The Makings of a Star Wars Kid

The Makings of a Star Wars Kid

After a couple of recent exposures to the concept, today my son Tucker has been asking a lot if we can watch a show or movie “with lightsabers.”

(Well, “lie-sah-bows” or “lay-see-bees” or “lah-say-bays,” etc.)

Awesome, right?

I mean, it’s like every geek parent’s dream to have their child, of their own accord, take an interest in Star Wars! I don’t want to be That Geek, who forces stuff on his kids. I try my best to go with what he takes an interest in. So the fact that he is asking is big for me.

But . . . wow . . . my little Padawan is only THREE, guys.

I honestly don’t think he’s ready for the movies. Or even the Clone Wars animated series, to be honest. And he probably won’t be for a while, in the sense that he will actually enjoy the movies, never mind understand them or just not be scared by them.

Most of what I read suggests that age 6 to 10 is the best age, although I’m sure opinions differ. And all of this is completely secondary to the very important discussion of in what order to show him the movies, when the time comes (I happen to think there is a lot of merit in the Machete Order).

In the meantime, I’m thinking maybe my best move is to avoid Star Wars tv and movies altogether for now, and start with some books.

Any recommendations on good Star Wars stuff that is toddler-appropriate without being awful?

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  • Wow. I never thought about this Machete thing, but it makes total sense. I’d give anything to erase Jar Jar from my mind, and it’s true that the whole series is less confusing without Episode I. So crazy, it just might work!

    I’ve been trying to get my 4-year-old to watch it for more than a year. I’m sure some kids would be ready for it when they’re 3, but my boy cries pretty much at the beginning–as soon as “The red people” show up (the robot traders. I’m sure they have an actual name, and somewhere a real geek is now getting really angry with me). I’ll keep trying, though.

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    • I’m assuming you mean the Jawas? Ootini!!

      The Machete Order really does make a lot of sense. I find his explanation to be really, really compelling. You can read the original article explaining why it works here: http://static.nomachetejuggling.com/machete_order.html


  • The doorway to Star Wars with my kid was Yoda. He liked how he looked and sounded, and I used that as a way to show him some of the movies. Then, we watched a couple of the Clone Wars cartoons, even though they’re above his level. Then, just today, the dude saw a pair of Clone Trooper shoes (while I was looking at the Iron Man ones) at the shoe store and HAD to have them. How could I say no?!

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  • I cannot remember a time before I was familiar with Star Wars. The kids on my block and I all somehow saw it enough times to be fluent in a period that I can’t even remember owning a VCR. There are pictures of us at age 3-4 wielding plastic lightsaber replicas (or, when the kid with the actual toys went home, just using wrapping paper tubes that we pretended were lightsabers). By five (and before seeing ROJ) I was already piecing together the mystery of Luke’s parentage, and had discussed with similar-aged neighbors a theory that Vader was lying and Ben was actually Luke’s father.

    While ESB may be too dark and ROJ too complicated (and the prequels too sacrilegious), I think ANH is perfectly viewable by a three-year-old with parental supervision.

    The Leia-gets-tortured scene might warrant fast-forwarding, but that section of the movie probably won’t contribute to understanding of the story anyway. Jawas and Sandpeople can be scary in their inexplicable antagonism, but the flip side of that is that the cantina is full of crazy monsters that (mostly) AREN’T out to pick a fight.

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