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Introducing Kids To Star Wars
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(I'm sure this has been discussed here and/or at OT at some point but I swear I did a search and didn't see it.  You can't just search Star Wars on this site cause... yikes.)

So I have a 4 year old who keeps asking about Star Wars. I feel like she's too young for Star Wars (1977) but I've never seen the cartoon stuff (Clone Wars, Rebels, etc.).  Question is: do I wait til she's old enough to see the original (and what age is a good?) or start with the cartoons now?  Will the cartoons water down the impact of the films and/or spoil plot points or do they build interest and lay groundwork for enjoyment of the films?
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#2


Loved it myself as a kid. Before the prequel trilogy insanity started. Anthony Daniels doing the voice. It's the Droids adventures with different masters before '77, so would be a great intro to a first watch of Star Wars.
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#3
My kids are four (will be five in September). One of them has been obsessed with Star Wars imagery for about two years after randomly picking up a Star Wars ABC book that my wife's SW obsessed college roommate gave us when the twins were born. He is particularly obsessed with Vader. I started playing the Imperial March on the guitar and now  he's also obsessed with the music. I made a quick edit of Star Wars (1977) to cut out some of the more intense bits. It cuts out about five minutes. I put it on an iPad for him but all he does is scrobble through to find Vader scenes. I'm happy to share my very rough edit. PM me if you want.
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#4
Quote:I feel like she's too young for Star Wars (1977)

Absolutely not. I was about her age when I first saw Star Wars on VHS. The cartoons aren't exactly a good introduction to the universe, but they are good for kids familiar with it.

I'd say to start her off with Star Wars (1977), and see where to take it from there. If you do the machete order with her, you can start watching the Clone Wars cartoon in between Clones and Sith, then watch Rebels between Jedi and Awakens.
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(08-21-2017, 08:34 PM)Dr. Chim Richalds Wrote: (I'm sure this has been discussed here and/or at OT at some point but I swear I did a search and didn't see it.  You can't just search Star Wars on this site cause... yikes.)

YMMV but...

http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/whata-g...267/page/1
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/What-ag...s/id/12072
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Adventu...304/page/1
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Introdu...n/id/54903

And this idiot let his kids watch ROTS:

http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Liveblo...e/id/48230
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#6
Frink, that live blog is awesome. I'm not on OT so thanks for sharing it here.
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#7
(08-22-2017, 11:18 AM)TVs Frink Wrote: And this idiot let his kids watch ROTS:
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Liveblo...e/id/48230


Took me WAAAAAAAAAY too long to notice who the poster of that thread was...
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(08-22-2017, 11:18 AM)TVs Frink Wrote: And this idiot let his kids watch ROTS:

http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Liveblo...e/id/48230

"Star Wars is Serious"
That's the best! 

Thanks for the input, y'all. Looks like between here and OT (thanks for the links, Frink) age of first watch varies between 3 and 10 but usually starts where we all did. Except for TMTYC; I'll have to check out the Droids cartoon.
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#9
One of my earliest memories is watching the original Star Wars.  Couldn't have been older than four years, probably three.  Later in life, I made a fan edit notorious for the "unzipping scenes".  Whether there is correlation, I can not say.  Proceed with caution.
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#10
I've just noticed that nobody (including myself, whoops) has asked you the question:

"Do you think your daughter is ready, for it?"

Has your daughter been exposed to the themes prevalent in Star Wars? Do you personally think you have equipped her to handle it? If so, go right ahead! I agree that maaaaaybe you should leave Revenge of the Sith til the tail end though. Let her mature a little before we get to the child murder and PG-13 rating Tongue
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