On the subject of children, there is a distinction between those who were born on Earth before the new ice age began and those who were born within the Snowpiercer once the nuclear winter destroyed the planet. The latter youths are known as “Train Babies"—generations conceived and birthed aboard the train and have never stepped foot on Earth.
For the Train Babies, both from the Front and the Tail, the Snowpiercer is the only world they know. Having been born on the very first year that the train departed, Yona (Ko Ah-Sung)—the daughter of Namgoong Minsoo—represents the first generation of the Train Babies. But considering the extreme class division within the confines of the train, the lives of the children from the Tail Section are vastly different from the kids living in the Front.
Only the kids from the Front benefit from a pampered lifestyle and receive the cult-like education in the Classroom Section, while the Tail Section children are forced to deal with the hardships of their miserable existence together with their elders, and are subject to a mysterious event that allows the Front to seize selected youths away from their parents by force and be carted off to parts unknown within the Snowpiercer.
Yoooo I’ve been wanting to make a post about the kids for a long time so thank you a thousand times for posting this! Now if you don’t mind me adding my two cents. -Sorry, it will contain spoilers… feel free to erase my comment when reblogging.-
People don’t pay enough attention to the importance of tail-section children in the movie, from the beginning to the end.
Andy is the passive catalyst, he makes Andrew react in a violent way, exposes the inhumane behaviors of the Front to the viewer and sparks the revolution. Andy and Timmy’s abduction, as well as Andrew’s mutilation, were the last straw, and riots often start with a minor incident.
Edgar who’s almost a train baby is Curtis’ main guilt, he is the one who follows him, keeps him balanced for a while. He’s the counterpart of Curtis and he completes the character. Curtis without Edgar would be bland, and less interesting.
Grey is simply awesome, he’s the faithful fighter and without him they wouldn’t have been very far. All of his interventions are important, he’s this young strange mute guy, the weird element who makes a difference in the revolution.
Chan! Bring the fire! Tiny Chan, who you don’t think will get an important role at first, literally saves the day. Chan is the proof that all kids matter, all kids can bring something to the revolution and do something for the future. Imho Andrew helping Chan is the proof that to head towards a better future we should support children at all cost, they can do great things.
Timmy might be the most important kid; the movie starts and ends with him. He represents Tanya’s motivation -and the revolution wouldn’t have been the same without a mama bear to fight in the Front-, and Curtis’ redemption. He’s the symbol of Wilford’s brainwashing, the contrast between the very first scene when he bargains for the ball with Curtis, and the scene where he does his duty in the Engine is terrifying. It shows how a sweet little rebellious kid can be turned into a machine, and how did they achieve that? Did they threaten him, hurt him, brainwashed him? A bit of both?
In the end, both Timmy & Yona are saved by their father figures, in an act of ultimate redemption. Curtis felt guilty for being a murderer and more, Nam was a drug addict who got his daughter locked up, and in the end both realize they won’t change the world so they’d better do one last good thing and save the kids, because they matter.
Children are very important in the story and it’s not innocent, they represent the future, they are the ones for whom Curtis and the others fight. They make a difference.
And we can only notice that two thirds of the important kids are low-class POC, and in the end that only ones who make it are not the heroic white adult males, the remnants of civilization are a Korean girl and a little Afro-American boy. This makes the movie 300% more awesome.