Let's make the case: The most bizarre movies ever made for kids
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Let’s make the case: The most bizarre movies ever made for kids

Let’s make the Case: The most bizarre movies ever made for kids

Make the Case is trying something new this month. The column has expanded from 5 movies up to 7. We’ll see what happens. We may switch between numbers that are most comfortable for us. It’s impossible to know. The world is madness.

Are today’s kids, or youths, getting this weird and wonderful stuff in their movie meals? While it may not matter, there was a time when people made and released films that were marketed to children. Many of these movies would have largely unfamiliar elements to kids under 15. Studio attention is not as thorough with these films today, whether it’s darker themes or the shared vision of all involved.

It doesn’t appear that many movies are suitable for a whole family. They also don’t want to explore depth in how these themes are presented and explored visually. This is not a problem. However, a part of my nostalgia can be triggered by seeing the movies promoted to children in the present.

This is what I am referring to this month, my nostalgia. While I am looking for something to yell at, these are 7 of my favourite movies about kids I found strange when they were first shown to me and still do in the present.

For this issue of Make the Case, will “weird” also means “good”?

Most likely not. That’s okay. We’ll get to that later.

Spy Kids (2001).

Spy Kids may be the most commercially successful and accessible movie we cover. It’s just as bizarre and chaotic as any Robert Rodriguez movie.

It’s a great idea for an action movie. Two children (Daryl Sabara & Alexa PenaVega) become super spies to save their parents (Antonio Banderas & Carla Gugino). Although this could have been bland, entertaining entertainment, Rodriquez and those he surrounded himself with would not have appreciated it. Spy Kids may not be the most profound movie, but it is filled with too much love and charm to be considered empty.

This movie is still a kid’s film and can be quite confusing if you watch it many years later than you did when it was your childhood. Spy Kids 2 also features a scene where Steve Buscemi discusses the nature of God. Although it’s been recited and mutilated to death, it’s not the most bizarre thing in this extraordinary series. You can watch the entire franchise.

Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

My wife Cara and I watched Babe: Pig in the City again. She hadn’t seen it since she was 8 or 9. It was so dark and strange that it almost took her breath away. Pig in the City is now in the same group as the remake of Suspiria.

After the 1995 film Babe: Pig in the City, which grossed an astounding $250 million, it was inevitable that Babe: Pig in the City would be a sequel. I’m not sure I could accurately describe how many people loved the pig and his dream to become a sheepdog if you were not there in the mid-90s. It’s a wonderful movie for kids that has a wide audience.

Although it was a success with audiences and critics, it wasn’t popular, and it’s probably because it’s one of the most unpredictable and unhinged mainstream films of the 1990s. The title of the film city alone makes it scarier than many horror films from the same decade.

Return to Oz (1985).

We are not ranking any of these. If we could Return to Oz may be the best. Return to Oz has been a favourite of mine for 30 years. However, it has been dark, sinister and intense for many audiences.

This kind of sequel to The Wizard of Oz places Dorothy (a remarkable performance by a young Fairuza baulk) on a yellow brick road that is much bleaker. It begins in a location that is closer to L. Frank Baum’ssspirit than the 1939 MGM film. And it gets even crazier from there.

In 1985, Return to Oz struck strange chords with audiences. It was a strange experience for adults but a hit with children. How can I tell? It’s one of those movies that every elder Millennial (Christ kill me) has seen, loved, and remembered. Although there is a mixed bag at the end, it still applies to this movie. They don’t look for good or bad.

The Witches (1990).

The Witches were certainly a stressful time for some people.

This would be Jim Henson’ssfinal film (with the creature effects from the shop lending an enduring vitality to the surreal children’ssfilm). He died in 1990. Roald Dahl was not impressed by the film. He found it an awful adaptation of his book and disliked its choice to end with a happy ending. Is that important? It doesn’ttreally matter unless the author loves the movie based on their work.

These are interesting points for one of the most bizarre mainstream films about children’ssfilmmaking in the 1990s. Anjelica Hudson gives a stellar performance as the head of a group of witches who are determined to wipe every child off the planet. Even if The Witches did not have her brilliant villain performance, it would still have a story with an execution that assumes kids can handle a cartoonish live-action nightmare.

Let’s make the case: The most bizarre movies ever made for kids
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