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Teenage Mum. A public information film for the gaming generation (embedded Quicktime movie). [via Edge]
posted by davehat (14 comments total)
Um....they speak French in Belgium.
Good idea I guess...anything to get wider coverage is a good thing.
posted by peacay at 3:08 AM on April 21, 2005

Wasn't this on Fark about a month ago?
posted by nightchrome at 3:13 AM on April 21, 2005

Cute, actually.
posted by Han Tzu at 3:43 AM on April 21, 2005

Um....they speak French in Belgium.

Depends where you are really, French in the south, Flemish in the north.

great ad.

I couldn't even contemplate being a dad as I approach thirty. I fear kids!
posted by twistedonion at 3:49 AM on April 21, 2005

What a creative advertisement!
posted by slf at 4:59 AM on April 21, 2005

peacay, ads sent out to the awards circuit and tradepress are usually translated to English, either dubbed or subtitled, for a better chance of winning and/or being admitted into the pages of hip ad-magazines like Boards.
posted by dabitch at 5:36 AM on April 21, 2005

I couldn't even contemplate being a dad as I approach thirty. I fear kids!

With ads like these, no wonder birth rates in Europe are falling. Like when we keep telling young people how horrible raising children is, we shouldn't be surprised when they decide not to have children.
posted by bobo123 at 6:17 AM on April 21, 2005

yeah, i'm with bobo123...interesting idea, but that weren't no baby, that was a scary little screamy monster thingie...i know babies aren't easy, but that was a distastefully awful portrayal of them...
posted by es_de_bah at 6:52 AM on April 21, 2005

Distasteful...but accurate. (Proud father, btw.)
posted by fungible at 7:16 AM on April 21, 2005

Oh, come on. I'm about to be married and I want to have a little bugger to fetch me beers ASAP, how bad can it be? It looked like the girl in the video game didn't have much help with her baby, anyway.

If Ohians can successfully raise their offspring to biological maturity, then it can't be as hard as everyone says it is.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:46 AM on April 21, 2005

With ads like these, no wonder birth rates in Europe are falling.

And a good thing I say. The planets overpopulated anyway. Let's make room for a few more migrant workers. It is a global village these days anyway.
posted by twistedonion at 8:36 AM on April 21, 2005

I always sum up having a kid as so:

The first two weeks you have your new bundle of joy. I poops, it eats, it sleeps. It's kind of ugly, but it's yours and you love it.

Then the next five months, you start to realize that it keeps shitting and eating and crying and puking, but it doesn't actually do anything else. It's like you've bought a car alarm, and installed it in your house, and it goes off every two hours and you don't know the code to turn it off. If you ever had arguments with your spouse or sig.oth. before, now they will be amplified ten-fold.

Then, after six months, the baby starts sleeping through the night, it starts saying little words and rolling over and playing and doing cute stuff. This is where the payback comes - yes, it still eats shits and pukes, but at least there's some cute stuff in exchange that makes you happy and brightens your day and gives you reason to live.

From there on, there's further complications and frustrations, but if you learn to balance the good with the bad, you'll get through halfway sane. I'm about to have another one myself (after that, NO MORE!), but I swear, if it weren't for hormones emotionally attaching us to our progeny, I don't know how the human race would survive.
posted by fungible at 8:45 AM on April 21, 2005

Kids are great! Vasectomies are even greater!
posted by BrotherCaine at 11:24 AM on April 21, 2005

I think it's good to tell young people how friggen difficult parenting is. I love my kid so deeply and so magically that it's beyond comprehension. But that doesn't make everything magically okay. Parenting is HARD work. Sometimes is REALLY sucks. Not all the time. Sometimes it's the best thing ever & indescribably wonderful. But it's more difficult and less direct payback/recognition etc than anything else you'll every do. It's simultaneously more difficult and more wonderful than anyone could ever explain.

Point being?
I'd say there are moments when that is completely accurate. Sometimes babies - even when you love them dearly - are evil. Not on purpose, but still horrible horrible horrible to deal with.

Exacerabting the probelm, in North America (I don't know about Europe) we don't have a culture of helping each other raising families. Not really. If it's my kid, it's my problem. People in the mall will just look at you with disgust if your kid freaks out. These attitudes make it more difficult. If you've never had a kid before, you don't know what the hell you're doing. But you're just supposed to feel along on your own. Asking for help is a sign of weakness, don't you know?
posted by raedyn at 11:29 AM on April 21, 2005

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