Parenting gets harder as kids get older. I used to think that the early days without sleep and no time to even shower were the hard ones. I didn’t count on the how hard it is emotionally to watch kids struggle to find their own place in the world and figure out who they are as an individual.
As infants, I could swoop in and fix problems in 5 minutes flat. As my kids have gotten older I’ve had to stand by while they got their hearts broken because a treasured friend moved away or someone said something mean to them.
Childhood is hard when you are going through it. It’s even harder as a parent knowing your kids have to figure things out for themselves.
There’s a plus side to kids growing up though. Watching my kids develop strong friendships, both with each other and with other kids, has been a sweet experience.
Good friends have helped them reach for things they didn’t even know they wanted. They’ve strengthened my kids as they’ve struggled and given my kids opportunities to strengthen them.
“Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story” is a very sweet little 38 minute film based on the popular Disney Parks Vinylmation collectible franchise that tells the story of Blank, an unpainted Vinylmation, on an epic adventure through an original new world to find his lost soulmate.
The animation in this short film is just gorgeous. The stop motion style gives it an almost dream-like quality and the whole thing is heavy with symbolism. There are no words in the film, but my 6 year old was happy to narrate the entire thing for me. I loved listening to his interpretation of it and it was a much more active experience for him then having everything laid right out there for him like so many movies today are.
There are strong themes of friendship and individuality throughout the film, which opens up some great talking points with your kids. I personally loved the unlikely friendship that Blank discovers in the film. I always try to encourage my kids to look past a person’s outer appearance to see the person inside.
“Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story” is available for a free download exclusively on Google Play. You can view the film online from your computer, on your Android phone or tablet, or on an iPhone/iPad through the Google Play Movies & TV app. (Get the app for Android or iOS.)
To celebrate the premiere, Google is also inviting fans to share frames from the film with friends and family as digital greeting cards at blankmovie.withgoogle.com. After sharing a frame, you can unlock a second special film, “Cranes in Love,” created especially for Google users.
If you need something fun to do with your kids this weekend, definitely check out Blank. All my kids thoroughly enjoyed it and it was a great opportunity to have a deeper conversation with my kids about the value of friendship.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.