Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: Aug. 2001
||Posted: Oct. 31, 2003 10:29 am/pm
Try the US Council of Catholic Bishops or the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes. Rich cited earlier the US Council of Catholic Bishops. Our local newspaper, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, hasn't published a review yet. But on Rotten Tomatoes you can get a wide variety of reviews from major newspapers and media outlet critics that will cite enough plot points so you'll know as a parent what to expect but not enough plot points to be "spoilers". I saw a review on Mouse Planet last night (Thursday 10/30/03) too. On Rotten Tomatoes enter in the name of the movie into the site's search engine, click when you see it listed, then read around the reviews. An intact tomato means a positive review. A green splat means a negative review. All reviews are thumbnail one-liners of what that particular critic thinks. For a more full explanation, click on the one-liner quote. There will be a listing of "other reviews" not usually part of Rotten Tomatoes gang. Click there, you'll see US Council of Catholic Bishops located.
I'm a parent too. For the first time in years this is a G-rated Disney Feature Animation motion picture. And so there's a bit of an indicator. Another indicator is that Pixar movies have been G-rated but there are intense "edgy" scenes even though they've been G-rated. "The Lion King" is G-rated and has the famous "How will my young kids respond to that?" death scene of the wildebeast stampede doing in Mufasa as young Simba watches. If you and your children can get through any of the above OK, "Brother Bear's" intense scenes can likely be gotten through as well. However, you know your children/child better than I do. When in doubt, leave him/her/them home and "tag team" with your spouse or other babysitting adult going to see the movie alone, then make your decision. Someday "Brother Bear" will be on home video and your children/child can watch it later when he/she/they are a bit more mature.
Most of the reviews I've already seen say, frankly, the little ones will enjoy but their adult companions might not. Again, you know your own child/children and their reactions to movies and mass media. If it's too chancy for you knowing what you do about your own family and the reviews you read, just "tag team" it and see it alone, then the other parent/sitter sees it alone while you stay with the young one(s). Rich and I do this "tag team" approach all the time with movies we're not sure our son should see. It's worked out great even though it means multiple trips to the cinema for the parents. (In the case of seeing "Pirates of the Caribbean" I don't mind multiple trips to the cinema at all! "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" however was excrutiating. Michael loved it, I couldn't wait to leave. Your mileages may vary.)
Our son has seen Disney movies all his life. He's seen "Pirates of the Caribbean" twice. He'll be age 8 next birthday and he's a Cub Scout and so far an A student in school. He too is very sensitive about movies, but what's going on is what filmmakers do on their good days and that is to make you care about the characters. It's when our son cares about the characters that he gets "upset" at the movies, but then don't some adults cry at movies too or cheer out loud and physically for the good guys to win, etc.? We prepped our son very much before taking him to see "Pirates". "If you get scared, shut your eyes and it'll be over, the pirates are computer-generated and none of this movie is real, OK?" we told him. This kid shuts his eyes at WDW all the entire time of going through Haunted Mansion, yet he's seen all the Star Wars movies that have ever been and he's fine. Well, at the end of "Pirates", just before the credits started to roll, Michael stood up immediately and began to "conduct" the orchestra for the closing credits, exclaiming "That was awesome, and hilarious!" So sometimes they'll surprise you, either going more extreme to what you think might happen, or going the opposite of what you think might happen...or indeed fulfilling what you think might happen. Go figure.
There's an excellent Veggie Tales video to watch "Where's God when I'm s--s--s--scared?" Shows one of the characters watching a Frankenstein-like movie and putting up a brave front, but inside the movie scares him. The other Veggie Tales characters come to the rescue, give some perspective, then you learn something interesting you never knew before about that Frankenstein-like character in that movie. It's available for purchase at Christian stores or maybe is rentable someplace.
I hope this helps.