From Colorful Plots to Complicated Endings: The Transformation of Children’s Movies

30 Jan

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When did “kid’s” movies become less about the colorful plot and happy endings and more about teaching life lessons and appealing more to the adults of the family rather than the children? I had recently watched Wreck It Ralph 2 – a bit late – with my family and as soon as the movie ended the first thing my little brother says is, “well that was the weirdest movie I’ve ever seen”.

When did Wreck-It Ralph go from funny anecdotes about sugar and candy to learning how to deal with a long-distance friendship and managing your own insecurities?

If my little was able to notice how far off the mark it was, and he’s 12 years old, then clearly something is amiss.

Revamps and interesting adaptations of fairy tales and children’s stories are surfacing from classics such as the recent French cinematic adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. These movies that once were designed to have hidden meanings that could reach adults but mainly entertain children – such as Inside Out and even Frozen or Moana – have thus become explicitly pushing passed the vale of meaning and seem to have become the forefront of the movie.

Now, I’m not saying I’m against it, but so far even my 12-year-old brother agrees that something is up.  Come in and borrow some movies on DVD and Blu-Ray at the library or stream them on Hoopla and Kanopy and see what you think.  

Written by:
Sherissa Hernandez
Adult Programming Assistant

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