TODITDRR (I've decided to abbreviate "The other day in the doc review room" from now on) we were discussing creepy movies we watched as kids. I am convinced that while the cartoons of our generation completely own the anime crap kids watch now. (When Alpha was about five, I took him to see Pokemon: The Movie! only to realize about ten minutes in that Pokemon is apparently about cock-fighting and slavery.)
However ... the movies? In that regard I will give the win to this current kiddie generation. When I think about the movies I watched as a kid, I am certain that my parents just aimlessly wandered into Cosmos Video (rent local, folks) and grabbed whatever was sitting on the CHILDREN shelf.
For example? When I was a first grader, all I wanted for my birthday party was The Little Mermaid, which had come out to rent a few weeks before. Unfortunately, my dad was in charge of getting the movie, and completely underestimating Little Mermaid-mania, went down to Cosmos the afternoon of my party to find all copies checked out.
He came back with a live-action version instead. Where the mermaid dies at the end.
Yup, I was that kid.
I also watched Scruffy, where I learned about euthanasia for the first time. The Last Unicorn, which to this day I am convinced is the kindergarten version of Requiem for a Dream.
And I know that
If you haven't seen it, Samson and Sally is about a little sperm whale whose mother is killed by whalers. Soon after, his home is destroyed by polluters, and Samson's whole pod has to swim under an oil slick without coming up for air. Several whales are unable to do this, go up to early and get their blowholes clogged. The other whales are forced to continue on whilst they choke to death and sink to the bottom of the ocean.
THEN (no, it's not over) Samson decides that he needs to seek out the legendary Moby Dick, who for some reason is all drunk and existential when Samson finds him. (There may have been sharks, too, but I've blocked the rest from memory.) Samson ultimately accepts the futility of his existence, and the movie ends.
But honestly, I don't blame my parents. Who expects all that when you're looking at this?:
I'm pretty sure the drawings of the musical sea-creatures is a straight-up rip-off Little Mermaid, too. I don't remember a single song number in that damn movie.