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My child and the transformers
Old 06-22-2007, 01:42 PM
 
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My son saw the Transformers in a Target ad and fell in love. He talked about "his" Tranformer from that point forward. He earned his Transformer and loves it. Played with it nonstop. Today he is watching television while I made lunch and up pops a trailer for the Transformers movie. Very cool stuff but sadly enough.... PG-13. We explained to him that he wouldn't be able to see the movie. And it isn't sinking in. I am so mad at the movie/marketing people because here are all of these toys that are targeted to kids who aren't recommended to see the movie!!!??? I remember the old cartoon, watched it with my brothers! Maybe they will rerelease those cartoons for the little guys??? He is going to be so disappointed!


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Oh, such mixed emotions for me! Recently, Hollywood has been re-releasing edgier versions of all the childhood storylines that I grew up with.

Ninja Turtles, various comicbook-based movies, and now Transformers. Unfortunately, the director of the movie is going in a completely different direction and only keeping the plot of "good robot" and "bad robot" that transforms. The original look and type of machine (all shiny and sharp) are now determined by sponsorship (General Motors). Most of us 20-something males have high hopes but low expectations for these reasons.

On the bright side, the cartoons are great! They teach a good ethic along with sparking a curiosity in tech. I'm pretty sure they're on DVD or otherwise accessible. *wink*
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is a device that transfers electrical energy from one circuit to another via magnetic coupling. You can read more at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformer

I find it so sad to read your message, Tara. Because to me, transformers have something to do with science, not cartoons and movies. My brother was given a transformer by my dad around the time he joined the Boy Scouts. He learned about electricity by playing around with it.

Today, he holds bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering, and has worked for IBM for the past 25 years or more. He put himself through school, has co-authored several patents, and still fixes his own car. When he was in high school, no one seemed sure whether or not he would even go to college. Go figure.

I'm upset with the movie/marketing people too, Tara. But not for the same reason you are. They've taken a perfectly wholesome scientific term and mis-appropriated it for another consumer movie. Meanwhile, nobody is learning much science, apparently. Are they?

Why not get your son a real transformer, one that is G-rated--one the whole family can learn to use? You might be pleasantly surprised.

All the best.
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I am a little dissappointed at the rating too. My sons are dying to see it. You can check out www.pluggedinonline.com. It is a great site and gives you details about movies from number of cuss words to what kind of violence. I always look to see before I take my kids to a movie no matter what the rating. I bought mine a SpiderMan CARTOON the other day and while they were watching it I heard a character say "What the hell?" I was shocked and the jacket said NOTHING about language. There was also a suggestive kissing scene at the beginning of it. I am shocked at what is being accepted as ok nowadays!
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Thanks for that link. I usually read Mom's Movie Review on Yahoo Movies.


 
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I'm sick of the transformers...
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your kid would love it at my house...my husband is a transformers nut....(And, no...I'm not kidding.) Target has some exclusive ones, by the way, my husband told me this, after he bought a bunch of them from there. And, of course the movie poster is hanging in my living room. He even has some of the old ones that "live" in my bedroom...and when he recruited my 6 year old daughter into his "efforts", I rebelled. And, then when the movie ratings came out, she also cried because she said it's not fair that daddy can go, and she can't...(It's like I'm raising two kids...not just one. )

I finally drew the line with Optimus Prime when he started talking to me one day, after my husband kept aggravating me with it...and said that he couldn't live in my room anymore (Prime...not DH... )

So, Optimus Prime got a swift kick in the rear out of my bedroom door, and at last I don't have to listen to him at night anymore.

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Cartoon Movie
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There's a cartoon version from 1986. It's called Transformers the Movie. It does have the old Transformers but it might work for him. It is rated PG but here's what Netflix had to say for the reason.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that, essentially, this is a commercial tie-in with a line of Hasbro action-figure toys. While this has a certain cult following (what bad movie doesn't?), it's a confusing, jumbled, and chaotic viewing experience for anyone who couldn't tell the Dinobots from the Insecticons. It also forms more or less the last episode of the original Transformers TV series, so if you feel like you've walked in late and missed something, that's why.
Violence
Much sci-fi mass destruction of machine and machine-life forms. Even sympathetic and heroic characters die
Language
One use of the S-word
Social Behavior
Simplistic ideas of good and evil, and promotes that fighting and warring are the inevitable route to peace. Though they all look alike physically, the Tranformers have different, uh, ethnicities, so to speak, via voiceover actors of different races and backgrounds. Only one (maybe) female robot
Commercialism
This movie is basically a toy commercial.

So if you can handle this for the kids then I say go rent a copy of this instead of the notably violent new version. Besides, this will look more like the cartoons he's used to seeing.
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The new cartoon version of Transformers is aired on Cartoon Network. It usually comes on (in California) at around 6 am on weekdays. If your son is a really early riser this might work for him (and it's followed by Pokemon I think). It's a pretty inocuous cartoon just like the classic 80's version that I watched as a kid - just with much better quality animation.

I agree with you about the false claims of the movie industry. I get so frustrated when a student will come to school and talk about a "kid" movie they've watched over the weekend. I try to see most of the movies my K's are watching so I can know what they're talking about but sometimes the movies just annoy me. They're marketed as family friendly films but they contain much more violence and even language than I would want a Kindergartner exposed to.

And what's up with parents not filtering what their children watch? I've had students in K that have seen Jurrassic Park, the Terminator and other movies of that ilk with their parents - it really shocks me!
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My son actually called my brother last night to see if he had any of his transformers from when he was a kid. We were talking about it (he is 5) and I said that Uncle Brian had those as a kid. Well, we called Grandma first, but she was shopping, so we called my brother. We were reminising about how the new stuff is NEVER the same....so high tech....my son learned about transformers from school and already knows he will NOT be allowed to see the movie.

I told my brother that he should've kept all his Ninja Turtle, He-man, Transformers, and Thundercats stuff....they will probably all come back and be worth a fortune.

Why or why does the media have to wreck everything??????
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