I happened to see the 'Brave' video with my 4 year old granddaughter
while visiting at her home."Brave" is a strange movie to say
the least, it teaches the following to children:-It is OK to runaway from
home and disobey your mother.-It is OK to poison your mother and younger
twin brothers.-It is OK to disregard old fashioned family traditions of
marriage.-It is OK to get involved in ancient cults of witchcraft and that
participating in rituals of supernatural evil powers will have good results for
your family.I did not actually watch the whole thing closely but I
was in the room and was able to at least come away with the above obvious things
that Hollywood was trying to cram into a young impressionable girls mind.
iron&clay:[-It is OK to disregard old fashioned family traditions of
marriage.]What an outrage! How dare a young woman not submit to an
arranged marriage![-It is OK to get involved in ancient cults of
witchcraft and that participating in rituals of supernatural evil powers will
have good results for your family.]But what if those "ancient
cults of witchcraft" are part of her "old fashioned family
@ mukkakeYou have your right to your perceptions of that movie just
as much as I have mine.
iron&clayI encourage you to give Brave another try - this time
watch it closely. In my opinion, one of the biggest points the movie makes is
that it is not ok to run away, not ok to poison your family, and not ok to get
involved with witches and magic. These came with severe consequences for the
entire family. Merida learns these lessons the hard way and spends a majority of
the movie trying to repair the damage she had done. In the end, the movie was
about both mother and daughter realizing that they needed to forgive eachother.
When we are casual about what our children or grandchildren are watching, we are
likely to misinterpret the messages of the story. Too many of us act shocked
when fictional characters misbehave, disobey their authority figures, break the
laws, or do things that are against our moral code. Well, guess what, those are
the things that make fiction compelling. It creates the conflict that is
necessary for a interesting story. The characters suffer real consequences for
their poor choices, and the story then becomes about what they do to correct
those problems. These stories have value because we can learn from the
characters on the screen without making those same mistakes.
The only reason I decided not to support Pixar in purchasing "Brave"
after we watched it as a family was not because of rebellious teenagers acting
out or participation in witchcraft (come on, take those things out and you
pretty much have no plot, nothing from which the characters can learn and
improve themselves). It was the scene with all the naked Scottish butts and the
little bear-boy diving headfirst into a corpulent lady's cleavage. Really, Pixar? I see your alliance with Disney is already beginning to
@ Northern Lights, Thanks, you are like a chill pill. I just need to calm down
and watch it again.
Have you looked at junior-high literature? How about the classics? Chaucer was
even racier than Shakespeare. Even the Bible has Judah and Tamar, "The Song
of Solomon," and the killing of infants. Education requires a certain
amount of reading about lives and beliefs we won't choose to follow. Kids
who are taught to be overly sensitive have a rough time in college. I know; I
taught some home-schooled kids who couldn't deal with content (social,
political, or any other kind) that went against what Mama approved. Watch
age-appropriate films and read age-appropriate literature with your kids and
discuss what is good and not-so-good in each story. I am not recommending
material that is smut or inappropriate for a child's age, but nobody
outside a cloister gets through school without a lot of reading and watching
that's best discussed with reasonable, loving parents.
Isn't this article covering remarkably similar territory to one written by
Jeff Peterson that you published just last week? I realize that there are
differences between the two articles, but I can't really see any need for
both. Maybe the facts they contain should have been combined into a single
article, and the authors could have been given joint credit.
Smart Diaglog in "Moonrise Kingdom"? Where? Maybe this is a little kids
movie, but there is nothing smart about this movie. Fantasy? Yes. One of the
stupidest movies of the year. Yes. Waste of Time!!!!! YES! YES! YES!!!!
Smart dialog in "Moonrise Kingdom"? Where? There is nothing smart about
this movie. Fantasy? Yes. Waste of Time? YES. One of the worst movies of the
year? YES! YES! YES!