(1998) dir. John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
I know I said that I hate this format, but at the moment, the VCR in the living room works while the DVD player is on the fritz.
I am enjoying the experience of getting to watch films with my soon-to-be 4 year old son. I get to introduce him to stuff, but he’s still so young that he finds films even as seemingly kid-friendly as A Bug’s Life to be intense and scary, and in some cases, hard to follow.
Watching stuff with a child really makes one reconsider the material through different eyes,…or at least that is how parents/guardians ought to think. So often people let kids watch stuff that is way over their heads or so incredibly inappropriate, it’s downright scary. My wife and I are careful about what we allow my son to watch and try to talk to him through the process to make sure that he is understanding and supported.
It surprised me how this film was a bit “adult” for him, how scary the villan Hopper is, and how adult some of the humor is.
Still, I think that Pixar is the cream of the crop of feature digital animation filmmaking. Greg designs, fun characters, good storytelling abound. They are very conventional, like they follow traditional narrative forms and largely mainstream ideologies. They do well the sort of filmmaking that Disney used to do well. I’d seen this moving in the theater when it first came out and I liked it this time around too.
I think Felix enjoyed it. But he was cuddled up with his blanket when the villain arrived onscreen.