Introducing Connellsville

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Today I launched an all new section, Connellsville. In this section I’ll review all-ages entertainment outside Odyssey. I’ll be taking a look at books, comics, movies, and TV aimed at all ages and see how they stack up against Adventures in Odyssey.

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Up first is my review of the first volume of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, a hardcover collection of issues from the Uncle Scrooge comic book series. You’ll find it right below this post.

I intentionally used the term “all-ages entertainment” instead of “children’s entertainment.” Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, there is a distinction. Children’s entertainment is entertainment that, although adults may enjoy it too, is crafted particularly for children. All-ages entertainment, on the other hand, has a much bigger task. It is entertainment crafted to appeal as much to a five year old as it does to a fifty-five year old. I believe Adventures in Odyssey as well as Doctor Who and The Chronicles of Narnia fall within the category of all-ages.

All-ages is also distinct from family-friendly. There is a big difference between appropriate for all ages and appeals to all ages. Christian radio stations are family-friendly. You can safely play the local Christian radio station without fearing your five year old will hear a word you don’t want her to hear. That doesn’t mean your five year old is going to be all that interested in or engaged with the music on the radio. Most of the songs are geared to teens (or at least preteens) and older. She’ll probably enjoy CDs of children’s music more until she gets a little bit older.

At the some time, all-ages implies family-friendly. Although I enjoy Hellboy (comics and movies) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series and comics), I won’t be reviewing any of them in Connellsville. An issue of Hellboy or an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is more appropriate for teens and up. Anything I review in Connellsville should not only appeal to but also be appropriate for eight to twelve year olds.

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