Who Has The Remote? Suggests Discretion with Animated Films

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WhoHasTheRemote.com understands that animation is an all-ages form, primarily befitting the sensibilities of youngsters. Following a recent DVD review in The Standard, Who Has The Remote? suggests parental discretion for certain mainstream, animated films that may actually be too coarse in content for younger children.

WhoHasTheRemote.com loves the concept of parents watching movies with kids. With so many movies both old and new on frequent broadcast, families can consume such fare on basic television and dish network channels. While it is usually easy for parents to tell whether or not a given movie is appropriate for smaller children, there are some films that fall into a discretionary gray area.

One such movie is Tim Burton’s 2012 animated feature Frankenweenie, which marries the Frankenstein concept to a tale about a boy and his dog. Now available on DVD, a recent review in The Standard poses a question about whether this toy-like movie is actually appropriate for the little ones. The author posits that, like most Burton films, Frankenweenie mixes a child-like worldview and visual style with subject matter that some parents may find too dark and spooky for the youngest of viewers.

Regardless of format, any film that deals with death or scary creatures should be screened with caution in the presence of children under the age of five. When it comes to animated characters, no child is likely to confuse depicted deaths for reality. The distinction does need explaining, however, when characters played by real-life actors are killed in onscreen fiction.

The area of animation that really calls for discretion is anything depicting ghastly creatures, such as monsters, dragons, or arachnids. While even the smallest of children are unlikely to perceive such depictions as real, animation involving fire-breathing reptiles can still cause nightmares and fear of the dark. With ghastly animation, discretion can help ensure that children get good, peaceful, uninterrupted nights of sleep.

WhoHasTheRemote.com believes that most G and PG-rated animation can and should be good, clean viewing for even the youngest children. However, discretion is necessary for animation depicting scary creatures and imagery.

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