one thing that is clear to me when i think of this film, even though it is light hearted, that the things that happen to the kids, by all intents and purposes they are goners. it is implied that they died. even though they yes do come back at the end, but again, watching what happens to them, an adult thinking it through, no they died. So it's a kids film, about how these kids go to this place where they are tested, and then die, so is this kind of like a really dark movie then?? I still really like the movie either way. It just seems a bit darker then it's presented.