A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sweeney Todd's story is one of revenge, jealousy, and murder -- and those dark undertones play out in every song. Although it's not explicit (such as the movie which is for older teens), it can be scary for little ones.
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What's the story?
The SWEENEY TODD SOUNDTRACK, adopted from the movie, is enjoyable, if not dark. The showtime-style music generally tells the movie's entire sad and heartbreaking story of revenge, but it's probably more exciting to see Tim Burton's movie first to get the full effect of the plot's cinematic beauty. The songs are performed by the movie's actors who essentially had no formal musical training, which adds an interesting element in bringing the characters to life -- and making the music more realistic.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about actors singing in movies. Do you think they should also be trained singers before they sing on the soundtrack? Or, does the lack of training make it sound more realistic -- and in turn, more interesting? Families can also talk about forgiveness. Benjamin Barker (Sweeney Todd) doesn't forgive his past imprisonment and exacts revenge on a whole town. Why is it important to forgive? What happens when we carry around anger? Is it easy to forgive?