A little light-heartedness for Friday night

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  1. jtscribe

    jtscribe Well-Known Member

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    My three-year old and I are watching the 1985 movie. He's really digging it, but when they ditched Megatron in space he was almost in tears. He looked at me with this really sad face and said, "Daddy, why did Starscream throw Megatron outside?"

    LOL I literally didn't know what to say. I think the Optimus thing didn't really phase him because we've watched Revenge of the Fallen before.

    Of course, a few minutes later when Galvatron is born, he says, "Oh, they fixed him all good."
     
  2. SeekerofTruth20

    SeekerofTruth20 Prime of Primes

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    haha thats pretty funny! I remember when i was little and i saw Transformers: the Movie, I cried when Prime died, but when I saw ROTF years later, I was sad but knew he would be resurrected and kickass all over again. I'll admit I did feel bad for Megatron in both movies haha :)  Megatron, kids, is EVIL!!!!
     
  3. Prime82

    Prime82 Optimus knows all

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    teach him that megatron is evil please....lol
     
  4. Ash from Carolina

    Ash from Carolina Junior Smeghead

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    Oh man that is a tough one. It's not like you tell can a three year old something like "because Starscream is a dick", or "because Starscream is an asshole".
     
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    Tell him that's what they do to overweight passengers on public transport. Megatron was too fat, so he got thrown off Astrotrain and went to Unicron to get a makeover. Only then was he re-accepted.
     
  6. DarkAngelPrime

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    To play armchair psychologist, I bet his reaction has a lot to do with that prevailing concern in children regarding abandonment. How many of us have one of those episodes in our own childhood where we were separated from our parent(s) in a public setting like a grocery store and utterly panicked?

    Even though it's the bad guys in this case, the idea that someone could be left behind/excluded from the social group because they're hurt/weak is a very primal fear in animals, particularly in the young because they are inherently weaker, more vulnerable, and more dependent. Like a lot of those primal motivators, it tends to crop up sharply in children until acculturation gradually dulls the edge of such fears as we become more self-sufficient, familiar with our surroundings, and cognizant of the comparatively low likelihood of real dangers occurring to us even when we are alone.

    The fact that the narrative of the movie remains with Megatron rather than with the Decepticons in Astrotrain tends to make the viewer sympathize with Megatron as the excluded member of the group rather than with the excluders who leave the scene entirely. It seems very natural that this would elicit such a panicky reaction in a child who can himself empathize with such fears of abandonment.

    Can anyone tell that I'm stalling from work on an English paper right now?
     
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    Stall away, that's given me food for thought!

    OP: That is so sweet. Is this his first TF experience?
     
  8. jtscribe

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    No, he's watched all of Seasons 1 and 2 over and over (much to my wife's chagrin :D ). He doesn't have much interest in Seasons 3 & 4 so I thought I'd try the movie to see if he'd get interested. Ironically enough his favorite character in the movie was Grimlock, LOL.
     
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    You could say 'Remember when Megatron was mean to Starscream all those times, beating him up? Well this was Starscream's chance to get revenge by being mean to Megatron. Its not very nice to be mean to people, is it?'

    --Moony
     
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    I completeley aggree lol but unfortunatley megatron comes back as galvatron and promptly kills starscream for throwing him out. Suppose that proves the point again not to be nasty to others but its still pretty ironic. Starscream never seems to be able to catch a break
     
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    This ^
     
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    Backscatter Autobot Brainmaster TFW2005 Supporter

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    I'm sure you meant 1986 :) 
     
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    Digilaut My name is Drift.

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    Have you watched the G1 cartoon with him before? Should be somewhat obvious that Starscream is always trying to second guess Megatron..

    Glad the little one felt better when they made Megatron into Galvatron :) 
     

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