I love the design in the film, and it was remarkable how much feeling and emotion in the character's face and body language the artists were able to develop. However, am I the only one that was sickened by the blatant message of "helpless love"? Sure this is a cutesy little animation film, not meant to be a brow beating didactic piece, but as we all should recognize - all media (regardless of the intent of the creators) teaches something.
|"We shall be married in the morning!" Tangled (2010)|
|Amanda Seyfried and Eddi Redmayne's characters fall in love in about ... 1 minute (different in the book!) in Les Misérables (2012)|
I know I am not being completely fair. We poke fun at it all the time (at least I do with my friends and family) about how quickly characters fall in love and can only be happy with this one certain person. Yeah, we might recognize that love is more than just thinking someone looks nice, but the media that our children and students consume usually doesn't explain that. Just to be clear, I don't mind that. I know that we don't have 3 hours for the love plot between Marius and Cossette to develop like maybe it should! But I also think we have a responsibility to note what the media is teaching about relationships and help children identify what is real versus what is merely dramatically appealing and convenient.
So, happy Valentines day! May you spend your money, express your love, and remember that you have a choice in whom you give your time, talents, and affection.