Thursday, November 03, 2005

Violence and veiled sexual references in many animated films

Are G-rated movies going to far?

Disney's new film, "Chicken Little," is loaded with pop culture references -- some of which are meant for adults. This movie isn't the only one. Violence and subtle sexual content are creeping into the seemingly innocent cartoon landscape, giving parents reason to do some homework of their own. More from CNN.

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11 comments:

stan said...

As parents we owe it to our children to do our homework, to the best of our ability
To insure that they are being educated and entertained with images that are healthy. Otherwise we risk them being programed and misinformed with unhealthy input. Sometimes on a subliminal level.
Negative input leads to negative output. We want to give our kids a chance to be their best...

Deb Sistrunk said...

Excellent points, Stan! Please visit often. I value your insight.

Brea said...

All these things make me scared to have kids. You want to protect them but not shelter them. That line is so fine to walk.

Rose said...

Parents need to band together and stop this mess. Afterall, we are the ones that gives our children the money to purchase or see this stuff.

James Manning said...

It's been a downward spiral for a long time and it will continue. I can't believe some of the dances that I see 5 year old girls doing. It's sickening. Movies and movies have gotten out of hand... so sad

Jaimie said...

Oh no! I'm supposed to see this movie today with my friend and our daughers! I'll let you know what I think. I had no idea-I just figured it will be a simple kids movie.

DCS said...

Brea, you are right about walking that fine line. However, to me, being a mom is worth it.

Rose and James, yes, you are absolutely right.

Jaimie, give us your review after you've seen the movie!

Jaimie said...

Considering the fact that I had to get up twice during the movie to take my daughter to the bathroom, refill cups, and have little voices talking in my ear during the entire movie-it was kinda hard to tell. I didn't see anything shocking. I actually thought he (the chicken) was really cute. It was strange because he was so small but sounded like a 33 year old man. The movie twisted into something unexpected about aliens from outer space, which my daughter seemed confused about. She didn't know whether she should be scared or laughing. It definitely wasn't Cinderella.

DCS said...

Jaimie, thanks for the review. I'd like to see this movie myself. I burst out laughing when you said the chicken sounded like a 33-year old man! So the movies makes some reference to aliens? Hmmm. I may look into this further.

Malik said...

I agree with Brea, it is a fine line. On the one hand, I give my children credit for being intelligent enough to distinguish between silly fantasy violence and images of actual aggression. I'll even let my kids see violence, as long as it has a moral context. I think kids should know that violence in self-defense and defense of others is sometimes necessary and justifiable. I think it actually gives kids a sense of security to know that although are bad people in the world who do bad things, we have ways of protecting society against them. I draw the line at gratuitous sexuality of any kind though. There's no conceivable reason for a to be exposed to that. Those are my thoughts off the top of my head.

DCS said...

Malik, you make some very valid points. You might be interested in Friday's post, Chicken Little: The follow-up. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you continue visiting from time to time.