(2005) dir. Steve Box, Nick Park
viewed: 10/15/05 at Loews Metreon Theatres, SF, CA
Nick Park’s work is always fun, and this film is no exception. I took my son Felix to see it. He’s four and I thought he would be pretty into it. I think he found it a bit frightening, which he is a little prone to. He’s much more into Gumby at the moment, which is a little more his speed.
I have an affinity for lots of kid-oriented material, from animation to other themed content, fairy tales, children’s books, you name it. It’s kind of interesting introducing Felix to a lot of that stuff and seeing how he reacts to it. I see from web postings that a lot of parents see movies through their children’s perspective and react negatively or positively to things depending on what their kids thought.
For me, I have my own reactions, but it certainly is changed, my perspective, when I am watching with him. I notice different details and am sensitive to his responses, checking on the look on his face off and on throughout the film. I know that as he gets older and is perhaps less impressionable, I would be less apt to be concerned, but I do feel pretty tuned into it. It’s an interesting experience.