Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Not suitable for children?

I'm easily pleased, (No, honestly, I am) stick my on the sofa and put on a childrens film and I can quite happily sit for hours watching it. (whether there are children around or not)

You should've seen my little face light up when I watched the trailer for Despicable Me 2. It was a picture of happiness. (Yes, it is in my Youtube favourites, and what of it?)

The problem is, childrens films are really NOT for children are they?

Now I know that a LOT of the plot usually goes straight over the heads of the little cherubins, but I'm starting to think that it is these fluffy-wuffy kiddy films that are making our children grow up too fast and learn too much too soon.

Here are some life lessons you can draw from childrens films.

You love someone, and then they DIE, leaving you alone and sad - UP

Rabbits are EVIL, EVIL bastards - Watership Down (Side note, this film STILL terrifies me so much that I cannot watch it. Even the voices, Oh GOD, the strangely hypnotic bunny voices. Sits in the corner and rocks back and forth)

Your toys come alive when you aren't looking, and sometimes try to kill each other - Toy Story 1, 2 and 3. (Also my 6yr old now has a mortal fear of lava ever since watching Toy Story 3 as well)

When you leave your parents side, bad things happen - Finding Nemo

Step-parents are BAD - Pretty much every Disney film ever.

Even in my beloved Despicable Me, the hero Gru, LIED to adopt three children to help him break into the home of his nemesis.


or basically, what I am asking is, Is it ok to go alone to Despicable Me 2 next summer?

What do you think?

Can you think of any childrens films that have traumatised you, while your child sits oblivious, loving every minute?

Or a film that traumatised you as a child?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x



  1. Oh god, I watched UP on a plane and balled my fecking eyes out in front of everyone. I think I'd blocked it out of memory!

  2. Hello - love this post...

    You are the only other 'grown-up' person I know who loves Megamind as much as I do!

    I recently watched Pinocchio again for the first time since I was a child and I had to turn it off, as it was freaking me out - the bit when they turn into donkeys is horrendous.

    My 7 year old niece won't watch the Heffalump movie with me anymore as it makes me cry so much.

    As a kid I remember being inconsolable when Atreyu's horse dies in the swamp during Neverending Story.

    You are right - there is not a single Children's film I can think of that should be rated below a 12.

    I think it is part of your parental responsibilities to go and see Despicable Me 2 at the cinema on your own (or I'll come with you, if you want) and check that it is suitable for your children to watch!

  3. Picnochio (can't remember how to spell it) traumatised me a a child! It was one thing from the next, being kidnapped, a puppet that talked, being swallowed by a whale, changing into donkeys and being made to work!
    On the otherhand though I do love Disney films!
    Daniella x


  4. We once sat our two down to watch Free Willy and went to check on them a bit later only to find the pair of them clinging to one another and inconsolable. And my 18yr old son still remembers the trauma of Simba's dad dying in the Lion King, so I'm right with you. Back when I was young the world was black and white and there were no childrens films but I remember sobbing when I read Black Beauty!xx

  5. I agree but nursery rhymes are just as traumatizing you know....weird rhymes


  6. I still can't watch the part in Dumbo where he hallucinates and all those multi-coloured, weird-sounding elephant visions march all over the screen. I'm 27 now and it makes me feel physically sick when I think of it. When I was a little girl I used to leave the room or ask my parent's to fast-forward through that bit. It's just so disturbing!!


  7. Maleficent scared the living bejesus out of me!

    Rosie x

  8. Most of the early Disney films are utterly terrifying, disturbing, heartbreaking or all of the above. Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi, Snow White, The Little Mermaid (Ursula gave me nightmares for weeks).

    Love them for that reason though. So dark and disturbing!

  9. Have to be real honest and say Dumbo. Chokes me every time

  10. It wasn't a film, but a Children's TV programme (which almost makes it worse!). It was on years ago when I was just a wee girl. It scare the living BEJEEZUS out of me. It was called: "Tottie: Story of a Doll's House". One of the doll's was called 'Marchpane' and she was an evil homicidal bitch! It traumatised me! I don't think it was ever repeated and only seen a few clips on You Tube. Totes Disturbing!

    1. You KNOW I'm going to have to go check that out now :-D

  11. I love Dispicable Me and was so excited to hear there was going to be a sequel. Haven't seen the trailer though. Must go google that now! Oh and if my daughter won't come to the cinema with me to see it then I WILL go on my own!

  12. Dumbo every time, when they lock his mother up :-(

  13. Everyone should have a mortal fear of lava.


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