So last week I took DD (4 in March) to see the good dinosaur at the Cinemas. It was her first time and she loved it.
But prior to the movie they played a short mini movie, which was a cartoon but it was very loud and scary (a boy trying to defeat 3 loud and scary characters who were flying around and producing smoke and clearly upsetting and scaring the little boy (character) in the movie), definitely not appropriate for a 3 year old. Coincidentally DD has started having nightmares since that day.
The movie was rated G and the shorts for the movie showed it was suitable for my DD but the mini movie beforehand would have been PG rated and I believe I inappropriate for a 3 (almost 4) year old.
So 1. Do you think it's inappropriate to show something scary for 5 minute prior to a G rated kids cartoon?
And 2. Would you complain to the cinema?
I just don't see why they had to play it before the movie. It wasn't a movie preview, it wasn't dinosaur related, it was totally random.
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12-01-2016 21:46 #1
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12-01-2016 21:56 #2
Disney usually play unrelated shorts prior to their movies, so this may be a consideration for your next movie date. I also believe that the shorts ratings directly reflect the films rating.
I wouldn't complain to the cinema unless the film specifically mentioned the short was PG for some strange reason. Even then I wouldn't complain. For example the princess and the frog is rated G and I found the black magic man rather terrifying with spooky music and dark scenes and the characters being terrified.
Hopefully your DD stops getting nightmares because they can be so stressful and upsetting for the poor little darlings. My daughter has had one or two and my heart breaks to see her so sad.
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12-01-2016 22:01 #3
My nephew , just turned 4, saw the Good Dinosaur last week and has been having nightmares as it was quite scary when the dad dinosaur died apparently? I was going to take DS (5) but SIL said she thinks it's too full on for little kids? She didn't mention a cartoon beforehand but I'll ask her tomorrow
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12-01-2016 22:01 #4
I would send a letter or ring and discuss what happened and enquire what the rating was of the short film.
12-01-2016 22:02 #5
Yeah the short usually comes with the movie in my experience. I think another hubber (maybe @CakeyMumma?) said something similar.
I wouldn't complain to the cinema but I'd probably send an email and recommend that they put up a sign or something saying the short might be frightening/distressing for younger kids. But then again I'm 36 soon and turning into a cranky old feedback-giver...
12-01-2016 22:34 #6
There have been lots of mixed reviews from parents about The Good Dinosaur movie itself...I've heard a lot of people say it was too scary/sad for their 3/4/5/6yo...and others say it's perfectly fine. Perception of these things is so subjective! !
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12-01-2016 22:35 #7
Yep, often the short comes with the movie, and if the movie is rated G then the short is too.
But I've heard from several people that the Good Dinosaur scared their little ones witless and gave them nightmares and was not the experience they were expecting from a G movie.
I wouldn't complain, I'd just chalk it up to experience and be wary of future movies. My DS never goes to the movies for that reason. Even the G rated movies tend to terrify him (he's 5).
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12-01-2016 22:52 #8
My DS was also scared in the good dinosaur. I didn't see it but my DH said there was a particular scene that was much scarier than he would have expected. We're lucky that DS (3) is alright, but he does still talk about it being scary.
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Disney is brutal!! Always has been!
I'm still scarred for life by Bambi and The Fox and the Hound!
Seriously though, all of my kids struggle with Disney/Pixar movies - hits them in the feels too much.
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