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: Jane Boursaw on The Film and TV Family Market
There are storylines, Boursaw says, “… that hold up over time, because they’re things that people deal with in real life every day.” The best family films tell these stories in a way that kids and families can relate to.
Boursaw cites some common themes among family films:
•Doing what’s right, even if your peers make fun of you (How to Train Your Dragon)
•Working together to overcome an obstacle or achieve a goal (Toy Story)
•Relying on friends and family to get through life’s rough patches (Happy Feet Two)
•Pushing through, even when all hope seems lost (Arthur Christmas, Kung Fu Panda 2)
•Finding an inner strength to persevere through a tragedy (Soul Surfer)
Taking the “good” path in the good vs. evil storyline (Harry Potter, Star Wars)
“One thing I’ve noticed,” she says, “is that the simpler storylines sometimes get short shrift in the family movie industry. There doesn’t always have to be a big, monumental storyline to make a great movie.” READ MORE...