Because I am lazy, and love the french fries, my family had McD's for lunch today. The terrors got Happy Meals, which as we all know, include a wonderful cheap plastic toy, invariably tied to a current movie. Usually, I don't mind. I figure the damn things never make it out of the backseat of the car, and generally they are harmless. My kids haven't seen the movies the toys come from, but they don't know they are being deprived.
Today's toy was a plastic skull, the movie of the week being "Pirates of the Caribbean".
Let's ignore the fact that I was feeding my children grease and salt for lunch. Never mind that they can recognize a fast food joint from a mere corner of the sign. For now, I want to focus on the toy.
"Pirates" is rated PG-13. I haven't seen many 13 year olds eating Happy Meals lately. So the assumption is that the younger crowd would know about the movie, be able to identify the toys as being derived from the movie, and would either beg for a Happy Meal in order to have a skull, or would beg to see the movie after chowing down the salt/grease combo.
Why sell a PG-13 movie to small children? Am I the only one who thinks kids don't need to see Harry, Gollum, or the Mummy? Not only do I think they don't NEED to see it, I don't think they SHOULD see it.
The skulls were left at McD's today. Girl Terror asked why, and when we explained to her that those particular toys were meant for older kids, and weren't something we wanted to take home, she was fine with it.
I know I'm going to get some grief from other parents, but for now I would like to maintain the illusion of innocence.