Dax wrote:Yeah, if you're not coming out of the theatre anxiously chanting 'Six more hours! Six more hours!', then maybe Jackson could/should have trimmed it a bit...
>> Children are left with films that are stupid, saccharine, and with no joy or wonder or magic (real or imaginary) or wit nor intelligence.
I've heard mostly positive things about Disney's Wreck-It Ralph, and think Pixar is twelve-for-thirteen for magical, joyful films for the whole family ('Cars 2' is the exception).
I understand your call for more quality kids' entertainment, but I'm not surprised by The Hobbit or the comic book movies for casting as wide a net as possible in attracting audiences... it's all about money...
I saw and liked (pretty well) Wreck It Ralph, which was suitable for kids, even if it did cater to a specific stereotype of what girls like (pink candy)--however within the context of a video game so probably not worse than catering to a stereotype of boys (and men) wanting to shoot stuff up. I've just never been into pink or candy (unless it is chocolate). Yes, Pixar is great but it shouldn't be the only decent choice for kids or family friendly film.
But there ought to be actual live action films of good quality for children/families. I know there's a pretty significant market out there because I work with mostly parents of young children who have long discussions about how they'd love to find more decent movies for their kids or something they could take their parents and their school aged kids to go see. I am not holding this films up as any standard of high cinematic achivement, but back in my childhood. we went to the drive in a few times every summer. We brought a bag full of popped popcorn and our pillows. The schedule was this: find a nice spot to park, and let the kids burn off some energy on the play ground at the theater (with parental supervision). Assuming no trips to the doctor to take care of injuries there sustained (that would be me when I fell from the monkey bars and opened a nice gash in my forehead), as darkness fell, you made your trip to the bathroom, and then the car. First up was a nice long good cartoon short--Tweety Bird or Road Runner or Pepee LePew--followed by a family friendly feature length film--usually from Disney. Maybe animated but often not. I remember very well seeing Old Yeller, In Search of the Castaways, Swiss Family Robinson. This would be followed by an 'adult' feature by which I mean something like How The West was Won or Guns of Navaronne or The Man Who Knew Too Much, or some western. We saw Ben Hur which was absolutely fabulous on such a gigantic screen. Little to no swearing, no explicit sex. Mostly we kids were asleep by then, but if we weren't, we weren't traumatized, except for the post chariot scene and parts of any war film. Disney released something decent every year, and re-released something from its vaults.
What I think about the Hobbit is that it didn't cast as wide a net as possible: it cast a net to specifically catch those audiences who wouldn't see it just one time but many times, and again with every newly re-mastered version, etc. If they made it too kid friendly, they risked having the geeks and nerds skip it or be overly critical (they've missed re: critical). It is indeed all about money, which is sad. And probably loses them some money in the end.
If Peter Jackson had really made The Hobbit first, before his budget and his ego got so bloated, we probably would have gotten the film I really wanted.
Went for a drive yesterday and was listening to NPR and multiple really nice piece about television (thought of all of you) and about how people watch and share and discuss (again, thought of you all but even more and the chat and watch over on...now I've forgotten what that site was called--Telenext with SuperSage) and about how television has become higher quality entertainment than film and how that renaissance came about. I'm hoping for such a renaissance for film. I think it will have to come. People my kids' ages are having kids and they aren't going to be satisfied with stupid iterations of stupid Barbie films.
here's a link to a long list. I can see that it is a replay from previously aired pieces but worth reading/listening to if yo can:
http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?sea ... t=cable+tv