Free-Range Pixar!

Hi Folks! I loved this letter sent in by Emily Guy Birken, who describes herself as a stay-at-home-mom and a freelance writer in Lafayette, Indiana.  She blogs about her life with her rambunctious toddler at http://sahmnambulist.blogspot.com.
 
Dear Free-Range Kids: Your post  about “How to Spot a Predator” reminded me of something I noticed recently when watching some of my son’s favorite movies with him.  It seems to me that Pixar has quite the Free-Range attitude.  The predator post reminded me of the moment in The Incredibles, when the mom tells her kids that there are bad guys who want to hurt them, and then she tells them exactly how to handle that situation, rather than lying to them or abandoning her plans to save her husband so she can protect her kids from those bad guys.  She trusted her kids to be smart and talented enough to handle something, should it happen.
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Some other things I’ve noticed from Pixar:
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Finding Nemo is pretty overtly free range, as Marlin loses Nemo in the first place because he’s too overprotective and Nemo wants to prove that he’s capable.  And Nemo and Marlin both learn how to be more self reliant and able to handle uncertainty through their adventures.
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Wall*e is all about what happens to human beings when decisions are taken out of their hands.  All the humans on the Axiom have become fat and incapable of regular movement because they’ve allowed machines to do their thinking (and doing) for them.
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Up features a little boy who seeks out the company of an older man, to both of their benefits.
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Monsters, Inc. explains that a child’s laughter is more powerful than her screams–which to me means we should empower our children to enjoy their childhoods, and not be frightened of every possibility.
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I don’t know if you have Pixar fans in your family [Lenore here: All 4 of us!], but with my little 3-D animation lover at home, I’ve been noticing that I not only enjoy the stories and animation in his favorite films, I also love the messages he’s soaking up when he watches them.
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Just thought I’d share… EmilyI guess I AM a Free-Range Kid...er...fish.