Rat's tale

Remember when children would learn key life lessons from their parents—when core beliefs and specific values would be passed down from one generation to the next whenever an opportunity for a lesson presented itself? With the continued splitting of the nuclear family, more and more kids are relying on the media to instruct them on the vagaries of growing up and finding a place in the world.

Since many of the messages emanating from video games and movies are harsh and cruel, we should be grateful to the creative minds at Pixar Animation that have skillfully addressed all sorts of difficult issues while keeping an eye on the comedic subtleties that bring adults as well as kids to the theaters. From the groundbreaking Toy Story films, through such gems as A Bug’s Life and Finding Nemo, to the wildly imaginative The Incredibles, Pixar has given children fables and parables about family, loyalty, fear, bravery, love and community.


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