"That at the theater they can't pause a movie for you to go to the bathroom." That was Aay profound bit of wisdom after her first ever movie at the Theater. For Canada day Chris took her to see Cars.
Here is what he said about it over at Captain Comics:
Chris Fluit @ Jul 1 2006, 10:13 PMI took Aay (who's 4) to see Cars for her first-ever in-the-theatre movie. She had a really good time. She did have a little trouble staying in her seat. She's used to watching movies at home where she can get up and walk around during the boring parts or jump up and down for the good parts. I had to tell her several times to sit down so that the kids behind us could see. But she really enjoyed the movie and she liked the attention to detail, telling me later that even the flies were cars.
She was so happy and excited when she came back. She even got a poster that they were giving away, and she told Zee the names of the main characters as she pointed them out. We had originally planned to take both of them, but Zee was having issues all day, a finally maxed out timeouts by mid-morning so I stayed home with her in the afternoon while Chris took Aay out.
She also told me all about the projector and how the movie comes out of little window at the back of theater and how big the screen was. She really liked the experience, but it was funny for me to hear and think of how different yet similar our experiences with movies-watching have been .
I was a little kid at just the right time for the boom of VHS and VCRs. I remember our gigantic top-loading VCR that was stolen out our house in El Señorial and how much glee I felt after finding one the dials that had popped off when they carried it out thru our bent rec room window, at the realization that they wouldn't get much use out of it. Prior to my first big movie experiences (ET and Cocoon) all the movies I saw where off the TV, with commercial breaks and no pausing. And even after VCR many of the movies we watched either at home or at friends houses were taped off the TV. My sister and I eventually became the the stereotypical kids who set the timer and worked the VCR like pros but Aay is already there with our DVD technology at 4 years of age. Even though she doesn't know how to read she understands the visual cues of DVD menus, and can often get a DVD to play if she has seen me navigate the user menu before. She particularly enjoys DVD bonus features, still galleries and behind-the-scene documentaries. Just yesterday she watched the costuming featurette in our Chronicles of Narnia DVD, and marveled at the work that went in to designing and dressing Jadis, the White Witch. She expects DVDs to have games, since many of The Disney DVD that we have also included DVD-Rom games some that you play on your DVD with the << >> buttons and others that they use on our computer. She frequently plays the Lady and the Tramp and Cinderella games on the computer.
Aay is from the generation that the Movie industry is going to have to work the hardest to come to movies. They grow up in home with home-theaters, they consider bonus features, standard issue and thanks to stuff like TIVO (which we don't have) lots of kids are already use to pausing even regular TV.
I hope however that she keeps some memory of her first Movie Date, the way I remember walking down to the concession stand with Abuelo Tito past the E.T. giveaway stuffed toys and sitting in the dark holding his hand in the dark during the scary parts.