(I originally wrote this on lifeofdad.com)
As our new family is getting settled into our new home in the suburbs, it’s time to start decorating – the walls of baby’s playroom. At 9 months old, she loves Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Frozen and everything Disney. An easy direction for any little girl would be Princesses. But we wanted something unique. Not just box art or movie poster reprints.. so my wife went shopping! There are a lot of very cool options out there (just check these on etsy).
Some of those same artists do superhero work. But this stuff would really be for me, right?
Ok.. US – my wife likes cool shit too.
But the baby doesn’t know what it is… she’s never sat through any superhero movies. We tried watching Iron Man a few weeks back, and she didn’t last 5 minutes. There’s not enough singing!
So I texted my wife back, “we need to find singing superhero movies!” And that’s where this all begins.
I’m all for the Disney Princess movies.. hell, my wife slaps me every time I introduce my daughter as Princess Colette. “People are gonna think we really named her that!”
And I completely support Princess Colette being a girly girl.
But she should be exposed to something more. This is not a gender roles thing, I swear. But superheros are awesome! They teach life lessons: overcoming evil, being yourself, standing up for the little guy, wearing underpants on top of your shorts. All the things I want my daughter to learn. I want her to be empowered!
And so my quest has begun…
A google search brought me countless results like:
Best Super Hero Movies for Kids
10 Movies to Watch with your kids…
But nothing with SINGING. Nothing that would engage a 9 month old. I don’t know about yours, but when Belle comes on and starts singing, Colette stops immediately and turns to watch. And smiles and dances.
The new mission: How to introduce my 9 month old daughter to SUPERHEROES.
So I joined a few forums. Some about movies, some about parenting. I asked a simple question: Are there any “superhero” movies that contain singing?
As I typed it, I thought of The Lego Movie. Not a traditional superhero movie, but it’ll work (bought it on ebay for six bucks).
So far I have two (technically 4) specific recommendations.
1 (2 and 3): Toy Story 1 – 3
Truthfully, I don’t remember any song in the original – but I haven’t seen it in years. So we’ll give it a shot. Plus, Buzz is kind of a super hero right?
2 (4): Big Hero 6
I’ve never seen this one, but hell.. its got the word HERO right in it!
So here we are… a father and his quest to find a superhero for his princess. I’ll let you know how it goes. And if any of you have recommendations, lay em on me!
Thanks for reading.