I’m sure I have the only kids in America who don’t like going to the movies. The theater is too dark. The volume is too loud. And the storylines? Scary. Scary and sad. All that parent child separation (“Madagascar,” I’m looking at you). Tubs of pudding nearly causing a child to be orphaned! (Thanks, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” — in 3D!).
I’ve become more responsible about checking this site before forcing everyone into a darkened theater (hey, I love movies! And I will MAKE MY CHILDREN LOVE THEM TOO.) Also, I have memorized the following lists of movies to never see:
Time magazines 10 Saddest Kids Movies of all time:
It starts, as well it should, with “Bambi.” My kids come by their emotional weaknesses honestly, as there are stories from my childhood about wailing at the drive-in during the mother’s death scene. (What was Disney thinking?!)
Next is “Old Yeller,” “E.T.,” “Where the Red Fern Grows,” “Up,” “Dumbo,” (I’ve got childhood issues over this one, too), “Charlotte’s Web,” “My Girl,” “An American Tail,” and “Fluke.”
I’d also like to add “The Water Horse,” where heroic Dad doesn’t return from WWII!
What would you add to the list?