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Fantastic Adventure #5: Batman: The Brave and the Bold

So, you took my advice and showed your kids Batman & Robin, and now they have a hankering for more? With Batman being so popular lately, it really does a disservice to kids when toy companies make The Dark Knight Rises action figures

and other toys, as that film is extremely graphic and nowhere near safe for child viewing.  But, of course, your kids will see the toys and then want to see Batman. If you took the first step and showed them Batman & Robin, great! If not, you can read about it on my blog and come back to this post, if you so desire. To continue with family friendly entertainment, my pick for today is Batman: The Brave and the Bold, a TV series on Cartoon Network.
Think of this cartoon series as an animated version of Adam West’s 1960’s Batman. It has all the corny humor, gags and overacting fight scenes that we all remember from the Adam West show. Each episode Batman teams up with a different hero from DC Comics and together they take out the different villains and stop their dastardly schemes.

Heroes

Why it is a fantastic adventure: Having Batman team up with a different hero each week is a good way to introduce your kids to comic books and all of the different heroes that are out there. Beyond that, it is a good way to show your kids the power of teamwork.
The entire series has a very fantastical feel to it. The heroes are big, strong, wise cracking purveyors of justice and the villains are over the top failures of massive schemes. The schemes are so ridiculous and out there that it really encourages kids to think outside the box and cerate lavish ideas of their own. Imagination is downplayed in our society. there is a time to play and a time to be “serious’. We teach our children that being imaginative is not serious. They have to study hard, do homework, learn Math and Science so they can get a job that makes good money. Don’t worry – you are not a bad parent. You are only passing on what your parents taught you. However, that may be another topic for another post.
Back to the show. With the over the top schemes (stealing a giant piano or trying to ruin Christmas), you won’t have to explain elaborate schemes to your kids.
The villains are always doing something simple and are defeated in mostly simple ways. They are brought to justice and all is well with the world. These are great base values for your

Villains

children to learn, and you can use them as talking points about right versus wrong.
Teamwork, right versus wrong, imagination and justice are the main themes of the show and a great way to not only introduce your kids to comic book characters, but a great family friendly Batman cartoon.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold is on reruns on Cartoon Network. Also available to own or rent on DVD. Rated TV Y7.

Fantastic Adventure #4: Richie Rich

First off, sorry for the delay in posts. A certain little girl keeps me busy these days.

My pick for today is the 1994 film, Richie Rich. Made at a time when the 1980s cartoon had struck big with kids, this 1994 film is more than just a mere cash grab trying to profit from the cartoon.
Richie Rich is the son of billionaires Mr. & Mrs. Rich, and as such has everything a kid could dream of. That is, until the day he goes to a small town where his father bought a factory and sees some children playing a baseball in a dirt field. It is then that he realizes he is missing the most important thing of all: having friends. Throw in a plot about his parents going missing and the second in command at Rich Incorporated trying to take over the company, and you have the makings for an adventure filled learning experience for your kids.

Why it is a fantastic adventure: There are a lot of fun activities in this movie. Richie’s new friends come over to visit where Richie shows off his collection of “toys”: a rollercoaster, go karts, and a kid launcher. If that does not excite your children and make them want to go outside and have an adventure, then there may not be much that will! In a wonderful bit of marketing, Richie has his own McDonalds in his parent’s mansion which will not only get your kids itching for a trip to McD’s, but I even found myself wanting a Quarter Pounder. Before I get comments about how unhealthful fast food is, let me just say: Moderation.
Of course, food and expensive toys are not the only experiences in this film. There is a great performance by Michael McShane as Professor Keenbean, the wacky inventor of crazy things that happen to be useful at the climax of the movie. His inventions and hammy acting will provide many a laughter for the entire family.
The climax of the movie has a lot of exciting action to keep your kids’ attention, and the end of the film has a nice heartwarming message about family, friends and what matters most in the world. Hint: It’s not money. Use it as a fun action movie and as a way to open conversation with your kids about friends, family, and the real value of a materialistic lifestyle.

Rated PG.