After watching the trailer for Illumination Entertainment’s new movie Sing (2016), I had one thought:
This is why:
I wouldn’t raise my kids on movies like Sing.
To me, Sing, like Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011), is the kind of movie that parents take their kids to to keep them quiet for an hour and a half.
I mean, did anyone really believe in the third Alvin and the Chipmunks movie? Did any parent walk into Chipwrecked thinking I will enjoy this?
If you did, than great! Really. I’m glad you had a good time. No one wants to feel like they wasted their time at the movies. Especially since going to the theater can be so expensive, and picking the wrong movie can scar kids:
My son and I just walked out of The Secret Life of Pets.
It was a mutual decision — he showed remarkable discernment for an 8-year-old boy.
My first moment of disgust was when they introduced the lead bad guy and he was voiced by Kevin Hart with a hyper-stereotypical black thug voice. I was so disappointed…
…it was when the pets started discussing how they could kill their humans/owners — when they started talking about chopping them up in a blender — that we were done. My son put his hands over his ears and said, “I don’t want to hear this.” I told him we could leave and find something else to watch, and he eagerly agreed.
~Walking Out of The Secret Life of Pets
That’s why I’m writing this post:
So that you, parents, don’t spend your time and money on a movie that is looking as wholesome for your kids as a bowl full of sugar…
…and as pleasing to the senses as the most annoying sound in the world:
Where a company like Pixar makes movies with timeless characters, stories, and themes, budget be damned…
…Illumination Entertainment is focused on making as much money as possible with as little effort as possible.
Below are movies that I believe are more worth your and your kids’ time than Sing.
For kids below the age of 10:
The Secret World of Arrietty (2012).
A young boy goes to the house his mother grew up in, in order to rest before undergoing life-saving surgery. While there, he discovers a family of little people living under the floorboards.
For kids aged 10 — 16:
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010).
This movie is WWII, combined with Lord of the Rings combined with Harry Potter, with owls. If you don’t know the source material — the first three books in Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’Hoole book series — more than once you might find yourself thinking This is weird. But: There are many aspects of this movie that make it worth watching. Like, for example, the visuals:
For kids 16 and older:
Grave of the Fireflies (1988).
Proof that animation isn’t just for kids. The story of a boy and his little sister struggling to survive the air raids in 1945 Japan, Grave of the Fireflies, to quote a reviewer on Amazon, “Doesn’t just move you. It shatters you.”