September 3, 2010
The Princess and the Frog
Scary Spirits and Dark Voodoo Magic
We took the cousins and the girls to go see this movie over the Holidays. I have to be honest and say that I wish I had not taken my girls, 4 and 6, to see this movie. If I could do it over again I would take it back.
I think sometimes we forget that just because something is a “cartoon” or labeled “Disney” or rated “G” that it’s going to be ok for little people. In my honest opinion I do not believe this movie is ok for little people. It was not good for my girls. They had nightmares due in part to the shady character, the villain, the dark and evil guy of the story.
There was dark voodoo magic in the story along with dark evil spirits that had white pointy teeth that float around in the movie during the dark and scary parts. Yes, the movie is dark people! The villain summons up these spirits and has voodoo dolls and it shows him inserting pins into them.
Now I don’t have a problem with the story line. I don’t have a problem with magic either. I think sometimes Christians go over board when they start banning this or that. I happen to enjoy the Harry Potter movies and don’t take issue with the dark scenes BUT… even with Harry Potter I would not let little people see it. It’s too much! They are not old enough. They scare quite easily and nightmares in their little brains are very real.
Fiona and Kinsley did not sleep all that well after taking them to see this movie. During the movie Kinsley got up out of her chair and hopped into her Dad’s lap to snuggle a bit closer because she was AFRAID. I don’t blame her! It can be a very scary thing to watch dark evil voodoo spirits chasing people around the town at night.
I am racking my brain trying to figure out how this movie was rated G? I could kick myself! I know that there are scary parts to other Disney movies marketed for kids. Lion King was one of them. There is a lot of death, and dying in that movie. I think you kind of have to take it on a case-by-case basis because with Snow White the evil witch bothered the girls but not like the evil spirits and the dark voodoo magic villain on The Princess and The Frog.
Personally, if your little people have issues with scary parts in movies then do not take them to see this movie. Wait until they are older. If I could go back and do it over again I would have waited until the girls were 7 or 8 before I took them to see this one.
On a good note the story itself was a good one. The moral issues of the day in that time are good. The lesson is clear! You have to work hard to get what you want and never give up. Too much work and no play can be hard on a person. Too little work and too much play can be hard on a person. Finding the right balance is key. My own personal lesson that I get out of this movie is an old lesson I think all of us have heard at one time or another: Sometimes you have to kiss a bunch of frogs before you find your prince! That’s my own personal favorite even though there is only one frog in this movie.
Disney’s First Black Princess
Princess Tiana is Beautiful! It’s about time we had a Black Disney Princess. What took Disney so long anyway? I do want to mention that we the people living in this great big huge diverse world do not need a Disney endorsement to convince us that Black People are Beautiful. I had planned on writing more about this but decided not to because I think people that choose to carry the ethnic cross their entire lives have to work this issue out for themselves. All I’m going to say is: Shame on Disney for taking so long to bring us a Beautiful Black Princess!