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haele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 07:05 PM
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55. The childhood movies I remember are - Yellow Submarine, Bambi, Jungle Book
Edited on Mon Sep-05-11 07:12 PM by haele
The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Song of the South, and Snow White. Fantasia.

What stuck with me, what really attracted me until I was about 7 or 8 (and had a bit more understanding of plot and interest in dialog) were bright colors, silly, quirky or happy characters that danced or moved "athletically" (bouncing, swinging, trotting gaits), and catchy songs. Scary didn't bother me so much except at the moment. It was scary, then it wasn't. What was more important was that Mom and Dad (or at least one of them) were with me and enjoying it too.

I've also had a bit of experiance with rentmates who had young (2 - 6 year old) children. Mind you, I'm not a child development expert, but from what I remember is that a five year old is not a little adult and tends to learn "culture" by mimicry; experiancing an artistic situation with someone they trust, like a parent, older sibling, or other caretaker. When you watch children in the toddler age group learning to "appreciate" something, be it food, art, music - you notice they watch what other, older people's reactions (not their peer reactions) are when faced with a new experiance.

On edit - I watched The Man of La Mancha, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, A funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, South Pacific, and a whole host of silent movie classics (including Nosferatu, Charlie Chaplin's "The Little Dictator", Metropolis, etc... when I was eight to ten. And yes, I asked questions.
But then, my parents had read me the Hobbit when I was 6, and I was reading regularly on my own by the time I was 8 - and fairly adult books, too.
Your kid will be able to let you know the level he or she is comfortable at. The trick is, let them watch it with you.

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