Rio – For the Kids…

Animated movies have been revolutionized since Pixar and 3d and advancement in technology. Rio is the latest animated movie coming out of Fox studios. It is the movie from the creators of Ice Age and its sequels and is directed by the same director Carlos Saldhana. Carlos who hails from Brazil has not left any stone unturned in showcasing his native land, its people and its culture.

Rio is actually about a rare species of Blue Macaws. Blu ( voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) is a clever blue macaw domesticated in Minnesota and has lived all his life with humans, has never seen a jungle other than books  and loves his cage. But Blu is the last of the male of its species with last of the female Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathway) in Rio,  Brazil. The story is about Blue visiting Jewel in Rio amongst the beautiful surroundings of the city Rio. The pair of Macaws meet, fight, run away, get captured by bird theives and rescued by their wonderful friends and helped by many other friendly animals and birds. The story shows every aspect of Rio’s culture, its samba dances, bike ride through its narrow bylanes, its sunny beaches, its trams and mountain peaks and adventurous people paragliding around the Jesus Christ the Redeemer Statue, some rogue guys, bird-thieves, beautiful rain forest wildlife and in the end the extravaganza of the Carnival. The movie is set to superbly crafted rhythms and is as colorful as any movie can be. The aerial sequences and dances are worth the ticket price and the overall animation is top-notch. Rio is surely a magical place and made me feel like visiting it more after watching the movie.

The movie is an enjoyable ride for the kids of all ages and although the emotional quotient is not on par with many Pixar films but it is never dull or boring at any point either. The characters are all lovable. Some of the jokes are suitable for grown up audience although none being adult in nature. Get some kids along when you watch this. It is best watched in a large movie hall full of squeaking and screaming children.

My Ratings –  7/10 for the movie and 8/10 for colorful animation and superb voice overs by the leads.

Shin Chan – Pyara Pyara

Ok this is about Shin Chan Nohara. For those who do not know who he is probably do not have young kids at home watching cartoon/ animation on Television. Shin Chan is a Japanese Cartoon Serial , translated to English and Hindi. Its episodes are 30 minutes long shown about 3 or 4 times a day on Hungama Channel.

The series follows adventures or rather misadventures of 5 year old Shin Chan with his parents, younger sister, teacher, neighbor, friends  and other miscellaneousness people. Shin Chan is a naughty kid and behaves like an adult at times. He asks rude and ridiculous questions and passes sharp judgement on people including his mom. The series shows how the kid enjoys at expense of others and has lots of physical and verbal comedy. Kids of course adore and imitate him. But he makes many parents worried.

Th problem compounds when you watch the Hindi Dubbed version of the serial, which we get to see on our cable. The Hindi translation makes it even ruder sounding. Shin Chan mouthes dialogues like ‘ tum itni motee kyun ho’, ‘bacche churane wali moti budhiya’ to his mom. He asks his teacher about her boyfriends and does generally naughty things which an adult might do but not a 5 year old. Such mischievous antics have made Shin Chan almost a cult figure among kids. Shin chan is amongst highest watched program by kids on television.

Shin Chan sometimes sets bad examples and teaches young kids on how to do mischievous things and get away with it. It shows you can be smarter than adults and even fool them. His naughtiness is exciting and gives kids a sense of high by which they can become equal to adults. It stops their ability to discriminate between right and wrong.

The above reasons are enough for not to watch the series and not let your kids watch it as well. However reality is different. As per the data most kids watch it in spite of all sorts of warning. Perhaps its a guilty pleasure  to watch it. Must say, the animation is cute.

So then, whether to let our kids watch it. I am still not sure but have to admit that both my kids have watched it quite a few times with and without my knowledge. I am not too happy about it but then I am not happy with many other things.