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By Lisa Schwarzbaum
December 27, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST
Chicken Little: Disney

Should kids’ movies be judged by a different standard?

Don’t you feel that naming the voice actors in CG and animated movies like Happy Feet should be labeled with a ”spoiler alert”? I find it distracting when I know who is behind the microphone. —Thomas Fly

Are you ever wary of writing about a ”kids’ movie” knowing that if you’re too critical, you might be lambasted by those claiming ”it’s just a kids’ movie”? — Blam Walker

Thomas, meet Blam. Blam, meet Thomas. I’m intrigued by the notion of watching Happy Feet without anticipating a Funny Accent from Robin Williams, but I also know that imagining Kate Winslet, for instance, letting loose behind the mic in Flushed Away adds to my enjoyment of a good celebrity-enhanced cartoon rather than subtracts. As for the second question, are you implying that lambasters consider anything good enough for kids? Really, anything? Chicken Little, Home on the Range, The Cat in the Hat? Nooooo, I didn’t think so: Why should their youthful eyeballs be forced to tolerate anything ours wouldn’t?

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