So, two movies in three days for me. I took Declan to see Happy Feet yesterday while Bryan took a well-deserved nap after battling all the interior Christmas decorations solo (the exterior ones will have to wait until the big melt in… probably… I’d say… March). At 4.25 years old, this was Declan very first in-the-theater, with-previews-and-popcorn, major movie going experience!
And he loved it.
We held off for so long because, frankly – even many G movies have been way too intense for him until just recently – Cars being the first one to really break through his wall of terror and intimidation. Even Curious George was overwhelming for him just 6 months ago; he was over the top anxious, wondering, will George be OK, will George be OK??? (Gee, I wonder where he gets that from). And on top of Declan’s own feelings on the subject of movies, I am seriously amazed at the movies that parents bring their children to. I mean, I remember reading on a mom’s board once that someone saw nothing wrong with bringing their 2 year old to see Spider-Man. S-P-I-D-E-R-M-A-N. At the time, Declan was getting no more than an half hour a day of Blue’s Clues and this lady wondered why her son was such a fucking maniac all the time.
And of course, our other reasons include all the usual stuff like, the theaters are too loud, he won’t sit still for an hour and half, yadda yadda yadda. But when you have sat inside your house for a month with the white stuff weighing down on you – desperate times call for desperate measures. And in fact, Bryan has always been more against a movie-going trip than I – so springing the idea on him when he was exhausted and tangled up in tinsel produced the desired results.
Off. We. Went.
And the movie was awesome. Both Declan and I loved it.
I had heard there was one scary scene with a seal trying to eat the penguins, so I borrowed a line from a friend of Danielle’s to explain this: “There are no McDonald’s in the wilderness… so animals have to eat each other. It’s the way animals survive when they don’t live in cities like we do.” Of course, in the movie, there was actually more like 3 or 4 downright scary scenes and Declan ended up in my lap for a good part of the movie – but that’s OK. When Mumble was dancing and when the penguins where singing, that kid was nearly up in the aisles and finding a heartsong of his own.
The message of the movie was welcome, too. Declan and I talked the whole way home about how people sometimes start taking food from areas that have always been just for the animals and how that can hurt the animals. The way Declan was talking about it, I could tell he totally got it. The WWF would be so proud.
When he woke up this morning, the very first thing he talked about was Happy Feet. Good sign.
Not that I think Lightening McQueen or Greg Wiggle are going to be replaced any time soon, but to have another choice of things to talk about in this household besides Cars and the Wiggles will definitely, definitely be a welcome change.