If you have kids, or at least have ever spent a lot of time with young children, you should well understand the way they get fixated on certain movies and watch them over and over again. As a result, you’ll wind up watching them over and over again as well, to the point of exhaustion. What movies have you had to suffer through in order to placate the kids in your life?
I don’t know that I’m sick of them, but before I had a daughter, I would NEVER have thought I would be able to tolerate Pixar’s ‘Cars’ movies. When they first came out, they seemed like the epitome of mindless kids’ entertainment and the downfall of Pixar. She’s not so interested in them now, but once my daughter was old enough to request movies and TV shows, there was a long stretch where ‘Cars‘ and ‘Cars 2‘ were some of her favorites. The funny thing is, if there’s something that makes my daughter extremely happy, I have a very hard time finding fault in it.
M. Enois Duarte
When my daughter was in grade school, I let her watch my VHS tapes of ‘Ren & Stimpy’ and ‘Beetlejuice’. She instantly fell in love with them and would constantly watch them over and over again every morning during her summer breaks. Thankfully, I could watch those shows repeatedly and never be tired of them. The real problem began in the late ’90s when ‘The Powerpuff Girls‘ came out, and my daughter immediately became a fanatic. At first, I enjoyed the show’s quirkiness and oddness while also seeming like an animated series out of the 1960s.
However, after year two of watching many of the same episodes again and again, the show lost its charm and humor. When the eventual theatrical movie came out, of course, we had to watch it on the silver screen. It wasn’t a bad experience, but I found myself yawning a lot and even dozing off a couple times while my daughter watched in complete bliss, an immovable, trance-like stare that gobbled up all the pretty colors. To be perfectly honest, as bored as I was, it was well worth it just to witness that beautiful smirk of utter, innocent joy from seeing her favorite characters on the big screen.
Over the years, my daughters have taken to two movies they repeatedly watched like crazy: one of which I’m basically done with and, oddly, one that never burned me out because it’s just perfect.
The burned-out movie is ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas‘. No matter the season or holiday, they ALWAYS wanted to watch it. I admire and adore the film, but I’ve seen it a few times more than I should have. Maybe I’ll be ready to give it another shot in ten years.
The title that wasn’t able to burn me out was ‘WALL•E‘. There’s something – many things, in fact – that make it timeless. When my girls attached to it and started repeat viewings, I worried that I’d get fried, but that never happened. It’s just as entertaining to watch now as it was the first time I saw it.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
I’m not a parent, but I did (well, still do) have a sister.
Having been born at the tail-end of the 1970s, I grew up around VCRs but never took to watching the same movies obsessively. I’m not sure I really had the option. My sister was born in 1981, and it was an altogether different story there. My father was an A/V nut back in those days. We had no shortage of VCRs, and since Macrovision wasn’t a thing yet, we’d copy every single thing we rented. He made Nicky a tape that had ‘Dumbo‘, a bunch of random ‘Merry Melodies’ cartoons, and ‘Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City’, and she watched it start to finish every single day. She could recite every line in ‘Dumbo’ word for word, and even though I probably can’t tell you what I had for lunch today, I still have entire sequences of that Strawberry Shortcake special forever seared in my brain.
A few years later, she’d do the same thing with ‘Labyrinth‘, which I was subjected to so much growing up that it took me something like twenty years until I could bring myself to watch it again. (It’s a favorite now!)
My kids are still young enough that they don’t understand the distinction between movies and TV shows. Most of what we let them consumer is TV content. They can watch episodes of ‘Sesame Street’, ‘Yo Gabba Gabba’ or ‘Paw Patrol’ ad nauseam.
My son Thomas in particular is obsessed with cars, trucks and vehicles of any sort. When their grandmother gave the boys a collection of Disney storybooks, he immediately gravitated to those based on Pixar’s ‘Cars‘, even without having seen the movie. Not long after that, the movie aired on cable and we recorded it on our DVR. The boys have watched that recording innumerable times since then – usually only in half-hour chunks, because their attention span doesn’t last much longer than that.
As an adult, ‘Cars’ has never been one of my favorite Pixar efforts, but the first movie is pretty tolerable and has a genuine sweetness and warmth. I can deal with the repetition of that one. I dread the day when my sons are old enough to comprehend the notion of a sequel and demand to see the wretched ‘Cars 2’. One viewing of that was as much as I think I’ll ever be able to take.
What movies have kids driven you crazy by watching again and again? Do you remember which movies you were obsessed with at a young age?