Friday, April 23, 2010

"This stuff is gold!"

Back when I was a kid, cartoons only came on TV Saturday mornings. It's hard for Syd to fathom a day without a cartoon channel.

"Were they stick drawings?" she asked.

No, animation was more advanced than that by the time they started showing cartoons on TV. We had a short lesson on Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse 101.

"I know him. He's got the Clubhouse on Disney Channel," she said. So, I found a clip of "Steamboat Willie" online to show her. She said it was lame.

I guess in today's world of 3D animation it does seem lame. But I really wanted her to appreciate at least the evolution of cartoons.

So, I made her watch Tom & Jerry. As luck would have it, it was my favorite episode. She laughed so hard when the flower pot bounced off the table and broke on Jerry's head. When the pie-hidden iron got thrown into Tom's face, she doubled over laughing. When she caught her breath, she said, "This stuff is gold!"

She's right. That stuff is gold.

The animation may not reach out and grab you, but a laugh is a laugh no matter how technology presents it.

So, when she sees an episode that's new to her, she yells, "You've got to come see this!" She doesn't realize I've seen them gillions of times before. The difference now, though, is that I get to hear her laugh.

And that stuff is gold.

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