8 comments on “How a Film Enthusiast Prepares for Children

    • Haha, no more than all the trauma of being born! Besides, he/she won’t be able to see the tv from across the room yet (yay weird facts about newborns!). :)

      • Well, you’re bolder than most moms. I didn’t watch Fantasia until I was thirteen and my mom skipped past the Bald Mountain segment.

  1. Plan well, share the classics, imbue a love of black and white as well as color films. Take them to see junk, they will love it but learn years later that it was junk. Don’t be too afraid of traumatizing them, use some common sense (the Tarantino cupboard should be locked) but if they see Jaws or Jurassic Park at age five ( yes, I did that) they will have nightmares, but they will also know how a movie can effect you emotionally. Congratulations, you will give birth to a future film fan and the world will be better as a result.

    • Definitely agree with introducing them to classic black and white film before bias can set in. Our 8 year old doesn’t mind at all watching black and white films now because we shared films like “Miracle on 34th Street” with her. A few months ago she started watching “Citizen Kane” on TCM and didn’t want me to turn it off when it was time for her to get ready for bed.

  2. Key films from my childhood include the Neverending Story (my son is named Bastian from that), The Last Starfighter (all good boys enjoy this one) and Short Circuit. Nothing wrong with classic older films, especially while the kidlets are young and impressionable.

    But my daughter, bless her socks, loves Barbie so the endless reruns of the various Barbie movies have become ubiquitous in our house. Mind numbing and tedious, there’s no escape. But generally, you can’t go wrong with Disney, Pixar or even Dreamworks animated stuff.

    And I loved your Aliens reference, Alyson. Made me chuckle. ;)

  3. The medical establishment suggests not letting kids watch any tv until they are 2 years old, and we followed that as best we could with our firstborn. (He was in the room when sports were on sometimes, and that was about it. I get where you’re coming from with Fantasia being more of a soundtrack thing in the background and not something where the baby is watching the screen, and that’s cool, too.) But shortly after he turned 2 we took a trip out west to Nana’s, and to keep him occupied we bought Pixar’s Cars on dvd, and he loved it, which was a good thing because he never adjusted to the time zone difference and kept waking up at 4-something a.m. We took turns escorting him to the living room and putting the movie on for him and dozing on the couch beside him, and when the movie ended it would be 6-something a.m. and a much more civilized time to start the day.

    Took him to his first movie theater matinee when he was 3, almost 4. Every kid is different but that’s approximately when most of them are ready to sit still and stay relatively quiet for 90 minutes. I do have some friends who went to the movies with their baby when the baby was practically a newborn, because they sleep most of the time at that age anyway and can just snooze in their little carseat bucket at mom and dad’s feet during the film. Seemed too risky to me, if the kid had a meltdown I’d have to leave midway through the movie, but different strokes and all that.

    My son is 5 and a half now and he loves Finding Nemo and all the Toy Story movies and How to Train Your Dragon, but still gets a little freaked out by scary bad guys and intense action sequences. So he has yet to see Star Wars, and I’m not sure when he will get his first viewing (though I am 100% sure it will happen at some point). With the extra time provided by deferring to my son’s sensitivities, I’ve had the opportunity to give deep consideration to what order to introduce him to the Star Wars films. Originals, then prequels? Prequels, then originals? The internet-popularized “machete style”? Yes, clearly I have given this way more thought than I ever gave to what brand of diaper ointment to buy.

    – Sunny D

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