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Disney Shrunk the Kids
What's in your child's VCR these days? We asked progressive parents
and their kids what they watch. The answers might surprise you.
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Author of Full Exposure (HarperSanFrancisco, 2000); editor
of The Best American Erotica 2001 (Touchstone Books, 2001)
My ten-year-old daughter, Aretha, and I are movie pigs. Some of our
best conversations have come about because of films weve watched together.
I don't have rules. I'm more interested in context. I've opened up
a lot of classics to Aretha through watching performances. After we
saw movie versions of Great Expectations, she was determined
to read the book out loud, even though the language is very challenging.
Same with Shakespeare. After we watched the film version of Romeo
and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio, she couldnt wait to do the
balcony scene. And I have two words for little women: Jo March!
Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical heroine is a feminist prototype
for any young girl who wants to write, direct, and lead her own life.
I'd also recommend surreal Disney. The old Fantasia. The hallucinogenic
pink elephant scene from Dumbo. The Red Queen in Alice in
Wonderland. It's important for kids to have cinematic experiences
that arent literal, that let them see the world topsy-turvy, leaving
them sensually enchanted. Give me dancing hippos in tutus and crocodiles
Age 10 (Susie Bright's daughter)
I've watched Titanic many times. I especially liked it because
Leonardo DiCaprio is in it. Romeo and Juliet, which also stars
Leo, was a favorite, too. It s sad, but also lovey-dovey, and that's
very powerful to me. I watched all of the Jackie Chan series. It amazes
me how many things he can do with his body! I watch these kinds of
movies because I like lots of romance and Shakespeare and Kung Fu
and karate action. I'd also recommend the video Fire. I loved
it. Some girls and parents may be freaked out by gay stuff. I'm glad
my mom is open to whatever I want to watch. Sometimes we find out
that the ratings are really off-track.