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Sequels allow Bruins to recapture childhood

The Del Oro Theater in downtown Grass Valley is a popular place for teens to watch movies with their friends. Photo by Morgan Ham

The original The Incredibles came out on November 5, 2004, but its much-awaited sequel did not hit theaters until 14 years later on June 15, 2018. The original Finding Nemo came out on May 30, 2003, and its sequel finally surfaced in the summer of 2016.

These beloved childhood movies came out when today’s teens were just learning how to walk, or tie their shoes. These teens were the ones who filled the theaters the first time around as children and, ironically, are the same people filling the theaters now.

“I was 4 years old when the first Incredibles came out,” said Senior Isabella Christmon. “I do remember watching the movie all day every day as a kid because I imagined myself as Violet, and I thought that I was super cool. My favorite part of the movie as a child was when Mr. Incredible started being a superhero again and training for it, [or] when Edna showed Elastigirl all the new super suits and the perks of them.”

Others said that they loved The Incredibles when they were children as well.

“I was 2 years old when The Incredibles was released,” said Junior Justin Roberts. “I watched it a lot as a kid, and my favorite part is probably the dinner family fight scene due to Mr. Incredible ‘intervening.'”

“I was beyond excited for Incredibles 2,” said Roberts. “My expectations for the sequel were really high, and it definitely went beyond meeting them.”

Roberts wasn’t the only one with high expectations.

“I think my expectations for the second movie were for it to be amazing,” said Christmon. “The sequel 100% lived up to my expectations. I loved the movie and how they focused on the kids more than the adults, and that the kids saved the parents instead of vise versa.”

In addition to this childhood remake, Bruins also said that they enjoyed Finding Nemo throughout their childhoods.

“I was a one-year-old when Finding Nemo came out, and I watched it just as much as The Incredibles,” said Roberts. “My favorite part is when they escape from the dentist’s niece…  Who wouldn’t enjoy that scene?”

Despite their enthusiasm regarding the original, some said that the release of Finding Dory didn’t excite them much, or even that they found the sequel unnecessary.

“My expectations for Finding Dory were low since they didn’t need a sequel,” said Roberts. “It was a bit above my expectations, but not by much. I was completely fine seeing The Incredibles renovated, but not Finding Nemo.”

Many say that these movies drew an audience older than the one that flocked to the theaters in the early 2000s, because these are the movies teenagers have been waiting years for.

“I think these movies have a bigger teenage audience,” said Sophomore Melanie Franklin. “We have grown up with the old movies, and can’t wait for the new.”

Christmon agreed, emphasizing the general joy surrounding the recreation of these childhood favorites.

“I think that these old movies being recreated is amazing,” said Christmon. “I feel like they draw such different audiences because when I went to the theater there were more adults than children, and someone even dressed up as Frozone. The movies definitely draw more of like a 16/17-year-old audience because those kids are the ones who were old enough to understand and really appreciate the movies as kids.”

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Sequels allow Bruins to recapture childhood