Well, the kids look happy enough, even if they had to play inside instead of outside on the Fourth. And I know for a fact that Munchkin and Little Man got to wear their patriotic gear in Florida, so I wouldn’t worry too much about plans that didn’t work out the way you’d hoped.
Speaking of that, I finally did get to my first movie of the summer, Wall-E.
This is still probably my favorite Pixar movie. Plot: Adorable robot spends his days packaging the garbage on an abandoned earth, finds plant, finds love, finds humans; saves humans, love, plant, and earth; lives happily ever after. The main character is unbelievably cute for something that’s not a mammal, and he’s a hopeless romantic to boot; some of the visuals are achingly beautiful (see above picture); the main “moral” is about sacrificially caring for others and the world around you (both themes I’m partial to). Also, there are so few developed characters and so much space around them (empty planet, empty outer space, empty outside-of-giant-spaceships) that I find most of it very calming. It’s a movie made for an introvert.
It’s also not especially scary, at least from a child’s point of view. As an adult, some of its ideas are depressing and terrifying, but that’s not the point here. Trying to imagine how LM might see it, I believe the character of Auto(pilot) might be a little frightening with its one red eye and its malicious omnipotence, but it’s not on screen that much, and the captain is constantly fighting against it – and pretty quickly succeeding. There might be some fear for Wall-E’s well-being on the first watching, because he really does look like he got squashed to death, but that had been prepared for in an earlier scene, so I think we could navigate that if it came up. Everything else is pretty sweet and cozy, and nothing really set off any alarm bells for me (like happened with Song of the Sea), so I don’t anticipate other problems. If they come up, they come up; we’ll see.
Has Munchkin watched this one? If so, what did she think?
Age to try out Little Mister on Wall-E: I think 4 or 5. I said five originally, but then I thought that Munchkin could probably handle it now or sometime soon, and she’s not quite there yet, so four might be okay.
Since we’re only posting once a week, I feel like I can’t just write on the movie this week. At least, I have to send you a picture or two (or 5!) of Little Mister from last week’s fun in Florida. (By the way, I should have titled last week’s post “Fun in the Rain,” because it would have been more accurate to our experience.)
More playing in the rain!
Got to the beach with Grams!
And the zoo with Grandpa, or “Pa,” as LM keeps calling him. We’ll see if it sticks. The giraffes were by far LM’s favorites.
Enjoying some ribs.
And then this is him on the way back; clearly, he didn’t want to leave!