I watched the scariest movie today...with Ava and Nate. It was the psychological thriller Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This is a horrifying movie, and I am not just talking about Snow White's vibrato over-kill that's reminiscent of a bleating sheep. I can't believe that movie is rated "G". I had to distract them in the beginning and tell them that the Queen didn't like Snow White and wanted to hurt her. I don't even like saying that she wanted to hurt her, but that was better than "She wants the huntsman to kill her, then cut out her heart and bring it back in that small box." It even shows the huntsman draw his knife as Snow White covers her face and screams. He is about to plunge it into her before he relents and begs her to flee. Things get better for a while as Snow White cleans the dwarf house and meets the little guys. Then, the Queen is making an evil potion and transforming into a hideous hag. She is also making a poisoned apple that will kill Snow White. My version is "The Queen is making herself look like an old woman so she can trick Snow White into eating a bad apple that will make her fall asleep." After the Queen visits Snow White, she is chased by the dwarfs and falls to her death from a rocky crevice during a terrible thunderstorm. You know, just your average kid-friendly viewing.
I knew the story going into it, however I had not actually seen the movie in decades. So, I didn't remember just how graphic it was. I'm not sure who decided in the first place so long ago that this was a great story to make into a cartoon version. Maybe I am a little over-protective. But seriously, some of those scenes were enough to give me nightmares, let alone a child! Someone wanting to murder a poor innocent girl and cut her heart out? Sheesh.
I happen to be watching another Disney movie tonight- on my own. This one, so far, is more appropriate viewing for a preschooler than Snow White and it's High School Musical!