Monday, September 17, 2012

On Finding Nemo and Albert Brooks

A couple of weeks ago we had a family movie night with Finding Nemo, and unlike our experience with Dumbo (my 4-year-old boy lasted an hour before complaining he didn't want to watch anymore), Brave (he lasted 20 minutes before crying that he wanted to leave the theater), and Cinderella ("I DON'T WANT TO WATCH IT!!!" during the opening credits), the family lasted the entire movie.

Sure, we almost had to turn it off when the shark attacked, and then when the other shark attacked. And my son had to leave the room a few times later in the movie. But then the movie ended, and we all looked proudly at each other because we lasted a full Disney. And the movie was actually more fun than I'd remembered. When the hippie turtle says, "Whoa, Dude. Mister Turtle is my father," I actually laughed out loud. Or I laughed aloud? I laughed.

I got an invite to watch a special screening of the 3D version of Finding Nemo before it was out in theaters, but that would have been pushing it a bit, so we sat this one out. Until our kids are ready for a little more drama than a sneaky fox in their movies, I'll have to make do with this interview with Albert Brooks, who plays Marlin, Nemo's dad in the movie. The interview includes him reminiscing about his 4-year-old son escaping the premier (I'm not alone!), and defending Marlin's paranoid behavior.


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  1. One of our twins, now seven, finds any villain just too, well, villainous. At age four or so, he ran screaming from a ninja-panda movie, "I only like endings, I only like endings," you know where everything is neatly wrapped up and they live happily ever after.

    Thanks for all you do here, it is a great resource for blogging dads everywhere. Your collection of bloggers is incredible, such wit and diversity and sadness and hope.

    1. Thanks!

      I wish I could sit and watch Star Wars with my kids, but I'll just have to wait. And watching the 3 Indiana Jones with my kids (only 3 Indiana Jones movies were made in my version of reality) will be even better. Unfortunately, there's conflict in these movies, and my son doesn't do conflict. I didn't mention Cars in the post, but my kid loved the movie until the police chase scene. That's when we turned it off.

  2. I guess I've been lucky, never having had to leave a movie early when my girls were young. I do remember wanting to run from the theater screaming during each of the Chipmunk movies, but that's on me.

    Mom took our youngest to see Nemo 3D and they enjoyed it. I watched the Jets instead. Dads need that you know. :)

    1. I know what you mean, but I also want this experience of seeing my kids being amazed. It has to be a good movie, though. No Transformers (or Chipmunks).

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