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#1 FeralCrazyMum

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:11 PM

DS has been watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars on ABC3 and loves it. Runs around pretending to be a Jedi.

I haven't watched it for probably 10-15 years, and not sure whether it would be appropriate for DS to watch - he's 6yo and in Year 1.

So I was hoping some EB'ers with more Star Wars experience could suggest when's appropriate to meet The Force??



#2 CalEliKat

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:14 PM

I was 6 when I first watched SW.  DS has been watching the original films since he was 3.  He adores everything Star Wars and is 8 now.  I am 39 and still love to sit down and watch them.

I am a big believer in the never too old or too young for Star Wars.

May the force be with you....always

Oh and if you plan to show all of them to your child go A New Hope, Empire, Jedi, skip the crappy Phantom Menace, Clone Wars then Revenge of the Sith - Phantom Menace is an abomination and the others are barely passable.

Edited by kerrie23, 01 February 2013 - 01:21 PM.


#3 Jess1308

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:16 PM

If he's watching Clone Wars and is ok he can probably cope with the movies. Clone Wars can be pretty dark, my DH watches it. We are debating when to introduce our son to it, I'm thinking 8, DH thinks earlier.

#4 HRH Countrymel

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:17 PM

I was 6 too when I saw StarWars at the cinema!

OP the original trilogy are OK - I wouldn't show the new ones too early though, especially the 3rd.

My Star Wars friends have started at about 4 - 7 depending on the child.

#5 Isolabella

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:18 PM

My kids liked the clone wars cartoons, but really got I to it from the Lego Star Wars TV episodes (two each thirty mins long).

The. It was an easy jump to Star Wars a New Hope, Empire, Jedi and then back to the first three.
  

There was also an article in the Age recently which referred to the Machete order.... Do New Hope, Empire then back to no 2&3 before going to Jedi and missing the first entirely.

My kids are 3,5,7 and love Star Wars. DD is three and always talks about them.


ETA I was three and still remember seeing the original at the Movies. My little sister at three could recite the whole dialogue of the first three released.


Edited by lsolaBella, 01 February 2013 - 01:19 PM.


#6 kpingitquiet

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:20 PM

I was 6 when it first came out on VHS and remember sitting around with my whole family at my grandparents', eating pizza and deciding I was going to be Princess Leia when I grew up. I, personally, think 6 is fine (for the right kid, of course).

Edited by kpingitquiet, 01 February 2013 - 01:25 PM.


#7 Lyra

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:22 PM

My daughter is seven and has watched all three of the original films. She's currently watching Empire Strikes back!



#8 FeralCrazyMum

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:23 PM

Cool. I'll try and pick up a set soon. It will hopefully make a change from Mythbusters  rolleyes.gif

#9 skylark

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:26 PM

My son is 6.5 and he just watched the Star Wars films a few months ago. He is obsessed! He has seen 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. He found Empire Strikes Back a bit too downbeat, and he doesn't want to see Revenge of the Sith yet as he knows scary/sad stuff happens in it.

Depressingly enough his favourites are 1 and 2, followed by 6. He loves Jar Jar Binks, and the ewoks!  We showed him the original trilogy first and it still didn't prevent him falling in love with Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, he even loves that hyper annoying kid in ep1.

Edited by skylark, 01 February 2013 - 01:29 PM.


#10 Molondy

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:27 PM

Yep we've just watched episodes iv, v & vi. My daughter, at 6, particularly got into it. My son, at 4.5 loved it but didn't really understand it all (after 3 movies he still wasn't sure who Han Solo was!)

we are now going to start on i, ii & iii although I'm wary of iii - its very very dark.

I'm just so excited I will get to take my kids to the next three as well. I remember the thrill of going to see Empire, Jedi and, yes, even Phantom Menace, Clones,  and Sith, at the movies and would love for them to experience it!

#11 Jembo

Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:21 PM

Eldest was around 7, youngest has been watching it since he was 4.  They love them and are star wars obsessed (especially the little one).

They have only seen the old ones, and on VHS as my copies are on that original.gif

#12 PurplePaperFrog

Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:25 PM

We watched Star Wars 4,5 & 6 this week and my boys (3.5 & 5) loved it.

I don't mind them watching 1 &2, but we'll hold off on 3 for awhile.

I was very excited about introducing it to them!

#13 ~Nodnol~

Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:38 PM

You should have started him on them in utero.  wink.gif

Six is fine. That's about the age that they will sit and watch a whole episode I've found.

#14 Isolabella

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

Yes my kids are watching original copies.... Han shot first tongue.gif tongue.gif

#15 Foogle

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:09 PM

QUOTE (~Nodnol~ @ 01/02/2013, 04:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You should have started him on them in utero.  wink.gif


Never a truer word spoken.  biggrin.gif

DS was 4 when I began the indoctrination starting with #4.  Number 3 was held back for a few years though and still now (he is 9) and funnily enough we were talking about this the other day as he was browsing through the SW Visual Dictionary, he said that #3 while liking it, was not something that he would want to watch on the big screen if it is released).  (We were discussing the new SW movie #8, due out in 2014/15)


#16 kadoodle

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:31 PM

Timely thread.  I watched the series with my 8yo DS over the holidays.  I then had to deal with a distressed child who was trying to comprehend the nature of good, evil and redemption.  Darth Vadar's death is pretty heavy phillisophical meat for a little kid to chew.

#17 CalEliKat

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:35 PM

guess it depends on the child then, because I did not experience anything like that with any of my children, nor myself when I watched it.

Judgement call really

#18 Procrastinator5000

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:48 PM

I really want to get my nearly 8yo into the original Star Wars, I think he's more than ready.

The only thing that REALLY pees me off is that someone has already told him about "I am your father".

I couldn't care less that he knows about Santa, but I am SO bummed out that he'll never have that special moment of Star Wars amazement when he learns the truth!

#19 Mumsyto2

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:51 PM

I saw the original at the cinema at 6yo when it first came out along with all my friends & saw the sequels as a child also. Didn't hurt us any.

My kids have been watching star wars in some form or other since birth and love it.

May the force be with you  biggrin.gif

#20 Mumsyto2

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:00 PM

QUOTE (kadoodle @ 01/02/2013, 05:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Timely thread.  I watched the series with my 8yo DS over the holidays.  I then had to deal with a distressed child who was trying to comprehend the nature of good, evil and redemption.  Darth Vadar's death is pretty heavy phillisophical meat for a little kid to chew.

Trying to comprehend that is actually the fun part - well, at least it was for kids in the 70's. I think kids are made differently these days ?? All of my eldest's philosophizing has been centred around star wars & the items you mention which i think is pretty cool & you can get into very deep discussions which go for hours & are fab (well we did from 7.5yo onwards, before then they just mindlessly enjoyed the characters/action which is where my younger is currently at ). It's never distressed either but i'm guessing its because they have been watching since birth so its hard to suddenly get all distressed about something you have been watching for years just because you have actually started to think about it in different ways.

Eta , we also have heaps of star wars stuff in the house so the kids are pretty much faced with something star wars wherever they look (including those life size promo cardboard things over the years when we have been lucky enough to score one). Maybe this also makes a difference?

Edited by Mumsyto2, 01 February 2013 - 06:04 PM.


#21 Isolabella

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:30 PM

QUOTE (Procrastinator5000 @ 01/02/2013, 06:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I really want to get my nearly 8yo into the original Star Wars, I think he's more than ready.

The only thing that REALLY pees me off is that someone has already told him about "I am your father".

I couldn't care less that he knows about Santa, but I am SO bummed out that he'll never have that special moment of Star Wars amazement when he learns the truth!



Somehow my kids were all innocent. The shock at "father" was very funny. Priceless.

#22 The Awesome One

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:07 PM

DS1 has recently been watching them in order, he's just finished A New Hope, not sure when he will get round to the last two, but I am yet to see an issue with them.

#23 Isolabella

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:13 PM

Lego Star Wars empire strikes out trailer

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=0-cXWv7vL2o...7vL2o&gl=GB

Lego Star Wars Padawan Menace trailer


http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Xx79-OJjBoY...JjBoY&gl=GB

Usually if you search you tube you will find full version


#24 iwanttosleepin

Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:30 PM

My 7 year old and 4 year old watch it with DH.

I know there is one particular movie that they haven't watched because it is too scary.  

I know that are currently watching episode 1. (over and over)

#25 FeralCrazyMum

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:34 PM

Well we hired Star Wars this afternoon and DS is glued to the TV watching Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker battle the Empire. I think he's a fan original.gif





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