Now, it’s a Sunday afternoon and as I type this, my neighbour is shouting at his kids, as usual, because they’re running around the house, playing as kids do. It made me think about the Sundays I sat in front of a TV, watching all the films I could, with my feet on the radiator and hella snacks around me while it rained outside.
As a child, there were certain films that influenced the creation of certain characteristics and abilities that some kids never even knew about. You’re probably wondering, at this point, what I’m talking about, right?? Well, what I mean is that I can roller skate, ice skate/ play ice hockey, ride a bike (also, without hands and pop wheelies) ride a motorbike, and drive cars, but at that age it was go karting.
Due to various activities, I have scars that will be with me for life because of the fearless fun I was having at that particular moment. And it was moments like that that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
The films I am taking about are Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Airborne, Little Giants, Mighty
Ducks, the Big Green, Goonies, the Paper Brigade, Space Jam, etc. The list goes on.
These films made you want to go on an adventure. I remember roller skating up and down different roads, on the hunt to look for the smoothest roads around or going to Battersea Park Adventure Playground with my friends to play runouts or 44 home. Or pretending we were in the Goonies and we’d go looking for treasure.
When I first watched Mighty Ducks, I asked for roller skates and got a pair of Bauer Turbos with bright yellow and lime green wheels. Me, jumping obstacles and roller skating downstairs, I got from Airborne and Brink, which did result in a couple scars in the beginning.
I remember when I first watched The Dirt Bike Kid. I watched that film over and over and over again. I lost count, but it made me want to go out and ride my 12-speed push back (yeah, that’s right, I had the big thing) for hours, pretending I was on a dirt bike. I remember going through too many back tires. My back tires were always bald from doing skids and tricks.
Kids nowadays are scared of their own shadows because we’ve become too overprotective, or maybe because we’ve become lazy as parents and it’s just easier to let them have screen time.
As a father, I’ve tried to allow my son to do both, but sometimes I do find it easier to just allow him to play on the computer or on the iPad.
Time does, and always will, march on, so there is no surprise that what is classed as entertainment now has, too.
I really miss the comfort that I used to get when the underdog figured out that anything was possible if they worked hard and as a team. But the best bit was always the triumph, because the back story was built up so well, you understood exactly what they went through to get the win.
Now, looking back, they’re the type of films you’d call cheesy, but they let us enjoy being a kid and provoked our imaginations.
I feel that a lot of the kid films that are out now try to make kids grow up way too fast. It’s not just the films. I also think it is the parents and the way we raise our kids. We expose them to a lot. Whether it’s normal TV or Sky, they have access to a lot of adult content, especially on the
Have you ever seen Wall-E (great film)? That’s what I see the future being like. People being too lazy and overweight to move from their chairs. With technology advancing as rapidly as it is, the future is so unpredictable. But, you know what? Change is good sometimes, so I’m going to keep an open mind and just adapt to my environment.
Films nowadays are very different (not necessarily a bad thing) from what we used to have, but they used to make you want to go on adventures with your friends. A lot of films for kids are now animated and, if they’re not, they’re about kids being adults before they have lived as kids. I grew up later than most of my friends at that time, simply because I loved just being a kid and those films helped me stay that way for as long as possible. But all good things come to an end as the saying goes. “When
I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became
a man, I put away childish things.”