Holiday movies are the one of the things children look forward to when their two favorite holidays come rolling around the corner. Usually, the holiday the kids score the best movie is Christmas and all through December. This year though I personally think that Thanksgiving has scored one of the best holiday movies thus far. I took my daughter last week to watch Freebirds, which I felt was a great animated full length cartoon. It starred two animated turkeys who by the way were hilarious. In the movie the first turkey was odd and a little bit different, who then became the pardoned turkey of 2013 Thanksgiving. I’m sure everyone knows what the pardoned turkey is, but in case your not familar the pardoned turket is one turkey that the President of the United States choices from one turkey farm to not be eaten that year. So therefore, the turkey is pardoned from his/her purpose. So the star turkey in this film was pardoned because the Presidents daughter, who is very hyper active, likes the turkey and wants to keep it. Because the President pardons the turkey he lets his daughter keep the turkey for a pet.
For a brief time the turkey lives in the lap of luxary where he discovers pizza which he loves alot. He also discovers house slippers and spanish soap operas. Which he loves just as much as the pizza. As this turkey is enjoying Camp David and luxary he is then kidnapped by a macho turkey who believes he has been sent there by the “Great Turkey” to save the pardon turkey and find the time machine located in a hidden location. He wants to find the time machine to travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving and change the course of the holiday Thanksgiving. He thinks by changing the course of Thanksgiving he can save the turkeys from becoming the prime meal. In this movie the normal present day turkey is displayed to have a very small IQ and no common sense. They blame the lack of brain power by the over feeding of the turkeys done on the turkey farm. This is where the feed the turkeys alot more than normal to fatten them up so that they can be made into the big turkeys we buy in the grocery store for this historic holiday.
Upon finding the time machine and going back in time the two turkeys find that their distant relatives aren’t as dumb in the past. The turkeys in the past are more in touch with nature and don’t just sit around waiting to be plunked off. Instead these “past” turkeys live in the wild and do what they can to fight back. Through out the movie the turkeys set traps against the pilgrims and are trying to keep their eggs safe so that they may have a future. Now every movie needs a villian and this movie is no exception. Even though you would think the villian would be every human that is trying to eat a turkey there is actually one main villian on top of that. This vilian like every other one is very mean and wants nothing more to do that to capture the most turkeys for the first Thanksgiving. When he is unable to catch all these turkeys because of them fighting back he becomes obsessed with capturing them. He begins to try and follow the turkeys around hoping they will lead him to their home base. I loved in this movie how the turkeys were so very organized in the past and could work together to overcome their obstacles.
Throughout the movie we get to watch all the ways the turkeys to get rid of the villian and change the course of history. Like most children movies it had a moral to the story. Now it doesn’t come right out and say the moral to the story is… but it’s pretty much right there in plain sight. The movie showed that by working as a team more can be accomplished. Also because of the first two turkeys being so different and unique it portrayed how everyone is their own. No two people are the same and they should be proud of who they are. One of the main turkeys always thought they looked different because he was skinny and blue. Then we he travels back in time he find that most the those turkeys are also skinny and blue. So pretty much it tells us that it is ok to be different there is always a place for you and you should be happy with who you are. This can be a valuable lesson for a child in this day and time. With so much bullying being displayed in schools I think personally that this is a perfect message for our children to be taught.
This movie was excellent and I would give it five stars with two thumbs up. My daughter loved it so much that after watching it last week with me her school decided to take a field trip today to watch it in 3D. Because my daughter enjoyed watching it already she was more than excited to watch it again with her classmates. When I watched it with her throughout the movie I could hear her laughing at the funny parts and then after the movie she told her grandmother about the movie with such passion and excitment. I would have loved to been there today to listen to all the children in her class laugh in the movie nothing is more powerful than a childs laughter it just melts my heart. If you haven’t took your child to watch this movie yet then you should really look into it because it’s great. The next movie we will be looking forward to go watch will be “Frozen” which comes out in theaters the week of Thanksgiving. I will post my thoughts on that movie also after viewing it. So check back in for my reviews.
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As I mentioned above the movie displayed how I felt it was great for children today to know it’s wonderful to be who you are. Well I wanted to focus on that for a moment and discuss a few topics that I have been brought to my attention recently. My daughter as I have told everyone before is six years old and in Kindergarten. Well my daughter is an only child and doesn’t have a lot of experience playing with other children. Mostly any other child she has played with outside of school was one that I had prearranged a playdate with. So she never really has had to try and make friend they have always just already been there. I never realized how important it was for her to know how to make friends and be social. Instead of introducing these skills to her I assumed it was something that she would learn at school. Well this is not always the case.. At first I thought my daughter didn’t know how to be nice to others to get them to like you, I really thought that she was being smart with them because she felt that she didn’t have to try to make a friend that they would just automatically like her. I recieved a very frank wake up call from my daughter this week also on this topic. So this movie really touched me with these topics also.
This week my daughter has informed me that she gets picked on at school. She told me she has no friends and that she even eats lunch alone. She says that there is a little girl at school that picks on her and trys to get the other kids not to like her. Instead of my little girl saying anything back to this other child, or defending herself she just takes what they dish out because she is afraid that she will get in trouble. I then told her that if the little girl kept saying mean things to hurt her feelings then she needed to say something back to her to show her she wasn’t going to take it anymore. But then my daughte told me she was afraid the little girl would hit her. Now not only is my daughter an only child, but she also wears glasses which believe it or not seems to target her for bullies. At the moment my daughter told me all these things I first felt heart broken that she has to suffer like this at school, but then I really became upset because she is only in Kindergarten and being bullied. I then began to think about all these chilren we see on the news lately who hurt themselves or others because they were bullied. I decided my daughter is no longer going to be bullied and she will make friends. After you read this you may think I’m too involved and that kids are just kids. But I can’t help myelf and I really can’t lay down to sleep at night and think about how much pain she must be silently suffering.
So for the last couple of days I’ve been hatching a plan for her to carry out and today we put the plan in motion. I’ve begun doing little things with my daughter to make her appear to be more friendly to everyone. I told her when she sees someone she would like to be friends with she needs to tell them hello very nicely and maybe even compliment their outfit. She attempted this today and in return she was told by one child that she wore “cute clothes.” I don’t know if anyone else agrees with me, but I believe if someone hits you then you should hit back. I never was someone that would stand there and be beat on so therefore I don’t expect my child too either. She was afraid that she would be sent home, but I told her not to worry about that. I told her that if the little girl hit her again then she needed to hit her back. If she got in trouble oh well, but I believed if she hit her back then the little girl might become afraid of her and leave her alone. Now she hasn’t tried out my theory on hitting, but the little girl did tell her she had an ugly hair bow so my daughter gave her back a bad compliment by telling her she didn’t like her jacket. So far the little girl just walked away, but how long until she decided to say more mean things?
Now I know there are children in the world that don’t have alot of things. I feel sorry for this kids and wish there more I could do. I donate on holidays and every year I do the angel tree and buy presents for a child at Christmas. But no matter how less someone has they should still teach their child they should not hurt others because they are jealous. This child is one of the less fortunate and because of that she is mad. To take out her fury she tries to hurt those that have nice things. Everyday my child comes home crying and now the girl has resorted in to blocking my child from making friends. If my little girl makes a friend the other girl intercepts. I don’t know what she tells these children, but what ever it is it works. Because at lunch my six year old daughter sits alone, she plays on the playground alone and when she comes home she has to play alone because she has not siblings. My child is silently hurting and it’s because she is being bullied. I’m so sick of kids bullying kids. Some parents need to talk to their children not only about being bullied, but also about being the bully. No one wants to hear their child in a bully, but not matter if they want to hear it the truth is the truth. I’m not sure how to reslove this situation. We have tried nice things with this child. We have tried compliments and when the child said my girls hair bow was ugly I actually went out and bought this child a hair bow. The little girl wears it, but she still cannot keep her mean words to herself.
I just want to bring to other parents attention the effects of bullying. Not only is it in our schools, but it is touching kids all the way down to Kindergarten. Each grade, each school and each class has a bully. I don’t know about others, but I have always told my girl you shouldn’t hurt others on purpose. I’ve always told her that she didn’t like to be hurt so she shouldn’t hurt others. Because I have always told her this she doesn’t to my knowledge hurt others on purpose. She is a very considerate child and a wise child. I know everyone says their child is smart, but my child is not just smart she is more aware of her surroundings than a normal 6 year old. She will actually cry for another person if they are hurting. So parents we have to band together to stop and prevent the bullying. If bullying hasn’t effected you by now then you are lucky and I hope it never does. But for us unlucky ones it has. The first steps in preventing bullys in at home. The schools can only do so much. We have to explain to our children not to hurt others. That it is not ok to go to school and down someone to make themselves feel better. It’s a hard subject to discuss with your child, but in these times it seems to be important.
I understand if some do not agree with me. But if you are curious about the subject then try this at home. When you have a free moment then ask your child if they know what bullying means. Then maybe it will open the discussion of bullys at school. Maybe they know someone who is being bullied and may want to talk about it. Kids see these things and it bothers them they just sometimes don’t know they should talk to their parents about it. Who knows it may open a flood gate of discussions that your child may want to have with you. Then ask your child if they know someone who is being bullied or if they have a problem with a child at school? I hope that they don’t, but it never hurts to find out what happens when your not around. I myself like to know what happens when I’m not around that way I’m not completly suprised by anything.
I always love to get feedback on any of my posts feel free to leave a comment about the topic or you may even send me an email if you want it to be more personal: firstname.lastname@example.org feel free to let me know if you tried this with your chid and what they said. If you have any thoughts or theorys on what needs or can be done please send them my way. I would love to include any ideas you may have in my posts so send them my way and I will give you full credit for your thoughts. I would love to have a open discussion on this if anyone is interested just send some feedback my way and get the ball rolling. Any parents thoughts that can be contributed are highly welcomed. Not every parent knows all the answers and I for one love to hear what others are doing so that I can see if it will work for me. Don’t be shy give me your piece of mind. Thank you for taking time to read this post it was very important to me. I hope everything is perfect for you and that your child is never effected by a bully. A child is a precious gift and should remain innocent as long as we can keep it that way. Bullying is very hard to deal with and our wonderful children should know that words and actions can hurt someone deeply. Some don’t know what they do can hurt another badly and sometimes they just have to be told how much a mean word can mean to someone else. I appreciate each and every one of you that read my posts. Thank you and have a wonderful day!