a toddler, the emotions would react strongly to broccoli and no dessert if she
didn’t finish her dinner (which had no protein, by the way. But that’s another
By the time Riley was eleven, the emotions have matured even more. I appreciated how Joy could feel grief and pain as she was unable to make Riley happy throughout much of the film. She even cried in the “all is lost” moment. However, there is also a special feature of Riley without her internal emotions being shown. And I heard the viewer can understand why Riley can’t be happy.
Who doesn’t love Bing Bong? Or that cute little song Riley
made up as a toddler? He was such an imaginative character as well as a fun
one. I loved when he barged into Riley’s dream. But it was very sad when he
died as Joy had to continue her way back to headquarters.
3: The “Triple Dent Gum” song
Why was that song so annoying to Riley and even the bus driver
in the end credits? I found it amazing and funny. It was a great way to incorporate
4: The boy’s emotions at the end
“Girl, girl, girl.” The emotions panic like crazy in his
head. It was so hilarious. It is also realistic for boys if girls like them. Many
have been nervous about impressing girls. The animals’ emotions were funny too.
Which brings me to the flaws…
1: Why do Riley’s parents have all male or female emotions
while Riley has both?
This plot hole has been wondered so much by the general
public. However, the creators revealed that it was just for humor. I guess that’ll
2: Why do the Andersons move?
When things go well, of course conflict has to happen. However,
why did Mr. and Mrs. Anderson sell the house? Why did they move to a less-appealing
building, both unattractive on the outside and the inside? Were they unable to
afford the house in Minnesota? Did one of the parents get offered a new job in
It makes sense for Riley to be unhappy with the move. At the end, one of her parents says that they missed Minnesota (but they were the one who chose to leave). Is it supposed to remain a mystery?
3: Would a pizzeria really only serve broccoli pizza?
It’s believable for a pizzeria to only to plain cheese
pizza. But just broccoli pizza, only for plot convenience? I can’t imagine so. Also,
couldn’t Riley have just removed the broccoli from her pizza?
4: “Child runs away from home and parents comfort them after”
I don’t know why the media keeps portraying this. It’s not really
credible, let alone allowing an eleven-year-old to walk to school unsupervised
in the 2010s (which would get you in trouble with CPS). Riley also stole her
mom’s credit card to pay for a bus ticket back to Minnesota. Add that to running
away, Riley would’ve gotten the beating of her life and been severely punished
for months if this were believable. But the parents had to feel sorry just for
plot convenience. Kids, don’t try this in real life. You will most definitely
get the beating of your life as well as be grounded for several months—at least.
5: Toddler Riley has no nipples
Okay, this might be a bit much, although they show topless
Toddler Riley. And she has no nipples. When I saw this in the movie theater, I found
it strange and was thinking “Maggie Simpson has nipples”.
And that’s all. I would rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars. It must’ve been one of the hardest films for Pixar and Disney to create. I always found productions that look so challenging to make more enjoyable than those that look to easy to create.
I saw this movie with camp when I was eight. It was one of
Disney’s few successful features in the early 2000’s. It had a few sequels and
even a TV series on Disney Channel.
The story centers around an alien and a little girl from
Hawaii desperate for a friend. Stitch is blasted off a planet. At that point,
he is dangerous and his identity is Experiment 626. The POV switches to Lilo, a
small girl late for her luau class after feeding Pudge the fish his peanut-butter
sandwich. Lilo and the other girls break out into a fight and then she runs
away unsupervised. Her older sister, Nani, gets in trouble with CPS as a
consequence for the escape. After an arguement between the two, Nani forgives
Lilo. The two go to adopt a dog. Lilo chooses Stitch, thinking he is a dog. Their
time begins from there.
Now here are the strengths of this film.
1: The plot
In some ways, it reminds me a lot of “Beauty and the Beast”.
The structure of scenes, the characterizations and actions of both Stitch and
Lilo, and how they go from an unhealthy to heartwarming bond. Does that ring a
bell? I can’t imagine this was intentional, but it was well-executed.
2: The Elvis music
Not often do you hear pop music in a Disney movie. Although “Lilo
& Stitch” is sometimes treated like classics such as “The Little Mermaid”
or “Pinocchio”, it sometimes is not. None of the characters sing. But the scenes
where Stitch plays the guitar dressed as Elvis and where “Hound Dog” and “Burning
Love” play are great.
3: The way this film was promoted (lol)
As a way to promote the movie, Stitch barged into classics,
such as “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin” and “The Lion
King”. I love this line from the others, “Get your own movie” (Belle really is
a funny girl). I will admit, however, that the picture quality wasn’t the
Which brings me to moments that could’ve been improved or
1: How does Stitch learn to speak?
The alien somehow goes from monstrous feral beast to knowing
how to use developed speech like a human. Yet, it is never explained why or how
(correct me if it gets revealed in the series or one of the sequels). I was surprised
to hear that there is talk on making a live-action “Lilo and Stitch” remake. I
don’t know if this plothole will be resolved, though, depending on how many
people are bugged by this. But it’d be nice if this question is answered.
2: Why was Cobra Bubbles there at Lilo’s birthday in that brief
I get he was an important character, but doesn’t anyone find
it a bit strange to invite someone from CPS to celebrate a child’s birthday? I
wouldn’t do that.
That’s really it. I would rate “Lilo & Stitch” 5 out of
As children in different stages of our youth (early childhood,
grade school age, and adolescence) we all had different tastes in different pop
culture and entertainment. When we were babies and small children, about ages 3
– 5*, we loved pretty much the same movies and TV shows, such as “Barney and
Friends”, “Sesame Street”, Teletubbies” and “Blue’s Clues”. And as we got
older, by around 6, our tastes split up as we discovered our personalities and
differences. Some of us watched Cartoon Network, such as “The PowerPuff Girls”,
“Scooby Doo”, “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “Codename: Kids Next Door”. Some of us
enjoyed Nickelodeon and their programs, such as “Rugrats” “Spongebob SquarePants”
“The Fairly Odd Parents” and “Danny Phantom”. Some loved Disney Channel and
their shows, like “Lizzie McGuire”, “Hannah Montana”, “Kim Possible” and “Phineas
and Ferb”. And others mixed and matched channels.
By about 10 – 11, some kids might find those shows childish
and watch to move on to older shows, which can be an issue as many are too inappropriate
for children. Tweens might be a common time for kids to get attracted to unsuitable
content (or at least was when I was that age). It’s probably gotten younger
over the years as society changed kids’ tastes and how quickly their favors
matured. But there probably is and never will be an average age a kid gets
attracted to stuff that’s too inappropriate from them and adults have to stop
them. It likely varies a lot from as early as 2.5 – 3 years old and as late as
young teens. But that’s another topic.
By early teens, 13 – 14, depending on their parents or
guardians’ rules, some may outgrow all kids shows as they are ready for PG-13
content, such as occasional swearing. At 15 – 17, a kid may be interested in R-rated
movies. Parents might deny the film them at the younger end of that range. By 18,
they’re ready for a purely mature taste in entertainment.
But that’s just an example based on psychological development
as well as the individual’s environment and taught mindsets. In fact, many kids
and adults do not follow that expected standard. I most definitely didn’t want
to. Sometimes, I got to follow my tastes my way. But that was more recently in my
In fact, during my youth, I was constantly being judged by
others. Worse, I was being pressured to “grow up.” As early as 10, I was taught
that I was too old for family-appropriate movies. For instance, I was 10 when I
saw the movie “Home on the Range” in the theaters. Six months later, I wanted
to get it on DVD. But my mom was shocked and said I was too old. I was in sixth
grade then, and I was really annoyed. She was treating like it was geared
toward early childhood and was as young as “Teletubbies”. At 11, I was told I
was too old for “Rugrats” (the spin-off didn’t matter in this case). At 12, I
was told I was too big for Waffle Boy games (based of the Waffle Crisp cereal)
and “The Fairly Odd Parents”. At 13, I was told I was too old for “Happy Feet”
and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” – the film.
For years I would believe that. I would even avoid many
Disney movies because I was “too big”. It wasn’t until young adulthood I
revisited my childhood cartoons and stopped considering myself too old for them.
I wish I didn’t have to live with that insecurity for years. I would either avoid
them like the plague, or watch them secretly, but insecurely. But I never
should’ve had to.
In fact, many of my peers then enjoyed clean TV shows and
movies such as anime and even Nick JR. I’m not kidding. Because of what I was
taught, I would tell other kids they were too old for shows like “Dora the Explorer”.
They were unhappy.
If only my family had empathized with me and understood that
I did NOT choose to like the “childish” entertainment forms. Instead, they
treated it like it was at least as bad as watching something inappropriate. It
While there are negative psychological effects if a young
person watches something inappropriate, there is nothing for watching something
you’re “too old” for. Yes, children need to be taught what behaviors they are too big for. But they should get to watch what
they love as long as it’s appropriate. And adults can watch anything, including
It’s okay to love something that others believe are geared
toward younger children. Just because something is clean and has no mature
content, that doesn’t mean it’s only for little kids. Older kids and adults
deserve the right to watch what appeals to them.
You should be able to watch something, regardless of rating or cleanliness, with no problem—with 100% confidence. Don’t let others judge you. In fact, I wish I had never been judged the way I was. For instance, I used to keep it secret from my peers in middle school that I liked “Danny Phantom” because I was constantly judged.
Now, with the exception of Disney, if I want to watch a family-friendly
show or film, I go into another room and keep the volume low (this is only if I’m
home). If someone comes inside, I pause the video and turn the device away from
the other person. And I don’t like it. I want to be confident with watching a
clean movie or TV show without someone criticizing me.
Don’t be afraid to walk into a bar with a “Mickey Mouse” shirt.
Don’t be afraid to go into a casino with a “Shrek” tattoo in a visible area. It’s
all right to love “The PowerPuff Girls” at 25 (my current age). It’s fine to
love “The Fairly Odd Parents” at 30. And it’s more than acceptable to be passionate
about “Shrek” at 60.
I am abandoning all the pressures to outgrow my likes for
clean entertainment. But it’s very difficult and is going slow. It might take
several years. Hopefully, it doesn’t. I am never too old for what I like. The only
exceptions are stuff like “Barney” and “Teletubbies”, where there is little to
no conflict and problems are resolved in a mild cute way. Those shows were definitely
intended for early childhood.
And here’s a bonus fact: many “kid’s” TV shows and movies
have jokes or references that only adults could get. “Bee Movie” is an example.
So remember, love what you love. Don’t be insecure. Don’t
let others judge you. Don’t force yourself to stop enjoying something because people
say you’re too old. Be who you want to be. And most importantly, who you are.
*This varies a lot, especially in recent years. It’s just an
estimate. No two children of the same age are alike in their entertainment