Friday, November 24, 2006
I admit it, I love cartoons. I always have. Cartoons are awesome in my humble opinion. Only in a cartoon can a talking coyote chase a beeping road runner, fall off a cliff and get up to paint a railroad tunnel on a boulder. Aaaaaaaaaaand only in a cartoon would a train come barrelling through the tunnel a few moments later. Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius proclaims his business card. How beautiful is that? But cartoons have come a long way, baby; haven't they? I just recently watched Monster House with my kids and I was pretty darned impressed. It's a scary one actually, so those who haven't seen it should probably watch it first to make sure it isn't too scary for their little ones. In fact if Monster House was live action, it would be a Steven King movie. I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't watched it yet, but it was pretty good. I don't know if everyone likes the new computer generated cartoons that have become so popular, and sometimes the characters can look a bit freaky. But the children in this movie were so endearing to me. I loved the kid called Chowder. If this kid was a real actor I'd say he was a prodigy. There has been a glut of cartoons this year though, so I've actually got some catching up to do. But with so many I end up being kind of choosy about what I want to see. This year I think I've only seen two movies, Cars and Monster House. Cars was cute, but not as innovative as Monster House IMO. I think my favorite Pixar film in recent years was The Incredibles which was released in 2004. I've watched that several times on DVD. And if you haven't watched Jack Jack Attack on the extras portion of the DVD, you must, it's hilarious. But what I like most about the movie is that I could totally buy the premise of the movie. In a world of super hero's fused with our own, couldn't you just see some yahoo suing a "super" for causing them injury while saving their life? I just loved the way the movie looked at how ridiculous our sue-happy society has become. ($2 million for spilt coffee anyone??) And that's the genius of really good cartoons; the ability to appeal to kids and adults at the same time. When I was a kid I loved Bugs Bunny. I thought that rabbit was the cleverest thing in the world. As a adult I love looking back at the old cartoons and laughing at the parodies of Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable. I'll still never understand why my Mom didn't like cartoons, theres something for everyone isn't there? And even today, I love watching cartoons with my kids. I can easily sit down and watch Sponge Bob or Jimmy Neurton. And you can't tell me it isn't a Gen-X'er who writes Dexter's Laboratory with all the clever references to The Superfriends. So if you don't already, pull up a chair and watch some cartoons. After all, it's quality time with the kids, right?