Join Date: Nov 2001
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Yammer/Dov: A friend bought us Totoro for our little girl, knowing how we eschewed Disney as her worldview. It is wonderful, as is Kiki's Delivery Service, and for all the reasons Eberyt cites. it just feels like my childhood more than the conflict-laden crap that kids are fed today.
Yogamama and others: I was scared of the violence, but way more scared when they were trying to escape from the Balrog and had to climb up high and lonely swaying bridges in Moria. Being really familiar with the story, I knew when the icky parts were coming, and I'm not sure I want to see more of the Uruk-Hai.
But like all "true" stories, violence leads to real pain and loss. That's why watching war movies is so painful. I've never made it through Schindler's List, for example...
Definitely not for kids tho'. The wringwraiths are the stuff of nightmare.