Yesterday we watched a new stop motion from Disney. Based on the popular Disney Parks Vinylmation collectible franchise, “Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story” is a 38 minute stop-motion animated film that tells the story of Blank, an unpainted Vinylmation, on an epic adventure through a new world to find his lost soulmate.
“Blank- A Vinylmation Love Story” is a compelling tale of determination, friendship and embracing your uniqueness. The story is told completely with music, no words. Sometimes you listen best when no one is talking.
The movie really got us talking about some really important topics such as perseverance and friendship, but what stood out to my kids the most was the importance of being yourself.
I’ll be honest, my kids are weird. Really they are. I have a nerd, geek, dork, drama queen, goofball & a brute. They are all mine and they are all perfect just the way they are.
We live in a society so focused on being “normal” that kids are finding it hard to be who they really are. Kids that are different are bullied, harassed and driven to self-loathing. This will stay with them for the rest of their lives, they will never feel like they fit in and they will spend adulthood trying to figure out and fix what is “wrong”.
We need to teach our kids that it’s okay to be different, that it’s okay to not follow the crowd and follow the path that they want, not the one that society has told them is best. So how do we do that? It’s not as hard as you make think, it starts at home. You are your child’s greatest influence, for the first few years that sun rises and sets with you. Embracing their unique personalities, even if you don’t understand them, is the single most important thing that you can do.
When we bring home these tiny humans we have all sorts of visions for their future, they will be smart (of course they will be valedictorian), go on to college (Ivy League), successful in their career, marriage and family. That dream slowly starts to fade when they start banging their head against the wall and eating dirt out of the garden, reality soon sets in that you have absolutely no control over their personality. These little creatures that you have created are independent, strong willed and actually have minds of their own (what the….???? Seriously, how did that happen?).
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to sit down and talk to your kids. Find out what it is that they like. Do they like Minecraft? Sit with them and create. Anime fans? Find an age appropriate show that you can watch with them a few times a week. Crafty? Find a project to do together….you get the idea.Be their biggest cheerleader even if you don’t understand, it’s your duty to cheer louder than anybody else to make sure your kids know its okay to be who they are.
Blank- A Vinylmation Love Story would be a great conversation starter and is really an adorable movie. Watch the preview below and then head over to Google Play and watch the full movie. It is an adorable movie, perfect for the whole family.
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