Today starts the fall onslaught of monster movies for kids at theaters.
The first movie in the group, “ParaNorman,” opens today in 3-D. It’s animation but the story is a little bit dark. It’s about a boy that “can see dead people.” He’s called upon to use his power to stop an evil ghost from hurting their town.
I am sure this will be funny as well as exciting, but I think it’s definitely intended for older kids (not preschoolers). I would probably leave my 5-year-old at home for this one and just take my 9-and 11- year olds. (Walsh just told me he doesn’t want to see it because he thinks it’s going to be too scary.)
Then in September (Sept. 28), “Hotel Transylvania” opens. It’s about a vampire who runs a hotel for monsters to get away from humans. All the classic monsters have checked in and then a human shows up! It stars the voices of Adam Sandler and Andy Samburg, both formerly of Saturday Nigh Live. But it was created by Genndy Tartakovsky, who you may remember from “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “Samurai Jack.” I loved Dexter’s Laboratory” so I am sure this will be clever and funny.
The next monster movie open Oct. 5 and it’s stop-motion animation from Tim Burton. “Frankenweenie” stars Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Winona Ryder. A little boy mad scientist re-animates his dog after he dies. It is PG.
Again, this is a pretty dark theme – a pet dying and bringing it back to life. I think it is meant for older kids and preteens.
Monsters are popular with kids in general though. Last year the “Monster High dolls” and webepisodes and movie on TV took off. Rose loved them and then Lilina and her little buddies got hooked as well. They are twists on classic monster characters such as Draculaura the daughter of Dracula or Frankie Stein the daughter of you guessed it Frankenstein.
How do you feel about these monster movies? Will you go to see them with your kids? How old? Why do you think classic monster movies are in?
What about those Monster High dolls and website? Did your kids get into those last year? (They may be waning now. Are they still in? My kids are pretty well over them.)