Family Film Mom is a weekly column about family entertainment for parents with kids (and kids with parents) by Tara McNamara, the editor and founder of KidsPickFlicks.com.
Kids don’t watch black-and-white movies. They're right up there with VHS, Pac-Man and MySpace – ancient relics of the olden days. This may present a marketing challenge for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, a movie whimsically made in black and white in the spirit of horror movies of the past.
However, if kids are to appreciate and enjoy the cinematic greats, they’re going to need to get past this black-and-white issue. The normal way to break through is films like Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life – but even those films can be a tough sell due to their lack of color. Wizard of Oz is no help because the black and white portions of the film are the boring parts of the movie – things only get good once Dorothy gets to Technicolor Oz!
Frankenweenie presents a rare opportunity to overcome monochrome prejudice. First, it’s a solidly entertaining film that’s funny and creepy – a great movie for Halloween. The "monsters" are both laughable but scary enough to give it substance (also enough to actually scare children younger than 9, so think tween). Unlike movies of the '50s and '60s, Frankenweenie is told in the fast-paced style that kids are used to today. In other words, seeing Frankenweenie just might light the torch and ignite kids’ interest in seeing history’s most acclaimed and excellent films.
Here are three other films you can see with your family this weekend:
Hotel Transylvania. A humorous daddy-daughter movie disguised as a monster mashup – in color, 3D and not scary.
Finding Nemo 3D. The Pixar favorite gets an upgrade.
ParaNorman. For a movie about dead people and zombies, it’s one of the freshest films of the year.
To see what kids think about these movies, go to www.KidsPickFlicks.com, where all kids are movie critics.
I'm a BIG old Burton fan, Beetlejuice & Batman are my faves. I do have an 8 year old girl. And she's getting into horror. I'll talk about all sorts of movies I've seen or things she CAN'T see (or I won't let her) or she'll hear my wife & I talk about movies. She really wanted to watch a horror movie, so I let her see the ORIGINAL (well, close to it) Nosferatu on Netflix. We had to watch it in 2 parts, but she really liked it! I even let her watch Vamipre Hunter D Bloodlust, which she liked also... (oh, we didn't finish it!) I may let her try Burton's Sleepy Hollow this year. She tries to act all modern, like a spoiled Disney actor, but she's enjoying the olded movies. And some games I grew up on. She even likes my old Gamecube
Lol, you said game cube my girls love my Nintendo :) lol
Do this day, I play Super Smash Bros. Melee on my old Gamecube.
I have to say my kids like VHS and black and white films, we live in a society where the norm is bright colors and blockbuster big budget stuff, but Tim burton films help today's youth to see things in a different light or color, the movies are not realy all that dark, they make you see the beauty in the "different" or dark, I like his movies their not cookie cutter Hollywood at all it's his own stamp, weather you like them or not, it's still his art and not a dying art if we help show kids that their more to movies than just color and sequels sometimes a good movie doesn't need a part 2,3,4, or 5 lol I'm glad I grew up enjoying all his films and now my kids from ages 3 to 11 love his films I'm glad I could pass down some weirdness...
I enjoy black and white movies but that does mean I'm seeing Tim Burton's new movie
I like Tim Burton's movies, they are more funny and creepy than scary. I might see Frankenweenie, but it doesn't really interest me enough to see it. Maybe ill see it in 2D.
Ok Matt I liked Tim Burton's work on Charlie and Alice
Yeah fandad, those were more fantasy than horror.
Horror ain't my thing but fantasy is
Agreed fandad, its not that I hate horror, its just that its not my type of movie genre. I enjoy action, adventure, or comedy movies. Sometimes drama.
Me too the only horror movies I like are Coraline and Jaws 1 and 2
Yeah me too. I also liked Paranorman. But Jaws is my all time favorite.
Speilbergs my favorite director
And George Lucas. The two is what makes Indiana Jones so awesome! Ive been a fan of Speilberg since E.T (I didn't see Jaws when I was young).
Well I've been a fan of Speilberg since childhood since he produced cult classics in Universals family film division
And I agree with what else you said
And I liked them for that I did not like Nightmare before Christmas Corpse Bride or Edward Scissorhands
Got all that
Yep, but I liked Nightmare before Christmas, but I totally agree with you on Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is what made me a fan of his work. I hope Frankenweenie will be more like Nightmare than Corpse if I do see it.
Charlie made me a fan too
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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