Taking my daughters to see their first movie made me very happy! Having to carry my frightened 2-year-old out during the trailers because they were incredibly terrifying did not make me happy. Who matches up the movie trailers with the feature film and why is the rating of the actual movie not considered more carefully in this process?
I took my 2 and 3 year old daughters to see Madagascar 3 in the hopes that they would be entertained by the familiar characters and easy to understand humor. In my opinion, three of the five movie trailers were exceedingly inappropriate for the target audience that a movie trilogy like Madagascar attracts. I have no problem with my kids seeing Katy Perry don all sorts of crazy outfits and sing about fireworks, but when my girls saw the trailer for Paranorman they were almost driven to tears by the horrific monsters and Psycho and Jason spoofs that were way too nightmarish for their innocent little eyes. Do they really need to be introduced to the idea of creepy, green monster hands coming out from underneath a bed while eerie music plays? I have done a pretty good job of hiding this sort of thing from them so far only to be bamboozled by the movie industry.
I was able to take my youngest out of the theater and calm her down. It took a few minutes of convincing her that the actual movie had not started yet and then we were able to enjoy the rest of our time at the movies. So shame on the movie industry for dropping the ball on this one. I really feel like there must have been some better trailer choices for a cartoon meant for young audiences. I’ll never arrive in time to see the trailers again, so the movie industry is missing out on a big advertising opportunity with this family.
As for the happy part of this adventure, I’m thrilled to have another outing I can enjoy with my kids! Being able to venture out to see a movie on a rainy afternoon is a pretty cool option to add to my mommy bag of tricks. We nibbled on popcorn and licorice together and giggled with each other through the whole movie. I’d just like to keep it G rated for as long as I can.