Movies For Children Don’t Make Enough Profit

This is an old article, but I just stumbled on it: Why aren’t there more ‘G’ movies?

John Colvin, a father of two, believes Hollywood needs to be more aware of an underserved audience. “They don’t make enough movies for me to take my wife and kids to,” he says.

I don’t go to movies often, but I would if I could take my children. Unfortunately, there are only a few children movies released annually, and one of those was so boring my daughter wanted to leave, which we did (that movie was Robots). Yes, there are a lot of children movies available for purchase and rental, but it isn’t the same; going to a theater with a four year old is fun, frustrating, exciting, and often hilarious (if not for you then for parents around you).

I hate the phrase “… enough profit”. How much is “enough”? Stupid capitalism.

3 Replies to “Movies For Children Don’t Make Enough Profit”

  1. I’d like to point out that Hollywood is the single most unionized town/industry in the US. If it weren’t, many, many more small movies in all genres and ratings would get made.

    (I’m not defending the executives. They’re almost all walking colostomy bags.)

  2. This New Narnia movie will make a lot of dough. But most kids movies like the Disney animated drek are stupid and boring.

  3. I saw “Narnia” yesterday. I hadn’t planned on seeing it. I thought it would be another soulless CGI affair like all the Harry Potter movies where a bunch of stuff happens that’s neat to look at it, but really don’t add up to much. “Narnia,” despite being a Walt Disney picture, isn’t too bad, though I’m not sure it’s suitable for small children. It’s not the most action-packed movie, but the CGI characters (e.g., beavers, and wovles, etc.), for the most part, look like the real thing. Except they talk. A couple times you can tell it’s CGI, but it’s never distracting. It feels believeable. Having never read the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, I didn’t know what to expect. That’s probably why everytime something new happened, I thought, “This is really neat.” The voice of the lion provided by Liam Neeson is distracting at first, and perhaps miscast, but otherwise, there isn’t much wrong with the movie. It succeeds at telling a nice fairy tale with a good message (i.e., be forgiving to your stupid brother). It may not be a great movie, but it’s probably the best kids’ movie in theatres right now, and a good movie, regardless.

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