In response to Quentin Tarantino’s list of his favorite films of 2010, which includes the animated features “Toy Story 3,” “Tangled” and “How to Train Your Dragon,” Cinematical’s Monika Bartyzel wonders if it’s time we see something more family friendly from the filmmaker soon. Here is a possible scene from her imagination:
The screen is black as some super-catchy music from the ’60s or ’70s begins to play. A conversation is underway. As the screen begins to brighten and a table appears, something seems different. It’s not a group discussing the merits of Madonna, or classically sweet rides, nor a night of drinks that leads to a Nazi or vampire massacre. In fact, these aren’t really human people at all. They’re animated folks talking about something family-friendly, free of f-bombs and easily quotable menace.
Seeing as Tarantino’s buddy Robert Rodriguez has balanced his violent stuff with the “Spy Kids” franchise, “Shorts” and “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl,” and even Martin Scorsese is dabbling in family fare this year with the 3-D “Hugo Cabret,” it doesn’t seem so strange, and I am completely for the idea. Anyone else? There are actually two separate Facebook pages entitled “Quentin Tarantino should make a family film,” so there are others.
And he’s apparently not against the idea, himself. From an interview at Reelz Channel a few years back:
“I’ve actually always wanted to come up with a story that I wanted to do as a kid’s movie,” he says. “I remember from working at Video Archives that if a kid likes a movie, like say Mighty Ducks, they see that movie 20 times, 30 times. They know the names of all the kids in The Mighty Ducks and it’s like, that’s an audience member I want on my side! I just have to come up with the right storyline.”
Let’s recall the spoof of Tarantino on “The Simpsons,” when the filmmaker guest-directed an episode of “Itchy & Scratchy.” Could he actually get any tamer than this? (video isn’t in English, but you get the idea anyway.):