segunda-feira, dezembro 26, 2005

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[Nos Estados Unidos existe sempre uma preocupação alta com as crianças, especialmente naquilo que passa no cinema ou na televisão. É uma preocupação muitas vezes hipócrita, ou não fosse esta uma sociedade violenta, perigosa e repleta de maus exemplos por todo lado, até nas notícias! Mesmo assim, pareceu-me curioso este artigo do Chicago Tribune que coloco em parte de seguida.]

The fear factor: When are movies too intense for children?
By Rachel Abramowitz and Mary McNamara,
Tribune Newspapers: Los Angeles Times
Published December 25, 2005
HOLLYWOOD -- As it attempts to halt the year's box office slide, Hollywood is bringing out the howitzer for the holidays -- the turbocharged children's film. For the last five years, PG-13 has ruled the box office; it's the imprimatur of the top-grossing films of the year. Now kids' films, PG-rated and amped up with computer graphics, are trying to catch up.The gentle fantasy of C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," with its snowy landscapes and talking animals, gives way to a fight-to-the-death battle between loyal Narnians and the ghoul-filled army of the White Witch. In "Zathura: A Space Adventure," giant man-eating alien lizards menace a defenseless 6-year-old; "The Legend of Zorro" includes a brutal shooting of a priest; and even the G-rated "Chicken Little" has aliens who vaporize a vulnerable town.While the intensity of children's films is clearly changing, the ratings are not, leaving parents to figure out on their own what's too terrifying for the smallest moviegoers. The Motion Picture Association of America's system of assessing films for age-appropriateness hasn't been overhauled since PG-13 was invented 20 years ago after films such as "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "Gremlins" were deemed too frightening for PG.

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