- Both of the character’s parents are alive
- Both of the character’s parents have believable, distinct, complimentary, relatable personalities.
- The character and her siblings have a friendly relationship and help each other
- the horse isn’t a dog
- the overall message is less “DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU WHAT TO DO” and more “Your parents aren’t strict because they’re trying to ruin your life, they care about you and want to see you succeed”
I knew I was old when I saw Coraline and my first thought wasn’t ‘Aw poor kid, her parents are boring and ignore her to do their work like boring adults, why they gotta be like that’ but instead ‘JESUS CORALINE LEAVE THEM ALONE CAN’T YOU SEE THEY HAVE A DEADLINE AND ARE FORCED TO LIVE IN THAT SHITTY OLD HOUSE YOU HATE BECAUSE THEY’RE FUCKING POOR AND DON’T ASK FOR 30DOLLAR GLOVES WHEN YOUR MOTHER IS CLEARLY TRYING TO KEEP THE GROCERY LIST AS SMALL AS POSSIBLE YOU SELFISH CUNT.’
We need more kids media that show less ‘fuck parents they don’t understand’ and more ‘cut your parents some fucking slack their lives are hard too they are fucking trying’
I think that every time I watch Coraline. Thankfully the message of the movie is more or less “Stop wasting time pouting about what you don’t have and make do with what’s around you”.
You know, the more I think about Brave the more I like it. It is by no means a perfect movie, but I do appreciate having another Mother-Daughter story floating in a sea of Father-Son stories (that are an impenetrable wall of UNRELATEABLE to me).