Friday, March 4, 2011

Why are these kid's movies so sad

I was at lunch with a few coworkers this week and the topic of kid movies came up. Since I am the only one with a kid, it is safe to assume I started the conversation. What prompted the discussion was the movie Up . If any of you have watched it, maybe you understand why it made my list of depressing kids movies that are sad for no reason.

Long story short: two kids grow up and fall in love. As a married couple, they find out they can't have children, life's struggles prevent them from taking a dream vacation that they've dreamed about since childhood, the wife falls sick and dies, the widowed husband lives alone and their home was going to fall victim to imminent domain. So, to avoid this he tied balloons to the house and floated to the place he and he wife had planned to vacation. Then...the adventure begins.  So, all in all the story was not bad- BUT WAS ALL THE DEPRESSION NECESSARY? I would like to vote no.

Sure, all the sad stuff happened in a sequence of images and no sound so it went over the kid's head....but I was crying, or sobbing depending on who tells the story.

Is it necessary to add a series of very adult situations to capture the attention of parents in order for us to enjoy the film? Is it? I think I could appreciate just a regular old kids movie minus the death of a loved one or parent. That ish is traumatic.

Maybe I need to stick to Care Bears and My Little those were movies!

What are your thoughts? Do you enjoy the adult portions of kids movies? Do they make you more apt to purchase movie tickets? Let me know!!


  1. "UP" was super sad, the husband and I enjoy a good cartoon and we both made the same observation. We even made a bet they were going to kill the man at the end leaving the child alone. Thank God that did not occur,

  2. Cried like I was bipolar. Kamari laughed.