Voodoo Mom Fail

November 26th, 2012

The fault was mine.  I admit it.  I broke the number one rule of intentional television consumption: know what you’re watching.

But, in my defense, it was Disney.  The Princess and the Frog looked pretty harmless and was rated G – which, as we all know from the helpful ratings posters, means that your small child AND her stuffed giraffe can both enjoy the film safely.

So we made that our choice for Family Movie Night while at my in-laws for Thanksgiving despite having never seen it.

But you know how the saying goes: “It’s all fun and games until the bad guy gets dragged screaming into the gates of hell by a legion of shadow demons.

No, really.  That’s the dramatic finale of the movie.

The villain of the flick is a voodoo guy with connections “on the other side.”  His magical power over the other characters derives from a creepy amulet which he refills periodically with blood.  He commands a crew of disturbing shadow creatures who skulk around doing his bidding.  When our heroine Tiana smashes the amulet, the bad spirits turn on the guy and drag him into tombstone which opens into a gaping maw.  Oh, in the midst of that, some weird zombie voodoo dolls pop up out of the graveyard and wander around.

Yeah.  That’s family-friendly.

My general sense of unease about allowing my kids to experience this movie blossomed into full-blown mommy guilt when, an hour after being tucked into bed, Miss Mouse appeared downstairs shaking and sobbing incoherently.

My daughter does not have nightmares. Ever.  So even though the dream she recounted didn’t seem directly connected to the freaky movie, I absolutely blame it (and thus myself).

As much as I find the Tinkerbell movies somewhat mind-numbing, at least there aren’t really external villains.  Tink triumphs over circumstance and her own self-doubt.  I’ll take that over demons any day, thanks.

 

6 responses to “Voodoo Mom Fail”

  1. G'Mom says:

    And what does that say about the general movie watching public that this movie got a G rating???? What was Disney thinking??? Ick.

  2. Mandi says:

    Oh! Poor Mouse! I’m so sorry, Kate. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re a terrific mom. And one I aspire to be one day. =)

  3. Jaclyn says:

    Chance and Brisco were absolutely terrified of this movie. I read the back of the movie and it seemed like a decent story (and like you said…..IT’S DISNEY!!!). They screamed, “Shut it off! Shut it off!” :( Someone gave it to us as a gift as well, so we now OWN a copy of it. Blech. Anytime the cover catches the boy’s eye, they cringe away and cover it with another DVD.

  4. Isa says:

    Uh, yeah. I would have warned you if I’d known–we just watched it for the first time last month. I won’t be revisiting that one, I don’t think.
    Also, thank you for indirectly saving the videos of my wee babe as, well, a wee babe! I was thinking that I should put all our video files in one place for when EJ gets a little older so we can watch them instead of real tv when I realized that my backup service didn’t actually back up videos. Luckily I can still get into the old computer and have managed to save them all!

  5. erinn says:

    My mom loves to tell a story where we were forced to watch bambi (or something similar) as part of a holiday ‘party’ in school and I cqme home furious I was required to watch something so disturbing. Disney movies are ALL full of emotional violence that the rating systems simply don’t seem to account for. I would send you a dollar if you can give me one movie that is free from it, most even include the ‘star’ dealing with guilt over losing a parent. Really tough issues for kids, very scary stuff.

    • Kate says:

      Great point, Erinn. I read something recently about how Disney has always liked to “push the envelope” when it came to scary and grotesque things. Something I had never really thought about, but you’re right. It’s totally true.

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