“Bless The Beasts & The Children”

I actually saw the film after I already loved the theme song, “Bless The Beasts and The Children”. I loved the Carpenters, so naturally I had to see the film. It depicted a group of young teenage boys who share a camp cabin, each of them misfits in his own way, well, I could relate to that. On a field trip, they are brought to a herd of bison selected for culling by local hunters. The boys sneak away from camp and decide to set the bison free. The anti-establishment sentiment of this film really rang the bell for me. I was a city kid living in East Falls and there certainly weren’t any bison around, but somehow, I could relate to the feeling of being preyed upon. Like so much bullying that starts at a young age, even 6 or 7, I had become quite accustomed to the taunts and name- calling, and somehow, this film felt like justice. Now, if I could just figure out how to get to the zoo….ah, youth!