Parental movie bowdlerization
This may be a silly topic, but I thought it might create some funny anecdote-sharing.
Am I the only one whose parents ever told lies during scary or sad parts of a movie, to downplay the scariness or sadness for their sensitive little kid?
When I was four I saw Beauty and the Beast in its original theatrical release. When the Beast was stabbed and dying near the end, my mom tried to make me think it was just a boo-boo: "Belle's gonna put some bactine on it and he'll be fine," she said.
Three years later I saw the Faerie Tale Theatre version of "Rapunzel" on TV. When the prince was blinded (I wonder if "Tangled" replaced the blinding with a fatal stab wound in order to up the drama or to make it less
traumatic?), my mom assured me that what was streaming out of his injured eyes was not
blood, but "orange tears."
Did anyone else's parents ever do that? If so, what were some of the crazy things they said to save you from being traumatized?