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4 Children's Movies That Should Have Had A Different Romantic Ending
I've been on a children's movie kick recently, and I've been watching all the old, classics as well as the new movies that are primarily viewed as family films. I'm not ashamed to say it: I watch them without children. As an "adult", I've noticed something. Movies always have some sort of element that can only be defined as 'love' in it. Love is a staple of human emotion, whether is it a romantic love, familial love, or friendship love. At least one of these forms of love can be found in any children's movie. But what happens when it turns out to be a different type of love than what you've expected? You expect the hero and heroine to be romantically involved at the end, but they just end up remaining very good friends? That just doesn't seem right, even if an alternate ending in which they become a couple doesn't make sense to the overall moral of the story.
So which movies have disappointed the most in this? In my own modest opinion, I will tell you.
Wendy Should Have Stayed In NeverLand!
I'm not gonna play coy and place this movie at the bottom of the list. This is the best movie to show exactly what I mean. It is a familiar movie and everyone knows exactly what I'm talking about.
Let's forget all about the moral of the story: all children must grow up and can never stay young. That moral, as of now and for the rest of this section, does not exist. With that now stated and in effect, what reason is there for Wendy to leave Peter Pan and return home, besides the fact that her family has a Saint Bernard as a nanny? There is no reason, whatsoever. She likes Peter, Peter likes her, and Tinkerbell ruins everyone's day. They are adventurous and playful and really like to share thimbles and acorns with each other.
You just wish, for their sakes, that Wendy lacked reason and sanity. You feel it in "yar bones" that they are the perfect "pair o' mateys ter eva walk the plank an' toss the c'tain off the Davie Jones lockerrrrrr" (I really can't speak "pirate". It's a sad day whenever September 19 rolls around).
The main point is that you know there is the attraction there and that they are seriously good for each other. But Wendy just has to ruin it all by realizing that all children must grow up and that she loves her parents, and that growing up is the second biggest adventure, besides dying that is. So she ends up not only leaving Peter Pan, the only boy who will never grow up, but she takes all his friends with her so he's alone with pirates, "Indians" (sorry, that's how they say in in the movie . . . ), deadly mermaids, and a huge crocodile that has now eaten the rest of Captain Hook and is now left to terrorize everyone else in NeverLand.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Esmeralda Should Be With Quasimodo!
The entire beginning of the movie, you are made to feel how difficult Quasimodo's life is and you start to feel sympathy for him. He was unloved by everyone but his mother. His mother is killed, he's almost killed, and then stuck in a tower to ring a bell for the rest of his life. Talk about sad and lonely. What makes it worse is that he befriends statues. He seriously could be crazy, you know? But he is very kind.
When he meets Esmeralda, he is entranced by her beauty. He continually seems to like her more and more as the movie progresses. He risked his life, time and time again for her. And he even teamed up with pretty boy whats-his-name (I honestly forgot. He's on a horse, he's blond, my friend used to have a barbie of him when we were younger that we called Phillip . . .) just to save her. They were rivals, too, with the way that they tried to show each other up all the time.
But, no matter what he does, Esmeralda can only see him as a good friend. He is good enough to be out of the tower and to save her life and have feelings and be a friend, but he isn't good enough to have a girlfriend. She could have been a lot happier with Quasimodo, I am sure. And the sequel? That was just made by Disney to make money and to say "alright, alright. We'll give Quasi a girlfriend," when everyone was so jaded about him ending up alone, but in a different manner of speaking. Talk about ending up exactly where you left off.
Drop Dead Fred
"You need to get better"!? Bah!
Lizzie Should Remain Crazy and Be With Drop Dead Fred!
Back in 1991, a glorious movie about a woman with a horrible life who is haunted by her maniac childhood imaginary friend took my television by storm. It was an instant favorite for me, although there are some swear words and adult situations and jokes in it. Real quickly, here is the story: a woman is being divorced by her jerk of a cheating husband, gets fired from her stenographer job, stays with her over-bearing mother, meets up with her misbehaving imaginary friend, goes on hilarious adventures, destroys a violin, boat, and her hair, gets put on medication, gets back together with her husband, finds out that her husband is a cheating jerk, gains her independence and happiness, and dates a childhood friend with a kid.
Drop Dead Fred is annoying, at first. He is just off the wall, like a six year old kid. He gets her into so much trouble, including sinking a houseboat. But he is special to her because he was her only relief as a child from her mother. And he is able to help her gain back her spirit. They become much better friends as the movie progresses.
But that is all they are, and only "friends forever" in name. He disappears and she doesn't "see" him again. The better ending would be for her to remain crazy so Drop Dead Fred could be with her always! Just like what Natalie Dee says in her comic ( -->), she should remain crazy.
Yes, I understand the moral. Only you can make yourself happy and you have to be strong enough for it. Also, everyone needs to grow up. And I have had my own experience, when my own imaginary friend actually told me that this would be the last time I would see him. But still! Remain crazy and have outrageous adventures forever, Phoebe Cates!
David Bowie As An All-Powerful King . . . Need I Say More?
Sarah is really whiny and annoying, screaming her catch phrase "That's not fair!" every chance she gets. She is obsessed with a story book about a demon king who is in love with a girl, takes the girl's baby brother away from her when she wishes it, puts her in a labyrinth, and makes her come to him to get the baby back. This books mirrors the whole movie. She wishes her brother away, tells the goblin king she wants the baby back, goes through the labyrinth, grows into an adult, and stops the goblin king. The only thing is, the goblin king is David Bowie. I don't care how bad a person may think 1980s American fashion was, Bowie was hot in this movie.
The movie ends with Sarah growing up (three out of four of these movies deal with that), getting stronger, and still playing with the goblin friends she made on her adventure. They come back at the end. So she didn't quite grow up, now, did she?
But the Goblin King, Jareth, seriously tells her at the end that if she only loved him in return, she would be given everything. Yes, he was cruel to her and yes, he did try to trick her several times, but he's a goblin--what do you expect? If she just gave up on the brother that she mysteriously cared about as soon as he was gone (I always thought she only cared because she would get into huge trouble for losing a baby), she would have been able to stay in the Goblin City with Jareth and be a queen of insanity, shooting spitwads at chickens. She would have learned to show love the same way that Jareth did, by putting obstacles in everyone's ways and being cruel.
If she only just stayed in the Goblin City, she could have become very powerful and be as spoiled as she always was. Sounds pretty good to me, and a lot easier than changing. You would think that a girl who always screamed "that's not fair" and eventually accepted that line as stupid by answering "that's the way it is" to it would rather just accept the loss of her brother and a goblin wedding instead of risking life and head by going through a deadly labyrinth. If it wasn't for her memorizing that book that the movie mirrors, she seriously wouldn't have gone to all the trouble.
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David Bowie, girl! It was David Bowie! Why would you reject DAVID BOWIE!?
I question the ending credits every time in these movies. No, it's not over. Sarah still needs to make up with Jareth (now a barn owl in her world) and marry him. Lizzie needs to have a relapse and steal her step-daughters imaginary friend away to sink more house boats. Quasimodo needs to be valiant and steal Esmeralda away on a white stallion, preferably her husband's stallion . And Peter Pan just needs to keep Wendy in NeverLand long enough so she forgets all about her parents. Indeed, these movies have all ended wrong and thus, have not ended.
But in reality, these characters were all missing apart of themselves and needed to be whole. The characters they met were able to do that. They learned the lesson and taught a very good moral. It's just the wanting of the impossible that makes the movies hard to swallow.
If you have any movie that you felt was a huge disappointment in the "romance" theme, let me know! I always love hearing opinions!