Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
Jay Maynard

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Animation is not just for kids

A letter in yesterday's Star-Tribune:

No family flicks

This past weekend my husband and I planned to take our three grandchildren to a movie. When I checked the listings I was going to choose from among "Elf,"Looney Tunes: Back in Action" and "The Cat in the Hat." I then noticed that all of them were rated PG or PG-13.

I was very disappointed that there were three films that should be for little children and, sadly, none of them were appropriate. Whatever happened to children's movies actually being for children?

Bring back the G!

Maureen Larson, Bloomington.

To which I just sent in the following reply:

I can't speak to "Elf" or "The Cat in the Hat", neither of which particuarly interest me, but Maureen Larson's complaint in the November 27th Letters is based on a false premise, at least as far as "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" is concerned.

Like the classic Looney Tunes cartoons themselves, the current movie is not aimed at children. It was written by adults, for an adult audience; while there is plenty of slapstick humor that will have kids laughing, there are also plenty of jokes that no 10-year-old will ever understand.

Animation was never just for kids, and it should not be regarded that way now. "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" is true to the real history of Warner Brothers cartoons, not dumbed down and sanitized for an audience of children. It should be looked at on its own level.

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