Thursday, December 18, 2008

"I don't like him - bring me someone else!"

The title of this blog is a quote by Robin Williams during a stand up routine he did as a pre-show to Barbara Streisand's concert "One Voice". He was describing how scary it was to be up there with the faces of who's-who in Hollywood staring back at you, and that quote was what he believed some of them were thinking.

Well, my point is that BoopaLoop has adopted this attitude when it comes to some of her favorite movies.

We were watching "Cinderella" the other day, and in the middle of the movie, BoopaLoops says: "I want the movie where the mean step-sisters and the mom are not mean."

Me: "... Uh, well this is the movie, and that doesn't happen in this movie."
BoopaLoop: Sighing heavily, "Mooom, I know! I want the movie where the mean peoples are not mean to Cinderella!"
Me: Trying desperately not to laugh, "I see. You don't like the evil step-sisters and the evil step-mom?"
BoopaLoop: "Nope."
Me: "Yeah, they are mean."

That's how I left it. I'm pretty certain she believes she will receive this new Alexis-approved-Cinderella movie this Christmas. I didn't know what to say to her that would penatrate her 4-year old mind, so she would finally understand that there is only one version of Cinderella - unless you count Cinderella 3 A Twist in Time (or whatever it is called, but I don't think that is much better). Suggestions here are welcome.

This reminded me of an earlier conversation I had with BoopaLoop about movies. Iasked her one time if she liked "Peter Pan".
BoopaLoop: "No."
Me: "What about Ratatouille?"
BoopaLoop: "No."
Me: "Uh... Finding Nemo?"
BoopaLoop: "No, there aren't any girls."
Me: "But, Dory is a girl."
BoopaLoop: "But Nemo is a boy. And so is the other Nemo."
Me: "Marlin, his dad?"
BoopaLoop: "Yeah, Marlin."
Me: "That's true."

She got me thinking - we only had movies that appealed to my 6-year old, LittleMan. Granted, she was too young before now to express a strong opinion, and in all honesty, if the TV was on, she was interested. But now she was expressing a desire for a girl movie. Great!

Thanks to AllThingsBD, I decided to give Barbie's Island Princess a try. I am so glad I did! It is such a well thought out movie. Yes, the title character is a girl who looks like Barbie, but her looks are NEVER MENTIONED! In fact, the Prince likes Barbie because she is interesting and unique. He likes her because they have the same interests. I can't think of many movies that focus on this point above all others. Even the Disney movies that treat this topic with the proper focus on personality always paint the leading lady as the most beautiful in the land. In this Barbie movie, the Princess the Prince is "arranged with" is in fact more beautiful looking than Barbie, but the Prince doesn't choose her since they have nothing in common.

So, I was impressed. ATBD was correct in recommending this for BoopaLoop.

Now, all I have to do is convince ATBD that the movie Australia is worth the price of admission. (Just go see it already for crying out loud!)


Don said...

Maybe you could work a deal on getting people to your new favorite movie (Australia).

They'll go see it if you read Bill Bryson's, 'In A Sunburned Country', which is about Australia. Really, you would probably enjoy it. He is a wonderful writer.

Tabitha Blue said...

Ohhhh, cool sounds like a good one!!! I'll have to remember that when mine gets a little older!!!