(Sorry it's been so long since I posted...it's a long story. I can't explain just yet but I will soon...in the meantime, one more Star Wars related post).
A friend sent me a link to this video. Somebody videotaped their three-year-old daughter recounting the plot of "Star Wars" in about a minute and a half.
Once again, a shining example of why we should all take our inspiration from real life and not repeat what we've seen in other movies and TV shows. Have you ever seen a movie or TV with a kid in it as interesting, unique and entertaining as this real child is, just talking naturally and honestly? Of course not. Especially in animation, the characters that are supposed to be "kids" always seem to be little versions of adults, full of witty quips and one-liners for every situation.
When actors in film and TV talk about kid actors they work with, they always talk about how "grown-up" and "mature" the kids are on the set. Maybe that's why they always seem so uninteresting and unlike real kids, although more than anything, it's probably just the bad scripts they're given.
What makes kids so great, of course, is that they're free of the prejudices and preconceptions that we all have after walking around the planet for too many years and being subjected to so many influences. Kids see things with fresh eyes and they speak openly and honestly which is really amazing, which you know if you've ever spent any time around kids. Nothing will fill your life with turmoil, unrest, anxiety and a newfound zest for life like having kids. Or just being around them.
Anyway, this is just one more example of me admonishing you to seek out real life and draw inspiration from it, instead of parroting things you've seen on TV and in the movies. Maybe someday we'll see a child in a movie (and maybe even in animation) that actually is as interesting, bizarre and fascinating as real kids are.