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Why to Avoid Taking Young Children to Theaters

I was recently assigned the task of entertaining two three-year-old granddaughters. I saw the preview for DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX and even though Movieguide found it to be heavily anti-Capitalist I figured it wouldn’t be too frightening for the girls. My wife and I took them to the movie.

What I was not prepared for was the previews.

The first preview that came on was for PARANORMAN. Most of Norman’s friends are dead. He sees and talks to ghosts. The walls of his room are covered with pictures of skulls and such. He is apparently called to save his town from a witch. The imagery in the preview is the exact opposite of a friendly furry Lorax. Skeleton hands were coming up from the ground groping at things. I tried to cover their eyes. That doesn’t work very well.

And, as if one animated horror preview was not enough on came FRANKENWEENIE, the story of a dead pet dog given the Frankenstein treatment. Not near as frightening as PARANORMAN it none-the-less had graveyards, lightening, and a heavily scarred pet dog.

Have the creators of animated features run out of friendly characters. TOY STORY 3 did incredibly well world-wide with its main characters being Woody and Buz. Yes, it had scary moments, but it would certainly not be classified a horror show.

Sony’s 2006 animated horror show MONSTER HOUSE and the 2009 movie CORALINE each made in $75 million. TIM BURTON’S CORPSE BRIDE made $53 million.

SHREK 2 and TOY STORY 3 made over $400 million. FINDING NEMO and SHREK THE THIRD made over $300 million.

Frankly, previews for animated horror shows make me want to hold off on taking my granddaughters to see even the less frightening fare at my local theaters. You have more control ordering the DVD from Netflix a few months later. If there’s a nasty preview attached you have the option to skip it.

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.

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