So, I watched a Lassie movie. I might have seen it on a big screen when I was a little kid, but if so, I don't remember it. Our neighborhood movie theater used to show this sort of thing at Saturday matinees whenever the regular movie for that week seemed inappropriate for kids, so I saw a lot of movies that dated back as far as the mid-1930s. I know I saw at least one Lassie movie then, but I don't remember any details about it. In fact, the supposedly kid-friendly movies I remember best were the ones that scared the hell out of me- Disney movies, mostly. Oh, the horrifying things old uncle Walt put in his movies! Bambi's mom! The scary face in the witch's talking mirror! Pinocchio turning into a donkey! Ichabod Crane being chased by the headless horseman! The multiplying walking brooms trying to drown Mickey! I don't think I ever saw a Disney movie then that didn't give me nightmares. I don't think there was ever anything in a Lassie movie that would give a kid nightmares. That's probably why I don't remember them. Terror is more easily recalled than sentiment. It's unlikely I'll have bad dreams today.