This video is pretty funny … but it raises an interesting question that Joy and I have discussed to some degree. When is the right time to introduce kids to the Star Wars series? We are not exactly concerned with the order, though I would probably lean toward the old movies I grew up with first. The bigger issue is whether the kids would understand what was going on. How would they react to the violence? Jaden has a tendency to become overly aggressive and walk around hitting his sisters with his toys (pretending they are swords) when he watches something too violent (think Incredibles level violence). If this is a problem with cartoons, we worry about how he’ll process live action violence, even if it is with weird alien beings. All of the kids have watched us play Lego Star Wars, and Jaden has Star Wars PJs and a Darth Vader costume (which he insisted on calling Dark Vader at first), so he knows what Star Wars is as a concept, but none of the kids have seen the movie.
Complicating things, of course, is that Naomi is three, and probably even less equipped to think critically about this. I’m curious what others have done. When did you introduce the movies (if you have)? What if anything would you change? Did you have a lot of questions to deal with, issues to talk through? How did you handle the religious undertones of “the force”? Are we just being overly cautious, and we should just lighten up and let them watch it? Let me/us know what you think. Please comment away below! I’ll be checking frequently to approve comments from those I haven’t approved before.
And if you haven’t clicked the link to watch the video … you really should. 🙂