We are not big full length movie watchers in our home. My older two have been to the movie theater one time. They just don’t enjoy the loudness and the intensity of movies. They really don’t like Disney movies that are wrought with bad guys and intense scenes. I have tried to convince them to watch some of my favorites like Monsters, Inc. or Pete’s Dragon.. .but just the names of those are turn offs. I ‘ve tried to push for the tamer ones like Finding Nemo… not going to happen (unless I fast forward the scary parts).
It’s mostly Big Brother who leads the charge in this. He’d much rather read a book and imagine the pictures than watch a movie. He informed me the other day that he’s “never been much of a movie guy.” He tends to set the tone for the rest of the kids.
I’m actually really okay with all of this. There is so much out there that I don’t want my kids watching. Once you see something, you can’t unsee it! However, it seems that all of our little friends have seen the movie Frozen. They sing the songs, have the dolls and talk about it all the time. I think my girls were feeling a little left out. I had a chance to preview the movie and, finding nothing that I really took issue with, I offered for my kids to watch it.
Now, they had already watched every song on YouTube and basically knew the whole movie at this point. They were excited to watch the movie for themselves.
Here are the top five reasons I was comfortable with my kids watching Frozen:
1. There is not an underlying evil that prevails in so many Disney movies (examples: Ursula in Little Mermaid, the Shadow Guy in Princess and the Frog, Jafar in Aladdin, etc.)
2. Love prevails… but not in the typical Disney fashion. True Love’s Kiss is not what saves the day (although there is still a love interest)! One of the main characters, Anna, learns that love is putting other people before yourself. Sacrifice is a major theme.
3. The movie debunks the whole love at first sight… the marry someone you just met that you see in Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid. In fact, everyone is shocked when Anna declares her engagement to someone she just met and another character, Kristof questions her judgment.
4. Family is elevated as important. The parents are together and involved. The sister relationship is important. There is no one running away from an overbearing father or turning mothers into bears or out on the streets to fend for themselves.
5. The comic relief is age appropriate. It is not snarky or sarcastic. Olaf, the snowman, is sweet and has an innocent humor that adults and children can enjoy. For that matter, the other characters aren’t hyper- sexualized either and they are modestly dressed.
There are a couple of intense scences… a wolf chase, a snow monster and a blizzard. These do not steal the show and are worth pushing through to the end.
I enjoy Disney movies. However, I started seeing them in a different light once I had children. I like the whole idea of a princess being rescued by a prince. I tell my kids that these movies that we watch with good versus evil appeal to a place deep inside us that longs for a hero. We long for a rescuer. We long for someone to love us and save the day… because we long for Jesus. He is that hero that all of these movies shadow.
Frozen is a beautiful example of sacrificing ones own desires to save another. That is exactly what Jesus did for us. He gave his very life so that we might have life eternal.
I’m curious… How do you decide what movies your children can watch?