I just finished watching “Sharkboy and Lavagirl” with Imagineer and Bam-Bam.
This 2005 movie is played at least several times per year on the Disney Channel, and this was probably the third time I have seen the movie in its entirety.
Although it is very quirky, I think it is a great movie for the under 10 year old set. The movie promotes imagination, dreaming big dreams, and embarking on big adventures.
The main character, Max, dreams up a world named “The Planet Drool”, and keeps a dream journal documenting all of his dreams. The kids at school, of course, make fun of him because he believes the dreams are real.
Being an incredibly imaginative kid, the dreams keep coming for Max and become more intense as he tries to help Sharkboy and Lavagirl fight the danger that lurks on Planet Drool.
Taylor Lautner plays Sharkboy
I cannot believe this is my third time watching this movie, and only tonight did I find out that Sharkboy is actually played by 13 year old Taylor Lautner. Crazy. I had never recognized him before, but leave it to my pre-teen, Broadway, to mention that Sharkboy is Taylor Lautner tonight.
I had to look it up online to confirm, because he looks so different as a young boy. It really is amazing how quickly our little ones grow up.
Max’s parents are played by Kristin Davis and David Arquette and his teacher is played by George Lopez.
Dream Better Dreams
I love the last line of the movie “Dream Better Dreams”. During the dream sequence throughout the movie, Sharkboy and Lavagirl remind Max that their world is created by him, and he has the power to save the Planet Drool by what he dreams.
I think the message of having power over your dreams is a good one for our kids. This is one of the main reasons I love this movie. Also, the look of wonder on my 8 and 4 year old’s faces as the adventures in Max’s dream world unfold, is just priceless.
Our kids need to dream big dreams and know that only they have the power to make them come true.