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Introducing Kids To Star Wars
#11
I probably saw A New Hope during the '79 re-release. I was scared by the devil-looking guy and the werewolves in the cantina. Interestingly, Lucas cut those for the Special Editions. I loved everything else that I remembered, though.

I can imagine that the burning bodies of Uncle Beru and Uncle Owen might be a bit much.

Moe's cut sounds like it might be right up your daughter's alley -- although with his son being so obsessed with Vader, I'm worried that he's slipping to the Dark Side of the Force. Tongue (Be sure to read that last bit in your head with an Alec Guiness voice.)

"Droids" was cute (I love the theme song most of all), and you might want to try some "Clone Wars" or "Rebels" to test the waters of how ready she is.

Hope these ramblings helped somewhat!
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#12
Yeah I don't know if she's quite there yet... She's a mixed bag. Had no problem with live action jungle book but cries when Mufasa dies in Lion King. I think she gets more upset when the characters are upset than if something "scary" happens. Hard to talk through charred corpses though... Fair point.
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#13
(08-23-2017, 09:14 PM)Dr. Chim Richalds Wrote: Yeah I don't know if she's quite there yet... She's a mixed bag. Had no problem with live action jungle book but cries when Mufasa dies in Lion King. I think she gets more upset when the characters are upset than if something "scary" happens. Hard to talk through charred corpses though... Fair point.

Yeah that's why I edited out charred corpses, people being choked, and any other particularly intense moments. But honestly, if she's not clamorong to see it, I'd wait.
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#14
(08-22-2017, 10:56 AM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote: 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.

I’m not sure if this is the best place for this, but I’m  quoting myself here to provide some background. My kids are now five and a half and are in love with A New Hope. Just this past Friday they watched The Force Awakens and liked that too. Now the question in front of me is whether I should introduce them to the prequels. And, if so, should I use the theatrical versions or fan edits? My preferred versions (if such a thing actually exists) cuts out a lot of silly stuff that I’d imagine they’d love, being five and all and finding the word “poop” the funniest thing ever.
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#15
Mine have so far only seen A New Hope. They're eager for Empire but I'm stalling (yes I love SW too, but really: "I cut off your hand, I'm your father, join me"). I distract them with Star Wars Rebels, smudger9's edits of Clone Wars, all the Lego Star Wars, they even enjoy the Muppetshow episode starring Mark Hamill.

Lest you think my kids will just accept anything Star Wars: nope, they turned up their noses at the Ewoks cartoons and the Holiday Special. Big Grin

For your own sanity, you should weigh the unedited Prequels against e.g. Hal9000's excellent edits. Yes, your kids will probably love all of Jar-Jar's antics, but do you really want them to re-enact those in your home ad nauseam?
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#16
(04-09-2018, 01:42 PM)lapis molari Wrote: Mine have so far only seen A New Hope. They're eager for Empire but I'm stalling (yes I love SW too, but really: "I cut off your hand, I'm your father, join me"). I distract them with Star Wars Rebels, smudger9's edits of Clone Wars, all the Lego Star Wars, they even enjoy the Muppetshow episode starring Mark Hamill.

Lest you think my kids will just accept anything Star Wars: nope, they turned up their noses at the Ewoks cartoons and the Holiday Special. Big Grin

For your own sanity, you should weigh the unedited Prequels against e.g. Hal9000's excellent edits. Yes, your kids will probably love all of Jar-Jar's antics, but do you really want them to re-enact those in your home ad nauseam?

Yeah, they aren’t ready for Empire. Interestingly, despite their love of Star Wars and cartoons, they never warmed to Rebels. I never showed them Clone Wars. 

As for the prequels, that’s kind of the point. I’d prefer to give them edits, but I also don’t want to rob them of something they may enjoy. And, I’m imagining them talking to friends about it and being all, “Jar Jar who?”
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#17
(04-09-2018, 02:58 PM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote: “Jar Jar who?”

If only! Oh, no, wait. That's exactly not what you mean. Angel

I hear you. Pick an edit that has reduced Jar Jar instead of none.
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#18
Revenge of The Sith is much less kid-friendly than ESB, in my opinion. 

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#19
(04-09-2018, 05:43 PM)The Scribbling Man Wrote: Revenge of The Sith is much less kid-friendly than ESB, in my opinion. 

Absolutely right! (I was going to "like" your post, but it feels plain wrong to like those frightening animated GIFs).
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#20
Honestly, the reason I don’t want to show them Empire yet has more to do with the fact I think it won’t resonate with them yet. Empire is more about emotion and deeper themes. I could easily cut out some of the darker, scarier stuff like I did with Star Wars. But I think it wouldn’t still be over their heads. 

I’d edit the prequels too, especially burning Anakin. But my question more centers on whether to leave in the goofiness that most OT fans loathe, but kids seem to like. 

Or maybe I shouldn’t screen the PT at all. Or at least until they’ve already seen the full OT years from now.
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