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to say DS is still too young for Jurassic Park?

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QueenOfTheSkies Mon 14-Aug-17 13:06:11

DS1 is 7. He is dino mad - as in wants to be a palaeontologist, reads fact books about them, keen to learn the proper names of all the lesser known ones and has been the same since he was 4 - more than just a kids passing fancy basically.

He is desperate to watch Jurassic Park, which is a PG. DH thinks he would be ok to watch it, I still freak out about the dilophosaurus in the car and the severed arm etc. so think not yet.

However he has watched and loved and is not scared by: All 3 Hobbit films, all three Lord of the Rings films and the first 3 Pirates of the Caribbean films and the original 3 Star Wars films. We started him watching these by fast fowarding through the more gruesome battle scenes about a year ago and he was fine so then let him watch the full films. no nightmares, no worries, he watches them on loop on the evenings he's allowed to watch before bed. All of these he asked to watch, we didn't offer, and was started by his love of dragons (we originally just showed him Smaug from Hobbit and it developed from there).

DH says if he is fine with all of those he will be fine with JP. My worry is that all of the others are clearly fantasy. JP is based in the real world, dinos were real and its premise is they could come back through science - JP2 has the T-rex loose in america etc. I think this could cause issues.

DH is not pushing it at all, but DS looks longingly at the DVDs are keeps asking when he can watch them.

So AIBU to not allow him to watch them? Am i projecting my own jumpiness from when i first watched JP (as a young girly teen) onto the situation? What age did your DC watch JP?

Sorry its long, trying to give context of the type of kid DS is!

squoosh Mon 14-Aug-17 13:10:58

If he's unfazed by the LOTR films I can't imagine Richard Attenborough and a few dinosaurs will scare him much. It's all fantasy so I can't imagine a kid will differentiate between Set in a Different World Fantasy and Set on Earth Fantasy.

booloobalooloo Mon 14-Aug-17 13:11:37

After seeing those films tbh I think Jurassic park, tho set in real life, is much less scary and more unrealistic. Certainly the original. You might as well. Can always sit with him and ff or stop if needed.

Aquamarine1029 Mon 14-Aug-17 13:11:58

Personally, I think he is plenty old enough for Jurassic Park. Every child I know including mine watched it by that age. I think you're totally overreacting.

Steeley113 Mon 14-Aug-17 13:12:07

Mine watched it at 3/4 lol. He's not easily scared.

Gorgosparta Mon 14-Aug-17 13:12:18

Ds is 6 and watched it. Didnt faze him at all. Wasnt phases by star wars (any) at all either.

LunaMay Mon 14-Aug-17 13:12:28

I agree if he's fine with the battle scenes in LOTR etc then a severed arm or a jump scare isn't likely to traumatise him. My sister watched them from about his age. It's still make believe.

ZanyMobster Mon 14-Aug-17 13:15:42

Mine watched it at about 3/4 plus stuff like Ghostbusters, Gremlins etc and they weren't phased at all. We were quite strict at that point with films etc but you know your own children and how affected by things they are.

Imnotacelebgetmeouttahere Mon 14-Aug-17 13:16:30

blush my son is dinosaur mad and has seen them all < he is 5>

NicolasFlamel Mon 14-Aug-17 13:18:31

After LOTR and the Hobbit I wouldn't be concerned about Jurassic Park really. But I was freaked out by the nazgul things when I was 12 blush

Fresh8008 Mon 14-Aug-17 13:18:45

He likes Dinosaurs then Jurassic Park is the perfect film for a 7 yo boy. I am surprised you have left it this long. It must be 25 years old and the CGI will appear a bit 'cartoony' compared to 2017 sfx.

NewPapaGuinea Mon 14-Aug-17 13:21:07

Enjoy settling down to watch one of the best films made. I think he'll be fine with it. The Orcs in LOTR are scarier IMO.

BrieAndChilli Mon 14-Aug-17 13:21:45

My 6 year old love jurrassic park and world he has watched them numerous times with no ill effects

He then watched trolls (the child cartoon film that was put last year) and was nearly crying because it looked like the baddies were going to eat the troll!! Go figure!!

SomewhereInbetween1 Mon 14-Aug-17 13:22:04

To be completely honest, when I first watched it around age 6, I didn't even notice any of the horror, I just noticed the dinosaurs! I don't think it's until you get older that you notice the split seconds of gore.

EsmeWeatherwax Mon 14-Aug-17 13:23:03

My 5.5 year old dinosaur obsessed son has watched all the Jurassic Park/World films multiple times and is completely unphased by them, other than loving them. He's scared witless of LOTR, Superhero type things too, strangely enough, but the Dino films are no problem.

owwmyelbow Mon 14-Aug-17 13:23:53

I watched it at aged 6/7 and was traumatised. I loved dinosaurs but found it very scary.

CaveMum Mon 14-Aug-17 13:25:02

I was freaked out watching Jurassic Park at the cinema when I was about 12 blush I was a wuss! I might add I'm fine with it now wink

If he's not bothered by LOTR then I'd think he would probably be ok as there are some fairly bloody bits in those films.

I'd agree with a previous poster and sit down to watch it with him and keep telling him that you will switch it off/fast forward at any point if he's unhappy.

Scroobius Mon 14-Aug-17 13:26:32

I was about 7 when it came out and saw it at the cinema for an older cousin's birthday. It absolutely terrifies me then but I was always rather sensitive and over imaginative about films and even books. If he's okay with other things of a similar "scare level" he'll be ok. Just watch with him so you can turn it off if it's not going well.

Corneliusmurphy Mon 14-Aug-17 13:30:04

Frit the life out of me when I saw it in the cinema but my kids were totally unfazed - it's just not as scary any more or maybe watching on the small tv in daylight made it less intense. The youngest were 7 too and took it so well that we watched all of them including the last one rated 12 (mostly we were bothered by how fast and far she ran in those heels).

Kitsandkids Mon 14-Aug-17 13:30:19

My 8 and 9 year olds haven't seen it yet and neither have they seen any of the other films you mentioned. My 8 year old likes dinosaurs but, although he comes across as a cheeky, cocky little so and so he can be quite a sensitive soul. He's been scared by cartoons before. Plus my 9 year old has slight SN and I think a lot of the plots would go over their heads. So for more 'grown up' PG films I'm waiting until they're about 10 and 11. TBH it's only since my youngest turned 8 that I've started letting them watch more PG films in general. Before that it was mostly Us with the odd PG. I realise I'm in the minority though!

QueenOfTheSkies Mon 14-Aug-17 13:30:58

ok, clearly i am overreacting based on me watching JP as a youngster and being scared and watching Hobbit and LOTR as an adult and not being scared! DS is going to be super excited when i tell him!

(may have to be DH that watches it with him, i still hate that dilophosaurus!!)

PNGirl Mon 14-Aug-17 13:36:08

I was 9 and dino-mad. I have to say, as a child the finer details of the plot evaded me (why Dennis Nedry was driving down to the docks in the rain with a canister full of embryos, etc) but I did love it. I wasn't scared at all.

Dinosauratemydaffodils Mon 14-Aug-17 13:41:21

We might be totally feckless parents, but Ds (dinosaur obsessed and 2 and a half) has watched it (and Jurassic Park 2 and 3) and apart from re-enacting bits with various toys (Postman Pat seems his go to stand in for Nedry) has been absolutely fine.

He was terrified of a bloke dressed up as Bonnie Prince Charlie at a Stately Home but Jurassic Park just interested/excited him.

HPandBaconSandwiches Mon 14-Aug-17 13:46:50

My 7 year old wouldn't cope, but then he wouldn't manage LOTR either! From what he's watched I'm sure he'll be fine.
DS also loves dinosaurs- do you have the Dinosaur Cove books? Excellent series for Dino kids that they can read themselves.

bridgetoc Mon 14-Aug-17 13:48:44


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