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  •  My son (2+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, DruidQueen

    watched the original LoTR trilogy when he was six. Every kid is different.

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      Of course they are. But, we think of the Hobbit as a fairly gentle story. The movie is not. All I ask is that parents see the film first, so that they can make an informed decision.

      "The Democrats are the lesser evil and that has to count for something. Good and evil aren't binary states. All of us are both good and evil. Being less evil is the trajectory of morality." --SC

      by tb92 on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 12:13:46 PM PST

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      •  A "gentle" story? (1+ / 0-)
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        IreGyre

        Repeated threats of cannibalism (the trolls, the goblins, Gollum), a whole woodful of frickin' poisonous GIANT SPIDERS, a muckin' big battle in which some of the lead characters actually die - and of course THE DRAGON!!!

        The book is pretty intense too, thinly disguised by a light and playful tone.

        If it's
        Not your body,
        Then it's
        Not your choice
        And it's
        None of your damn business!

        by TheOtherMaven on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 02:05:30 PM PST

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        •  And yet, people do think of it as a gentle story, (0+ / 0-)

          and it is clearly accepted as a children's tale. When my husband read it to our son, he was amazed at the violence. He doesn't remember that from his childhood. That "light and playful tone" is what people think of. The advantage to reading a book out loud to your child is that you can mellow the message with a calm tone of voice. The movie doesn't have that option. It is dark and intense. My entire point was to warn people that they should not assume that the movie is safe for their kids just because the book was. Movies are always more intense by virtue of their size and loudness. This one has been deliberately made more adult. Please be careful. Children, as we all know, should be protected.

          "The Democrats are the lesser evil and that has to count for something. Good and evil aren't binary states. All of us are both good and evil. Being less evil is the trajectory of morality." --SC

          by tb92 on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 06:01:19 PM PST

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          •  Same as it always was (1+ / 0-)
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            I remember being scared into screaming and hiding under my seat by the Witch in Disney's Snow White. Never had that problem with the written Grimm version, even though it's actually much darker.

            Another good example is The Wizard of Oz - the 1939 movie is much more intense and scarier (thank you Margaret Hamilton and Frank Morgan, and all the rest of the cast).

            So yeah - if in doubt, check it out first.

            If it's
            Not your body,
            Then it's
            Not your choice
            And it's
            None of your damn business!

            by TheOtherMaven on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 06:30:49 PM PST

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    •  6!!! (0+ / 0-)

      Quite the household you have there.

      Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God's grace in England as shall never be put out.

      by Bollox Ref on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 07:23:28 PM PST

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