I have a confession to make. I have no problem going to an animated film (aka cartoon) without taking a child being with me. When Beauty and the Beast came out in the early 1990’s I saw it at least 1/2 a dozen times by myself. I never feel compelled to justify going by dragging a kid along. I am not sure my husband Bobby feels the same way. However, I will say there is an added dimension when you go to a film geared towards children with children in tow.
Bobby and I did just that a couple of weeks ago when we, along with our niece Ashley, took our great nephews (DeAveon, Noah and Ameareka) to see the movie Trolls. Dee did not want to go as he saw it as a little kid’s film and he is not a little kid! Since he isn’t old enough to stay home or go to a movie by himself, he was stuck seeing it with us. I honestly couldn’t figure out why he was having such a hard time with it, but then again I am not 10 years old.
The movie was great. Animation has come along way since Mickey Mouse was introduced in the last century. It is amazing how the artists bring the story to life. The story was good, too. It was light enough that kid’s could enjoy and deep enough to keep adults entertained as well. The music was fantastic. There was a lot of remixed 1980’s tunes which is right up my alley.
I totally enjoyed the movie. The boys enjoyed it, too — even DeAveon! Bobby observed that during a movie where kids out number the adults, it is a more participatory event. The kids laughed at the movie trailers and during the show they would repeat lines they thought were funny.
As a treat and also to get back in the good graces of Dee, we went to Dairy Queen for dessert. (I had suggested Baskin-Robbins, but Dee wanted DQ.) While we ate our ice cream we talked about which character from the movie each of us would be. It was a fun way to relive the movie once again, this time through the eyes of children.