Given my fierce opposition to anything violent in my kids’ entertainment and my critique of Pixar’s apparent move away from child-appropriate films (not to mention commenter Tim’s disappointed commentary on their latest film), you would not be out of line to assume that there is no way I would take my kids to see Cars 2. And so you would likely be rather surprised to hear that my kids did indeed go with their Nana to see Cars 2 yesterday. What, you might ask, was I thinking? Why would I allow such a violation of my principles?
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For the last 15 years, Pixar has been known for some amazing animation, ideal, for the most part, for even younger children. Toy Story 1, 2, and 3 were all wonderful films, according to both kids and critics. WALL-E is a great lesson in what can happen if we don’t take care of our planet. And I will certainly admit that I still cry at the end of Cars when Lightning gives up the race to do the right thing. But have recent Pixar films become too violent for young kids?
One of the reasons people go back to Disneyland and Disney World over and over again is that they’re always changing. There is always something new to see, especially around various holidays. This year, in the Grand Canyon Concourse of Disney World’s Contemporary Resort in Florida there is a 17-foot tall gingerbread tree. Not a wooden tree that just kinda looks like it’s made of gingerbread but a real, honest-to-yummy-goodness gingerbread tree.
I’m pretty strict about not exposing my kids to any more violence than I absolutely have to. For us, that has meant that Disney films are for older kids and Harry Potter is right out. But how old do kids need to be before they can handle some violence? We’ve hit a situation that is testing our resolve to avoid what we think are inappropriate films. You see, as surprising as it might be, not everyone feels the same way we do.
The Bible — be it the King James, the New International, or any of the more than 80 other English versions — is not an easy read. There’s a lot that is difficult, confusing, or just downright boring (lists of who begat whom, anyone?). Is it any wonder that most six-year-old girls are more interested in Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty than Matthew and Mark? Well have no fear, theist parents, now there’s a solution to this dilemma!