During the Super Bowl my five year old saw the trailer to the new Disney film Oz, The Great and Powerful. Being a huge Wizard of Oz fan, she was immediately drawn to it and watched it a few times with me. The trailer was fairly safe, nothing stood out as frightening and even though she knew they looked different, she was familiar with many of the characters. Since watching it, she’s been talking about seeing it when it comes out in March. She even wrote down the release date on a calendar.
However, on the weekend I came across a problem. I saw a new trailer for the film which showed many scary parts and it’s pretty clear that it’s not the kids movies she is used to. So now I face the problem of making her understand that she might not be able to watch it. Instead of waiting for the release date, I decided to talk to her about it now. I explained how it might be too scary for her but she had a response to everything.
“Dad, Wizard of Oz never scared me.” (She started watching it when she was 2 before knowing what fear is)
“Well you really like Toy Story 1 and 2, but in Toy Story 3 you got scared because of the yelling monkey.”
“But when I watched it again I was ok.”
This went back and forth a few times and then she came up with a solution: we would go to the theater on that day and ask the staff if it’s too scary for 5 year olds. So for now this is what I agreed to. I’m sure many of you dads have come across this same problem. What did you do?