The experts are never done giving us their professional opinions on how much tv our kids should be watching
They have worked out daily guidelines from type of programme to watch, type of programme not to watch to best time of day to watch.
But in all these studies with their scientific parameters & child centric considerations their remains two questions, 1. Have any of these experts ever been stuck at home with a child? 2. Have they considered Pixar?
The value of the tv as a babysitter for hyper kids is unquestionable! Should it be five minutes for a breather or two hours to give you a space to emerge from your hangover! It’s parentings greatest support mechanism.
So let’s instead focus on question 2. Even in the age of digital tech I still encounter people who consider Pixar to be a studio for kids, churning out movies solely for kids. This view has kept them from ever watching a Pixar film, overlooking the latest animation in favour of adult films, movies they consider to be their demographic. Fools!
Anyone with kids knows the secret that many childless adults are ignorant to. Pixar make movies for adults that are suitable for children! There is no way the cinematic brilliance of Monsters inc, UP, Finding Nemo and the timeless Toy Story were intended solely for children. The Story telling, character development & script quality beats many of the releases that Hollywood studios target at the big people. That's part of the marketing genius when you consider it’s us adults who have the money to buy the movie tickets, DVD and merchandise.
The studio knows that if they can turn the tables so the adults pester the kids to go see the movies then the battle is won. And that’s exactly what happens in my house!
Kids movies, there are plenty! Think Captain Underpants, The Lego Movie, Ferdinand heck I’ll even give you Disney’s Planes. Yet as good as they are they don’t have the mark of quality that the little lamp & yellow ball assures.
So what the scientists with the theories & the child experts with the degrees are missing or perhaps they don’t want to or can’t be seen to admit, is the real storytelling genius & educational benefit that has been brought to us for over 20 years by the lanky cowboy, the wisecracking one eyed monster, number 95 & their world of friends.
Think Wall E, a very real look at what our future holds if we continue to treat our planet the way we do. Inside Out, an exploration of the inner workings of the central nervous system. As for Coco, they actually made a movie about death and the imagined after life, suitable for kids!
When you look at it in those terms you start to think Pixar should actually have an involvement in the Worlds education systems.
There you have it, surely justification for letting the TV babysit or entertain the kids. We have all done it! It works & those few minutes peace it affords are well worth any shame the academics try to inflict on us. But if you want to be a better parent and who doesn’t, then switch up their viewing to Pixar. Not only is it awesome animation, its entertaining education
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