By Alesandra Dubin

As a new parent, I'm in an in-between place: I have full knowledge of the limitless power of movies like Frozen and Minions over kids' imaginations (and, as a consequence, parents' purchasing power). But since my twins are still babies, we haven't yet been to any movies as a family, and I've seen neither of these movies. (Scandalous, I know.) So I'm (blissfully?) clueless about what goes on with these characters.

Imagine, then, my compounded confusion over a wacky offshoot that the franchises have inspired: games in which the characters are...pregnant. What? Why?!

First there was the unlicensed Frozen game called "Anna Gives Birth" that lets the player deliver the Frozen princess's baby—by C-section, no less. So there was that.

But apparently pregnant character games are a whole genre. Because now, you can play the Pregnant Minion Girl game, in which you are a doctor caring for an expecting lady Minion. Does anyone else find this surprising? And a little odd (especially given the fact that Minions are apparently all male!)?

I'm not really sure who these games are aimed at. Young girls who are fans of the characters and also interested in medicine? It seems like it's probably a tad darker and more fetishistic than that, but I'd rather not explore.

Anyway, I played the game and I guess it's kiiiinda like being pregnant in a hospital or doctor's office, in the sense that there is a thermometer to take a temperature, an ultrasound machine, and various medications. Other than that—well, yeah, it's not really like being pregnant.

But I guess if Minions can swear now, they can also get knocked up. Bad taste? Too soon? Sorry! I'm just trying to make sense of things in this wacky, inexplicable world.

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She's also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

Photo: Courtesy of Pregnant Minion Girl



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