This fall beware of monsters at the movies!

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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.)

42 comments Add your comment

jarvis

August 17th, 2012
8:24 am

I guess she’s a trend setter, my daughter has been playing with Draculaura and the like for a couple of years.

As for monster movies, I like the darker stuff, and I don’t think kids of appropriate age will be scared. Then again, I’d take my 5-year-old to see the Dark Knight , so what kind of judge am I?

A

August 17th, 2012
8:52 am

We were thinking about going to see Paranorman but reviews have been mixed to not so good. I think we’ll wait for Wreck-It Ralph in a few months.

FCM

August 17th, 2012
8:55 am

Mine asked me to read the Monster High Books…they are nothing like the Nickelodeon deal. The stories have a good message about being accepted despite differences. They safely explore social relationships of HS.

My kids love Burton. As I recally felt Coraline was a bit dark too. My kids (must have been 7 & 9 then) loved it. They are already excited he has new work coming out. My child was 7 when she saw Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in the theater. She and her sister (10 & 12) saw all the Twilight movies…#3 in the movie theater.

But who cares? My children and yours are not the same. You know your kids and you know what they can handle.

I remember seeing Howard Stern in an interview back in the late 80’s (maybe early 90s before I had children for sure)…..they asked him would he let his children listen to his show his reply was “Of course not! It is inappropriate for them. But then that is called parenting!”

FCM

August 17th, 2012
8:58 am

(oops that should be as I recall you felt Coraline was too scary for the kids).

Voice of Reason

August 17th, 2012
9:13 am

Wreck-It-Ralph will be EPIC! I’m so looking forward to that movie.

The fact that Nintendo allowed Disney to put Bowser, one of Nintendo’s characters, in the movie is unprecedented. That’s like Apple letting Microsoft put windows on an iPad.

As for the other movies….meh.

PS

August 17th, 2012
9:15 am

Yeah, glad my littles are too young to get into this (just about to turn 5). We’re up to our eyeballs in My Little Pony, though. (Which, I have to admit, the new MLP cartoon is actually quite entertaining.)

julia

August 17th, 2012
10:03 am

I would love to discuss the blatant raciest bigots at the ASO over the Lassiter and Walton HS thing…

Kat

August 17th, 2012
10:07 am

Only a parent can know what his/her child can handle; only a good parent will follow through with how it’s handled.

Kat

August 17th, 2012
10:07 am

Summer 2013: Monsters University (Monsters Inc. 2)!

jarvis

August 17th, 2012
10:21 am

@Julia, Clearly what the ASO means by not diverse enough is “too white”. They have selected Grady this year. How diverse is the Grady High School chorus?

The ASO is too stupid to get out of its own way. Clearly the correct answer would have been, “Walton and Lassiter have performed the last four years, and we think it is time for other schools to be given the opportunity.”

But….instead they say “diverse” which no longer means “variety”.

Ice, Ice, Baby

August 17th, 2012
10:37 am

Atlanta symphony to Walton and Lassiter high school chorus: All right stop. Collaborate and listen, you’re too white, white, baby, vanilla white, white, baby.

motherjanegoose

August 17th, 2012
10:47 am

Is it FAST FRIDAY…quick let’s change the topic? Just joking! I had nothing to add on this one but thought others perhaps would. I RARELY go to the movies and have no children at home to take either. Have a great weekend all!

julia

August 17th, 2012
11:45 am

that whole thing is a load of bull…. from their facebook page they have lost all sorts of support.. and IM glad!

HB

August 17th, 2012
11:58 am

I thought the ASO invited Walton and Lassiter to share the stage with Grady (creating a more diverse combined group), but they declined because they would not be able to bring their full groups. It was the schools’ choice to make, and I don’t see where the ASO did anything wrong. There’s no reason they should be expected to invite the same groups, under the same conditions every year. Back when I was in h.s. band we sometimes had opportunities where the full band couldn’t be accomodated. The directors either trimmed the group down by merit (brought only the top players), by seniority (freshman and sometimes sophomores were cut), or declined the opportunity without whining about it.

julia

August 17th, 2012
12:08 pm

Sorry HB, they were flat out told NO… This year, the schools were informed by symphony officials that their choruses are not diverse enough, and that the symphony would be inviting a third, more diverse chorus,” said Cobb County Schools spokesman Jay Dillon.

HB

August 17th, 2012
12:15 pm

Julia, you left out part of Mr. Dillon’s statement: “For the past four years, the Lassiter and Walton high school choruses have performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This year, the schools were informed by Symphony officials that their choruses are not diverse enough, and that the Symphony would be inviting a third, more diverse chorus. Because of limited space, only a portion of the Lassiter and Walton choruses would therefore be able to attend.”

julia

August 17th, 2012
12:20 pm

I understand that.. but they were told no bc they were not dark enough… MARIETTA, Ga. —

Two Cobb County high school choruses will not be performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this year, because the symphony said their groups are not racially diverse enough.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 17th, 2012
12:20 pm

Hmm didn’t know about the chorus stuff — very interesting. glad you guys had input on that.

Pony Mom — We are all about ponies too and I have a pony topic on the schedule. The cartoon is totally different from the old one and done by I believe the wife of the guy that made the powerpuff girls — I will double check that — she had some connection to power puff girls and you can totally tell!!! it looks and sounds and attitude is all powerpuff girls. L brings her ponies everywhere!!

FCM

August 17th, 2012
12:28 pm

I live where my kids will go to POPE. Which is smack between the 2 schools in question.

Little known fact most of the really musically talented “diverse” students in those schools end up at Pebblebrook.

At any rate I can tell you that Pope is certainly diverse if my neighborhood is an indication. Also, I have seen their Choral program (by the way the conductor is Asian American). I have seen their Orchestra and Band Programs too…..they do a WONDERFUL winter holdiay program (spearheaded by Eric Gray, Orchestra Conductor) up at Kennesaw State University. I would honestly take those kids playing over the ASO any day of the year. Anyway, Lassiter and Walton both have “diverse” populations if driving through the surrounding areas is any way to tell.

All the way around it is will be ASO’s loss. Additionally, Grady is not diverse so are the inviting some other schools to come perform with Grady?

HB you left out where the ASO is 78% white.

jarvis

August 17th, 2012
12:29 pm

@HB, I think if two majority black schools were asked to bring a reduced chorus to make room for the entirety a majority white school’s chorus admittedly based on the race of the students, we’d probably have some large scale outrage. Don’t you agree?

Augusta

August 17th, 2012
12:33 pm

@julia – please stop. All you are trying to do is stir something up.

This is not the place for a racist blog. You may be upset, but don’t try and upset everyone else around you. I know misery loves company, but please stop.

Augusta

August 17th, 2012
12:34 pm

Besides that, YOUR president has done enough to divide this great country.

FCM

August 17th, 2012
12:35 pm

@ Augusta….I think Julia is right. She is pointing out it is REVERSE discrimination, something that is largely ignored by people.

FCM

August 17th, 2012
12:37 pm

@ Augusta….if Julia is from the area in Cobb those schools are in, AND she is outraged by revese discrimination it is more likely she is a GOP member and is not any more fond of Obama than you are.

East Cobb is notoriously conservative.

HB

August 17th, 2012
12:40 pm

No, according to Cobb Co. Schools (ASO disagrees with their statement, however, and the Cobb spokesman has not provided any documentation to back their claims), they were told that their schools alone didn’t reflect the diversity the ASO wanted to present in their show, so they were invited to bring fewer students to share the stage with a third group from the Atlanta community. So even by Cobb’s account, the ASO was inviting a third group to increase diversity rather than simply leaving the Cobb groups out all together. Walton and Lassiter should graciously say, “Thank you for providing this opportunity for the past four years, but we will not be able participate if we cannot include our full groups.” The end.

Augusta

August 17th, 2012
12:57 pm

Julia has been on this blog before and stirred up racism. It’s people like her who keep racism alive and well.

Me

August 17th, 2012
12:58 pm

Nothing I can do to change the level of diversity or to change the decisions of the ASO so, instead, we cancelled our membership this morning. We had a Patron Partnership at the Vicace Level ($5,000.00) but the ASO can forget that now. The ASO was already in the news with concerns over funding, contract talks with musicians over salary cuts, etc. and now this.

PS

August 17th, 2012
1:10 pm

Well, that escalated quickly.

(TWG – would LOVE a Ponies topic – they’ve actually got a whole “Bronies” movement where guys in their teens and early 20’s are religious watchers of the show as well. My husband actually enjoys the show just as much as the girls do.)

FCM

August 17th, 2012
1:13 pm

@ ME…your wrong…cancelling your membership (if others do it too) may send a very loud message to the ASO.

I have an Orch Dork in residence. She (according to instructors) has the potential to be a great on her intrument as she has a good ear (the only thing I can play is the radio! so I am going to trust them!)). I would hate to think since she (or her sister who is going choral) are white (again, not their fault) they would be denied being able to work with a great symphony one day.

Augusta…I still think reverse discrimination is alive and well. I do think that we need to get back to the actual dream of MLK and not this idea that anyone should have to fulfil a quota.

DB

August 17th, 2012
1:47 pm

Re: ASO conflagration. The ASO can invite whomever they please. I’m sure Walton and Lassiter were looking forward to it, but oh, well. The audience at most ASO concerts is about 80% non-black (Asian, Caucasian, hispanic, etc.), as is the orchestra itself Perhaps the ASO is trying to widen its base of appeal. Given Atlanta demographics, that leaves only one major area that they don’t seem to be pulling in. It’s a business decision. However, I am gawd-almighty tired of “diversity” being used as a synomyn for “we need more blacks”. No one ever says “diversity” and means, “We need more Asians”, for example.

Voice of Reason

August 17th, 2012
1:49 pm

Whatever happened to “if you’re awesome at something, we don’t care what your skin color is because you’ve deserved it?”

FCM

August 17th, 2012
2:09 pm

@DB…I’ll give you an Amen on your last sentence!

PS

August 17th, 2012
3:24 pm

So…. does anyone want to discuss the actual topic? :crickets:

julia

August 17th, 2012
4:05 pm

Augusta I have no clue of what you are talking about… This subject must hit home for you since you are having such an issue with it and he is NOT my president!

This is discrimination and if this happened to Grady, oh lord. Jesse Jackson and the rest of his flock would be wetting them selves!

Me.. Thank you so much!!

Sarah

August 17th, 2012
7:13 pm

What’s ASO???

julia

August 17th, 2012
8:52 pm

Sarah, its the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra…

HB

August 17th, 2012
9:53 pm

FCM, you think this is reverse discrimination? I don’t understand that. These schools were invited to be part of the show for 4 years, and again this year as a smaller group. No one’s claimed they are more deserving based on talent than Grady or any other schools (there was no formal competition that I read of; they were told 4 years ago that they would be invited through 2011 with no guarantees after that). They are not even being cut out of the program entirely. How can anyone say they haven’t been given fair opportunities to perform with the ASO?

oh dear god

August 18th, 2012
2:49 am

HB, either you are an idiot or you did not read this. What part of YOU ARE NOT DIVERSE enough do you not understand??

too soon

August 18th, 2012
5:51 pm

The title of this blog reminds me of the Aurora monster at the movies.

Ally

August 19th, 2012
10:24 pm

Back to the original topic… My 7yo has a long history of being scared of most movies. She has only become comfortable going in the past year (she just turned 7 in July), so First Grade was a big year for us, movie-wise.
She has seen the trailers for all 3 of the above listed monster movies, and clearly has stated that she really, really wants to see Hotel Transylvania (more than Brave) and has no desire to see the other 2. She is also into Monster High dolls, if that is a factor.
Just my quick 2 cents for anyone who is still interested in the monster movie topic…

Ally

August 19th, 2012
10:28 pm

Regarding the Atlanta ASO situations, here’s part of what I read in the East Cobb Patch, dated Aug 16 (sorry TWG, I read many news sites, not just the AJC :-))… Others have already posted most of the story, so I’m only posting what I think is new:

“Update, 3:15 p.m.: Patch has received an offical response from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Vice President for Marketing and Symphony Pops, Charlie Wade. Wade’s statement reads as follows:

Thank you for your concern, and we apologize for any misunderstanding. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has a long and proud tradition of inviting talented amateur singers to perform with our orchestra. Our audiences have heard the Young Singers of Callanwolde, Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs, and Gwinnett Young Singers —accompanied by our talented musicians. Four years ago, for the first time, we invited two high school choirs to participate in our Holiday Pops concerts. The Lassiter and Walton high school choruses have done an outstanding job, but they are only two of at least 12 very fine high school choirs in the Atlanta area. We think those choirs merit a chance to sing with the ASO as well.

Two years ago we told the choral directors from Lassiter and Walton that, after their December 2011 concerts with us — capping a four-year run — we would invite other high school choirs to sing with the ASO beginning in 2012. The Lassiter and Walton directors thanked us for the opportunity we had afforded them and their students. This year, we look forward to sharing our stage with the Grady High School chorus for the first time, and we’re delighted to continue our tradition of inviting talented amateur singers to perform with the ASO. We enjoy our partnership with Lassiter and Walton, and look forward to collaborating with them in the future.

Update, 3:00 p.m.: According to Dr. Timothy Furnish of Woodstock, the Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra called him after Furnish left a heated voicemail with the ASO. Furnish says the director made no mention of racial diversity. Additionally, the director said that after four years of working with Lassiter and Walton high schools, they wanted to give other schools a chance to participate in the holiday concert.”

Scotty

August 20th, 2012
12:54 am

My wife & I took our 9 year old to see Paranorman tonight. We left the 5 & 3 year olds at home (honestly, they had no interest in seeing it, but we thought it would probably scare them anyways). The 9 year old definitely had some scared moments in the theater but over all I don’t think it was too scary. I thought the movie itself was only OK…it definitely had some humorous moments that were just for parents though, stuff that kids wouldn’t get at all. We saw it in 3D because it was the only option available at the show time that would work out for us, but I think 3D was a waste of money for this movie. It would have been pretty much the same in 2D. There were also some good trailers before the show – Rise of the Guardians, Frankenweenie, Hotel Transylvania and the Hobbit (which interestingly was the one the 9 year old singled out that he absolutely has to see.)