What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this classic Disney movie, re-released for its 25th anniversary, is more than two hours long and better suited for longer attention spans or partial viewings. The framework of the movie -- World War II, Nazi invasions, and bombings in London -- is about as un-child-friendly as it gets, but the film manages to take a lighthearted approach. Main characters never seem frightened by the war or soldiers, though the children talk briefly about losing their parents to the war. The climax of the film involves a drawn-out battle between the main character and a small group of invading Nazis in which the enemy soldiers wield swords and machine guns against her. Despite this apparent violence, no blood is shed, no one is hurt, and the main character retains a smile throughout the entire battle.
- Families can talk about the difference between fantasy and reality, since it may not be clear to many kids.
- Talk about magic. What kind of magic do you wish you could perform and why?
- Families can talk about what makes a movie scary besides the story. How does the music or the lighting make you feel?
- Families can talk about language and accents. Did you find it difficult to understand the British accents? What other kinds of accents are you familiar with?