The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

12 Animated Movies that Messed Me Up

How to Train Your Dragon 2 messed me up
Hiccup (center) and his father is reunited with his long lost mother in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Animated movies, the ones made by Disney in particular, have always found a way to pull on our heart strings. What parent doesn’t tell their child when seeing one that, “It will get better - trust me.” However, the scenes that made you cry when you were little may not make you shed a tear later in life. In turn, after becoming a parent, different scenes can have a bigger impact on you than your children. Some scenes are not necessarily sad, but instead are very beautiful.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 has one of those scenes and it is that scene in particular that moved me to write this piece. Although there are many more, here are 12 scenes from of animated movies that messed me up. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)

Bambi loses his mother

Bambi (1942)

When Bambi’s mother is shot.
Bambi and his mother are in the open field when she senses something is wrong. She tells Bambi to run to the thicket. The music builds and builds. “Faster…faster,” she says, “Don’t look back!” and then a shot is fired. Bambi keeps running and thinks that they two of them have made it safe at home, but she is not behind him. The music stops. It is now snowing and Bambi walks out of the thicket to try to find her. He calls, but she does not answer. Eventually Bambi runs into his father who says “You mother cannot be with you anymore. Come, my son.” and the two walk away in the snow.

Manny remembers his parents in "Ice Age."
Blue Sky Studios

Ice Age (2002)

When Manfred the wooly mammoth studies the cave drawings
Manfred and friends are in a cave and they notice cave drawings of tribesmen and mammoths. The drawings remind Manfred of his own family and how they sacrificed their lives to save him. That event left him an orphan and it is this memory that gives him strength to reunite the human baby that the three of them are caring for, back to his parents.

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